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Bike to Work Day attracts record number of riders

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Several riders, who met at City Hall for a rally this morning to mark the day, said the city has made progress in marking lanes and installing bike racks. They credit Mayor Sheila Dixon, who rides two or three days a week, with starting to transition from an all-car culture.

"There have been a lot of changes," Shoken said. "It's great to have a mayor who rides a bike."

The mayor also did some riding this morning and attended the rally for Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, a coalition of the region's elected officials. Stephanie Yanovitz, a senior transportation planner for the council, said 1,016 people registered for the ride in Baltimore and five surrounding counties - a record number. About 800 registered last year.

Yanovitz said the group would do a follow-up survey with riders to see how many plan to continue commuting by bike and how their trip today went. The group has information about biking on its Web site, baltometro.org, and has regular riders who can offer advice on routes, riding in traffic and how to handle logistics such as what to do about work clothes.
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His advice to new riders: scout a route in your car, incorporating your comfort level with traffic; consider riding just a day or two at first rather than all five work days; keep some work clothes at work so you don't have to carry them; and have a positive attitude. Also, wear bright colored clothes and keep yourself visible. More people get into sticky situations because drivers don't see them, he said.

And, support the cause. "Events like this [Bike to Work Day] increases awareness people are doing this. The city is supporting it, businesses are supporting it. And more and more employers are finding places for people to put their bikes. We're all better off."
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Humane Metropolis Baltimore

Biking in the Metro AreaA free public workshop sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Organized by the Ecological Cities Project in collaboration with the Parks & People Foundation

June 11, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Today, 80 percent of Americans live in cities and suburbs and more than half the world's population is now classified as "urban." Older cities and their suburbs like Baltimore City and County are experiencing many challenges - affordable housing, jobs, mobility, education, public health, physical fitness, floods, and ecological destruction - not to mention the current economic and foreclosure crisis.

"Humane Metropolis" is a new perspective on people, nature, and cities developed by the Ecological Cities Project in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The 2006 book The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st-Century City highlights new initiatives for various cities to become more:

Green: Protect and restore urban biodiversity and ecological services

Healthy: Promote outdoor exercise and fitness, reduce respiratory threats

Safe: Reduce crime rates; lower risk of fire, floods, and other hazards

Efficient: Employ a better use of water, energy, materials (e.g., green building, light rail)

Equitable: Embrace environmental and social justice, affordable housing, access to jobs

Neighborly: Foster pride of place and sense of community

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BRTB meeting highlights

Biking in the Metro AreaStreet Smart Campaign coming to Balto Metro area, planned to hit the streets in August. Modeled after what is happening in the DC Metro Area: http://www.mwcog.org/transportation/activities/planning/safety.asp

Eastern Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan is being phased into upcoming construction projects. Initially this will create sort of a hopscotch of bike facilities but over time they should start to connect. This approach worked well in Philly so there is no reason why it should not work here as well. This approach makes the most economic sense and should be applauded for its practicality and do ability.

Western Baltimore County Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan has been given the OK to start to proceed.
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Got A Bike? Engrave It - Lock It Or Lose It

Biking in the Metro AreaBaltimore County Crime Prevention Tips for Homeowners during the Warm Weather Months:

Bike riding and warm weather are a natural combination. But if your bike is stolen, hiking will be more your speed over the next few months.

The Baltimore County Police Department suggests all bike owners engrave their bikes. It's very simple to do and if needed, owners can go to the local precinct and borrow an engraving tool. Officers say using the ID numbers from a driver's license or Maryland ID card is the best way to mark your bike. Never, Never use a social security number as an ID number.

Another suggestion from officers is when storing a bike in a shed or garage, lock and attach it to a lawnmower or other heavy and bulky equipment. Thieves do break into sheds and garages. Attaching a bike to a piece of heavy equipment makes it more difficult to just walk or ride away from the area.

For more information on how to safeguard your bike and other valuables in your home, garage or shed contact your precinct's Community Outreach Officer.
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BikePed Beacon -- April 2009

Biking in the Metro Areaimage

May 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
Bike to Work Day is May 15th! Are you registered?
May is Clean Commute Month
Welcome Stephanie! Farewell Amber
One Less Car bike Symposium a success!
Choose Safety for Life
Bike Jam Festival - Fun for the whole family
A Regional Bike and Pedestrian Newsflash
 

The following newsflash from the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board details current news and events in regards to biking and walking both in and around the Baltimore region.

The information found in the newsflash is informative; it could inspire some to become more involved in the process of improving conditions for biking and walking.

Or it could inspire a bike ride or a walk...

Stephanie Yanovitz
BikePed Beacon Editor
BIKE TO WORK DAY 2009 IS FRIDAY MAY 15th! Are you registered?
  Bike 2 Work Day.  May 15, 2009.  Find out more. 
Bike to Work Day 2009, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will be celebrated in the Baltimore region and across the nation on Friday May 15, 2009.

Between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on May 15, bicycle commuters will gather at locations throughout the Baltimore region, including:
  • Anne Arundel Co/Annapolis - City Dock, Annapolis
  • Baltimore City - War Memorial Plaza at City Hall (100 N. Holliday St.)
  • Baltimore County - Courthouse Square (400 Washington Ave, Towson)
  • Carroll County - Westminster
  • Harford County - Government Center (220 S. Main St, Bel Air)
  • Howard County - The Mall in Columbia (by Sears Service Center, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia)

Facebook B2WNew!  Rallies are also being planned for Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University - Homewood campus, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Register today to guarantee that you will get a free B2W09 T-shirt and goodie bag. The first 1100 registrants will receive a T-shirt, reflective leg strap, and a flashing safety light. The first 500 will receive all of the above plus a bicycle tire gauge.   All participants will also receive an on-the-go snack with java, and the chance to win prizes. You must be registered and attend a rally to win.

MAY IS CLEAN COMMUTE MONTH 
Gear Up and Get Ready! 
 
http://www.CleanCommuteMonth.comEvery May the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and our Clean Commute Partners host Clean Commute Month to promote Clean Commuting. 

 

What is Clean Commuting?

It's riding transit, bicycling, carpooling, walking, or teleworking. It's anything other than driving alone in a motor vehicle. Because motor vehicles contribute up to 30% of the emissions that dirty our air, people who choose to clean commute are making an individual choice that helps reduce air pollution.
 

For a few days in May, keep your car parked. Try another way to get around. It's not hard!  You can take transit, bicycle, or even walk. If you do drive, share your ride with a friend or co-worker, and make sure to keep your car in tip-top condition. You could cut your commute costs in half.

 

Find out more at one of these great events!

This year's activities will include Clean Car Clinics, a commuter appreciation day, Bike to Work Day, and tons of fun outreach events!  Here are a few events:

  • May 1 & 2 - Baltimore Flowermart
  • May 2 & 3 - Towsontown Festival
  • May 9 - Carroll County Herb Festival (Piney Run Park)
  • May 15 - Bike to Work Day
  • May 17 - Baltimore Bike Jam (Patterson Park) 
  • May 19 - Commuter Thank-you (Aberdeen MARC)
  • May 28 - Harford County Clean Car Clinic

Visit us at our booth's at these great events... or use the link below to get more information about how to become a Clean Commuter. 

Welcome Stephanie Yanovitz!
Farewell Amber Blake - Good Luck in Durango, Colorado!
 
The City of Durango has announced the selection of a new multi-modal coordinator as part of their on-going commitment to alternative modes of travel. Amber Blake has been chosen to fill this position beginning on April 8th and will be responsible for multi-modal transportation planning, marketing and implementation, with a special focus on public transit, pedestrian and bicycle modes of travel.   
 
 
New to BMC is Ms. Stephanie Yanovitz.  Stephanie joined BMC in March seeking to engage her diverse background in transportation, planning and engineering, safety, operations, and bicycle/pedestrian programs.  Recently Stephanie was the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at Maryland State Highway Administration.  During her time at SHA she participated in the development of statewide state road bicycle level of comfort maps for every county as well as a bicycle signage and pavement marking inventory for every state road maintenance shop in Maryland.  For a list of these maps please visit the link below.
 
 
ONE LESS CAR BIKE SYMPOSIUM A SUCCESS! 
Details about the symposium on new web site
 
The 12th Annual Bike Symposium in Annapolis on February 4th was a huge success!
Although the weather caused school closings in many jurisdictions approximately 500 people attended.  Additionally, there were twenty exhibitors displaying projects and engaging the audience.   The high attendance indicates that people care deeply about promoting bicycling as a means of alternative transportation.  As our population grows it is critical that a safe infrastructure, along with laws protecting bicyclists, are intact.    
 
 
CHOOSE SAFETY FOR LIFE!
Regional campaign offers great info on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Bike and Ped SafetyNearly 3,000 pedestrians are injured annually, more than one-third of which occur in Baltimore City and more than another one-third of which occur in Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties.  Whether we're traveling on four wheels or 16; two feet or two wheels, we all have something in common: we are on this road together. Sadly, the toll of sharing the road together has cost too much, and lost lives is a price too dear for just getting from here to there. Visit the link below to get some helpful rules of the road whether you're walking, bicycling - or driving around pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles or large trucks. The good news is that you're in control and have a choice - to choose safety for life!

>>>  Choose Safety for Life
BIKE JAM FESTIVAL OFFERS FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Free kid's helmet giveaway and bike safety rodeo 
Bike Jam 09
The Bike Jam Family Fun Festival in Patterson Park on May 17th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is going to be great!  Do not miss the CareFirst BlueCross Kid's Helmet Give-Away.  Two-hundred and fifty helmets have been donated! 
 
The event also features recreational rides,  pro road races, cycling stunt show, bike and health expo, food and live music, and a kids activity pavilion.  There will also be a Kid's Bike Safety Rodeo at 12 and 1:45 p.m.   >>> Check out the Bike Jam Family Fun Festival
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Bike Maintenance 101

Biking in the Metro AreaREI Timonium Clinics and Events

Bike Maintenance 101
5/16/2009 1:00 PM
&
5/29/2009 7:00 PM

Working on your bike can be a daunting task, but fear not, REI is here to help! Join up with one of REI?s bike techs to learn the basics of bike maintenance such as a how to fix a flat, lube a chain, and other adjustments that will keep your bike in good running order. In addition, the clinic will provide insight on overlooked yet simple maintenance techniques that will improve your riding experience. This clinic is a great lead-in class to other advanced bike maintenance classes.

* Location:Timonium
* Contact:Customer service at 410-252-5920
* Cost: Free
* Registration Required? No.
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Bike Maintenance and Basic Repair

Biking in the Metro AreaHow many of us do all the swim, bike and run necessary for success, but dread the possibility of a flat during a big race? How about those of us that carry the little CO2 "thingy" in our saddle pouches, but don't have a clue how to use it? This meeting is for you! Tony Gunter loves what he does (he fixes bikes for type-a, tri-geeks like us), and he wants to share some of his knowledge. Join us for a bike maintenance and repair clinic on May 13th


When: Wednesday May 13, 7PM
Where: MAC Timonium
Who and What: Tony Gunter from Bike Connection in *censored*eysville - Bike
Maintenance & Basic Repair

Please RSVP- as refreshments will be served.
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May is Clean Commute Month

Biking in the Metro Area
clean commuting toddler
  • April 4 Howard County Green Fest (Howard Community College)
  • April 9 JHU School of Medicine’s Earth Day Expo
  • April 18 Baltimore City Eco Fest (Druid Hill Park)
  • April 19 Clean Cars Kick-off (Loyola College)
  • April 22 MTA Earth Day Celebration (Shot Tower Metro Station)
  • April 25 Baltimore County Polar Fair (North Point State Park)
  • April 25 Bike Blast (Druid Hill Park)
clean commuting bicyclists  
  • May 1 Baltimore Flower Mart
  • May 2 & 3 Towsontown Festival
  • May 9 Carroll County Herb Festival (Piney Run Park)
  • May 12 Clean Air Partners 2009 Annual Membership meeting (4:00-7:00 pm at Marian Koshland Science Museum, corner of 6th & E Streets, NW, Washington DC) 
  • May 15 Bike to Work Day
  • May 17 Baltimore Bike Jam (Paterson Park)
  • May 19 Commuter Thank-you (Aberdeen MARC)
  • May 28 Harford Co. Clean Car Clinic
clean car clinic  
  • June 2 Annapolis Clean Car Clinic
  • June 4 Harford County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 19 Howard County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 22 Baltimore City Clean Car Clinic (Pimlico)
  • June 24 Anne Arundel County Clean Car Clinic
  • June 25 Howard County Clean Car Clinic
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Annapolis Town Hall Meeting on Bicycling! This Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 pm!

Biking in the Metro Area
(Save this date, and forward this invitation to your friends and neighbors!)
 
 
  Town Hall Meeting on Biking  
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Thursday, April 30th, 7:00 PM
 
Annapolis City Council Chambers
160 Duke of Gloucester Street 
 
Dear Friend,  
This Thursday we will hold a Town Hall Meeting in City Council Chambers. We'll be looking at ways of making Annapolis a more bike friendly city. Our guest speaker will be Jane Shey. 
 
A native of Algona, Iowa, Jane moved to Annapolis in 1988. She has worked in Washington, DC, for twenty years on agriculture and international trade issues for a Member of Congress.  She recently completed a Masters in European Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.  She is currently enrolled in that school's PhD. program with a focus on environmental policy and splits her time between Annapolis and Europe.
 
Jane is an avid bicyclist and proponent of bike friendly cities. Her PowerPoint presentation on the subject is informative and challenging. You won't want to miss this incredible presentation! 
A bike-friendly city will reduce the number of cars circulating through our city, improve our air quality, increase property values, and enhance our overall quality of life.
 
Plan to join us in City Council Chambers this Thursday at 7:00 pm.
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Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act

Biking in the Metro Area[Baltimore Spokes: Many cyclists have experienced the near equivalent of someone with a baseball bat approaching and saying "We don't like your kind here. " But somehow replace a baseball bat with a car and it no longer becomes a crime, this has to change! Maybe we have an opportunity at this seminar to help make that change. For 2006 Baltimore County had 68 traffic fatalities, 15 of those were pedestrians. 414 pedestrians and 91 cyclists were injured in traffic crashes. Kids are over represented in bike and pedestrian crashes, is this really the kind of environment we want?]

Catonsville Chamber of Commerce Hosts Seminar
This Year’s Subject is “Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act”

Baltimore County, Md. (April 10, 2009) - On Tuesday, April 28, the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar on the Victims of Crime Act. The seminar will also address the problems associated with gangs and related crimes.

The second annual Victim’s Rights Summit will take place at CCBC-Catonsville, in the Q Building Theater beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. This important event coincides with “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” which will take place April 26 through May 2, throughout the County and the country.

Local businesses and community groups, educational institutions and the Baltimore County Police Department have collaborated to present this year’s seminar. Law enforcement commanders from neighboring agencies and as many as 300 guests are also expected to attend this summit.

The scheduled speakers for the evening are:

* Madeline Herrington, Administrator for the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, as the Keynote Speaker;
* Robin Woolford, Executive Director of the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and an advocate for victims’ rights;
* Scott D. Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney;
* Captain John Spiroff, commanding officer of Precinct 1/Wilkens, as the moderater of the seminar; and
* Community Outreach Officers Mike Darcey and Bill Rubie will also be available to discuss Gangs and Related Crimes as it affects the community.

Joining the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce in hosting this event will be the Baltimore County Police Department-Precinct 1/Wilkens, CCBC Foundation-Catonsville, CCBC School of Justice, Arbutus Business and Professional Association, Lansdowne Business and Professional Association, St. Agnes Foundation, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization.

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