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New signs up on Rossback Road, Anne Arundel County

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Bel Air Cyclist Hit by Car: 'You Have to Have Stricter Laws'

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Nice map of highest frequency of bike-car crashes in Maryland.]
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Crashes between cyclists and drivers are on the rise in Maryland.

By Josh Birch, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

Accidents between cars and bicyclists in Maryland increased sharply over the last five years, according to a Capital News Service analysis of crash data.

There were 841 accidents between cars and bikes in Maryland in 2012, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, a 5 percent increase over the 799 bike-car accidents in 2008.

Pam Moore of Bel Air never worried about sharing the road with cars until she was struck by one while riding her bike in August. She lost consciousness and suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, abrasions and a concussion from the accident, she said.

“There was nothing I could do different,” Moore said. “I was following the laws. I was where I was supposed to be.”

In 2012, five people in Maryland died from bike-car crashes and 689 people were injured.

Many motorists do not view bicycles as vehicles that have an equal right to use the road, said Neil Buchness, president of Chesapeake Spokes, a bicycle group in Harford County.

“We’re actually people. We aren’t just something to contend with in the road or go around,” he said. “Give us a little more respect out on the road.”

Buchness said the state needs to ensure motorists know the law.

“I think the biggest thing that will help us is education. Getting it out there. The more people that realize that we are cyclists and we do have a right to the road,” the better, Buchness said.

According to the law, drivers must leave three feet between their car and bicyclists when passing them on the road.

“I think a lot of motorists feel that bicyclists are trespassing on the public roadways and that leads to resentment,” said Michael Jackson, director of bicycle and pedestrian access for the Maryland Department of Transportation.
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“You’re going to have people that don’t like cyclists, people who don’t like runners, people who don’t like that because they don’t want to share the road,” Moore said. “I think you have to have stricter laws.”
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http://belair.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/harford-cyclist-hit-by-car-you-have-to-have-stricter-laws

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Towson Bike Beltway to double in size

Biking in the Metro AreaMaryland Bikeways Program grant will fund additional 4.5 miles of routes

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-beltway-spurs-1002-20130926,0,1378118.story
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After cycling stop in Howard County, Marine sets sights on California

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group

On a bicycle built just for him, 28-year-old Rob Jones rode into the parking lot of Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville on Thursday to the cheers of the student body and the family and friends who came to see him.

The former Marine and double amputee, who was born in Columbia and raised in Virginia, is riding across the country to raise money for a trio of charities that help veterans like himself through their challenges — the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, the Semper Fi Fund and Ride 2 Recovery.
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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/bs-md-ho-marine-cross-country-1117-20131114,0,2814355.story
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Why does Anne Arundel hate bikes?

Biking in the Metro AreaBy PAUL FOER, Capital Gazette

A few of the many recent local headlines about bicyclists tell a sad story:

“Annapolis High assistant coach killed after bicycle, van collide in Davidsonville”

“Man hurt in bicycle accident”

“Severn School to honor teacher killed in bicycle accident ”

“Bicyclist struck by car in Arnold released from hospital”

“8-year-old bicyclist struck by car”

And then this rather confounding headline appeared:

“After recent fatalities, safety a concern for Anne Arundel bicyclists”

The story included a paragraph that read: “A recent string of high-profile bicycle fatalities has spotlighted the issue of safety. But despite a growing perception that county trails and roadways are not safe for bicyclists, public officials say the opposite is the truth — and they are working on ways to make these thoroughfares even safer.”

The headline somehow made it seem as if safety only recently became a concern for cyclists. Progress has been very, very slow in coming. I speak as a longtime activist for improving bicycling safety, access, planning and construction who has worked on various committees, and spoken out on the topic for years, decades in fact.

The bottom line is simply that the private automobile is king and woe unto we who brave the roads as we pedal along. I am sick and tired of empty promises, equivocation and foot dragging, so when The Capital reported that “public officials say…they are working on ways to make these thoroughfares even safer,” I had to write this column.
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Our lack of progress is unacceptable. Bicyclists deserve more respect and better treatment. As but one example among many of this disrespect, the post office in Edgewater has over 50 parking spaces and not a single bike rack. To incorporate the needs of bicyclists requires planning, design, construction and funding along with proper education and stringent enforcement of laws. Anything less is just spinning our wheels.

http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/columnists/ninth_ward/ninth-ward-why-does-anne-arundel-hate-bikes/article_309fdba7-c644-525e-a45d-2aa7f9af7ea9.html?_dc=835479391040.2805
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Robbery on the Columbia's path system

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Bike HoCo - Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (Facebook)

FYI, if you ride on Columbia's path system: A man walking on the bike path in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive was struck in the head and robbed by two men who confronted him around noon on Nov. 3. The men confronted the victim, struck him, then threatened to "stick" him again, according to police. Instead the victim gave the two men his wallet, coat and phone. However, the victim was able to grab his phone back and run toward Rainprint Row. Police described the first suspect as a white male, about 30 to 40 years old, with a dark-colored sweat suit with shorts over. The second suspect was described as a white male, about 30 to 40 years old, about 5-foot-8, with a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.

https://www.facebook.com/BikeHoCo
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Police seeking this woman in connection with a hit-and-run

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Hit And Run Suspect: County police are seeking this woman in connection with a hit-and-run incident Friday morning in Pasadena. - Photo by Courtesy Image
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Cycling gunman robs pedestrian in Glen Burnie

Biking in the Metro AreaBy By BEN WEATHERS, Capital Gazette

Anne Arundel County Police are searching for a man on a bicycle armed with a gun who robbed a pedestrian Wednesday night.
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He is black and in his late teens, about 6-feet tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a ski mask over his nose and mouth. [on a black and red BMX style bike]

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metro Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP or by texting “MCS” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/cycling-gunman-robs-pedestrian-in-glen-burnie/article_dbf6649e-0fd2-5bbf-aeaf-0b04a54b2ee6.html
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[B' Spokes: Not that far from the B&A trail so cyclists may want to be on the look out as well.
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4th Annual Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum

Biking in the Metro AreaBy BikeHoCo

4th ANNUAL HOWARD COUNTY BICYCLING ADVOCACY FORUM

Wednesday October 30, 2013

www.bikehoco.org

 

Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) invites you 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. We will focus this year on accessibility and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan.

 

Date & Time:

*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013*

▸ Pre-Registration online at https://bahcbikeforum.eventbrite.com – please let us know if you are coming!

▸ Check-in/Registration (with sandwiches & cookies) begins at 6:30 pm

▸ Presentations/Discussion from 7:00 – 9:10 pm

 

Location:

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, Parsons Auditorium, 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723

 

Directions:

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The full announcement: http://bikehoco.org/2013/10/4th-annual-howard-county-bicycling-advocacy-forum/
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Kamenetz Announces 23 Miles of New Bicycle Routes

Biking in the Metro AreaTowson, Maryland (October 8, 2013) – Bicycle riders in Baltimore County will have over 23 miles of new bikeways thanks to $229,600 in grants awarded to Baltimore County from the Maryland Department of Transportation Bikeways Program.

"In this era of high gas prices, traffic congestion and a renewed emphasis on physical fitness, designating bike routes really make sense," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "We thank the State for its support of our growing network of trails and bikeways."

New or expanded bicycle routes are planned for Dundalk, Towson, Lansdowne, Baltimore Highlands, Woodlawn, Catonsville and Arbutus.

Improvements

The improvements are based on current pedestrian and bicycle access plans, and include striped bike lanes, bike route signs, and "share the road" pavement markings. The Baltimore County departments of Planning and Public Works will be meeting with community groups to review and refine each community's improvements before implementation.

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/1009bicycle.html
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