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Stimulus in Maryland

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Compared to all that, the Maryland share of the trillion dollar Obama stimulus plan for transportation will amount to pocket change - approximately half a billion. Vice President Biden was in the state yesterday touting $2.9 million (with an "m") to renovate the Brunswick MARC station as an example of the new stimulus spending. Maryland Transportation secretary John Porcari pointed out that the old platform at Brunswick was tripping up women in high heels. Does this mean that high heels are a key to economic recovery?
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And you think we have it bad

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3-foot rule research

Bike Maryland updatesHello Fellow Bike Advocates:

The hearing for both the Senate (SB428) and House bill (HB496) on the 3 foot rule is this Thursday at 1 pm. I've asked that the meetings be staggered. Your attendance is helpful. Amendments have just been submitted in regard to these bills - see below.

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Updated: Movie trailer: What happened to Critical Mass in Portland?

Bike Critical MassA trailer has just been completed for a forthcoming documentary that will explore that question: A Post Critical Mass Portland: Living in a Post-Revolutionary Bicycle Age. You can watch it here:
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I Dream of Denver

Biking ElsewhereBy David Brooks

Those dreams have been aroused over the past few months. The economic crisis has devastated the fast-growing developments on the far suburban fringe. Americans now taste the bitter fruit of their overconsumption.

The time has finally come, some writers are predicting, when Americans will finally repent. They’ll move back to the urban core. They will ride more bicycles, have smaller homes and tinier fridges and rediscover the joys of dense community — and maybe even superior beer.

America will, in short, finally begin to look a little more like Amsterdam.

Well, Amsterdam is a wonderful city, but Americans never seem to want to live there. And even now, in this moment of chastening pain, they don’t seem to want the Dutch option.

The Pew Research Center just finished a study about where Americans would like to live and what sort of lifestyle they would like to have. The first thing they found is that even in dark times, Americans are still looking over the next horizon. Nearly half of those surveyed said they would rather live in a different type of community from the one they are living in at present.
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Bill protects ‘vulnerable’ road users

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Under Ellis’ bill, co-authored by state Sen. John Carona, D-Dallas, drivers would have to get out of a traffic lane used by a vulnerable road user if another is available. Motorists should pass them at a "safe distance" of more than 3 feet if the motorist is in a car or light truck. Six feet would be considered safe for heavy trucks or commercial vehicles. Seven states, including Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma have similar laws on their books, according to Ellis’ office.

The bill also would require drivers making left turns at intersections to yield to bicyclists or other road users approaching in the opposite direction. Motorists also would be barred from intimidating or harassing bicyclists and pedestrians and would be prohibited from opening a vehicle door that interferes with their ride or walk.

"Everyone is affected by this bill," Wang said, "because everyone has been broken down by the side of the road before. … No one has the right to harass you or throw things at you."
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House Bill 1197 - needs your support and testimony

Bike Laws[From Jon Morrison]

Del Carr introduced House Bill 1197 last week. <a href=""></a>;
I will be in Annapolis Thursday before and after the 3 foot passing hearing, seeking additional sponsors for HB 1197 - it would help immensely if you would reach out to your delegates and get the to support the bill, let them know I'll be stopping by (and let me know if they have a preferred time) and then let me know who I should see!

In the bill draft - [bracketed is proposed removal] BOLD is proposed addition to current law
11-104 - removes configuration restriction for 3 wheeled cycle
21-101 - permits bikes on shoulders
21-304 - allows bikes to pass on shoulders
21-501.1 - permits cyclists to use crosswalks
21-1205.1 - removes the mandatory use requirement for shoulders.
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OUR MISSION is to establish a minimum 3 foot safe passing distance between cars and cyclists in the USA, North America... The WORLD.
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Too Many Cars

Health & EnvironmentA car built in 2009 belches out 90 percent less tailpipe pollution as one built in the 1960s. But the net benefits to the atmosphere have not materialized, explains Global Warming blogger Emily Gertz, because the average &quot;vehicle miles&quot; driven per person has tripled. So making cars more environmentally friendly isn't enough: we also need to transform the way cities are built.
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A Smart Growth Future for Maryland

Health & EnvironmentWhile I would like to see the words bicycle or bicycling in this bill (HB 1116/SB 878) it does
* Strive for less traffic congestion and more transportation choices, as measured by a reduction in vehicle miles traveled;
and additionally
* Provide a greater percentage of new homes affordable to working families;
* Create more jobs near transit stations and in communities that need them most;
* Ensure that the water in our creeks, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay is clean and healthy for fish, crabs and people

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