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Tour du Port Registration Closing at 2000 Riders

Bike Maryland updatesOn Sunday, October 5th, Tour du Port rides again along Baltimore\\\'s scenic waterfront. This year One Less Car is closing registration at 2000 riders. If you plan on riding but have not yet registered, please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

To register or for more information visit our website <a href=""></a>;

This year\\\'s ride will begin at the Canton Waterfront Park at 3001 Boston Street in Southeast Baltimore. The park is located right on the water with a view of the city and the big ships that make the Port work. JOIN US FOR A GREAT DAY IN THE CITY!

AND REMEMBER! All registration fees and t-shirt sales help our effort to get more cars off Maryland\\\'s congested roads and neighborhood streets.
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Rides aroud the reservoir

Looking for local rides(ers)Rec. and Parks is still at it, if you missed the Wednesday rides now you have two opportunities to catch the ride on Saturday Sept 13th and 20th from 10AM to Noon. @ Druid Hill Park by the tennis courts.
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Bicyclist hit and dragged 40 feet by car - video

Biking Elsewherei saw this on the morning news....the guy is lucky he is alive! unfortunately, they haven't gotten the driver yet. here is a link to the video:
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We've got another winner

Biking in BaltimoreThis is a funny YouTube video. Imagine you riding home from work and...
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One Less Car plans fall bicycle forum; will likely bring back Cycle Across Maryland

Bike Maryland updatesBy Ron Cassie - News-Post Staff

One Less Car, a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of bicycling and pedestrian issues, will sponsor a Maryland Bicycle Fall Forum for the first time next month in preparation for the start of the next General Assembly in January.

&quot;It's a cattle call; all the bike clubs will be there – the College Park Area Bicycle Coalition, the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Oxon Hill, Howard County, MoBike (Montgomery Bicycle Advocates), and others,&quot; said One Less Car executive director Richard Chambers.

&quot;Anybody who's got a bike and is interested is welcome,&quot; he said. &quot;It's a free advocacy event.&quot;

The forum, scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. , will take place Oct. 6 in the Parsons Theater at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel .

[For more information or to RSVP, please send an email to rchambers&quot;at&quot;]

Chambers described the forum as a summit of sorts, to talk about upcoming legislation. He said it's an opportunity for bicycling advocates to discuss what the state needs to do to promote safe riding, such as adding bike lanes and racks and connecting trails – all of which makes more bicycle commuting possible.

&quot;Maryland Department of Transportation bike/pedestrian coordinator Stephanie Yanovitz has already committed to being there, and we've invited John Porcari, Maryland 's transportation secretary, highway administration people, and elected officials,&quot; Chambers said. &quot;I think we're going to get over 100 people to attend. Obviously, with gas prices, this is an issue that has legs.&quot;

Bill Smith of the Frederick Pedalers said bicycle advocates working in different parts of the state benefit by coordinating with each other.

&quot;Many of us know each other via e-mail only,&quot; he said. &quot;I've only met in person 10 percent of the advocates statewide. I want to know what is happening in other areas and I want to communicate that to all of the bicyclists in this area.&quot;

Smith, who said there are good things happening all over the state and in Frederick for bicyclists, said he wants to ensure that routine accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians are considered during every part of the legislative and planning process, so that all transportation needs are met, not just those of drivers.

Chambers also confirmed last week that One Less Car now expects to continue its annual fundraising ride, Cycle Across Maryland, after planning to drop sponsorship of the event earlier this summer.

After several years on Maryland 's Eastern Shore , the ride shifted its home base to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg this July. In its 20th anniversary this year, the ride went smoothly and registration jumped 25 percent to more than 500 riders, said Charina Chatman, One Less Car's events coordinator.

&quot;The board has not voted on it yet, but I'm 90 percent sure we're going to go ahead,&quot; Chambers said.

One Less Car's largest ride, its annual, noncompetitive &quot;Tour Du Port&quot; trek around the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry , is expected to attract more than 1,500 cyclists in Baltimore on Oct. 5, the day before the Maryland Fall Bicycle Forum.
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Pedaling Away Parkinson's Symptoms

Biking ElsewhereNBC Nightly News with Brian Williams - Excerpt |02:27 |
A small pilot study of Parkinson's patients who rode tandem bicycles three times a week has shown promise in alleviating the tremors and rigidity of the disease.
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The Beauty of Bikes -- Even Ugly Ones

Biking in MarylandBy John Kelly - Washington Post
Not so good is the news that the intercounty connector might not have a continuous bike path along its 19-mile route in Montgomery County. Bad for the environment, planners say. As opposed to, say, the six-lane highway itself and the thousands of vehicles that will travel on it?

Let's see: There's too much traffic. There's too much pollution. There's too much fat. It seems to me that every new road that's built around here -- and plenty of old ones -- should include dedicated bike lanes.

Of course, riding a bike in our area can get you killed. Car plus bike often equals disaster. If you'll excuse an Oxonian memory, I never felt nervous cycling in Oxford, even when I was pedaling on a narrow, rain-slicked road with a double-decker bus looming inches from my right elbow.

The reason I didn't feel nervous is because I knew the bus driver had been in my shoes before, maybe when he was a kid, maybe on his commute to work that very morning. When you've ridden a bike regularly, you look out for bikes.

That's not the case here. We've severed our relationship with these sublime machines. Making it easier to cycle -- by building bike lanes and bike paths -- will help us reestablish it.
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Weaving a web of biking trails

Biking in BaltimoreThe state plans to establish a safe and accessible network of paths for bikers

[The Sun's coverage of the State's Strategic Trail Plan ref:<a href=""></a>;

While I love trails, for the most part they cannot be everywhere we need them, we will be issuing an alert next week on our own strategic plan to make a dramatic difference in the bikeability of the region for a surprising low price tag. Stay tuned.]
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Friday evening ride

Looking for local rides(ers)Six o'clock in the evening Sept. 5th, starting in front of City Hall, going to Druid Lake and back.

Join us by 6:00 Pm at City Hall -or- be at Droodle around 6:30 and pedal along for a while.

Be there or be an unfit shape for a bicycle wheel.
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The fifth annual F as in Fat Report

Biking Elsewhere WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Adult obesity rates increased in 37 states in the past year, according to the fifth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America, 2008 report (<a href=""></a>;) from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Rates rose for a second consecutive year in 24 states and for a third consecutive year in 19 states. No state saw a decrease. Though many promising policies have emerged to promote physical activity and good nutrition in communities, the report concludes that they are not being adopted or implemented at levels needed to turn around this health crisis.

More than 25 percent of adults are obese in 28 states, which is an increase from 19 states last year. More than 20 percent of adults are obese in every state except Colorado. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. In 1980, the national average of obese adults was 15 percent. Now, an estimated two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, and an estimated 23 million children are either overweight or obese (the report does not include new state-level data for children this year).
&quot;America's future depends on the health of our country. The obesity epidemic is lowering our productivity and dramatically increasing our health care costs. Our analysis shows that we're not treating the obesity epidemic with the urgency it deserves,&quot; said Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of TFAH. &quot;Even though communities have started taking action, considering the scope of the problem, the country's response has been severely limited. For significant change to happen, combating obesity must become a national priority.&quot;
The report also provides an annual review of state and federal policies aimed at reducing or preventing obesity in children and adults. It shows that many policies are missing critical components or require a more comprehensive approach to be truly effective. Among the examples highlighted:
-- While the Dietary Guidelines for Americans were updated in 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meal program has yet to adopt the recommendations.
-- Ten states do not include specific coverage for nutrition assessment and counseling for obese or overweight children in their Medicaid programs (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefits).

-- Twenty states explicitly do not cover nutritional assessment and consultation for obese adults under Medicaid.

-- Only Georgia and Vermont have specific guidelines for treating obese adults in their Medicaid programs. In Nebraska and South Carolina, the Medicaid programs specifically state that obesity is not an illness and is therefore not covered.

-- Forty-five states allow using obesity or health status as a risk factor to deny coverage or raise premiums. Only five states do not allow using obesity or health status to deny coverage or raise premiums.
The F as in Fat report concludes with a recommendation that the country set a national goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. To help achieve that goal, the report's top recommendation calls on the federal government to convene partners from state and local governments, businesses, communities, and schools to create and implement a realistic, comprehensive National Strategy to Combat Obesity. Some key policy recommendations include:

-- Investing in effective community-based disease-prevention programs that promote increased physical activity and good nutrition;
-- Increasing the amount and quality of physical education and activity in schools and childcare programs;

-- Increasing access to safe, accessible places for physical activity in communities. Examples include creating and maintaining parks, sidewalks and bike lanes and providing incentives for smart growth designs that make communities more livable and walkable;

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