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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?]

Reporting Suzanne Collins

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 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


  • 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: (

Make sure you include the link for the the evite:
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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Seriously, get involved or suffer car centricity

Biking in the Metro Area

Public Comment Periods

Currently, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board has 3 open Comment Periods (below). Comments are welcome through Tuesday, September 14.

o        Amendments to FY 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program

o        2010 Update to the Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan

o        Draft Goals for Plan it 2035


Citizens Advisory Committee

The BRTB is seeking new members to serve on their Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).  We are looking for members from all parts of the Baltimore Region, but are particularly interested in more members from Anne Arundel, Howard, and Carroll Counties.  A posting about the openings is included below.



Share Your Ideas. Help Others Be Heard. Make A Difference.

Apply to volunteer on the CAC todayThe Baltimore Regional Transportation Board is currently seeking members for their Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). 

The CAC is a diverse group of citizens, representatives of community organizations, and industry professionals that promote public engagement and provide independent, region-oriented advice regarding regional transportation planning and related issues.

Why serve on the CAC?

Transportation in our region should reflect how transportation impacts you, your neighbor, and everyone else in the region. This can only be done if you get involved, learn how transportation planning works and voice your opinion. Volunteering to serve on the CAC is a great way to directly provide input to decision makers.  Additional benefits include:

·         Helping your community or your organization get their voice heard

·         Getting information and discuss important planning issues directly with staff and BRTB members

·         Sharing new ideas or provide input that can impact regional planning

New members will be appointed for 3-year terms, starting in January 2011.  Shorter terms may also be available.  Meetings of the CAC are generally held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Baltimore City. In addition, the CAC has 3 standing subcommittees, which meet at various locations or by telephone/e-mail. The total volunteer commitment is approximately 2-5 hours per month.

Applications will be accepted until September 10, 2010.

>> Download an application or get more info about the CAC

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Boy, 10, robbed

Biking in the Metro AreaFour teens assaulted a 10-year-old boy and stole his bicycle in Brooklyn Park on Thursday evening, county police said.

The boy was riding his bike in the 4000 block of Audrey Avenue around 6:20 p.m. when the teens shoved him off, knocking him to the ground.

They stole the bicycle - a gray Mongoose with gold pegs on the front tire and silver pegs on the back tire - and ran away.

They were last seen running across Doris Avenue.

The child was taken by ambulance to Harbor Hospital in Baltimore with minor injuries.

The teens are black, between 16 and 18 years old, and were all wearing black basketball shorts and white T-shirts.
Young cyclist hurt

County rescue personnel received a call at 8:48 p.m. Friday for a seriously injured bicyclist on the BMX track at Severn-Danza Park in Severn.

Upon arrival, they found a 12-year-old male rider who had suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, Rostek said.

Paramedics transported the boy by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.
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Anne Arundel County and Howard County crime report

Biking in the Metro AreaASSAULTS

ROUTE 175 AND DISNEY RD., 10:46 p.m. Aug. 13. A male teenager was shot by a projectile while riding his bike. The projectile came from a dark four-door vehicle occupied by two males. The bicyclist rode home, realized his head was bleeding and was taken to a hospital.


OLD SOLOMONS ISLAND RD. AND FOREST DR., 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15. A bicyclist was hit with a piece of wood and robbed by two people. The bicycle, groceries and cash were taken. The bicyclist was treated at a hospital.


BROACH CT., 600 block, 8:50 p.m. Aug. 13. A group of juveniles entered a residence's back yard and took a bicycle from a porch. A resident went to investigate, and the juveniles fled with the bicycle.

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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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