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Go carfree

Biking Elsewhere[The following quote caught my eye:]
In many parts of India and China, a growing middle class has an appetite for cars. Some people in these places and others (like America) have the idea that driving a car is glamorous or “respectable”—that it makes one special and shows that one is dignified and classy. They got that false image from American television and movies.

By joining in the World Carfree Day Movement, Americans can explicitly reject the notion that cars are anything but an especially toxic form of cancer. The good news is that it is a curable form of cancer, as many cities and towns throughout the world are now starting to demonstrate.
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NBC 4 coverage of Joe Krebs bicycle vacation

Biking ElsewhereJoe Krebs Enjoys Green Vacation
Joe Krebs, who anchors the morning show, has discovered a way to getaway, relax and go green.
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Facts & Stats

Biking ElsewhereHere's a sampling of some of the stats we've recently posted on our [Bikes Belong] website:

* Participation: Less than 1% of all U.S. trips are made by bicycle, yet nearly 40% of all trips are two miles or less.
* Economic: The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is around $200, 1/70th that of an average car.
* Health: Men who cycle to work are significantly less likely to be overweight and obese (39.8%) than those who drive to work (60.8%).
* Facilities: From 1992-2005 Portland, Oregon, increased its bikeway network by 215%, and during that period bicycle commuting doubled.
* Environmental: Bicycling instead of driving 5 miles a day reduces individual CO2 emissions by 1,287 pounds annually, about 6% of the average American's total emissions.
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Talk by "Earthship" architect Michael Reynolds November 6

Health & EnvironmentOn Thursday, November 6, the Neighborhood Design Center, in conjunction with the American Visionary Art Museum, is proud to present eco-architect Michael Reynolds, who will talk about his work over the past forty years to build self-sufficient, off-the-grid houses and communities. The talk kicks-off NDC's 40th Anniversary celebration, which includes a Gala party after - featuring a silent auction and music by Groove Mammals.

Michael Reynolds has been challenging the status quo with his experimental approach to building ever since he graduated from Architecture School in 1968. One of his earliest efforts - a house made from beer can bricks - so upset the national bricklayers' union that it forced him to halt construction. Undaunted, Mr. Reynolds went on to develop the concept of the "Earthship": an off the-grid solar-powered home built from used car tires, which recycles rainwater and sewage and costs next to nothing to run.

Mr. Reynolds will discuss the principles behind &quot;Earthship Biotecture&quot;, the opportunities and challenges he has faced over the years to create his structures, and the relevance that his approach has for helping poor and underserved communities in the United States and abroad. To learn more about Michael Reynolds and his &quot;Earthships&quot; visit <a href=""></a>;.

When: November 6, 5:30pm - 7pm

Where: James Rouse Visionary Center at the American Vsionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230.

Tickets: $15 Talk only; $40 Gala Party (7pm-10pm); and $50 for both (a savings of $5). You can purchase tickets at <a href=""></a>; or visit <a href=""></a>; for more information about the Gala.
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Urban Bike trip for Families.

Biking in BaltimoreSaturday 18th at 9AM BIKE

Meet at Hall Springs Area (This is at the corner of Argonne Drive and Harford Road). We will go on the great Family Ride to the WAVERLY MARKET. Round trip it will be 4.4 miles. We will have two cars lead and follow the wild pack of bikes (and carry any kids that just are not ready). This is a great first Urban Bike trip for Families.
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Conventions Bike-Sharing Effort Exceeds Expectations

Biking ElsewhereWhen Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, we had two goals:

1. To show convention delegates, media, volunteers, and residents the convenience of bicycling for short trips.
2. To highlight bicycling on a national stage and generate positive media coverage to inspire more people to ride.

On both fronts, the Freewheelin bike sharing effort was tremendously successful. During eight days of Freewheelin at the two conventions, people from all 50 states and 37 countries:

* Took 7,523 rides
* Pedaled 41,724 miles
* Burned 1,293,429 calories
* Reduced their carbon footprint by 14.6 metric tons
* Reported no accidents or injuries

Freewheelin was a mainstream media event, with stories appearing on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and the CBS Evening News, in major newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Daily News, as well as in Time and Newsweek. So far we've tallied:

* 2,304 clips in print, on television and radio, and online
* Nearly 180 million media impressions
* An equivalent of $10 million in advertising

These widespread and positive stories helped promote bicycling as easy, convenient, healthy, safe, and fun to a larger and wider audience than we've reached before.

To see some of the coverage, visit our website.

We thank Humana and all of the Bikes Belong member companies who generously supported this unprecedented project.
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Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

Health & EnvironmentThe mission of Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is to protect and restore Baltimore Harbor and the greater Patapsco River and its tributaries through enforcement, fieldwork, and citizen action in order to make the river suitable for recreation, including fishing and swimming, to improve public health, and to improve the health of the river ecosystem.

Report Pollution in your streets and waterways: 410-366-3038 or pollution&quot;at&quot;
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Biller's Bikes Biketoberfestival Oct. 18 Celebrates Upcoming Move to Downtown Havre de Grace

Biking in the Metro AreaBiller's Bikes in Havre de Grace throws BIKETOBERFESTIVAL Oct 18 to celebrate Fall biking season and the upcoming move and expansion in downtown Havre de Grace.

Come to BIKETOBERFESTIVAL at Biller's Bikes next Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1-8 pm! It's the last big biking gig at the Juniata Street shop!

Walter and Mara, Mike and Ike (the new twin cats), invite friends and patrons to help us celebrate the Fall season and the upcoming move to downtown Havre de Grace.

BIKETOBERFESTIVAL means &quot;Real Big Fun&quot; in Havre de Grace bicycling!

Live Jazz/Rhythm and Blues
October BBQ and &quot;Biker Beer Garden&quot;
Contests, Games and Prizes
Great Benefit Raffle (for HdG Ambulance Corps)
Bikes, Bicyclists and Bold Bike Chat!

Come by and party, enjoy great food, drink great beer and beverages (hot cider, of course), win terrific prizes (including a brand new SUN 700c sports hybrid bicycle), and share your ideas and inspiration for our awesome new downtown shop location.
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Please volunteer to help with Greenscape ’08!

Health & EnvironmentWe will have a table set up for the Transportation Working Group for kids to learn about the topics you discussed and add their ideas.

We need volunteers to help with the Transportation Work Group table.

Please let us know if you can help! Contact brett.buikema&quot;at&quot;


Greenscape’08 is an environmental event for youth on Saturday, October 18th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

There will be free food, games, and prizes. Attendees will be given ‘passports’ to be stamped at different working group tables so the kids can learn about sustainability and provide comments about issues that concern them. The passports can then be turned in for a free T-Shirt and entrance into a raffle for larger prizes.

There will also be free performances by the following acts:

12:00 - Least Common Denominator
1:00 - For the People Entertainment
2:00 - Shodekeh and Max Beats

Come join the fun!
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Final Charm City Bike and Brunch of the Year

Biking in BaltimoreHi All,

This is the last of 6 successful Bike and Brunches of the year. Please join Tim Almaguer of the Friends of Patterson Park on this ride of the park and East Baltimore.

When: October 18th, 10 a.m.
What: Charm City Bike and Brunch
Cost: $15 per person
Where: Meet at the White House in Patterson Park, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue; brunch will be at Life of Reilly
Contact: Please RSVP (limited to 15 participants) with Friends of Patterson Park Office, 410-276-3676.. If you need a bike or helmet, let Tim know.

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