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Anne Arundel County: Councilman announce Complete Streets program

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Eye On Annapolis

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and County Councilman Chris Trumbauer have announced the county is developing a Complete Streets program to improve the safety and accessibility of county roads for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

“As we continually work to make our roads safer for all users, I’m proud that we are working together to find efficient ways to improve our streets without any fiscal impact,” said County Executive Neuman. “Considering all opportunities for enhancements when approaching road projects is one more example of maximizing efficiency in county government.”

Approved unanimously by the County Council on February 18, the resolution (6-14) Trumbauer sponsored seeks to incorporate a Complete Streets policy into the county’s design manual, which determines standards for repaving roads. The policy was designed in collaboration with the county’s Office of Planning and Zoning, and outlines a method for determining whether upgrades such as bike lanes and sidewalks should be included along roadways already slated for improvement. “We don’t want to replace a road as it is without thinking about it – there might be a good enhancement to be made,” Trumbauer said.

County Executive Neuman recently established a work group comprising transportation committee members and county residents to make suggestions for upgrades to the county’s design manual.

“I’m pleased we have established this Complete Streets task force,” said Councilman Trumbauer. “Working with county staff, these citizens will make recommendations to help make our roadways safer, more accessible and better suited for all modes of transportation.”

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Tell HoCo on iTunes

Biking in the Metro AreaTell HoCo is an easy way for anyone to report non-emergency issues to Howard County, Maryland while on-the-go, such as potholes, damaged street signs, graffiti, street maintenance, street light issues, damaged trees, park maintenance and more. Using your phone’s GPS, you can help identify the exact location of the problem, and with the use of its camera, you can attach a picture, as well. You’ll be able to track your issue from the time it is reported until it is resolved. Tell HoCo makes it easier than ever to report a problem.

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[B' Spokes: It would be cool if other localities did this as well.]
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Anne Arundel County unveil inaugural bike ride event - Lifeline 100

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Christopher Johnson, NACO

Anne Arundel County, Md. PoliceDepartment, Department of Recreation and Parks and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) have teamed up to unveil the Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride set for Oct. 19.

Courtesy Anne Arundel County, Md.

Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis speaks about the Century Ride and how it came to fruition. The event is scheduled for Oct.19.

A growing trend among counties is to get moving and healthier.

“This all began last year when officer Kam [Cooke] and I came up with an idea for a community bike ride,” Cpl. Dominic Scali, Anne Arundel County Police Department said. “This is also an opportunity for our department to show what a bike patrol is and what they do while raising money for county non-profits.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride offers a great experience for cyclists of all levels with 100–, 56– and 15–mile routes with a ‘kiddie and family’ ride option for younger children and their parents. The routes wind throughout the county with views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, southern parts of the county, BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and more. The ride is a part of the all-day “Make Health Happen Community Health Fair” at Kinder Farm Park.

“We are proud to be hosting the bike ride and health fair,” Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman said. “This first of its kind initiative emphasizes the health and economic benefits of safe bicycling in the county.”

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SHA begins work on first Anne Arundel bike lane project

Biking in the Metro AreaBy ZOË READ, Capital Gazette

The State Highway Administration is spending $1.3 million to add bike lanes to Route 170 in Linthicum, connecting neighborhoods along the busy roadway with the BWI Trail and the North Linthicum light rail station.

The 1.6-mile stretch will be the first SHA project in Anne Arundel County dedicated exclusively to improving bike access on a state road.

Linthicum residents, however, say they have been caught off guard by the project, and worry about traffic and whether anyone will use the lanes.

David Buck, an SHA spokesman, said a contractor will remove traffic lanes and shoulders to make room for the bike lanes on Route 170, also known as Camp Meade Road, between Andover Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. Completion of the project is expected next spring.

“We’re always looking for opportunities (to) slim down the number of road lanes and still have positive effects to other modes of transportation,” Buck said.

The lanes will connect to the BWI Trail, which loops around BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, at the intersection of Camp Meade and Andover roads.

“We hope to encourage the people that live in and near the Linthicum-Shipley community to bike to and from the BWI Trail,” Buck said.

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April Bike Rides Brings Cyclist Of All Ages

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Catonsville Rails to Trails

On April 26, a small caravan of cyclists gathered behind Western School of Technology and Environmental Sciences and followed the proposed route of the Catonsville Short Line Railroad Trail from the rear of Charlestown to the Mews on the Mellor. The first annual Artstravaganza Festival with artists displaying their art work and a gathering of food trucks combined to make a fabulous event.

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Annapolis Police See Spike in Bicycle Theft

Biking in the Metro AreaVia Fox Baltimore

Annapolis police say they have seen an increase in bicycle theft as the weather grows warmer.

A total of six bike thefts were reported in April, police said Wednesday. Officers advise bicyclists to use a sturdy bicycle lock and choose well-lit, well-frequented places to leave the bicycle.

&quot;Protect it every time and everywhere,&quot; police said. &quot;Not only lock your bicycle, but lock it to something at least as secure as the lock itself.&quot;

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Baltimore County Disappoints Bike & Trail Advocates

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: I always wondered why we have a law to create priority funding areas for bike/ped projects but next to zero projects that come in under that funding. Well BMore Bikes has an explanation for Baltimore County and why they don't want free money for bike/ped projects. I recommend reading the whole thing but I'll pull some things that I hope will get your attention.]
When asked who was staffing the bicycle program, Ms. Schlabach indicated she was the only staff and only at a fraction of her time.  She also indicated that there was ZERO LOCAL FUNDING FOR BIKE PROJECTS! The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program could potentially fund the vast majority of the projects suggested, especially if the available state and federal funding was combined to have state funds match the federal funds. However, for almost any project, the county would need to put up at least some local funding as a match and to devote some staff time to project coordination and outreach. Failing to do so leaves available money on the table for projects that have clear public support.

Ms. Silldorff also asked what else could be done for the county to support these projects.  Ms. Schlabach replied for committee members and the public to contact their council representatives to help fund these projects.
[B' Spokes:]

Other ways the county is showing resistance to the national bicycle movement:

  • Baltimore County remains the only Maryland jurisdiction NOT to have the East Coast Greenway signed.  Some portions of the route are signed on the Torrey C. Brown/NCR Trail, but not the on-road section between Paper Mill Road and the city line.
  • No Bikes Allowed signs are popping up at Robert E. Lee Park
  • Baltimore County will not support any trail projects along the proposed Red Line improvements, even though it would connect two regional trail systems: Gwynns Falls Trail & Patapsco Valley State Park
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Getting on board the Fruit Bicycle

Biking in the Metro AreaBY CLAIRE BOLDEN, Baltimore Post Examiner

Luda Bard, who runs the bike, says: ‘Reactions to this healthy and exciting deviation from the typical ice cream truck, have been amazing. People like that it’s different and our mission with the fruit bicycle is to create an environmentally friendly means of providing healthy organic fruit snacks.’

Run by a Columbia family of five that loves to hop on their bikes and ride the pathways to the farmers’ market, the library, or to the lake for an evening concert, Luda decided to make their family choices into public choices too.

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Come ride with Anne Arundel County Police Department this Sunday

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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 or call 443-923-7300.


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



Oregon Ridge Park

13401 Beaver Dam Road

Cockeysville, MD 21030



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



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 or call 443-923-7300. ROAR for Autism is on Facebook!


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

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