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Cyclist, 16, Brain Dead After Car Crash

Biking in the Metro AreaHOWARD COUNTY, Md. -- The family of a Howard County teen who was hit by a suspected drunken driver while riding his bike early Friday morning told 11 News the boy is brain dead.

Benjamin Wortman, 16, of Elkridge, was hit by a car while he was riding his bike on Route 108 near Lark Brown Road at about 12:30 a.m., police said.
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BikePed Beacon -- July 2009

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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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More people may be biking due to bad gas?

Biking in the Metro Area2nd Gas Station Hit With Bad Supply
Hess Corp. Takes Blame For Bad Gas

LUTHERVILLE, Md. -- For a second time this month, contaminated gas bought in Baltimore County is being blamed for damaging dozens of cars.

The problems were first reported at the Exxon station in Parkton last week, and the Oceanic gas station on York Road in Lutherville is currently experiencing a similar problem.

Officials with Ocean Petroleum told 11 News the gas came from the Hess Corp. and damaged about a dozen vehicles Saturday night.

Jennifer Biglin's SUV was one of those vehicles.

"When I was leaving, I pulled out and everything was fine until I got to Ridgley Road, then it started to make noises and hesitate, and it didn't have any power. It sounded not normal," she said.

Biglin said she called the gas station and the owner admitted the gas was bad.
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Used Bike Collection for Charity

Biking in the Metro AreaSunday, June 21st, 12 noon - 4 pm, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), Fairgrounds Plaza, 63 W. Aylesbury Rd, Timonium MD 21093. Area residents may drop off donations of bicycles, bike parts &amp; accessories, hand tools suitable for bike shops, and portable sewing machines. Donations will benefit Bikes for the World, a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and support programs in Africa and Central America providing health, education, and employment services in poor communities. For more info, visit <a href="http://www.bikesfortheworld.org">www.bikesfortheworld.org</a>; or call 410-252-5920.
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SHA TO HOST PUBLIC HEARING FOR I-795/DOLFIELD ROAD/ PLEASANT HILL ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT PLANNING STUDY

Biking in the Metro AreaSpeakers’ List Available for Sign -Up through June 15; Comments Accepted through July 22

Who:
State Highway Administration (SHA) representatives
Baltimore County government representatives
Residents, businesses, community organizations and area officials

What:
SHA will host the location/design public hearing for the I-795 at Dolfield Boulevard/Pleasant Hill Road Interchange project planning study in Baltimore County. The study is evaluating possible transportation improvements along the I-795 corridor and several intersections within the study area, including a potential interchange at the Pleasant Hill Road overpass and improved access to the planned growth corridor along Red Run Boulevard .

When/Where:
Monday, June 22, 2009 at 6 p.m.
New Town High School, 4931 New Town Boulevard Owings Mills , MD 21117

Open House begins at 6 p.m. Public Testimony begins at 7 p.m.
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Citizen's Guide: Regional Transportation Planning

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Letter to the Editor Support Speed Cams

Biking in the Metro AreaDear HoC0 Times Folks, I would like to add my comments and support for the newly passed legislation for Speed Cams in Howard Co. where there is a shown need to slow auto traffic down. I live off of Bethany Lane(30'wide two lanes Rd. no shoulders or sidewalks) just around the corner from the Harbin Farms Fruit Stand, which we the neighbors greatly appreciate and support. The speed limit on Bethany from Rt. #99 to Rt. #40 is posted at 30 MPH and traffic/police reports show most cars are exceeding over 40 MPH. Constant Police Radar Enforcement slows the autos down while the police are there, but the speeding returns when our busy police are not enforcing the 30 MPH Speed Limit. I would suggest and hope that Bethany Lane be a spot for a speed camera(two Church Schools/ Many School Bus Stops/USPS Mail Boxes/ Many children on Bethany) and a great need to slow traffic down on this busy road.

Many talk about speed cams as a Money Maker, but I would like add from my 27 years as Firefighter in Washington, DC that the safety of our neighbors outside their autos Bike/Ped are the Real Safety Issues. We have found in our Safety Experiences that if you are hit by an auto(Outside your Car) going 25 MPH you have a 90% of survival and if hit by an auto 40 MPH you have a 90% chance of being killed.

The Speed Cams Law allows you to go 42 MPH on a 30 MPH Road before you are ticketed (A 40% Leeway) which I feel is more than acceptable). My view and support for Speed Cams is to obey the Posted Speed Limits and drive comfortable and not fear the Speed Cams and keep our communities safe for all the users of our busy roadways. I have contacted my Councilman Greg Fox and told him along with our fine Police Chief William McMahon that we need Speed Cams on Bethany Lane. Speed Cameras are about Safety, allowing our police officers to spend more of their valuable time on other important police matters and not Radar Duties as the Speed Cameras work 24 hours and work without police minding them. If there is revenue money left over the funds are to be directed to Public Safety Enhancements not the General Funds.

The time has come to take back our streets and have modern technology work for us. Your help and assistance in this important matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Bill Kelly
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2 bicyclists hospitalized after accident in Annapolis

Biking in the Metro AreaBy Meredith Cohn | Baltimore Sun

Two bicyclists were hospitalized Friday morning after an accident in Annapolis, police said.

A person in a parked car on Main Street opened a door into the path of two oncoming bicyclists, according to Ray Weaver, a spokesman for the Annapolis Police Department.

One of the riders was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and the other was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Weaver said. Their conditions were unknown.

The accident occurred on Bike To Work Day, a regional and national event that aims to promote biking as an alternative mode of transportation.
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Biller's Bikes Memorial Day Bash!

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Biller's Bikes Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Memorial Day Party w/ The Hula Monsters
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 Come to Biller's Bikes on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) for the Grand Re-Opening/3rd Annual Party at the new shop and showroom in downtown Havre de Grace, MD. All friends, family and customers are eagerly invited!
  We're hosting The Hula Monsters (featuring friend Mark Noone of Slickee Boys and Rhodes Tavern Troubadours fame) on the cool new SUN stage. Special guest star band The Rowdy Boys will play, and expect guest appearances by the fabulous Singing Sisters, too.   Bring your bike and enjoy beer and beverage, BBQ and top-notch bands on Biller's Bikes delicious new SUN stage RAIN OR SHINE.   Ten dollars donation per adult requested (kids are free). Donation includes all the B's above, and a chance to win sets of tickets to see the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Baltimore Orioles Minor League) from first-base dugout seats at charming Ripken Stadium.   Call 443-502-2377 for additional info, or see www.billersbikes.com/events.    See you Monday, May 25, from 1 to 9 pm, at Biller' Bikes! Big party!
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Bike to Work Day attracts record number of riders

Biking in the Metro Area...
Several riders, who met at City Hall for a rally this morning to mark the day, said the city has made progress in marking lanes and installing bike racks. They credit Mayor Sheila Dixon, who rides two or three days a week, with starting to transition from an all-car culture.

&quot;There have been a lot of changes,&quot; Shoken said. &quot;It's great to have a mayor who rides a bike.&quot;

The mayor also did some riding this morning and attended the rally for Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, a coalition of the region's elected officials. Stephanie Yanovitz, a senior transportation planner for the council, said 1,016 people registered for the ride in Baltimore and five surrounding counties - a record number. About 800 registered last year.

Yanovitz said the group would do a follow-up survey with riders to see how many plan to continue commuting by bike and how their trip today went. The group has information about biking on its Web site, baltometro.org, and has regular riders who can offer advice on routes, riding in traffic and how to handle logistics such as what to do about work clothes.
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His advice to new riders: scout a route in your car, incorporating your comfort level with traffic; consider riding just a day or two at first rather than all five work days; keep some work clothes at work so you don't have to carry them; and have a positive attitude. Also, wear bright colored clothes and keep yourself visible. More people get into sticky situations because drivers don't see them, he said.

And, support the cause. &quot;Events like this [Bike to Work Day] increases awareness people are doing this. The city is supporting it, businesses are supporting it. And more and more employers are finding places for people to put their bikes. We're all better off.&quot;

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