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Bring your E-Waste to Whole Foods, Mt Washington this Saturday

Health & EnvironmentSaturday July 26th from 10am-3pm

Free recycling services for your surplus computers and related devices to help protect the environment. Diverting toxic material from landfills, such as computers and monitors can reduce environmental contamination. Clean out your garage or basement. Bring your computer, phones, fax machines, wires, cables, printers, but no TVs. Located in the Whole Foods parking lot (near Starbucks).

Trucks for dropping off old electronics will be located in the parking lot near Starbucks.
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Gwynns Falls Parkway Bicycle Lane Petition

Biking in BaltimoreCommuting via bicycle in Baltimore is fast becoming popular, accessible, and rewarding with new city-wide strides to accommodate cyclists with safe bicycle-only lanes. Unfortunately, those living west of Druid Hill Park in the neighborhoods of Reservoir Hill, Mondawmin, Ashburton, Franklintown, Windsor Hills, et cetera have been largely left out of the new bike lanes. Regardless of the unaccommodating infrastructure, cycling remains popular, especially in parks. Leakin Park and the Gwynns Falls Trail are both regular routes for enthusiasts and are frequented by cyclists from all over the city. For the most part, these cyclists are forced to rack their bikes and travel via automobile.

This petition is to propose a bike lane, running the length of Gwynns Falls Parkway, from Auchentrolly Terrace at Druid Hill Park to the Gwynns Falls Trail Head on Windsor Mill Road. The lane would be approximately 1.5 miles long and could easily be marked on the preexisting street with simple modifications to right of ways and automobile parking designations. The lane could also be constructed using the ample space provided by the green median that runs the entire length of the Parkway.

The new bike lane would serve many West Baltimore neighborhoods and allow for eco-friendly, affordable, and safe new commuting options for a wide-range of Baltimore residents. The bike lanes would also offer easy access for all Baltimore residents to the newly renovated Mondawmin Mall, new Coppin State University Sports Complex and Campus, Gwynns Falls Trail Head, Leakin Park, and more. The route would also be easily accessible to and from the new Jones Falls Trail and Druid Hill Park system.
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Bike event photos

Biking in BaltimoreIf you participated in any of the recent biking events in Baltimore and took photos we are very interested in posting a link here for others to enjoy. Please email us at info "at" BaltimoreSpokes.org or contribute an article of your own. Thanks.
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Maryland District 42, 2010 (Bike) Campaign

Politics[We are always happy to promote those who promote bicycling, this goes for ANY political candidate, write to us and we'll help spread the word.]

Hi Barry,

I've set up a Facebook Page for my 2010 campaign for the Maryland state legislature, and I'm hoping you will list yourself as a supporter (free). I figure you might be interested because bike transit and mass transit are big priorities for me.

The page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Don-Engel/25267650692

There is a 'Become a Supporter' link in the top right corner of the page.

or http://www.donengel.com/

Thanks,
Don Engel
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Baltimore Bike Pageant!

Biking in BaltimoreAugust 2, 2008

National Night Out Parade

Greenmount Avenue between 29th and 35th Streets

Featuring a pet parade and the Baltimore Bike Pageant!

To register, please contact Laura Kindseth at 410-258-6295 or lkindseth "at" greaterhomewood.org

http://www.greaterhomewood.org/
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Cycling In Baltimore ...

Biking in BaltimoreFrom: CJ-

As a cyclist, I really must take issue with the unregulated driving habits of motorists within this city. Today, I was treated to the incivility of a woman who honked at me as I descended Lake Avenue towards Falls Road. She was behind me. Any cyclist reading this post knows that you're going approximately 60kph per hour down that hill at top speed when the speed limit is 30mph which translates to about 45kph.

Ill-advisedly, I allowed myself to escalate things by having words with the driver, who tried to preface by mentioning her "miles of riding experience"—my response to which I can't publish. I "mentioned" to her that at that speed how dangerous it would be for her to pass, to which her response was "she was late for work". BTW, she took time out of her busy schedule to argue with me.

As someone who's not connected to government(and never likely), nor is actually on the MBAC board, I fortunately have the ability to speak for myself in recognizing the questionable will set forth by the city in putting bike lanes over potholes, failing to enforce vehicle's speed limits through most of the city, while efforts are put in place to encourage people to dust off their bikes to cycle to work and make it a part of their everyday life.

If someone were to ask me where to cycle as a beginner (or relative newcomer), I'd tell them to go to the airport or the county. There really is no safe haven for cyclists here.

The myth about bike lanes is that it implies that a cyclists is to make way under all circumstances—at any speed. And unfortunately, I feel that this is misleading and the true circumstances is more similar to road racing where slower vehicles make way when the speed is completely dissimilar and the road is safe (ascending hills, etc.) Cyclists are vehicles and in traffic conditions are to make certain that they use the road in a manner that makes the road safe for them.

Knowing that motorists would be completely fine running a cyclist off the road or rolling through a stop sign at the disadvantage to a cyclist changes some of these issues with respect to a cyclist's safety. I'm loathe to criticize because my history in cycling is one of fend for myself and have learned to do so quite adroitly. Some of my instinct and action goes beyond the recreational nature of painted lines, etc. And that it unlikely to change.

Also, who deals with sewer grates? On the Falls Road bridge heading north, there is a sewer grate that would swallow any cyclists unaware of it. I say all this knowing that there a few people who do actually ride AND have a connection to City Hall and whatever they call headquarters in the county. There is a major difference between some of the recreational implementations taking place and their ability to make things safer for real cyclists. Until that gulf is bridged, the Baltimore region will continue to live in question of what it could be.
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Biller's Bikes Havre de Grace

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesBiller's Bikes in Havre de Grace offers bike rentals, Susquehanna River bridge crossing services, Susquehanna State Park (MD) trail services, and folding bike rentals for Chesapeake Bay boaters. Our shop is new and pretty different and we would love to meet our Baltimore neighbors and show them around historic Havre de Grace. Seasonal, see our website at www.billersbikes.com for information. We're just twenty minutes up I-95, come visit after the snow melts! (We have great coffee)
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This weeks Intergalactic Conference of Energy Efficient Beings summary

Biking in Baltimoreimage

Included a demonstration of travel in low light conditions with 70+ people participating (Moonlight Madness Ride photos.and photos by Doug Retzler)
Mayor Shela Dixon and Cabinet Summit for greener transportation (Mayor's Ride photos)
And of course the seminar on good tasting fuel sources (Bike & Brunch and photos.)

[This report is a bit tongue and cheek thanks to the wonderful wacky exhibits at Art Scape and the wonderful invention called the bicycle that empowers people to do and see more in Baltimore.]
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The bike whisperer

Biking in BaltimoreHere is a great news report (video) about adults learning how to ride a bike late in life: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25733084#25733084

And yes, Baltimore more has a similar program: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=2008041713505581
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Bikes or cars — who rules the road?

Biking ElsewhereAccident toll rises as gas-shocked commuters opt for bicycles

By Alex Johnson - MSNBC

Over the last two months, Taylor Cabaniss’ morning commute has evolved into something entirely new. It has lengthened to an hour.

But that’s a good thing, said Cabaniss, a senior financial manager for Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego — it’s “just some good exercise opportunity, to get out a bit.”

Back in May, Cabaniss abandoned his car and began biking to work. With fuel prices topping $4 a gallon, it makes a big difference.

“I’m probably saving a gallon and a half a day — I imagine $6 a day,” he said.

Cabaniss’ story is a common one. Since the average price of gasoline hit about $3.25 a gallon early this year, bike sales have skyrocketed, the National Bicycle Dealers Association reported. Store owners across the country say two-wheelers are flying out the door faster than they can stock them.

“Gas prices have jacked our business quite a bit,” said Jamie McDonald, owner of Sunrise Cyclery in Minneapolis. “I’ve sold way more racks, way more bags, way more lights, way more fenders and more bikes in general than I ever have before.”

At Wheel Nuts in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington, owner Ron Taylor sounds a common theme — he’s having trouble keeping up with both sales and repairs.

“With all of that business coming in, we’ve actually had to hire additional staff,” Taylor said. “We’re staying here late, trying to meet customers’ demands, trying to get their bikes back to them sooner.”

More bikes mean more accidents

Experts welcome the trend for all of the reasons you might expect: Transportation planners like that fewer cars clog the nation’s highways. Environmental activists like that fewer tons of greenhouse emissions are pumped into the atmosphere every rush hour. Doctors like to see more people pedaling off more pounds.

But in the months since motorists began pedaling in droves, it has become clear that all those cyclists on the streets pose a significant problem: all those cyclists on the streets.

“I believe it’s definitely going to cause some problems, because people don’t know how to share the road with cyclists,” said Kirk Hendricks, director of advocacy for the group Idaho Cycling Enthusiasts. “[Drivers] need to know that we have as much right as an automobile even though we’re not as big.”

There are no nationwide statistics on bicycle-related injuries and deaths for the first half of 2008. But authorities across the country say they are seeing a sharp rise in the number of accidents involving bicyclists.

“Last year in New Jersey 12 bikers, bicyclists, were killed in motor vehicle crashes,” said Pam Fischer, director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “So far this year — and we’re at the middle of the summer, July 15 — we have already lost 11 bicyclists.”

Fischer said that “in almost every case, the bicycle was doing something that put them at significant risk.”

At least five bicyclists have been killed in Chicago alone this year, leading to lawsuits, organized protests demanding safer bike routes and a set of new ordinances requiring drivers to give cyclists at least a 3-foot-wide berth when passing.

“Most of the crashes that we’ve seen are a result of inattentive driving,” said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

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