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BUILDING A NEW COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR ANNAPOLIS

Biking in the Metro AreaCommittee seeks public comment on draft

AnnapolisEvery 10 years, Annapolis creates a new Comprehensive Plan to chart the City's direction for the coming decade. Since late 2006, the City has been working with a Citizen Advisory Committee to generate a new Comprehensive Plan.

Now, the Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee invites Annapolis residents, community groups, business groups and other interested individuals to review and comment on the "Committee Review Draft" of the Annapolis Comprehensive Plan. The committee wishes to hear from the public before it finishes its work on the Plan.

The Committee Review Draft is available for download on the City web site (link below) or for review at the Annapolis and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Libraries or the Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning.
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PRINCE GEORGE CO. (MD) REPS PUSH FOR PED SAFETY

Biking in the Metro AreaAccording to an Oct. 14th Gazette article, "State Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) of College Park and state Del. William Bronrott (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda say they hope a proposed bill will make walking and biking to school safer for children across the state. Under the proposed legislation, school construction funds could possibly be used for adding or widening sidewalks, adding traffic lights, countdown walk signals, crosswalks and increasing the time of walk signals at intersections.

"The bill was announced Oct. 6, a day before Walk to School Day, a Prince George's County effort to encourage students to walk to school and to identify areas along their routes that need improvement. According to the State Highway Administration, there were 110 deaths involving pedestrians statewide in 2007, 28 of which occurred in Prince George's. The SHA did not have specific information on the ages of those killed. Rosapepe said Route 1 creates a dangerous walking atmosphere for College Park pedestrians..."
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Biller's Bikes Biketoberfestival Oct. 18 Celebrates Upcoming Move to Downtown Havre de Grace

Biking in the Metro AreaBiller's Bikes in Havre de Grace throws BIKETOBERFESTIVAL Oct 18 to celebrate Fall biking season and the upcoming move and expansion in downtown Havre de Grace.

Come to BIKETOBERFESTIVAL at Biller's Bikes next Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1-8 pm! It's the last big biking gig at the Juniata Street shop!

Walter and Mara, Mike and Ike (the new twin cats), invite friends and patrons to help us celebrate the Fall season and the upcoming move to downtown Havre de Grace.

BIKETOBERFESTIVAL means "Real Big Fun" in Havre de Grace bicycling!

Live Jazz/Rhythm and Blues
October BBQ and "Biker Beer Garden"
Contests, Games and Prizes
Great Benefit Raffle (for HdG Ambulance Corps)
Bikes, Bicyclists and Bold Bike Chat!

Come by and party, enjoy great food, drink great beer and beverages (hot cider, of course), win terrific prizes (including a brand new SUN 700c sports hybrid bicycle), and share your ideas and inspiration for our awesome new downtown shop location.
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Save-A-Limb Ride.

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom an email NBBB received:

I wanted to invite you and your fellow cyclists to join celebrity Tour de France veterans Floyd Landis and Bob Roll for the 3rd Annual Save-A-Limb Ride on Sunday, September 28th at Oregon Ridge Park in *censored*eysville, MD.
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Dave Troy: Fueled By Randomness

Biking in the Metro Area[A most excellent blog entry. Which I will highlight the conclusion: "We have a lot to learn from the rest of the world with respect to our relationship with our own landscape, and we could start by making bicycling a more usable, more human experience for average people."]

Bicycles

I spent the last two months in Europe — mostly in Berlin, Germany. While I was there, I had the opportunity to use a bicycle as a primary mode of transportation, and it was a great experience. I looked forward to biking because every trip was a revelation: about urban design, road planning, and building on a human scale.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to bike from my home north of Annapolis, Maryland into the city. This is a trip I’ve made on previous occasions and I’d found it underwhelming for a variety of reasons. But with an extensive (and positive) biking experience under my belt in the last few weeks, I’m now able to articulate the reasons why the experience of biking is so much different between the US and Europe.
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Fall resurfacing of Route 144

Biking in the Metro AreaSTATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION TO RESURFACE SECTION OF MD 144 IN HOWARD COUNTY

Motorists Should Expect Single Lane Closures through Late-October

(September 11, 2008) – This fall, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing approximately six miles along eastbound and westbound MD 144 (Frederick Road) between Daisy Road and MD 32 (Sykesville Road) in Howard County. SHA expects to complete the $830,000 project by the end of October, weather permitting.

Motorists should expect single lane closures and lane shifts along MD 144 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Flagpersons, barrels, cones, signs, and arrow boards will guide motorists through the work zone. More than 4,500 vehicles travel along this section of MD 144 each day, motorists should expect delays.
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Road 1 Course - Learn the basics of bicycles

Biking in the Metro Area[A highly recommended course! At AACC Glen Burnie Town Center]

BCY-500
Road I
0 credit hours
1.1 ceu hours

Road 1 - Learn the basics of bicycles, proper attire and safety equipment. Perform a bicycle safety check and learn how to make basic repairs. Identify traffic regulations pertaining to cyclists and various road hazards. Learn crash avoidance techniques. CEUs awarded. $105 includes $75 supplies/lab fee. Note: Includes student manual. Must bring your own bike for both sessions. Notify the instructor if you intend to take BCY 501 League Cycling Instructor Certification so that you can be issued a pre-enrollment exam.

Selected Term: Fall 2008 (10/11 & 10/12)
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Going to the store

Biking in the Metro AreaBike riders are paying customers when they can park securely.

It's not even two miles to go to the local grocery store. But I don't do it on my bike. I like my bike, I like riding it. It is a low end road bike that I put a rack on, and have both a trunk bag and a large pannier (side bag). So I should be able to use it for shopping.

But I don't because I don't want it damaged or stolen. Maybe I got away cheap spending under $1,000 for a road bike, but I don't like leaving it unattended.

I thought that maybe Trader Joe's (Owings Mills) would be more progressive, and asked the "Captain" about bringing the bike in. He said no, (and has had several requests) so I asked about getting a bike rack out front. I was told that the landlord was against the idea, and was told that I could call First Washington Realty at 703 442-4323. Ginny Brown is who I was told to ask for.

If you have a retail business, why not install a bike rack and have it in a visible and safe location? If you really want a good image, have a water cooler inside like Race Pace in Owings Mills does. Free ice water was the foundation for Wall Drug in South Dakota. They offer it now as they did in the '30s and are a huge business, especially by the standards of Wall, South Dakota.
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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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Instructional Ride

Biking in the Metro AreaWe are having a one-day Instructional session at Meadowood Regional Park (on west side of Falls road near Greenspring Station) on Sunday, August 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/countyparks/regionalparks/meadowood.html .

This will cover safety, communication while riding and basic bicycling skills. Then we will go on a short ride to practice these skills. This session is designed to encourage you to ride, and will serve as an introduction to our full Instructional Series that will take place in the Spring of 2009.

Please reply to us if you are planning to attend the August 24 ride, so that we may plan accordingly.

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