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Sunday, September 21 2014 @ 12:01 AM UTC
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The problem with parking and bike lanes

Biking in BaltimoreIs that cars are parking against the bike lane stripe rather then against the curb.

It seems to me that along Roland Av we had a mostly usable area between parked cars and the travel lane, now that it is marked as a bike lane too many cars are not parking against the curb and too many cars in the travel lane are not scooting over if you ride the stripe or in the travel lane to avoid the door zone of parked cars (3-4 feet.) Comments would be appreciated.
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Mount Washington Water Tasting Results

Health & Environment

This morning [4/27] the Mount Washington Green Club held a water-tasting. We compared the tastes of three bottled waters (Evian, Fiji, and Deer Park) with Mount Washington tap water in two forms (straight from the tap, run through a filter). Each water was labeled only with a letter, so we did not know which water we were tasting until scores were given and the comparison was completed. Here are the results (high scores represent the best taste):

Mt. Washington Tap (filtered) 39
Deer Park 30
Fiji 29
Evian 28
Mt. Washington Tap 17

The Mt. Washington tap water that was run through a water pitcher with a carbon filter received the highest score. Deer Park water, which is locally bottled, received a score slightly above that off Evian and Fiji, which are bottled in very distant locations. Unfiltered Mt. Washington tap water came in last.

So for the best tasting water (and probably the healthiest), we are recommending running our local tap water through a carbon filter. For our test, we used a Pur water pitcher like the one pictured here. They seem to run from about $10 to $30 and the filters have to be changed periodically.

We also want to remind everyone that besides being expensive (Fiji water is usually over $2.00 a quart), bottled water creates a trash problem. In the recent cleanup of Western Run, a large percentage of the trash taken from the stream area was empty plastic water bottles. Transporting water bottled in distant locations like the island of Fiji or Evian, France also seems like a terrible use of resources and probably contributes to global warming.

So we would like to encourage everyone to choose filtered tap water over bottled water, and locally bottled water over water bottled at distant locations. Thanks!

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SmartBike DC

Biking ElsewhereClear Channel Outdoor together with the District Department of Transportation are excited to bring to Washington DC the first self-service public bike rental program. SmartBike DC is a new and alternative transportation network that uses the latest technologies to facilitate user access and is structured to enhance the city
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Household Hazardous Waste drop off days

Health & EnvironmentActing Public Works Director, David E. Scott, today reminds Baltimoreans that it
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Sponsors of Tour dem Parks

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesThanks to the wonderful contribution of the following sponsors, Tour dem Parks raised $10,000 for the City
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Another barrier to cycling hits the dust

Bike LawsThanks to the efforts of One Less Car, Baltimore Bicycling Club, Baltimore Spokes and people like you who got involved, Maryland's law that prohibited cyclists on all toll bridges and ramps has been changed to allow the Chairman of MdTA to authorize toll bridges for bike/ped use. Governor Martian O'Malley signed this into law on 4/24 and will take effect in October of this year.

PLEASE do not head across the Bay Bridge or through the Harbor Tunnel on your Schwinn claiming this new law as justification. It is still prohibited. Instead, participate fully in the public input to future construction and rehab projects to make them bike/ped accessible.[Read comment for more details.]
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The winner for the stupidest bike lane in America goes to Silver Spring MD!

Biking in Marylandhttp://slatev.com/player.html?id=1504447505

Some local commentary: http://www.finishthetrail.com/2008/04/were-1-were-1.html

And in case you missed the link in the article above, some history: http://home.comcast.net/~phyilla1/sstrails/cedar.html
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Fun events this Saturday

Biking in Baltimore
  • EcoFestival's free biking around Druid Hill Lake
  • Visions for a Healthy-City-a Chalk-In
Sat April 26 11a-3p
We'd really love to get a lot of folks to contribute visual ideas about healthful urban & community life in this street chalk dialog/ happening. Starting around Victorian trolley stop/gazebo north of lake.
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Anti-Car Petition ... that uses a car

Biking Elsewhere
Streets Are For People! are once again engaging the public and the government in an effort to disrupt our car-obsessed society.

To celebrate Earth Day, the group is preparing to present a
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