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State Approves Grant for Towson 'Bike Beltway'

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: There is no doubt that Governor O'Malley's Cycle Maryland program is doing some good, 20:80 match rather then 50:50 match and on-road bicycling facilities are also up for this grant rather then just trails. As good as this is, there is still more that can and should be done, stay tuned while I invigilate our options.]
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By Tyler Waldman, Towson Patch

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The $100,000 grant will go towards construction and signage on the bike loop around central Towson.

"These grants will help local jurisdictions build key connections that make bicycling a true transportation option," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement announcing Tuesday's grants. "Bicycling is a win-win for all of us by helping us learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures, reducing the impact on the land, improving our fitness and well-being, and enhancing our quality of life.”

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a transportation consultant and former MDOT staffer, said he was "thrilled" to hear of the grant approval.

"We have a lot of congestion in Towson," Marks said. "It's difficult to add highway capacity, so we have to do whatever we can to maximize the use of the current road network and that is what this is doing."
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http://towson.patch.com/articles/state-approves-grant-for-towson-bike-beltway
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Cyclocross Fall Class 9-17 yrs / Sep 20 / $30

Biking in the Metro AreaCyclocross Instruction
9-17 yrs / Sep 20 / $30
Boys and girls learn the basics of cyclocross, a blend of road and mountain biking in a fun and safe environment. No experience required. Students must (1) be able to ride without assistance; (2) have a bike that is suitable for off-road use (mountain bikes are OK); (3) have an approved helmet; and (4) have a local bike shop do a free safety check of bike prior to first class.
Instruction given by experienced cyclists. Focus is on racing techniques and building confidence by riding through a cyclocross race course. Students with regular attendance receive prizes and free admission to the Howard County Double Cross Race. Read concussion information on
http://www.howardcountymd.gov/concussioninformation.htm.

Review of this information is required by law before you are allowed to register for sports programs.
Registration: 410-313-7275. Information: Mike Blevins, 410-313-1691.

RP5920.101 Rockburn Branch Pk – Pavilion 5-6 PM Th

Thanks,

Michael Blevins
Sports Manager
Howard County Recreation & Parks
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Howard County Bicycle Master Plan

Biking in the Metro Area

Howard County is developing its first Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is the lead agency administering the planning process. To ensure a comprehensive look at bicycling, DPZ has secured the involvement of a number of other county agencies including the Office of the County Executive, the County Council and Department of Public Works. Visit the Technical Advisory Group page for a list of agencies and representatives involved.

The master plan will address bicycling for both transportation and recreation; and will look at on-road and off-road bicycling facilities. A variety of methods will be used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops in the Fall of 2012 and availability of an interactive on-line map. The master planning process is expected to last a year from June 2012 – June 2013.

Bicycle Master Plan Goals & Objectives
  • Identify and develop countywide system of bicycle facilities to foster connectivity within and between the following: villages, communities and neighborhoods throughout the County, as well as neighboring cities and counties, parks and recreation centers, schools and educational institutions, commercial and employment centers, and regional and local transit facilities.
  • Facilitate recreational and transportation trips by bicycle in the County and improve safety for all types of bicyclists.
  • Recommend County policies that will support bicycling, including bikeway facility design.
  • Build public support for implementation of the Plan.


http://bikehoward.com/
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Teen Bicyclist Sent to Hopkins After Collision with Car

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Marc Shapiro, Owings Mills Patch

A 13-year-old boy was sent to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Friday after he collided with a car while riding his bike at 7:14 p.m., police said.

“The bicyclist was heading west on Academy Avenue,” said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Police’s Franklin Precinct. “The car was traveling north on Highfalcon [Road] and the bicyclist did not stop at the stop sign.” [B' Spokes: How do we know this? Driver testimony only?]

The teen was thrown from his bicycle after colliding with the 2005 Acura TL, which was driven by a 60-year-old Reisterstown man. The severity of his injuries is unknown, but he was conscious at the scene and able to speak with police officers, Doarnberger said.

No charges will be filed in the incident.

http://owingsmills.patch.com/articles/teen-bicyclist-sent-to-hopkins-after-collision-with-car
[B' Spokes: I am under the opinion that at fault discussion should exist on both sides of car/bike collisions, so I am concerned that there is no mention (consideration) that the driver may be at fault in this case. Granted this is a kind of intersection that cyclists might be prone to not fully stop for but I will assert we rarely ride in front of a car that we can see coming.

My next assertion is that motorist in Maryland rarely obey the speed limit, with 10 to 15mph above the speed limit being rather typical, and that is rarely seen as illegal behavior by the police, this concerns me a great deal especially on roads where cyclists and pedestrians are present. Speed can make the critical difference between life and death and between a crash and no crash.

It is known in traffic engineering circles that intersections need "daylighting" (be free of obstructions) so cross traffic can get an adequate look down the road so they can cross safely. How much clear space is needed depends on the speed of the road. But what if the cross traffic speed is exceeding the designed speed of the clear zone? The cross traffic would be invisible until it was too late to react.

And that's what I speculate might have happen here (or more correctly, I would feel a lot better if the speed of the motorist was carefully looked into.) From my Google Earth snapshot below I drew a 4 second line (2 second reaction time + 2 second stopping time) for a car that is traveling 35mph. It looks to me as the cyclist approached from the east (top of photo) a 35mph motorist was hidden behind the tree but would have been visible if the motorist was traveling 25mph.
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§ 21-101.(t) Right-of-way. -- "Right-of-way" means the right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner on a highway in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian.

I'll note that I have yet to see this portion of legal code applied to crashes with cyclists and pedestrians, to summarize, a motorist loses their legal right-of-way when breaking the law (such as speeding.) My point in this is a cyclist/ped should not be at fault if a motorist zips around a corner and hits them. We need time to react to traffic and we should not have the legal obligation of having to yield to traffic traveling too fast for conditions.

Conclusion: Cyclists, please keep in mind that not all low traffic intersections are created the same, some hide speeding traffic too well and give you very little time to react, use your hearing to hear approaching traffic. Motorists, please 35-40mph in residential is not acceptable. Police, please enforce the traffic laws. Thanks to all who help make this world a little safer.]


Somewhat related:
Cokinos, who was 23 at the time, was speeding at 56 miles an hour in a 30-mile-an-hour zone when he struck Luis -- who was crossing Springtown Road in front of his home.

Seven months later in November, a Montgomery County District Court judge found Cokinos not guilty of negligent driving or contributing to an accident.
http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php?topic=42800.0;wap2
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In Metro Portland, Car Collisions More Costly Than Congestion

Biking in the Metro AreaIf that is true in the Portland metro area how much more so for Baltimore County?

Population
Portland Metro 2,226,009
Baltimore County 805,029

Fatal crashes from 2007-2009
Portland Metro 151
Baltimore County 270

So with 61% of the population of Portland Metro we have 179% more fatal crashes. Yet we spend more time and money in trying to "solve" congestion then improving safety. Priorities need to change!

Portland metro crash info: http://streetsblog.net/2012/06/21/in-metro-portland-car-collisions-more-costly-than-congestion/
And http://bikeportland.org/2012/06/20/metro-state-of-safety-report-collisions-cost-region-958-million-per-year-73564
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Be on the look out for a Nissan light silver or gray with front end damage

Biking in the Metro AreaCyclist Struck Near Furnace Avenue in Hit-and-Run
An investigation indicated that Shenefiel was struck by a Nissan (possibly a Sentra) built before 1993. The color of the parts recovered at the scene are light silver or gray, possibly with pearl in the paint, police said.

The car could have damage to the front bumper on the passenger side, and may have damage to the right front headlight and marker light. The car is also missing part of the housing to the mirror assembly on the right side.


Citizens are asked to contact 911 or the Anne Arundel County Police Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573 with any information.
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County Plans Bike 'Beltway' Around Central Towson

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Not to be critical of initial efforts (as we all need to start somewhere) but I would be a lot happier if the initial offering stressed the beginnings of network looking more like tick-tack-toe then a loop. We need north/south streets, we need east/west streets that intersect, we need routes that bring people in and out of the downtown area.]
By Tyler Waldman, Patch

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Call it the inner-inner loop.

A committee of local bicyclists has submitted a plan for Towson's own "bike beltway," to be created by adding bike lanes to some county roads in central Towson, County Councilman David Marks announced Monday.

"My goal was to make Towson as bike- and pedestrian friendly as possible and these are some really simple improvements we can make to reach that goal," Marks said.

The 4.2-mile route would loop past county government buildings, shopping centers, schools and colleges. Potential extensions could add spurs into the Towson roundabout and extend to the Towson Family Center Y, Rodgers Forge Elementary School, Loch Raven High School and North Baltimore.
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http://towson.patch.com/articles/county-plans-bike-beltway-around-central-towson
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Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Newsletter May 31, 2012

Biking in the Metro AreaPLANNING BOARD ADOPTS WESTERN PLAN
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The Baltimore County Planning Board unanimously approved the Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan on April 19, 2012. The plan has been transmitted to the Baltimore County Council for adoption as an amendment to the County master plan.

Planning office staff thanks the many people who took the time to attend the public hearing held earlier in April. The Planning Board made two changes based on the comments they received. The amendments revised the location of a recommended bicycle route in the Villa Nova community and a shared use path in the Woodlawn area.

The approved plan is available at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/westbikeped.

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BIKE ROUTE/LANES PROPOSED ON EDMONDSON AVENUE
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The Baltimore County Department of Planning has been awarded a Maryland Bikeways Grant to install bike lane striping and bike route signs along Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville. Together with the existing striping and signage west of Dutton Avenue, the new improvements will provide a continuous bike route from the No. 9 Trolley Trail to the Gwynns Falls Trail.

A citizen input meeting on the proposal will be held:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Fellowship Hall, Christian Temple Church
5820 Edmondson Avenue
Catonsville MD 21228

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Kathy Schlabach at kschlabach@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-3521.
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Police say teenage cyclist hit a car - comments say otherwise

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: After reading the comments something sounds suspicious here.]
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By: Cheryl Conner, ABC 2 News

Rod - A scary accident for a 14-year-old boy, who Baltimore County police say was crossing York Rd. in Rodgers Forge on his bike when he ran into a car. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric with non life-threatening injuries.

The boy was with a friend, who was not injured. Ginger Parsons comforted the boy before paramedics arrived.

"I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the parts going up in the air," Parsons said. "He was saying my legs, my legs, it's my legs. And then he has cement burns on his elbow," she said.

Police say the driver stayed at the scene and called 911.


Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/homepage_showcase/police-say-teenage-cyclist-hit-a-car
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Towson University's bike rental program off to a fast start

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Randi Weitzman, Examiner

Towson University students know how to save every penny while preserving the precious resources of the planet. As part of Earth Month, which derived from Earth Day, April 22, the Department of Student Affairs began the Bike Rental Pilot Program on Friday, March 30.

The program allows students to sign up for free bike rental with the objective of promoting a more affordable, healthier, and more efficient mode of transportation around the Towson campus. With gas prices hovering at around $4.00 per gallon, this idea seemed like the perfect way to combine the community activities coordinated around saving natural resources with budgeting expenses.

With 25 bikes available on a first come first serve basis, all of the two-wheelers were rented out within minutes of the noon kick-off. This was an obvious solution for those tired of waiting for gas-guzzling shuttle buses; paying for limited parking and wasting petrol looking for a coveted empty spot on the crowded campus; and a more efficient way to navigate from class to class with regards to being on time for class.


Continue reading: http://www.examiner.com/article/towson-university-s-bike-rental-program-off-to-a-fast-start

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