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Baltimore City Seeks Coments On New Master Plan

<img width="101" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20060216075958279_1.jpg" alt="">Draft Comprehensive Master Plan Released for Public Comment

Baltimore officials are looking for feedback on a plan they hope will steer the city's efforts in economic development, transportation and land use for at least the next decade.

The Plan focuses on four primary areas: LIVE, EARN, PLAY,
and LEARN.

Prepared by the city Department of Planning, Baltimore's first comprehensive master plan in 30 years lays out goals such as increasing retail space downtown by up to 1 million square feet and running a trolley along Charles Street.
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ONE LESS CAR SPONSORED LEGISLATION:

From One Less Car:

One Less Car works to ensure safe, healthy communities where all Marylanders have opportunities for walking and biking.

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Pet control is the big lesson in poodle saga

Biking in the Metro Area<img width="134" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20060206183351303_1.gif" alt="">by Gregory Kane - Baltimore Sun

The first lesson is for Tippett: Jacquelyn is a poodle, madam, not your &quot;little girl,&quot; as you referred to her in the news story. Dogs, while they have a reputation as bright animals, do have some limitations on their intelligence.

If I had been in the jogger's spot, I might not have kicked Jacquelyn. But I would have tried to explain the situation to the pooch in clear English.

&quot;I'm a 200-pound man. You're a 4-pound poodle. I have a large foot that can kick you several feet. Do the math, dog. Do the math.&quot; The math for humans versus poodles confrontations comes to, I suspect, something like Humans 3,247, Poodles 0.

But dogs can't do math. That's the point. That's why we have leash laws.
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It's going into the law you can't harm animals PERIOD

The bill is in the house and it will be a mistomenor for ANYONE ANYWHERE to &quot;INFLICT UNNECESSARY SUFFERING OR PAIN ON AN ANIMAL;&quot;
<a href="http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/billfile/hb0011.htm">http://mlis.state.md.us/2006rs/billfile/hb0011.htm</a>;

Hearing 2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
Max penalty 90 days in jail and or $1000 fine.
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Through a Child

<img width="126" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20060131142114929_1.gif" alt="">For many kids today, particularly those living in the suburbs, life can be one long shuttle between school, soccer practice and the mall. A generation of children who grow up dependent on being delivered to their destinations by car is less likely to make sustainable transportation choices later in life. More trips by car not only has a direct impact on air pollution and but can also foster obesity, lung disease and other symptoms of poor health. Kids are the
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Random thoughts

Pedestrian injuries are the norm, not the exception, on city streets big and small.

The best way to build forgiving streets is to erect buffers, in both space and time, between fast-moving drivers and much more vulnerable bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Rocket on two wheels

Biking ElsewhereEngineer's bike goes 0 to 60 mph in five seconds

In place of synthetic rubber fuel, however, the bike uses ordinary roofing tar. To ignite it, Pickens placed a model-rocket motor inside the engine. A button on the handlebar fires the model-rocket motor, which in turn sets off Pickens's larger motor by lighting the roofing-tar fuel.
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Traffic Safety Facts

Biking ElsewherePedalcyclist fatalities occurred more frequently in urban areas (66%), at nonintersection locations (67%), between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. (30%), and during the months of June, July, and August (36%).

In 1994, the average age of pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes was 28.9; in 2004 the average age of those killed was 38.7, and the average age of those injured was 28.6.

Pedalcyclists under age 16 accounted for 21 percent of all pedalcyclists killed and 32 percent of those injured in traffic crashes in 2004. In comparison, pedalcyclists under age 16 accounted for 37 percent of all those killed in 1994.
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Baltimore Metropolitan Council presentation

The presentation at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (on 1/24/06) went well which was essentially to solicit support for:

Strategy4B of Maryland

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Baltimore Bike Master Plan

For those of you who missed the January 18th public review meeting of Baltimore City

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