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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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SHA TO HOST PUBLIC HEARING FOR I-795/DOLFIELD ROAD/ PLEASANT HILL ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT PLANNING STUDY

Biking in the Metro AreaSpeakers’ List Available for Sign -Up through June 15; Comments Accepted through July 22

Who:
State Highway Administration (SHA) representatives
Baltimore County government representatives
Residents, businesses, community organizations and area officials

What:
SHA will host the location/design public hearing for the I-795 at Dolfield Boulevard/Pleasant Hill Road Interchange project planning study in Baltimore County. The study is evaluating possible transportation improvements along the I-795 corridor and several intersections within the study area, including a potential interchange at the Pleasant Hill Road overpass and improved access to the planned growth corridor along Red Run Boulevard .

When/Where:
Monday, June 22, 2009 at 6 p.m.
New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard Owings Mills , MD 21117

Open House begins at 6 p.m. Public Testimony begins at 7 p.m.
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Citizen's Guide: Regional Transportation Planning

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Letter to the Editor Support Speed Cams

Biking in the Metro AreaDear HoC0 Times Folks, I would like to add my comments and support for the newly passed legislation for Speed Cams in Howard Co. where there is a shown need to slow auto traffic down. I live off of Bethany Lane(30'wide two lanes Rd. no shoulders or sidewalks) just around the corner from the Harbin Farms Fruit Stand, which we the neighbors greatly appreciate and support. The speed limit on Bethany from Rt. #99 to Rt. #40 is posted at 30 MPH and traffic/police reports show most cars are exceeding over 40 MPH. Constant Police Radar Enforcement slows the autos down while the police are there, but the speeding returns when our busy police are not enforcing the 30 MPH Speed Limit. I would suggest and hope that Bethany Lane be a spot for a speed camera(two Church Schools/ Many School Bus Stops/USPS Mail Boxes/ Many children on Bethany) and a great need to slow traffic down on this busy road.

Many talk about speed cams as a Money Maker, but I would like add from my 27 years as Firefighter in Washington, DC that the safety of our neighbors outside their autos Bike/Ped are the Real Safety Issues. We have found in our Safety Experiences that if you are hit by an auto(Outside your Car) going 25 MPH you have a 90% of survival and if hit by an auto 40 MPH you have a 90% chance of being killed.

The Speed Cams Law allows you to go 42 MPH on a 30 MPH Road before you are ticketed (A 40% Leeway) which I feel is more than acceptable). My view and support for Speed Cams is to obey the Posted Speed Limits and drive comfortable and not fear the Speed Cams and keep our communities safe for all the users of our busy roadways. I have contacted my Councilman Greg Fox and told him along with our fine Police Chief William McMahon that we need Speed Cams on Bethany Lane. Speed Cameras are about Safety, allowing our police officers to spend more of their valuable time on other important police matters and not Radar Duties as the Speed Cameras work 24 hours and work without police minding them. If there is revenue money left over the funds are to be directed to Public Safety Enhancements not the General Funds.

The time has come to take back our streets and have modern technology work for us. Your help and assistance in this important matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Bill Kelly
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2 bicyclists hospitalized after accident in Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Meredith Cohn | Baltimore Sun

Two bicyclists were hospitalized Friday morning after an accident in Annapolis, police said.

A person in a parked car on Main Street opened a door into the path of two oncoming bicyclists, according to Ray Weaver, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.

One of the riders was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and the other was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Weaver said. Their conditions were unknown.

The accident occurred on Bike To Work Day, a regional and national event that aims to promote biking as an alternative mode of transportation.
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Biller's Bikes Memorial Day Bash!

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Biller's Bikes Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Memorial Day Party w/ The Hula Monsters
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 Come to Biller's Bikes on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) for the Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Party at the new shop and showroom in downtown Havre de Grace, MD. All friends, family and customers are eagerly invited!
  We're hosting The Hula Monsters (featuring friend Mark Noone of Slickee Boys and Rhodes Tavern Troubadours fame) on the cool new SUN stage. Special guest star band The Rowdy Boys will play, and expect guest appearances by the fabulous Singing Sisters, too.   Bring your bike and enjoy beer and beverage, BBQ and top-notch bands on Biller's Bikes delicious new SUN stage RAIN OR SHINE.   Ten dollars donation per adult requested (kids are free). Donation includes all the B's above, and a chance to win sets of tickets to see the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles Minor League) from first-base dugout seats at charming Ripken Stadium.   Call 443-502-2377 for additional info, or see www.billersbikes.com/events.    See you Monday, May 25, from 1 to 9 pm, at Biller' Bikes! Big party!
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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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