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Going to the store

Biking in the Metro AreaBike riders are paying customers when they can park securely.

It's not even two miles to go to the local grocery store. But I don't do it on my bike. I like my bike, I like riding it. It is a low end road bike that I put a rack on, and have both a trunk bag and a large pannier (side bag). So I should be able to use it for shopping.

But I don't because I don't want it damaged or stolen. Maybe I got away cheap spending under $1,000 for a road bike, but I don't like leaving it unattended.

I thought that maybe Trader Joe's (Owings Mills) would be more progressive, and asked the "Captain" about bringing the bike in. He said no, (and has had several requests) so I asked about getting a bike rack out front. I was told that the landlord was against the idea, and was told that I could call First Washington Realty at 703 442-4323. Ginny Brown is who I was told to ask for.

If you have a retail business, why not install a bike rack and have it in a visible and safe location? If you really want a good image, have a water cooler inside like Race Pace in Owings Mills does. Free ice water was the foundation for Wall Drug in South Dakota. They offer it now as they did in the '30s and are a huge business, especially by the standards of Wall, South Dakota.
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Eldridge mention of ICC bikeway

Biking in Maryland[From MoBike-]

Here's a bit from Steve Eldridge's "Sprawl and Crawl" blog about the ICC bike path:

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I think he misses the mark in putting all the blame on county planners when the state's original plan didn't include the bikeway except for 7 miles. If there was a bait &amp; switch, it was 3 years ago by the state. But the sentiment is absolutely correct.

Here's the relevant part:

&lt;&lt;The latest travesty involves a road or a highway that has been on the planning books for something like 50 years and construction on it just recently got underway. Anyone living in this region would have to be hiding under a rock to have not heard about all of the controversy the Intercounty Connector (ICC) has brought. State officials say they went above and beyond to make sure that the highway used all of the latest construction innovations to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment. Yet, the current group of planners and elected nincompoops is now planning to eliminate the hiker/biker trail that was one of the centerpieces of the &quot;green&quot; aspect of this highway. They now say that the inclusion of six to eight feet of hiker/biker path will require them to do bad things to the environment. What a crock of box turtle dung. They can build a highway that is 75 or so feet wide but can't build an extra couple feet of paved space for self-powered, two-wheeled vehicles we tend to call &quot;bicycles?&quot; Talk about another bait and switch.

I have supported the building of the ICC because the county and the region just don't have enough east/west arteries. I felt like the state had done a good job to mitigate many if not every single one of the environmental concerns. I also felt like they were using many of the new construction techniques in areas of environmental concern. But actions such as the proposal to eliminate promised accoutrements make me very suspicious about the sincerity of the intentions from the start.&gt;&gt;
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RennFest Sun 8/31

Looking for local rides(ers)Bike rider at sunrise
A relaxed pace ride (~10mph) to RennFest
I am riding with a couple of ladies who have never done this type of ride before (one did do it last weekend which is where the picture came from) and anyone is welcome to join us.

I am riding out and back sometime after lunch (back at a faster pace hopefully) but there may be two slots available to be driven back (email to confirm.)

Tentative schedule (and ~miles one way)
4:30 AM Leaving Pikesville (50)
5:00 AM Leaving Mt Washington (45)
5:30 AM Leaving Hampden (40)
6:00 AM Leaving Inner Harbor (35)
7:00 AM BWI Trail (25)
7:30 AM B&A Trail/Marley Station Mall (20)
9:00 AM Annapolis (5)
9:30 AM RennFest
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Drivers should get off their high horse

Biking ElsewhereRegarding a handful of letters about what bicyclists should do, should wear for safety, how they should behave on roads, licenses they should get and even what taxes they should pay, I respectfully submit the following: Get your own automotive house in order before demanding the cycling-should-do list!

That being said, let's review the list of things drivers should and shouldn't do. You should stop at all red lights and stop signs. You should yield to pedestrians who wish to cross the street. You shouldn't get all liquored up and go out driving only to crash into other parked cars, vans carrying families, pedestrians, trees or large bodies of water.

You should remind yourselves that motor vehicle accidents still top most lists as the leading cause of accidental death. You should pay more attention to the road and stop applying makeup, eating, texting, reading, fiddling with the radio or reaching into the backseat. Perhaps if you were watching the road, checking your blind spots, scanning for hazards, anticipating problems and generally being a truly responsible motor vehicle operator, then those pesky, difficult-to-see cyclists would be more visible.

You should behave so that the term &quot;road-rage&quot; will never be applied to you. As you sit alone in traffic, you should consider car-pooling, taking the bus, a shorter commute or even riding a bike. Perhaps you should investigate the true costs of driving, such as the social costs associated with sprawl-type development, the medical costs of soaring childhood obesity rates and the cost of military spending in oil-rich regions of the world.
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Baltimore Bikes - Our NEW PSA on YouTube

Biking in BaltimoreBrought to you by Baltimore Department Of Transportation and TV25. Special thanks goes to Cassandra Vaughn-Fox and Chris Lamartina for their work!
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Fall Tree & Shrub Sale

Health & EnvironmentWe are excited to announce the launch of our first annual Fall Tree &amp; Shrub Sale.

If you did not know, fall is the best time to plant a tree! We are taking orders

NOW though September 19

for 15 species of native trees and shrubs; pick up is on Saturday, October 4. Our trees and shrubs are one year old and come in easy-to-transport three gallon plastic containers. They are hardy, drought-tolerant and will establish themselves quickly. The cost is $45 per tree/shrub. (Community greening organizations and watershed associations receive promotional pricing of $35.)

We are also offering a Tree Planting &amp; Care Workshop on October 7 at 6:30pm. Learn basic care and maintenance from a nursery professional. The cost is $5 with the purchase of a tree.

Call Jessica Walbridge at 410-448-5663, ext. 115 to sign up.

Please visit our website for more information or to place an order:
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REI Timonium Clinics and Events

Biking in Baltimore * Intro to Mountain Biking (Outing) 8/31/2008 9:00 AM
* Discover the Hidden Treasures of Baltimore by Bicycle (or Foot) 9/10/2008 7:00 PM
* Bike Maintenance 101 9/17/2008 7:00 PM
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A Different Kind of Bike Tour

Biking ElsewhereHigh gas prices and growing environmental concerns are making more home buyers interested in bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. Seeing a market, some real-estate agents have traded their suits for spandex and are leading clients from house to house on two wheels instead of four.
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I had a really neat one today.

Biking Elsewhere[From Bike Forums:]

While riding thru a downtown area, with very light traffic. I was in the right hand lane of a 4 lane street, about 4' off the car doors. A young (considering my 62) woman came roaring up behind me, layed on the horn, and yelled something profane at me as she passed. I almost yelled back, but she went by too quickly.

The really cool part, was that she failed to recognize the bicycle cop next to her in the other lane, waiting to turn left....

He flipped on his go fast lights, and siren, (color me surprised!)and pulled her over about a block down the street, when she caught the next red - and then stopped me too as I rode by. He just wanted my name and phone number as a witness, to add to her summons for aggressive driving.....

We do have a fair sized contingent of bicycle cops in the town where I frequently ride, see them on the trails, parks, and downtown areas frequently. They always wave, and exchange pleasantries.

That had to be the coolest thing I ever saw happen!!!!!!!

I sure hope I get to go to court!!!!!!!
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Essex Trike Stolen

Biking in the Metro Area[From Craig's list:]

My handi-capped son had his adult Trike stolen from him. The bike was a Miami brand 24&quot; trike, beige in color with a basket on the back. It had Mountain bike tires on it and no fenders.It was a single speed trike and it worked well for him with his handi-capped issues. He was physically thrown off the bike and the kid rode away on it. The boy had blond hair and was about 15 years old. It happened around Sussex School. The police have never found the bike and my sone is heart broken. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this bike please email me and it will be kept in strict confidence. I really just want to get the bike back for my son.

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