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BFC Application Part 1 Approval

Biking in BaltimoreDear Nate Evans,

Thank you for submitting Part 1 of Baltimore, Maryland's Bicycle Friendly Community [BFC] application. Your application has been reviewed and approved. If you haven't already done so, please begin part 2. In order to be included in the next application review cycle, please complete and submit Part 2 of the application by August 15, 2008.

Upon receipt of Baltimore , Maryland 's completed application, your application will be carefully reviewed and scored. Feedback from local cyclists will also be considered. Then, the League will award qualifying communities Bicycle Friendly Community status, with a designation of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze. Communities on the cusp of earning an award may be given an honorable mention award.

Sincerely,

Bill Nesper
League of American Bicyclists

[Pt 2 is more involved, but the City is already on it.]
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In the news - Trading Gas Guzzlers For Bikes

Biking ElsewhereVideo: http://www.comcast.net/data/fan/html/popup.html?v=795336903
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Earth Alley - Gift shop/Art store

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pages
image New to Hampden, Earth Alley features eco-friendly and fair-trade items from here and around the world. For the bike enthusiast, we have messenger and hand bags created from bike inner tubes (and truck tires if you want an even more indestructible material), candle holders, picture frames, bottle openers and clocks made from recycled bike parts. And that's not all! You will be able to find jewelry and home accessories with an environmental slant. Please visit us at 3602 Elm Ave., just off the Avenue and across from the Wine Source. www.earthalley.com or 410-366-2110.
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Moonlight Madness bike ride

Biking in Baltimore[Note After the ride some of us are going to see midnight showing of "The Dark Knight" at the Senator 5904 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212, Theatre (410)435-8338, Office (410) 435-9892]

Bob Moore's Moonlight Madness bike ride is on: Thursday July 17th. 8:30 start
A memorial ride for Bob Moore

Take a night-time bike tour of Baltimore City on a safe, well lit, mostly flat route of about 20 miles. Get an intimate view of the city after dark. Skyline, neighborhoods and waterfront as well as sights ranging from illuminated classical buildings and monuments to the neon of "The Block", from churches, museums, and City Hall to the enormous "Wizard of Boh".

Ride Start: in front of the Youth Hostel at the corner of Mulberry and Cathedral. (catty-corner from the Pratt Library)

Ride is casual 10-12mph. Approximately 20 miles. You must have a properly functioning bike, be wearing a helmet, and have safety lights on front and back.

I will bring cue sheets.

Sundown is at 8:30 and a nearly full moon rising about the same time.
Spread the word as you see fit. :-)

More about Bob:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bal-md.ob.moore23may23,0,1706484.story
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Attacked on Falls bike path

Biking in BaltimoreFrom the wpca-md list:

I just wanted to warn wpca members that groups of teens and young adults are attacking cyclists on the Falls bike path. My partner was trapped on the newly constructed switchback near the Steiff Silver Building. A group of eight teens and young adults cornered him, threw rocks and sticks and chased him, apparently trying to steal his bike or harm him. Luckily, he got away, but another man wasn't as lucky. He crashed and was more seriously injured. Police were called. Commuters beware!
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Princeton Sports - Join our Tuesday Night Road Rides, Note New Times!

Biking in the Metro AreaIron Girl Columbia Triathlon Road Ride
leave at 6:30PM - new time to avoid rush-hour traffic

Ride 18 miles on the bike leg of our local, popular triathlon. Meet at Princeton Sports' Columbia, MD & change in dressing rooms, fiil-up water-bottles & be ready to leave at 6:30PM Sharp! It's a no-pressure ride with a rider leader, sag rider, helpful store employees & volunteers from the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County to answer your questions & give tips. Cue Sheets/Maps available; Weather Permitting; Ride Waivers Required
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Columbia Triathlon Road Ride
leave at 6:00PM

A fast training ride for AA, A, & B level riders (22 mph to 16 mph average) on 25 miles of rolling hills of Howard County. Cue Sheets/Maps available; Weather Permitting; Ride Waivers Required
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Bring a friend! Call our store or e-mail lrussell"at"princetonsports.com for more info. See you here.
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A local radio brodcast about the high price of gas

Biking in BaltimoreThe first interview with David Schapiro (a bike commuter) I think is real cool (and the fact that Baltimore Spokes gets a plug is also cool :; ) I met David one night in the middle of winter (in the 30's) happily riding his bike. Anyway here is a link to the broadcast: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/Midday.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wypr&MEDIA_ID=727180&MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&MODULE=Midday

There are also tips on how to get better gas mileage, and a whole spectrum of comments about Mass Transit.
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Join the Neighborhood Design Center & EnvisionBaltimore for our Summer Happy Hour!

Biking in BaltimoreSummer Happy Hour - July 16th

Are you interested in discussing the state of urban and community design in Baltimore over a beer? If so, join fellow NDC volunteers and members of EnvisionBaltimore for drinks at the Wharf Rat on Pratt Street on Wednesday, July 16 from 5pm - 7pm. People attending the Happy Hour can purchase $2 pints of Oliver beers - the microbrew beers made by the Wharf Rat. Appetizers will also be provided by NDC.

This will be a great opportunity to network with listserv members and NDC staff and discuss the latest in livable communities, good public transportation, walkable cities, and sustainable design. For more information about EnvisionBaltimore, visit their web site and sign up for their stimulating discussion group. http://www.envisionbaltimore.org/

For more information about the Happy Hour contact Susan Kunz at 410-233-9686 x101 or skunz"at"ndc-md.org.
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Tips if you find yourself in a bicycling accident

Biking ElsewherePreparing for the worst

The Web site offers a set of tips for bicyclists in accidents. We generally feel the need to add missing information, but they're good enough as is, so we wanted help get the word out:
1. Ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with.
2. Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
3. Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official accident report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
4. Get the business card of the officer.
5. Leave your bike in the same state it was after the accident, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
6. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
7. Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor's office. When in doubt go to the ER! Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
8. Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the accident.
9. Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver's name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
10. Give no written or recorded statements to anyone.

[I will also add that contacting your local bicycle advocacy organization or your local bike club could be beneficial to your case and possibly help out future bicyclists in similar situations.]
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Try on a new set of wheels

Biking in BaltimoreBy Dan Rodricks

David Schapiro has a message for anyone, including other SUV owners, thinking about taking a bicycle to work: Don't dismiss the idea without giving it a try. There are plenty of excuses for scoffing - you're too old and rickety; you live too far away; it's too dangerous to bike; you'll shvitz too much - but, Schapiro says, a little common sense, combined with some open-mindedness and positive energy, can get you there.

Or at least get you home again.

Schapiro lives in Roland Park, on the north side of Baltimore, and he works in Hunt Valley. He doesn't drive his Land Rover much anymore. He uses a combination of the bike and light rail to get to work each morning. He takes the bike all the way home in the evening. Schapiro started biking three years ago. He was overweight, pushing 375 pounds, with a 49-inch waist. He wanted to be "fit at 50." He's lost 80 pounds since then, and his waist is between 38 and 40 inches now.

Last summer, he started "biking in earnest," and he became determined to find a way to get to work on two wheels.

Of course, in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and pretty much throughout the United States, biking is considered something that only the fit and sports-minded do - and primarily a weekend recreational activity. It's not considered an element of the transportation system. Few people who have the most opportunity - the estimated 53 percent of us who live within 2 miles of public transportation, for instance - ever give it a try.

"Bicycling and walking typically account for one-fourth to one-half of all personal trips in European cities," says the Federal Highway Administration. "This stands in sharp contrast to the United States, where the share of personal trips made by non-motorized means fell in recent decades to less than 10 percent."

Clearly, things are starting to change.

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