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Feb-20-15 07:59 am
BBC Opposition of Protected Bikeways
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I do not wish to belabor this point but I have ridden many cycle tracks in this and other countries.  I have never met a cycle track I did not like. I am certain that each and every bicycle infrastructure improvement will be studied and scrutinized for pros and cons for all possible improvements.

I think the major problem with this debate is the word 'default'.  Should the default amendment be adopted, it will give the advocates of Bikemore one more tool in their arsenal when fighting for cycling infrastructure improvements.  We are currently faced with a Balto City and County governments that do NOT wish to improve bicycling infrastructure.  This extends beyond the elected officials, it runs deep into DOT and DPW. We need every tool we can get.

I think what needs to happen in the future is for both Bikemore and the BBC to work together and not against each other. It might have been more prudent for the BBC board to confront Bikemore with  their viewpoints rather than to go directly to the elected officials and their membership. 

The only way we will improve cycling in our region is for roadies, freds, commuters, hipsters, advocates, mnt bikers, recreational cyclists and newbies to work together. All will never agree on dress, bikes, manner of cycling, etc, but we must work together to improve our streets for future generations.

Feb-19-15 05:31 pm
BBC Opposition of Protected Bikeways
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

First, I love to see the BBC get involved in this discussion.  It is much needed in this club, often the advocacy post are seldom read.

  I am; however, surprised by the BBC reaction to the cycle track.  As a long time cyclist and bike commuter I would easily choose a cycle track over other options.  Is it the perfect option? No just the best we have right now.

Folks talk about the door zone, well I would rather be in a door zone in a cycle tack where the default is the door or another cyclist as opposed to the door zones often encounter on city streets where it is the door or a car.  One cannot avoid a door during rush hour traffic in the city without significant negative results.

Right and left hooks are a problem with CTs (also with bike lanes) but with proper parking regulations, education of cyclists/motorists and increased number of cyclists these can be easily overcome.  The old statement, build it and they will come is so true. The number of cyclists will greatly improve with the cycle tracks, PERIOD. Our safety is in numbers.

The city is not going to put cycle tracks all over the place replacing the current bike lanes.  It will be used in high speed traffic areas where it is needed.

I think some other great points are raised in calming traffic, police enforcement of speed laws, cyclists obeying laws etc.  But that is  a different story.

  We should really support the cycle tracks as stated by Bikemore. It will help cycling in our city. Bike advocates are always going up against politicians, police, automobile drivers, but we hate it when we go against our own.  Good discussion none-the-less.

FWIW: I am a BBC member and Bikemore board member.
@ Jeffrey, I wish I was 30 year old of which you speak. Only my bike is that age:)

Charlie

Feb-11-15 08:46 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Greetings all: Below is the job description for the new Executive Directors position with Bikemore.  If you are interested or know of someone please contact us.  Also please spread the word.

Thanks and stay warm out there.
Charlie Murphy

Blog post announcing job description: http://www.bikemore.net/news/bikemore-s … e-director

Direct link to job description: http://www.bikemore.net/jobs

Facebook link to Bikemore (job description is pinned to top of page): https://www.facebook.com/bikemorebaltimore

If you are on Twitter, please retweet this: https://twitter.com/bikemorebmore/statu … 3112879104

Please also post/share the position to LinkedIn or any other social media outlets, and please share with any non-profit networks you operate in.

Nov-25-14 05:13 pm
Category: Social

My concern is always the police report.  Often they do not get it right.  As the cyclist is taken to the hospital the police obtain the information from the car driver, thus 1 side of the story.  I have helped a few injured cyclists (Balto city) correct their police reports. This often involves contacting city council person, police precincts, police chiefs etc.  So the sooner one gets the report amended the better it is.

Bikemore(Baltimore's bike advocacy group) has this, a bike crash card to print out.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/274 … d%20x4.pdf

Nov-25-14 09:14 am
Category: Social

A cyclist was injured on Edmondson Ave yesterday @ 3PM.  He seemed coherent but was strapped to a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital. He was an African American, (30-40??), thin, wearing Kelly Club jersey, rode a white Cervelo. 2 women at the scene took his bike and gave names to officer.  I spoke to the officer in charge.  I have the officers name and number if there are any questions or ticket amendments that may be needed.

Does anyone know this guy?  Does anyone know of his condition? Hope he is OK.

Charlie 

Sep-15-14 07:52 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

I know but that's the way it is.  If we show significant numbers it will be much more relevant.  It is just an hour or so of time to leave an impression on those that can make our lives a bit easier.

Sep-08-14 10:27 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Greetings all:

  Baltimore County bike advocates would love for many cyclists to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Towson Bike Loop. I feel it is important to show our support to the local politicians. They are beginning to understand the importance of cycling infrastructure in our county.  Bike lanes/signage are beginning to appear throughout the county. While many serious cyclist do not 'need' bike lanes, please think about those that do need them, kids, grand-kids, moms, dads, grandparents etc. So please take a few moments and attend.  Use your lunch time, an hour of vacation time, ATTEND, Be seen, Do it for the kids!!!
Thanks, Charlie

Towson Bike Loop Grand Opening
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will officially open the Towson Bike Loop
When:  Wed Sep 17, 2014 11am – 12pm Eastern Time
Where: Bosley Avenue & W Susquehanna Avenue, Towson

Jul-06-14 09:02 am
Interest in Starting a Bike Touring Page?
Category: Social

8Washington tour, very nice. Enjoy it.  Eagerly await your trip report on WVa.  I will post when I tour next. I am sure I will head out somewhere later this summer or fall.  I have been researching the BRP for fall or next spring.  Rather stout for self supported touring so needs a lot of planning.

Here's my route for my WVa trip, the last climb @ mile 140 damn near killed me.
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5226201

Jul-02-14 10:39 pm
Interest in Starting a Bike Touring Page?
Category: Social

How was the bike tour?  I did a similar version a few years back but included Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods.  The West Fork Trail was only a grass field but ride-able, the hills nearby atrocious(especially the ones on dirt/gravel) but I had a lot of fun.  Some of the best camping can be had in this area with views unparalleled.

Please post a trip report as it might inspire a few others to tour.

I would also love to see this topic have it's own forum.

Do post again if you plan another tour. I would love to join you.  I am experienced in unsupported solo touring. 

Thanks, Charlie

Feb-08-13 04:39 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Hey folks:  Here's some info from Nates blog as to the time and place for the helmet law hearing:
The Environmental Matters Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 339 (Required Use of Protective Headgear) on Tuesday, February 20th at 1pm in the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis.  Delegate Maggie McIntosh has an excellent bill passage record.  There’s no reason to believe this bill will be different.  A roomful of cyclists with supportive data will help bring reason to this debate!
If you plan on testifying at the hearing, you must sign in 30 minutes prior to the bill hearing. If you plan on submitting written testimony, please bring 40 copies and submit one hour prior to the hearing.  For more information, call the Environmental Matters Committee at 410-841-3990.
Support biking in Maryland by opposing this bill!  Do not assume others will speak up for your rights!  WABA and Bikemore oppose this bill, but some biking organizations are remaining neutral.  Do not let Maryland become the only state in the union to require helmets for all ages!

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