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Tour du Port Grand Marshall

Biking in BaltimoreFYI: Mayor Shela Dixon will be the grand Marshall of Tour du Port and will be doing the 45 mile ride.

[Nothing against her speech last year but this is way cool!]
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Volunteer for Tour du Port

Bike Maryland updatesI would like to invite you to join One Less Car as a volunteer on October 5th, 2008. We will host our 15th annual Tour du Port bicycle ride and fundraiser. The ride, which will start and finish at the Canton Waterfront Park at 3001 Boston Street, we will close the ride at 2000 byclists.

To ensure the success of this ride One Less Car is seeking volunteers to participate as Route Marshals and Rest stop workers along the Tour du Port route. Benefits of volunteering include a Tour du Port long sleeve shirt, good food, and a fun time!
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Bicycle Friendly America - Maryland

Biking in MarylandState Rank: 35 out of 50.

Reasons for Ranking: Maryland has a signed and mapped route network. They also have a discriminatory mandatory bike lane law and no cell phone use restrictions.

Maryland's Bicycle Friendly Communities
Currently there are no cities in Maryland that have been designated as bicycle friendly communities.
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Tour du Port Registration Closing at 2000 Riders

Bike Maryland updatesOn Sunday, October 5th, Tour du Port rides again along Baltimore\\\'s scenic waterfront. This year One Less Car is closing registration at 2000 riders. If you plan on riding but have not yet registered, please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

To register or for more information visit our website <a href="http://www.onelesscar.org/TDP/2008/">www.onelesscar.org/TDP/2008/</a>;

This year\\\'s ride will begin at the Canton Waterfront Park at 3001 Boston Street in Southeast Baltimore. The park is located right on the water with a view of the city and the big ships that make the Port work. JOIN US FOR A GREAT DAY IN THE CITY!

AND REMEMBER! All registration fees and t-shirt sales help our effort to get more cars off Maryland\\\'s congested roads and neighborhood streets.
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Rides aroud the reservoir

Looking for local rides(ers)Rec. and Parks is still at it, if you missed the Wednesday rides now you have two opportunities to catch the ride on Saturday Sept 13th and 20th from 10AM to Noon. @ Druid Hill Park by the tennis courts.
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Bicyclist hit and dragged 40 feet by car - video

Biking Elsewherei saw this on the morning news....the guy is lucky he is alive! unfortunately, they haven't gotten the driver yet. here is a link to the video:
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We've got another winner

Biking in BaltimoreThis is a funny YouTube video. Imagine you riding home from work and...
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One Less Car plans fall bicycle forum; will likely bring back Cycle Across Maryland

Bike Maryland updatesBy Ron Cassie - News-Post Staff

One Less Car, a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of bicycling and pedestrian issues, will sponsor a Maryland Bicycle Fall Forum for the first time next month in preparation for the start of the next General Assembly in January.

&quot;It's a cattle call; all the bike clubs will be there – the College Park Area Bicycle Coalition, the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Oxon Hill, Howard County, MoBike (Montgomery Bicycle Advocates), and others,&quot; said One Less Car executive director Richard Chambers.

&quot;Anybody who's got a bike and is interested is welcome,&quot; he said. &quot;It's a free advocacy event.&quot;

The forum, scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. , will take place Oct. 6 in the Parsons Theater at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel .

[For more information or to RSVP, please send an email to rchambers&quot;at&quot;onelesscar.org]

Chambers described the forum as a summit of sorts, to talk about upcoming legislation. He said it's an opportunity for bicycling advocates to discuss what the state needs to do to promote safe riding, such as adding bike lanes and racks and connecting trails – all of which makes more bicycle commuting possible.

&quot;Maryland Department of Transportation bike/pedestrian coordinator Stephanie Yanovitz has already committed to being there, and we've invited John Porcari, Maryland 's transportation secretary, highway administration people, and elected officials,&quot; Chambers said. &quot;I think we're going to get over 100 people to attend. Obviously, with gas prices, this is an issue that has legs.&quot;

Bill Smith of the Frederick Pedalers said bicycle advocates working in different parts of the state benefit by coordinating with each other.

&quot;Many of us know each other via e-mail only,&quot; he said. &quot;I've only met in person 10 percent of the advocates statewide. I want to know what is happening in other areas and I want to communicate that to all of the bicyclists in this area.&quot;

Smith, who said there are good things happening all over the state and in Frederick for bicyclists, said he wants to ensure that routine accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians are considered during every part of the legislative and planning process, so that all transportation needs are met, not just those of drivers.

Chambers also confirmed last week that One Less Car now expects to continue its annual fundraising ride, Cycle Across Maryland, after planning to drop sponsorship of the event earlier this summer.

After several years on Maryland 's Eastern Shore , the ride shifted its home base to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg this July. In its 20th anniversary this year, the ride went smoothly and registration jumped 25 percent to more than 500 riders, said Charina Chatman, One Less Car's events coordinator.

&quot;The board has not voted on it yet, but I'm 90 percent sure we're going to go ahead,&quot; Chambers said.

One Less Car's largest ride, its annual, noncompetitive &quot;Tour Du Port&quot; trek around the Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry , is expected to attract more than 1,500 cyclists in Baltimore on Oct. 5, the day before the Maryland Fall Bicycle Forum.
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Pedaling Away Parkinson's Symptoms

Biking ElsewhereNBC Nightly News with Brian Williams - Excerpt |02:27 |
A small pilot study of Parkinson's patients who rode tandem bicycles three times a week has shown promise in alleviating the tremors and rigidity of the disease.
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The Beauty of Bikes -- Even Ugly Ones

Biking in MarylandBy John Kelly - Washington Post
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Not so good is the news that the intercounty connector might not have a continuous bike path along its 19-mile route in Montgomery County. Bad for the environment, planners say. As opposed to, say, the six-lane highway itself and the thousands of vehicles that will travel on it?

Let's see: There's too much traffic. There's too much pollution. There's too much fat. It seems to me that every new road that's built around here -- and plenty of old ones -- should include dedicated bike lanes.

Of course, riding a bike in our area can get you killed. Car plus bike often equals disaster. If you'll excuse an Oxonian memory, I never felt nervous cycling in Oxford, even when I was pedaling on a narrow, rain-slicked road with a double-decker bus looming inches from my right elbow.

The reason I didn't feel nervous is because I knew the bus driver had been in my shoes before, maybe when he was a kid, maybe on his commute to work that very morning. When you've ridden a bike regularly, you look out for bikes.

That's not the case here. We've severed our relationship with these sublime machines. Making it easier to cycle -- by building bike lanes and bike paths -- will help us reestablish it.

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