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Gwynne's Falls Trail

Gwynne's Falls Trail is officially open.

Secretary Flanagan, May O'Malley, the head of Rails to Trails were all there--and Congressman Ben Cardin (our next Senator?) took his bike for the 10-mile ride before the ceremony.

Take a spare inner tube and pump just in case there have been reports of lots og glass on the trail.

The official site is at http://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/

The Northern Chesapeake trail

The Northern Chesapeake trail from Easton-Lewes is getting started. Easton already has five miles. The state is giving AA the go-ahead to get started planning a trail along the light rail line from BWI to Harbor Hospital, i.e., connect with Gwynne\'s Falls trail

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Six New Trail Projects for the Next 10 Years: Making Baltimore Competitive to other Northeast Metros

Bike PathsVia Comeback City

"Right now, Baltimore has a handful of average to good trails, but mostly they are one-offs, with little relation to one another. Imagine if I-95 didn’t connect to the 695 Beltway and 695 didn’t connect to I-83 or 795. These highways by themselves would be useful, but the connected network is exponentially more beneficial. Over the next decade, the Baltimore region should connect its primary trails. It should also develop a few marquis trails that show off the beauty of our city, watershed, and region. Here are six projects that would create the backbone of a connected regional trail network reflective of our affluent region."

http://comebackcity.us/2015/12/15/six-new-trail-projects-for-the-next-10-years-making-baltimore-competitive-to-other-northeast-metros/
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SURVEY TIME for the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force

Bike PathsVia Adventure Cycling Newsletter

Speaking of the C&O Canal and the GAP, the Allegheny Trail Alliance is currently soliciting ideas and feedback on the launch of roll-on bicycle service on Amtrak's Capitol Limited route. The train runs between Chicago and Washington, D.C., joining in alongside the GAP and the C&O as it goes. According to a representative of the Alliance, which serves on the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force, "We are looking to see how the service can improve, while also asking the public: Where should roll-on service go next?" You can begin the survey by clicking on this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QL787TF
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RTC: TAKE THE NATIONAL TRAIL USER SURVEY

Bike Paths-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has begun the first-ever nationwide survey of trail use to help to create analytical models that can accurately
* Measure how effectively trail systems have connected and could further connect urban areas
* Factor and forecast the demand for, and potential use of, new trail connections
* Assess the impact of trail use on regional tourism and economic development, as well as dollars saved in relation to transportation and health care.

Take the survey online: http://bit.ly/1JoEZ57

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Improve the Jones Falls Trai

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: I'm concerned because the funding process does not allow for cheep but needed improvements. In a way the whole system is stacked against this, as really expensive projects seem to be preferred over the more economical ones, it would not be a Capital Improvement if it was cheep right? So where is the budget and planing process for things like this? I have no idea.]

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1) The Jones Falls Trail starts right out front of the Visitors Center, but how would you know? Make it easy to find information about the Jones Falls Trail at the Baltimore Visitors Center.
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2) Help separate pedestrians and bicyclists where the trail follows the harbor.
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3) Don’t allow parking in the trail.
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4) When the trail doesn’t look like a trail, more and better wayfinding is needed.
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5) Keep the trail on the east side of the Fallsway.
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6) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
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7) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
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8) The blazes are great, but….
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9) Add signage at Penn Station.
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[More in parts two and three.]
http://jonesfallstrail.us/2015/09/03/jones-falls-trail-part-one-improvements/
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Grand History Trail could connect local cyclists to paths throughout the region

Bike PathsVia Baltimore Sun

"It came from a napkin," he recalled. "We were sitting around at the Rail Trail Authority and we looked at our trail, and we knew about the C&O Canal and we knew about our study, and we said, 'You know, this could be a loop.' I knew about the success of the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects to Cumberland, which connects to the C&O Canal. You can go from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on a Rail Trail, and I thought, 'This is a perfect idea to move forward on.' So we have been moving forward."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-outdoors-grand-history-trail-0906-20150905-story.html
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Jogger to pay $300K for making U-turn in front of cyclist

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: Despite the dangers that headphone jogging zombies pose on cyclists you will never see signs posted admonishing joggers to obey necessary or even arbitrary rules like you see for cyclists and only cyclists on our trails. :/ ]

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29722461/jogger-to-pay-300k-for-making-u-turn-in-front-of-cyclist
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Loch Raven mountain biking agreement

Bike PathsA new stewardship agreement between the city of Baltimore, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) and the International Mountain Bike Association promises improved mountain bike access to the watershed. (Baltimore Sun Video)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bal-loch-raven-mountain-biking-agreement-20150325-premiumvideo.html

[B' Spokes: A bit dated but good news that this is finally getting some traction.]
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Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day

Bike PathsUPDATE: Do to the weather forecast, this event has been rescheduled Sunday, June 28th.

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Via Department of Natural Resources

As part of Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day, the Grand Opening of 15 miles of new mountain biking trails will occur this Saturday (June 27th) at 9am at Rainbow Lake. Free giveaways and a group rides will occur after the 9am ribbon cutting.

At Noon, Bike Maryland will sponsor a Bike Safety Rodeo in Community Park. This is free and bikes and helmets will be available for participants.

The Frederick Bicycle Coalition will lead a free five mile road ride and a one mile fun ride. The Frederick County Sheriff's office will be escorting the road ride.

Games, food, music, a parade and fireworks round out the day.

Many other fun events will occur in Town as well, including free admission to the Community Pool all day.

Please visit WWW. EmmitsburgEvents.com for more information.
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OC to add bike routes through resort

Bike PathsVia Delmarva Now

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“The bike routes are being planned so that they avoid busy sections of Ocean City, such as Coastal Highway or Baltimore Avenue,” said Town
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Kayla and Lucas Baier, two Ocean City residents who currently attend college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and George Washington University, respectively, were particularly excited about the prospect of adding bike paths that will run the length of the island.
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http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/06/11/ocean-city-bike-paths/71081844/
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Bikers want to get moving on new trail

Bike PathsA group of mountain bikers wants to build the county's first mountain bike trail in Crownsville.
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http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/ph-ac-cn-mountain-biking-0603-20150604-story.html
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