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The automobile = Less time with the family

Biking in Baltimore-> "U.S. history shows that any time you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live further from things. The pattern we've seen for a century is people turn more speed into more travel, rather than maybe saying 'I'm going to use my reduced travel time by spending more time with my family.'"
-- Ken Laberteaux, Toyota, at the Automated Vehicles Symposium, 2014

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MIT study: More people die from 'road' pollution than car crashes

Biking in Baltimore"A recent study by MIT found that the pollution caused by driving causes more early deaths in the United States than the number of people who die each year in traffic crashes. Major sources of combustion pollution are roads and power generation."

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588652/MIT-study-More-people-die-from-road-pollution-than-car-crashes.html?pg=all
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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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Baltimore and the Age of the Bicycle

Biking in BaltimoreOld time photos and on Thursday, August 7th, MdHS wants you to join us in celebrating the bicycle...

http://www.mdhs.org/underbelly/2014/07/31/baltimore-and-the-age-of-the-bicycle/
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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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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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