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Monkton boy flown to shock trauma after accident

Biking in the Metro AreaBY KIRSTEN DIZE

A 12-year-old Monkton boy was flown to a Baltimore trauma center Tuesday after he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle.

Around 3:55 p.m. William Thomas Moore, 36, of the 4100 block of Old York Road, was driving south on Old York Road, according to the accident report from the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

While Moore was driving in the 4000 block of Old York Road, Kyle Edward Hammerstein, 12, who lives in that block, darted on his bike from a field out into the road, according to the report.
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Police Release Photo of SUV Possibly Involved in Fatal Brooklyn Park Accident

Biking in the Metro AreaAnyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Kenneth Collier at 410-222-8573.

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Also note we are also looking for a small gray (or silver) car as well from a separate incident.
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Obituary, Heather Greer - 14

Biking in the Metro AreaThe circumstances of her death:

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be offered In memory of Heather Nicole Greer to the Norrisville Recreation Council, 5310 Norrisville Rd. White Hall, MD 21161 or the Norrisville Volunteer Fire Co. 2134 Harkins Rd. Pylesville, MD 21132.
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Arundel police seek driver who struck bicyclist, fled

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Dang another car to be on the lookout for.]
Driver in a 'small gray car,' investigators say
By The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County police are seeking information about a hit and run driver who struck a male bicyclist about 7:47 p.m. Tuesday near Sandy Point Park on East College Parkway and then left the accident.

Police have identified the bicyclist as Steven Seigel, 59, of the 500 block of Fawn Walk in Annapolis. They say he was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of his injuries. He is still hospitalized in critical condition, Shock Trauma spokeswoman Cindy Rivers said Friday.

According to police, the bicyclist was pedaling westbound on East College Parkway near Bay Head Road when he was struck from behind by a "small gray car" and thrown to the side of the road. Police say the driver continued west on East College Parkway.

Investigators ask anyone who witnessed this collision or may have information about it to call the Eastern District Police Station at 410-222-6145, Anne Arundel Police Communications at 410-222-8610 or the Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
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Girl, 14, killed in northern Harford

Biking in the Metro AreaBy AEGIS STAFF REPORT

A 14-year-old Pylesville girl died Thursday after she was hit by a car while crossing Route 136 in northern Harford County, Maryland State Police said.

The victim, Heather Greer, was struck in the 2200 block of Harkins Road (Route 136) shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. Initial Harford County radio dispatches said the victim was in some kind of "arrest" and, a short time later, a chaplain was requested.

Maryland State Police troopers responded to the scene and, according to a news release from the Bel Air Barrack, ordered a Medevac to the scene to fly Ms. Greer to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

She died at the hospital "as a result of injuries sustained during impact," according to the news release.

State police in the news release say Ms. Greer "attempted to cross the road," when she was struck by a 2009 Toyota Highlander driven by James Landerkin, 34, of Pylesville, who was driving south on Route 136, just prior to the diagonal intersection with Amos Mill and West Heaps roads, when the accident occurred.

The area, a few miles south of the Maryland and Pennsylvania border, is rural and dotted by farms and single homes on large lots.

Route 136 was closed for about two hours while troopers investigated the accident, state police said.

A Facebook page, "RIP Heather Greer Best 2nd Baseman Ever," has been started in Ms. Greer's memory. The page had 51 members as of 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Ms. Greer's death is the 15th on Harford County highways this year and the fifth during July. She was the second young person to be struck by a car in northern Harford this week.

A 12-year-old boy was injured when he was hit while riding a bicycle across Old York in the Monkton area Tuesday afternoon, according to state police.

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Three Charged with Robbery, Assault After Attack on Bicyclist

Biking in the Metro AreaKudos to Baltimore County police department for catching these criminals!

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Ritchie Highway a national example of how not to build a road (again)

Biking in the Metro AreaMaryland Police: Fallen Cyclist Shouldn’t Have Been on the Road
from Streetsblog by Angie Schmitt

Following Cyclist’s Hit-and-Run Death, Police Officers Blame the Victim: Alex Canales Hernandez, 25, was killed this week while cycling on Maryland’s Ritchie Highway — the same deadly highway that took the lives of two pedestrians in a single day in 2005. The police response? Cyclists probably shouldn’t be on Ritchie Highway.

Network blog Wash Cycle reports that police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said, “Certain stretches of roads should really be just for vehicles.” This stretch of road has claimed the lives of three people. Wash Cycle asks: How long will it take for local officials to recognize the problem? “Mulcahy seems to be blaming these cyclists for the crashes, instead of traffic engineers for failing to build complete streets. If the roads are only safe for driving, and some people can’t drive – then those people are just going to get hurt.”


Man fatally hit by car outside Maryland court building
Tsk, tsk, State Road, State building and no sidewalk, what a waste.


Leading Danger Zone for Injuries and Deaths
The report noted that 56% of pedestrian fatalities occur on roads that weren’t designed with pedestrian safety in mind. The report says arterial roads usually have multiple lanes, high speed limits, and few (if any) crossing signals or crosswalks. Other arterial loads linked to Baltimore pedestrian accidents include Ritchie Highway...


And from 2009
Tragedy in AA County now a national example of whats wrong with our streets
Tragic Example: A 14 year-old girl was killed at 5:45 pm Friday while trying to cross Ritchie Highway (Route 2) on her bicycle in Pasadena, in Anne Arundel County. Police said that that the intersection isn't "designed, marked or engineered as a pedestrian crossing." What goes unmentioned is that there is no marked crossing anywhere nearby. The closest traffic signal, at Eastwest Boulevard, has no crosswalks or sidewalks.


So we join Washcycle and ask : How long will it take for local officials to recognize the problem?
Again I'll note Maryland's 4th HIGHEST pedestrian fatality rate (there is a reason for this and it is NOT pedestrian error):
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Anne Arundel cyclist killed in hit and run

Biking in the Metro AreaThe Washcycle has an excellent article on this crash which I'll highlight just a bit:

“Certain stretches of roads should really be just for vehicles,” [police spokesman Justin] Mulcahy said.

Dave Humphreys, executive director of Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association, deals with transportation issues all over the county. With the heavy amount of traffic on Ritchie and Crain highways, he said the accidents involving Hernandez and Garcia were “sadly not unexpected.”

“Those are very, very unfriendly bike roads,” he said. “I wouldn’t ride my bike up there.”

Mulcahy seems to be blaming these cyclists for the crashes, instead of traffic engineers for failing to build complete streets. If the roads are only safe for driving, and some people can't drive - then those people are just going to get hurt.

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Sharing the Road: Residents React to Recent Pedestrian and Cyclist Collisions

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: I'll note that the description of driver and vehicle is close enough to a driver that ran me off the road and later at the light said "Get the f!@# off the road. Next time I will run you over." We need to throw the book at people who treat life in such cavalier manner.]
Seven people were killed or injured in the county in the past two weeks

By By [Glen Burnie] Patch Staff

Three people died and four more were hospitalized after being hit by cars in the last two weeks.

While the number of fatal and life-threatening crashes has not increased this year over previous years, according to Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Justin Mulcahy, the incidents, some involving pedestrians and others involving cyclists, have put county residents on the alert.

Police still are looking for the woman who they believe was driving a small, dark-colored SUV July 14 when she hit Baltimore resident Alex Hernandez, 25, in Brooklyn Park and fled the scene. Hernandez later died of his injuries.

Sue Dzeidec of Edgewater has been cycling since 1987 on south county roads. She said she thinks one reason there are so many biking accidents this year is that there are more people biking.

"I think it is a combination of things,” said Dzeidec, who said she rides each weekend out of Davidsonville Park and makes a 40-mile trek to Galesville with three other riders. She said it is the responsibility of both cyclists and motorists to share the road and look out for one another.

“There are certainly drivers who are inconsiderate, but I see kids with those trucks that have the big mirrors, and they make it a game—'how close can you get.' That said, there are some really courteous drivers who will stop and let you go through. Unfortunately, there's a lot less of them," she said. "I also think that bikers in the big groups, who won't move over, and on those curvy south county roads, there aren't many places to pass, and they are going 25 to 30 miles per hour—I think that probably irritates anyone in a car and they take it out on other bikers."

It’s not only rural parts of the county that can be dangerous for cyclists.

Carma Clark said she hasn’t biked in years for fear of drivers in downtown Annapolis.

“They don’t slow down for you or even seem to know you’re there sometimes,” she said this week at an open house on the city’s master plan for biking paths and trails.

William Small, a member of the bike plan’s steering committee, said more people would use bicycles as transportation if they felt safer.

“I would love to do it more myself, but I’ve been run off the road. I don’t feel like taking my life into my own hands just to ride my bike through the city.”

To address that concern, planners are urging city officials to re-launch the Coexist Program, a campaign to increase the awareness of cyclists and educate drivers on the rules of the road.

Another Annapolis cyclist, Patrick Miller, said he generally feels safe riding his bike. But he says it is up to cyclists to make sure they are visible to drivers.

“Cars are generally courteous and give me an appropriate amount of space,” said Miller, who commutes to work daily on his bicycle. The Epping Forest resident travels to Compass Marketing in Eastport. “Still, especially in the winter months, I do my best to look like a Christmas tree, adorning my bike and body with many blinking lights and reflective gear.”

Miller’s suggestions for keeping cyclists safe are first to increase road markings, like bike lanes and sharrows (shared lane markers) to remind motorists to share the roads, especially on crowded streets that cyclists are forced to use due to a lack of alternate routes.

“We cyclists are smaller than other vehicles and must do our best to be visible,” Miller said. “I see this as a purely practical matter.”

Others say it’s the bikers—especially young ones—who need to be more careful.

“Part of it might be the fact kids now have no respect or fear,” said Chris Reed, a Severn area resident. “I drive through a certain neighborhood daily and they will just walk or ride their bikes right in front of my car and just look at you.”

Kristin and Chris Kosmides recently took their two young boys to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The children were still getting comfortable with their new "big boy" bikes and the couple thought the park was the perfect place to ride—away from busy streets.

"They usually only ride in the park or in our driveway or maybe on our neighborhood streets," Kristin Kosmides said. "As drivers, we always try to be aware of cyclists on the road."

Chris Kosmides said he is a regular bicyclist and being hit by a vehicle is "something you're always concerned about."

"I've noticed drivers have become more aggressive over the years," he said.

The Towson couple said they've seen an increase of bicyclists and runners on the roads during rush hour and many not taking proper precautions.

In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed and an additional 51,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, across the country in 2009, according to AAA. Bicyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes during the year.

The auto club offers safety tips for cyclists and tips for motorists to share the road.

But particularly in the summer, bicycles aren’t the only things for drivers to watch out for. More people are on foot during warm months and drivers are increasingly distracted.

“I think both parties are to blame,” said Jennifer Petrin, a teacher at Old Mill High School. “In the car, people eat, talk on the phone, text—driving is no longer their focus.”

Anyone with information on the July 14 fatal hit-and-run in Brooklyn Park is asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610 or the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

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