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Sharing the Streets: Bike Safety

Biking in MarylandEric Gilliland
Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Monday, July 28, 2008; 12:00 PM

With gas prices topping $4 a gallon, more bicyclists than ever are sharing the Washington city streets with cars.

Join Washington Area Bicyclist Association executive director Eric Gilliland for a discussion on bike safety in the city on Monday, July 29 at Noon. Eric is a certified bicycling instructor and a long-time bicyclist in the city.

Submit your questions or comments before or during the discussion.
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Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Directory

Cyclist\'s Yellow Pages This directory is for your convenience in contacting officials, organizations, and individuals interested in improving bicycling and walking in Maryland.

Office of the Governor
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Maryland Department of Disabilities
Maryland Department of Education
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Planning
Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland State Police

And Others Working for Better Bicycling and Walking
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Climate Ride 2008

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September 20th - 24th
New York to D.C.

Join Climate Ride 2008 for the first multi-day supported bicycle tour where you pedal to raise money and awareness for action on global warming. Climate Riders will cycle 320 miles in five days from New York to Washington D.C., following scenic country roads and finishing on the steps of our nation's capitol, where we will make a statement about our country's need for action.

Along the way, expert speakers will educate and inspire Climate Riders and local communities about the science, the policies and the solutions to global warming. Our riders and the communities we pass through will learn how our government, businesses, and all Americans will benefit from a cleaner, healthier climate. This is a unique event--a fundraiser and climate conference on wheels, and an opportunity to meet people who are engaged in making a difference.

Each rider will be responsible for raising $2,250. Proceeds from the ride benefit Clean Air - Cool Planet and Focus the Nation, two organizations that lead the way in expanding climate change education, encouraging renewable energy policies, and promoting solutions to global warming.

The five-day ride will be entirely supported. All you have do to is bike; we take care of the rest.

Registration begins online April 15th at and is limited to 100 riders.

Get your friends together and register today!

For more information, contact Geraldine Carter at info "at" or visit
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If your company or organization is interested, please contact info "at"
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Secure bicycle parking in the Baltimore Street garage

Biking in BaltimoreCheck out the article in the Sun In the city, commuting by bicycle gains traction

Calling all Baltimore bicyclists!!

The Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) is looking to decrease parking demand, especially in the central business district. To encourage bicycling, the PABC is willing to invest in safe, secure, indoor bicycle parking but need to identify about 30 bicyclists who would be interested.

For $10 a month, PABC would provide an access card to a secured area on the first floor of the Baltimore Street garage (15 Guilford Avenue) inside which bicyclists could lock their bikes to a rack. What we envision is similar to NYC�s Penn Station as pictured below:
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We would love to make this a reality to help encourage bicycling in Baltimore City, thereby reducing the parking demand, especially downtown! Please feel free to spread the word!
Please note the following counts as being interested so please let us know if you have similar or greater interest in the bike parking garage.

Actual secured parking with easy access to the Harbor for the rare occasions when I want to do something there would be worth $10/month no problem
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2008 Civil War Century

Biking in Maryland
image Riders Limited to 1600 and NO Walk-in Registration. Please, Register Early
Saturday, September 6, 2008...

Join us in Thurmont, Maryland again this year for the cycling event that has everything -- famous historical sites, breathtaking scenery, low-traffic roads, and well-marked routes designed for every ability level. As in the past, you can visit the South Mountain and Antietam or Gettysburg battlefield sites -- or all three of them if you elect to ride the full century -- while cycling through some of the most beautiful countryside east of the Mississippi.

A ride for everyone: We offer five rides ranging from long and mountainous to short and flat. All routes are well marked and cue sheets are provided.

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Novak cited after hitting pedestrian

Biking in BaltimoreSyndicated columnist Robert D. Novak was cited by police after he hit a pedestrian with his black Corvette in downtown Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning.
“I didn’t know I hit him. I feel terrible,” a shaken Novak told reporters from Politico and WJLA as he was returning to his car. "He's not dead, that's the main thing." Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K streets Northwest, where the accident occurred, when a bicyclist stopped him and said, "You hit someone." He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

The bicyclist was David Bono, a partner at Harkins Cunningham, who was on his usual bike commute to work at 1700 K St. N.W. when he witnessed the accident.

As he traveled east on K Street, crossing 18th, Bono said a "black Corvette convertible with top closed plowed into the guy. The guy is sort of splayed onto the windshield.”

Bono said that the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a "Walk" signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and that Novak then made a right into the service lane of K Street. “The car is speeding away. What’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” Bono said.

He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street., finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blared and commuters finally went into reverse to allow Novak to pull over.

Bono said that throughout, Novak "keeps trying to get away. He keeps trying to go.” He said he vaguely recognized the longtime political reporter and columnist as a Washington celebrity but could not precisely place him.

Finally, Bono said, Novak put his head out the window of his car and motioned him over. Bono said he told him that you can't hit a pedestrian and just drive away. He quoted Novak as responding: “I didn’t see him there.”
"This guy hit somebody and he won't stop so I'm going to stay here until the police come," Aleta Petty quoted Bono as saying, as he stood in K Street, blocking traffic.
“’Learn to read the signs, [bodily orifice]!’ Novak snapped before speeding away,” according to an item in The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column.
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Edwards to bike 190 miles

Biking ElsewhereScenic Route: Edwards Bikes It From Hometown to Gateway

Carl Edwards doesn’t handle down time well. So this open week on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule affords the always-active Edwards time to fit in activities he normally wouldn’t.

Carl EdwardsAhead of Saturday night’s race at Gateway, he plans on riding his bike along the Katy Trail from his hometown in Columbia, Mo., to St. Louis, the headquarters for his car sponsor, Save-A-Lot.

Edwards is scheduled to finish off the estimated 190-mile, five-day trek at the Madison, Ill.-based track where he’ll begin preparations for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250.

He’ll be joined by his trainer, his motor coach driver Tom Giacchi and a few hometown friends on the ride that, according to Edwards, “Is organic. It doesn’t have an itinerary.”
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Bicycle thief in Catonsville..again

Biking in the Metro Area[From the BBC List Serve]
This time they got us good. I woke up this morning for work and walked down to the kitchen only to notice that the light in the garage was flashing. My heart sank when I walked out to the garage and found its door open. A trash can was lying on its side causing the doors sensor to flash. Missing amongst the 3 bikes was Margaret's new Lemond Versailles. To make a long story short I called the Baltimore Co. police. They came out within 15 minutes and took a report, lifted fingerprints, etc. Then the officers noticed Margaret's unlocked car door. Apparently the thief(s) found the garage door remote on the visor after stealing change and Marg's Camelback water bottle. Just click, open and steal a bike. If anybody sees within the next month a Craiglist or Ebay listing in the Baltimore or Washington area please let us know. Here are the specs on Marg's Lemond and a Lemond website pix:

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Angry driver confronts charity ride participant

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