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Does anyone have concrete details on Ehrlich's performance regarding these issues. My general impression is that, despite his rhetoric, he has not been good on transit issues (unless you're an advocate for the ICC). His previous appointee to Metro, Robert J. Smith, was in favor of raising fares and skeptical about expanding serve. For what it's worth, Smith became a big critic of Ehrlich after being fired (for statements insensitive to homosexuals).

Ehrlich is so-so for bikes. He is probably more pro-trail than pro-bike per se. He made a big show of supporting allocation of TEA money (which the state allocates) for various trail projects. His administration didn't put a full trail along the full 18-mile ICC, just 7 miles worth. I don't think he's any worse than Glendening, or O'Malley for that matter. MDOT is still a decade or more behind on bike issues, but then they always were. Speaking of which, personally I think it's unhealthy to have one party run the entire state, even if it's my party. Re: "Smith becamse a big critic of Ehrlich after being fired (for statements insensitive to homosexuals)"... just to clarify, Smith made the insensitive comments and hence was fired.

George Allen is an idiot. But clearly he's pro-bike if he's willing to steal to get one! BTW football players wear sissy helmets too. Anyone who thinks cycling is for macacas, or I mean, sissies, never rode out Rt. 7, and certainly never rode competitively.

Good Lord! That George Allen story is just bizarre! I would love to put George Allen on a bicycle and ask him him to just try and hang with the cyclists at Hains Point for the noon rides. Sissies, my ass!

Any thoughts on how Ehrlich's preference for a purple line "busway" would affect cyclists?

Not sure about the busway. The ideal solution, from a bike perspective, is a metro line under ground until reaching the train tracks at the end of the GBT, then something that allows the bike trail to be extended to Silver Spring. But calling that a pipe dream is charitable at best. Does the busway run on the CCT right-of-way, because that's a negative. Does it allow for the trail to connect to Silver Spring, because that's a positive.

When I try to talk to Ehrlich about bike issues, I get handed off to Flanagan pretty quickly, so when talking about alternate transportation policy we are really talking about Flanagan’s policy and not what Ehrlich says. I have some details posted here http://www.baltimorespokes.org/comment.php?mode=view&cid=202 which may be of interest.

It does seem the general policy of the state is to ignore key stake holders, local and regional plans and do whatever they want on the cheap. You would think that when doing something for __ group that they would want to get that group to support what they are doing rather then opposing it, but not Flanagan. It’s almost as if the state looks at how successful the CCT trail is and says, well we won’t do that again. And then the state looks at how successful the Metro line is in Baltimore and says, well we won’t do that again either.

It’s not like any of the alternate transportation folks are asking for gold line facilities we are just asking to build what has been proven to work well and please stop wasting money on building more of what isn’t working so well.

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