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Update: Postponed - Ride of Silence

Looking for local rides(ers)Where: City Hall
When: 7 PM
New date: Mon 5/26

To sign up:
On Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Biking-in-Bmore/events/169614242/
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Just some of those who will be remembered:

Nathan Krasnopoler: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2012/02/27/family-friends-and-cyclists-remember-krasnopoler-and-pledge-to-fight-for-him/
Jack Yates: https://www.baltimorebrew.com/2010/11/30/family-of-bicyclist-jack-yates-settles-with-potts-callahan/
Larry Bensky: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-04-08/news/bal-md.co.bikers08apr08_1_owings-mills-bicycle-cyclists
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Support the local economy and support anything but cars

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Brian Frosh for Maryland Attorney General - Washington Post

Politics Brian Frosh for Maryland attorney general - Washington Post

ON THE merits, the three-way race in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland is a slam-dunk. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County, who is among the most admired, intelligent, civil and hardworking lawmakers in Annapolis, should win the nomination in a walk.



And a bit about the competition: Jon Cardin missed nearly 75% of committee votes in Annapolis

"Particularly in the House of Delegates, committees are where the real work is done," said David Lublin, an American University government professor. "I can see the campaign ads now: 'He's not doing his job, and now he wants a bigger one.'"



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SHA begins work on first Anne Arundel bike lane project

Biking in the Metro AreaBy ZOË READ, Capital Gazette

The State Highway Administration is spending $1.3 million to add bike lanes to Route 170 in Linthicum, connecting neighborhoods along the busy roadway with the BWI Trail and the North Linthicum light rail station.

The 1.6-mile stretch will be the first SHA project in Anne Arundel County dedicated exclusively to improving bike access on a state road.

Linthicum residents, however, say they have been caught off guard by the project, and worry about traffic and whether anyone will use the lanes.
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David Buck, an SHA spokesman, said a contractor will remove traffic lanes and shoulders to make room for the bike lanes on Route 170, also known as Camp Meade Road, between Andover Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Completion of the project is expected next spring.

“We’re always looking for opportunities (to) slim down the number of road lanes and still have positive effects to other modes of transportation,” Buck said.
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The lanes will connect to the BWI Trail, which loops around BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, at the intersection of Camp Meade and Andover roads.

“We hope to encourage the people that live in and near the Linthicum-Shipley community to bike to and from the BWI Trail,” Buck said.
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http://m.capitalgazette.com/maryland_gazette/hot/sha-begins-work-on-first-anne-arundel-bike-lane-project/article_b30395be-7530-5689-b120-a8263ce32723.html
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NYC Opens Traffic Crash Data -- Finally

News you will not see in MarylandAfter years of prodding from safe streets advocates, the New York City Council, and the tech community — not to mention reporters — New York City has finally released comprehensive traffic crash data.

“This is amazing, and more than what we were expecting," said Noel Hidalgo, the head of civic technology group BetaNYC. "The geocoding and integration with the data portal are unexpected and *extremely* pleasant surprises.”
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http://www.wnyc.org/story/nyc-opens-traffic-crash-data-finally/
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Struck on the Street: Four Survivors

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: In the story linked below is why reducing pedestrian and cyclists crashes mater. They are not just fender benders but with people, they have a life long impact on the quality of life. We need to put an end to mean streets, we need to put an end to giving preference to just one "class" of people, as if that "class" of people are always in their cars and never ever walk or bike. That should not be the ideal of society, always having to use the car to get anywhere, especially just to cross a major road.

Both Baltimore and Maryland are wondering why they are losing population while totally ignoring Maryland's high pedestrian fatality rate and Baltimore's high pedestrian crash rate. There needs to be more of an effort towards people, not just cars.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/nyregion/how-being-hit-by-a-vehicle-changed-times-colleagues-lives.html
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April Bike Rides Brings Cyclist Of All Ages

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Catonsville Rails to Trails

On April 26, a small caravan of cyclists gathered behind Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences and followed the proposed route of the Catonsville Short Line Railroad Trail from the rear of Charlestown to the Mews on the Mellor. The first annual Artstravaganza Festival with artists displaying their art work and a gathering of food trucks combined to make a fabulous event.

http://catonsvillerailstotrails.com/april-bike-rides-brings-cyclist-of-all-ages/
(There are pictures of the event in the link.)
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Annapolis Police See Spike in Bicycle Theft

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Fox Baltimore

Annapolis police say they have seen an increase in bicycle theft as the weather grows warmer.

A total of six bike thefts were reported in April, police said Wednesday. Officers advise bicyclists to use a sturdy bicycle lock and choose well-lit, well-frequented places to leave the bicycle.

"Protect it every time and everywhere," police said. "Not only lock your bicycle, but lock it to something at least as secure as the lock itself."

http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/annapolis-police-see-spike-bicycle-theft-27650.shtml
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Highway Safety Officials Urge Marylanders To Share The Road

Biking in MarylandBy Christie Ileto, CBS Baltimore

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A new push to make roads safer for Marylanders, whether they’re driving, walking or biking. Highway safety officials are trying to stop a scary spike in pedestrian deaths.

Christie Ileto has the roadway warning.

It’s a battle between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, and it’s playing out on Maryland roads.

“Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in Maryland,” said Mike Sabol, MVA spokesperson.

The MVA says 1 out of 4 fatalities is a pedestrian fatality. Officials Friday are putting the warning out–police are beefing up patrols to make sure everyone shares the road as it gets warmer.

“We want the general public to be safe out on the roads and have drivers yielding to pedestrians and have pedestrians to see and be seen out on the road,” Sabol said.

And the penalties could cost you. Drivers failing to yield to pedestrians or pedestrians who jaywalk could face fines of up to $500.

[B' Spokes: But, but, jaywalking isn't illegal]

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Last month, a driver hit and nearly killed two cyclists in Anne Arundel County. Earlier this week, a Goucher student died after he was hit trying to cross Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

And in the Towson Circle Friday evening, WJZ cameras caught cars refusing to stop while we crossed on the crosswalk.

Numbers from the MVA tell a grim story.

Last year, Baltimore County had 21 pedestrian fatalities. Baltimore City had 12, Anne Arundel County had seven and Howard County had four. They’re stats that officials say are too often and too many.

Police say law-breaking drivers can also face points on their licenses.

The Street Smart campaign officially launches in the Baltimore area next week.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/highway-safety-officials-urge-marylanders-to-share-the-road/


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