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In the Future, the City’s Streets Are to Behave

Biking ElsewhereBy DAVID W. CHEN - New York Times

Imagine narrow European-style roadways shared by pedestrians, cyclists and cars, all traveling at low speeds. Sidewalks made of recycled rubber in different colors under sleek energy-efficient lamps. Mini-islands jutting into the street, topped by trees and landscaping, designed to further slow traffic and add a dash of green.

This is what New York City streets could look like, according to the Bloomberg administration, which has issued the city’s first street design manual in an effort to make over the utilitarian 1970s-style streetscape that dominates the city.

The Department of Transportation will begin reviewing development plans to see whether they align with the 232-page manual’s guidelines, and promises that projects with these features will win approval quickly.

“Lots of things have changed in 40 years, but this part of our infrastructure hasn’t,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner. “If we’re going to be a world-class city, we need guidelines that lay out the operating instructions of how we get there.”

The manual, to be released on Wednesday, culminates nearly two years of work involving more than a dozen agencies led by the Department of Transportation. By offering “a single framework and playbook,” as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says in the introduction, the manual promises to simplify the design process and reduce the costs for city agencies, urban planners, developers and community groups.

Urban planners say that the document is long overdue, and that it promises to be as much a map to the future as it is a handbook for the present: getting people to think about streets as not just thoroughfares for cars, but as public spaces incorporating safety, aesthetics, environmental and community concerns.
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German kiddie traffic court

Biking ElsewhereI've head about this program there where police set-up a speed trap in front of a school, and when they pull over drivers, the motorist has to go before a journey of juniors and example why s/he was speeding.

This is what my friend who told me about it said:

A group of young kids plus a police officer, and I assume a teacher or other chaperone, stands on the sidewalk near a school. The police pull over speeders. Instead of giving them regular speeding tickets, they're forced to explain to the group of kids why they were speeding in front of the school. I don't remember whether the kids deliberated and decided whether or not to give the drivers real or fake tickets. Perhaps they made them take literature on why speeding is bad. Since they're small kids, I'm guessing they probably weren't outside for too long. I may also be misremembering, but I seem to recall that many of the drivers sent to kiddie court were parents of kids at the school. I would think that this would be much more effective than doing it somewhere away from the school, because they will be reminded of the experience every time they see these kids again at the school.
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The cul-de-sac - the greatest threat to mankind.

Health & EnvironmentWinner of The Congress for New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest.
This short film explores the connection between New Urbanism and environmental issues.
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All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia RAAM

Biking Elsewhere[I always liked rooting for the home team and here are some friends of ours racing and raising money for a cause.]

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76 percent of goal achieved.

All Wheels for Fibromyalgia   A cycling team of four cyclists and 12 crew members will race nonstop for 3,000 miles across the United States in the world’s toughest bicycle race the Race Across America (RAAM). The race begins on June 20, 2009 in Oceanside, Calif. and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. The objective is to complete this coast-to-coast race in the fastest time the goal is 7 days!   The team’s endeavor, however, goes beyond completing this rigorous race. All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia is partnering with the National Fibromyalgia Association, and select sponsors in a shared ambition to raise awareness of fibromyalgia, a complex pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million women, men and children in the U.S.   All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia will be raising funds to support fibromyalgia research and community-based education programs for individuals affected by the disorder. The team’s goal is to raise $50,000 by June 20. You can help them in their quest by making a tax-deductible donation in any amount to the National Fibromyalgia Association.   Thank you to our sponsors   Pfizer   Euro RSCG Life Weisscomm Partners  Sportsmark   Chico Chandler     powerbar 150   5 Hour Energy  Scarsin   Pactimo
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Volunteers needed for Tour du Port

Bike Maryland updatesOne Less Car is seeking volunteers to help with tasks leading up to Baltimore's Premier Bike Event, the Tour du Port, that will be held on October 4th. This event is OLC's annual fundraiser. Additionally, volunteers are needed for the day of the event. The first event committee meeting is this Tuesday the 19th. Furthermore, OLC seeks a part-time professional event planner/fundraiser/grant writer. Please email Carol&quot;at&quot; if you are interested in assisting!
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All road users should have to do 100 hours on other modes of transport.

Biking ElsewhereBy Flip Shelton
Cyclists are killed by cars and trucks, so car and truck drivers who don't ride a bike should pay more on their registration to cover this cost.
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said: &quot;No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.&quot; The biggest problem we have on the road is a lack of understanding.

Many drivers don't realise the anxiety they cause by driving too close, or too quickly, or honking. They don't know because they have never been in our cleats, so to speak. That's quite understandable — often it is impossible to imagine a situation if you haven't been there.

And to those people I say, get on a bike and ride the roads for some first-hand experience.
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Biking Elsewhere
It's time once again to explore the world of
folder bikes with our annual ROUND UP
JUNE 5-6-7, 2009

Come to Trophy Bikes Philadelphia for folder demos, rides and rallies, and a folder bike-on-rail excursion. Whether you're a folder geek or new to folders, you'll enjoy this weekend.

•  As always, the ROUND UP is FREE

If you ride a Bike Friday, a Brompton, a Birdy, a Dahon, Moulton or Strida--come and take part. If you've wondered why folder bikes are the fastest-growing thing on two wheels, stop in for a test fold.

The ROUND UP is held during the same weekend as the TD BANK PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP-- America's biggest one-day bike race--on Sunday, June 7th.

That means you can see top-flight road racers, a bike expo and much more!

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Wheels Gone Wild: Enter the Express Bike Contest

Biking ElsewhereSOME PEOPLE HAVE CHILDREN. Some have pets. And then some have bikes. So in honor of National Bike Month, we want to see the equivalent of your baby pictures: photos of your sweet, tricked-out ride.

Whether you saddle up on a trike, recumbent, tandem, unicycle or traditional two-wheeler — with some unconventional touches worth touting — we know the riders of this town are off the chain.

Come on, those yellow-jacket colored tires (that just happen to match your Fuji Roubaix's frame) deserve more of an audience than whoever happens to be sauntering by on the sidewalk. Perhaps your Trek's wheels are packed to the rims with a wild collection of spoke cards. Or maybe your claim to cycle fame is using your frame as a canvas for outrageous art. Whatever the means, you know your pedals are unparalleled.

E-mail a high-resolution snapshot (at least 300dpi) of your pride and joy — and means of transportation — to bike&quot;at&quot; by Tuesday, May 19, at midnight. We'll feature our favorite rides in an upcoming issue. Include your name, age, city of residence and why your bike makes you one of the coolest spokespeople in the D.C. area.
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2 bicyclists hospitalized after accident in Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Meredith Cohn | Baltimore Sun

Two bicyclists were hospitalized Friday morning after an accident in Annapolis, police said.

A person in a parked car on Main Street opened a door into the path of two oncoming bicyclists, according to Ray Weaver, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.

One of the riders was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and the other was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Weaver said. Their conditions were unknown.

The accident occurred on Bike To Work Day, a regional and national event that aims to promote biking as an alternative mode of transportation.
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Biller's Bikes Memorial Day Bash!

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Biller's Bikes Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Memorial Day Party w/ The Hula Monsters
 Come to Biller's Bikes on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) for the Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Party at the new shop and showroom in downtown Havre de Grace, MD. All friends, family and customers are eagerly invited!
  We're hosting The Hula Monsters (featuring friend Mark Noone of Slickee Boys and Rhodes Tavern Troubadours fame) on the cool new SUN stage. Special guest star band The Rowdy Boys will play, and expect guest appearances by the fabulous Singing Sisters, too.   Bring your bike and enjoy beer and beverage, BBQ and top-notch bands on Biller's Bikes delicious new SUN stage RAIN OR SHINE.   Ten dollars donation per adult requested (kids are free). Donation includes all the B's above, and a chance to win sets of tickets to see the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles Minor League) from first-base dugout seats at charming Ripken Stadium.   Call 443-502-2377 for additional info, or see    See you Monday, May 25, from 1 to 9 pm, at Biller' Bikes! Big party!

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