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Bike tour of Baltimore's community gardens!

Biking in BaltimoreRegister for the Charm City Garden Tour! Enjoy a nine mile leisurely ride to some of Baltimore's most beautiful community gardens and urban farms. August 16, 8:30 am, starts at the Druid Hill Park City Farm. This year's ride will feature some of North-Central Baltimore's creatively designed and maintained greenspaces. The tour concludes for a celebratory swim at Druid Hill Park pool!

For more information or to register: http://charmcitygardentoursupper.wordpress.com/
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'Putting Baltimore on the Map' As the Birthplace of American Cycling

Biking in BaltimorePRWEB.COM Newswire, Digital Journal

The Maryland Historical Society, in partnership with Baltimore Heritage, is launching a new campaign to win national recognition for Baltimore's unique place in the history of American bicycling. The Society seeks to raise awareness of Baltimore's prestigious cycling history through a special-one day exhibition, American Wheels to the Front: The Involution of American Bicycles (1868-today), as well as celebrate our cycling past and present at the 'Old Timey Bike Fest' and happy hour on Thursday August 7, 2014. From August 6-August 9, 2014 it will also play host to the International Cycling History Conference at the Society's Mount Vernon headquarters (201 W. Monument Street) in downtown Baltimore.

"Unlike many historical subjects, bicycles continue to play an important and growing role in Maryland and America today," says Burt Kummerow, President and CEO of the Maryland Historical Society, "We invite you to participate in the fascinating past, present and future of bicycles here at the Maryland Historical Society."

Details of the Thursday August 7th events are as follows:
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http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2081103
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Reisterstown Road Streetscape update (addressing our concerns)

Biking in BaltimoreTo follow up on the Reisterstown Road meeting regarding the video detection for bicyclists and the pedestrian phases at key intersections, we have had a meeting with STV consultants, Traffic, and TEC. The following has been discussed and addressed:

· STV and Traffic confirmed that the signal phasing allows for green time for the side streets for every cycle, the video detection will only impact the amount of green time that will be given to the side street. In other words, video detection will not impact WHETHER cyclists on the side street will get green time but how much time is allotted to the green time for the side streets.
· Given there will always be a green phase, this means bicycle detection is not completely necessary. Video detection can be programmed for bicycle detection. However, after doing some research and talking with several other Cities (I spoke with staff at San Francisco, Portland, Chicago) who have used video detection they indicated video is not the optimal type of bicycle detection. Planning is recommending Traffic and TEC consider inductive loop detection for bicyclists and bicycle-friendly push buttons as part of future projects and a possible addition at key locations along this corridor in the future.
· At the meeting, we discussed that the Pedestrian Walk phase should be part of every phase in the cycle and not require actuation with a push button for several key locations along the corridor. Traffic has agreed that they can look into this and accommodate where possible. I will provide them a list of the prioritized intersections.

Many thanks,

Caitlin Doolin
Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
Baltimore City Department of Transportation
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Catonsville resident uses pedal power to cut the grass

Biking in BaltimoreBy Lauren Loricchio, Baltimore Sun

If you're driving on Seminole Avenue in Catonsville, you may spot a homeowner taking a different approach to mowing his lawn.

Jason Mah, 40, an avid cyclist, has created a contraption that allows him to cut his lawn, while riding his bicycle.

"I'd have to mow my lawn or pay someone to mow my lawn — it's a definitive given," Mah said. "And it dawned on me one night — why am I paying someone to mow my own lawn when I could be biking and mowing it at the same time? I'm going to be killing many birds with one stone."
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/catonsville/ph-ca-creative-resident-0625-20140708,0,453280.story
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Something is not always better than nothing

Biking in BaltimoreVia The WashCycle

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(President St @ Pratt St)
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Police Search For Shooting Suspect in Baltimore

Biking in Baltimorevia Washington CBS Local

Baltimore City Police are searching for a suspect they say shot a man multiple times while he was riding a bicycle.

Around 3:15 p.m., police responded to the intersection of E. Monument Street and Madison Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Police say they believe the man was shot while riding his bike in the 1200 block of E. Monument Street near the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Detectives from the Eastern District are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 410-396-2433.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/police-search-for-shooting-suspect-in-baltimore/
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Ride Around the Reservoir 2014

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Ride around the Reservoir in Druid Hill Park every Monday and Wednesday, May - Aug, 5 - 8 p.m.

  

Laps around the Lake at Lake Montebello every Tuesday and Thursday,   May - August,
5 - 8 p.m. 
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Baltimore #3 in least courteous drivers

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Via NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
[B' Spokes: A random survey of 2,500 people, so take this with some grain of salt. More info can be found here.]
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Historic Trees by Bike: May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm $15

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“View of Baltimore from Howard’s Park,” George Beck, 1796, Maryland Historical Society. Image from The Antheneum.

We know that Baltimore is full of great historic buildings, but who knew that our city can boast a wonderful collection of historic trees? Among the dozens of our city’s leafy landmarks stands an English Elm that shaded Frederick Douglass as he delivered a public speech in 1878 in Sharp Leadenhall, one of George Washington’s celebrated “Cambridge Elms” (planted in 1932 as part of our first president’s 200th birthday celebration), and a baby Wye Oak that President Gerald Ford planted in 1976 at Fort McHenry. And that’s not to mention the exceptionally rare European Turkey Oak (Quercus cerrus) that graces the War of 1812 battery now called Riverside Park.

Please join us and the Urban Forestry Division of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks on an easy-going bike tour of historic trees in Central and South Baltimore. Mr. Gary Letteron, urban forester and tree champion extraordinaire, will lead the tour and talk horticulture and history as we wind our way through Federal Hill and parts of South Baltimore. The tour will start and end at the parking lot of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.



To register: http://baltimoreheritage.org/event/historic-trees-by-bike-douglass-oak-washingtons-elms-and-more-leafy-landmarks/
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Seeking Witnesses To Catonsville Car-Bicycle Crash on March 13 - Please Forward Widely!

Biking in BaltimoreBy Seth Lueck, Bikemore

On March 13, sometime in the late afternoon or early evening, Bikemore's treasurer Tim Adams was riding his bicycle home from work when a car hit him at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue and South Rolling Road in Catonsville, near UMBC. (Interestingly, the Google Street View image of that intersection features someone on a bicycle.) He suffered severe injuries to his hip and his head, and had to undergo multiple surgeries, although he is slowly regaining his health.

Tim’s family is seeking eyewitness accounts of the accident. If you have any details that could aid the investigation, please contact info@bikemore.net and we will put you in touch with the family.



http://www.bikemore.net/blog/seeking-witnesses-to-catonsville-car-bicycle-crash-on-march-13-please-forward-widely
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