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Pedestrian safety slogan exhorts but does not educate

Biking in the Metro Area[B' Spokes: Just to note we generally share the same cambaign with DC, so this is applicable here as well. I also wounder when they will alow public comment on these cambaigns before they hit the streets? Oh people who have contributed to Maryland having the 4th highest pedestrain fatality rate know what they are talking about... right. :/ Seriosly, lets start with a public comment period, OK?]
by Ben Ross. Greater Greater Washington

No one questions the need for public education about pedestrian safety, but Washington-area agencies are missing a real opportunity to educate the public in this year's annual "Street Smart" safety campaign.

Photo from Street Smart.

Both drivers and pedestrians are ignorant of some important rules of sharing the road and only dimly aware of others. With the slogan "Obey pedestrian & traffic safety laws" now visible all over the city, Washington-area transportation agencies have substituted empty exhortation for education. Their publicity campaigns should teach pedestrians and drivers how to share the road.

Few drivers understand when they must yield to pedestrians and when pedestrians must yield to them; few pedestrians know when they can and cannot cross a street in the middle of a block.


Highway agencies recognize that education about pedestrian safety must accompany engineering and enforcement. But our region, especially outside the District and Arlington, has a spotty record in engineering and enforcement. That makes educating the public about pedestrian safety all that more important.
[Emphisis mine sinse this goes double for the Balto Metro area.]
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Register for Bike To Work Day

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Bike to Work Day 2012 Banner

Bike to Work Day 2012, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, will be celebrated in the Baltimore region and across the nation on Friday May 18, 2012.

This year marks the 15th annual event in the Baltimore region and will feature events at locations around the region

Up-to-date details will be posted in the Bike Ped Beacon e-newsletter and on our Facebook page! Sign-up today!

Register For Bike To Work Day 2012

Our registration system has changed for 2012. Please click on the link below for where you plan to attend a Bike To Work Day 2012 event.

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It's hard to make Harford bike and pedestrian friendly

Biking in the Metro AreaBY ERIKA BUTLER, Baltimore Sun

It would be wonderful if we, as a society, weren't so dependent on our cars.

Maybe if some sidewalks were installed along Route 543, I'd be more apt to walk to Rite Aid or Burger King and pick up dinner. As it is, it's dangerous enough navigating that area in the car, forget about on foot.

Perhaps that's part of the big push to make Harford County more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. If I knew I'd be safe, I just might do a little more walking and a little less driving. Maybe I'm not the only one. If we had more time in our busy days and busy lives, walking and biking for things other than exercise might become the norm, not the exception.

I think that's what we all need to do, just slow it down a little bit.

Harford County wants to become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and is developing a master plan to address some of the issues with doing such.

Anticipated to be a year-long process, development of the plan will include opportunities for public input. In addition to public workshops, citizens will be able to follow the process and provide comments online at the Department's website, <a href=""></a>;, until April 16.

Just because a place is pedestrian-friendly, though, doesn't mean it's safe. I think downtown Bel Air is an easy place to walk, but getting most drivers to stop at pedestrian crosswalks is close to impossible. I run from our office to the Ma &amp; Pa Trail, crossing Main and Bond streets where they come together, a few times a week, and I can't tell you how many cars pass right by me at those crosswalks each time.
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New Road Bike Riders! Road Biking 101 Clinic on 4/29!

Biking in the Metro AreaClasses are intended for novice road riders -- those who can already ride a bicycle but want to learn basic skills and techniques for doing so safely and effectively on the road. Local bike shops will do bike safety checks.

Register here: <a href=""></a>;

Class size is limited to no more than 60 participants so please register early. This is a FREE class but BAHC will greatly appreciate donations ($5 or more) through the paypal link on the web site.
DATE Sunday, April 29, 2012
TIME 8:30 am - Noon
SCHEDULE 8:30 am - 9:00 am Sign In &amp; Bike Safety Checks
9:15 am - 10:30 am Classroom
10:30 am - Noon On The Road Practice
LOCATION Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046-2147
WARNING: All Participants must bring a helmet and a bicycle in working condition.Participants under 18 must be accompanied by or bring a waiver signed by a parent.
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The Path Forward – Cycling Innovations from Across the US

Biking in the Metro AreaWednesday, April 25, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (ET) Columbia, MD

Event Details

Hear Jennifer Toole – a nationally-recognized expert in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design on April 25, 7:30PM, at Slayton House as part of Columbia’s Community Building Speakers' Series*
A revolution is occurring across the country and that is a good thing! Cycling is on the rise and more and more communities are making investments to make cycling easier and safer. 

Come hear Jennifer Toole describe innovative communities across the US and how they are making way for bicycling. 

Last year we heard from Gil Penalosa about what’s going on in European cities. Now – on April 25 - come learn about communities in the US and their successes creating greenways, safe bike lanes, and other changes that make these communities more livable, enjoyable, and more economically competitive. Jennifer Toole is the lead consultant for the Connecting Columbia project and founder of Toole Design Group. The Twitter hashtag for this event is #CASpeakersSeries.  

More About Our Speaker
Jennifer Toole is a national leader in multi-modal planning and design. She established Toole Design Group –a planning and engineering firm that specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. The firm is nationally-recognized for this expertise and has worked on bicycle planning, design, and implementation projects throughout the United States. This national experience is complemented by substantial local knowledge and experience in the Baltimore-Washington region. The firm’s body of work also includes national guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  

The firm has offices in Silver Spring, Boston; Seattle, and Madison. 

Toole, a Columbia resident, has been involved in several national publications, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide to the Planning, Design and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, and AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities. Jennifer has authored content for the Federal Highway Administrations Coursebook on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, and Safe Routes to School Programs. Toole has served on many boards and associations including three terms as the President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. In addition, she has volunteered her time and expertise to organize Walk to School Day at her children’s elementary school in Columbia. Jennifer Toole has a Bachelor degree (Cum Laude) in Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University (1990). She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  

*More on the Speakers Series: CA’s Community Building Speakers' Series hosts thought-provoking speakers on topics that stimulate us to discuss, engage, and build our sense of community here in Columbia.*

To reserve your spot:
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Bicycle races at Laurel Speedway

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July 18, 1925. Prince George's County, Maryland. "Bicycle races at Laurel Speedway." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

via Biller's Bikes
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Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan Newsletter March 16, 2012

Biking in the Metro Area__________________________________________________


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

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Planning Board Hearing Room, Room 104
Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

If approved by the Planning Board, the plan will be submitted to the Baltimore County Council for adoption as 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 or send written comments to:

Ms. Barbara Weaver
Department of Planning, Suite 101
Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204


The draft Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan can be viewed at <a href=""></a>;. The recommendations for bicycle improvements can also be viewed on an interactive map at <a href=""></a>; 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, or would like more information, please contact Kathy Schlabach at or 410-887-3521.
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Biking in the Metro Area

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is an important part of helping to make Harford County a truly multimodal community; one that promotes and supports increased bicycle and pedestrian activity.  It is also an important step in helping Harford County become a healthier community.

Development of the Plan is anticipated to take about a year. To help with this effort, the County Executive has appointed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from various government agencies and departments as well as bicycle and pedestrian advocates.

The Advisory Committee will meet periodically throughout 2012. The first meeting was held January 25, 2012. CLICK HERE to view a summary of that meeting.

The second meeting was held February 27, 2012. CLICK HERE to view the summary.


March 28, 2012
5 PM - 8 PM
220 South Main Street, Bel Air, MD
Second Floor Conference Room

Stop in anytime to learn about
development of the

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The comment period will
begin online on March 28
Comments will be welcome through April 16

CLICK HERE to view the Press Release


The third meeting of the Advisory Committee is scheduled for 5 pm on Monday, April 30, in the second floor conference room of 220 S. Main Street, Bel Air.

Information will be posted on this site as development of the Plan progresses. As part of the planning process, public input and participation will be included through workshops and the Planning and Zoning Online Community.

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DDCC (Dublin Darlington Community Council) MEETINGS

Biking in the Metro AreaThe March 21st meeting will feature guest speaker, Janet Gleisner, Chief of Transportation and Land Use Planning for Harford County. She will present information on the newly formed Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held at the Conowingo Visitor Center on Route 1 at 7pm. Mark your calendar for the Spring Town Meeting, Wednesday, April 25, 7pm at the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company on Castleton Road. Our elected officials have been invited to give a debriefing on the 2012 Legislative Session in Annapolis. There will also be a presentation on the proposed Center for the Arts.
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MD: New Bus Route to Connect Harford, Cecil Counties

Biking in the Metro AreaB' Spokes: Of course the big question is will these buses take bikes? Will they take loaded touring bikes?

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