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Who\'s Trash Talking Bikes?

Biking Elsewhere[From the League of American Bicyclists]
Every now and then, someone takes a potshot at bicyclists and bicycling. Sometimes it’s a politician; other times a shock jock. Whoever it is, and whatever their motivation, we don’t like it! So we keep track of who says what, and give you the chance to talk back. For responses to common trash talk, click on the menu to the right (Driving Costs, Pay Your Way, etc.)

Oct. 2, 2008: Professor John Cochran, University of Chicago
Sep. 8, 2008: Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina
July 29, 2008: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters
July 18, 2008: David Brooks, New York Times
Dec. 6, 2007: Representative John Boehner, Ohio
Sep. 11, 2007: Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
Aug. 4, 2007: Representative Patrick McHenry, North Carolina

Talking Back points:
* Driving Costs
* Pay Your Way
* Get Off the Road
* Behave!
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Bike Rack Exhibition!!!!!

Biking in BaltimoreCome check out the entries (as well as the eight finalists) of the North Ave. Bike Rack Project!!! This Friday, Dec 12th at the North Ave Market.
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Biking in BaltimoreBALTIMORE – Going gray waiting for the MARC? Wet leaves bring your commute to a screeching halt? Maybe that red-light camera got your number. Or the bike lanes that only seem to run through other people's neighborhoods just aren't big enough for an OCLV carbon frame AND and a '78 Buick. Any which way, Eight-Stone Press (ESP) wants to know!

Through December 31, 2008, ESP – publisher of the award-winning SMILE, HON, YOU'RE IN BALTIMORE! series – is seeking your transit-themed stories, essays, poetry, photography and other artwork for an upcoming special focus issue of SMILE, HON. Potential topics/perspectives of interest include, but are not limited to: mass transit (including bus, MARC, light rail, subway, air travel, etc.); automobile (including commuting, taxis, etc.); bicycle (including city, rural, etc.); and pedestrian ventures. Articles (100 - 2,000 words) are preferably received via e-mail ( as attached Word documents. Image files should be at least 5" x 7", 300+ dpi (.TIF, .JPG, or .PDF format). All contributors will receive a byline/artistic credit for their work as well as two (2) complimentary copies of the issue in which their work appears.
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One Less Car December Update

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Moving On
A Message from One Less Car President, Greg Cantori
Public comments on MARC and commuter bus cuts must be received by December 26th!
Checklist of Maryland's Bike Problems
Last chance to stop the Intercounty Connector
12 Steps for a safe and comfortable bike commute

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SAVE THE DATE! - The 2009 One Less Car Symposium will be held on February 4th at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Everyone is welcome to meet and greet their legislators!

The Bike Commuter Tax Credit - What you need to know!
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Bike commuters are now eligible for a tax credit! Learn more here!

Winter Biking

It's getting cold out there! Here's some great Wintertime bicycling tips from the Great White North


See Rep. James Oberstar speak at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Seattle. Thanks to John Wetmore from Perils for Pedestrians for this video!

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The Consolidated Transportation Program is Maryland's six-year capital budget for transportation projects. If it's not in the CTP it probably won't get built. Learn more about the CTP and the public input process here

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It saddens me to say that I will be leaving my post as Executive Director of One Less Car this month. It's been a great twenty-two months and I've had a wonderful time working with all of you.

One Less Car is a very small non-profit and I would be lying if I said its been easy juggling a full schedule of events, advocacy and administrative minutiae. But looking back I see a lot for OLC members to be proud of - Bicycle racks on all MTA buses, the repeal of the state ban on bikes and peds on MdTA bridges, the OLC BRAC report, the Fall '08 Bike Summit, the Baltimore transit summits and, of course, CAM and Tour du Port.

I know that OLC will continue on a path where advocacy will be a central focus. Marylanders need a strong advocate for bike and pedestrian issues and OLC can certainly fill that role.

Carol Silldorff, a former consultant for Baltimore Green Week, will be the Interim Executive Director of One Less Car starting in Mid-December. I hope you will all join me in wishing her the best of luck.

Richard Chambers, Executive Director

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A Message from One Less Car President, Greg Cantori
As you all know, One Less Car has been very lucky in having Richard work with us. His passion for alternative transportation shows by his literally walking the talk by busing and biking around Baltimore since he came on board. His efforts in getting 100% of MTA buses fitted with bike racks was a real win for those who need to make a bike/bus transition. And his efforts to strengthen the voices of bicyclists and transit riders has been a genuine success. We wish him well! Some organizational updates - We want to welcome our newest board members: Tom Taylor, John Purcell and Bruce Herman. They each bring vital experience and interests that will surely help One Less Car in aggressively pursuing our dream of less cars on our roads. Towards that end, our board will begin a planning process to not only look at viable ways to reduce car use, but to measure our success with goals and outcomes that will hold all of us and our public officials fully accountable in making our roads less crowded. Welcome Tom, Bruce and John!


BUY YOUR $5 RAFFLE TICKETS ONLINE - Just go to and make a donation based on the number of tickets you want (i.e. a $50 donation = 10 raffle tickets).

With the proceeds from the Cycle Claus raffle One Less Car will be buying 12 bicycles (or 24 if 5000 tickets are sold!) for Baltimore City children from lower income homes. One Less Car believes that every child should have the joy of riding a bike. It is also our way of promoting healthier living by helping to fight childhood obesity.

Not only will OLC be buying 12 bikes (including all safety equipment) for the children, but their families will receive a gift certificate to a local grocery store to go towards their holiday meal.

And the winner of the raffle gets his or her choice of either a Fisher X-Caliber Mountain Bike or a Trek 2.3 Road Bike, courtesy of Joe's Bike Shop of Mount Washington!

Want more info? Contact David Schapiro at

Public comments on MARC and commuter bus cuts must be received by December 26th!

As you may know, the Maryland Transit Administration is proposing drastic cuts to MARC rail and commuter bus service in the Baltimore and Washington areas. Most dramatic is the proposal to cut commuter bus service from Columbia to Downtown Baltimore to the very bone.

If you use MTA commuter services, or if you just happen to think Maryland should be cutting new road projects (like the ICC) before cutting essential transit service, please contact MTA BEFORE DECEMBER 26th! Click here for information on who to send your letter or email to.

Checklist of Maryland's Bike Problems
Below is a list of some of the reasons why the League of American Bicyclists ranked Maryland a lowly 35th in their annual ranking of bike-friendly states. One Less Car strongly encourages you to read over the list and demand that the Maryland Department of Transportation address these issues. We believe that this checklist should serve as a workplan for MDOT staff as they move forward on improving bike accessibility. No 3ft or greater safe passing law Existence of a discriminatory mandatory bike lane law No Complete Streets or Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation policy (Note: the state has language encouraging bike/ped accommodations, but no plan for ensuring that these accommodations are actually built) No Mountain Biking Plan No CO2 Reduction Plan that includes bicycle usage No policy requiring bike parking at state owned facilities No system in place to determine percentage of state highways that have paved shoulders No dedicated state funding source for bicycling projects or programs No questions regarding the responsibilities of motorists towards cyclists on driver's test Bicycle safety is not addressed in Highway Safety Plan No education of officers on cyclist rights & responsibilities through academy or continuing education Information on cyclists rights and responsibilities not made available to traffic judges

Last chance to stop the Intercounty Connector

In a time when billions of dollars are being taken away from sustainable transportation projects statewide Governor O'Malley has chosen to continue his support of the multi-billion dollar Intercounty Connector highway project. In case you did not know, the ICC is a proposed toll highway that will connect Laurel to Montgomery County. If built, Maryland taxpayers will be out billions of dollars that could be used on everything from schools and parks to bike infrastructure and mass transit.

Learn more about the ICC boondoggle here.

12 Steps for a safe and comfortable bike commute
Start off easy Don't feel you have to go the distance Figure out your route Test it before you commute Find a bike buddy Learn the rules of the road for bicycles Investigate parking Devise a cleanup plan Carry flat fix essentials Learn emergency adjustments Inspect your bike before every ride Perform routine maintenance
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Street Films - Boulder Goes Bike Platinum

Biking ElsewhereWhat does it take to be Platinum? Bikes, the priority in planning, it's the little details that make a difference. Being able to get anywhere by bike. Routes with no stops for bicyclists.
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Lexicon of Bawlamarese

Biking in Baltimore(How to co-moon-icate wiff the natives)

Now yer talkin', Hon

[My apologies to the natives and not being bike related but I thought it was funny, Sunday funnies if you will.]
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If you build it, will they ride?

Biking Elsewhere...
The research identified three key contextual factors that Douma and Cleaveland believe strongly influence the success of new bicycle facilities in attracting riders: location along usable commuting routes, overall network connectivity, and amount of publicity and promotion given to the facilities. In cities where these three factors were not effectively addressed, the number of commuters traveling by bicycle did not increase significantly.
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A blueprint for a green agenda

Mass TransitPRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama intends to make an economic stimulus package a priority, with the emphasis on investments in public works infrastructure. While moving quickly is important, this is an opportunity for more coherent planning that accomplishes multiple goals.
However, special attention should be paid to the kinds of infrastructure projects to be funded, and how these projects fit into a broader, long-range plan. We're at a transformational moment when economic competitiveness, energy independence, responding to climate change, and developing a transportation system for the 21st century can all converge. The New England region can do its part by being ready with a model plan that transcends traditional boundaries.
The Obama administration should assess the projects that will bring infrastructure systems into the 21st century, jump-start the economy, and prepare for the post-carbon, post-cheap oil future. Not just any old infrastructure will do.

Instead of new highways, which often enable unsustainable land development patterns, the policy should be "fix it first" - keeping existing roads and bridges in a state of good repair. The major infrastructure projects in any stimulus package should emphasize transit - bus systems, streetcars, light rail, and inter-city rail - and moving more freight capacity to rail as well.
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Why bicycling should be a top priority for the State

Biking in Maryland* Per US DOT survey 73% would welcome new and improved bicycle facilities#1
* Per NHTSA survey 89% of bike trips begin at a residence and only 7% at a recreational site#2
* Over 75% of all car trips in the US are for distances under ten miles and nearly 60% are for distances under five miles.#3 (Easy biking distances for a reasonably healthy adult.)
* Per recommendations of TFAH and RWJF increase access to safe, accessible places for physical activity in communities. Examples include creating and maintaining … bike lanes and providing incentives for smart growth designs that make communities more livable#4
* School districts in Maryland are consolidating bus stops, canceling field trips and forcing students to walk longer distances to school to control fuel costs.#5 (But in reality it will be putting more cars on the road.)
* Parents driving their kids to school contributes as much as 20% of rush hour traffic#6
* Bicycling is a major source of childhood injuries but being a passenger in a car is the leading source of childhood injury#7
* Motor vehicle traffic fatalities is the leading cause of death for the ages 1-34#8
* The second leading cause of death in the United States is inactivity just behind tobacco#9

Sad stats for Maryland:
* Maryland has had statistically significant increases in the obesity rate for three years in a row per the F as in Fat Report.#10
* Maryland ranks the 6th worst state (up from number 9) for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities per all traffic fatalities per FARS#11
* Maryland ranks 35 out of 50 for bike friendliness per the League of American Bicyclists.#12
* Maryland ranks the 5th lowest bike/ped spending per capita for the last 3 years, spending $1.61/capita/year with the National average of $6.14 and the National high of $38.16.#13
* Maryland spends 0.62% of its Federal Funds on Bike/ped projects the National average is 1.78% and a National high of 5.40%#14

So we wounder why is our state below the national average of the modal share of biking to work?

Federal Law requires that a bike network be identified - and a decent one has been identified but not funded.#15 Without funds, area bike plans have laid dormant for years.
Despite policies to improve bicycle access and projects to improve bicycling in the area the net gain is virtually nil, more attention is needed.

The FHWA says:
* Provide 20:80 match to "create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities." #16
* Bicycle projects must be "principally for transportation, rather than recreation, purposes.#17
* Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists,#18

But MDOT says:
* Federal Aid should only go to jurisdictions that are in the least need of Federal Aid by upping the matching requirements to 50:50 (Jurisdictions with the most need generally get less funding) (Priorities need to be established to get funding (in order of need) to Baltimore City, Montgomery, Baltimore, Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties.)
* Transportation Enhancement funding can only be spent on recreational trails.#19
* The inclusion of quality material in the State's Drivers' Manual for the responsibility of motorists in regards to bicyclists and pedestrians safety as well as the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians is too expensive (it will add additional pages) and adding more then 20 questions to the drivers test will make it too hard.

Additionally, more attention is needed to enforce, prosecute and levy fair and just punishments to those who disobey traffic laws (no more hand slaps #20) as well as enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian safety. This also has the added benefit of reducing crime.#21
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Can kids just be kids?

Biking ElsewhereIn the last 30 years, our children have lost a lot of the freedom and independence they once had to explore our neighborhoods. As we have designed our communities around automobiles, activities like walking or bicycling to school have declined dramatically.

In one generation:
• The number of kids walking or bicycling to school has dropped from 71% to 18%.1
• The number of total walking and bicycling trips made by children has fallen by 65%.2,3
Today, more than two-thirds of all trips by 5-15 year olds are made as car passengers.3

Reduced childhood activity has contributed to health and transportation problems:
• There are more than three times as many overweight kids today as there were 25 years ago.4
• More than 1 in 3 young people in grades 9–12 do not regularly engage in vigorous physical activity.4
• As much as 20% of morning rush hour traffic can be parents driving kids to school.5
• School bus transportation is frequently the second largest budget item for school districts after salaries.6

Imagine discovering a way to:
• Reduce traffic accidents involving child pedestrians by 80%.
• Take one out of every five cars off the road during the morning rush hour.
• Reduce school transportation costs.
• Increase childhood physical activity to help reduce incidences of diabetes and obesity.
• Give children the same freedom and independence enjoyed by Baby Boomers when they were kids.

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