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REI Timonium Clinics and Events

Biking in Baltimore * Intro to Mountain Biking (Outing) 8/31/2008 9:00 AM
* Discover the Hidden Treasures of Baltimore by Bicycle (or Foot) 9/10/2008 7:00 PM
* Bike Maintenance 101 9/17/2008 7:00 PM
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A Different Kind of Bike Tour

Biking ElsewhereHigh gas prices and growing environmental concerns are making more home buyers interested in bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. Seeing a market, some real-estate agents have traded their suits for spandex and are leading clients from house to house on two wheels instead of four.
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I had a really neat one today.

Biking Elsewhere[From Bike Forums:]

While riding thru a downtown area, with very light traffic. I was in the right hand lane of a 4 lane street, about 4' off the car doors. A young (considering my 62) woman came roaring up behind me, layed on the horn, and yelled something profane at me as she passed. I almost yelled back, but she went by too quickly.

The really cool part, was that she failed to recognize the bicycle cop next to her in the other lane, waiting to turn left....

He flipped on his go fast lights, and siren, (color me surprised!)and pulled her over about a block down the street, when she caught the next red - and then stopped me too as I rode by. He just wanted my name and phone number as a witness, to add to her summons for aggressive driving.....

We do have a fair sized contingent of bicycle cops in the town where I frequently ride, see them on the trails, parks, and downtown areas frequently. They always wave, and exchange pleasantries.

That had to be the coolest thing I ever saw happen!!!!!!!

I sure hope I get to go to court!!!!!!!
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Essex Trike Stolen

Biking in the Metro Area[From Craig's list:]

My handi-capped son had his adult Trike stolen from him. The bike was a Miami brand 24" trike, beige in color with a basket on the back. It had Mountain bike tires on it and no fenders.It was a single speed trike and it worked well for him with his handi-capped issues. He was physically thrown off the bike and the kid rode away on it. The boy had blond hair and was about 15 years old. It happened around Sussex School. The police have never found the bike and my sone is heart broken. If you have any information as to the where abouts of this bike please email me and it will be kept in strict confidence. I really just want to get the bike back for my son.
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Anti-cyclist bias admitted by Post's Ombudsman

Biking in Maryland[From the Bike Washington DC list:]

Please take action!

I wrote the ombudsman of the Washington Post to complain about the anti-cyclist bias apparent in its titling of the original letter to the editor ["Why Do Bicyclists Dice With Death?"] and this is the answer I received. Everything makes sense now. Poor little Deborah Howell drives on MacArthur Blvd ever morning and also feels victimized by nasty cyclists who won't get out of the way. Quote:

"Ms. Taylor, I drive daily on MacArthur Blvd. and it happens to me all the time. I don't disagree with Mr. Arundel. Deborah

Deborah Howell
Washington Post Ombudsman"

Below is the complaint I wrote to Ms. Howell:

"I am writing specifically about a letter to the editor titled "Why Do Bicyclists Dice With Death?" published on August 15. The author of this letter complains about bicyclists riding on MacArthur Blvd instead of on the [very terrible] side path. In my opinion, the author is an ignorant bully, but his attitude is unfortunately all too common amongst DC area drivers. However, my complaint tonight is not about this man's opinion so much as it is about the title given to his letter. By asserting that cyclists are doing something risky [when they are not], the _Post_ gives undue weight to this man's view and essentially blames the victim.

Mr. Arundel seems to assert that cyclists _force_ him to drive in an unsafe manner, when the responsibility is Mr. Arundel's alone. The inflammatory title to the letter endorses Mr. Arundel's absurd point of view.

Please try to tone down the anti-cyclist rhetoric.

Nancy Taylor"

I urge every one of you to write Ms. Howell [ombudsman AT washpost DOT com] and complain about her using her position as a soapbox for her own opinions.

In a follow up to Ms. Howell I asked her to explain exactly what IT is that happens to her and how it harms her. [She sees cyclists?]

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24 Hours of Booty

Biking in Maryland24 Hours of Booty, Inc., which runs the Official 24-Hour Cycling Event of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the only 24-hour road cycling charity event in the country, will be hosting the 24 Hours of Booty of Columbia, Md. on the “Booty Loop” at the Gateway Business Park from Noon, Saturday, Sept. 6 to Noon, Sunday, Sept. 7.
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Watch for bikes

Biking ElsewhereThe picture says it all:
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Second Baltimore Area Transit Advocacy Summit set for September 4th

Bike Maryland updatesOur second Baltimore Area Transit Advocacy Summit will be held at the Knott Foundation, 3904 Hickory Avenue in Hampden on September 4th from 9 AM to 1 PM. We'll be focusing on creating a workable vision for transit in the Baltimore area and discussing a legislative agenda for the 2009 General Assembly session.

Seating for this summit is very limited. Please contact rchambers"at" if you are interested in attending.
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OLC to Convene Statewide Summit for Bicycle Advocates on October 6th

Looking for local rides(ers)One Less Car, in conjunction with bicycle clubs around Central Maryland, will be hosting a Fall Bicycle Forum on Monday October 6, 2008 at 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Applied Physics Lab-APL in Laurel.

The Forum will be your opportunity to tell advocates and policy makers what you think needs to be done to make Maryland a more bike-friendly state. It will also be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with old and new friends.

If you are interested in attending, please contact rchambers"at" or ws.kelly"at"
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20th Cycle Across Maryland a Big Success

Bike Maryland updatesOne Less Car would like to thank the over 500 cyclists who made Cycle Across Maryland a terrific event this year.

The highlight of the weekend may have been the Friday night awards ceremony which attracted over 300 people. The night was made extra special by the appearance of CAM founder Pat Bernstein, who reminisced about the storied history of the Cycle Across Maryland ride.

After expenses, CAM raised $50,000 for One Less Car's advocacy efforts across the state.

Considering this year's success, the Board of Directors of One Less Car is seriously considering hosting CAM for another year. A decision will be made in the next month. Look for more information and a link to a "CAM pics" page in next month's email update.

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