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Regional Leaders Launch "Street Smart" Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Biking in the Metro Area Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2009) The Baltimore region averages 1,700 crashes involving pedestrians each year. In 2008, 44 pedestrians were killed. There were also 500 crashes involving bicycles, with 4 fatalities.

"Road safety is a concern that has no boundaries," said Baltimore Mayor Dixon, Vice Chair of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. "It is important that we are united in our efforts to protect the lives of our residents on the streets and in the crosswalks."

In an effort to educate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers - and save lives - the Maryland State Highway Administration's Safety Office is partnering with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council to introduce the Street Smart traffic safety campaign in the Baltimore region. Street Smart is an element of SHA's "Choose Safety for Life" umbrella campaign and has been used successfully in the Washington, DC, area since 2002.
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Education is only one component of Street Smart, though. Local police are also stepping up enforcement of safety laws in Baltimore City and throughout the region. Fines for jaywalking, speeding and failure to stop for a pedestrian can range anywhere from $80 to $500.
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Elkridge cyclist, 16, dies after being struck by car early Friday

Biking in the Metro AreaA 16-year-old Elkridge boy who was hit early Friday while riding a bicycle died Saturday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he had been on life support. Benjamin Wortman of Red Barn Way was riding his bike about 12:30 a.m. Friday on Route 108 near Lark Brown Road when he was hit by a Nissan Altima driven by Aaron Jacob Lorsong. Lorsong, 26, of the 13000 block of Rover Mill Road in West Friendship was charged by Howard County police with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of heroin. Shortly after the accident, the boy's family asked doctors to put him on life support so that his organs could be donated. Police had no information Saturday evening on additional charges. Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call police at 410-313-3700.
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Sykesville physician killed in Route 32 crash

Biking in the Metro Area[OK not bike related but we do need some serious attention on making our roads safer. I feel too many don't bike because the roads feel dangerous even when you are in a car, so what hope do you have when you are on a bike?]

A 49-year-old Sykesville physician who had supported a group pushing for safety improvements on Route 32 in Howard County died in a three-vehicle accident on that road Thursday evening, according to police. Dr. Brian Edgar Emery, an ear, nose and throat specialist who lived in the 12000 block of Forest Creek Court, was pronounced dead at the scene after the Acura he was driving was struck from behind by a northbound Chevrolet Express van about 5:30 p.m. as Emery waited to make a left turn onto Amberwoods Way, police said. The crash sent the Acura into the southbound lanes, where it hit a Dodge pickup, according to police. The driver of the van, Thomas Donald Cory, 55, of the 1500 block of Henryton Road in Marriottsville, was not injured. The driver of the pickup, Robert Lewis Wyscarver, 40, of the 9300 block of Millbrook Road in Ellicott City, was taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries, according to police. Police were investigating the crash. Emery had supported the group Make Route 32 Safe, which sought safety measures on Route 32 after a woman and her 13-year-old son were killed in a crash in Jun
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Baltimore County Council to vote on speed cameras in school zone

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The Council is scheduled to vote on the measure on September 8.

A Message from Chief Jim Johnson:

The speed camera program has one goal – public safety. It is meant to protect our school children and other residents from drivers who violate the law. By their comments at community meetings, in their e-mail messages, and through their contact with members of the Police Department, members of the public are demanding safe streets in Baltimore County. This automated enforcement will help the Police Department accomplish that goal.
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About Baltimore County Speed Cameras

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Speed Cameras

From 2005 through 2007 there were 1,794 speed-related traffic accidents within a half-mile radius of public and non-public schools in Baltimore County, excluding major highways. The purpose and the goal of the speed camera program in Baltimore County is to increase public safety by reducing the number of those crashes. We want to make sure our children can make it to their schools and home again safely.

Reducing Crashes and Saving Lives

Studies have shown that speed cameras can make a difference by reducing crashes. Evaluating a program in British Columbia that involved 30 cameras, researchers found a seven percent decline in crashes, a 10 percent decline in daytime crash injuries, and up to 20 percent fewer deaths during the first year cameras were used.*
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Taking the road

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Janene Holzberg Special to The Baltimore Sun

Al Yergey crosses six traffic-choked highways on his bicycle commute to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, where he works as a chemist.

The Clemens Crossing resident rides through the intersections of jammed thoroughfares like Georgia and Wisconsin avenues with the kind of confidence that comes with biking 2,500 miles a year.

"I get my daily exercise for the price of going to work," said Yergey, who joked that though he's "well past retirement age" at 68, for three years he's been using his job as a good excuse for riding his bike half the year.
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Cyclist, 16, Brain Dead After Car Crash

Biking in the Metro AreaHOWARD COUNTY, Md. -- The family of a Howard County teen who was hit by a suspected drunken driver while riding his bike early Friday morning told 11 News the boy is brain dead.

Benjamin Wortman, 16, of Elkridge, was hit by a car while he was riding his bike on Route 108 near Lark Brown Road at about 12:30 a.m., police said.
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BikePed Beacon -- July 2009

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The following monthly 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.  
There is much to enjoy for everyone in this newsletter.  There is always plenty of information and resources available but the BMC tries to make all that information just as enjoyable as riding a bike or taking a walk.

You may peruse the newsletter highlights below but be careful not to miss anything.
 
Thank you, and Enjoy!
 
Stephanie Yanovitz
BikePed Beacon Editor

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More people may be biking due to bad gas?

Biking in the Metro Area2nd Gas Station Hit With Bad Supply
Hess Corp. Takes Blame For Bad Gas

LUTHERVILLE, Md. -- For a second time this month, contaminated gas bought in Baltimore County is being blamed for damaging dozens of cars.

The problems were first reported at the Exxon station in Parkton last week, and the Oceanic gas station on York Road in Lutherville is currently experiencing a similar problem.

Officials with Ocean Petroleum told 11 News the gas came from the Hess Corp. and damaged about a dozen vehicles Saturday night.

Jennifer Biglin's SUV was one of those vehicles.

"When I was leaving, I pulled out and everything was fine until I got to Ridgley Road, then it started to make noises and hesitate, and it didn't have any power. It sounded not normal," she said.

Biglin said she called the gas station and the owner admitted the gas was bad.
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Used Bike Collection for Charity

Biking in the Metro AreaSunday, June 21st, 12 noon - 4 pm, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Fairgrounds Plaza, 63 W. Aylesbury Rd, Timonium MD 21093. Area residents may drop off donations of bicycles, bike parts & accessories, hand tools suitable for bike shops, and portable sewing machines. Donations will benefit Bikes for the World, a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and support programs in Africa and Central America providing health, education, and employment services in poor communities. For more info, visit www.bikesfortheworld.org or call 410-252-5920.

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