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Baltimore Sun has two letters supporting walkable communities

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom Baltimore Sun via One Less Car's blog:

The first letter to the editor is from Richard Eberhart Hall, Sec of Md Dept of Planning, titled "Better planning needed for kids to walk to school". Mr. Hall talks about the need for school boards to design & build new schools as integral parts of designated community growth areas and to reinvest in existing schools in our existing neighborhoods. He says that's Smart Growth. Giving families better options to make that walk would save public dollars, the environment - and a few pounds to boot.

The second letter is from David Marks, titled " Baltimore County Could Make Schools Walkable." David focuses on his own frustration where his child and others can't safely cross Honeygo Blvd in White Marsh to walk or bike to school. He continues that the county could better scrutinize proposed developments so they connect to existing neighborhoods. David also mentions the Safe Routes to School Program and suggests creating a version of the Md Bicycle & Ped Advisory Committee. He concludes that walking and bicycling go beyond physical fitness by also reducing automobile use and lower congestion. Balto County should work to make its neighborhoods accessible to pedestrians & bicyclists. (David Marks is a former chief of staff at the MDOT and a former member of the Md Bike-Ped Advisory Committee).
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Bicycle access across the Hatem Bridge anyone?

Biking in the Metro AreaFrom the MBPAC meeting minuets:
Jeff also recalled a meeting with Harford County transit officials, Kevin and himself on getting transit service extended across the Hatem Bridge to Perryville but at this point this request is unlikely to be granted. Jeff also mentioned a telephone conference call conversation with, Judy Grillo, Michael Jackson and his immediate supervisor, Don Halligan, regarding improvements in SHA’s delivery of services to bicyclists and pedestrians. Greg stated that the East Coast Greenway would be sending a letter to Maryland Transportation Authority Acting Chair, Beverley Swaim-Staley seeking the lifting of the prohibition of bicycle access across the Hatem Bridge.
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SHARROWs Make Roads Safer for Bicyclists and Motorists

Biking in the Metro Area image A SHARROW or shared lane pavement marking is a bicycle symbols that is placed in the roadway lane, reminding motorists they should expect to see and share the lane with bicycles. Unlike bicycle lanes, they do not designate a particular part of the roadway for the use of bicyclists.

What does a SHARROW mean for motorists and bicyclists?


  • Expect to see bicyclists on the street
  • Remember to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing
  • Follow the rules of the road as if there were no SHARROW
  • Use the SHARROW to guide where you ride within the right hand side of the lane and with the direction of traffic
  • Remember not to ride too close to parked cars
  • Follow the rules of the road as if there were no SHARROW
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The Bike Project: A Visual, Literary and Cinematic Celebration of Biking in Our World

Biking in the Metro AreaOpens October 8 at Howard Community College

Released October 2, 2009

(Columbia, MD) – Howard Community College (HCC) features “The Bike Project: A Visual, Literary and Cinematic Celebration of Biking in Our World,” from October 8 to November 15, 2009 in the Rouse Company Foundation (RCF) Gallery on the campus of HCC. The project includes multimedia exhibitions and a film festival. A reception will be held on October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the RCF Gallery, located inside the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The exhibition, reception, and film festival are free and open to the public.

The Bike Project: A Literary Exploration explores biking through writing. Bikers often share the joys and challenges that they experience from the physical, social and emotional aspects of biking through writing, in blogs, sports publications and online forums. Based on the NPR writing project titled, “This I Believe...”, bikers were asked to respond, in writing, to the theme, “I bike because…” Over 50 riders, most of those whom are not writers, responded. Their candid, insightful and creative responses express a well rounded and poignant picture of the power of biking in their lives, and those around them. Copies of their writings are available at the galleries.

The Bike Project: An Exhibition is invitational exhibition held in The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery. While the literary component of The Bike Project focused on bikers, who are not necessarily artists or writers, the exhibition does the opposite. Established artists—painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, printmakers, etc—who are not necessarily avid cyclists, were asked to create bike related artwork. An exciting number of artists (46) took on the challenge. The resulting artwork will be displayed in the galleries from October 8 to November 15, 2009.

The Bike Project: Did You Get That? Great Moments On (and Off) the Bike, Photos by Bikers is an open exhibition where bikers were asked to submit up to three photos of their choosing that depict their biking experiences. It will be shown in the Art Department Gallery of McCuan Hall (MH) October 8 to November 15, 2009.

The Bike Project – A Film Festival, runs October 19 to 23 in the Monteabaro Recital Hall of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The Monday, October 19, 7 p.m. screening features two films: “Off Road to Athens,” which captures the personal struggles and sacrifices of eight cyclists trying to make the U.S. Olympic team, and “24 Solo,” which follows Howard County resident and 24 Hour Solo World Champion Chris Eatough on his quest to a seventh consecutive title.

The Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m. screening features three films -- “The Collective,” “Roam,” and “Seasons” -- that portray the newest and cutting edge images of the freeride progression while exploring thoughts and personalities of the riders leading to the progression, as well as following seven of the world’s best mountain bikers through the course of four seasons of one year.

The Friday, October 24, 7 p.m. screening features “Klunkerz,” a thoughtful and accurate portrayal of the cycling enthusiasts of Northern California’s Marin County, where mountain biking originated among a diverse group of cyclist racers and fun-loving hippies looking for a way to commune with nature. Their original hefty steeds were affectionately knows as Klunkerz.

Exhibit viewing hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery is located in the Horowitz Arts Center on the Howard Community College campus at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044. For more information about the exhibition and gallery programs, visit <a href=""></a>; or email RBafford [at]
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Bicycle safety event in Annapolis, October 29th - register now

Biking in the Metro AreaThe City of Annapolis in partnership with the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team (ABRT) invites you to join us at the…


City Dock, Market House

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

REGISTER AT: <a href=""></a>;

· The first 80 registrants to attend* will receive a bicycle light set (front and rear light).

· Free bicycle tune-ups and assistance mounting light set provided by local bike shops

· See latest cycling products for the new season

· Door prizes and discount coupons for bicycle safety items

· Refreshments courtesy of Hard Bean Coffee &amp; Booksellers and A*censored*ers.

*An additional 20 light sets will be distributed at random to all remaining registrants at the event at 6:00pm.

Register in advance until October 28th at: <a href=""></a>;

On-site registration available but pre-registration is encouraged!

For further information, contact Iain Banks at

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Keep Gym in School Program

Biking in the Metro Area[This is a nice start but still I would like to see the public demand that bike riding should be safe for kids, as a healthy and active life style cannot be contained just to school grounds and school hours.]

GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 29, 2009) –NFL Network teamed up with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Verizon FiOS TV and the Baltimore Ravens today to kick off the Keep Gym in School program in Anne Arundel County public schools and officially inaugurate newly-refurbished Physical Education facilities at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie.
“The health of our children is among our highest priorities, and we all hold a responsibility to address issues like childhood obesity,” said Governor O’Malley. “We’re working hard to reverse the trend here in Maryland and welcome the support of NFL Network through its comprehensive Keep Gym in School program. We’re laying the groundwork now for a bright and healthy future.”

“The numbers can’t be ignored – childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980. We have to make it a priority now to teach young people how to be healthy and fit. And one of the best places to reach them is in school,” said Jamie Dukes. “That’s why NFL Network is expanding the reach of ‘Keep Gym in School’ to help more kids have access to physical activity in school.”
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Public Safety Day - Saturday, October 3 at Eastpoint Mall

Biking in the Metro AreaHmmm 14,259 crashes resulting in 70 lives lost and 6,972 people injured in Baltimore County and this is not a topic of public safety??? WTF?

Nothing against fire safety et al but we need more focus on traffic safety!
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·         Tour Du Port is Sunday, October 4 (One Less Car)

·         International Walk To School Day is Monday, October 7 (National Center for Safe Routes to School)


AND then the Roland Park Civic League Oct. 23-25th Sustainability Weekend one attached with emphasis on the Sunday Streets Cyclovia!!!

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Baltimore lawyer bikes to work from Owings Mills

Biking in the Metro Area
September 18, 2009 7:15 PM
During rush hour, H. Mark Stichel says, his 14-mile commute takes about the same time on two wheels as on four — although going home takes a little longer on the bike, because it’s uphill.

His name is H. Mark Stichel, but drivers who take Falls Road to work may know him as that blur on a speeding bike who’s making better time than they are.

Stichel, a litigator with Gohn, Hankey & Stichel LLP in downtown Baltimore, bikes to work two or three days a week from his home in Owings Mills, about 14½ miles away. It takes him under an hour to get to work, a little longer to get back because he’s riding uphill.

“What I discovered is, it didn’t take me much longer to ride my bike to work than it did to drive, especially in rush hour,” Stichel said.

“For an extra 20, 25 minutes, I get a workout,” he said.

Stichel starts his commute at about 8 a.m. on narrow, no-shoulder roads in Baltimore County. The roads’ advantage is that they are lightly trafficked.

After that, Stichel takes Falls Road down through the county and into the city. That road has more cars, but it’s also wider.

He said he gets heckled occasionally by drivers who honk at him or shout things. One man called him a “young punk,” apparently unaware that the “punk” was actually a middle-aged lawyer.

“Do you realize I’m probably older than you are?” Stichel remembers thinking.

Stichel carries no briefcase or backpack with him when he bikes. He keeps a substantial chunk of his wardrobe at the office, and when he gets there, he washes up and changes in the men’s room.

“It would be nice to have a shower” in the building, but “no one’s complained” to him about his post-ride hygiene, he said. That said, he generally doesn’t bike in on days when he has an important meeting.

Stichel, 50, said he’s in much better shape now than he was before 2001, when he began riding to work.

“Before I started riding, I was 20 pounds heavier than I am now,” he said. “I can remember, this was about 10 years ago, [when] I went running after a bus, trudging through an airport with suitcases, I would get out of breath. Now, 10 years later, that doesn’t happen. …”
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BikePed Beacon -- September 2009

Biking in the Metro Area

The following monthly newsflash from the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board details current news and events in regards to biking and walking both in and around the Baltimore region.

The information found in the newsflash is informative; it could inspire some to become more involved in the process of improving conditions for biking and walking.  
There is much to enjoy for everyone in this newsletter.  There is always plenty of information and resources available but the BMC tries to make all that information just as enjoyable as riding a bike or taking a walk.

You may peruse the newsletter highlights below but be careful not to miss anything.
Thank you and Enjoy!
Stephanie Yanovitz
BikePed Beacon Editor

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