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Dangerous pothole on Rt. 99 ▶ Open

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: This is why LAB ranks Maryland very high, we have policies that say this should not happen and we have personal in SHA that work to make sure this does not happen but ...

Here we are months after reporting and still nothing. Do we really need to get the statewide advocacy group on this just to get a pot hole patched? Something isn't right here.


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Cyclist hit in Pikesville

Biking in the Metro AreaPolice say charges pending

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

A Pikesville man was seriously injured Friday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling near his home, Baltimore County police said.

Melvin Pachino, 52, of the 2700 block of Waco Court, was riding west on Smith Avenue near Carla Road shortly after 11 a.m. when an eastbound Honda Pilot made a left turn and struck Pachino, according to Julia Hardgrove, a county police spokeswoman. The vehicle was driven by Shunji Watanabe of the 7600 block of Carla Road, she said.
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[BIKEUMD] Trade your commuter parking registration for a free bicycle

Biking in the Metro AreaThe Department of Transportation Services is offering select UMD students the opportunity to exchange their current parking registration and forgo their eligibility for a 2013-2014 commuter parking permit for a Fuji bicycle (pictured below) and safety accessories (U-lock and helmet). Students interested in participating in this exchange must take a 30 minute course on bicycle commuting to receive the bicycle.

Why should you do this?
UMD is actively working to meet sustainability goals of carbon neutrality, and this is a great chance to do your part. In addition to helping the environment, you'll save money on a parking permit, receive a free bicycle, and get more exercise.

Who is eligible?
Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior standing students with active commuter license plate registration and who are registered for the 2013/2014 school year.

What if I find that I need to register for parking next year even though I wasn't planning to?
Students who participate in this exchange are not eligible to register for parking in the upcoming school year. Students who signed up for the exchange and change their minds after receiving the bicycle may register for parking, however the following conditions apply:

1. You must return the bicycle to DOTS.

2. Your parking registration will include the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) fee in addition to the normal commuter rate.
Is this real?
YES! Students will receive a Fuji hybrid bicycle to keep forever. DOTS and bikeUMD are happy to support you as a cyclist however possible, but maintenance and storage of your bicycle will be up to you. The Campus Bike Shop offers free service to UMD students.

ACT NOW: This new program is limited to 20 participants.

Any other questions? Contact Michael Levengood, DOTS bikeUMD bicycle coordinator for more information. He can be reached at<>.



Beverly Malone
Assistant Director - Marketing, PR and TDM
University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services
Regents Drive Garage, Bldg 202
College Park, Maryland 20742
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Explore Columbia - Family Bike Club and Adult Walking Club (Columbia, MD) - Meetup

Biking in the Metro AreaExplore Columbia inspires and motivates people of all ages to explore the Columbia paths and Howard County trails by bike and on foot.

We are two social recreational clubs: a biking club for families and a walking club for adults. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and would like to explore the extensive network of paths within our community is welcome to join us. We are a diverse group for all paces and ability levels.

All walks and bike rides are guided. Our emphasis is on fun, camaraderie and friendship!

About the Kids Bike Club.
Biking with your family is fun! Family bike rides are of different lengths to accommodate families with different age kids. Typically rides are for these age groups: 5 - 6, 7 -9, 10-12 and 13 - 15. All rides will be on the paths and side streets of Columbia. One parent must attend with kids. HELMETS are REQUIRED. We’ll visit streams, lakes, and local points of interest. Younger age groups will visit playgrounds and older age groups will do longer routes that go through tunnels and use pedestrian bridges. Safe cycling and your child's enjoyment of bicycling is our top priority! Parents please read the PAGES section for more on what to expect.

About the Adult Walking Club and adult bike rides.
Walking with friends is fun! Now you can exploreimage different Columbia neighborhoods and even visit the neighborhood bakery. Walks will be on different days and times and of different lengths. Find a group of walkers convenient to your schedule. We will have groups of seniors, stroller moms (and dads), adults and even singles. Some groups may go for coffee or food and drink afterwards.   Please read the PAGES section for more info.  If there is interest we may also do casual paced adult bike rides occasionally.

For more info:
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County Ped/Bike Group Hears Community Suggestions

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: Great post on Bmore Bikes:

What caught my eye:
"All these projects will have limited county funding for studies, design or construction. Baltimore County intends to apply for Recreation Trails funding..."

Sorry but Maryland differs greatly from federal guidance and what other states are doing, each project can only get $30K max of ~$100K we get each year. This is purely a Maryland made up rule. (Yah they can do that but why?) But more importantly who do we talk to get this changed? My impression is no one knows who is in charge of this and this is the way it always has been done so we are stuck with it.

So if you are interested in seeing where a $100k goes see:
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Street Smart reminds people that hitting others with your car is bad

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: Washcycle has a great writeup of the new Street Smart Campaign which should be coming to Baltimore Metro Area as well, though I have not seen any coverage yet. It also echoes my support for the enforcement program that comes with it, my big question is will our local police follow through?
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Bike To Work Day Last Update

Biking in the Metro AreaUpdate:

Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2013!

Bike to Work Day 2013, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will be celebrated in the Baltimore region and across the nation on Friday May 17, 2013.

This year marks the 16th annual event in the Baltimore region and will feature events at locations around the region.


Online Registration is Closed, but You Can Still Ride Up + Register! 

Online registration is now closed, but you can still ride on Friday!  Just join us at one of the rallies or pit stops below and register on-site for freebies, prizes, food and more. The first 1,400 registered riders that attend an event will receive a mesh hat. Some rallies will also have free bike checks, prizes, t-shirts, and other great info and giveaways.

  • Annapolis (City Dock, 7 to 9 am)

  • Baltimore City
  • Baltimore Bicycle Works
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Brooklyn
  • Harbor East
  • Inner Harbor
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Campus (Armstrong building)  
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Joe's Bike Shop (Mt. Washington)
  • McHenry Row (Locust Point)   
  • MD State Highway Administration
  • University of Maryland Medical Center   

Bel Air (Harford County Govt Admin Building, 7 to 9 am)

Catonsville (Santa's House @ Catonsville Fire Dept)

Columbia (The Mall in Columbia, 7 to 9 am) 

Towson (Towson Courthouse, 7 to 9 am)

Don't want to bike alone? Join a Convoy!

Volunteers from around the region are stepping up to lead convoys of Bike to Work Day riders to locations around the Baltimore area and beyond. Check out our B2W Day Convoys page for more info or, if you'd like to volunteer let us know @

Also, check out this great Facebook page by Bikemore -- it is a great place to ask your questions and get some info from seasoned riders about the best route to ride for bike to work and more. Plus, get the 411 on this year's Bike FROM Work Day Party at the Pratt Street Ale House! 

>> Learn more about the Bike From Work Day Party


Why Bike To Work Day?

Bike to Work Day is an event celebrated across the United States each May to encourage and celebrate bicycling to work and promote public awareness of bicycling and bicycle safety.

Locally, B2WD promotes a “clean commute” and is part of the region's Clean Commute Initiative, which begins in April. Late Spring is the start of the ground-level ozone season, when we hear about Code Red and Orange Ozone Action Days. On those days, the air is dangerous to breathe – especially for the young and for the elderly. Emissions from single occupancy vehicles contribute significantly to our region's dangerous ozone levels. Bike commuting can improve the air we breathe.

Stay up-to-date with Bike to Work Day and other great bike events from around the Baltimore region through the BikePed Beacon E-Newsletter or follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter ! Sign-up today!


Learn more...


For more information: Russ Ulrich,, 410-732-9575

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Baltimore Co Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Seeks Community Input

Biking in the Metro Area

Citizen Input Meeting

Towson, Md. (March 22, 2013) - County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that Baltimore County's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) is seeking community input as they begin to move forward on implementing a number projects identified in the recently adopted Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans. Members of the public are invited to voice their preferences on which projects to fund first at a Citizen Input Meeting.

Tuesday, April 16 at 5 p.m.
Jefferson Building Hearing Room (Room 104)
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, MD, 21204.

Prioritized Plans

The projects in the Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans have been prioritized based on a short, medium, and long-range scale. The PBAC plans to take a closer look to identify initial projects that will provide County citizens with the greatest benefit at the lowest cost, using state, federal, and private grants.


While implementation is not guaranteed, identifying these initial projects is an important first step. The big challenge is to come up with projects that would meet these criteria:

  • Relatively low in cost. Due to the many capital needs that have to be met throughout the County, the availability of County funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects is limited. Grant funding, however, can be sought to pay for projects such as bike route signage, bike lane striping, and feasibility studies for shared use path projects, as well as sidewalks, crosswalks and other small pedestrian improvement projects.
  • Link to significant destinations. Improvements that provide many residents with safer pedestrian or bicycle access to schools, libraries, parks, shopping centers, employment areas or transit stations are especially desirable.
  • Community support. Not all communities are ready to become walkable and bike-friendly. The PBAC wants to target the initial projects to neighborhoods that really want them, and will use them.

"Home buyers today want to live in communities that are sustainable with a strong quality of life," said Baltimore County Council Chair Tom Quirk. "Communities that create places where people can walk, bike, work, live and recreate are areas that will thrive and succeed. I appreciate the County Executive's efforts in working closely with the Council and community in moving forward in this very important direction." 

More Information

Pedestrian and bicycle planning information is available at The interactive map showing details of the plan for bicycle facilities can be viewed through the My Neighborhood application. For more information, e-mail Kathy Schlabach in the Department of Planning, or call 410-887-3521.

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Baltimore County Rural Roads Meeting

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: A few cyclists should attend just to remind hem we are out there using these roads.]

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: David Fidler

                                                                                                410 887-2171

Fifth Annual

Rural Roads Meeting

April 25


(Towson, April 2, 2013) The Department of Public Works will hold its fifth annual public meeting to discuss rural roads, bridges, repaving and traffic issues at the Oregon Ridge Park Conference Center (The Sequoia Room), 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville (21030) on Thursday, April 25, between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. The meeting fulfills the County’s pledge to meet annually with residents interested in preserving the rural character of the County and to apprise them of infrastructure plans.


These annual public meetings, held at various sites, evolved from the Rural Roads Standards, a citizen-government agreement, approved by the County Council, which codified standards and policies for road and bridge maintenance in rural areas. This year’s meeting will review paving plans and bridge repair or replacement schedules during the next two years.


As in the past, residents and interested parties will be able to speak one-on-one with Public Works engineers on specific, local issues, following a short introduction from Ed Adams, Director of Public Works. The public will also be able to leave written comments. For more information, call the Director’s Office, Department of Public Works: 410 887-2171.



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Lutherville doctor known for running habits critically injured in Towson accident

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Jessica Anderson, Arthur Hirsch and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Wrona described the scene as horrific.

"That's all I can say. Horrific," she said. "He was running and strayed into the right-hand lane. Maybe he tripped, maybe he was distracted. It's not clear."
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