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Counting bikes in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreI got this notice from a Hopkins Public Health public service mailing list. Does it seem odd that they are going to count bikes in the winter? Anyone interested in advocacy on the question?

Also, if anyone wants to volunteer as a counter, the info is below.

Baltimore City Planner’s Office seeks Volunteers!
Interested in Making Baltimore a More Green Place to Live? Volunteer just two hours to count the number of bicyclists in Baltimore at designated locations. Counts will be performed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 9 am and from 4 – 6 pm. The locations will be: Guilford and Mt Royal, Eastern and Chester, Pratt and Gay, Park Heights and Belvedere and St. Paul and 33rd. Forms will be provided. For more information and to volunteer, contact Susan Hutfless ( With enumeration, we can impact the funding allocated to this form of transportation in Baltimore to increase the health of the city’s residents.
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Leaner nations bike, walk, use mass transit

Biking ElsewhereLink found between 'active transportation' and less obesity in 17 countries
-Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jim Richards is no kid, but he loves to ride his bike. At 51, he has become a cycling commuter, pedaling 11 miles from his home in the suburbs to his job in downtown Knoxville.

"It really doesn't take that much longer" than driving, he insists.

And he gets 40 minutes of exercise twice a day without going to the gym, which he attributes to a 20-pound weight loss.

New research illustrates the health benefits of regular biking, walking or taking public transportation to work, school or shopping. Researchers found a link between "active transportation" and less obesity in 17 industrialized countries across Europe, North America and Australia.

"Countries with the highest levels of active transportation generally had the lowest obesity rates," authors David Bassett of the University of Tennessee and John Pucher of Rutgers University conclude.
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Obama, Congress Must Back Up Rhetoric on Recovery


Here's a template op-ed on the Transportation for America coalition's concerns about the shaping of the stimulus bill. This is a VERY critical moment in the debate. We think Congress should:

Conduct the discussions about what gets funded in the open: All states should make public what they are proposing. They should get no blank checks, but should be accountable toward national priorities. Those national priorities should include longterm benefits to the economy, safety, reduced oil dependence and carbon emissions. We should fix what we have before we build new highways.
This is possible if the economic stimulus package the President-elect is expected to sign on day one includes a $100 billion investment to:
? Repair and preserve highways, bridges and existing public transportation service, and support the green jobs associated with this work;
? Build modern rail and rapid bus lines and upgrade all forms of service in cities large and small;
? Develop high-speed and other forms of inter-city rail; and
? Make streets safe for walking and biking.
While repairing existing roads and bridges is a necessary expenditure, given that the national highway system has been built, federal resources and attention must go toward supporting the cleanest forms of transportation ? public transit, high speed rail, walking and biking. The Transportation for America Campaign has identified more than 65 such ready-to-go projects within the next year, requiring over $17B in funding to get going.

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Obama To Take Big Pre-Inauguration Railroad Tour

PoliticsBy Eric Kleefeld -

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has hit on a novel way of reducing the pressure that the enormous crowd expected to show up on Inauguration Day will put on Washington: Have Barack Obama take a pre-inaugural railroad tour that will allow people to show up to view him and Joe Biden at multiple locations.

"As part of the most open and accessible Inauguration in history, we hope to include as many Americans as possible who wish to participate, but can't be in Washington," said the committee's executive director Emmett S. Beliveau, in the press release.

Obama will hold an event in Philadelphia the Saturday before the inauguration, then be joined by Joe Biden at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, with the two then proceeding to another rally in Baltimore, Maryland. It seems reasonable to expect that as the train heads to D.C., crowds could very well line the whole railroad to see them go by.

Bear in mind that the inauguration is expected to have millions of people trying to attend. Every person who can show up to the pre-inaugural events, or even catch a glimpse of the train going by, is somebody who won't necessarily feel they have to go to Washington that Tuesday.
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We have a new bike shop

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pagesimage
Baltimore Bicycle Works
1813 Falls Rd. Baltimore, MD 21201
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

We wish you all the best! More bike shops means more cyclists.
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Why again do we need to support cars above all else?

Biking ElsewhereSince the 1950’s the United States has been planning and developing its communities and transportation infrastructure around suburban living and the speed and convenience of the automobile. This has resulted in sprawl, congestion, and a built environment that is largely inconvenient, inaccessible or unsafe for active transportation such as walking and bicycling. Because of this, rates of walking and bicycling are generally very low, except in dense neighborhoods built on a grid pattern, and in mixed-use areas where schools, businesses and public facilities are located within close proximity of residential areas.

The most vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly and those with special needs, have been functionally shut out of the transportation and land use infrastructure, and have become dependant upon the automobile, or have simply become less active because they cannot move around their communities without a great deal of effort and personal risk.
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Biking should be encouraged, not taxed further to support roads

Biking ElsewhereLet's use public dollars to encourage those who travel by bike in our communities, as they are doing a service for the economy and the environment while paying more than their fair share in taxes.

By David Hiller

WHILE James Vesely's attempt to stir the pot may seem reasonable ["Impose a license fee on bicyclists," editorial column, Dec 7], it ignores much of what we know about who subsidizes whom on our roads, sidewalks and trails. It also casts people who travel by bicycle, or walk for that matter, as the "fringe" who don't participate equally in our society and communities. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that less than 3 percent of the region's total transportation funds are spent on bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs, while 37 percent of the region's population — the old, the young, the disabled, the poor and those who don't own cars — cannot or does not drive. What's more, 60 percent of Washingtonians want to walk and bike more than they currently do.

Investments in transportation overwhelmingly tilt in favor of moving as many cars as quickly as possible — often to the disadvantage of walking and bicycling. This makes it easy to forget that these streets are in fact not the sole domain of the private automobile, but public rights of way where we, the public, should be able to travel with equal ease.

It is this historical bias that has created an environment where many feel unsafe or uncomfortable making even the shortest trips on foot or by bike. Modest investments in walking and bicycling not only improve health, safety and mobility, but also reduce congestion by removing cars from the roads.

People who attack nonmotorized travelers as freeloaders may not know that drivers don't pay their own way. For starters, local roads — where the vast majority of travel occurs — receive almost no funding from user fees like the gas tax. They are funded by sales and property taxes, which we all pay. The 37 percent of people who don't drive, or drive less, pay far more in taxes dedicated to roads than they receive in return.

If we broaden our perspective to include driving's externalities, like crash damages, medical expenses, congestion, pollution, and public safety costs, subsidies for driving are estimated at a dollar per mile. Further, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute estimated the monetized benefits for shifting trips from cars to bicycling or walking to be between $1.43 and $2.75 per mile.

Failing to adequately support investments in walking and bicycling has led to a $1.2 billion backlog in unfunded capital projects statewide, according to a 2007 state study. Even though more than 2 million people in Washington do not drive, they are often deprived of safe, equitable access to our public rights of way.

Compare the cost of serving this unmet need with a recent billion-dollar project begun on Interstate 90, which serves a mere 29,000 vehicles a day. For the price of a project that moves fewer vehicles than many arterial streets, we could build every planned trail, sidewalk and bike lane in the entire state.

Despite enormous subsidies for driving, and routine underinvestment in other transportation choices, bicycling is the fastest-growing form of transportation in the Puget Sound region's urban centers. According to the American Communities Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau, bicycling trips grew 27 percent and walking trips grew 15 percent in Seattle from 2000 to 2005, while drive-alone trips grew by only 4.5 percent over the same period.

Growth in bicycling and walking also works in tandem with public transit. Making transit centers more accessible to people who choose to leave their cars behind can double ridership, giving buses, streetcars and trains more bang for their buck. Every one of us who finds a new transit stop within walking or bicycling distance knows the freedom of new transportation choices.

Finally, facing tremendous challenges in combating global warming, now is hardly the time to undermine growth in walking and bicycle use. Extreme weather brought about by human activity is taking its toll on our crumbling infrastructure. Bicycles not only produce zero emissions, but have nearly zero impact on road surfaces when compared with motor vehicles.

Despite his sarcasm, Vesely may be onto something when he dubs bicyclists "the most green of our population." Let's use public dollars to encourage those who travel by bike in our communities, as they are doing a service for the economy and the environment while paying more than their fair share in taxes.
David Hiller is advocacy director for the Cascade Bicycle Club.
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SHA at work!

Biking in MarylandJust sharing some recent examples of SHA Bike Route signing and Planning with Bicycle Retrofit Funds.

Planned: MD 144 between Oella Ave. and River Rd. (resurfacing to provide suitable shoulder for cycling) connecting the Trolley Trail No. 9 w/River Rd. Bike Route aka PHG Bike Route
Planned: US 1 Southwestern Blvd. Tom Day Blvd to Ramp 2 - will include marked bike lanes

Harford County Signage/new route designation
MD 22 between Bel Air to Route 40
MD 543 from STR Bus. US 1 to MD 22 - pos. redo to incorporate Bus US 1 to Route 40

District 6 –Summer 08
Were on the map but are now signed
MD 67 from US 40 Alt to US 340
US 340 from MD 67 to WV State Line
US 40 alt from City of Hagerstown limits to MD 67

Not on the map - NEW
MD 34 from US 40 Alt to WV State Line
next set loops
MD 64 from City of Hagerstown limits (west side) to MD 418
MD 418 from MD 64 to MD 60
MD 60 from MD 418 to City of Hagerstown limits (north side)

Evaluating/Planning for 2009:

* Signing/Marking - Designate Bike Routes - Existing
- Verify existing signing/marking along bike routes per October 2007 Statewide Bicycle Map
- Coordinate with District Traffic to provide signage along designated routes
- Recommend Bike Route Signs with Destinations/Mileage at the following locations:
* MD 500
* MD 197
* MD 212
* US 301/US 50/MD 18
* US 29/Old Columbia Pike
* UMD - Bike to Campus Routes
* MD 564 – Bowie -

* Identify location for Sharrow and bike lane markings along designated routes
- MD 702
- MD 700

* Identify New Routes
- Identify Community Groups - PAZ - BAZ
- Evaluate other State Routes for their potential inclusion
* MD 704
* MD 214
* MD 202
* MD 218
* MD 458
* MD 953

* Connect Routes/Trails
* o ICC Master Plan Amendment
* o ECG - Belle Grove Road
* o National Harbor

Also City of Greenbelt, limits along MD 193.


Stephanie Yanovitz
MD SHA Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
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Call for Entries: Filmed by Bike

Biking ElsewhereFilmed by Bike, a festival of independent bike-themed short movies from around the world, is accepting entries until Feb 15, 2009. All submissions must be eight minutes of less. A jury will make the final selections. Hundreds will enter from around the world, but only 30 can make the final cut. Visit for more info.

Think you got what it takes? Show us what you got!
// watch the trailer here
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The League is Sticking Up for Cyclists!

Biking in Maryland

[Having been involved with some of the conversations between LAB and the State and with LAB and the City of Baltimore I can say LAB is starting to make a difference in Maryland, please consider your support.]




We know the holiday season is a busy time, and that this year everyone is taking a much harder look at what they spend.


The League relies on your membership dues and additional contributions for the majority of our income – and over the years members like you have given us an incredible boost by closing out the year with a generous gift to help us continue our work on your behalf.  


Just before Thanksgiving, we mailed you a summary of the progress we’ve made this year thanks to your support: here are the highlights. We:



We also identified some of the incredible opportunities (and challenges) ahead of us in 2009.


Consider this:


A new Congress and Administration will commence work in just 30 days on three absolutely critical, and potentially transformative initiatives – a massive economic stimulus package, a new transportation funding bill, and climate change legislation. Taken together, these will direct more than one trillion dollars of infrastructure investment in the next five years – shaping our nation’s future every bit as dramatically as the New Deal, World War II, and the Interstate Highway System.


Our programs that we have built with your support provide a roadmap – better still, a bike map – for ensuring this investment creates sustainable, bicycle-friendly communities for the future. We can’t afford to pour all that money into 1950’s-style highway projects and programs.


We have to have a voice at the table, and your support now is critical.


If you have already sent an end-of-year contribution, we thank you, and we look forward to serving you – promoting and protecting the rights of cyclists – in the year ahead.




Andy Clarke


League of American Bicyclists


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