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Ride to Annapolis on Monday?

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By not posting it you prevent someone who wants to leave Marley later or earlier from using it - depriving them of the intended purpose of your effort - a simpler cue sheet.

Someone might be late because they get caught in traffic or something like that.   Or know they can ride faster than the calculated averages, or . . . well there are lots of reasons people may want to ride from Marley earlier or later.

It is simple to post - so why not?

Sam

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOMORROW'S RIDE...
Hello all,

Thanks so much to the organizers and participants of tomorrow’s bike ride from Annapolis to Baltimore in support of the bicycle safety bills! 

HB461/SB51, the 3 foot rule, has already passed both the House and Senate floors!  One Less Car is pleased that Maryland has finally moved in the direction of promoting bicycle safety.  We hope it will be easier to strengthen the 3 foot law next session than it was to get this important bill passed. 

Additionally, HB282 - Delegate Pena-Melnyk and Bobo’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Access, Funding and Reporting bill passed both floors!

Tomorrow, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the shoulder rule, HB1193, will be voted upon favorably by the House.  This important law already exists in 46 states.  I will be in the gallery tomorrow watching the vote. I hope you will join me!

Please take special care as you bicycle tomorrow to follow all laws (stop at stop signs etc.).  One of the biggest arguments I heard from Delegates was that bicyclists don’t follow the law.  I know the tragic death of Larry Bensky is on our minds and our emotions are strong.  Please be as courteous and professional to all Delegates – we won’t be able to pass additional bicycle safety legislation without courtesy and professionalism on our side.

To learn more about bicycle safety initiatives please visit www.onelesscar.org.  One Less Car is the only non-profit in Maryland with an active presence in Annapolis promoting bicycle safety legislation.  We would greatly appreciate your support now and next session to make Maryland a better place to live, work and bike.

Thank you,
Carol

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Re: Ride to Annapolis on Monday?

Sam49 wrote:

By not posting it you prevent someone who wants to leave Marley later or earlier from using it - depriving them of the intended purpose of your effort - a simpler cue sheet.

Someone might be late because they get caught in traffic or something like that.   Or know they can ride faster than the calculated averages, or . . . well there are lots of reasons people may want to ride from Marley earlier or later.

It is simple to post - so why not?

I plan on taking up the rear.  That and any extras will be left at the start location we are leaving from at Marley.

The intent is to have everyone arrive at the state capital at the same time.  Further, anyone that arrives at the trail head of the Baltimore Annapolis Trail head is supposed to wait so we can ride in as a group and because we may be getting a police escort.

Finally the original cue I already posted here yesterday is accurate from Marley to the Capital.

Hope to see you there Sam.

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Thank you Carol. It looks like 461 has indeed passed. It's too late to change anything, we're still doing a memorial ride, it's just a ride. There's more to this than the bill. I will urge everyone again to be on their best behavior, and I will stress it all day tomorrow.

Not sure what the comment about Marley station is referencing. Just imagine we'll be leaving Cromwell at 9:30ish and gauge from that when you'll meet us. Be early so you don't miss us or just get to Annapolis on your own, no sweat.

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carol wrote:

HB461/SB51, the 3 foot rule, has already passed both the House and Senate floors! 

Interesting... Assuming everything is still a go unless you post here otherwise.

Oh, and BTW, Nancy Cooper from Annapolis Tri club e-mailed me with a great idea.  Think about wearing one black arm warmer tomorrow in memorial of Larry Bensky.

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carol wrote:

Tomorrow, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the shoulder rule, HB1193, will be voted upon favorably by the House.  This important law already exists in 46 states.  I will be in the gallery tomorrow watching the vote. I hope you will join me!

In cleats? Sorry .. I just had to post that.

See you tomorrow at Marley.

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Yes, appears to have passed. I have an e-mail into Cardin and we'll get the scoop in the morning. We are still a GO, it is a memorial ride, we must be very cool and friendly. Whether Tami Bensky will still speak is not known, up to her. We still want to show up and memorialize Larry, show that we are an organized group, and possibly draw some press attention to the whole thing. Get into the house and thank the legislators for passing this, if indeed it has, and urge more measures towards a bike friendly state.

The arm bands are a good idea. Nancy may be the woman I met on the BWI trail today. She was very into the idea and mentioned Annapolis Tri Club.
I'll bring my arm warmers.

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Yes, the 3 foot bill has passed.  It would be great for folks to contact Delegate Cardin and thank him and the other sponsors and those who voted favorably in regard to the bill.  Also please thank Delegate Pena-Melnyk, Bobo, and Carr as sponsors of other very important bike and smart communting bills.  While I havn't yet updated the One Less Car website - you can learn about these bills here: http://onelesscar.org/page.php?id=152  I hope that you all will hold onto the compassion and passion you currently feel and support One Less Car next year - we are always seeking volunteer advocates! 

Yes - the memorial ride for Larry Bensky will take place - thank you to the organizers.  I would love to join you on the bike ride but may be in Annapolis very late - the session ends at midnight.

Carol Silldorff
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Carol,
Thanks for all of your work. I am certainly not an activist, this just sort of happened. I rode to Annapolis once for a bike symposium and thought I would do it for this, just as a small measure of support for the bill and in Larry Bensky's memory. It's turned into a bigger ride and I am glad. Count on me for future support of One Less Car, just let me know what you need.
Harry

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I may be jumping the gun now that SB51 has passed but consider what we, the general cycling community, can do to support better education of our state and local police to the laws associated with cyclists.  In turn that can help the general public (over time) understand proper passing technique.

To that end, I'd like to see groups such as BBC and One-Less Car provide partial financially support to police training if it includes sufficient, accurate information concerning cycling laws.  Some could come from our general membership fees but additional revenue could be generated AND help educate the public by purchasing a quantity of "3 FOOT PLEASE - ITS THE LAW" jerseys and resell the majority to the cycling public (mostly BBC members I expect) and keep a small quantity for events such as today to be loaned out to participants.  Before such a purchase be made, it would obviously be wise to determine if the BBC membership would be interested in purchasing such a jersey.

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