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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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Cyclists wearing headphones route marker

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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|

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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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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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