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Task Force releases recommendations for advancing Safe Routes to School

Biking ElsewhereCHAPEL HILL, NC — The National Safe Routes to School Task Force has released its final report, Safe Routes to School: A Transportation Legacy - A National Strategy to Increase Safety and Physical Activity among American Youth. To access the full report, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/task_force.

The Task Force was called for in law and established by the U.S. Department of Transportation to study and develop a strategy for advancing programs that enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. Among the recommendations made by the Task Force are to effectively spend current Federal SRTS funds, initiate innovative solutions to advance SRTS and encourage support from SRTS stakeholders at the local, state and national level. The Task Force also recommends an increase in funding for the program at the Federal level.

“The demand for Safe Routes to School programs in communities across the US exceeds the available amount available,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Task Force member. “In nearly every state that has awarded program funding so far, there were more applications than what the states could fund.”
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CAM Pictures

Biking in MarylandSome pics I took at One Less Car's Cycle Across Maryland
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The Washington Bike Map Wiki

Biking in MarylandThe Washington Bike Wiki is bicycle information by the Washington D.C. bike community for the Washington D.C. bike community.

The first project is a Google Map Mashup - the objective here is to capture shared information. Concern is given to real time information that high quality static bike maps don't capture. This might include a hit-and-run where the biker victim is calling for witnesses, a bridge that has been washed out, or a bike path detour based on contribution.

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Move over SUV for the SUB

Biking ElsewhereThe apocalypse seems inevitable when you're stuck in summer traffic. Sitting in a long line of idling cars, shimmering in waves of heat rising off the pavement, you think about how every year it gets hotter, and the traffic gets worse and pumps tons more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. You pull yourself up by the steering wheel to see ahead. Your thighs stick with sweat to the driver's seat. You are beyond frustration and feel an existential loathing closer to panic. You are part of the global warming problem. And now you're going to be late for work.

Three years ago, I opted out. Since then I've been commuting four miles to my Washington, D.C., office by bicycle just about every day, rain or shine, in an effort to help save the environment and myself along with it. Of course, there are obvious limitations to a bicycle. What about when you need to pick up groceries for a family of four? And unless your kid is Peter Pan, he can't just fly over traffic to get to school. Wouldn't it be great to commute and run those entire errands by bike?

Bikes designed to haul freight or passengers have been around for a long time. Picture the massive rickshaw or those bikes you see pulling a brightly colored trailer, two kids nestled in the back, helmets bobbing. It's not exactly handy, however, to pull a trailer behind your bike, and not many of us are about to dump our nimble bicycle for a heaving rickshaw.

Enter the sport utility bicycle, a long bike nearly as dexterous as a conventional bike but with a remarkable capacity for cargo, whether that means lots of stuff or people. I recently turned my mountain bike (a Specialized Rock Hopper) into an SUB with a frame extension called the FreeRadical ($490), made by Xtracycle, a small, quirky and ingenious company based in Oakland, Calif.
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With Gas Above $4 A Gallon, More And More People Are Trading In Four Wheels For Two

Biking Elsewhere(CBS) "Pedal Power" is coming into its own these days, as Americans of all ages are coming to realize biking can be practical, economical, and good clean fun - or should we say, good GREEN fun? Our Cover Story takes us from California to Cambridge, and is reported by Serena Altschul:
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Safe Bicycling in Maryland

Biking in MarylandI put in a new link category of what I think are the best web recourses for MD bike safety: http://www.baltimorespokes.org/links/index.php?category=Must+read+for+bike+safety

In addition I would like to highlight Safe Bicycling in Maryland handbook. You can get a copy by following the instructions on this page: http://www.sha.state.md.us/exploremd/bicyclists/oppe/Pamphlets/Bicyclists1.asp

Montgomery County has a photo copy of it on line: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/dpwt/capital/pedbike/Datafiles/mdsafety.pdf
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Sharing the Streets: Bike Safety

Biking in MarylandEric Gilliland
Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Monday, July 28, 2008; 12:00 PM

With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, more bicyclists than ever are sharing the Washington city streets with cars.

Join Washington Area Bicyclist Association executive director Eric Gilliland for a discussion on bike safety in the city on Monday, July 29 at Noon. Eric is a certified bicycling instructor and a long-time bicyclist in the city.

Submit your questions or comments before or during the discussion.
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CHARM CITY BIKE AND BRUNCH

Biking in BaltimoreJOIN THE BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS AND FRIENDS FOR CHARM CITY BIKE AND BRUNCH 3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH APRIL THROUGH OCTOBER $15.00 GUIDED TOURS OF BALTIMORE PARKS, TRAILS AND SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS INCLUDING DRUID HILL PARK/JONES FALLS TRAIL, HERRING RUN PARK, FEDERAL HILL, STONY RUN AND PATTERSON PARK AS WELL AS A CANOE RIDE ON THE MIDDLEBRANCH. ALL TOURS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT A NEARBY LOCAL RESTAURANT.
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Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Directory

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pages This directory is for your convenience in contacting officials, organizations, and individuals interested in improving bicycling and walking in Maryland.

Office of the Governor
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Maryland Department of Education
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Planning
Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland State Police

And Others Working for Better Bicycling and Walking
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Climate Ride 2008

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September 20th - 24th
New York to D.C.
www.ClimateRide.org

Join Climate Ride 2008 for the first multi-day supported bicycle tour where you pedal to raise money and awareness for action on global warming. Climate Riders will cycle 320 miles in five days from New York to Washington D.C., following scenic country roads and finishing on the steps of our nation's capitol, where we will make a statement about our country's need for action.

Along the way, expert speakers will educate and inspire Climate Riders and local communities about the science, the policies and the solutions to global warming. Our riders and the communities we pass through will learn how our government, businesses, and all Americans will benefit from a cleaner, healthier climate. This is a unique event--a fundraiser and climate conference on wheels, and an opportunity to meet people who are engaged in making a difference.

Each rider will be responsible for raising $2,250. Proceeds from the ride benefit Clean Air - Cool Planet and Focus the Nation, two organizations that lead the way in expanding climate change education, encouraging renewable energy policies, and promoting solutions to global warming.

The five-day ride will be entirely supported. All you have do to is bike; we take care of the rest.

Registration begins online April 15th at www.climateride.org and is limited to 100 riders.

Get your friends together and register today!

For more information, contact Geraldine Carter at info "at" climateride.org or visit www.ClimateRide.org
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your company or organization is interested, please contact info "at" climateride.com

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