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Move over SUV for the SUB

Biking ElsewhereThe apocalypse seems inevitable when you're stuck in summer traffic. Sitting in a long line of idling cars, shimmering in waves of heat rising off the pavement, you think about how every year it gets hotter, and the traffic gets worse and pumps tons more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. You pull yourself up by the steering wheel to see ahead. Your thighs stick with sweat to the driver's seat. You are beyond frustration and feel an existential loathing closer to panic. You are part of the global warming problem. And now you're going to be late for work.

Three years ago, I opted out. Since then I've been commuting four miles to my Washington, D.C., office by bicycle just about every day, rain or shine, in an effort to help save the environment and myself along with it. Of course, there are obvious limitations to a bicycle. What about when you need to pick up groceries for a family of four? And unless your kid is Peter Pan, he can't just fly over traffic to get to school. Wouldn't it be great to commute and run those entire errands by bike?

Bikes designed to haul freight or passengers have been around for a long time. Picture the massive rickshaw or those bikes you see pulling a brightly colored trailer, two kids nestled in the back, helmets bobbing. It's not exactly handy, however, to pull a trailer behind your bike, and not many of us are about to dump our nimble bicycle for a heaving rickshaw.

Enter the sport utility bicycle, a long bike nearly as dexterous as a conventional bike but with a remarkable capacity for cargo, whether that means lots of stuff or people. I recently turned my mountain bike (a Specialized Rock Hopper) into an SUB with a frame extension called the FreeRadical ($490), made by Xtracycle, a small, quirky and ingenious company based in Oakland, Calif.
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With Gas Above $4 A Gallon, More And More People Are Trading In Four Wheels For Two

Biking Elsewhere(CBS) "Pedal Power" is coming into its own these days, as Americans of all ages are coming to realize biking can be practical, economical, and good clean fun - or should we say, good GREEN fun? Our Cover Story takes us from California to Cambridge, and is reported by Serena Altschul:
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Safe Bicycling in Maryland

Biking in MarylandI put in a new link category of what I think are the best web recourses for MD bike safety: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/links/index.php?category=Must+read+for+bike+safety

In addition I would like to highlight Safe Bicycling in Maryland handbook. You can get a copy by following the instructions on this page: http://www.sha.state.md.us/exploremd/bicyclists/oppe/Pamphlets/Bicyclists1.asp

Montgomery County has a photo copy of it on line: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/dpwt/capital/pedbike/Datafiles/mdsafety.pdf
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Sharing the Streets: Bike Safety

Biking in MarylandEric Gilliland
Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Monday, July 28, 2008; 12:00 PM

With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, more bicyclists than ever are sharing the Washington city streets with cars.

Join Washington Area Bicyclist Association executive director Eric Gilliland for a discussion on bike safety in the city on Monday, July 29 at Noon. Eric is a certified bicycling instructor and a long-time bicyclist in the city.

Submit your questions or comments before or during the discussion.
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CHARM CITY BIKE AND BRUNCH

Biking in BaltimoreJOIN THE BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS AND FRIENDS FOR CHARM CITY BIKE AND BRUNCH 3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER $15.00 GUIDED TOURS OF BALTIMORE PARKS, TRAILS AND SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS INCLUDING DRUID HILL PARK/JONES FALLS TRAIL, HERRING RUN PARK, FEDERAL HILL, STONY RUN AND PATTERSON PARK AS WELL AS A CANOE RIDE ON THE MIDDLEBRANCH. ALL TOURS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT A NEARBY LOCAL RESTAURANT.
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Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Directory

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pages This directory is for your convenience in contacting officials, organizations, and individuals interested in improving bicycling and walking in Maryland.

Office of the Governor
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Maryland Department of Education
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Planning
Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland State Police

And Others Working for Better Bicycling and Walking
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Climate Ride 2008

Biking in Marylandimage
September 20th - 24th
New York to D.C.
www.ClimateRide.org

Join Climate Ride 2008 for the first multi-day supported bicycle tour where you pedal to raise money and awareness for action on global warming. Climate Riders will cycle 320 miles in five days from New York to Washington D.C., following scenic country roads and finishing on the steps of our nation's capitol, where we will make a statement about our country's need for action.

Along the way, expert speakers will educate and inspire Climate Riders and local communities about the science, the policies and the solutions to global warming. Our riders and the communities we pass through will learn how our government, businesses, and all Americans will benefit from a cleaner, healthier climate. This is a unique event--a fundraiser and climate conference on wheels, and an opportunity to meet people who are engaged in making a difference.

Each rider will be responsible for raising $2,250. Proceeds from the ride benefit Clean Air - Cool Planet and Focus the Nation, two organizations that lead the way in expanding climate change education, encouraging renewable energy policies, and promoting solutions to global warming.

The five-day ride will be entirely supported. All you have do to is bike; we take care of the rest.

Registration begins online April 15th at www.climateride.org and is limited to 100 riders.

Get your friends together and register today!

For more information, contact Geraldine Carter at info "at" climateride.org or visit www.ClimateRide.org
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your company or organization is interested, please contact info "at" climateride.com
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Secure bicycle parking in the Baltimore Street garage

Biking in BaltimoreCheck out the article in the Sun In the city, commuting by bicycle gains traction

Calling all Baltimore bicyclists!!

The Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) is looking to decrease parking demand, especially in the central business district. To encourage bicycling, the PABC is willing to invest in safe, secure, indoor bicycle parking but need to identify about 30 bicyclists who would be interested.

For $10 a month, PABC would provide an access card to a secured area on the first floor of the Baltimore Street garage (15 Guilford Avenue) inside which bicyclists could lock their bikes to a rack. What we envision is similar to NYC�s Penn Station as pictured below:
image ( http://www.transalt.org/press/magazine/024Fall/06pennstation.html )

We would love to make this a reality to help encourage bicycling in Baltimore City, thereby reducing the parking demand, especially downtown! Please feel free to spread the word!
Please note the following counts as being interested so please let us know if you have similar or greater interest in the bike parking garage.

Actual secured parking with easy access to the Harbor for the rare occasions when I want to do something there would be worth $10/month no problem
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2008 Civil War Century

Biking in Maryland
image Riders Limited to 1600 and NO Walk-in Registration. Please, Register Early
Saturday, September 6, 2008...

Join us in Thurmont, Maryland again this year for the cycling event that has everything -- famous historical sites, breathtaking scenery, low-traffic roads, and well-marked routes designed for every ability level. As in the past, you can visit the South Mountain and Antietam or Gettysburg battlefield sites -- or all three of them if you elect to ride the full century -- while cycling through some of the most beautiful countryside east of the Mississippi.

A ride for everyone: We offer five rides ranging from long and mountainous to short and flat. All routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided.

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Novak cited after hitting pedestrian

Biking in BaltimoreSyndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.
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“I didn’t know I hit him. I feel terrible,” a shaken Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA as he was returning to his car. "He's not dead, that's the main thing." Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said, "You hit someone." He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

The bicyclist was David Bono, a partner at Harkins Cunningham, who was on his usual bike commute to work at 1700 K St. N.W. when he witnessed the accident.

As he traveled east on K Street, crossing 18th, Bono said a "black Corvette convertible with top closed plowed into the guy. The guy is sort of splayed onto the windshield.”

Bono said that the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a "Walk" signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and that Novak then made a right into the service lane of K Street. “The car is speeding away. What’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” Bono said.

He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street., finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blared and commuters finally went into reverse to allow Novak to pull over.

Bono said that throughout, Novak "keeps trying to get away. He keeps trying to go.” He said he vaguely recognized the longtime political reporter and columnist as a Washington celebrity but could not precisely place him.

Finally, Bono said, Novak put his head out the window of his car and motioned him over. Bono said he told him that you can't hit a pedestrian and just drive away. He quoted Novak as responding: “I didn’t see him there.”
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"This guy hit somebody and he won't stop so I'm going to stay here until the police come," Aleta Petty quoted Bono as saying, as he stood in K Street, blocking traffic.
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“’Learn to read the signs, [bodily orifice]!’ Novak snapped before speeding away,” according to an item in The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column.
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