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NIH Bicycle Commuter Club

Biking in MarylandBy Jenny Haliski

What if Washington, D.C.-area employers recognized and rewarded employees who commute by bike with tangible financial incentives that the cyclists, in turn, could spend to support local businesses? That
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Commute to Columbia

Biking in BaltimoreI want to commute from South Baltimore to Columbia (specifically Dobbin road at 175). Does anyone have any advice on routes? I have considered Route 1 to Old Montgomery Rd. Old M road seems ok, but I was hoping to avoid route 1 if possible. Any ideas? I am open to dirt trails as required.

Thanks
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Join now and get $400* of gas and free health membership!

Biking in BaltimoreI got an ad from a local fitness club that inspired this article:

Bike more, you save gas and you get health benefit.

Our convenient schedule allows you to take advantage of these benefits while on your way to work, shopping, visiting friends, going out to eat or just doing everyday activities. Why some people want to take extra time out of there schedule to sit in traffic is beyond our comprehension.

Join now for the low cost of getting that bike out of the garage and just going somewhere.



*$400 is in gas savings and is based roughly on how many miles a "average" cyclists travels in a year.
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New topic - Looking for local rides(ers)

Looking for local rides(ers)Have a fixie and looking for other people to ride with? Or maybe urban riding is your thing or just riding around the hood.

Whatever kind of riding your into here is a place to post a request to find others like yourself and go out and have a fun bike ride.
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Make room for more bikes

Biking ElsewhereThis Washington state ferry is planning on accommodating more bicyclists and less cars to make MORE money.
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FOX 5 MONEY: Bicycle Commuter Boom

Biking in MarylandGas prices have jumped 35 cents in the last month but that doesn't matter to some commuters. They get to work by using a different kind of fuel, one generated by their own two feet. Fox 5 Money reporter Melanie Alnwick explains the boom in bicycle commuters.
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Road Rage Survey Reveals Best, Worst Cities

Biking in BaltimoreBaltimore is #4 worst!!! :(

Norwalk, Conn.
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Police patrol on bikes to save on gas

Biking Elsewhere PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Since even the long arm of the law can't rein in fuel prices, the long legs of the law are getting more exercise these days.

Bicycle patrols -- a community policing tactic that some law enforcement agencies de-emphasized in recent years -- are seeing a resurgence as the price of gasoline approaches or surpasses $4 a gallon across the country.

"You think the car's the great savior of us all, but in urban areas and dense areas, you're probably better off on a bike," said Chris Menton, an associate professor in the School of Justice Studies at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island who has studied police bike patrols.

In the tiny western Pennsylvania borough of Hollidaysburg, police Chief Jeff Ketner said high gas prices prompted him to resume daily bike patrols several weeks ago.

The department's regular bike patrol had fallen by the wayside and was mainly being used for special events. Ketner resurrected the program after realizing he was on pace to go $6,000 over budget on the department's four vehicles by the end of the year.

Other departments are making similar decisions. In Clive, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb, police Chief Robert Cox said more officers will be biking and walking to save gas.

With gas at more than $3.50 a gallon, Cox said his department has already spent its 2007-08 budget of nearly $41,000, which allotted $2.40 a gallon for 17,000 gallons.

It's the same story in Toledo, Ohio. Chief Mike Navarre said that although the department has long had bikes, he has been telling his officers to use them more, and walk more, to save gas.

Police bike organizations say they have noticed a spike in interest.

"Gas is one of a number of factors that come together in terms of establishing, revitalizing or expanding a unit," said Maureen Becker, executive director of the Baltimore-based International Police Mountain Bike Association, which provides training and resources to public safety agencies.

In the 1980s and 1990s, many departments started bike patrols, which were then a relatively new concept, said Wes Branham, a police officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. But after the September 11 attacks, he said, they went "totally out the door. Money went elsewhere."

Now bikes are coming off the rack.

Branham, who heads his department's bike unit, said it began with two officers in 1994 and has grown to 25 full-time officers and 150 part-time riders. The department has about 1,800 officers.

"Departments are just trying to find more economical ways to patrol," he said. "A lot of departments are starting to realize they're getting a lot of bang for their buck with a bike."

Even departments that implemented bike units for other reasons are noticing gas savings.

In Bedford, Virginia, the police department bought eight bikes last year and is now saving 200 to 400 gallons of fuel per month, said Lt. Jim Bennett, who's in charge of the department's bike unit. The benefit is twofold, he said, with cost savings and increased police visibility.

Trek Bicycle Corp., in Waterloo, Wisconsin, sells more than 1,000 police bikes a year, and sales have been going up for three years, said Stefan Downing, who manages the company's police bike program. He said rising gas prices have probably been a factor.

The prices of police bikes vary, but they typically cost about $1,100, Downing said. One special feature: a silent hub that doesn't make the ratcheting sound that typical hubs make.

Bike patrols do have limitations. Weather can be a problem and bikes can't be used to transport suspects or chase vehicles.

But advocates say the benefits are worth it. Bikes even help officers keep in shape.

"I keep myself in pretty good shape, but it's hard," said Hollidaysburg Sgt. David Gehret, 46. "I'm primarily a desk sergeant ... it was really nice to get out and about."
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Crashes vs. Congestion - What's the Cost to Society?

Biking ElsewhereWashington, D.C. - 3/5/2008

Groundbreaking AAA report shows traffic crashes cost American motorists $164.2 billion per year

The societal cost of crashes is a staggering $164.2 billion annually, nearly two and a half times greater than the $67.6 billion price tag for congestion, according to a new report released today by AAA.

The report,
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Parents 'stop children cycling'

Biking ElsewhereParents' fears about road safety are turning children into a lost generation of cyclists, says a government-backed agency that promotes cycling.

Four out of five children are banned from cycling to school by their parents, a poll of 1,079 parents for Cycling England suggests.

This compares with the 35% of parents who were allowed to bike to school when they were children themselves.

Launching Bike to School Week the group said road accidents are declining.

The survey found 81% of parents ban children from cycling independently.

This was creating a new breed of "cul-de-sac kids" restricted to cycling only in their own road and neighbouring streets, Cycling England warned.

The biggest reason why parents did not let their child cycle on the road was concern about safety - but only 3% knew someone who had been in an accident.

In 2006 there were 10 times more accidents involving cars than there were accidents involving bicycles.

Most parents said cycle training would make them feel more reassured about their child cycling without any adult supervision.

And some two-thirds said they felt their child did not have the confidence and skills to ride on the road.

Although three-quarters of children are allowed to cycle for recreation at the weekend or after school, only one in five is allowed to use his bicycle as a way of getting from one place to another.

More than half of the same parents said they had regularly used cycling as a way of getting around as a child.

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