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Final Charm City Bike and Brunch of the Year

Biking in BaltimoreHi All,

This is the last of 6 successful Bike and Brunches of the year. Please join Tim Almaguer of the Friends of Patterson Park on this ride of the park and East Baltimore.

When: October 18th, 10 a.m.
What: Charm City Bike and Brunch
Cost: $15 per person
Where: Meet at the White House in Patterson Park, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue; brunch will be at Life of Reilly
Contact: Please RSVP (limited to 15 participants) with Friends of Patterson Park Office, 410-276-3676.. If you need a bike or helmet, let Tim know.
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Warning: MDSHA is till trying to kill cyclists

Biking in MarylandWhat is it with Maryland road crews? Why can't they post adequate warning about road surface irregularities?
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For bicyclists, a ride focuses on cars

Biking in Baltimore[What? No mention that our Mayor road the 40 mile route.]
Tour du Port raises money for a nonprofit that promotes alternatives to automobiles

By Stephanie Desmon - Baltimore Sun

Lisa Harbin hasn't yet made the plunge and started bicycling from her home in Hampden to her job as a technical writer in Fells Point. But she's seeing more people ditching their cars, devising commutes that don't come with a price tag of more than $3.50 a gallon - and she admits she's inspired.

"It's getting a lot easier to ride through Baltimore," she said. "In the last few months I've seen way more people out on bikes than ever before. When people see more people out on bikes, it makes it seem more feasible and safer."
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Pedal Power to the People!

Biking ElsewhereUmbra Fisk (Grist TV) on commuting by bike (for the first time):
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Monday's Bike Forum summary

Biking in MarylandIt was very encouraging to see ~70 people show up and attend the meeting. Here is my brief summary of the highlights followed by some of the disappointments.

Highlights:
1: Safety: Peter Moe - Maryland Highway Safety Office
If you remember after trying to get the three foot safe passing bill through the legislature last year we were promised a safety campaign and we got to see how this is unfolding. Elements include: a pamphlet "Bicycle Safety: It's a two-way street." core message: Bicycles are legitimate [road] users; simple strategies for sharing the road; Transit advertising; email blast; web support and Driver share the road video.

2: Data & Initiatives: Stephanie Yanovitz - MdSHA
2.a: On October 23rd SHA will hold a Complete Streets Training Workshop for SHA's lead staff in Planning, Design and from each District Traffic Office. [Hopefully more training sessions we be held for all involved in the process of (re)designing our streets.]
2.b: Maps are provided for each SHA district that highlight the Bicycle Level Of Comfort (or the lack thereof) as well as bicycle and pedestrian crash locations, in short, a great little aid in highlighting where there is need for better accommodations.
2.c: At all public presentations of upcoming projects a Bicycle FAQ board will be presented, which covers bicycles being allowed on the road, our helmet law, riding on sidewalks, rules regarding sidepaths, common courtesy and common motorist errors around cyclists.

3: Trails: Sylvia Ramsey - MDOT
Maryland Trails: Strategic Implementation Plan <a href="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20080729093118564">http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20080729093118564</a>;
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California passes Complete Streets

Biking ElsewhereGovernor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1358, the California Complete Streets Act of 2008, into law Tuesday night. The Complete Streets Law has been the number one legislative priority of the California Bicycle Coalition.

The Complete Streets Act codifies policy that all streets be designed to accommodate all users including bicyclists. According to San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno, who introduced AB 1358, “Streets aren’t just for cars, they’ re for people and AB 1358 will ensure our roadways are safe and convenient for everyone - young or old, riding a bike or on foot, in a car or on a bus.”

AB 1358 requires a city or county’ s general plan to identify how they will accommodate the circulation of all users of the roadway, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and users of public transportation. The new general plan provisions would be required when local governments next revise what is known as the circulation element which addresses flow of traffic through a local transportation system utilizing better planning to ease congestion. Such accommodations may include sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, wide shoulders, medians, bus pullouts, and audible pedestrian signals, among others.

“Complete Streets ensure that tax dollars are invested to serve all Californians, and protect and enhance our quality of life now and in the future,” said K.C. Butler, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition.

Complete Streets has many societal and public health benefits. When people have more transportation options, there are fewer traffic jams and the overall capacity of the transportation network increases. Additionally, physical inactivity is linked to our growing obesity epidemic. One study found that 43% of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home met recommended physical activity levels.

AB 1358 is also a key strategy communities can use to help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Complete Streets will help cities and counties meet standards set by landmark legislation capping carbon emissions in California, AB 32. If each resident of a community of 100,000 replaced one car trip with one bike trip once a month, it would cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emission by 3,764 tons per year.

Additionally, integrating sidewalks, bike lanes, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of a project is more cost-effective than making costly retrofits later.
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Photos from Tour du Port

Bike Maryland updatesIf you missed Sunday's ride you missed a great event, great weather and supporting a great cause. We hope to see you next year.
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Hit by a bus today, again

Biking in BaltimoreYes, hit by a bus, again.
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Kill a cyclist, pay $110

Biking ElsewhereUntil the city lives up to its bike-plan promises, door-prize givers will get away with murder

BY Jonathan Goldsbie

What if I told you that you could kill a man — or a woman or a child — for the low cost of $110? No jail time. No criminal record. No other fines or fees. Quite a bargain, huh? And you may not even have to pay that much, if you successfully challenge the penalty in court. The offer is not gonna get any sweeter than this. I dare you, find a better deal. Kill a person, pay $110, move on with your life.

How, you might ask? Well, it's obvious. Just pick someone whom society willfully neglects, whose life is considered unimportant and whose death is no big whoop, an unfortunate but forgettable consequence of modern society. A little collateral damage at the margins. Nope, not homeless people. They're looking down on that now.

I'm talking about cyclists. Just open the door of your parked car into an oncoming cyclist and smack 'em into traffic. It might take several tries before you actually kill one, but keep at it. The police will be hesitant to charge you at first. And then other cyclists will get all uppity, and police will compromise with a $110 fine. Because that's how much a cyclist's life is worth.

Incidentally, it's also how much a cyclist is fined for not coming to a complete halt at a stop sign. Or not having a bell. Or having a defective bell. Or riding in or along a pedestrian crossing.
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