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Great Agenda Set-Up for Bike Form Mon. 10-06-08 at 6:00PM

Biking in MarylandHi Bike Forum Folks. We had our last Bike Forum Planning Session yesterday folks from APL-SHA-OLC & CPABC and Boy do we have an exceptional agenda for you on Monday Evening. This is one Bike Forum you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. We laid out a List of Ten Topics that the Cyclists in Md. want to discuss and have answers from SHA/MDOT. Neil Pedersen-Administrator-SHA has been working with Stephanie Yanovitz-SHA Bike Coordinator and along with the rest of SHA Transportation Staff to fully answer all those important questions. Stephanie has worked up a very professional Power Point Presentaion(Bicycing Md. on Oct. 6, 2008) and Neil will present it starting at 6:45 PM at APL. We have a chock full agenda that will keep you busy for three hours asking and answering these very important questions. We will start going at 6:00PM with refreshments-Pizza-Veggies and Drinks(Complements of OLC)(No Food allowed in this wonderful very professional Parson Auditorium. We need to thank Jack Guameri from APL and chair of the Howard Co. BAHC Bike Group for the use of this perfect setting for so many of us to get together. And all the folks who helped pull this Bike Forum together.
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Dead right

Biking ElsewhereA Fox 6 (Milwaukee) news report about motorist unsafe passing, a cyclist with cameras and his effort to increase awareness.
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C&O Canal bike trail traffic-free and gorgeous

Biking in Maryland[A wonderful article about the C&O]
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A few of us were veterans of weeks-long or even months-long expeditions in the saddle. Several others had barely been on a bike for years. Our bikes ranged from fancy wheels right out of the shop to tough old machines.

And we had 184.5 miles to cover -- together.

Not a problem. There's something about the C&O that makes these differences not matter.

Bicycling the canal, on a dirt towpath where mules once hauled barges, is like riding through a watercolor painting of nature all day long. Spring, summer and deep into fall, it's like inhaling a passage from "Walden" and exhaling a verse from Robert Frost.

After splashing through the first dozen mud puddles, seeing the first of the turtles lazing on fallen trees in still water, and getting swallowed by the luscious greenery -- as if we'd leaped into that painting -- I knew we'd found our stride.

The C&O, it turns out, is an ideal proving ground for casual cyclists looking to push their limits. It's long, flat and traffic-free, plus gorgeous.

Those same qualities engage dedicated cyclists, too, who can stretch the daily mileage if they want and speed a little faster through the same grand tapestry.

And what a tapestry. On one side is the broad, rushing Potomac River; on the other, the placid canal. Above, a canopy of leaves.

Along the way: 74 locks with massive wooden gates patterned on the designs of Leonardo da Vinci, 11 aqueducts and dozens of white brick houses where gatekeepers tended locks and gardens until the canal went bust in 1924.

The human imprint is frozen in time here. Nature is in motion.

Now herons, songbirds, snakes and the ubiquitous turtles make their living on the C&O.

It wasn't supposed to be this way when people started carving the earth in 1828 to make a waterway for coal and commerce from the Allegheny Mountains to the East Coast.

They reckoned a canal stretching between Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio River would beat the railroad in the race west. The railroad won -- and so did the great outdoors.

Today, the C&O joins the recently expanded Great Allegheny Passage rail trail to give cyclists a 320-mile offroad route along sparkling rivers between Washington and the outskirts of Pittsburgh.
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Last Day to Register for Tour du Port 2008!

Bike Maryland updatesThis Sunday, October 5th, Tour du Port rides again along Baltimore's waterfront. Make sure to register before midnight tonight if you want to avoid the higher walk-in registration fee. This is your last chance!

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

Remember - 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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Bicycle Friendly Communities - Baltimore gets its first ever honorable mention

Biking in BaltimoreBiggest Round of Applications Since Program\'s Inception

Ten new communities were honored with the League of American Bicyclists prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation. This was the program’s biggest application cycle to date—51 communities applied for the designation. There are one gold, one silver and eight bronze communities awarded, and 19 communities renewed their designations. Boulder, Colo., a renewing community, was promoted to Platinum, joining Portland, Ore. and Davis, Calif. as the only cities in the U.S. to have earned this top designation.

“We are tremendously excited by the results of the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community designations,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “Not only has Boulder broken through to the Platinum level but four great bicycling communities – Fort Collins, Colo., Seattle, Wash., Jackson, Wyo., and Stanford University, Calif. – have received the Gold designation. Each community has high levels of bicycle use and has demonstrated a commitment to improving conditions for all types of cyclist from the student and avid mountain biker to the casual visitor and everyday commuter.”

All BFCs enjoy quality of life benefits to which many other communities aspire. We are delighted the BFC program is providing a helpful road map for communities to make that transition.
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Sustainability Guide - 10. Baltimore, MD

Biking in BaltimoreBaltimore's had a number of firsts since our last survey. For starters, the city's first female mayor, Sheila Dixon, was sworn into office. Not long after, came new green building requirements, single-stream recycling, and—to our excitement at SustainLane—a dedicated commission charged with creating and implementing a sustainability plan for the city. Included in that package will be a new zoning code (the last one was updated in 1971) that incorporates dense, transit-oriented development. The city has also put in over 50 miles of bikeways and hopes to install more light rail. As Baltimoreans explore alternative transportation and energy options, they may find their air quality goes up too.
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10 Best Places to Live a Long Life

Biking in MarylandNo. 1: Montgomery County, MD

Life expectancy at birth: 81.31 years

Two top-ranked hospitals (Suburban and Naval, both in Bethesda) help make affluent, educated Montgomery County No. 1 for longevity. Last year, Montgomery's county seat of Rockville unveiled a new pedestrian-friendly town center, bringing together housing, jobs, shopping, and recreation.
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The (bike) path of least resistance

Biking Elsewhere...
There's no logical reason for the hostility. Sure, a bicyclist's presence means that a driver must slow down and pay attention. But there may be something deeper going on, too: A bicyclist has the potential to make anyone feel guilty for guzzling gas. Or envious that they are not on a cycle. I know when I'm biking past a road crew, I feel like an entitled fop from the leisure class: I'm in the hot sun by choice, not because my paycheck requires it.

Moreover, bicyclists aren't perfect neighbors on the asphalt. Sometimes we ride two abreast, sometimes we zip through red lights. Once I hurt an animal: A garter snake. ...

But there is so much to be gained from biking - for drivers, too. Obviously, biking doesn't replace mass transportation and it isn't feasible if your commute is more than a few miles. But it minimizes commuter congestion, it's nonpolluting, and it inspires no one to chant, &quot;Drill, baby, drill,&quot; like a lunatic sports fan.
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David Feherty Got Hit by a Truck and Lived to Tell About It

Biking Elsewhereby David Feherty;

Seven months ago, I was on my beloved bicycle, a 6.5 trek Madone with the SRAM Red groupset and Easton climbing rims. Tipping the scales at a featherweight 13.8 pounds, it is like riding a carbon butterfly. I was closing in on a 50-miler, just five minutes from my own driveway, and the sun had not yet risen. It was a good start to the day.

I was riding west on Park Lane between Greenville Avenue and Central Expressway, approaching the light at Bed Bath &amp; Beyond—when a pickup truck knocked me into the Beyond section. His wing mirror barely missed me, but the trailer was wider than the truck, and even though I was doing about 20 mph, the impact was shockingly violent.

I’m an alcoholic and a narcotics addict. A couple of years ago, I bought a bicycle and started to ride to my meeting. I liked it, and after a while I started riding farther. Then, one day, I kept going. Now I’m riding instead of meeting. My bicycle is my lifeline, my meditation machine, and without question one of the reasons I’m alive. I acquired the addiction to painkillers from years of playing professional golf with bad elbows and a worse first wife, and the alcoholism I guess is just an Irish thing. I have the double curse: the thirst and the internal stoicism to consume an utterly absurd quantity of alcohol and still remain lucid. I quit drinking not because I was a bad drunk; on the contrary, I was spectacular.

Having kicked all my bad habits for the better part of two years, I finally thought I was addicted to something that wasn’t going to kill me. The irony flashed through my head milliseconds after the corner of the trailer made contact with the middle of my saddle and then my lower back. I remember thinking, Oh, crap, I hope it’s not a beer truck. My head snapped back and I began to fly, like a silhouette of E.T. across the moon. All that was missing was the basket on the handlebars. I had everything else, down to the glowing red light, of which I had two—one on the back of my helmet and the other, a dazzling Planet Bike flasher, clipped to the back of my jersey. I am, if nothing else, safety conscious on a bicycle. The only person who could hit me would have to have a grievance against Christmas trees or, as it turned out in this case, a pressing need to get to a red light. He just had to get to the red light before I did.
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Then a man standing above, his arms folded. He is not looking at me. The lady says, “You just ran him over!”

“He was in the road!” comes the reply, defiant.

At this point, I don’t know if I’m going to live, but I do know that if I die, I definitely want to take this guy with me. If I could just get up, maybe I could push him into oncoming traffic. That way, even if the bastard survived, he’d know what it feels like to be hit by several tons of fast-moving metal. (For the record, it hurts.)
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Street Art - Ride, don't drive

Mass TransitWhat lives when public transportation is used, and dies when it's not? Potentially all of us.

This message is hauntingly conveyed by a street art installation showing polar bears coming to life as a subway passes beneath them:

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