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Wednesday, January 28 2015 @ 06:10 PM UTC
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Arrest made after cyclist killed in fatal crash

News you will not see in Marylandby Rory McKeown, Daily Echo
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Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have today confirmed a 33-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving without due care and attention.
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http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11699100.display/
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[B' Spokes: Could you imagine the impact if this happened here after every cyclists and pedestrian fatality? Why do we let drivers that kill off while investigation takes place, why not jail or posting bond while investigation is on going?]
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Police Building Criminal Case Against Bishop Heather Cook for Fatal Hit-And-Run; Church Says Her Fate Is Out of Their Hands

Biking in BaltimoreBY LEONARDO BLAIR, Christian Post

The Baltimore Police Department confirmed Monday that it's building a criminal case against Bishop Heather Cook, 58, the second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland, after she crashed into a married father of two as he cycled along a local roadway then fled the scene as he lay dying two Saturdays ago.
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[Detective Howard] "In the interest of preserving the investigation and not contaminating a jury pool we will not release any aspects of the case prematurely. ... We don't want facts and evidence about things floating out in space before a person is charged for the crime," he said.

"Investigations of this nature are typically a methodical process. There's a lot of forensic evidence that has to be reviewed and evaluated … so it's still an active and open investigation," he added.

Addressing the deceased's supporters' concerns that Cook be swiftly charged with murder, he said that investigators needed as much time as necessary to prove that a crime was committed and there's no specific date on when this would happen.
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http://www.christianpost.com/news/police-building-criminal-case-against-bishop-heather-cook-for-fatal-hit-and-run-church-says-her-fate-is-out-of-their-hands-132122/

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Scientific Proof That Cars and Cities Just Don't Mix

Biking Elsewhereby SHANE PHILLIPS, Planetizen

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These findings have a few interesting implications. For example, they may help explain the "war on cars" furor of the past several years. It's easy to imagine how some individuals, so married to their windshield perspective, could see any attempt to improve active or public transportation as a direct attack on their person. Those people on the street are so threatening and unpleasant, after all. Why should the city cater to people like that? Transit and active transportation advocates, meanwhile, are baffled by the vitriol of the Dorothy Rabinowitzes of the world because the streetside perception of our changing cities has generally been positive.
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http://www.planetizen.com/node/66686
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The bishop and the cyclist

Biking in BaltimorePosted by Elizabeth Kaeton, Telling Secrets

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So, let us be very clear here:

Leaving the scene of an accident is a felony.

Period.

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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http://telling-secrets.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-bishop-and-cyclist.html
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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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http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/12/22/met-transfers-land-to-baltimore-county-at-robert-e-lee-park/
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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.

By SARAH GOODYEAR, City Lab

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/12/how-i-became-an-urban-monster-in-just-10-minutes/384128/
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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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AARP LIVABILITY FACT SHEET SERIES

Biking Elsewhere-> According to the October FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter, "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 (http://bit.ly/1vTfVSE). 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...

"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...
"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."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1nwROWQ

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

Biking in BaltimorePlease help and donate

http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/children-of-tom-palermo/283939
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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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2889726/Maryland-s-female-Episcopal-bishop-kills-cyclist-gruesome-hit-run.html


And coverage by our favorite paper, Baltimore Brew

https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2014/12/28/grief-and-anger-at-scene-of-fatal-bike-crash/


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

https://www.facebook.com/events/745500648869284/


And my photos of Mondays memorial ride:

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RESEARCH: DRIVER BEHAVIOR AT CROSSWALKS

Biking Elsewhere-> According to a Dec. 10th CMAP article, "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: http://bit.ly/1z2XL2j)

"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 "stop for pedestrians" 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."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1wEZU1Z

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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