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Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike needs your help

<img width="160" height="103" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051001213817635_1.jpg" alt="">This is the abandoned 8 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that is being turned into a bike trail that was written about in the Washington Post a couple of weeks ago.

Everyone has ridden Rails to Trails but this is completely different.

This trail puts you in a time and place that never existed. Post Apocalyptic America. You ride on a broken, 4 lane highway with the forest crushing in on both sides. Then you get to the abandoned tunnels. Is this the past of the future? This is the only abandoned Interstate turned into bike trail anywhere.

We need your help!

We have just gotten our web site up and are looking for members and volunteers to help develop the trail. The Friends of Pike 2 Bike ask that you pass on our web address to your biking friends and that you consider joining the most unique and weird bike trail anywhere. The benefits are worth the cost.

See what I mean at <a href="http://www.piketobike.org">http://www.piketobike.org</a>;
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Baltimore County Planning Develops Interactive Bike Maps

The Draft Eastern County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan was developed by an advisory Action Committee composed of local citizens, elected officials and government staff. Taking input from citizens who live, work and play in the area, the Action Committee's plan identifies future pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The plan, which covers the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Council Districts, is the first phase of what will eventually be a County-wide plan.

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Baltimore County Update

<img width="123" height="113" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/2005092515221021_1.jpg" alt="">You made an impression! To quote one clerk &quot;We did not know this was an issue till we started getting e-mails.&quot; This statement is what the campaign was about. Thanks to you accommodating cyclists as legitimate road users is now an issue and concern and hopefully not just in Baltimore County but in the surrounding metropolitan counties as well.
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Baltimore County says no to planning bike lanes

<img width="123" height="113" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050921200155838_1.jpg" alt="">What should be a glowing report of Baltimore County
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Cyclocross in Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreDon't miss two exciting opportunities to watch full-throttle cyclocross action right in Baltimore!
Saturday September 17 is the 2005 Gwynns Falls Trail Cyclocross (<a href="http://wheelmen.virtualave.net/GwynnsFalls/index.html">http://wheelmen.virtualave.net/GwynnsFalls/index.html</a>;)
On Sunday Septmebr 25 is the Charm City Cross event in beautiful Druid Hill Park!
(<a href="http://www.bbcracing.org/Charm%20City%20Cross.pdf">http://www.bbcracing.org/Charm%20City%20Cross.pdf</a>;)
Come support bike racing in Baltimore!
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Carroll County Comprehensive Plan

Pathways Plan Web Site Is Up & Running

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Dieters Must Exercise!

Health & Environment<img width="47" height="70" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050901132010832_1.gif" alt="">Article #1 in the link below in the current issue of Harvard Medical School's Healtbeat provides a succinct report of why dieters, particularly women, must also exercise. Also interesting is the quantitative data about burning calories in exercise, particularly the 2,000 calories / week maximum.
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America Keeps Putting on the Pounds

Health & Environment<img width="128" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050831203800265_1.gif" alt="">In the past year, the adult obesity rate rose in 48 of America's states, and nationally from 23.7% to 24.5%, Trust for America's Health found. Currently, about 119 million, or 64.5%, of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. According to projections, 73% of US adults could be overweight or obese by 2008, Trust for America's Health warned. In turn, this would mean many more people with obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, which could cost the nation billions of dollars.

Bicycle riding, for fun, fitness and transportation, continues to be a great way to battle obesity, and the recent funding given to bicycling in the transportation bill will help spread the word to more potential cyclists during the next five years.
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The cost of cars

Autos are the single largest source of U.S. air pollution. Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips. When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere. More bicycle use means less benzene, cyanide, lead, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, CFCs, sulfates, and ozone in the air. In addition, the bicycle season matches the harmful ground-level ozone season. By biking, you contribute to pollution prevention when it is most needed.

If the real taxpayer subsidy of autos were reflected in fuel taxes, a gallon of gasoline might cost as much as $9.00. That's because other taxes cover the costs of road building, maintenance, parking space, police services and losses from accidents, pollution and congestion. If more commuters bicycled, these costs would go down. All taxpayers, businesses and citizens would save money!
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The Maryland Wine Festival Bike Tour

To raise money to benefit children with asthma through educational programs.

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