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Truck driver fined after close call with bike police in Glen Burnie

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Tim Pratt, Capital Gazette

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The truck eventually continued past the rest of the group, Cooke said, and the driver shouted obscenities out the window. The truck was about an arm's length away from officers as it passed.

"It was something I've never experienced before in full uniform," Cooke said.
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Police obtained the truck's license plate number and charged the driver, Frank Worthington, 66, of Cecil County, with more than a half dozen traffic offenses.

On Monday, District Court Judge Laura Robinson fined Worthington $1,000 for reckless driving and ordered him to complete 16 hours of community service.

Anne Arundel State's Attorney Wes Adams said he hopes the case will teach Worthington to follow the rules of the road and draw attention to the law that motorists must give cyclists at least three feet of space when passing.
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http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/ph-ac-cn-truck-driver-0407-20150406-story.html
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Maryland Highway projects to improve Route 1 and build lots of shoulders, a bike lane and a path

Biking in MarylandVia The WashCycle

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The US 1 College Park Pedestrian, Bicycle and Safety Improvements project will spend $30 million to reconstruct US 1 to a four-lane divided highway with a raised median and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian accommodations from College Avenue to MD 193.

And just outside the immediate area, near Fort Meade, Annapolis Road (MD -175) between Reece Road and Disney Road will be expanded from two to six lanes, with a median, on-road bicycle lanes in each direction, a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 10-foot, shared-use path on the south side of MD 175.
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In Baltimore County, northbound MD 140 will be widened from Painters Mill Road to Garrison View Road to accommodate an additional third travel lane and a bicycle-compatible shoulder.
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http://www.thewashcycle.com/2015/07/maryland-highway-projects-to-improve-route-1-and-build-lots-of-shoulders-a-bike-lane-and-a-path.html
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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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It's time to scrub the word accident from our reporting when it comes to car crashes and collisions

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: I think this is significant because it comes from a car centric site, even drivers are getting sick of the carelessness of other drivers. So the big question is how to get people to take responsibility for their actions? Even if someone is "just" changing the radio station, drifted out of their lane and killed someone. The take away message should be that they should have waited for a better time to change radio stations. And most certainly the message should NOT be it was just a accident.]

http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/why-theres-no-such-thing-as-a-car-accident
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Stop Violence Against Cyclists

Biking in BaltimoreBy Mi Letts

Every time the weather warms up in Baltimore, it is time for bicyclists to think about how to protect themselves from children banning together to beat, and steal from bicyclists. Since we have few protected routes or practical streets of passage, our choices of travel are limited-- making us fish in a barrel, prime targets for these groups. We want the city to become proactive in protecting the cyclists, rather than reactive. We want plain clothed bicycle police patroling to stem the tide of violence in the most problematic areas.

Sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/353/698/597/stop-violence-against-cyclist/
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Baltimore to fine parents $250 for double-parking at school drop-offs

Biking in BaltimoreBy Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun

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"Baltimore City could make millions of dollars," she said. "People come up with all kinds of excuses, but they're just lazy. I'm surprised no one has gotten run over."

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Hornbeck regularly includes messages in the school newsletter that emphasize "we want people to park their cars a couple blocks away and walk their kids to school," he said.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-school-fines-20150330-story.html
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Arizona among most strict on speeding and reckless driving

News you will not see in MarylandBy Barbara Grijalva, Tucson News Now

Arizona is the second toughest state in the nation when it comes to speeding and reckless driving penalties.

According to a new study by the personal finance website WalletHub, Arizona is also the 9th toughest when it comes to considering speeding a form of reckless driving.

Arizona also ranks among the top 10 states for fines and jail time for reckless driving.
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"... It was $367, so it wasn't a cheap ticket."
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http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29600668/arizona-ranked-very-strict-on-speeding-and-reckless-driving


[B' Spokes: In contrast in Arizona speed cameras in schools zones can issue you a ticket if you are going 6 mph over the speed limit vs. Maryland's 12 mph over the limit and Maryland's fine is only $40. It is also interesting to note in Maryland it is really hard to get a reckless driving charge, speeding is just speeding even if in a school zone with children present and doing twice the speed limit.]
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How real estate lawyer Jon Laria became an unlikely leader for Baltimore's bicyclists

Biking in BaltimoreBy Kevin Litten, Baltimore Business Journal

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Laria also makes an intriguing choice because he understands the consequences of not implementing the bike infrastructure called for. He called the master bike plan "really not a luxury, but an imperative — a must," and warned that if there isn't "real progress," people will begin to believe the plan will never become a reality.

"We need visible changes soon. We need to earn credibility. A year from now things have to look different," Laria said. "There needs to be a visible manifestation of this commitment, or people are not going to take it seriously."

http://m.bizjournals.com/baltimore/blog/real-estate/2015/04/how-real-estate-lawyer-jon-laria-became-an.html?r=full
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Harvard Study: Better Police Reports On Bike Crashes Could Save Lives

Biking Elsewhere"Cities, towns, planners and private businesses can’t move forward building safer cars and safer bike environments until they learn more precisely how bike accidents happen. Is a truck’s wide turn to blame? A taxi door opening at the wrong time? These seemingly small details of crashes are critical, says Anne Lusk, a research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health."

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"After studying hundreds of hopelessly low-tech police reports used to record bike accidents, Lusk and her colleagues are making a nationwide plea: They’re calling on police in all states to step into the modern era and improve reports on crashes involving vehicles and bicycles. Currently, Lusk said in an interview, the details on crashes are handwritten and drawn by police on paper, with few bicycle-specific codes or diagrams."

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2015/04/better-police-reports-bike-crashes
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A Maryland road widening will be more costly than the transit it replaces

Biking in MarylandBy Ben Ross, Greater Greater Washington

Maryland governor Larry Hogan wants to build roads with money saved from cancelling the Baltimore Red Line and cutting back the Purple Line. The governor says the two light rail lines cost too much. But his marquee highway project, a wider Route 404 on the Eastern Shore, looks to be far less cost-effective than either.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/27316/a-maryland-road-widening-will-be-more-costly-than-the-transit-it-replaces/
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