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Baltimore is creating a plan to improve the quality of life.

Biking in BaltimoreDo You Care About…
Having Trees? - Your property value? - Outdoor recreation?

Make your voice heard!

Baltimore is creating a plan to improve the quality of life in Baltimore now and for generations to come. Participate in a series of community conversations to discuss ideas for a better Baltimore!

In spring 2008, Mayor Sheila Dixon formed the Baltimore Commission on Sustainability, representing neighborhoods, nonprofits, institutions, and businesses, to plan for the future of Baltimore. The Commission on Sustainability holds public meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month at 4 pm at the Baltimore City Planning Department, 417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor.

The Commission’s Next Public Presentation Meeting is Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Auditorium, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane.

Please Join Us

The Commission has formed six Working Groups that will host public community conversations for you to voice your ideas on the future of Baltimore in the following areas:

Saturday, August 16, 2008
10:00 a.m. – Noon

We’d like to hear your ideas on making healthy food accessible to all, making our urban parks and greenspaces safe, active and well maintained for Baltimore’s resi-dents and ecological systems.

Morgan State University
The McKeldin Student Center
4300 Block of Hillen Road
Room 212 A
(near the Christian Center and Library).
Parking is available along Hillen Road

Three Ways to be a Part of Baltimore’s Sustainability Plan

Share Your Ideas - Participate in our public meetings or email us at sustainability"at"
Get Connected - Sign up for email updates on meetings and general announcements. Email: office_of_sustainability-join"at"
Read All About It - Regularly check for updated information on our website. <a href=""></a>;

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Union Station's Chutzpah

Biking ElsewhereLike many people these days, I am concerned about the environment, and I try to do my part to reduce my environmental impact. I recycle, and my garden consists of native plants. Instead of driving from my house on Capitol Hill to my job in Silver Spring, I ride my bike to Union Station and hop on the Metro.

Unlike the bikes being rolled out in the SmartBike DC program [Metro, Aug. 13], my bike is old. I bought it used from a bike store a few years ago, and it has certainly seen better days.

But it functions just as it should, taking me from point A to point B. So imagine my shock and sadness when I got off the Metro after work Tuesday and my bike was missing from the bike rack outside Union Station.

I went to the nearest security guard to report the apparent theft, and he promptly retrieved my &quot;stolen&quot; bike. As it turned out, my bike had been judged to be &quot;unsightly&quot; by Union Station standards and had been impounded. They had cut the lock and confiscated the machine, obviously without bothering to verify whether it was abandoned or just a little beat up.

Are they serious? Is this a message the District wants to send? Is this how the nation's capital is promoting sustainability? Is the city going to confiscate old cars that function perfectly well? Are banks going to reclaim houses that show some peeling paint? Give me a break . . . and a new bike lock while you're at it.


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Another thing for bicyclists to dodge

Biking in BaltimoreTwo Fridays ago the day started well – it was a beautiful morning for cycling and the Mayor's ride to Lake Montebello was very enjoyable. The day, unfortunately, did not end as well.
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WABA to Meet with DC Police; Witnesses to Crash Sought

Biking ElsewhereOn Friday, August 15, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) will meet with the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to express concerns over recent actions by the department that are contributing to the sense that bicyclists and pedestrians are not being adequately protected on Washington, DC's roadways. These actions include:

• the failure to provide information about the investigation into the death of Alice Swanson;
• an ill-timed enforcement program targeting cyclists; and
• the failure to cite a driver for fleeing the scene of a crash.

Six weeks ago, Alice Swanson, a 22-year old cyclist, was killed at the intersection of 20th and R Streets NW. Aside from an interim report issued by the department, no additional information has been provided by the department that might help prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future. WABA has been trying to get more details from the Major Crash Investigation Unit but repeated calls to the unit have remained unanswered.

WABA also has serious concerns about the poorly timed and poorly informed recent sting operation against cyclists near 16th and U Streets NW. With the timing of the enforcement stings so close after the death of Alice Swanson, the department appears to be blaming the victim and the tragedy of Ms. Swanson's death deserves a much more comprehensive approach involving stronger enforcement of traffic laws, and education efforts aimed at ALL roadway users.

WABA is also very concerned by the department's recent response to the incident involving a pedestrian who was struck in a crosswalk on K Street in downtown DC. As widely reported in the news the driver was cited $50 for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk - with no arrest or penalty associated with the fact that he had also fled the scene of this crash. Under Title 50, section 2201.05 of the DC Code, the driver, if found guilty of fleeing the scene of a crash, would be subject to fines of not more than $500, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months.

Since the death of Ms. Swanson WABA has been working with the District Department of Transportation on designing improvements to the intersection where she was killed and also with the DC Council on legislative changes that would better protect those that walk and bike. However, without better enforcement of traffic laws and better understanding of the laws by police and cyclists, the effects of these efforts will be minimized. At the MPD meeting WABA will be specifically asking the police for the following:

1) detailed information about the investigation into Alice Swanson's death
2) better training of officers in bike and pedestrian laws
3) distribution of WABA's &quot;Pocket Guide to DC Bike Laws&quot; to all law enforcement officers
4) increased enforcement of traffic violations
5) support for increased fines for drivers that strike cyclists or pedestrians

It is the policy of the District of Columbia to promote safe walking and biking and MPD's role in that policy is critical. WABA will be sure to inform you of the results of the meeting. If you have any questions or other concerns that you feel need to be addressed please email waba&quot;at&quot;

Witnesses to Alice Swanson Crash Sought

The family of Alice Swanson is seeking to gather information about the circumstances by which Alice was struck and killed by a truck on the morning of Tuesday, July 8, 2008. If you, or anyone you know, has information about this, please contact James (Rory) Kelly, an investigator working on behalf of Alice's family. He can be contacted at (202) 661-0948. Please contact Rory and he will meet with you promptly.
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Baltimore City launches Baltimore CarShare program

Mass TransitComing Soon!

Do you or could you walk, bicycle and take public transportation to most of your destinations but still need a car every once in a while?

Do you drive to work because you need a car to get to meetings during the day?

Car sharing can help!

The Parking Authority of Baltimore City is helping to launch Baltimore CarShare, a non-profit car sharing organization that will provide a network of conveniently located vehicles for members to rent for as little as a half an hour. Low hourly rates include maintenance, insurance, designated parking and gas!

Members feel free to give up one or more of their cars knowing a car sharing vehicle is available nearby whenever they need one. Employees can save the wear and tear on their own vehicles and use a car sharing vehicle instead.

Imagine a fleet of hybrid vehicles, pickup trucks, minivans, Mini Coopers, BMW's and convertibles available at the click of a mouse.

Car sharing can take up to 20 vehicles off the road!
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You Can Ride One of Mayor Fenty's Bicycles (But not the really good one)

Biking Elsewhere...
Tomorrow, D.C. transportation lords will unveil their long-awaited Smart Bike program (like the one Paris uses, and Barcelona and Oslo), making Washington the first major American city to provide this kind of grab-and-go bicycle for public use on short urban hops. (It's amazing that we beat Seattle or Portland to this particular Edge City punch.) The first 100 bikes at 10 automated racks around the city won't be officially available until Mayor Fenty snips the ribbon Wednesday, but I begged my way onto a list of beta testers who got access in advance. Last Thursday, I spent a few hours taking a city bike ride on a city bike. ...
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Instructional Ride

Biking in the Metro AreaWe are having a one-day Instructional session at Meadowood Regional Park (on west side of Falls road near Greenspring Station) on Sunday, August 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. <a href=""></a>; .

This will cover safety, communication while riding and basic bicycling skills. Then we will go on a short ride to practice these skills. This session is designed to encourage you to ride, and will serve as an introduction to our full Instructional Series that will take place in the Spring of 2009.

Please reply to us if you are planning to attend the August 24 ride, so that we may plan accordingly.

Howard, Gordon and Gary
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Sustainability Plan

Biking in BaltimoreOn May 27th a kick-off meeting was held to initiate the planning process for the Baltimore City Sustainability Master Plan. The plan will be an amendment to Baltimore ’s Comprehensive Plan, and will serve as a guide for environmentally responsible development in the city for years to come. Led by the Office of Sustainability, this planning effort will include a broad range of stakeholders and will create goals, indicators and targets which will be meaningful to policy makers as well as citizens.

The Sustainability Master Plan planning process is divided into 6 Working Groups; Energy &amp; Air, Water, Waste, Green Infrastructure, Built Environment and Transportation. Each of these groups will hold 3 public meetings to discuss vision statements, goals, indicators and targets.

We want to invite you to the upcoming public meeting for the Transportation Group:

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Transportation Community Conversation
Orleans St. Public Library ( 1303 Orleans St .)
5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

During this meeting, we will discuss transportation goals, objectives, and indicators to measure the city’s progress in achieving a more sustainable transportation network. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mark R. Brown
Transportation Project Planner
Baltimore City Department of Transportation

“It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” - William Whyte
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Mid Session Bicycle Forum 10-06-08 in Laurel

Biking in MarylandFrom Bill Kelly -
Hi Bicyclists, , Greetings from the Bicycle Folks of Maryland. Hope all is well with you. We are working with several of the Bicycle Groups in Md. to have a Fall Mid Session Bicycle Forum on Monday October 6, 2008 at 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Applied Physics Lab-APL in Laurel, Md. We would like to invite you to attend. We have held these Forums before in College Park and Annapolis and have found that this format is a great way to bring all players up to speed on how to make and keep Maryland Transportation in the for-front of better and safer Bicycle transportation. Hopefully you will be available on Monday evening 10-06-08 and can attend, Please mark your calendars now, plan to attend and invite your friends. Thanks, Bill Kelly
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Charm City Bike and Brunch this Saturday on the Gwynns Falls Trail

Looking for local rides(ers)Come out for a Saturday ride in the park. This Saturday, August 16th, join the monthly Charm City Bike and Brunch for a guided tour of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

The ride starts and ends at the same location in Gwynns Falls / Leakin Park at Winans Meadow. Lunch will be catered in the park. $15.00 per person

Meet at Trail Head 2
4500 Franklintown Rd.
10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP to Anne Draddy - Anne.Draddy&quot;at&quot;baltimorecity.GOV or Mike Strawbridge - michael.strawbridge&quot;at&quot; 410-365-8830. If you need a bicycle, please let Mike know in advance.

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