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Biking in Maryland A bicyclist was struck and very seriously injured two weeks ago (Sunday October 30, the day before Halloween) on Randolph Road at Sherwood Forest Drive, just west of New Hampshire Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a hit and run -- the driver didn't stay at the scene and didn't give any aid to the injured cyclist. The cyclist was riding in the right lane and was apparently struck from behind. The incident happened at 3 pm, on a very sunny day as I recall.
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Speed and pedestrian safety

<img width="134" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051116120103843_1.gif" alt="">Faster speeds not only reduce the amount of time pedestrians and vehicles have to react to each other, but also increase the likelihood of a pedestrian being killed in a crash. A pedestrian hit by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph has an 85 percent chance of being killed; at 30 mph, it goes down to 45 percent, while at 20 mph, it is only 5 percent.

- U.K. Department of Transportation, Killing Speed and Saving Lives, London, 1987.
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What's in YOUR bike bag?

<img width="160" height="99" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/2005111408462188_1.gif" alt="">-Rita Zeidner on the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club list serve

Here, in response to popular request and in no particular order, a summary.
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Peter at minkhollow

Absolute minimum? A cell phone, to call my wife and ask her nicely to come out and pick me up. If I'm riding way out in the country, I stick with my Verizon phone, since they have more coverage, and it has an analog mode. (Don't leave it on -- analog mode runs the battery down quickly.)

If I need to be more independent:

- Small (but powerful) pump that can actually pump up a tire in a reasonable amount of time - Spare tube - Tire levers - All-in-one tool with hex wrenches, screwdrivers, and a chain tool.- Piece of old tire casing to use as a boot in case of major tire failure

I carry more than that, but those are the things I feel I need.
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SHA says to h*** with pedestrian safety

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Biking in Maryland<img width="160" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20051008201114705_1.JPG" alt="">&quot;Speak up! Make a difference&quot; is the title of the League of American Cyclist coverage of the NIH bike rally in their fall issue of American Bicyclist (pg 5.) And BaltimoreSpokes is mentioned as one of the advocacy organizations that stepped in to help.

Photo: Left to right: Elizabeth Preston, League of American Cyclists; Angela Atwood-Moore, NIH Bicycle Commuter Club; Barry Childress, BaltimoreSpokes; Jack Cochrane, MoBike. Photo Credit Tchad Moore.
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police are seeking witnesses

<img width="97" height="120" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20050727105241191_1.gif" alt=""> A female cyclist was attacked on the CCT Trail on May 21. She was struck several times and her bicycle stolen. One week later a male
cyclist was killed on the Mount Vernon Trail (Daingerfield Island) in a failed robbery attempt. The suspect who was charged with the
slaying has been identified by the May 21 victim as her assailant.

As convictions can be difficult to obtain the police are seeking more information and witnesses. The likelihood of a conviction may
depend on how much quality information the police can acquire.

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Another MD cyclist killed this weekend

Biking in MarylandA cyclist riding on the shoulder of the road gets hit in Charles County.

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/22/AR2005072201968.html">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/22/AR2005072201968.html</a>;

By Christian Davenport and Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, July 23, 2005; Page A01
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