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Bicyclists are safer when they ride facing auto traffic???

Biking Elsewhere

Whenever something like this makes it to print I just cringe and makes me wonder just how effective our educational campaigns are. (And if you are asking what educational campaigns, my point exactly.)

Just to be clear, wrong way riding is one of the major causes of bike accidents and it does not prevent them. The following letter to the editor is wrong.

Bicyclists are safer when they ride facing auto traffic

I've read that Delaware has an extremely high rate of bicycle fatalities compared to other states. This is not surprising, considering the unreasonable biking laws in Delaware.

In states like Virginia, bicyclists are required to ride facing traffic. This way, if a car gets too close, the biker can avoid being hit. But Delaware law requires bicyclists to ride with the flow of traffic, with automobiles in back of them. That way, a biker has no idea what drivers are doing without looking backward at them.

If you ride a bike according to Delaware law, all you can do is pray that drivers see you and are considerate. Regardless of the law, I don't intend to put myself in danger by riding with my back turned away from drivers. I bike facing the traffic.

Cynthia McPherson, Newark

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Biking in BaltimoreLast year I was yelled at more times than I can count, for "riding in the middle of the road". I was told I should ride on the sidewalk where I belong. Horns blared as a car or truck speed by. And, on and on and on.

This year, as always I was prepared for the usual onslaught. But - it hasn't come.

On Tuesday I had something happen that I've never had in all my years of commuting. Heading north on Charles Street, I'm south of Kenilworth Drive settling in my place in line waiting for the light to turn green. I'm behind a van. The driver rolls down her window. Since I suspect she wants to talk to me I coast up to her. She wants to know if I'm turning right or going straight. Since her right blinker is on she's obviously concerned about a possible collision. I told her I was going straight but that I was not going to pass her and thanked her.

As far as I know I'm riding the same as I always have. The only difference that I'm aware of is that I have added an aardvark rear triangle to my saddle bag.

So my conclusion is that drivers have become more respectful. But why?

Do they see me differently? Do they think I'm some poor soul that can't pony up for the $3 gas? Do they see the gray hair peeking out from under the helmet and think I'm a granddad? Or do they think they should be out on their bike going from point A to point B? I don't know!

But I like it!

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Tour dem Parks, Hon!

<img width="77" height="120" align="left" src="" alt="">Join the 4th annual Tour dem Parks, Hon! Sunday, June 11th and help promote bicycling in Baltimore. Choose from 10-, 20-, or 30-mile loops that will take you through popular as well as lesser-known gems such as Patterson Park, Sherwood Gardens, Herring Run, and Middle Branch.

Register online at <a href=""></a>; or at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The ride begins at 8:00 at the stable in Carroll Park (entrance in the 1600 block of Washington Blvd.) in southwest Baltimore. The cost of $25 for adults, $15 for teens, and $5 for children benefits parks-related groups.

Free T-shirts and water bottles to the first 300 riders!

For more information, call (410) 396-4369 or (410) 396-8360.

Sponsored by the Mayor
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Check out these events at the Timonium REI store:

5/31/2006 7:00 PM

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Bicyclist, 58, Dies in Nighttime Hit-and-Run

Biking in the Metro AreaWashington Post
Saturday, May 6, 2006; Page B04
-- Steve Vogel

A bicyclist was killed Thursday night in a hit-and-run accident in Elkridge, Howard County police said. They identified the victim as David Allen Overmiller, 58, of the 8200 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup. The accident took place about 9:40 p.m. on Route 1 near Troy Hill Drive when a southbound vehicle struck Overmiller, who was also riding south, police said.
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Bicycle is king of the road as gas costs rise

Biking ElsewhereBy Rick Smith International Herald Tribune
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2006
President George W. Bush has praised cycling as a way to "chase that fountain of youth"
But the Netherlands and Denmark, the undisputed champions of cycle use, have come closest to restoring the bicycle to its pre-auto role. Perhaps it is no coincidence that they share one concept: Dutch and Danish cyclists are protected by an extensive legal framework and are fully recognized users of the road.
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Support cycling in BaltoCo Thur 6/1

On Thursday June 1st, the county is doing its formal county wide public presentation of its Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan for the Eastern part of the county.

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It would be helpful if we could get a 100 people showing up in support of this. So if you can show up at:

Baltimore County Office of Planning
Fourth Floor, County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue, Towson
(Enter from the Courthouse Plaza after 5 p.m.)

Sometime between 5:30 and 8:30 PM
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Film Your Issue

At the time of writing the films that have more votes:

Orphans in Africa
The Cry of Humanity (Warning lots of disturbing images)
Strike It Up
Thumbs Down to Pity

It would be cool to have One Less Car, One More Bike selected as the issue of young Americans.
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Eastern County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Newsletter

May 25, 2006


The Baltimore County Office of Planning is hosting several events on Thursday,
June 1, 2006 related to the pedestrian/bicycle planning process. I hope you will
be able to attend! Also, please feel free to forward this email to others that
may be interested.
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Safe-passing, passed in Oklahoma

---Let's go national! Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has signed a bill into law making it a finable offense for a driver to pass a cyclist closer than three feet. Oklahoma is believed to be only the third state to have a safe-passing law. It also simplifies what a bicycle is, clarifies where cyclists should ride on the road, removes a requirement that cyclists ride on sidewalks, and establishes fines if a motorist hits a cyclist. Credit for this advancement in cyclists' rights goes to the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition.

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