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Ride to Annapolis on Monday?

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WBAL-TV just called me.  Was looking for riders somewhere near Northern Parkway (they have the cue).  I told them we all will be grouped at the end of the B&A trail and riding in from there.  Leaving for Marley.  My mobile is
410-596-8263

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What a great turnout and showing of support for the Bensky family, the bicycle friendly bills that have passed and are pending in session and cycling in general. The ride received coverage on WBAL & WJZ and even Gov. O'Malley himself stopped on his way out of the building to acknowledge our presence. (Though most of the group had gone off in search of food.) Wonderful job Harry, Terry and others on an important issue.

I wanted to reinforce some of the comments from Delegate Cardin, Harry, John Kelly & Carol Silldorff - these bills are not just about cyclists and safety. They are about the bigger issue of quality of life -  being able to feel good & safe letting your kids bike to school or to a friends house, promoting healthy & safe communities,  acknowledging that we are all human and whether on a bike, in a car, jogging or riding a motorcycle, we all need to be respectful and considerate of the lives of others.

Thanks for a great day.

Joe

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The ride received coverage on WBAL & WJZ

I have the video spots from 11 and 13 on CD.  I have not had a chance to record channel 2 but they also did a spot.  Will try to catch the 11 PM broadcast.

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It looks like everything's a go with the bill:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryla … issues0412,0,6893032.story

Sadly though, the tragedy continues:
http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article. … ryid=99903

Joe

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Everyone was amazing today!  Thank you to the approximately 85 bicyclists who rode to Annapolis to honor Lawrence Bensky. This meant allot to Tammy, her mom and Larry’s parents. It is an incredible showing of strength that his family was able to attend today.  Let’s continue, as the weeks and months pass, to reach out to them with compassion and support. I heard that Joel Wymen, who was riding with Larry last week, had a fourth leg surgery. I’d like to send him recovery wishes.  Does anyone have his email address?

Also - thank you to the organizers of this successful event (I’d love your assistance with the Tour du Port as you did a fabulous last minute job!).

On a different note - it is time to celebrate! I returned from Annapolis a few hours ago where FOUR significant Bike/Ped/Transportation bills passed! The bicyclist’s show of support in regard to the bicycle safety legislation was meaningful. The following bills passed and are on the way to the Governor's Office for his signature:

SB624 - Shoulder Rule bill
SB51 - 3 Foot bill
HB 1155 - Transportation Transparency bill
HB 282 - Funding for Bike/Ped Access bill

I will produce a list of those Delegates and Senators (Cardin, Carr, Lafferty, Raskin, McIntosh, Malone, Pena-Melnyk and more) we will want to thank for their support of these important bike safety and bike/ped funding bills. A call or email from a constituent is a big deal to them – a few minutes of your time can make a BIG difference.

We must remember Larry and work together during the 2011 General Assembly session to make Maryland a safer place to live, work and play. 

The One Less Car Legislative Agenda for the 2011 General Assembly session will be developed during the summer. A few of the items on my mind are:
• Strengthening the new 3 foot rule
• Strong focus on the manslaughter by vehicle bill
• Introducing a bill to increase tax credits for bicyclists
• Reintroduce the accident vs. crash bill
• There will be more to add to this list and your legislative assistance is appreciatively accepted.

To learn about One Less Car's events, volunteer opportunities and legislative agenda - go to www.onelesscar.org and click on the contact header.

Thank you all and please spread the word!

Carol Silldorff
Executive Director
One Less Car
1209 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-960-6493 direct
Carol@onelesscar.org
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Thank you Carol,
Your tireless efforts to make our roads a safer place to ride and in my mind our culture a bit more sane are warmly and greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everybody who got out yesterday and even to those who could not due to work constraints, and there were many. I often become complacent and morose about the state of affairs in America, a runaway car culture, increasing disregard for our fellow citizens, a culture that I sometimes see only as an ever growing obese mass of self centered, unenlightened, angry drivers. Tomorrow I felt much better, thanks.
As I was returning to the State House after enjoying a fine and pleasant, well deserved lunch, I was cut off by a guy in a giant SUV who after cutting me off braked hard for some people crossing the street by foot, thankfully. So I rode up next to him as we headed up the street together and politely said "you stopped for them but not for me, why?" His response was this, really. "Can you go 180 mph on that thing?" I said no, of course not. "Well then there is no need for me to watch out for you" Really, that's what he said, still can't figure out his logic, something about my presence would in no way impede his progress because he could accelerate faster. I asked him if he knew how much his truck weighed, he said "I know exactly how much it weighs". I asked if he thought his very heavy truck was any match for my 190 lb body and twenty pound bike? Not sure what he said next, perhaps it was too confusing a question, but very politely I wished him a good day, really I did, and I headed back to the State House.

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