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KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE WILL ROAR TO BREAK THE SILENCE OF AUTISM

Biking in the Metro Area

Kennedy Krieger’s 10th annual ROAR for Autism fundraiser will feature a 25-mile bike ride, 5k run/road race, low-mileage fun walk and family festival

 

BALTIMORE, MD—For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Through biking, running and walking, families and supporters will gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected. Since the inaugural event in 2005, ROAR for Autism, presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has raised more than $2 million for autism research at Kennedy Krieger.

 

Autism is a brain-based developmental disability affecting the ability of 1 in 88 children to communicate and form relationships with others. As one of the nation’s leaders in autism research, Kennedy Krieger Institute strives to provide earlier diagnosis and develop successful treatments by discovering how autism affects the brain. ROAR for Autism gives participants a unique opportunity to help fight this complex, life-altering disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans.

 

The 10th annual event will be a fun-filled day with a meaningful purpose, featuring a 25-mile bike ride, a newly designed 5k course, low-mileage fun walk and a family festival. Cyclists will journey through the scenic countryside of Baltimore County and runners and walkers will enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding Oregon Ridge Park. After biking, running or walking, participants will enjoy the Family Festival, featuring healthy snacks provided in the Wegmans Wellness Village, live music, mascot challenge, face painting, balloon art,coloring station, enclosed playground, nature trails, food from Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon and Woody’s Taco Island Truck, and much more!

 

Participants and teams may go online to register and build personal fundraising pages—all in support of autism research. Want to support ROAR for Autism, but can’t drag yourself out of bed early on April 27? Go ahead and sleep in, just don’t forget to register to Snore for ROAR.

 

For more information about ROAR for Autism, or to register, visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300.

 

What: ROAR for Autism 2014: 25-mile Bike Ride, 5k Run/Road Race, Low-Mileage Fun Walk & Family Festival

 

Where:

Oregon Ridge Park

13401 Beaver Dam Road

Cockeysville, MD 21030

 

When:

Sunday, April 27, 2014

6:30am              Registration and check-in opens for bike ride

7:00am              Bike ride begins and registration opens for 5k and Fun Walk

8:00am              All bike riders must be on course

8:00am              5k run and Fun Walk begins

8:30am              Family Festival begins

10:30am            Awards ceremony and mascot challenge

11:30am            Raffle drawing

12:00pm            Family Festival ends and start/finish closes

 

Cost:

AdvanceOnline Registration (ends April 23)

Adults - $35 (Festival only - $15)                         

Children 5-12 - $15 (Festival only $5)

Children 4 & under – FREE                                

 

Late/On-Site Registration (April 27)

Adults - $40 (Festival only - $20)

Children 5-12 - $20 (Festival only $10)     

Children 4 & under – FREE

 

Information: Visit www.ROARforAutism.org or call 443-923-7300. ROAR for Autism is on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ROARforAutism.

 

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information onKennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

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Look out for a Honda SUV, Light colored, possibly silver or white - Hit and run

Biking in the Metro Areaimage

Update to two separate accidents involving bicyclists. #InfoSought on Hit & Run Driver. Please Share.

SUSPECT:
Vehicle/Suspect #1:
Unknown Honda SUV, Light colored, possibly silver or white...
Driver: White male 50 to 60 years of age, with grey mustache.
Fled scene west bound on Central Avenue

Southern District
Bicyclist Motor Vehicle Crash Davidsonville

On February 22, 2014, at approximately 5:09 p.m., officers from the Traffic Safety Section responded to westbound Central Avenue at the Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville for a report of a crash involving two (2) bicyclists.

The investigation revealed that the bicyclists were traveling west on Central Avenue approaching the Patuxent River Bridge. The bicyclists were on or near the roadway edge line when Bicyclist #1 was struck by a light colored SUV that failed to remain at the scene. The striking vehicle fled west on Central Avenue into Prince Georges County.

Bicyclist #2 was riding immediately behind Bicyclist #1 and as a result of the collision between the car and Bicyclist #1, Bicyclist #2 also crashed. After the collision, the bike ridden by Bicyclist #1 came to rest in the roadway and was struck by a 2005 Chevy Impala.

Evidence recovered from the scene indicates that the fleeing vehicle is a Honda SUV. Witnesses describe the vehicle as light in color (possible silver or white) driven by a W/M 50 to 60 years of age with a grey mustache and dark glasses.

Bicyclist #1, Ms. Kristianson was transported to University of Maryland Shock Trauma where she is listed in critical, but stable condition. Bicyclist #2, Ms. Neel was transported to Washington Hospital Center where she was later released. The driver of the Chevy Impala sustained no injuries.

The primary cause of this crash is driver error. The driver failed to yield to the bicyclists lawfully using the roadway. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the collision. Witness report that sun glare may have been a factor at the time of the collision.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.


Bicyclist #1: Lynn Carol Kristianson, 62, of Arlington, Virginia.

Injuries: Life threatening, currently listed in critical condition
UPDATE: Now listed in critical, but stable condition.

Bicyclist #2: Maile Catherine Neel, 52, of University Park, Maryland

Injuries: Non-life threatening, currently listed in stable condition
UPDATE: Released from hospital.

Vehicle/Suspect #1: Unknown Honda SUV
Light colored, possibly silver or white

Driver: White male 50 to 60 years of age, with grey mustache.
Fled scene west bound on Central Avenue

Vehicle #2 2005 Chevy Impala, MD 3AJ8698

Owner/Driver: Tierra Lesley Harris, 21, of Oxon Hill, Maryland

Eastern District

Bicyclist Struck Severna Park

On February 22, 2014 at approximately 6:30 p.m. officers responded to the area of Ritchie Highway and Leelyn Drive for a report of an accident involving a bicyclist.

Upon their arrival, they observed a 14 year old male suffering from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car. The investigation revealed that several juveniles riding bicycles attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Ritchie Highway at Leelyn Drive against a red traffic signal.

The other juveniles in the group reported that they were attempting to cross when they observed a vehicle approaching. They advised they stopped. They further advised that the victim, a 14 year-old male, did not stop and was attempting to beat the car across when he was struck. He suffered injuries to his lower body and was transported by Medavac to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics for further evaluation. His injuries were not considered life threatening.

The primary cause of this accident is bicyclist error. No further information available.


Anne Arundel County Police Department
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Congratulations Proteus Bicycles

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Via Proteus Bicycles
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Announcing the best Complete Streets policies of 2013

Biking in the Metro Areaby Smart Growth America

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Fifteen agencies led the nation in creating comprehensive Complete Streets policies in 2013. These policies are a model for communities across the country. They are:
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#6. Baltimore County, MD
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http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2014/02/18/announcing-the-best-complete-streets-policies-of-2013/
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[B' Spokes: Now to see if they follow through or if this is just lip service.]
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Bicycle Advocates For Annapolis And Anne Arundel County Now Seeking Members

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Shane Jacobus, Severna Park Voice

Established just this past year as a project of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Program, Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (Bike AAA) maintains a three-fold mission: create a healthier, more livable Annapolis and Anne Arundel County by promoting bicycling for transportation, recreation and fitness; advocate for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices, and educate children, adults and motorists about safe bicycling.

Bike AAA members Joe Piette and Matt Jones are league-certified bike safety instructors. “Anne Arundel County has an active outdoor culture but we need more safe places to ride to get more people to ride to work, school, shopping and other destinations,” said Jon Korin, founding president of Bike AAA.

“Government has the plans to implement better infrastructure for cycling, and part of our role is to advocate for faster, smarter implementation. We will also provide bike safety programs to ensure cyclists ride safely,” he explained.

Sadly, there were two cyclist fatalities in Anne Arundel County in 2013, one due to cyclist error and the other caused by driver error. Korin said the cycling community is committed to bringing something positive from these tragedies by promoting safe and legal behavior from both cyclists and drivers.

Jon Korin and his wife Kathy moved to Severna Park two years ago just as he was preparing to retire from the IT industry. One of the reasons they chose to live in Severna Park was the B&A Bike Trail, which he calls an absolute gem. Before moving, Jon and Kathy used to drive from Olney to BWI so they could ride their bikes down the trail into Annapolis.

“It pains me to see that so many recreational cyclists stop at Boulters Way rather than continue into Annapolis,” said Korin. “It’s an example of the importance of safer connections between trails like the B&A and bike lanes like those on Bay Ridge Road in Eastport.”

Bike AAA has four immediate goals - increase safe bicycling through education and improved condition, partner with the City of Annapolis to attain League of American Bicyclists (LAB) Bronze Bike-friendly Community status, provide a forum and stronger voice for bicycling through collaboration among residents, government, businesses, schools, nonprofits, clubs and other groups, and improve bicycling conditions and choices both on and off road.

In 2012, the city of Annapolis applied for the LAB Bronze Bike-friendly status but instead received an honorable mention. One of the deficiencies was that there was no bicycle advocacy group at that time, which is where Korin said Bike AAA comes in. The group is now working with city, county and state officials to promote cycling, improve safe infrastructure for transportation, fitness and recreation, and improve safe behavior among cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

Some of Bike AAA’s other accomplishments include providing input to the Anne Arundel County Pedestrian/Bike Master Plan, participating at numerous county transportation planning meetings, sending letters to the Maryland Attorney General regarding charges in cycling fatalities, interacting with Healthy Anne Arundel, Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association, Friends of AA County Trails, East Coast Greenway, County Bike Police and other groups, and providing the first bike commuter count for the city of Annapolis.

For more information or to join the group, visit http://www.bikeaaa.org. There are a variety of tax-deductible annual membership levels for individuals, families, businesses and other organizations, starting at $10 for students and seniors.

Via http://www.severnaparkvoicemd.com/community/bicycle-advocates-annapolis-and-anne-arundel-county-now-seeking-members

Their website: http://bikeaaa.org/


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Howard County to get some money for bike lanes

Biking in the Metro Areaby Andrew Metcalf, Columbia Patch

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A cycling advocate had the county executive and much of the room laughing during his testimony. Bill Kelly did get to the point though, he said he has been testifying since 2007 to improve cyclist safety in the county, but nothing has been done.

"The bicycle master plan has been on your desk for two years," said Kelly, "and nothing has been done."

He asked Ulman to put $250,000 in the budget to begin implementing the plan that would add bike lanes and signage around the county.

"Please get that done," said Kelly, "we have virtually no bike lanes in Howard County."

"You made me smile," responded Ulman. "You're going to get some money in the budget."
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http://columbia.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/funding-requested-for-new-wilde-lake-middle-school-bike-master-plan
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Complete Streets for Baltimore County

Biking in the Metro AreaVia David Marks on Facebook:

Last night, the Baltimore County Council passed a Complete Streets resolution that aims to include bicyclists and pedestrians as we build out our transportation system. Councilman Tom Quirk sponsored and I was a cosponsor.
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New signs up on Rossback Road, Anne Arundel County

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Via Jimmy Wilson SpokesPeople
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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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