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Ride marshals needed for Tues night Princeton Sports ride

Biking in the Metro Area[From Bicycling Advocates of Howard County]

I hope everyone has seen the SHARE the ROAD signs up on the Columbia tri route and on Carrs Mill Rd that Bicycling Advocates encouraged the county to install. Bicycling Advocates also hopes to do *cyclists education*.

Our thinking is the more polite cyclists in Howard county are to motorists the more influence we will have on motorists to be considerate of us. In the next couple months leading up to the Iron Girl triathlon, the Princeton Sports Tues night ride has many newbie inexperienced cyclists. It's a very large ride with many cyclists. To help educate them on how to bike safely and courteously, we are looking for a few VOLUNTEER ROAD MARSHALS to bike along with them on the Tues night ride from Princeton Sports.

Please help these new cyclists learn how to bike safely and do a nice ride too!!!! Princeton plans to eventually provide *yellow jerseys* to road marshals.

If you are interested in being an occasional road marshal, please contact Mike Carney (Mcarney "at" He is coordinating volunteer road marshals. We only need a couple each week. Thanks again for all your interest in helping bicycling in Howard County!
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Getting Baltimore to be not so sucky

Biking in BaltimoreAll the comments in the "BALTIMORE truly sucks" article are appreciated but I will note without detail of vehicle ID time and place it is hard to take action. Even if the police "can't do anything" we can do things that will help prevent negative things from happening in the future. So please post as much detail as you can.

On the positive side Baltimore City is in the midst of contract negotiations for an bicycle educational/safety campaign, the State is also looking into doing a safety campaign (and has funding for it as well!) The Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee has established contacts within the Baltimore Police Department and other city agencies to help bring these issues to the attention of those who can make a difference. Not to mention efforts of the Baltimore Bicycling Club to keep the metro counties aware of bicyclists issues.

Things are changing, be a part of that change.
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Berry Festival this Saturday- it will be delicious

Health & EnvironmentI thought you might want to come out this weekend and kick back with Herring Run Watershed Association for our Native Berry Festival- please RSVP to Ashley if you might be coming... Native berry desserts, Andy Nelson BBQ, Brewer's Art Beer, games for kids and adults and other local vendors.

Native Berry Festival 2008
When: Saturday, June 21st, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Rain date, Sunday, June 22, 12:00-4:00
Where: Herring Run Park at Belair Rd. (by the movie shed).
Cost: Free admission! Brewers Art beer, Andy Nelsons BBQ, berries, native trees/shrubs, and crafts will be on sale.
Bring: A dessert to enter into the contest! Native berries include cherry, blackberry, blueberry, elderberry, mulberry, strawberry, serviceberry, and raspberry. Dessert competition rules.
RSVP: call 410-254-1577 or email Ashley or Joel.
Details: Join us for a merry berry day in the park! Eat finger-lickin BBQ, enjoy live bluegrass/folk music and cheer on competitors in a native berry dessert contest at the Native Berry Festival. Celebrity judges: Rob Kasper, the Baltimore Sun; Ann Kostlow, Sofia's Crepes; and Jeff Smith, Chameleon Cafe, will decide winners of the dessert contest.

* Plenty of games and crafts for the kids
* Local vendors selling their wears
* Urban Forest Project exhibit: Spawning in Herring Run
* Brewer's Art beer
* Andy Nelson's BBQ
* Native berries and plants for sale

Come socialize with fellow residents from our watershed's 50 neighborhoods.

The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from BBQ, beer, and dessert sales will go towards the Herring Run Watershed Center. Bring your appetite!
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Looking to Avoid Aggressive Drivers? Check Those Bumpers.

Biking Elsewhere- Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer
Watch out for cars with bumper stickers.

That's the surprising conclusion of a recent study by Colorado State University social psychologist William Szlemko. Drivers of cars with bumper stickers, window decals, personalized license plates and other "territorial markers" not only get mad when someone cuts in their lane or is slow to respond to a changed traffic light, but they are far more likely than those who do not personalize their cars to use their vehicles to express rage -- by honking, tailgating and other aggressive behavior.
Hey, you clown! This ain't funny! Aggressive driving might be responsible for up to two-thirds of all U.S. traffic accidents that involve injuries.
The key to the phenomenon apparently lies in the idea of territoriality. Drivers with road rage tend to think of public streets and highways as "my street" and "my lane" -- in other words, they think they "own the road."

Why would bumper stickers predict which people are likely to view public roadways as private property?

Social scientists such as Szlemko say that people carry around three kinds of territorial spaces in their heads. One is personal territory -- like a home, or a bedroom. The second kind involves space that is temporarily yours -- an office cubicle or a gym locker. The third kind is public territory: park benches, walking trails -- and roads.
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Early riders to downtown/penn station area

Looking for local rides(ers)I'm going to be commuting from Towson/ Rodgers Forge area to Penn Station around 5:30 am, at least 4 days a week. Please let me know if you are interested in heading that way and or know anyone riding already at that time who might be interested in any type of group commute. Thanks-
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Google MTA trip planner

Mass TransitMTA routes and schedules are now accessible by Google so on just type starting address to ending address and at the top of the direction box click Public Transit Or go to
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Biking as a presidential campaign issue

PoliticsDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (left) plans to discuss the future of bicycling at a Thursday night fundraiser in Chicago.

But after seeing this picture of him tooling around town, a concerned editor e-mailed me to ask whether his seat was too low.
[Apparently even newspaper editors know a thing or two about bikes in Chicago.]
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Mass TransitBaltimore City is Funding Three New Bus Routes

The short lived DASH bus service is coming back bigger and stronger than ever. One year from now,the City of Baltimore expects to be running the first of three free downtown bus routes. All three routes should be operational by September of 2009. North, East and West, the DASH will get you there in new Hybrid Electric Buses. The service will be paid for in part by an increase in the parking tax. Another reason to leave your car at home.
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With Gas Prices Reaching $4.00 a Gallon, Transit Ridership is Surging

Mass TransitEvery day there is an article in the paper talking about how the rising price of gas is shifting commuters to mass transit. Well, here is the proof, and Baltimore is helping to lead the way with light rail and heavy rail percentages of riders increasing.

Light rail
Overall streetcars and trolleys had the highest percentage increase, at 10.3%. The biggest increases:
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BALTIMORE truly sucks

Biking in Baltimore[Comment from mod: We encourage everyone to report problems and issues in the Baltimore area. These reports ARE used to at least help make sure that steps are taken so the problems are reduced.]

I have been here in Baltimore for three years and bike almost daily to Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus. During this time, I have been assaulted 6 times with fists, rubber bullets, rocks.... have also gotten a bike stolen from inner harbor with a security camera right on top of it.

By the way I am from Pakistan. Never saw any violence whatsoever in Pakistan. The first time I was ever assaulted was in Baltimore. Don't think I am a cry baby I still defy the assholes/ terrorists of Baltimore and bike daily to campus because if I don't these mfu*** have won. anyways, I have gotten used to all of the violence.

My advice to all the avid bikers out there

1. if you see more than one teenager approaching you, RUN. these punks attack you in groups.

2. never stop at a red light unless theres traffic approaching

3. don't bother calling the cops if you get assaulted. they will laugh it off. just suck it up

4. always carry a spare tube in case you have a puncture

5. Bike at odd hours, very early in the morning or really late at night becase the assholes also need to get some sleep.

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