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HoCo Board of Appeal Hearing will affect bikers!

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: from our mail box:]
Hello,

My name is Sandy Lutes and I am representing The Friends Of Jennings Chapel Road.org. We are a community living on or near Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine, MD. Jennings Chapel Road and several other nearby roads are designated as scenic roads by Howard County, MD. Many bikers travel on Jennings Chapel Road during the day, evenings and weekends.

A local neighbor on Jennings Chapel Road is trying to obtain a conditional use for his property. This conditional use would allow up to 25 large outdoor (tent) parties on his land during the growing season each year. This means a potential of a large gathering (up to 150 people) each weekend during the spring, summer and fall of each year.

Jennings Chapel Road and several others that link to it offer bikers, joggers and walkers a great trip through a very scenic area. The road is windy, with no shoulders and no passing areas. The road offers both flat riding surfaces as well as hills. If this conditional use is allowed, it will have an adverse impact on the biking community. Bikers will have to contend with many drivers searching for a party venue on an unfamiliar road.
After a party, bikers may have to contend with inebriated drivers coming up behind them or coming at them face on. Either of these scenarios could be potentially disastrous.

There is a Board of Appeals hearing on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The telephone number is: 410-313-2350.

Please come and testify. It would be helpful to us and YOU to stop this conditional use before the flood gates are open. This is the test case. If it is allowed, then anyone with five acres and a historic house in The Rural Conservation District of Howard County can apply to have 25 outdoor social events each year. Can you imagine what this could mean to bikers?

Thank you for your consideration.
Sandy Lutes
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Carroll Co. cyclist killed after collision with truck

Biking in the Metro AreaCharges pending against driver who police say failed to yield
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A Carroll County cyclist was killed Tuesday afternoon after he was struck by a tractor-trailer while riding in Union Bridge, according to Maryland State Police – the latest cycling fatality on Baltimore-area roads.

Arthur John Martin Jr., 51, of New Windsor was riding his bike on Shepherds Mill Road when a tractor-trailer driven by Anthony Edward Woodie, 37, made a right turn onto Route 75 in front of him, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on preliminary investigation, troopers say that Woodie failed to yield to Martin when turning, but do not believe alcohol or high speeds were a factor.
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Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum

Biking in the Metro Area

Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum
Monday October 18, 2010
Hosted by: Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC)


The goal of this Forum is to provide the bicycling community of Howard County an opportunity to meet and share information with other local cyclists, local and state officials/planners, and regional advocacy groups on issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community.
 
Date & Time: Monday, October 18, 2010
·     Check-in/Registration (and free pizza/soft drinks) begins at 5:30pm
·     Presentations/Discussion from 6 – 9pm
·     In order to be prepared with handouts and refreshments we are asking for registration online at:
http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/GONPWZHBHUQKSAFZDFLX/HoCoBikeForum

Location/Directions:

·     The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, Parsons Auditorium (Address: 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723)
·     Rt 29 South from Columbia, Exit 15 (Johns Hopkins Road) West, enter APL at second entrance (past Pond through pillared gate), Building 1 Lobby is at end of entrance Road.
·     All parking lots available after 5pm (do not park in gated Visitor Parking)
 
Agenda:
·     Welcome/Introduction – Bill Kelly VP BAHC /Forum Moderator

·     Local Bicycle Advocacy – Jack Guarneri, President BAHC

·     DNR Trails Summit/HC Trail Connectivity – John Wilson, DNR Trails Coordinator

·     Bike/Ped Survey and Future Bike/Ped Master Plan – Marsha McLaughlin Director HC P&Z/Brian Muldoon, HC Transportation/Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group

·     Road improvements and Plans - Mark DeLuca, Deputy HC Public Works Director

·     SHA Regional Planning for HC – John Concannon, District 7 State Traffic Engineer

·     Bicycling Law/Legislative Agenda – Carol Silldorff, One Less Car

·     Law Enforcement  - Chief of Police William McMahon, HCPD

·     Fairfax Advocates for Better Biking (FABB) Activities -  Fionnuala Quinn, FABB

·     Road Ahead/Wrap-Up – Bill Kelly VP BAHC /Forum Moderator

Join Us:
The Bicycling Advocates of Howard County was founded in 2008 as an advocacy coalition by the APL Cycling Club, the Glenelg Gang (of Baltimore Bicycle Club), the Howard County Cycling Club and the Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club. BAHC is now a §501(c)4  tax-exempt organization. You can get on our listserve by joining Friends of BAHC on yahoo groups: (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsofBAHC/)

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Teen bicyclist hurt in hit-and-run crash

Biking in the Metro AreaCROWNSVILLE — County police are trying to identify a hit-and-run driver who struck a teen bicyclist near the Maryland Veterans Cemetery on Saturday night.

The 16-year-old boy from of Glen Burnie was riding his bicycle with three friends west on Sunrise Beach Road near the entrance of the cemetery around 8:15 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a pickup truck, police said.

The truck kept going and was seen swerving into oncoming traffic as it sped away. The teen was taken by ambulance to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Police are seeking to identify the hit-and-run vehicle and the driver. The vehicle may be a maroon GMC Sahara and has damage to the front passenger side. Anyone with information is urged to contact county police at 410-222-8610.
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Bicyclist, 16, struck by car, seriously injured in Anne Arundel County

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun

A 16-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday night in Anne Arundel County, according to fire officials.

The boy was riding in the 1100 block of Sunrise Beach Road, in the Crownsville area, when he was hit about 8:13 p.m., said Division Chief Michael Cox of Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The identities of the boy and driver were not available.

The boy suffered "serious but non-life-threatening" injuries, Cox said. He was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
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Coverage of the tour from Baltimore to Havre de Grace and Biller' Bike Shop [video]

Biking in the Metro AreaBiller's Bikes SUN Stage hosted Ben Sollee's "Ditch the Van" Bike Tour in Havre de Grace, MD. They made a fun video during the two-night stand. They played sold-out shows in PA, Rockville and DC and are headed south to home Kentucky, now. Pedal, Ben, Pedal!

Ditch the Van Bike Tour - Chapter 9 from marty benson on Vimeo.

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Friends Mourn Football Player Killed In Crash

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: If I am correctly deciphering where this happened, only one crosswalk with no zebra stripes, on a busy road. Exactly how is that best engineering for the needs of pedestrains as required by State law?]
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Reporting Suzanne Collins
HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) ―

Students at Fallston High School are devastated after a popular football player is killed crossing a busy Harford County road. Suzanne Collins reports two of the victim's friends witnessed the fatal crash.

It's been a very emotional day for dozens of teenagers who knew the 14-year-old and there are concerns about the dangers of that busy intersection.

A memorial was held Saturday at the Fallston Rec Center in memory of Joey D'Entremont. The 14-year-old freshman died Friday night crossing Route 24 north of the Bel Air Bypass.

All day friends comforted each other. They placed flowers, wrote sad notes and tried to cope with the death of a popular boy.

"He'll never be forgotten at Fallston High. He was a good kid and #30 will live forever," said Jessica Siemasko.

Joey played linebacker on the JV football team. He also played piano, wrote music and was well known in Fallston and Bel Air. Saturday, his JV teammates met at the coach's home.

"This is just a big shock to everybody. It's hard to believe he's gone," said teammate Michael Morgan.

"We've been at their house since 1 o'clock Saturday. We needed to bring the kids together. We had a youth minister there talking to the kids. They needed to be together today," said Karen Jersa.

State police say the preliminary investigation shows the 19-year-old boy who struck Joey had the right of way.

"We're thinking the crosswalk was prohibiting any pedestrians from coming at the time of the incident because north and southbound traffic had a steady green light," said Sean Harris, Maryland State Police.

State police say the driver who struck the teenager probably could not see him when he was crossing the street because there was traffic stopped in the turn lane that blocked the view.

A business owner at the corner says he's complained several times about the danger of the intersection to police.

On Saturday, the crossing signal on one side wasn't working.

"What can happen in such a short moment of time just a block from your house--it's scary," said Janine Meyer.

The tragedy has caused a roller coaster of emotions.

"One second I'm fine, completely fine and I can talk normally and act normally but I think I'm in denial. Another second, I'm sobbing," said Johanna Taylor.

State police say alcohol was not involved and speed was not a factor in the crash.

A memorial fund has been set up by the Fallston Rec Council.
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Register your bike(s) - Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaThe Annapolis Police Department has announced a new bicycle registration program. When an owner registers a bike, the owner's name, address, phone number, bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the Police Department's database. Any resident of Annapolis can register his bike(s). To schedule an appointment, call Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or e-mail him at cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bike(s) when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they wish to hold a communitywide registration.
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Evite for October 18, 2010 Howard County Bicycle Advocacy Forum

Biking in the Metro Area

Howard County Bicycle Advocacy Forum

Monday October 18, 2010

Hosted by: Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC)


The goal of this Forum is to provide the bicycling community of Howard County an opportunity to meet and share information with other local cyclists, local and state officials/planners, and regional advocacy groups on issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community.


Date & Time: Monday, October 18, 2010

  • Check-in/Registration (and free pizza/soft drinks) begins at 5:30pm

  • Presentations/Discussion from 6 – 9pm


Location/Directions:

  • The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, Parsons Auditorium (Address: 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723)

  • Rt 29 South from Columbia, Exit 15 (Johns Hopkins Road) West, enter APL at second entrance (past Pond through pillared gate), Building 1 Lobby is at end of entrance Road.

  • All parking lots available after 5pm (do not park in gated Visitor Parking)


Tentative Agenda:

  • Welcome/Introduction – Bill Kelly VP BAHC /Forum Moderator

  • Local Bicycle Advocacy – Jack Guarneri, President BAHC

  • DNR Trails Summit/HC Trail Connectivity – John Wilson, DNR Trails Coordinator

  • Road improvements and Plans - Mark DeLuca, Deputy HC Public Works Director

  • SHA Regional Planning for HC – John Concannon, District 7 State Traffic Engineer

  • Bike/Ped Survey and Future Bike/Ped Master Plan – Brian Muldoon, HC Transportation

  • Bicycling Law/Legislative Agenda – Carol Silldorff, One Less Car

  • Law Enforcement - Chief of Police McMahon/Capt McKissick, HCPD

  • Fairfax Advocates for Better Biking (FABB) Activities - Fionnuala Quinn, FABB

  • Regional issues on Bike Accessibility and Connectivity – Stephanie Yanovitz, Baltimore Metro Council

  • Road Ahead/Wrap-Up – Bill Kelly VP BAHC /Forum Moderator


Join Us:

  • The Bicycling Advocates of Howard County was founded in 2008 as an advocacy coalition by the APL Cycling Club, the Glenelg Gang (of Baltimore Bicycle Club), the Howard County Cycling Club and the Mid-Maryland Triathlon Club. BAHC is now a §501(c)4 tax-exempt organization. You can get on our listserve by joining Friends of BAHC on yahoo groups: (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsofBAHC/)


Make sure you include the link for the the evite:
http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrl/GONPWZHBHUQKSAFZDFLX/HoCoBikeForum
so we can get a good headcount.
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SHA to hold meeting on Rolling Road concerns

Biking in the Metro Areafrom Getting There by Michelle Deal-Zimmerman

The State Highway Administration will hold a public meeting to present the results of a traffic study of MD166 (South Rolling Road) between Frederick Road and Blooomsbury Avenue in Catonsville. The meeting is set for 7:30 pm on Sept. 29 at Hillcrest Elementary School (cafeteria).

SHA says that residents have expressed concerns about speeding, aggressive driving and pedestrian safety along MD166. In response, traffic engineers have studied options to modify driver behavior. Those options will be presented and citizens will have the opportunity to comment.

Those who can't make the meeting or who want more information in advance can contact asst. district engineer Erin Kuhn or traffic team leader Eric Tombs at 410-229-2380.

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