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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.

Charges are pending against the truck driver.

Since 1999, an average of eight people have been killed in Maryland annually in bicycle accidents, according to the State Highway Administration.

Earlier this year, one cyclist was killed and another severley injured when they were struck by a car while riding near Butler and Falls roads in Baltimore County.

That accident helped spur the General Assembly to pass a new law clarifying the rights of bicyclists to use travel lanes instead of just the shoulders of roads. The law requires drivers to maintain a 3-foot buffer zone while passing a bicyclist.
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ANNAPOLIS AREA Man hit, robbed

Biking in the Metro AreaA 66-year-old Boxwood Court resident told police he was robbed on his way home from the grocery store on Sunday, police said.

The victim, who did not report the incident until Monday evening, said he was riding a bicycle home from Shopper's Food Warehouse around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when two men came up from behind and struck him with a large piece of wood, knocking him off the bike.

The two stole the victim's bike, $150 in cash and his groceries.

The victim did not report the crime until Monday, when he started to feel pain from the blow. The city Fire Department was called and took him to Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.
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Safety Reminder from Annapolis Police and County Schools

Biking in the Metro AreaMonday August 23th Marks the Beginning of New School Year

Anne Arundel County Schools begin the new school year on Monday, August 23, 2010. Parents, students and drivers should take extra precautions during this period.

For Drivers
Maryland law requires drivers to stop for school buses when the driver uses the flashing red lights. Drivers may not be able to see everyone who got off of the bus so proceed slowly until you are clear of the bus and pedestrians. The law also requires drivers to yield (stop) for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. Failure to obey these laws may result in a citation but may also lead to an injury which could have been prevented.

For Parents
If your child is riding to school in a bus or car please be sure to have him or her use a seatbelt. (see note below) If using a car, all children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat. If you must drive more children than can fit in the rear seat (when carpooling, for example), move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts do not fit properly without it.

If your child is riding a bike to school, your child should always wear a bicycle helmet, ride in the same direction as auto traffic, use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic lights and stop signs. Make sure to educate your child about the rules of the road and make them wear bright colors to increase visibility.

Finally, for those students who are walking to school, parents should walk the route to make sure your child’s walk is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection. Parents should be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision. Children should wear bright colored clothing to make your child more visible to drivers. And finally, in neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider starting a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school.

We can have a safe school year if we follow these simple rules.
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Back-to-School Equals Backed Up Traffic

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Remember half of all school children are driven to school by personal automobile so designing roads so kids can't bike or walk to school and can only be driven isn't work out so well for those of you who do drive. Maybe we should tax kids for road improvement "they" need. In the mean time have fun sitting in car centric traffic because there are too many cars on the road. ]

* By: Kimberly Brown - ABC

Its bad enough Baltimore ranked #16 last year in the nation for worst congestion (up from #21 in 2006). However, as class will soon be in session, expect tens of thousands of additional cars on the roads, plus increased bicycle and pedestian traffic as well. Those factors could add as much as an extra 30 minutes to your commute. Here's a few tips to make your back-to-school commute safer and easier:

- Try to leave for work before the height of rush hour. You might be waking up earlier, but it could equal less minutes sitting behind the wheel. Adjust your route to avoid schools and high congestion areas.

- Keep those speeds down through school zones! Nearly one million kids will be returning to classes in Maryland and some of them may not have the best traffic safety awareness. Remember that the speed limit is usually 25 miles per hour near schools and police are serious about enforcing it. Parents, make sure your child also knows the rules of the road.

- Pack your patience! Spending an extra 30 minutes (that's one-way, mind you) on your daily ride, is no one's idea of fun. We live in a highly populated region and some people travel long distances to get to work. To "rush" during rush-hour could be an oxymoron.
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Ben Sollee "Ditch the Van" Bike Tour

Biking in the Metro AreaBy bicycles and bike trailers, rising star pop/folk musician Ben Sollee will deliver his genre-bending cello and vocal act and community message from San Diego to hometown Kentucky. Two shows are booked at Biller's Bikes SUN Stage in Havre de Grace, MD. The tour includes intimate club venues, as well as large halls and festivals, in MD, PA and Washington, DC.

See for Ben Sollee Ditch the Van bike tour dates. See for Havre de Grace ticket info.
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Crime log, Baltimore County

Biking in the Metro AreaRemington Avenue
3000 block, between 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 12. Two bicycles stolen from garage. Entry gained by breaking lock off side door.

Wickford Road
4300 block at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Bicycle stolen from open garage.
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Bike Tube Recycling

Biking in the Metro Areaby

I'm a little late on this, as it already started, but it isn't over.

A typical bike shop will throw out a few thousand inner tubes in the course of a year. All those tubes add up to tons of waste when you think about all the bike shops in the Baltimore/DC area. Performance Bike, however, is teaming up with Liberty Tire to sponsor the Bike Tube Blow-Out over the next two weekends, which will take place at Performance’s new store in Columbia, MD. Anyone who brings in their flat or unused tubes, from August 13th-15th and 20th-22nd, will receive a $5 in store credit, and can trade in up to 3 tubes for a total of $15.

These “Blow-Outs” have been hugely popular in other cities, and the hope is that bringing it to such a major cycling-heavy metropolitan area will mean even more saved material from the city’s landfills.

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Wasting money accommodating cars that are not even there a success ???

Biking in the Metro AreaA $9.3 million Collage Park parking garage:

"The garage was often at more than 30 percent of its capacity during the spring semester, said City Manager Joe Nagro, a figure that exceeded most expectations."

"The city hopes to bring in $114,000 [of revenue] this year, which Groh called a conservative projection, ... Groh said the city has not estimated how long it could take for the garage to pay for itself."

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Baltimore County bicyclist continues to ride at 71

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(Enlarge) Catonsville resident Jerry Newman, 71, fulfilled a lifelong dream by biking across the country. Two of his favorite sites along the way were the Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. (Photo courtesy of Jerry Newman)
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Western Baltimore County Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom the Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan website:

The technical advisory committee and the Office of Planning have developed a preliminary draft for public comment. The draft is also being circulated among county and state agencies for additional input on the plan.

The citizen input from the workshops helped create the implementation recommendations of the plan. Office of Planning staff compiled and analyzed the discussion notes and surveys from each of the workshops, along with the more than 270 surveys that were submitted online.

In the fall, a public meeting will be scheduled to receive additional public comment. A revised draft plan will be submitted to the Planning Board and ultimately to the Baltimore County Council for approval as an amendment to the County Master Plan.

View the full document (23 MB) (PDF)

View the plan in sections:

Table of Contents (1 MB) (PDF)
Introduction and Shared Use Paths (pp. 1-14) (3.5 MB) (PDF)
Walking 1 (pp. 15-26) (5.5 MB) (PDF)
Walking 2 (pp. 27-32) (4.5 MB) (PDF)
Bicycling 1 (pp. 33-41) (1.5 MB) (PDF)
Bicycling 2 (pp. 42-49) (5 MB) (PDF)
Bicycling 3 (pp. 50-58) (6 MB) (PDF)
Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Appendices (pp. 59 to end) (2 MB) (PDF)

View full size color maps:

Proposed Pedestrian Improvements (5.5 MB) (PDF)
Proposed Shared Use Path and Bicycle Improvements (5.5 MB) (PDF)

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