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Speed and pedestrian safety

<img width="134" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051116120103843_1.gif" alt="">Faster speeds not only reduce the amount of time pedestrians and vehicles have to react to each other, but also increase the likelihood of a pedestrian being killed in a crash. A pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph has an 85 percent chance of being killed; at 30 mph, it goes down to 45 percent, while at 20 mph, it is only 5 percent.

- U.K. Department of Transportation, Killing Speed and Saving Lives, London, 1987.
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What's in YOUR bike bag?

<img width="160" height="99" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/2005111408462188_1.gif" alt="">-Rita Zeidner on the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club list serve

Here, in response to popular request and in no particular order, a summary.
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Peter at minkhollow

Absolute minimum? A cell phone, to call my wife and ask her nicely to come out and pick me up. If I'm riding way out in the country, I stick with my Verizon phone, since they have more coverage, and it has an analog mode. (Don't leave it on -- analog mode runs the battery down quickly.)

If I need to be more independent:

- Small (but powerful) pump that can actually pump up a tire in a reasonable amount of time - Spare tube - Tire levers - All-in-one tool with hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and a chain tool.- Piece of old tire casing to use as a boot in case of major tire failure

I carry more than that, but those are the things I feel I need.
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Baltimore City was over represented in bicycle crashes.

  • Baltimore City was over represented in bicycle crashes. The City comprises 7.1% of the state
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    We Are Traffic

    Video 49 min 52 sec - Oct 23, 2005

    <img width="160" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051111212540763_1.jpg" alt="">There are a lot of interesting ideas and thoughts in this video. One of the comments in the video was about how we punish people in this society by confining their movement. Which got me thinking isn't the space inside a car near equivalent to the space in a jail cell?

    Cars were once the great enablers of freedom and now they are becoming jail cells in rush hour or at best, modified wheel chairs so the occupants do not have to do more then 5-15 minutes of
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    Hummer Overfloweth

    <img width="160" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051109090459516_1.jpg" alt=""><img width="160" height="120" align="right" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051109090459516_2.jpg" alt="">&quot;The Hummer SUV, is a metaphor for America in the world today - overweight, overpriced, inefficient, and unloved.&quot;
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    The California SUV Fill Up Index

    <img width="98" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051109084455849_1.jpg" alt="">Ever wonder how much it costs for people to fill-up their personal deluxe motorized wheel chairs AKA SUV
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    SHA says to h*** with pedestrian safety

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    To be or to do

    Biking Elsewhere

    From RoadBikeRider.com free e-newsletter:

    "I have a very busy life, filled with a combination of things I want to do and things I have to do. There is peacefulness in focusing on just one thing, like a mantra or meditation. In these long events, there are stretches of time that can be very relaxing and I feel I am more of a human 'being' and less of a human 'doing.' That is, of course, until it gets that little bit harder and the discomfort takes all the fun out of it."

    - Dan McGehee double-century record holder, a 43-year-old optometrist with a wife and three kids, explanation of the attraction of long-distance time trialing

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    Rideshare

    Reduce the stress and expense of driving to work alone - Rideshare!

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    So now I am one of them: the few; the brave; the suicidal

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