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Hiking or Biking the Gwynns Falls Trail? We’ve Got an App for That!

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Now available at the iTunes store.
The Parks & People Foundation teamed up with International Mapping to create this interactive navigation application now available from itunes. We surrounded a detailed trail map database with a variety of navigational tools and personal customization features to help make your next visit along the trail more enjoyable, memorable and fun.
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30 miles of protected cycle lanes this year -vs- our 42 miles of bike lanes in 6 years

Biking in BaltimoreYou can read about Chicago's effort here:

And what Baltimore has done here:
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In Canton, a spontaneous wake for Scunny

Biking in Baltimoreby Louie Krauss, Baltimore Brew


Along with McCusker’s friends and customers, several bicycle advocates showed up to pay their respects to a fellow cyclist and to promote safer driving and the construction of more bike-friendly roads.

Chris Merriam, of BikeMore, spoke about the problems that streets solely intended for cars pose for bike riders and pedestrians.

“I know that road he was on,” Merriam. “It’s designed to be almost like an interstate. The lights are timed so cars can easily get to 60 mph.”

Elswyth Strassberger, another Baltimore cycling advocate, said the many pedestrian deaths on the Coastal Highway are evidence of how dangerous it is.

This year a 22-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl died in vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

Merriam called on government planners to do more to safeguard cyclists and pedestrians.

“There’s a connection between this man dying and the design of the roads,” he said.

“It’s not just, ‘Oh, we wish cars were more respectful of bicyclists.’ There is something we can do about it.”
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A Baltimore cyclist in the news

Biking in BaltimoreBy Maria Wiering, Catholic Review

The best investment for a good retirement?

Your health, says Dr. Errol Rushovich, an endocrinologist and internist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

A cyclist who regularly commutes by bike between downtown Baltimore and his Pikesville home, Rushovich hopes his first cross-country ride inspires patients and colleagues to add regular exercise to their portfolios.

On Sept. 15, he and 13 riders, including his wife Berenice, will begin a 3,160-mile trek between San Diego and St. Augustine, Fla. Their route is taking them through America’s southern states, many of which will be new to Rushovich, the medical director of Mercy’s Center for Bone Health and Division of Endocrinology.

Rushovich views the cross-country trip as a way to model good behavior to his patients. Exercise is crucial in combatting some types of diabetes and osteoporosis, two diseases Rushovich addresses at Mercy, he said.

“Over the years, I’ve strongly believed in exercise in being essential to your good health,” he said before the ride.

Organized by the Missoula, Mont.-based Adventure Cycling Association, the ride is self-supported and self-contained; riders carry their own gear, camp most nights and take turns cooking for the group without a support vehicle’s aid. Rushovich expects beans and rice to comprise many dinners, he said.

Rushovich biked a lot as a kid growing up in South Africa, he said. He got serious about cycling as an adult about 20 years ago, and has completed several 500-mile rides, including one on a tandem bicycle. He regularly trains with his wife on long rides around Maryland, he said.

“We love the outdoors, we enjoy exercise, we enjoy traveling and (cycling) is a combination of those three things,” he said.

The cross-country trip is scheduled to take 65 days, including nine orientation and rest days, with an average of 56.4 miles per cycling day.

The point? “The joy of cycling,” Rushovich said.

It is a joy he experiences two to three days per week as a bike commuter, which “is great way of being physically active,” Rushovich said. “(Exercise) gets built into your day . . . and it feels less like a chore.”

Riding also increases his awareness of the city, he said.

By bicycle, “I find that the city feels very different at different times of the day,” he said, contrasting a Sunday morning to a weekday evening.

For their long ride, the Rushoviches invested in custom-made bicycles from Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia. They cost about $4,000 each, but riding them is the cycling equivalent of driving a Cadillac, Rushovich said – a luxury he hopes will ease full days of cycling.

After nine years at Mercy, it is difficult to step away from his medical practice for two months, he said, but the hospital’s administration, colleagues and his patients have been supportive and are excited to hear about the ride.

“It’s just an adventure,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge.”

Follow Dr. Rushovich’s journey on his blog,

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Heads up Baltimore cyclists, red light tickets

Biking in BaltimoreA cyclist just got a ticket for running a red light in Baltimore. Thought you should know.
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Robert T. Brown, Veterans Administration executive R.I.P.

Biking in BaltimoreBy Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Robert T. Brown, a retired Veterans Administration executive, died Aug. 25 at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson after suffering a fall earlier in the summer. He was 96.

Mr. Brown and his wife were members of the Baltimore Bicycling Club and the Monocacy Canoe Club and other nature and wildlife organizations. They belonged to the National Organization for Women and the League of Women Voters. The couple enjoyed riding their tandem bicycle on the Northern Central Trail in northern Baltimore County.
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Baltimore as Mayberry?

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: A very cute story and covers some people and bike shops that are good to know or at least have an interesting story.]
By Laura Flynn, Baltimore Brew

Biking, it seems, is the Brew thing-to-do. My first article I wrote for them as a new intern was about a bike trip and movie screening hosted by the American Visionary Arts Museum, three cycling groups and a bike shop.

Brew reporter Mark Reutter, my go-to guy for insight about Baltimore, strongly advised me to get a bike. It’s a much easier way to get around and get to know the city, said Mark, who spots many of his best stories over his handlebars. Brew business development director Meredith Mitchell not only uses a bike as her main method of transportation, but co-owns Baltimore Bicycle Works with her husband Josh Keogh. And Brew editor Fern Shen is an avid biker who rides a vintage 80s Trek to cover stories, hit the gym and take weekend rides with her family.

To properly inaugurate myself as a Brewer, it was clear I needed a bike. The last time I rode was probably ten years ago on a bike with a bell and flower stickers. But, I wanted to immerse myself into the website and the city, so off I went to EBay where I found just the bike for me: a Huffy Beach Cruiser.
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Baltimore Bike Party Lights Up Blue Moon Friday

Biking in BaltimoreBy Ron Cassie, Baltimore Magazine

I didn't plan to write one of those “Best. Time. Ever.” posts. But I’ve never seen so many people riding bicycles and smiling as I did at Friday night’s most recent iteration of the Baltimore Bike Party — the last Friday of each month group pedal around town. Big smiles, too.

I actually heard a guy at the Druid Hill Park rest stop say that he’d been waiting for a bike ride like this his whole life. (He was probably in his mid-20s, but still.)

More than 700 bicyclists, surpassing all expectations, rolled out together from Mt. Vernon’s Washington Monument for the “Moonlight Madness”-themed ride, a 12-13 mile trek through East Baltimore, West Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Hampden and other neighborhoods. It wrapped up about 10 p.m. with an outdoor party at the Wyman Park Dell: Buscia’s Kitchen and IcedGems food trucks, Natty Boh on tap, music and dancing. Whole night could not have been better — check the comments on the event’s Facebook page. (The above photo, I took, the rest are courtesy of the event's Facebook page.

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Baltimore Velo

Biking in BaltimoreI want to give a recommendation for you to take a look at the Baltimore Velo blog. In some ways they are covering events and issues that I don't have the time to get to.
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Does Hopkins get pedestrian safety or are they playing the blame the victim game?

Biking in BaltimoreIn this Baltimore Sun article Hopkins students get Walking 101 has an overall tone that distracted walking is a major problem.
That's one of the university's most notorious spots for "pedtextrians," students blithely waltzing through traffic, heads buried in smart phones.

OMG look at that pedestrian using a cell phone while in a crosswalk, that's dangerous. Well Streets blog and Washcycle get into the issue of why making distracted walking a major issue is just wrong.

The issue is if you actually do walk in Baltimore you know drivers way too often do not stop for you in crosswalks. I have almost been run down by drivers on the cell phone while they were turning. So ya, maybe distracted walking is a problem... that is only if we expect pedestrians to have super powers and be able to jump out of the way of distracted drivers. :/

But you are supposed to yield to cars. I can't tell you how often I have heard that while riding my bike. If drivers feel this way about another vehicle what hope do pedestrians have? The second part of this is few fully understand pedestrian laws, see Surprising Aspects of Pedestrian Laws

Let's look at pedestrian safety initiatives elsewhere:

Update: Yield to pedestrians or else

The Best Way to Deal With Crosswalk-Blocking Drivers Ever

Sadly I have to interject that failing to come to a complete stop where you are supposed to is beyond rude, it is intimidating as heck to pedestrians. Too many drivers fail to even stop at all when making a right-on-red (the video is in Europe so they have a left-on-red) so even when a pedestrian has the right-of-way at a light they are confronted with a steady stream of motorists not stopping. Once this becomes the norm it is safer to cross mid-block. Failure to acknowledge the mass civil disobedience called "jaywalking" is the result of pedestrians trying to increase their safety because of unlawful motorist behavior is a major problem in the state of Maryland. Enforcement needs to crack down on both motorist and pedestrians, the emphasis on cracking down on pedestrians with a made up issue but NO mention of known driver issues is very sick. IMHO.

Back to the Baltimore Sun article
Drivers, too, will be asked to be careful through signs on university buses and a banner hanging from the pedestrian bridge
Seriously, that's it, drivers just be careful?

The university will hang 3,000 pairs of shoes -- footwear officials and volunteers spent months gathering and collecting. They're all spray-painted bright caution yellow to make them impossible to miss, along with their intended message that boils down to "watch where you're going, kids."
I just wanted to cry when I read this, it starts out so good and I am anticipating something like "Motorist cause pedestrian injuries and death so motorist obey the law and stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk." Instead it concludes "watch where you're going, kids." That is just so wrong. This is what is implied to drivers:
Drivers don't worry if you hit a pedestrian, they don't know what they are doing and need to get out of your way.

Great safety promotion guys, NOT! We need something better then this!

Lastly they mention long term plans for road improvements so I will point out this out SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION ENHANCEMENTS THAT BENEFIT PEDESTRIANS

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