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Dec-03-11 03:06 pm
Phil Feldman Broke His Hip, Surgery on Saturday
Category: Social

Thanks for the email notification, Stuart. I appreciate it.

The plan is, I'll see you Sunday.

Nov-18-11 07:35 am
1 great weekend in 5 minutes
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Nice video, especially considering it was shot with your cell phone!

I watched it from the BBC Facebook page.

A tip for those of you who have Garmin Edge 500 devices:

    - On the ridewithgps page, right sidebar, download the TCX file
    - Once you have it on your computer, with your 500 attached to the computer open up the folder on the Garmin called Newfiles
    - Drag and drop the TCX file from your computer into the Newfiles folder

The file will be converted to a FIT file the next time you turn the Garmin 500 back on.

By the way, you can convert many files at one time. Just drag-and-drop the TCX files into the Newfiles folder and they'll all be converted the next time you turn on the Garmin Edge 500. … xists.html

Senate Transportation bill is bad for cyclists, bans biking where trail exists

The new Boxer/Inhofe bill making it's way through the Senate right now has a lot for cyclists to dislike. First of all it rolls three key bicycle programs into CMAQ, funds them at a lower level than all the programs combined got last year, and then allows states to spend that money on nothing but roads.

Among the casualties are three key bike-ped programs: Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails. Those programs would be consolidated and listed as “eligible uses” under an $833 million subset of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ). That would represent a sharp drop from the $1.15 billion devoted to those programs in 2010. That year, Transportation Enhancements was funded at $878 million, Safe Routes to School at $183 million, and Recreational Trails at $85 million.

States could also divert their share of the $833 million to projects that add traffic lanes or don’t involve bike and pedestrian infrastructure at all. The bike-ped sub-category of CMAQ spending would be broadened to allow new road construction as an eligible use if the project “enhances connectivity and includes public transportation, pedestrian walkways or bicycle infrastructure.”

But if the effective loss of federal funding isn't enough, there's also the loss of access to federal roads (page 226):

(d) BICYCLE SAFETY.—The Secretary of the appropriate Federal land management agency shall prohibit the use of bicycles on each federally owned road that has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour or greater and an adjacent paved path for use by bicycles within 100 yards of the road.

Even if the trail is in very bad shape, and the road is perfectly safe, the Secretary will have no leeway to allow cyclists to continue to use the road if a trail is available. This is very bad policy.  Among other things it would end biking on portions of the Rock Creek Parkway where the speed limit is 35 mph.

Not that I think this rule is needed, but it's especially bad to set the limit at 30mph - which is far too low for banning cycling. And 100 yards is a very wide net. A trail that far away serves a very different purpose than a trail just off the road.

The upside is that with no more money for trail building, there won't be any more trails that cyclists will be required to use.

I haven't seen this here, but it's almost a month old:

Model Year 2012: Trek 7.2 FX, 7.3 FX, 7.4 FX, AND 7.5 FX; District, and 9th District bicycle models: WSD, Livestrong and Disc models

Oct-26-11 08:34 am
Contribute to research for Urban Transportation
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Barry Childress wrote:

So I am curious what you think about LAB supporting our Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access who supports our CDL "training" and the BBC supporting LAB with a yearly donation so LAB can say our bus driver training is great for bicyclists?

My answer has been rendered for the past 2 years--no donation to LAB.  Sorry, but they don't seem to "get it" these days.  WABA "gets it", so if a donation goes anywhere, it will be WABA--who looks out for DC, Maryland and Virgina.

One Less Car, ummmm.... I mean Bike Maryland--doesn't seem to have much focus these days other than putting up annual rides.  [I know they support us in Annapolis, too.]

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but I don't know or see anything from BM in social media (i.e., Twitter or Facebook).  That goes double for LAB.  The WABA blog is always busy. I get lots of news from WABA via an RSS subscription to my Google newsreader.

And speaking of RSS feeds... the one for this site is... well, bluntly, it sux. The formatting is little to be desired and from what I remembered before I unsubscribed, it was hard to control/target the content of the feed.   I suppose most BBC denizens come directly here instead of subscribing to RSS, so there seems to be a lack of testing for the feed from this site.

Sorry, this is getting off topic and I apologize.

Oct-25-11 08:33 am
Contribute to research for Urban Transportation
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I won't download a Microsoft Word file from anyone that I don't know. Sorry, but that's life in a world of computer viruses.  Maybe an official from the BBC can communicate that back.  SurveyMonkey would have been a better method.

As far as Lombard and Pratt St (and, Ocean City) shared Bike/Bus lanes are concerned--I haven't seen anything on where a bike should position themselves in such a lane.  In Ocean City, the police want you to hug the curb, so you can play dodge with their drainage system or take out a pedestrian who carelessly steps into the lane without first checking for approaching bicycle traffic.  In Baltimore City, I ride along the straight going line so that right turning traffic can make their turn unobstructed and I avoid being right-hooked.

The city hasn't considered that bicycles can be on the left side of the road as well as the right on a one-way street such as Pratt and Lombard.  They assume the right, so that's where they painted the lanes, but there are many occasions where a cyclist may need to make a left turn.  An experienced cyclist will usually make their move to the left early. They may be riding on the left for x amount of time in preparation for the upcoming turn.

Additionally, I haven't seen suggestions by anyone as to what a bicycle should do when being overtaken by a bus in the Bike/Bus lane.  I hold my position, no matter what, but others with less steely nerves may move right.  In my opinion, this places them in a compromised position to be right-hooked.

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