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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.
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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Velocipede Bicycle Co-op Documentary Emmy Award Winner

Velocipede Bike Project [I can't believe I missed this. You rock Velocipede!]

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City Paper: Best Use of Taxpayer Funds

Biking in BaltimoreBiking in Baltimore got a little less anarchic in the past two years. Sure, we're still dodging death-trap storm grates, getting pelted with Styrofoam cups and insults, being paranoid about chronic assholes, and all the rest, but at least we have this small promise from the city that it cares: Nate Evans, official bike czar. Look forward to more bike lanes/sharrows, even more bike racks, designated bike routes, and outreach and education, but, most importantly, cyclists have someone at City Hall with his ears open.
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MICA Cycling

Looking for local rides(ers)Cool! Another Baltimore bike blog and rides!
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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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Fundraiser Party this Friday!

Velocipede Bike Project Hey Everyone!!!

Our dear friend and collective member Gabby will soon be heading off on a bicycle tour, taking her south and then west across several states. Along the way, she will visit several bicycle co-ops with the goal of gathering new ideas and spreading love. Gabby needs our support to embark on this ambitious project. This Friday, Velocipede will be holding a fundraiser party. There will be music, dancing, and of course, beverages.

The evening's entertainment is provided by:
DJ Jonathan
DJ Dubar ( Molly from Ponytail )

suggested donation of $3
$1 boh!

spread the word, come and dance and wish gabby an awesome trip.
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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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Gwynns Falls trail & Edmonson Avenue

Biking in BaltimoreFYI:
Two cyclists were assaulted with rocks underneath the Edmonson Avenue overpass on the Gwynns Falls trail yesterday (9/13) around 16:45. There were two boys about 8 years old on the overpass dropping them on unsuspecting riders below. They missed one cyclists but the other was hit in the shoulder by a plum-sized rock that left her bleeding.
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Family defies no-bike policy at Maple Avenue Middle School

Biking Elsewhere...
Marino and his mother, Janette Kaddo Marino, left for school by bicycle on Wednesday morning, as they often do in good weather, despite a phone call placed to students’ homes by school officials, asking parents not to allow students to walk or ride bikes to school.

After a cold reception on Wednesday, local transportation advocates are rallying around the family, and plan to accompany the pair to school today in a bid to bolster calls for a policy change.
“The policy, when originally put in place, was put in place because of the location of the building,” White said. “The rights of individuals to ride their bikes on Route 9 is their decision.”

Route 9 is designated by the New York State Department of Transportation as a bike route.
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