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Cycling expressions from around the world

Biking Elsewhere What to yell at French riders:

* "Allez, allez!"

What to yell at Italian riders:

* "Forza, forza!"

What to yell at Spanish riders:

* "Venga, venga!"

What to yell at American riders:

* "Get outta the f *****g road, you spandex weirdoes. I'm late for work."
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Calender of Events

Biking in BaltimoreJust to note that I just spent some time putting events on our calender (Left column second to last block as well as a top menu item.) I really don't have the time to fill all the detail in but I hope a title, date and a link to more info will be helpful. A lot of stuff is happening so I hope this will help get you out and enjoying these events.
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E.P.A. Clears Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules

Health & EnvironmentBy JOHN M. BRODER
Published: April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation of the gases for the first time in the United States.
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Discuss the Future of Baltimore City’s Rec and Parks

Health & Environment

Participate in a community forum to discuss the future of Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.  6:30-8:30 pm on the upcoming following dates.  For more information please call 410-396-7900 or visit


Monday April 20th

Webster Kendrick PAL Center


More Recreation/PAL Center Community Forums

Wednesday, April 22nd

Montebello PAL Center


Thursday, April 23rd

Towanda PAL Center


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24 Hours of Booty

Looking for local rides(ers)4pm Saturday, Sept. 26 to 4pm Sunday, Sept. 27 – 24 Hours of Booty (Columbia, MD). Ride one mile or 300+ miles!
A 24-hour, non-competitive charity cycling event that is geared for teams and individuals and is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Proceeds to benefit Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) and Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).
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Upcoming Fit Baltimore Events

Biking in BaltimoreJoin Mayor Dixon, Sonjay, formerly of 92Q, Denise Koch, and Vicki Harding, a Baltimore grandmother who has lost over 90 pounds for Fit Baltimore. These women are hosting events to work out with Baltimore City residents and bring valuable fitness and nutrition resources to Baltimore communities. Find out more about Fit Baltimore at <a href=""></a>;, and join us at our upcoming events:

* 04/25, 9am-3pm, Baltimore Bike Blast. Druid Hill Park. Come find out just how easy it is to ride a bike around Baltimore. Local and national sponsors will be on hand to promote cycling and lead group rides.
* 04/26, 11am-12:30pm. “Cardio Tennis with Mayor Dixon” at Druid Hill Park. This is a fun work out for all ages. Free tennis rackets and courts provided.
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Columbia BikeAbout

Biking in the Metro AreaThe 9th Annual BikeAbout will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Symphony Woods in Columbia Town Center.

The official opening is at 9 AM. Riders will be able to leave anytime between 9 and 10 AM. This free event highlights the history of Columbia and its beautiful open space with a 12-mile, well-marked route allowing bicyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy a self-paced ride.

This year’s route will take riders through Town Center, Hickory Ridge, Harper’s Choice, Wilde Lake and Town Center finding history and other places of interest along the way. There will be opportunities to learn more about Athol, one of Howard County’s oldest homes, and Locust United Methodist Church, whose history reaches back to 1869, as well as more recent history such as the sculpture at The Greens Apartments and the amazing number of bird species at Wilde Lake as captured in the photographs of Michael Oberman.
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-&gt; &quot;Some men mark their 40th birthday by buying a flashy new car, changing jobs or finally getting started on that novel. Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself.

&quot;It may sound like a crazy stunt dreamed up by an adrenalin junkie, but the plan, dubbed the 'Subhuman project,' has attracted serious attention from marine biologists. That's because the sub, when it takes to the seas later this year, could for the first time allow them to explore the upper layers of the ocean silently and unobtrusively, revealing marine life as it has never been seen before....&quot;
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Biking Elsewhere[Baltimore Spokes: Hmm, A set funding strategy, naw its a lot better to fight for funding for each and every bike project we want and have little to no say on what does get funded. [/sarcasm]]

-&gt; According to an Apr. 14th Courant article, &quot;Cyclists and pedestrian groups won a round Monday in their campaign to direct more state highway money toward building bike paths and sidewalks, but some lawmakers warned that confusion threatens the prospect of approval by the full General Assembly. 'This is very well-intentioned, but municipalities are having a rough time keeping up with road surfacing. If we take money away from them, that's a hit on the municipalities,' said Sen. Leonard Fasano, a ranking Republican on the legislature's planning and development committee.

&quot;At issue is whether 1 percent of all state highway construction and repair money should be set aside for building or maintaining sidewalks and bike paths. The proposed legislation appears to apply to municipal road-repair grants from the state, too. Advocates dub the formula a 'complete streets' plan, and say it ensures that alternative transportation isn't shortchanged in favor of roads and highways...&quot;

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Medical benefit of public transit

Mass Transit-&gt; &quot;Use of public transit is associated with more walking, by about 8.3 extra minutes per day. This is not enough walking to halt the spread of obesity, but it could substantially reduce it. The present value of medical expenditure savings per person could be $5500, while the value of reduced disability could be even greater.&quot;

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