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10 Best Places to Live a Long Life

Biking in MarylandNo. 1: Montgomery County, MD

Life expectancy at birth: 81.31 years

Two top-ranked hospitals (Suburban and Naval, both in Bethesda) help make affluent, educated Montgomery County No. 1 for longevity. Last year, Montgomery's county seat of Rockville unveiled a new pedestrian-friendly town center, bringing together housing, jobs, shopping, and recreation.
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The (bike) path of least resistance

Biking Elsewhere...
There's no logical reason for the hostility. Sure, a bicyclist's presence means that a driver must slow down and pay attention. But there may be something deeper going on, too: A bicyclist has the potential to make anyone feel guilty for guzzling gas. Or envious that they are not on a cycle. I know when I'm biking past a road crew, I feel like an entitled fop from the leisure class: I'm in the hot sun by choice, not because my paycheck requires it.

Moreover, bicyclists aren't perfect neighbors on the asphalt. Sometimes we ride two abreast, sometimes we zip through red lights. Once I hurt an animal: A garter snake. ...

But there is so much to be gained from biking - for drivers, too. Obviously, biking doesn't replace mass transportation and it isn't feasible if your commute is more than a few miles. But it minimizes commuter congestion, it's nonpolluting, and it inspires no one to chant, "Drill, baby, drill," like a lunatic sports fan.
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David Feherty Got Hit by a Truck and Lived to Tell About It

Biking Elsewhereby David Feherty;

Seven months ago, I was on my beloved bicycle, a 6.5 trek Madone with the SRAM Red groupset and Easton climbing rims. Tipping the scales at a featherweight 13.8 pounds, it is like riding a carbon butterfly. I was closing in on a 50-miler, just five minutes from my own driveway, and the sun had not yet risen. It was a good start to the day.

I was riding west on Park Lane between Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, approaching the light at Bed Bath & Beyond—when a pickup truck knocked me into the Beyond section. His wing mirror barely missed me, but the trailer was wider than the truck, and even though I was doing about 20 mph, the impact was shockingly violent.

I’m an alcoholic and a narcotics addict. A couple of years ago, I bought a bicycle and started to ride to my meeting. I liked it, and after a while I started riding farther. Then, one day, I kept going. Now I’m riding instead of meeting. My bicycle is my lifeline, my meditation machine, and without question one of the reasons I’m alive. I acquired the addiction to painkillers from years of playing professional golf with bad elbows and a worse first wife, and the alcoholism I guess is just an Irish thing. I have the double curse: the thirst and the internal stoicism to consume an utterly absurd quantity of alcohol and still remain lucid. I quit drinking not because I was a bad drunk; on the contrary, I was spectacular.

Having kicked all my bad habits for the better part of two years, I finally thought I was addicted to something that wasn’t going to kill me. The irony flashed through my head milliseconds after the corner of the trailer made contact with the middle of my saddle and then my lower back. I remember thinking, Oh, crap, I hope it’s not a beer truck. My head snapped back and I began to fly, like a silhouette of E.T. across the moon. All that was missing was the basket on the handlebars. I had everything else, down to the glowing red light, of which I had two—one on the back of my helmet and the other, a dazzling Planet Bike flasher, clipped to the back of my jersey. I am, if nothing else, safety conscious on a bicycle. The only person who could hit me would have to have a grievance against Christmas trees or, as it turned out in this case, a pressing need to get to a red light. He just had to get to the red light before I did.
Then a man standing above, his arms folded. He is not looking at me. The lady says, “You just ran him over!”

“He was in the road!” comes the reply, defiant.

At this point, I don’t know if I’m going to live, but I do know that if I die, I definitely want to take this guy with me. If I could just get up, maybe I could push him into oncoming traffic. That way, even if the bastard survived, he’d know what it feels like to be hit by several tons of fast-moving metal. (For the record, it hurts.)
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Street Art - Ride, don't drive

Mass TransitWhat lives when public transportation is used, and dies when it's not? Potentially all of us.

This message is hauntingly conveyed by a street art installation showing polar bears coming to life as a subway passes beneath them:
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Learning to Drive

Biking Elsewhere[We need a movement like this here.]

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is consulting on proposals to alter the Learning to Drive process.

CTC [the UK'S national cyclists’ organization] suggests that:

* more account be made in the driver learning process of cycle awareness, better explaining cyclists' rights and the reasons behind cyclists' road positioning.

* cycle awareness must also be part of the training process for accredited driving instructors and examiners.

* The theory and hazard perceptions of the test, now 5 years old, need to be used to explain to learner drivers the safety reasons behind rules and initiatives.

The proposals also suggest that 'pre-driver training' be introduced as a qualification for teenagers before they start on-road lessons. CTC suggests that National Standard Cycle Training (or Bikeability) level 3, designed to give young teenagers the skills to negotiate busy roads and junctions, fulfills many of the elements of pre-driver training admirably. More widespread application of cycle training amongst teenagers will help reduce collisions amongst this age group, keep them cycling, and turn them into better, more considerate drivers.
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Wheel incentive in Minneapolis

Biking ElsewhereBiking to work in Minneapolis shot up last year to rank the city in a virtual tie for tops among big U.S. cities--and that's before $4 gas.

"City government is just getting geared up. We're starting to do a lot more stuff. People just really want to get out and bike here for environmental reasons, gas prices and health. This is largely a grass-roots community thing. But it doesn't hurt that we have lots of facilities." -- Shaun Murphy, Minneapolis' non-motorized transportation coordinator.
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Reporter tries bike commuting

Biking ElsewhereFor years, I was scared to bike to work. In Portland, of all places.

I was afraid I'd get flattened, out there on my rinky-dink bike amid the beefy Yukons and boxy Westfalia vans that roam the region. These are not unusual fears. Even in the nation's bike-happiest city, fewer than five percent of Portland workers pedal to the office, according to U.S. Census estimates. Some of the rest might consider the option if persuaded they'd get home in one piece.

I wasn't persuaded. But I tried it anyway. Three months later, I'm alive to report: The fear is gone.

Pretty much. ...
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Caltrain Biker Arrest Sep 25 2008 - 7 min

Biking ElsewhereBiker gets on train, finds available spot in bike rack (3 bikes were on rack, sign says capacity is 4). Conductor tells biker that train is full, demands he get off. Biker refuses. Police meet train at San Carlos station, biker arrested.
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Station North Bike Rack Competition

Biking in BaltimoreStation North Bike Rack Competition-- thought I'd pass this information on:

"Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. announces the Station North Bike Rack Project. Eight (8) uniquely designed bike racks will be created and installed throughout the Station North Arts & Entertainment District to enhance the area with these sculptural installations, while simultaneously promoting bicycling within the city of Baltimore.
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This is midtown Manhattan?

Biking ElsewhereHow do you expect to have a vibrant city without over accommodating cars?
Hint: Try attracting and accommodating people, they are after all the ones that spend the money.

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