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Then & Now | Street Fight

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Interesting contrast how New York City once nibbled away sidewalks to make room for cars and now they are closing roads to make room for pedestrians.
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In desperate need of help

Cyclist\'s Yellow PagesSorry to bother you but my life has come to a crossroad; move out of state to get a job and leave Baltimore Spokes or try to stay and continue bicycling advocacy. It is hard for me to toot my own horn but since I have received some comments that what we do here at Baltimore Spokes will be sorely missed if it were to stop, so I write this appeal; if you are aware of job that would give me some flexibility to attend meetings and/or an economical place to stay (at least for a short term basis) please contact me.
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Bike routes to Artscape

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[Note there is parking in Druid Hill Park and you can bike the Jones Fall Trail down to the Festival.]

Riding your bike to Artscape?  Check out the NEW Bike Parking Zone sponsored by University of Baltimore.


Ride your bike to Artscape, and park it in a safe location – the festival’s dedicated Bike Parking Zone (Maryland Avenue between Oliver Street and Mt. Royal Avenue).  Volunteers from the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will be on-hand to keep things organized, and all bike parkers will receive a goody bag loaded with treats and give-aways. 

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Let velocity drive your volume!

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Let velocity drive your volume!

There's one more reason to be excited about iPhone 3.0

Skiing, mountain biking, or just driving in your car... no longer are you a slave to your iPhone's tactile volume control. Adaptunes allows you to set a minimum and maximum volume preference for whatever moves you. The faster you move, the louder your music gets. Come to a stop and Adaptunes will dim your volume low enough for you to communicate with those around you. And that's just the basic stuff... we have big plans for the future. Adaptunes will have many features that will excite you.

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You want to get a ticket or dontcha?

Biking in Baltimore[Baltimore Spokes: I am placing this in the Bike Baltimore section as we recently had a cyclist doored and the police refused to write a ticket because "he was not a motor vehicle" and is now experiencing difficulties trying to get his damaged bike replaced by the insurance company. Calls to our Police Liaison have yet to be returned, so perhaps sending them a copy of this might solicit a response.]

Tuscon Bike Lawyer writes about the typical cyclist experience following a bike vs car collision:
A cyclist gets hit by a car, and is lying in the pavement dazed. Assuming the cyclist is not suffering a serious injury, the officer will then try to determine fault. As I have written many times before, “carhead” tends to point toward the cyclist being at fault.

If the officer determines the cyclist was at fault, he will then often give the cyclist a choice: you can leave here and forget about all this, or you can stay and get a ticket. Which do you pick?
I've never been threatened with a ticket, but the first time I called the police, the motorist was very clearly at fault: she completely blew through a stop sign without slowing; I escaped with my life because I did an emergency swerve but I still got a glancing blow and a damaged bike.

I was riding completely legally on a residential street with almost no traffic, but witnesses and the responding police officer all lectured me about my bike riding, and the cop made it very clear that my call was a huge imposition of his time.
Law enforcement's reticence prompted Colorado cyclist advocates to lobby for a law requiring law enforcement agencies to take bicycle accident reports.
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UPDATE - RAAM at Mt Airy Bike Shop - Sat. June 27, 2009

Biking in MarylandIf anyone is interested in seeing the finale of the RAAM (Race Across America the riders will be riding (staggering after a week of steady riding?) through Howard County over the next couple of days -- two leaders tonight (6/25) and most of the rest of individual riders and teams over Friday (6/26) and Saturday (6/27). Mt Airy Bike Shop and Odenton are rest stops and finish line is in Annapolis. Status can be checked on the RAAM web site: <a href=""></a>;
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Ozone levels reached up to Unhealthy (code red) in Baltimore, MD.

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Come on now get out of that single occupancy vehicle!!! Think how nice it would be to be out on a bike with a nice breeze blowing keeping you cool and reducing that ozone.
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Pedalpalooza Bike Kiss-In

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The Bicycle Kiss-in...what better way to show the world how much fun riding a bike can be? Slogans included:

"Liplock Not Gridlock"
"Sucking Face Instead of Sucking Gas"
"If You Were Biking, You'd Be Making Out By Now"
and the great: "My Other Ride is a Bike!"
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Delegate Maggie McIntosh on a bike ride (District 43, Baltimore City)

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City BMP update

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The Bike Summit on May 1st provided an array of ideas on improving biking in Baltimore. Now comes the fun part: Contributing to make this vision a reality! A summary of the Bike Summit is available below.


New Bike Parking – The Department of Transportation’s Maintenance Division has installed over 92 bike racks over the past 5 weeks! The communities of Highlandtown, Belair-Edison, Waverley, Remington and Hamilton are some of the areas where the new racks are installed.

ARTSCAPE, the nation’s largest FREE arts festival, is July 16th - 18th and features BIKE PARKING.  The University of Maryland is sponsoring free bike parking for a less-stressful option for to getting to and from Artscape.  The bike parking will be staffed with volunteers who will provide goodie bags to cyclists.  To volunteer for the event, please contact Kathy Hornig at Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Following then President-elect Obama’s visit, this is the 2nd major event in the city this year that offers bike parking. 

In time for Artscape, the winners of the Station North Bike Rack Competition will be installed.  These unique racks can be found along the 1700 & 1800 block of Charles Street and the unit & 100 block of West North Avenue.

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