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Biking in BaltimoreSpecial thanks to REI - Timonium who came out to give the course and ALL the help they have provided in maintaining the Parks bikes and much much more. To get some idea of what it was like:
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Deputies: Cyclists, Drivers Have Right To Road

Biking ElsewhereWINTER PARK, Fla. -- Bicycles are popping up on Central Florida Roadways like never before.

But when bikes, cars and trucks mix, safety becomes a major issue.

Seminole County sheriffs said in some cases, large groups of cyclists are clogging roads, not keeping up with traffic.

They wanted the illegal behavior stopped.

Avid bikers said they often struggle blending safely with traffic, and a video from deputies encouraging cyclist and drivers safety seemed to make the rude treatment they already get on the road worse the past few days.

"They see a cyclist and they target them in many cases," cyclist Keri Caffrey said.

Bicyclists sat down with law enforcement in an effort to find a middle ground.

"It's not their right to assault a cyclist or to run a cyclist off the road because they get impatient," Lt. Pete Kelting said.

Each side left feeling they had a better understanding, and deputies want everyone in cars and trucks to be very aware that cyclists have rights.

"When conditions call for it, cyclists have the right to command the entire lane and motorists need to understand that," Kelting said.

"They can't overtake when it's not safe, and if there's oncoming traffic they can't just squeeze through," Caffrey said.

Both cyclists and motorists have legal right to the road, and if people break the laws, officers will be handing out tickets if necessary to make sure everyone is safe.
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No Admission Charge for Ladew Gardens Sat-Sun

Health & EnvironmentLadew is waiving the normal $10 admission charge this coming Sat and Sun April 19 - 20. This would be a chance for you to combine a bike ride with seeing the spring flowers and tulips.

Ladew is located on Dulaney Valley Road (RT 146) 5 miles north of Jacksonville. Their weekend hours are 10:30am - 5pm. Although bikes aren't allowed in the gardens, bikes may be locked in the picnic area or the fence adjacent to the parking lot. Think spring|

- BBC list serve
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Pull up. Park. Pump. Pay. Repeat.

Biking in BaltimoreFrom today
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Your bike isn't deductible

Biking ElsewhereSo I was filling out taxes for me and the Misses. Here are some interesting things about how driving is deductible (note: I'm not a CPA or tax lawyer, so take this all as layman information). Now driving to and from work is not deductible, but whenever you drive someplace for work that isn't your primary work location it is. I work at one office, but often have to go a few miles to another one and back. No biggie. But if I were driving that would be deductible at the standard government rate of 48.5 cents per mile. On my bike, 0.00 cents per mile.

Also, my wife and I rent a condo. If we drive over to do some condo renting business that's deductible. If I ride my bike (or take metro for that matter) I get a giant box of jack-squat didly.

Go to the doctor by car? 20.0 cents per mile. By bicycle - a goose egg.

Drive your car to volunteer for WABA? 14 cents per mile. Hop on your Huffy - zilch.
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GREEN POWER IS ON YOUR BIKE

Biking Elsewhere"A revolutionary way of capturing renewable power for your iPod, mobile phones, PDA, mp3, digital camera"

I've been looking for a way to charge my cell phone while out on tour and this just might be the ticket. The basic unit is a wind turbine that can attach to your handle bars through the optional handle bar mount. And there is solar cell add on so you can use the sun as well.
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General Assembly Session Ends on a High Note

Bike Maryland updates Hi Everyone,

With so much attention being directed to the November Special Session, the 2008 Regular Session seemed almost subdued. But One Less Car was in the thick of things, working to ensure better access and more funding for our bicycle, pedestrian and transit networks.

One Less Car's successes this year include the passage of a bill that we assisted in drafting which eliminates the current prohibition on bicycle and pedestrian facilities on state-owned bridges. This means that future and existing bridges can now be built with bike and walking paths. This is a huge win. The advocacy community can now make a confident push for bike/ped accommodations on the new Nice Bridge over the Potomac River, which is now being planned, as well as on the Hattum Bridge over the Susquehanna River, which must be refitted in the near future.
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MBAC meeting tomorrow, 4/15/08

Biking in BaltimoreThe Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 6PM at Parks Department HQ, 2600 Madison Ave, across from Druid Hill Park, the Honorable Klaus Phillipsen, AIA, presiding.

Agenda:
Meet Nate Evans, bike/ped planner
Bike Master Plan Update
Police Liaison
Upcoming Events
Promenade Study Update
Bike to work Day
Other Stuff
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League Cycling Instructor Certification

Biking in MarylandThe following is the info for the LCI course at Anne Arundel CC. However, you would have to complete the Road 1 test before taking this course.

BCY-501
League Cycling Instructor Cert
0 credit hours
2.1 ceu hours

League Cycling Instructor Certification Become certified to teach all League of American Bicyclists BikeEd courses. Discuss cycling skills and equipment. Learn and demonstrate basic teaching principles and techniques for various audiences. Discover how to organize and market BikeEd courses. CEUs awarded. $250 includes $183 supplies/lab fee. Prerequisite: BCY 500 and successful completion of pre-enrollment exam two weeks before the course. Contact the League at 202-822-1333 to take the exam. Note: Includes student manual. Bring your own bike to all class meetings and bring appropriate nighttime bike equipment and attire to Friday's class for an evening bike ride.
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Alert: Save the ICC Trail

Biking in MarylandPlease tell Montgomery County not to discard half of the planned ICC bike trail! We need emails and letters urging the county Planning Board NOT to replace large sections of this paved trail with unsuitable detours along busy arterials. County planners are citing environmental concerns over the path, despite the six-lane ICC highway next-door! Even if you attended the recent public meetings, please send comments to:

Royce Hanson, Chairman
Montgomery County Planning Board
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
MCP-chairman@mncppc-mc.org

Or send comments to Chuck Kines at the Planning Department at: Charles.Kines@mncppc-mc.org
You may also cc the County Council at: county.council@montgomerycountymd.gov


Background

The county Planning Department is studying possible alignments of the planned ICC trail and is now seeking public input. Unfortunately the department is defending the state's misguided plan to build the trail along only 7 miles of the 18-mile long ICC. That plan would replace the missing 60% with circuitous detours on unsuitable roads like New Hampshire Avenue and East Randolph Road. This would add miles of length, busy intersections and countless driveway crossings to the route. It would decimate a trail that was meant to be a spectacular facility and the east-west backbone of the paved trail network.

We expect the county to build the sections that the state isn't building, in accordance with the county master plan. That's what the current study was meant to examine. Instead the Planning Department is examining how to reroute the trail around park areas and onto major roadways. Even worse, the Planning Board has indicated it will remove the missing trail sections from the master plan, preventing them from ever being built.

So please contact the Planning Board (which heads the Planning Department) and ask it to save the full trail and reject the detours. Insist that none of the trail be removed from the master plan.

For information on the current ICC trail study, see: http://www.mcparkandplanning.org/Transportation/icc/icc_bike_path.shtm

Jack Cochrane
Montgomery Bicycle Advocates
www.mobike.org

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