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Fall resurfacing of Route 144


Motorists Should Expect Single Lane Closures through Late-October

(September 11, 2008) – This fall, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing approximately six miles along eastbound and westbound MD 144 (Frederick Road) between Daisy Road and MD 32 (Sykesville Road) in Howard County. SHA expects to complete the $830,000 project by the end of October, weather permitting.

Motorists should expect single lane closures and lane shifts along MD 144 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Flagpersons, barrels, cones, signs, and arrow boards will guide motorists through the work zone. More than 4,500 vehicles travel along this section of MD 144 each day, motorists should expect delays.
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Road 1 Course - Learn the basics of bicycles

Biking in the Metro Area[A highly recommended course! At AACC Glen Burnie Town Center]

Road I
0 credit hours
1.1 ceu hours

Road 1 - Learn the basics of bicycles, proper attire and safety equipment. Perform a bicycle safety check and learn how to make basic repairs. Identify traffic regulations pertaining to cyclists and various road hazards. Learn crash avoidance techniques. CEUs awarded. $105 includes $75 supplies/lab fee. Note: Includes student manual. Must bring your own bike for both sessions. Notify the instructor if you intend to take BCY 501 League Cycling Instructor Certification so that you can be issued a pre-enrollment exam.

Selected Term: Fall 2008 (10/11 & 10/12)
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Bike vs Car

Biking ElsewhereAnother YouTube video about a bike vs car race in NYC.
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A briefing on the impact of growth and climate change on Maryland

Health & EnvironmentWhat: A briefing on the impact of growth and climate change on Maryland as well as upcoming legislation preceded by a free networking reception with light dinner fare. This event is sponsored by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

When: Wednesday, September 24th. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. - Presentations and discussion, 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Kelley Lecture Hall, Hoffberger Science Building, Goucher College, Towson.

Who: Join Dru Schmidt-Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland; Brad Heavner, Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center; and Jen Brock-Cancellieri, Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. State and local officials have been invited. Maryland legislators confirmed to attend include Senator Klausmeier, Senator Kelley, Senator Brochin, and Delegate Lafferty.

RSVP to reserve your spot at this free event today :
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The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

Bike Laws[From the League of American Bicyclists:]

Take Action!
Contact Your United States Senator

We understand that the United States Senate may vote on an energy legislation package this week, (The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008), which will provide a number of incentives to promote clean energy sources.

The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, also includes the bicycle commuter tax benefit provision, previously introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). The provision provides for qualified bicycle commuting reimbursement for such reasonable expenses incurred by an employee for the purchase of a bicycle, bicycle improvements, repair, and storage.

The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation either tomorrow Thursday, September 18, or Friday, the 19th. Please take a moment to contact your Senator to urge them to vote yes on the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
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Summer bike patrols deterred crime, police say

Biking in MarylandUpcounty police recommend patrols year-round
by Joe Beck | Staff Writer

Bicycle patrols in Germantown and Gaithersburg shopping areas succeeded well enough during the summer that police leadership in one of the communities — Germantown — would like to expand them year around.

Sgt. Kent Smith, who supervised the 5th District patrols in Germantown's Town Center, said they should be expanded if the money becomes available to do so. Smith offered his proposal in a report he submitted Sept. 8 to Capt. Thomas Didone, 5th District commander.

"I think that it would be advantageous to our crime fighting efforts because there's so much more you can see and do," Smith said last week.

Didone was not available for comment.

Smith said police noticed fewer complaints from merchants and adults about disorderly conduct by teenagers, one of the main reasons the bike patrols were established.

Bike police in Germantown issued 84 traffic citations, 22 parking citations and averaged 1.5 arrests per week during the eight week patrols that began in June and ended in mid-August, according to Smith's report. The report also stated that bike officers were the primary respondents on 100 calls and served as back ups on 125 more.

The patrols were deployed from 6 a.m. until sundown. A squad car took over until 2 a.m. because riding bicycles in traffic after dark was deemed too hazardous, Smith said.

Smith said arrests ranged from thefts to possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Skateboarders were also a target of the patrols, although no arrests were made, Smith said.

Smith said bike patrols also proved helpful in fostering more communication between police and the community.

"The experience is that people feel more free to approach you so a lot more people come up and talk to you and say ‘hello,''' Smith said.

In Gaithersburg, city police spokesman Sgt. Rudy Wagner said police recorded a total of 75 citations for minor offenses and five arrests in the Olde Towne shopping area over the summer. The patrols were made up of city and 6th District county police using foot patrols, six bicycles and four Segways.

"I thought I got really positive feedback from the public, especially on the Segways," Wagner said. "I really helps with the interaction with pedestrians and merchants. It's been very popular."

Information on patrols assigned to the Kentlands was unavailable, Wagner said.

Gaithersburg deploys the patrols at times when the weather permits, but they follow no set schedule, he said.
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Planning Board fails to fix the ICC Trail

Biking in MarylandFrom our good friends at WashCycle:
Marc Fischer starts it off

Nay to Maryland's builders of the Intercounty Connector, who have bizarrely decided that while a massive highway is no threat to the environment, a little separate bike path alongside the new highway would be, and therefore the bike path--long promised as a sop to those who were appalled by the prospect of the new highway--must die.

a 10-foot wide bike path is a menace to the critters, but a six-lane superhighway is man's latest gift to nature.
So, there wasn't $10 million in the budget for the trail, but there was $100 million for the overrun? Oh yeah, that was just one segment too. But I'm sure they can recapture the overrun in other segments.
The testimony to the Planning Board (emails and letters) in June was overwhelmingly pro-bike trail. There were around 100 pro-trail emails sent, but I saw only one against the trail. The writer of that letter supported "trees over trails" which at first I took literally ["I too enjoy a good tree canopy over my trail" I thought] but then realized he meant "don't cut down trees to build trails". But all the others I skimmed seemed to be in favor of not changing the plans.
So they decided to go with the alignment no one wanted except for that guy who prefers trees to trails [I need to reread that letter, it must've been very convincing].
The last time the planning board submitted a substandard plan to the county council, MoBike fought it and won

we went to the County Council in 2005 and they unanimously overruled the Planning Board decision and said the trail should be built within the ICC right-of-way from Needwood Road to the county line. So we'll do that again if we have to.

It looks like they will.
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Bike Friendly Community Update

Biking in BaltimoreI learned yesterday from Bill Nesper at the League of American Bicyclists that Baltimore received an Honorable Mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)!

This is an important designation highlighting our recent achievements to improve cycling conditions around Baltimore .

While communities may only apply every 4 years, Baltimore was granted an exception and encouraged to resubmit an application next year! With DOT’s planned bicycle improvements and lane mileage from Operation Orange Cone, Baltimore stands a very good chance at improving our BFC status.

Thanks to all for your contribution in helping make Baltimore a bike friendly community!

Nate Evans
Bike & Pedestrian Planner
City of Baltimore
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New Bike Racks at Penn Station

Biking in BaltimoreIn a joint effort between MTA, Baltimore City Department of Transportation and the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, new bike racks have been installed at Penn Station. They are located on the inside circle directly across from the station entrance and just inside the garage entrance. The existing racks are due to be removed in the next week or so due to new regulations issued by the Department of Homeland Security. See attached press release.

In order to help make bicycle commuters aware of the new racks, Nate Evans and I will be at Penn Station tomorrow at 5:15 am. I realize this is short notice and way too early for any of us to be out of the house, but please consider joining us to help make this transition as painless as possible.

If you are not able to join us, please check out the new racks and help us spread the word.

Thank you!

Tiffany James
Parking Authority of Baltimore City
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