Bike Maryland April Update

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Event/Meeting Calendar

Dynamic presentations by Gil Peñalosa. April 6 (Baltimore, MD) and April 7 (Columbia, MD).

This is an opportunity to meet Mr. Gil Penalosa, an internationally renowned livable city adviser who is passionate about vibrant and healthy communities. He has delivered presentations at events across North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. As Executive Director of the non-profit organization 8-80 Cities and former Commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation in Bogota, Colombia, Gil’s tireless commitment to fostering healthy communities remains front and center. He also works as Senior Consultant for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects. Furthermore, he serves on the Boards of Directors of American Trails, Ciclovias of the Americas, and City Parks Alliance. Gil holds an MBA from UCLA and advises municipal, corporate and community leaders around the world. Centered on the promotion of creating interconnected networks of pedestrian, cycling and public transportation infrastructure and building vibrant parks and public spaces, Gil’s presentations are an inspirational method to build capacity in government, business and community settings. These free events are sponsored by the Columbia Association and Bike Maryland.

Wednesday, April 6th, 7-9PM at the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. Presentation - Moving from Talking to Doing!

This presentation will inspire and instruct the audience on the creation of vibrant cities and healthy communities. 880 Cities promotes walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for all. These activities and public spaces improve our environment, advance economic development, boost and complement our transportation systems, make better recreation for all, and enhance our personal and public health. We invite you to join us in experiencing a presentation by Gil Penalosa! RSVPs Preferred: click here.

Thursday, April 7th, 7-9 PM at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia, MD 21044. Presentation - Walking, Cycling, & Public Places for All!

As part of Columbia Association’s on-going Community Building Speaker’s Series, the Columbia Association is excited to co-host this keynote presentation by Gil Peñalosa, Executive Director 8-80 Cities. As the Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, Gil’s team initiated the “new Ciclovia” - car-free Sundays - today an internationally recognized program that sees over 1.3 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 75 miles of Bogotá’s city roads. RSVPs Preferred:

April 18th, Bike Ambassador Training - Get Certified Now! 

5:00pm- 9:00pm at Race Pace Bicycles located at 1410 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230; 410-986-0001 This free workshop will certify you to become a Bike Maryland Bike Ambassador.  Learn about being a Bike Ambassador here. The workshop will include:

  • Bike ABC Check- fundamental checks needed before you get on a bike - A (Air) B (Brakes) C's (Chain/Cables)
  • “The Melon Test” - a simple and effective demonstration showing how helmets save lives
  • Traffic Simulation and Rules of the Road
  • How to perform a “Mock Bike Race” following traffic rules
  • Commuter skills training so you can teach commuter workshops
  • The opportunity to meet like minded people and make a difference by working to make Maryland a better place to live and to bike!
  • Refreshments

Ambassador requirements: completion of a training workshop and commitment to volunteer at a minimum of two ambassador events before October 1, 2011. RSVP hereAlex Ticu, Bike Maryland Bike Ambassador Coordinator.

April 21st, Envision Baltimore Workshop: Life in the “20-Minute Living” Community Using Transit and Transit Oriented Development to Improve Quality of Life and Achieve Sustainability

9am-12 p.m. American Visionary Arts Museum.  The Envision Baltimore initiative hosts this workshop for citizens and civic leaders who want to promote sustainability, with a focus on the city’s evolving transit system as a community-building opportunity. The interactive sessions spotlight transit-oriented development (TOD) as a strategy for creating pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods that put most needs of daily life within a 20-minute trip. TOD offers a mix of housing, offices, shopping and public gathering spots within walking distance of transit, bolstering the local economy and minimizing growth-related environmental impacts. Be sure to visit with Zipcar and Bike Maryland while sipping your coffee. Refreshments will be provided by Zipcar. Learn more.

May 5th, 6:30 - 8pm, Bike Maryland Spring Commuter Kick-Off Workshop

With gas prices going up and increasing awareness of the environmental and health benefits cycling offers, you've certainly heard talk about more people using a bike for transportation to work or school or just about anywhere you may want to go. Maybe you've even considered doing it yourself. Learn about bike commuting from a Bike Maryland board member who pedals his way to his Inner Harbor job daily, rain or shine. This workshop is the first in a series and will be limited to 30 people. View announcement.

Location: Race Pace Bicycles - 1410 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230, 410-986-0001. Light refreshments will be served. Please rsvp here. If you're thinking about trying bicycle commuting, attend this workshop to meet other commuters and learn about:

  • Riding safely in traffic
  • What to wear and look and smell good at work
  • Basics of Bike Commuting
  • Bike Commuting Excuse Busters

May 13-15, Winning Campaigns Training!

The Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training is a boot camp for bicycle & pedestrian advocacy organizations. This action-oriented workshop gives novice and veteran advocates the tools to create and manage powerful campaigns to increase biking and walking in their communities. Curriculum will be taught by longtime advocates and national experts with first-hand experience conducting — and winning — bicycle and pedestrian campaigns. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND LEARN MORE!  Location: Baltimore, MD; Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Take advantage of this vital, affordable training this spring in Baltimore! Hosted by: The Alliance for Biking and Walking and Bike Maryland.

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by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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