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The bishop and the cyclist

Biking in BaltimorePosted by Elizabeth Kaeton, Telling Secrets

So, let us be very clear here:

Leaving the scene of an accident is a felony.


Whatever else she did or didn't do, she has admitted to leaving the scene of an accident. Doesn't matter that she returned. She left. She is already a felon awaiting conviction.

Whether or not she will also be charged and convicted with vehicular homicide (pending the results of the investigation), she was directly involved with the death of a young man with young children.

Nothing changes that.

She will have to live with that fact for the rest of her life. If your imagination needs some exercise, try to imagine that for yourself.

The record reflects that, since her ordination in 1987, she has been a good priest with lots of skills and talents, creativity and imagination - good enough to be elected as Bishop Suffragan despite being thoroughly and vigorously vetted by the diocese.

I can't imagine the personal, spiritual and psychological hell she (and her family) must be going through, knowing that her actions resulted in the death of another human being (My God!), knowing she's probably going to go to jail (Sweet Jesus!), will probably be asked to resign as bishop and just may, in fact, lose her orders (Come, Holy Spirit!).

I also can't imagine the unbearable grief the deceased man's family must be feeling. I hope and pray they are getting the spiritual, emotional and psychological support they need at this time.

My prayers are with the Palermo family - including a wife and two children - as well as prayers for compassion for Bishop Cook, which must be provided side by side with accountability and forgiveness.

Now - right now, in these dark days - is time for the community to gather and rally and provide help and support for both of these families, for whom - in the twinkling of an eye and the gentle beat of the human heart - life was changed and transformed and will never again be the same.

It's just so tragic, on so many levels, for so many people.

No one comes out a winner in these situations.

So, why the mean-spirit and conjecture and 'trial by media'?

I don't get it.

Not for Christians.

Not for Episcopalians.

What a huge test of our baptismal promises - especially "striving for justice AND peace among ALL people" and "respecting the dignity of EVERY human being" - which includes the deceased and the bishop.

Suddenly, those promises don't sound quite so rote or simple, do they?

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[B' Spokes: My two cents: we desperately need drivers to wake up and pay attention when around cyclists, so I hope the bishop faces some serious charges... if the court decides to be lenient that's one thing and quite the other for the charges to be lenient from the get go and all the bishop would face is a hundred and change in fines. I have had enough of that!!! Let's get serious about outrageous driving behavior that ends a life.]
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MET Transfers Land to Baltimore County at Robert E. Lee Park

Bike PathsThe Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) transferred an 18-acre property to Baltimore County for low impact recreational use as part of Robert E. Lee Park. In turn, the county has agreed to place a conservation easement on the property to ensure that it will not be developed, and will continue to provide plant and wildlife habitat, water quality benefits, and public recreation.

MET originally acquired the property as a gift from local philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting, who saw the importance of keeping the land adjacent to the Jones Falls in a natural state. MET accepted Bunting’s gift along with the condition that when transferred to another owner, a conservation easement limiting its use and development would be granted back to MET.

The property, which is to the north of the county-managed 415-acre Robert E. Lee Park, follows along a former railroad bed and borders the Jones Falls as it flows along Falls Road. The easement protects woodland habitat, water quality, the scenic view from the road, and allows for passive public recreation such as hiking and birding.

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How I Became an Urban Monster in Just 10 Minutes

Biking ElsewhereA car is often—even usually—the wrong tool for the job in a dense urban setting. And using the wrong tool makes you frustrated and impatient.


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[B' Spokes: After being car free for 2 decades and just starting to drive again, I can relate to this article. Those of you that drive everyday I have no idea how you manage. Luckily I can still do what I need to do most days by bike so I am managing just fine.]
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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to the October FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter, &quot;AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, a package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources (<a href=""></a>;). The fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, transportation planners, citizen activists, and others to learn what makes a city, town, or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages...

&quot;Each fact sheet in the 11-part series is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed... Each fact sheet follows the same structure: introduce the subject; address and resolve any myths and misconceptions; and then provide relevant advice, tips, and success stories...
&quot;The series covers the following topics: Bicycling, Density, Economic Development, Form-Based Code, Modern Roundabouts, Parking, Revitalization Without, Road Diets, Sidewalks, Street Trees, Traffic Calming.&quot;

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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Help the Children of Tom Palermo

Biking in BaltimorePlease help and donate

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Maryland's first female Episcopal bishop exposed as hit-and-run driver 'who killed young father' two days after Christmas

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: This is being reported across the pond, it's that tragic.

And coverage by our favorite paper, Baltimore Brew

And there is a memorial ride Thursday January first at 3:30, 3636 North Charles Street

And my photos of Mondays memorial ride:

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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to a Dec. 10th CMAP article, &quot;The Active Transportation Alliance surveyed driver behavior at 52 marked and unmarked crossing locations around Chicago and in neighboring suburbs to better understand the relationship between compliance with the state law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and crosswalk type or design. (Illinois Drivers Must Stop for Pedestrians Law: Observational Study of Motorists' Compliance: <a href=""></a>;)

&quot;The study involved crosswalks with no pavement markings, crosswalks delineated by traditional pavement markings (two striped lines defining the crosswalk), and crosswalks with additional safety features such as in-road &quot;stop for pedestrians&quot; signs, textured or colored surfaces, raised crosswalks, or flashing beacons. The survey found that compliance was lowest at unmarked crosswalks, where only 5 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians. Eighteen percent of drivers stopped for pedestrians at traditional painted crosswalks. Compliance was highest at the crosswalks enhanced with other safety features, where 61 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians.&quot;

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from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
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MoCo, State Come To Agreement On Controversial Stretch Of Old Georgetown Road NEWS

Biking in Marylandby Aaron Kraut, Bethesda Now

Montgomery County says it’s come to an agreement with the State Highway Administration on a stretch of White Flint area road that caused controversy earlier this year.

County Executive Isiah Leggett announced today that the state will allow the county to reduce the number of lanes on Old Georgetown Road in the recently rebranded Pike District to make it easier to cross for pedestrians.

The county’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will also be able to build the on-road bike lanes recommended by the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan.

County officials said they’re hands were tied because SHA controls decisions on lane configurations and construction permits for the state road.

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Life-Saving Truck Design Fix Sidelined By Federal Inaction

Bike Laws[B' Spokes: As if the only &quot;safety&quot; the Feds are concerned about is protecting the driver from their own mistakes... others be damned.]
by Stephen Miller, Streets Blog

American cities are beginning to take the lead on requiring side guards on large trucks in municipal fleets. That’s a good first step toward saving lives, but without addressing privately-owned vehicles, city streets will not be safe from trucks that tend to crush people beneath the rear wheels after impact. The federal government continues to drag its feet, however, and without a national mandate, the prospects for meaningful action from Albany look slim.

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Biking Elsewhere-&gt; According to a Dec. 12th APBP Member Listserve posting from Jessica Zdeb, &quot;The Council in Washington, DC just passed a rule in follow up to the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act that requires residential buildings of 8 units or more to provide secure bike parking at a 1 to 3 ratio. It might not sound that exciting, but tenants may request retrofitting of an existing building, and spaces must be provided within 30 days of the request. Retrofits require the lesser of the 1 to 3 ratio or enough to meet the requested demand.

&quot;Note that all spaces required are preferably indoors, but if not feasible, shall be secure, covered and adjacent to the building. Some savvy developers are already exceeding this minimum here, but it is now the law of the District. See all associated documents of the rulemaking here: <a href=""></a>;

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &amp; Walking.
[B' Spokes: We need the same rule here, including businesses. (I'm tired of stores that have made their (handicap parking) sign poles unusable for bike parking with a cement casing.)]

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