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Traffic calming sought outside Westchester Elementary School

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun

...Vahlsing, who estimated that motorists often exceed the 25 mph speed limit on Old Frederick Road.

"There's no reduce speed signs, no flashing lights," Vahlsing said. "There's not even a crosswalk there, nothing to suggest to a driver passing by the school that there's a reason to slow down."

Vahlsing has also complained persistently to County Councilman Tom Quirk, whose 1st District includes the Catonsville area.

"My goal is not to be snarky or confrontational, but when it comes to public safety, moreover the safety of grandparents and children, I am not one to stand still and hope things get done," he said in an Oct. 2 email to Quirk's aide, Catherine Engers.

Quirk said he has scheduled a meeting with Vahlsing and county transportation engineers and public works officials to discuss possible solutions, including traffic-calming measures on Old Frederick Road at Devere Lane.

Vahlsing said he would like to see speed humps, but Engers told Vahlsing in a Sept. 13 email that Old Frederick Road is designated as a collector road and isn't eligible for speed humps.
B' Spokes: There is something wrong if non-arterial roads in front of schools cannot get effective traffic calming measures. More to the point, speed humps and speed tables are often confused in the vernacular and a speed table would be appropriate here and more effective then other traffic calming measures IMHO.
Speed Table:
Chokers (a typical type of traffic calming):

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Man hurt in bicycle accident

Biking in the Metro AreaCapital Gazette

A 53-year-old man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he fell off a bicycle Saturday afternoon.
Lt. Cliff Kooser, a spokesman for the county fire department, said the accident happened around 2 p.m. at Crain Highway and 5th Avenue SE in Glen Burnie.
The man suffered injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
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5th Annual Bicycling Advocates Bike HoCo Ride -- Sunday October 14

Biking in the Metro Area5th ANNUAL BIKE HOCO RIDE
(Formerly the BAHC All-Club Ride)
Hosted by: Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC), APL Cycling Club, Glenelg Gang, Ho Co Cyclists, and the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club

It’s that time again to join other Howard County cyclists and enjoy a GREAT Fallride and social. This is the fifth year that BAHC has organized this ride. Last year over 120 Howard County riders participated.

Date & Time: SUNDAY, October 14, 2012

· Check-in/Registration begins at 8:30am

· Rides start at 9:00am sharp!

Location: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

· Start/Check-in: APL Softball Field Parking Lot

· Post-Ride Social: APL Picnic Pavilion

· Navigation/Google maps location: Across from 7150 Sanner Road, Clarksville, MD

General Information:

* We will have 63/45/34/26 mile routes. BAHC has cue sheets and GPS data file on its web site: copies will be available at check-in).

· Sign in 8:30 am (ALL riders need to sign waiver to participate) -- staggered ride start at 9am (faster Metric riders first and slower 26 mile riders last).

· Princeton Sports will again provide SAG support.

· We areplanning a rest stop for the longer rides at the Glenwood Community Center on Rt 97 (MMTC is hosting) with the metric stopping there twice and the 45 mile route stopping there once.

* All riders are invited to participate in a post-ride social at the APL Picnic Pavilion (on the other end of softball ball field from the parking area) after the ride. BAHC will set up grills and supply water/Gatorade and snacks. All Clubs and individuals are welcome to bring their own picnic supplies (use the grills) and drinks. Bring your own beer and some to share (especially if it is a good micro brew). Beer/ alcohol may only be consumed in the picnic pavilion area not in the parking lot.
* We will need volunteers are need help run check-in and prep/clean up the picnic area.


· BAHC is a §501(c)4 tax-exempt organization. We are requesting a minimum donation of $5 a rider to help fund our efforts as advocates for the cyclists of Howard County. This is our only 2012 fundraiser.

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Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Newsletter

Biking in the Metro AreaBaltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Newsletter
September 25, 2012


The Baltimore County County Council has scheduled a public hearing on the Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan:

Monday, October 15, 2012 following the Council meeting which begins at 6 p.m. (Speaker registration is held between 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.)
County Council Hearing Chamber, Second Floor
Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

If adopted by the County Council, the plan will become an amendment to the County master plan. Expressions of support for the plan will aid in the plan's adoption and future implementation. Please attend the public hearing to voice your opinion.

The Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan was reviewed and approved by the Planning Board on April 19, 2012. It can be viewed at

The recommendations for bicycle improvements can also be viewed on an interactive map at by selecting the Bicycle Facilities tab to the right. The map depicts the recommendations of both the Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans. The Eastern Plan was approved by the Baltimore County Council in 2006.

If you have any questions about the plan, or would like more information, please contact Kathy Schlabach at or 410-887-3521.
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Man Falls From Bicycle, Hit By Car, Dies

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Robert Lang, WBAL

Baltimore County Police say a 27-year-old man died after he was hit by a car, minutes after he fell off a bicycle.

The accident took place just after 3:30 Saturday morning at the intersection of Fuselage Avenue and Right Wing Drive in Essex.

Police say Jason Leonard of Joppa had been riding his bicycle on Right Wing Drive, when he fell and then was hit by a car at the intersection.

The driver of the car, 25-year-old Brandon Cook of Essex remained at the scene.

Cook was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.

Police are still investigating.
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Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee Members

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[This reference may come in handy.]
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Howard County Bicycle Master Plan -- First Citizen Workshop Saturday

Biking in the Metro AreaThe first citizen workshop meeting for development of the first Howard County Bicycle Master Plan is this Saturday morning:
Workshop 1 – September 22, 2012 (Miller Branch Library; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Other upcoming workshop events:
Workshop 2 – October 3, 2012 (East Columbia Branch Library; 6:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m.)
Workshop 3 – October 24, 2012 (JHU – Applied Physics Lab, Building 1, Parsons Auditorium; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Workshop 4 – November 7, 2012 (Glenwood Branch Library; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Workshop 5 – November 2012 (Elkridge area)
Workshop 6 – November 2012 (Savage/North Laurel area)

A survey and interactive map have been added to the county’s bike master plan website.

BAHC has worked with the County Government for the past 4 years to get to this point. Now we need to have cyclists attend each of these events to ensure that our views are expressed and to demonstrate the interest and commitment of the HC cycling community. Please plan on trying to attend one – or more – workshops.

Forward this to your listserves and to cycling friends.


Jack Guarneri

President, Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC)
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Cyclist Hurt After Crash on Davidsonville Road

Biking in the Metro AreaMedics transported a 21-year-old man to Shock Trauma after the collision at about 8 a.m. Monday.
By Tim Lemke, Crofton Patch

A bicyclist was seriously hurt Monday morning after a collision on Davidsonville Road.

Lt. Cliff Kooser of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said units responded at about 8 a.m. Monday to a report of a crash involving a car and bicycle in the 2100 block of Davidsonville Road.

Medics transported a 21-year-old man to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kooser said the man's injuries were described as serious, but not life-threatening.

Kooser said officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department and Crofton Police Department also responded to the scene.
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Exercise Your Body And Mind At Bikeabout 2012

Biking in the Metro Area

Did you know bicycling has been linked to improved mental health? Come exercise your mind and body at the 12th annual Columbia BikeAbout on Saturday, September 15, starting between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront.

BikeAbout is a 13-mile, history-filled journey through Columbia. Participants will experience a self-paced ride that uses Columbia’s pathways and street connections where necessary.

Features on this year’s BikeAbout will include:

  • Blandair Park: Phase 1 is open — what’s next?
  • Woodlawn Slave Quarters: CA’s sensitive restoration helps interpret Howard County history
  • Oakland Ridge Industrial Park: Columbia’s first industrial area has become a hidden marketplace
  • Thunder Hill: From Sleeping Dog Lane to Soaring Hill, the story behind the street names
  • Jackson Pond: From farm pond, to experimental storm water retention, to neighborhood amenity
  • Symphony Woods and downtown redevelopment: Past, present and future

Here are three reasons why you should participate in BikeAbout 2012:

  1. Great exercise. Biking helps improve cardiovascular fitness and burns off calories. Not to mention, it has been linked to improved mental health (as mentioned above)
  2. It’s a fun history lesson. There is so much history in your own backyard. Learn about the history of Columbia in areas including Oakland Ridge Industrial (Columbia’s first industrial area), Jackson Pond, Symphony Woods and more.
  3. Save gas. Why drive around Columbia when you can ride your bike? Let’s face it, gas isn’t cheap anymore. Save your gas.

Pre-registration for the BikeAbout is encouraged. Registration can be done online at Online registration ends September 13.

Columbia BikeAbout is hosted by Columbia Archives. For more information, go, email or call 410-715-6781.

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Man on bicycle taken to hospital after car accident

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Typically from my experience "bike collided with a vehicle" means the cyclist was right hocked and the police are looking to make sure the driver faces no charges. Shameful if you ask me but there is not enough information to state this one way or the other but then why the statement in favor of the motorist?]
The Capital Gazette

A 54-year-old was taken to the hospital after the bike he was riding collided with a vehicle Sunday afternoon in Pasadena.

they found the man suffering from serious but non-life threatening injuries, fire department spokesman Division Chief Michael Cox said.

Preliminary reports from police indicate that the man was involved in an accident with a Lincoln Town car, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

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