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Look what I found buried in the back of StreetSmart

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I really, really wish this was more forefront then all that ticketing j-walkers junk.
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County Council member forms pedestrian, bike committee for 5th District

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom the Baltimore Sun

Panel will discuss access issues in Towson, Loch Raven, Perry Hall and Parkville
June 20, 2011

County Councilman David Marks on Monday announced the formation of the 5th District Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, designed to provide input on pedestrian and bicycle issues in Towson, Loch Raven, Parkville andPerry Hall.

Earlier this year, the County Council passed legislation sponsored by Marks and Councilman Tom Quirk of the 1st District (Catonsville) that created a Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The law allowed each council member to form a version of the committee in his or her district.

Marks said the 5th District version will meet three times a year. Members of the committee, all of whom live in the 5th District, are Robert Carson, Nate Evans, Ann Greenbaum, Tom Henry, Allysha Lorber, Allan Massie, Pat Rooney, Tom Rose, Wendy Samuels and Stu Sirota.

The first meeting of the 5th District committee will be Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, 44 W. Chesapeake Ave. There is parking along the street.

Stu Sirota, from Rodgers Forge, will talk about that community's Safe Routes to School initiative, and Nate Evans will discuss ways Baltimore City has made its transportation system more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Marks at 410-887-3384.
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Conga line congestion in Elkridge

Biking in the Metro AreaThis comment on the Baltimore Sun site cracked me up:

"Please report on the congestion caused by "conga lines" and "wobbly" cyclists on Montgomery Rd. It will prove to be a popular post among Elkridge residents."

Note the unflattering remarks but total lack of any enforceable laws. This is why I think too many people focus on scofflaw cyclists, if they can't get them for what bothers them then they pull out the "letter of law" and try to get cyclists on that. Well every road can't be a car only road and if motorists don't like it then get back on the expressway.
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MEDIA ADVISORY - Pedestrian, bicycle safety campaign to launch Tuesday

Biking in the Metro AreaThat time of year for more of this junk:
The Baltimore region averages 1,700 pedestrian and 500 bicycle crashes each year, resulting in an average of 52 fatalities. The goal of Street Smart is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities by educating drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike about safe practices on our roadways and make them aware of increased law enforcement efforts.

I thought we were going to get a new graphic this year, guess not. So for your "safety" we offer a bit more accurate safety advice:
image Clipped from:
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Monkton, MD

Biking in the Metro AreaBike riding and tubing: The Torrey C. Brown Trail (formerly the NCR Trail) is a little over 20 miles of flat, stone and dirt-covered pathway, easily navigable by bicycle or by foot. This primarily shaded trail runs from Ashland, Md. to the Maryland–Pennsylvania line. Monkton is a mid-point on the trail and offers a respite for travelers.

You can also tube or kayak down the Gunpowder River, which runs parallel to the trail. Monkton Bikes rents bikes, kayaks, and tubes. A “tube shuttle” is available for transportation to the starting point for your excursion, and then you lazily float back to Monkton.
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Allow Bicyclists and Pedestrians to Use Hatem Bridge

Biking in the Metro Areafrom Jeffrey H. Marks

Sen Nancy Jacobs, Annapolis, correctly indicates that the local Hatem bridge that links Havre de Grace and Perryville, and allows fisherman and canoeists access to recreation, should remain affordable to motorists (see "Columnist Gets it Half Right on Proposed Toll Increases)". But Sen Jacobs also only gets it half right. What about people who can't afford a car, one car families, and other recreational users? Why aren't people allowed to walk or bicycle across this one mile bridge?

Transportation officials will chime in that the bridge was designed only for motorists, and that walking or bicycling is unsafe. But Interstate 95, less than a mile away, parallels the four lane Hatem Bridge. Trucks and through traffic should use the Interstate, and the Hatem should be reconfigured into a full service bridge for local traffic. Sidewalks and bikelanes should replace the outer lane on this local bridge that connects these two communities. The reconfigured Hatem Bridge would look similar to the two lane, full service bridge that bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists use to enter Annapolis near the Naval Academy.

An added benefit would be to remove a major barrier to the East Coast Bicycle Trail that needs to cross the Susquehanna River. Local residents would gain mobility by having other travel options besides driving. . Opportunities to exercise and see one's neighbors would be enhanced. And local residents could still drive across the Hatem. Slowing down from 45mph on the current bridge to say 30mph on the reconfigured bridge would add less than a minute to travel time. And having a two lane bridge instead of a four lane would encourage trucks and through traffic to use the Interstate instead of cutting through local communities.
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SHA closing bike route to BWI trail for 12 weeks

Biking in the Metro AreaAccording to the Baltimore Sun "The Hammonds Ferry Road bridge over Maryland Route 295 will close for about 12 weeks starting next Wednesday"

I'll check with SHA to see if there will be any consideration for cyclists. (I just got notice to expect a response Monday or Tuesday.)
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Hit-and-run defense points to stress disorder

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Keith L. Alexander - Washington Post

The woman whose SUV struck and killed a Columbia woman in Dupont Circle in October was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she hit the woman and then drove home, her attorney told a D.C. Superior Court jury Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Jorida Davidson, 31, was drunk during a hit-and-run that killed Kiela M. Ryan, 24. Prosecutors charged Davidson with several counts, including voluntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of a collision and driving under the influence. She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

But in his opening statement, Davidson’s attorney Joseph Hannon Jr. told the jury she suffered from childhood trauma associated with growing up in war-torn Albania and did not remember the accident.
Another key witness for the prosecution is expected to be a bicyclist who saw Ryan leave the vehicle and an SUV hit her. The cyclist followed the SUV until he could get the model, color and license plate number, then texted the information to his girlfriend at the scene.
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Baltimore County and Click-it-or-Ticket

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Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson

Chief Jonson is in the news about how wearing seat belts saves lives. And I'll add "[people] drive more carefully when more stringent seat belt laws are in effect, and this leads to less involvement of pedestrians in accidents."

Click It or Ticket campaign has one simple goal: saving lives
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Catonsville Cyclists Ride For Rails To Trails

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Ed Davis - Patch

Ever wonder what happened to the "Streetcar Named Desire"? The car itself is living a life of retirement in New Orleans, but if Catonsville Rails To Trails had its way, its old trolley line would now be a bike path.

On a pleasantly warm, partly cloudy day on Sunday, local area bike riders got together at the Catonsville Farmers Market to embark on a 14-mile ride hosted by Catonsville Rails To Trails, an advocacy group for the conversion of old streetcar lines to bike paths. The ride was free, and went at a relaxed pace, covering the distance in about two hours.

The bike route interwove neighborhood streets with old trolley lines that have been turned into walking and biking trails. The organization has been working for more than a decade on the goal of re-purposing these relics of a bygone era, along with lobbying for more bike lanes on local streets and easier walking access on bridges and highways.

Patch got on its saddle and took pictures and video of the outing, and worked up some good healthy sweat in the process.

[There's pictures in the linked article.]

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