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Matt Porterfield Announces New Film, Kickstarter Project

July 18, 2011
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Matt Porterfield Announces New Film, Kickstarter Project

Matt Porterfield, director of Hamilton and last year’s beautiful Putty Hill announced some exciting news over the weekend. On Aug. 1, less than two weeks from now, he’s planning to begin production of his new film, I Used to Be Darker, starring Ned Oldham (brother of Will and a former City Paper contributor) and...
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Jack Yates’ Family Settles in Lawsuit Against Truck Driver Who Killed Him

December 1, 2010
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Jack Yates’ Family Settles in Lawsuit Against Truck Driver Who Killed Him

In August 2009, John R. “Jack” Yates was riding his bike south on Maryland Avenue approaching Lafayette Street behind a large cement truck. Said truck made a right hand turn at the intersection, and Yates collided with the truck’s rear wheels, killing him—a classic “right hook”-style accident. The truck did not stop, but the...
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Surprise: The Baltimore Peanut Gallery Doesn’t Like Bike Lanes

November 19, 2010
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Surprise: The Baltimore Peanut Gallery Doesn’t Like Bike Lanes

“I have a problem with marking up our streets with the stupid bike markers.  I can’t tell you when that last time I saw a person on a bike in my area. Who thinks up these stupid ideas!” This is a comment forwarded to Nate Evans, Baltimore’s Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, from a Baltimore...
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Uncovering Baltimore’s Earliest News Stories With The Baltimore Diary LP

November 17, 2010
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Uncovering Baltimore’s Earliest News Stories With The Baltimore Diary LP

My pal Kara Mae is a pretty awesome and voracious record collector, particularly when it comes to old Appalachian/regional stuff. Recently, she dug out an old Ebay find for the Baltimore or Less blog: the News-American‘s Baltimore Diary 1773-1973 LPs. Compiled for the bicentennial, the collection’s divided into American heritage type tracks like “God...
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Baltimore Cyclists Now Have a Bill of Rights

November 9, 2010
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Baltimore Cyclists Now Have a Bill of Rights

Last night the Baltimore City Council passed the city’s first-ever Cyclists Bill of Rights, a collection of “tenets” validating the rights of bikers, and reaffirming that cycling is, yes, a very good thing for the city. It states: 1. Cyclists have the right to travel safely and free of fear. 2. Cyclists have the...
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The Case of the Disappearing Bike Lanes

October 15, 2010
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The Case of the Disappearing Bike Lanes

So, maybe you noticed about a week ago when the city was laying down fresh new paint on President Street for bike lanes between Alicanna and Fleet. Pretty neat: the start of a needed connector between the Pratt Street cycle-track and the easier, calmer roads heading east into Fells Point. Well, cyclists got a...
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Baltimore Boasts 200 Percent Increase in Bicycle Commuting

October 15, 2010
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Baltimore Boasts 200 Percent Increase in Bicycle Commuting

Using data collected via the American Community Survey, that sorta sub-census that determines how federal and state dollars are distributed every year, the Transport Politic took the largest 30 U.S. cities and tabulated the changes in their commuting habits from 2000 to 2009. Some of the results are startling; some are hardly surprising. First,...
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MVA Spokesperson Gets It Wrong on Cycling Laws

October 4, 2010
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MVA Spokesperson Gets It Wrong on Cycling Laws

The Baltimore Sun‘s clearinghouse for MTA press releases and reader letters, the Getting There blog, recently published an interesting statement made by Buel Young, spokesperson for the state Motor Vehicle Administration. It concerns the obligations of cyclists in giving way to motor vehicles if they are going more than 15 m.p.h. below the speed...
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Amtrak Announces Bold New Northeastern High-Speed Rail Plan, Both Spurns and Loves On Baltimore

October 1, 2010
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Amtrak Announces Bold New Northeastern High-Speed Rail Plan, Both Spurns and Loves On Baltimore

High-speed rail plans have been announced all over the country, drawing massive hype and right-wing opposition. The Northeast Corridor, the country’s most vital passenger line, though, has been left to wait on the sidelines. That is, until yesterday, when Amtrak breathlessly unveiled a $117.5 billion, 30-year plan to build a largely new corridor from...
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New Maryland Cycling Laws Go Into Effect Friday

September 29, 2010
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New Maryland Cycling Laws Go Into Effect Friday

The 2010 Maryland General Assembly, with substantial prodding and guidance from advocacy group One Less Car, managed to pass new bicycle legislation—some fairly substantial, some just for show—and this Friday it goes into effect. With some help from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, let’s take a moment to recap the changes. The 3-foot passing...
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Baltimore Beltway Scores High In Nation’s Suckiest Commutes

September 28, 2010
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Baltimore Beltway Scores High In Nation’s Suckiest Commutes

. . . But still probably lower than you imagine: 21st out of 75, according to a ranking from the Daily Beast of America’s worst commutes. Washington, D.C.’s Capital Beltway, e.g. the first circle of Dante’s Inferno, made No. 3 on the list, while Los Angeles’ Hollywood Freeway holds the first position, with 646...
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Hexagon Bike Swap Meet, Aug. 28

August 27, 2010
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Hexagon Bike Swap Meet, Aug. 28

Need a set of well-scuffed tires? A three-speed shifter? How about a new used pair of bullhorns? No promises that any of these things will actually be at tomorrow’s swap–but the hunt is all part of the fun. In addition to a bunch of people selling bike stuff, Red Emma’s is giving a talk...
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