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Pride in protecting people by running bicyclists off the road

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It seems whenever bicyclists take to the streets in mass wither it’s because of nice weather, the cost of gas or just to lose some pounds or just to be healthy some motorists feel obliged to offer some discouragement. It used to be just verbal taunts and while not cool it was sort of like an initiation to a fraternity but times change, now it seems more motorists are using their vehicles to “scare” bicyclists off the road by threatening the cyclists life. But what’s really scary is the extent that this behavior has penetrated all segments of our society, in May we had a hit and run school bus who “needed” to get to a red light ahead of a cyclist and just last weekend I had a car with firefighter tags nearly run me off the road passing me unsafely on a blind curve just to block traffic to make a left turn a few hundred feet ahead to watch a ball game, totally senseless endangerment of life. Baltimore City has been making tremendous efforts to be a Bicycle Friendly City but with such going on it’s easy to see why they only got an honorable mention from the League of American Bicyclists.

I know some of you are probably thinking that some of the blame needs to go on the cyclists as well, as roads connecting neighborhoods to parks are no place to ride a bike, or the cyclists was not riding safely. In a recent poll of motorists here are motorists’ safe bicycling recommendations: Ride on the sidewalk even when there is no sidewalk, ride against traffic, ride with traffic or the preferred simple version; wherever a cyclist is they should be riding somewhere else. The sad fact is few know what the law is and what constitutes safe bicycling, so please do not take the law in your own hands, call the police if what you see is bothering you so much, if it is not worth that bother then just let it go, just think of all the money that is “saved” by not having decent accommodations for cyclists that is going into all the road improvements just for motorists, by doing this in maybe in 100 years we’ll save up enough money for some serious highway expansion, assuming we can still afford gas by then. If that does not get your attention please note across the nation more motorists are spending time behind bars for harassing cyclists, it’s not worth it. We need to seriously end the thinking that all roads should be dangerous to ride a bike on and it is ok for motorists to enforce that, motorists have bike free roadways called expressways everything else is public roads for use by all members of the public.
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New Freedom Festival Sat, Sept 20 10am - 4pm Anyone interested?

Looking for local rides(ers)This coming Sat is New Freedom's 4th annual Community Festival that will include music, art, railroad history, etc. Admission is free. At 9am people will race hand propelled railcars. At dusk there will be an outdoor movie.
Why not modify your Sat ride to go by the festival? One can cycle from Ashland to New Freedom on the NCR Trail, see the festival, continue 2 miles north on the trail to town of Railroad, turn right to reach Susquehanna Trail (York Rd), and take York Rd south to Parkton. Then ride the trail back to Ashland. Easy 50 mile ride w/ little climbing.
Or one can take a 50 mile easier version of the Seven Towns & Seven Valleys Ride, starting in Hampstead. Go north on Hanover Pike (RT 30) and turn right onto Linesboro Rd (RT 86). Then follow the regular Seven Valleys route to the New Freedom Festival. After the festival, continue on the regular route, but remain on Beckleysville Rd. Do not turn onto Spooks Hill. Traverse the scenic Prettyboy watershed w/ some hills. Turn left at Gunpowder Rd, which later crosses Falls Rd (RT 25) and becomes Mt Carmel Rd. Follow Mt Carmel Rd west back to Hampstead.
If anyone wishes to ride to the festival [email me and I will forward to the ride leader]
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State Senator Jeff Klein Curses the Wrong Cyclist

Biking ElsewhereOoh Mama, State Senator Jeff Klein—in the news recently for calling out restaurants with health code violations—just got his ass handed to him by Colin Beavan, who many know as No Impact Man for his very public effort to reduce his environmental impact to zero. Beavan was riding his bike near City Hall yesterday when a black Mercedes started drifting into him. To avoid being pinned between the Mercedes and the parked cars to his left, Beaven knocked on the Mercedes's window to alert the driver to his presence. That driver, according to Beaven, was Senator Klein (pictured), and Beaven's written an open letter to the pol about the ensuing exchange:
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Sept 28-Local Living Economies

Health & EnvironmentSunday September 28th, 2008, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
a monthly environmental education & discussion forum

Local Living Economies: Green, Fair and Fun Over three days, November 7-9, 2008, the Baltimore Bioneers Conference will feature an unforgettable array of some of the most insightful, inspiring innovators working to change the region and the world. The annual Bioneers Conference presents leading scientists and social innovators who are creating practical solutions to help restore the Earth's imperiled ecosystems and heal our human communities.

Kicking off an exciting second year of programs: This month's Baltimore Green Forum will feature Judy Wick's dynamic speech from the 2007 Bioneers Conference, "Local Living Economies: Green, Fair and Fun". Judy's 30-minute speech will be followed by a group discussion and information about hearing more from Wicks and other change makers at this year's Bioneers Conference. Join us!

Title: "Living Local Economies: Green, Fair, and Fun"
When: Sunday, September 28, 2008; 4:30-6:30 PM
Where: MD Presbyterian Church, 1105 Providence Road, Towson, 21286
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Fall resurfacing of Route 144


Motorists Should Expect Single Lane Closures through Late-October

(September 11, 2008) – This fall, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing approximately six miles along eastbound and westbound MD 144 (Frederick Road) between Daisy Road and MD 32 (Sykesville Road) in Howard County. SHA expects to complete the $830,000 project by the end of October, weather permitting.

Motorists should expect single lane closures and lane shifts along MD 144 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Flagpersons, barrels, cones, signs, and arrow boards will guide motorists through the work zone. More than 4,500 vehicles travel along this section of MD 144 each day, motorists should expect delays.
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Road 1 Course - Learn the basics of bicycles

Biking in the Metro Area[A highly recommended course! At AACC Glen Burnie Town Center]

Road I
0 credit hours
1.1 ceu hours

Road 1 - Learn the basics of bicycles, proper attire and safety equipment. Perform a bicycle safety check and learn how to make basic repairs. Identify traffic regulations pertaining to cyclists and various road hazards. Learn crash avoidance techniques. CEUs awarded. $105 includes $75 supplies/lab fee. Note: Includes student manual. Must bring your own bike for both sessions. Notify the instructor if you intend to take BCY 501 League Cycling Instructor Certification so that you can be issued a pre-enrollment exam.

Selected Term: Fall 2008 (10/11 & 10/12)
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Bike vs Car

Biking ElsewhereAnother YouTube video about a bike vs car race in NYC.
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A briefing on the impact of growth and climate change on Maryland

Health & EnvironmentWhat: A briefing on the impact of growth and climate change on Maryland as well as upcoming legislation preceded by a free networking reception with light dinner fare. This event is sponsored by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

When: Wednesday, September 24th. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. - Presentations and discussion, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Kelley Lecture Hall, Hoffberger Science Building, Goucher College, Towson.

Who: Join Dru Schmidt-Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland; Brad Heavner, Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center; and Jen Brock-Cancellieri, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. State and local officials have been invited. Maryland legislators confirmed to attend include Senator Klausmeier, Senator Kelley, Senator Brochin, and Delegate Lafferty.

RSVP to reserve your spot at this free event today :
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The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

Bike Laws[From the League of American Bicyclists:]

Take Action!
Contact Your United States Senator

We understand that the United States Senate may vote on an energy legislation package this week, (The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008), which will provide a number of incentives to promote clean energy sources.

The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, also includes the bicycle commuter tax benefit provision, previously introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The provision provides for qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement for such reasonable expenses incurred by an employee for the purchase of a bicycle, bicycle improvements, repair, and storage.

The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation either tomorrow Thursday, September 18, or Friday, the 19th. Please take a moment to contact your Senator to urge them to vote yes on the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
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Summer bike patrols deterred crime, police say

Biking in MarylandUpcounty police recommend patrols year-round
by Joe Beck | Staff Writer

Bicycle patrols in Germantown and Gaithersburg shopping areas succeeded well enough during the summer that police leadership in one of the communities — Germantown — would like to expand them year around.

Sgt. Kent Smith, who supervised the 5th District patrols in Germantown's Town Center, said they should be expanded if the money becomes available to do so. Smith offered his proposal in a report he submitted Sept. 8 to Capt. Thomas Didone, 5th District commander.

"I think that it would be advantageous to our crime fighting efforts because there's so much more you can see and do," Smith said last week.

Didone was not available for comment.

Smith said police noticed fewer complaints from merchants and adults about disorderly conduct by teenagers, one of the main reasons the bike patrols were established.

Bike police in Germantown issued 84 traffic citations, 22 parking citations and averaged 1.5 arrests per week during the eight week patrols that began in June and ended in mid-August, according to Smith's report. The report also stated that bike officers were the primary respondents on 100 calls and served as back ups on 125 more.

The patrols were deployed from 6 a.m. until sundown. A squad car took over until 2 a.m. because riding bicycles in traffic after dark was deemed too hazardous, Smith said.

Smith said arrests ranged from thefts to possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Skateboarders were also a target of the patrols, although no arrests were made, Smith said.

Smith said bike patrols also proved helpful in fostering more communication between police and the community.

"The experience is that people feel more free to approach you so a lot more people come up and talk to you and say ‘hello,''' Smith said.

In Gaithersburg, city police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Wagner said police recorded a total of 75 citations for minor offenses and five arrests in the Olde Towne shopping area over the summer. The patrols were made up of city and 6th District county police using foot patrols, six bicycles and four Segways.

"I thought I got really positive feedback from the public, especially on the Segways," Wagner said. "I really helps with the interaction with pedestrians and merchants. It's been very popular."

Information on patrols assigned to the Kentlands was unavailable, Wagner said.

Gaithersburg deploys the patrols at times when the weather permits, but they follow no set schedule, he said.

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