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Fun events this Saturday

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  • 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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Sunday streets

Biking in BaltimoreA quick update
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"Bike Havre de Grace!" Memorial Day

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesBiller's Bikes in Havre de Grace is holding its Grand Opening "Bike Havre de Grace!" Day on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Ribbon cutting and dedication of the newly routed East Coast Greenway trail in Havre de Grace, Harford and Cecil Counties, will begin at 1:00.

Following the brief ceremonies, registered participants will ride and board their bikes for a great biking photo op and river cruise on HdG's paddlewheeler, the Lantern Queen. Bikes and cash bar on board.

Following the hour-plus captain-narrated cruise up the Susquehanna River, everyone pedals back to Biller's Bikes for BBQ, bands and beers. All are invited. Come Bike Havre de Grace! (See www.billersbikes.com/grandopening.html for details.)
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Walter Biller
Biller's Bikes
Havre de Grace, MD
443-502-2377
waltbiller@billersbikes.com
www.billersbikes.com

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Take Back the Tap

Health & Environment Take Back the Tap Pledge Did you know...
  • Bottled water is not safer than tap water? In fact, the federal government requires far more rigorous and frequent safety testing and monitoring of municipal drinking water.
  • Bottled water is thousands of times more expensive than tap water? Compare $0.002 per gallon for most tap water to a range of $0.89 to $8.26 per gallon for bottled waters.
  • Bottled water creates mountains of needless garbage and contributes to other environmental problems?
American consumers drink more bottled water every year, in part because they think it is somehow safer or better than tap water. They collectively spend hundreds or thousands of dollars more per gallon for water in a plastic bottle than they would for the H20 flowing from their taps.

Learn about the various problems with bottled water and why you should switch to tap water. Read our new report, Take Back the Tap: Why Choosing Tap Water over Bottled Water is Better for Your Health, Your Pocketbook, and the Environment.
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Growing Home Residential Tree Planting Campaign is Growing in the Region

Health & EnvironmentTowson, Md.(April 14, 2008)
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Bike more - Drive less

Biking ElsewhereA fun little video contrasting someone having fun while biking to work and someone being frustrated while trying to drive to work, from our friends at New Belgium Brewing.
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Our lifestyles killing us?

Biking ElsewhereArticle By: Lawrence Bartlett -
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The silent killer

"While we've been focusing so much attention on that, we've had this silent epidemic of obesity that's killing millions of people around the world, and we're devoting very little attention to it and a negligible amount of money."
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An estimated 388 million people will die from chronic disease worldwide over the next 10 years, according to World Health Organisation figures quoted by the alliance.

"There's a political paralysis in dealing with the issue," said Gostin, an adviser to the US government and a professor at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities.

Not on the agenda

He noted that prevention of obesity and its effects had hardly rated a mention in the current campaign for the US presidency.

"Yet the human costs are frightening when we consider that obesity could shorten the average lifespan of an entire generation, resulting in the first reversal in life expectancy since data collecting began in 1900," he said.

Like terrorism, some passing health threats get major government attention and media coverage, while heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer account for 60 percent of the world's deaths, the meeting was told.
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Lifestyles making us sick

"The way we live now is making us sick, it's making our planet sick and it's not sustainable," said Asia-Pacific co-director Ruth Colagiuri.

The Sydney resolution focuses on four key areas, including the need to make towns and cities healthier places in which to live by urban design which promotes walking and cycling and reduces carbon emissions from motor vehicles.

Insufficient physical exercise is a risk factor in many chronic diseases and is estimated to cause 1.9 million deaths worldwide each year, said Tony Capon, professor of health studies at Australia's Macquarie University.

"We need to build the physical activity back into our lives and it's not simply about bike paths, it's about developing an urban habitat that enables people to live healthy lives: ensuring that people can meet most of their daily needs within walking and cycling distance of where they live," he said.

The resolution also calls for a reduction in sugar, fat and salt content in food, making fresh food affordable and available and increasing global efforts to stop people smoking.
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Freakonomics Not-So-Free Ride

Biking ElsewhereNew York Times -

"Americans drive too much. This isn
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Mayor Sheila Dixon celebrates National Bike Month on The NEW Jones Falls Trail (in Historic Druid Hill Park at the reservoir)

Biking in BaltimoreSaturday May 3, 2008 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Enter the raffle to win a FREE Specialized RockHopper mountain bike.
Participate in the mini ride or take on the entire Trail.
A limited number of bikes will be available to rent for the Trail ride.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

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