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Maryland road fatalities

Biking in Maryland
Person Type Persons Killed % of Total
Vehicle Occupants      
Driver 269 49.18%
Passenger 83 15.17%
Unknown Occupant 0 0.00%
Subtotal 352 64.35%
Motorcyclists 69 12.61%
Subtotal 69 12.61%
Pedestrian 113 20.66%
Pedalcyclist 11 2.01%
Other/Unknown 2 0.37%
Subtotal 126 23.03%
Total 547
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS (Select Maryland from the drop down menu.)
I've posted this so you have an idea how off this is for Maryland:

Maryland bike/ped make up 23% of the road fatalities so we are way above the national average. I assume we also get less then the national average in funding, when I have that figure, I'll let you know.
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Plan in motion for bicyclists, pedestrians - Funding not part of county trail network proposal

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Typical, great bike plan but no funding. One day people are going to realize that a plan without funding is the same as no plan at all... but that's how we accommodate cyclists in Maryland. Also note the required match comment, Federal aid is OUR money and not the States and it's not right that the State [MDOT] is putting up barriers to keep that money from the localities. But that might be mute with the next authorization of the transportation bill and all that funding that has built up over the years will disappear.]
By Matthew Bieniek, Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — Passionate advocates for walking, hiking and biking traded ideas, concerns and discussed the future in a wide-ranging discussion during a Thursday afternoon open house dedicated to the Allegany County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

“I see Allegany County as a destination for families, with something everyone can do,” said Jim Christie, a planner with Thrasher engineering, who is heading up plan development with Siera Wigfield, a county planner. “We want everyone to get excited about thew project,” Christie said. And everyone in the room seemed to be excited as comments and questions went back and forth between members of the audience, Christie and Wigfield.

Topics ranged from the crossing at Depot and Main streets in Frostburg to the larger questions of funding and organization.

“In Frostburg, one issue is getting people from Depot Street across to Main Street. You can’t do it,” said Maureen Brewer. The intersection is very busy and several fast food restaurants are in the area. Brewer is a member of Frostburg First and Mountain Maryland Trails.

“I love the trail recreationally, I just wish it was more utilitarian,” said Dawn Hartlaub.

Doug “Hutch” Hutchins discussed the need for some driver education on bicyclists and keeping them safe. He also asked about funding and government support. Hutchins owns Cumberland Trail Connections and is a board member of Mountain Maryland Trails. Hutchins suggested a partnership between police, county officials and the newspaper to promote bicycle safety, especially around busy crossings.

Sometimes, government has impeded trail development and access.

“There are always excuses ... these things can be overcome,” Hutchins said.

“I don’t think most people have a clue (about the rules for drivers encountering pedestrians and bicyclists),” said Nancy Forlifer of the Western Maryland Health System.

Funding is not part of the plan and will ultimately depend on government and interested organizations. Having a plan, though, will provide a good start toward obtaining the funds, said Christie.

Mayor Butch Armentrout of Carpendale, W.Va., said grant money is still out there but that most of it required a match. For small municipalities, that can be a challenge, he said.
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Safety first, for all ages

Biking in MarylandBy Stephanie Mlot, Frederick News Post

The Frederick Police Department and the Ad Hoc Bicycle Advisory Committee are teaming up to teach local seniors about bicycle safety.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Frederick Senior Center, Officer Michael Figgins and committee member George Ruszat will discuss how learning the rules of sharing the road can save lives.

"We thought that it would be a good idea to expand our educational programs to include the senior population, who often are intimidated by the thought of driving on the road with a cyclist," Ad Hoc Committee Chairwoman MaryLynn Hinde wrote in an email.

A light dinner will be available for $5, with a reservation. Call 301-600-1048 by Monday to make a reservation.

The event is open to the public. The Frederick Senior Center is at 1440 Taney Ave.

"Many people do not understand the 'rules of the road,'" Hinde wrote. "And therefore do not know how to safely and confidently drive along with the growing number of cyclists in Frederick."
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SOMERSET: Bicyclist struck by truck

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Is this a case of a disappearing shoulder in favor of a high speed left turn bypass lane? If so we need to get SHA to revise their design guidelines.]
WESTOVER – Maryland State Police are seeking information in a hit-and-run accident involving a bicycle on Saturday evening in Westover.

The bicyclist was traveling north on the shoulder of Route 413 near the Somerset County Health Department around 5 p.m. when a black Ford truck drove past the bicyclist, striking him in the back with the passenger’s side mirror.

The mirror was broken off during the collision. The bicyclist was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call state police in Princess Anne at 443-260-3700
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Pedal Power

Biking in MarylandNonprofit Bike Maryland moves into high gear with the start of the General Assembly.

Bike Maryland recently announced several key dates for bicycling enthusiasts and advocates, including its annual Maryland State Bicycle Symposium, a free training workshop for its bike ambassador program, and the organization’s first-ever Pro-Bike Lobby Night.
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Bicycle commuting catching on with employers across region

Biking in Maryland[B' Spokes: Note this is for the DC region, here in good old Baltimore we have 0.7% bike commuters vs. their 2.17% [for 2010, DC has 3.1%] or DC has 3 [4.4] times the number of cyclists that we do. Support for cycling in the Baltimore area is dismal compared to what is being done just 40 miles away.]
By: Liz Essley, Washington Examiner

As Charmaine Rupolt biked through last week's snow squall, she didn't think it was time to trade up to a car. She thought she'd just like to have some goggles.

"I'm a die-hard," said the 53-year-old legal secretary, who bikes seven miles from her Maryland home to work in D.C. every day. "If people can be out walking in it, I can probably be out riding in it."

Rupolt isn't the only die-hard out there. Bike commuting is on the rise in D.C. and the surrounding areas, supported by more and more trails, bike lanes, bike racks and employers who encourage biking with financial incentives and by providing bike storage and shower facilities in the workplace.

Census data show that the number of bike commuters grew 86 percent from 2000 to 2009. Events like Bike to Work Day grew from 500 participants in 2001 to 11,000 in 2011.

"I think bicycling is definitely on the rise," said Nicholas Ramfos, director of Commuter Connections for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

But it's still a small percentage -- only 2.17 percent of Washington-area residents bike to work, according to Census Bureau data.

"The car is still pretty much king," Ramfos said. "But that doesn't mean [biking] is not going to have potential. It definitely does. There's a lot of support behind it. There are a lot of elected officials and jurisdictions looking to do everything they can to promote bicycle and pedestrian activities."

In addition to the proliferation of bike lanes and other bike-friendly amenities offered by local governments, more private employers are hopping on the bike bandwagon.

"It's much more in the public mind now and in the mind of employers. We've seen an increase in the interest and participation [in biking incentive programs]," said Chris Eatough, manager of Arlington County's BikeArlington program.

Calvert Investments, a financial firm based in Bethesda, is one such employer. The company offers employees a one-time $500 subsidy toward the cost of a bike. It's part of the company's mission of sustainability, a spokeswoman said. Calvert also gives a 100 percent subsidy for employees who take public transit.

That kind of incentive is fueling interest in biking, which fans say is easier on the pocketbook, less stressful and more environmentally friendly than driving.

"As bicycling grows, the accommodations get better. As those get better, more people are induced to bike, and that's a great spiral for us," said Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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O’Malley’s spending plan includes money to combat gun trafficking

Biking in Marylandby C. Benjamin Ford, Staff Writer, Gazette

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget for fiscal 2013 takes aim at gun trafficking, among other public safety initiatives.

The spending plan released this week includes $20.8 million in competitive grants local law enforcement grants to target domestic violence, substance abuse and gun trafficking.
“When we have a neighborhood with a propensity for gun violence, we can use the grant so we saturate those areas proactively with bicycle patrols, undercover officers,” Lewis said.
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Cecil County bike route planning

Biking in MarylandThe Metropolitan Planning Organization for Cecil County and for New Castle County, Del., in partnership with towns, the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration, is planning a coordinated and integrated bicycle network. The public is invited to help develop local recommendations for the towns of North East and Cecilton during public workshops. The Northeast meeting is scheduled for Feb. 1, and the Cecilton workshop for Feb. 8. Routes are intended to safely connect cyclists with the towns and key destinations throughout Cecil County.
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Smart Growth Advocates Prepare for Battle

Biking in MarylandAnnapolis – Advocates from 1000 Friends of Maryland are ready for a fight this legislative session. The enemy? The high costs and increased pollution from sprawling development.

“We must stop sprawling into our rural lands. This development costs taxpayers money, paves over farmland and open spaces, and adds even more pollution to local waters,” explained Dru Schmidt-Perkins, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland.
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Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington

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This winter, six-time national champion and cyclo-cross superstar Tim Johnson will throw his leg over his bike for a hard week of training. But he's not riding to improve his cycling; he's riding to improve your cycling. 
Tim Johnson will ride to raise funds and awareness for the Bikes Belong Foundation as he pedals 500 miles from Boston to Washington DC, the site of the National Bike Summit, in five days.

Starting Friday, March 16, Tim will be joined by long time cycling journalist, advocate, promoter and announcer Richard Fries, and 20 other leaders of American bike culture. Leaving from Boston, they will ride every day, hitting Providence, Hartford, New York City, Trenton, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore, until they reach Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, March 20, for the start of the National Bike Summit.

“We want to engage governors, mayors, bloggers, reporters, schools, and most of all other cyclists along the way,” said Johnson, who is already building support from the bike industry for this mission. 

Tim Johnson hopes to see this event raise funds and awareness for Bikes Belong and the National Bike Summit. Your support will be critical to make that happen. Visit our website to learn more about the 2012 Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington.

Ride With Us

You can ride with us for five minutes, five miles, or all five days. When you register, we will create a personal fundraising page for you on PledgeReg, where you can raise money to benefit Bikes Belong. We will post the exact routes as we get closer to the ride. Please note that although we will have neutral support along the way to help all riders, individuals looking to join will be required to take care of their own logistics.

The final 10 miles of the ride to D.C. will be a giant bike parade where anyone can join—no spandex required. We will ride past 15 Capital Bikeshare Stations so that anyone can grab a bike and join us. The ride will end with a celebration on Capitol Hill.


If you can't ride with us, visit PledgeReg and donate to one of the dedicated riders doing the event. The goal of this ride is to raise $100,000 for Bikes Belong. The funding we raise will leverage government funding for bike paths, bike lanes, bike facilities and bike programs. No other donation you make could make such a huge impact for America's health, environment, and quality of life. 

About Bikes Belong

The Bikes Belong Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on improving bicycle safety and enhancing children's bike programs. It administers the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, supports the Bicycling Design Best Practices Project, and directs the campaign. Visit for more info.

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