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Baltimore woman pleads guilty in DUI crash that injured two cyclists in Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaVia The WashCycle

Sentencing will happen Dec 18th 

Prosecutors said Colbert hit bicyclists  Katie Pohler, 23, and Todd Green, 27, while she was driving on June 28 on Route 450 near Brice Lane in the Annapolis area. Officials said the victims were in the dedicated bike lane and that Colbert drifted into them.

Pohler and Green were flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where Pohler underwent treatment for critical injuries. Green was treated and released, but Pohler is still recovering.

Officials said Colbert had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 at the time, which is nearly double the legal limit. She had also been driving with a 3-year-old relative in the car, prosecutors said.

Frankly, she was lucky that her two victims were young and healthy. Some other cyclists might not have survived. In fact, if one of them later dies from complications due to their injuries, I suppose she could be charged with some form of homicide. 

She was orginially indicted on 11 charges

The woman has been indicted on 11 charges, including two counts of second-degree assault as well as driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor.

But the plea is for only 2 of those charges - causing a life-threatening injury while under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting a minor



http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/11/baltimore-woman-pleads-guilty-in-dui-crash-that-injured-two-cyclists-in-annapolis.html
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This should be everywhere not just in Howard county

Biking in the Metro Area. . .
In addition, BAHC presented a plaque to Captain (retired) John McKissick for his 5 years serving as the bicycling liaison to the HC Police Department. Captain Mike Yetter John's replacement was introduced at the Forum and will be an excellent replacement for John (he was even a bicycle policeman at one time in his career). He reiterated what we have put out in the past:

* call '911' if you experience any harassment or near accident as soon as possible with as much identifying information as possible.
* If you are reporting an incident at a later time you can also file a report on the HCPD non-emergency numbers: 410-313-2200 or 410-313-2929.

Captain Yetter emphasized that the police do reposed to every complaint with at least a letter if not a personal visit to the registered driver. If we don't go through the effort of filing a complaint they can't enter in the Police data base to look for individuals with a history of harassment or distracted driving.


Again thanks to everyone that attended and to Chris Eatough, Dave Cookson and Mike Yetter for presenting.

Jack Guarneri

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FriendsofBAHC/conversations/messages/731
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New Route 7 bridge in Belcamp is open to (bicycle) traffic

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: A new bridge on route 7 has bicycle compatible shoulders. SHA is doing some things right!

Via: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/abingdon/ph-ag-route-7-bridge-open-brief-1015-20141015-story.html
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County joins with cycling enthusiasts for 100-mile ride

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Ben Weathers, Capital Gazette

Local cyclists are launching a 100-mile bike ride next week to raise money for local charities.

The inaugural Lifeline 100 Century ride will start and end at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville on Oct. 19. Proceeds will benefit local nonprofits, including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, or BikeAAA.

The event will be the culmination of months of planning involving local nonprofits, county police and the county Department of Recreation and Parks, said agency spokeswoman Colleen Joseph.

Recreation officials had been considering such a bike ride for the past few years, but implementation didn't start until the idea was broached to Police Chief Kevin Davis, Joseph said.

Traffic issues were longtime obstacles to getting the ride to move forward. Joseph said Davis was thinking of a similar event and the county linked with BikeAAA to make it a reality.
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Rides of 56 and 15 miles also will be held the same day, Joseph said.
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A free children's bike rodeo and family fun ride will be held at Kinder Farm Park on the day of the event.

The ride will coincide with the Making Health Happen Community Health Fair at the park, featuring 20 vendors.

The health fair will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature activities for kids and families, as well as health screenings.
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http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81636377/

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http://bikeaaa.org/lifeline-100/
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New traffic light aims to improve pedestrian safety in College Park

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Mike Murillo, WTOP

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Three college students were killed and several others injured this year while attempting to cross a dangerous section of U.S. Route 1 near the University of Maryland-College Park.

The pedestrian fatalities spurred calls for change from students, lawmakers and families of the victims.

On Thursday, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) officially completed a number of safety improvements with the launching of a pedestrian signal at Hartwick Road. The new light stops traffic in all directions when a pedestrian crosses the busy highway.

"SHA fast-tracked these projects because we wanted to ensure we can deliver them in the fall semester," said State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters.

In addition to the new signal, the speed limit has been lowered to 25 mph, speed cameras became active 24/7 and a median fence was erected to encourage pedestrians to use the crosswalks.
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http://www.wtop.com/?nid=893&sid=3718988

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[B' Spokes: This is much better than my last report on this area. Are they finally starting to get that you address all users of a road?
Let's force pedestrians to cross where they are getting killed for safety - Route 1 in College Park
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=2014071720391011 ]
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Residents aim to improve Annapolis bike trail access, safety

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Tim Prudente, Capital Gazette

Jon Korin would solve city problems with bicycles.

Less traffic, parking challenges and Chesapeake Bay pollution if more people pedaled.

"If none of those benefits work for you, then do it because it drives the economy," said the Severna Park bicyclist. "Cycling tourism is huge."

Bicycling will be celebrated Wednesday when city officials proclaim it "East Coast Greenway Day" in Annapolis.
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"Once you get over the Naval Academy Bridge, then you've got to ride with cars along Route 450, turn left on King George Street and over the Spa Creek bridge," he said. "My dream is to see designated bike lanes that give cyclists a safer place to ride."

City spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw said officials recognize the gap, but downtown streets aren't wide enough to accommodate parking and bike lanes. There's no plan at this time, she said, to enhance the route downtown.

"The city currently has numerous terrific, but disconnected trails," she said. "(We) would like to see our various departments work with (BikeAAA) to see how we could participate in the greenway project."

She said the proclamation of "East Coast Greenway Day" will promote safe bicycling and healthy living.
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http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81600821/
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Bike lanes on Edmondson Ave

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: They have been talking about this for what seems like forever. And special thanks to First District Councilman Tom Quirk.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/catonsville/ph-ca-edmondson-0910-20140821,0,3863833.story
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Towson Bike Loop report

Biking in the Metro AreaIn the news: CBS

In Pictures: My photos

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Nate Evens (Bike Maryland), Kevin Kamenetz (County Executive), David Marks (County Council)

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Kevin Kamenetz and riders being photographed (being photographed)

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Smiles

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Even more smiles from Kevin Kamenetz
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Towson Bike Loop Ribbon Cutting

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Bike Maryland

Location: Bosley Avenue & W Susquehanna Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21286

Join Bike Maryland and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who will officially open the Towson Bike Loop with a celebratory ribbon cutting followed by a bike ride.

Thank you to Councilman David Marks and the local advocates who helped bring this project to life!
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https://www.bikemaryland.org/events/towson-bike-loop-ribbon-cutting/
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HeroPalooza Bike Ride

Biking in the Metro AreaJoin us September 20th for a 12, 25, or 60-mile ride around Oregon Ridge State Park to benefit the There Goes My Hero Foundation - Providing Hope and Nurishment to Leukemia Patients and Their Families.

The 3rd Annual Hero-Palooza features bike rides of 60, 25, and 12 miles that start at 8:00am, 8:30am, and 9:30am respectively at Oregon Ridge State Park in Hunt Valley. Afterward, join us for a family-fun festival and crab feast. We'll have a beer garden, games, and entertainment.
Net proceeds from Hero-Palooza benefit There Goes My Hero Foundation, an non-profit dedicated to helping leukemia patients and their families.

Registration before September 20 (please note registrations after September 10th are not guaranteed an event shirt.)
• $35 to ride or run/walk – additional $15 for the crabfeast
• Tickets for Crabfeast & Family Festival ONLY $35/person (Age 12 & Up).

Day of the event September 20
• $55 to ride or run/walk – additional $15 for the crabfeast
• Tickets for Crabfeast & Family Festival ONLY $55/person (Age 12 & Up)

Kids Under 12: Free for everything

*There will be no refunds after September 5, 2014.

Not a cyclist or runner? Join us for only The Family Festival featuring a Hero Crabfeast/ Cookout, Beer Garden (including wine), live music, children’s activities, raffles, prizes, and more!

For more information, http://www.theregoesmyhero.org or contact Terry Weigel, Executive Director, terry.weigel@theregoesmyhero.org 410-946-1700.
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