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East Coast Greenway MD Route Posted on Google Maps

Biking in MarylandThe East Coast Greenway Alliance (bike trails Maine to Florida) has posted the newly designated Harford and Cecil counties trail routes on Googlemaps. Cyber-cycle the trails before you mount up and ride!

Dozens of cycling organizations, government agencies and cycling volunteers contributed to colorful segments from Delaware through Elkton, Northeast, Perryville, Havre de Grace and Bel Air, to the NCR trail in Monkton, and on to Charm City. (New cue sheets are coming soon.)

Go to www.greenway.org for the East Coast Greenway Alliance's website directory for Maryland trail developments and more.
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Do yourself a favor, Install a front rack

Biking in BaltimoreLast year I had a nasty crash while riding home from the bakery with a pie in my hand. I knew I needed to get some sort of rack for my bike. I would up welding one in my shop, it's made of steel and the platform is 12"x15" with cedar planks. I can't tell you how useful a simple front rack can be. I'm not talking about the skinny little bag support touring racks, I'm talkin' about a big flatbed rack, big enough for a case of beer or two. I like to throw an empty cardboard box from a case of beer and fill it with groceries, or veggies from the farmers market. Bolt one on your bike and I guarantee you won't regret it.

Check out some of these ready made options:
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Congressman John Sarbanes on bicycling

PoliticsI share your goal of reducing congestion on our nation's highways and I will support measures that effectively accomplish this goal. H.R. 1498 would allow for a bicycle commuting allowance as a qualified transportation fringe benefit available to employers. This legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Should the full House of Representatives have the opportunity to consider this measure, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

Again, thank you for your input on this important issue. If I can be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

John Sarbanes
Member of Congress
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YouTube: The Freeway Ride - On Bicycles

Biking ElsewhereLos Angeles: "If you rode a bike, you'd be home by now."

This video definitely says something about our transportation system when you can bike along a freeway faster than auto traffic.
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ORIOLES REACH AND JEREMY GUTHRIE TO HOST BIKE TO THE BALLPARK DAY ON SUNDAY, MAY 18

Biking in BaltimoreEvent held in conjunction with National Bike to Work Day

In conjunction with National Bike to Work Day, OriolesREACH and JEREMY GUTHRIE will celebrate Bike to the Ballpark Day next Sunday, May 18. Fans that bike to that afternoon
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Kratovil supports biking

PoliticsOn BBC Talk:

"So at the BCYD meeting Frank Kratovil came to speak (He's running for congress in the 1st district) and I asked him if he supported making route 40's bridge over the Susquehanna River bikable and he said yes and yes to my follow up about making it easier for cyclists on the Bay Bridge. (Well technically he said yes in that it was part of his belief that there should be more alternative transportation) Just thought it would be useful to pass on his position. ..."
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The Road Home - Wounded Warriors conquer Annapolis

Biking in the Metro Area
On the south lawn of the White House, on a gloriously sunny spring day, as President George W. Bush shook the hands of 25 brave vets on bicycles who had lost various limbs in Iraq, I began to cry. I had been invited to be a part of the Wounded Warrior Project, and this gathering in our nation
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Jeremy Guthrie is doing Bike to Work Day

Biking in BaltimoreJeremy Guthrie, pitcher for the Orioles, is going to attend Bike to Work Day! He will ride his bike to the rally and the Orioles will have their own booth, where Guthrie will be signing autographs! Cool beans!!!
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Hit and run school bus

Biking in BaltimoreI read this comment and I am truly outraged and I would like to encourage the author to contact us directly at info "at" BaltimoreSpokes.org so we can follow up on the specifics. Your comment has been forwarded to the City and we will hopefully see at least a change in school bus drivers attitudes as a result, so stay tuned.

I wounder if the school bus had children on it, can you imagine the impact on them seeing a human being hit and then just left for road kill? We as a society are in a vicious cycle because we think the roads are unsafe we intentionally make them less safe by not affording any tolerance or courtesy to our fellow human being. We have become a society of self absorbed conceited individuals who expect others to be courteous to us while at the same time refuse to be courteous to others by failing to safely pass a cyclists and failing to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. What are we teaching our kids with all this? That the roads are not only unsafe but they should be unsafe for all but the heaviest armor plated SUV. While this might be good for SUV sales the tragic impact that it has on our kids and on elderly is unmeasurable (the young and the old are over represented in crashes and fatalities respectively.) We teach pedestrians that cars do not stop for them at crosswalks so they illegally cross mid-block because they think it is safer which results in more crashes and fatalities. We teach cyclists that its their duty to avoid cars (by law, it is the motorists responsibility) so they ride illegally against traffic thinking it is safer till some car pulls out of a driveway or intersection not expecting contraflow traffic and is more likely to result in a fatality then if they were riding in the road and following the same rules as motor vehicles. Yet as a society we have deemed that getting home as fast and reckless as possible to watch TV is a superior use of our public roadways and motorists have a "right" to put other road users at risk of life and limb in pursuit of not missing a TV show (most pedestrian accidents happen during the evening rush hour.)

This rudeness has paid off with Maryland being in the top 10 states with the highest percentage of pedestrian traffic fatalities and slowly this is getting the attention of more police departments. I am told that Baltimore city police will be doing pedestrian stings over the summer and other operations to help improve safety in Baltimore.
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