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Road Biking 101 Clinic – 2013!

Biking in the Metro AreaBy BikeHoCo

Bike 101 will teach you how to ride safely on the road, how to deal with traffic, and how to ride better (like how to climb hills!). The class is for those who know how to ride a bike, but are afraid or uncertain how best to ride on the road.

Chris Tsien, a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, and volunteers will present a short version of LAB’s Smart Cycling class. Local bike shops will do bike safety checks.

Class size is limited to no more than 60 participants so please register early.

http://bikehoco.org/2013/03/road-biking-101-clinic-2013/
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5th Annual Planet Walk & Patapsco Ride & Fair Hill Ride

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Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, Inc.
P.O. Box 464
Severna Park, MD 21146
 
 
Fifth Annual Planet Walk Scheduled for April 13
 
On Saturday April 13, 2013, The Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, the Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club and the Astrophysics Science and Planetary Science Divisions of the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center have teamed up to offer a day of free public programs focusing on our solar system. The events will include a Planet Walk on the B&A Trail, a multimedia presentation at Anne Arundel Community College and an evening Star Gazing Party at the AACC Observatory.
The day’s events will kick off at 10:30 am with a Planet Walk along a 4.7 mile segment of the B&A Trail between Glen Burnie and Severna Park . This segment of the Trail features two sculptures and ten information stations representing the Sun and the planets of the Solar System, with each planet’s station spaced at its proportional distance from the Sun. Sculptural stainless steel markers have been placed to mark the relative location of each planet site along the route. Between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm, planetary scientists and astronomers from NASA/Goddard, area colleges and universities and local astronomy clubs will be at each of the planet stations to provide additional information about that planet and answer questions.
Participants can walk or bicycle the 4.7 mile course between the Sun Sculpture, located just south of Aquahart Road behind Harundale Plaza in Glen Burnie and the Pluto sculpture, located just north of the Earleigh Heights Road Ranger Station in Severna Park . The event is free and free parking is located adjacent to both ends of the Planet Walk. It is recommended that participants start at the Sun Station. For participants seeking a shorter or less time-consuming experience, the six planets between the Sun and Saturn can be visited in the first 1 1/4 miles between Harundale and Marley Station Mall. The event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain.
Special evening events are also scheduled at Anne Arundel Community College ’s Arnold campus. At 7:30 pm a free public multimedia presentation will be presented in Room 110 of the College’s Dragun Science Building . Dr. Carey Lisse of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics laboratory will be speaking on “The Prospects for Life and Habitability Around Nearby Stars”. Following Dr. Lisse’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session as well as drawings for the daytime Planet Walk raffle. The multimedia program will be presented regardless of weather conditions.
After the presentation, beginning at 8:30 pm, the AACC Astronomy Club will host a free public Star Gazing Party at the College Observatory. The Observatory is located outside Parking Lot “B” on the Arnold campus. Participants will have the opportunity to utilize the Observatory’s telescopes with the assistance of Astronomy Club members and may also bring their own telescopes. The Star Gazing Party will be cancelled if overcast conditions or inclement weather prevent making observations.
The events of April 13 will give participants a chance to gain greater insight into the makeup of our solar system as well as to gain knowledge of some of the ongoing research which continues to bring us new and exciting revelations. Additional information about the day’s events is also available on Facebook and at www.friendsofaatrails.org.
Jack Keene
Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails
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2013 Patapsco
Intro Ride Series
Have you ever wanted to explore the vast trail system at
Patapsco Valley State Park at a mellow pace with folks who
know the park inside and out? Here’s your opportunity to get
to down and dirty with the some of the finest trails on the
East Coast. These casual, no-drop rides will start with coffee
and good vibes and wrap up with cold beverages and demo
bikes at Rockburn Skills Park ! MORE Gold Sponsor Aviation
Velo is supplying the swag and MORE’s 2012 Ride Leader of
the Year will lay out sweet rides for all ages and abilities.
Ride Dates:
March 30, April 27 , May 25, June 29
All rides start at 10 am at Rockburn Branch Park in the parking area
by the main Pavilion. RSVP @
ride-rockburn-branch
or
http://aviationvelo.com 507 S. Camp Meade Rd
Linthicum Heights, MD
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 The Trail Spinners Poker Run at Fair Hill NRMA will take place on 6/16.  Gates open at 8 am.  This is a charity event benefiting the Brian Fults Fund, a well known local racer who has competed regionally, who is going through treatment for cancer.  There will be a Pre Ride the Fair Hill Classic Race Course, Food, Fun, and Beverages.
For more info, please contact Chris Jackson at  chrisjackson479@verizon.net
 
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BMC TO LAUNCH SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE WITH FREE EVENT MARCH 25th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Herron, 410-732-9564  

BMC TO LAUNCH SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE WITH FREE EVENT  MARCH 25th 
BALTIMORE, MD (March 22, 2012) - The Opportunity Collaborative will launch its work with an event featuring two nationally recognized presenters on Monday, March 25, at the University of Baltimore Student Center, 21 W. Mount Royal Avenue, in Baltimore. Dr. Manuel Pastor will deliver the Keynote Address at 3:00 P.M., followed by a performance by Rha Goddess at 5:30. The Sustainable Communities Consortium will host a reception for Dr. Pastor and Ms. Goddess and our guests from 4:30-5:30.

The event is free, but attendees must RSVP in advance at http://opportunitycollaborative.eventbrite.com. Reduced-fee parking will be available at the Maryland Avenue Garage, Maryland Avenue and Biddle Street. Visit www.ubalt.edu/about-ub/directions/ for directions.

The Opportunity Collaborative (the Collaborative) is the consortium working to implement our region's $3.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The Regional Planning Grant program, an effort of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and administered by HUD, encourages grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to create more jobs and economic opportunities.  The Co-Chairs of the Collaborative are Mayor Josh Cohen of Annapolis and Scot T. Spencer, of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

The program places a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, philanthropy and innovative ideas in the regional planning process. The staff of Baltimore Metropolitan Council coordinates the Collaborative's activities and serves as the fiscal agent for the consortium.

Dr. Pastor serves as director of the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. His most recent book, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future, documents the gap between racial attitudes and racial realities, and offers a new set of strategies for both talking about race and achieving racial equity.

Rha Goddess is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational "crowd rockin'" in the name of social change. As a world renowned performing artist and activist, her work has been internationally featured in compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals.

Members of the Collaborative include:
  • City of Annapolis
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Associated Black Charities
  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore County
  • Baltimore Integration Partnership
  • Baltimore Metropolitan Council
  • Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative
  • Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
  • Citizens Planning & Housing Association, Inc.
  • Baltimore Regional Initiative Developing Genuine Equality (BRIDGE)
  • Central Maryland Transportation Alliance
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Innovative Housing Institute
  • Harford County
  • Howard County
  • Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Maryland Department of Planning
  • Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
  • Morgan State University
  • University of Maryland, National Center for Smart Growth
  • 1,000 Friends of Maryland

If you are interested in learning more, or joining the Collaborative, please send an email to lfcollins@baltometro.org.

Working to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region.

 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is the organization of the region's elected executives who are committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs which will improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region.

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Race Pace Busts Bike Thief!

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Race Pace, via Facebook

A series of events unfolded at one of our stores yesterday...it went a little something like this:
-Mr. Thief brings a bike to a local shop, who notes shifty eyes and a fishy story, and that shop refers the customer to our store.
-Our staff greets the guy and begins the stall process.
-Another of our mechanics contacts the manufacturer, who tells us the shop that originally purchased it.
-We call that shop and get contact info for the person who bought it last month
-We call that customer, who didn't know his bike had been stolen, and they call the police to file a report.
-We call the police, and they drop by to pick up Mr. Thief and his pocket full of drugs.
Blam! The streets are safer - go bike them!
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Connect Downtown Columbia with Lake Elkhorn

Biking in the Metro AreaVia: Let's Make Columbia Awesome

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It's budget season for Howard County Government, and there are a few notable projects in the proposed budget that could help make Columbia awesome. We're particularly excited about a proposed pathway (pictured) that would connect Downtown Columbia with Lake Elkhorn and the Patuxent Branch Trail that runs all the way to Savage. There is also funding to continue construction at Blandair Park and for renovations at the Central and East Columbia Libraries.

If you support any of the projects, please make your voice heard! Attend the public hearing on March 11 or submit testimony online here: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/budgettestimony.htm All you need to say is: "I support the Patuxent Branch Trail Extension/Library improvements/Blandair Park because it/they would help make Columbia awesome!"

Yes, it's that easy. And yes, you will make a difference.
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Proteus & Community Events

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Proteus & Community Events
We have lots of things going on at the shop and in the community. See our events calendar for updates and more information.
 Saturday, March 9, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM -  FASHION SHOW This isn't your ordinary fashion show. This is fashion - Proteus style! Our staff and customers will be modeling new spring bike gear by Club Ride, Mavic, Endura, and Garneau while we eat, drink, and groove to tunes by Jerry Turner at the turntable. This event is a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. Donate $10 or more and we'll give you a coupon for $10 off on the purchase of $100 or more of our new spring gear. More info to come!

Tuesday, March 12 (time TBA) the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) will be coming through Proteus. On March 9, 26 cyclists will ride from Sandy Hook School to the Capitol in support of common sense gun safety legislation. They'll be stopping by the shop to refuel and pick up more riders on their way into DC. We'll let you know when we have more details. We'd love to see a big turnout to support these riders and their cause. Show your solidarity with this worthy cause by purchasing a SHROW top tube sticker for $5 to help the group with fundraising to defray the costs of the ride. 

On Saturday, May 18th Proteus is participating in the Chesapeake Tour de Cure in beautiful Easton, MD. Join our team, "The Proteus Herd" for a beautiful ride on the Eastern Shore. This is a really fun, well-run event - and for a great cause! There are several ride options, including a century. As an added incentive to join us, Proteus will be offering some specials on Pro-Fits and tune-ups to TDC participants as we get closer to the event date.

On Sunday, May 26th, Proteus will be joining the folks at the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc (ATHA) for a Bike Rally along the beautiful tributary trails in P.G. County. This is a family friendly ride that will highlight  transportation, shopping, and eating that is easily bike accessible. Route and details will be coming soon.

Continuing events:
  • Thursday night Pot Luck 7-9 pm
  • Tuesday Community Yoga 7-8:30 pm 
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Harford County Bike and Pedestrian Plan (Focus Group Comments)

Biking in the Metro AreaThis interactive map has been provided by Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning to gather comments from the public to help develop the new Harford County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. We are looking for information about streets and routes that you use, routes you believe are bicycle-friendly, or un-friendly, and areas where you think improvements are needed. The comments will be gathered and used in the planning process that is underway to develop the Harford County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
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http://www.communitywalk.com/map/index/1492461
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MARYLAND BIKE ROUTE: COLUMBIA TO FORT MEADE

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In 2010, the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County partnered with the Howard County Department of Public Transportation and approached the state with an idea for a connection between Columbia to Fort Meade. A large portion of the employees that work in and around Fort Meade (the State’s largest employment center), live in and around Columbia . With the growing congestion on the roadways, many find it more enjoyable to commute via bicycle, however, finding a comfortable route is often challenging. SHA, with the support of the Maryland Department of Transportation, is working to identify and sign a suitable route for commuting cyclists. After in-depth investigation of many possible routes, SHA, in coordination with Howard County and the Bicycle Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) have developed a route that we feel is the most comfortable and most feasible route in this corridor (PDF, 11 MB).

This route, displayed in solid red, is designed for bicycle commuters with some riding experience that travel from the Columbia area along the MD 32 corridor. Depending on their skill and comfort level, some riders may prefer alternate routes; however, this road is currently agreed to be both reasonably comfortable and direct. The route is intended to behave as a trunk route to carry cyclists from the Columbia area to the Fort Meade area. Future routes can spur from this route to reach additional populations more directly.

Using grant money from Maryland’s Bikeways Program, the route will be signed and limited striping may be installed. Upon implementation, the route will provide directional guidance for cyclists and increase motorist awareness of bicycle travel. It will also be prioritized on Maryland’s statewide bicycle network as a priority bicycle route. This recognition will help the route receive additional funding to address remaining safety and comfort deficiencies for cyclists along the route. In essence, the goal of this route, along with the others, is to develop a system of bicycle trunks throughout Maryland connecting points of major key interest.

PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS ON THE ROUTE HERE

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Harford bicycle, pedestrian master plan available for review

Biking in the Metro AreaBaltimore Sun

The draft of the 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is available for public review and comment on the department's website, http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/planningzoning, and at the Department of Planning and Zoning office at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air.
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http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-09/explore/ph-ag-bicycle-master-plan-0102-20130109_1_harford-county-public-review-open-house
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County Asks For Input On Loch Raven Watershed Protection

Biking in the Metro AreaA meeting will be held in Glen Arm on Jan. 23.
By Nick Gestido, Patch

Baltimore County is looking for input from the public as they launch an effort to improve the Loch Raven watershed along the east side of the reservoir.

A meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 23 at St. John's Lutheran Church (13300 Manor Road) to share information about and hear public contributions to a new Small Watershed Action Plan.

The plan is being introduced by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainablility and the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, a local nonprofit.

Upcoming restoration efforts, including those aimed at restoring the health of streams and improving the quality of drinking water, will be guided by the Small Watershed Action Plan, according to a news release from the county.

The planning area encompasses the east side of Loch Raven Reservoir north to Jacksonville and Phoenix and east to Manor Road, the release states.

For more information, call Erin Wisnieski at 410-887-5683.

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