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A local radio brodcast about the high price of gas

Biking in BaltimoreThe first interview with David Schapiro (a bike commuter) I think is real cool (and the fact that Baltimore Spokes gets a plug is also cool :; ) I met David one night in the middle of winter (in the 30's) happily riding his bike. Anyway here is a link to the broadcast: <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/Midday.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wypr&amp;MEDIA_ID=727180&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=Midday">http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wypr/Midday.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wypr&amp;MEDIA_ID=727180&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=Midday</a>;

There are also tips on how to get better gas mileage, and a whole spectrum of comments about Mass Transit.
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Join the Neighborhood Design Center & EnvisionBaltimore for our Summer Happy Hour!

Biking in BaltimoreSummer Happy Hour - July 16th

Are you interested in discussing the state of urban and community design in Baltimore over a beer? If so, join fellow NDC volunteers and members of EnvisionBaltimore for drinks at the Wharf Rat on Pratt Street on Wednesday, July 16 from 5pm - 7pm. People attending the Happy Hour can purchase $2 pints of Oliver beers - the microbrew beers made by the Wharf Rat. Appetizers will also be provided by NDC.

This will be a great opportunity to network with listserv members and NDC staff and discuss the latest in livable communities, good public transportation, walkable cities, and sustainable design. For more information about EnvisionBaltimore, visit their web site and sign up for their stimulating discussion group. <a href="http://www.envisionbaltimore.org/">http://www.envisionbaltimore.org/</a>;

For more information about the Happy Hour contact Susan Kunz at 410-233-9686 x101 or skunz&quot;at&quot;ndc-md.org.
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Tips if you find yourself in a bicycling accident

Biking ElsewherePreparing for the worst

The Web site offers a set of tips for bicyclists in accidents. We generally feel the need to add missing information, but they're good enough as is, so we wanted help get the word out:
1. Ride with a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with.
2. Dial 911: call the police or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to help.
3. Always wait for the police to arrive and file an official accident report. A police report provides documentation detailing the incident, including the identity of witnesses.
4. Get the business card of the officer.
5. Leave your bike in the same state it was after the accident, if possible. It is best if the police see the accident scene undisturbed.
6. Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
7. Immediately seek medical attention, either at the scene, the emergency room, hospital or doctor's office. When in doubt go to the ER! Give all complaints to the doctor. Medical records are proof that you were injured and document the extent of your injuries.
8. Take photos of injuries and keep a diary of how you feel after the accident.
9. Never negotiate with the driver of the vehicle, regardless of who may be at fault. Get the driver's name and his or her insurance information, along with the names of any passengers.
10. Give no written or recorded statements to anyone.

[I will also add that contacting your local bicycle advocacy organization or your local bike club could be beneficial to your case and possibly help out future bicyclists in similar situations.]
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Try on a new set of wheels

Biking in BaltimoreBy Dan Rodricks

David Schapiro has a message for anyone, including other SUV owners, thinking about taking a bicycle to work: Don't dismiss the idea without giving it a try. There are plenty of excuses for scoffing - you're too old and rickety; you live too far away; it's too dangerous to bike; you'll shvitz too much - but, Schapiro says, a little common sense, combined with some open-mindedness and positive energy, can get you there.

Or at least get you home again.

Schapiro lives in Roland Park, on the north side of Baltimore, and he works in Hunt Valley. He doesn't drive his Land Rover much anymore. He uses a combination of the bike and light rail to get to work each morning. He takes the bike all the way home in the evening. Schapiro started biking three years ago. He was overweight, pushing 375 pounds, with a 49-inch waist. He wanted to be &quot;fit at 50.&quot; He's lost 80 pounds since then, and his waist is between 38 and 40 inches now.

Last summer, he started &quot;biking in earnest,&quot; and he became determined to find a way to get to work on two wheels.

Of course, in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and pretty much throughout the United States, biking is considered something that only the fit and sports-minded do - and primarily a weekend recreational activity. It's not considered an element of the transportation system. Few people who have the most opportunity - the estimated 53 percent of us who live within 2 miles of public transportation, for instance - ever give it a try.

&quot;Bicycling and walking typically account for one-fourth to one-half of all personal trips in European cities,&quot; says the Federal Highway Administration. &quot;This stands in sharp contrast to the United States, where the share of personal trips made by non-motorized means fell in recent decades to less than 10 percent.&quot;

Clearly, things are starting to change.
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Eggspectations - Resto - Cafe - Bar

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesSilver Spring, MD
923 Ellsworth Dr.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 585-1700

Restaurant Hours
Monday to Saturday : 7 AM to 10 PM
Sunday : 7 AM to 9 PM

http://www.eggspectations.com/

(Read more why I am placing an ad for them.)
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Changes

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Rebates for Energy Star appliances

Health & EnvironmentApply for a rebate from your power company when you buy energy efficient appliances : Several new laws just took effect to help Marylanders reduce pollution and save money on their bills by using less energy. For example, power companies now must upgrade their plants to lower costs by more efficiently producing the energy they sell. They also have to offer their customers incentives and rebates to use less energy by encouraging customers to buy ENERGY STAR appliances, CFL lightbulbs, and new furnaces. Check with your local energy company to find out more.
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Study: As gas prices go up, auto deaths drop

Biking Elsewhere By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Fri Jul 11, 5:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON - High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.
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Friday's Ride on the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade

Biking in BaltimoreA YouTube video: Every Friday morning, Mayor Sheila Dixon and a band of faithful riders, take to Baltimore's streets and byways to enjoy the city on two wheels.
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There is a Farmers' Market near you

Health & Environment[This the listings for Baltimore City Farmers' Markets other Farmers' Markets in other counties in the State are listed as well in the link.]

BALTIMORE CITY
Baltimore Farmers' Market
Downtown: Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct)
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon (or sell out) May 4 - December 21
Contact: Carole Simon 410-752-8632
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Harbor East FRESHFARM Market (New Market)
1000 Block of Lancaster Street (between South Exeter Street and Central Avenue)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 14 - October 25
Contact: Janna Howley 202-362-8889
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Highlandtown Farmers' Market
3500 Block of Bank St. at the corner of Bank St. and S. Conkling St.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon July 12 - October 25
Contact: Southeast CDC 410-342-3234
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Mt. Washington Whole Foods Market Farmers' Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. June 18 - October 29
Contact: Molly Kushner 410-532-6700

Park Heights Community Farmers' Market
5201 Park Heights Avenue (Pimlico Race Course Parking Lot)
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 11 - December 17
Contact: PHCHA 410-542-8190
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

32nd Street/Waverly Farmers' Market
E. 32nd Street and Barclay Street
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon Open All Year*
Contact: Marc Rey 410-889-6388 or 410-917-1496
Web:<a href="http://www.32ndstreetmarket.org">www.32ndstreetmarket.org</a>;
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

Village of Cross Keys Farmers' Market
Parking Lot - Village of Cross Keys
5100 Falls Road
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June 3 - October 28
Contact: Beverly Burton 410-592-6095
WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted

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