Citizen Representative Needed for the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board -- Whether you are interested in this position or not it is news worthy that this is the first time that a citizen representative will have voting rights on this committee thanks to the efforts of the Baltimore Bicycling Club and to the current committee and the BRTB for being receptive to the idea. I encourage anyone interested to apply and get involved in changing the area to be bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

-=Barry Childress=-

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is currently seeking a volunteer to sit on the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Group (BPAG), to represent citizen interests related to bicycle and pedestrian planning in the region.


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CHOOSING A TOURING BIKE FOR THE ROAD --

By Larry Diskin, former Events Coordinator for Adventure Cycling Tours

We all have different needs and goals. No bike is perfect for everybody. In this article, I aim to give you objective information about various bikes so that you can decide what is best for you. If you want to own only one bike and use it for a various purposes, there will be some compromise involved. However, if you are like most avid cyclists, you probably have more than one bike and are therefore better prepared for a variety of conditions.

The first step before buying a new bike is to make a list of your needs. Think realistically about how you will use the bike. What type of riding are you planning to do? Are you more interested in comfort or speed? How far will your average ride be? What are your goals (fitness, seeing new things, thrill of riding, etc.)? Who are you planning to ride with and what is the norm in their group? What is the terrain where you plan to ride most? What is your budget?

Read more: Adventure News

Maryland Bike Trail Links

Baltimore-Annapolis Trail (B&A): 13.3 miles, Glen Burnie to Annapolis

BWI Trail: 10.7-mile loop around BWI Airport

Delmarva Bicycling Trail Map:

8 More Ways to Map Your Ride --
From: RoadBikeRider.com Newsletter, Issue No. 314 - 10/18/07
Visit: http://www.roadbikerider.com

We got lots of e-mail after issue No. 312's note about a course mapping website called runningmap.com. It's not the only site that lets you design routes or measure roads ridden -- not by a long shot -- and it sounds like it may not be the best. If you're interested in an online way to calculate courses, check these other sites too. We can't vouch for them, but these roadies do:

http://www.toporoute.com doesn't require clicking multiple times to go around a curve. It has logic to follow the road. For bike paths and shortcuts that aren't roads, it allows you to "not follow the road." It also has an elevation feature. You can even create a link to your route and e-mail it to friends. -- Kurt J.

http://www.bikely.com uses Google maps. It's got some great features including an elevation chart. I've been using it for years. -- Cory B.

http://www.mapmyride.com lets riders save their routes and e-mail them to friends or post them on the Map My Ride website for access by the internet community. This could be a good source for finding a decent route when visiting an unfamiliar area. A route can be uploaded to Google Earth to overlay it there. -- Bob B.

www.mapmyride.com has a "follow roads" option where you don't have to put lots of points around curves to get accurate results. -- Mike E.


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