Our Baltimore Bike Trails & Routes has a new route, part of which comes from the Baltimore Bicycling Club.
By Laura Barnhardt | Sun reporter
December 30, 2007
Now county officials are preparing to relax the qualifications for the program that began four years ago.
Fewer vehicles will have to travel roads where residents see a speeding problem to qualify for a speed bump. And under the revised requirements that take effect next month, the drivers won't have to be traveling as fast.
For example, streets can now qualify for a speed bump if at least 100 cars use the road during its peak hour of use and travel at speeds 10 mph above the posted limit.
Under the old rules, 150 vehicles had to travel on the road during the peak hour.
Phil and Fred had obviously discovered a quiet haven in the middle of all the frenetic car activity that made up Washington, DC and its surrounding areas. Instead of boulevards and wide streets made friendly for the automobile, Mount Rainier had a cozy feel to it. The constant rumble of internal combustion was not a part of the background noise one could hear here. It was quiet! And for me, as a writer, quiet was delicious.
The U.S. 1 bridge over Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus, MD is scheduled to be rehabilitated in 2008. The main objective of this project is to replace the deteriorated concrete bridge deck and make some repairs to the bridge abutments. Additional maintenance work will include cleaning and painting the steel beams.
As promised, we are sending this newsletter out to all of you because there are a lot of things going on that affect your bicycle travels here in Harford County. Speaking of news, I urge you all to attend the next Transportation Management Association Meeting on Thursday, November 27, 2007at 9:00 am at the HEAT Center in Aberdeen. Melissa Williams of the MdTA will be presenting the latest information on I-95
Speaker Jane Holtz Kay, architectural critic for The Nation and renowned author of Asphalt Nation, will lead a conversation on "Cars vs. People: Transportation in Annapolis?"
Jane Holtz Kay will discuss the economic, emotional, and physical gridlock caused by cars in American cities and propose ways to get where we need to go without destroying where we live.
All "Conversations" are free and open to the public. This series of public Conversations is sponsored by enVISIONing Annapolis Foundation, St. John's College, and Annapolis Charter 300.
The regional transportation plan draft currently budgets $2 billion for transit and $6.2 billion for highway projects.
The group's amendment proposes equalizing funding for transit and road projects, calling for:
$3 billion for a regional rapid transit system,
$550 million for a new passenger rail tunnel between Penn Station and West Baltimore,
$488 million for improvements to the MARC Penn Line,
and $200 million for improvements to the MARC Camden Line, all totaling $4.3 billion.
The amendment also proposes scaling back to $3.9 billion for highway projects and $61.8 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects.
The route has remained the same for the last four years so riders can "pick-up" the group if they miss the official start. Signed liability waivers are required to participate, as well as a safety check on your bike and a helmet on your head!
The ride begins @ 8:00-8:15 AM from the store and travels approximately 30 miles. The route starts clockwise around the Thurgood G. Marshall - BWI Airport on the BWI Trail and then traverses the backroads of Linthicum, Hanover, Elkridge and Severn.
We finish at the store around 10:00 AM and enjoy Jittery Joe's coffee and goodies that riders bring in. Typically the pace is from 16-19 mph, and there is a rest stop @ 20 miles. There are several places to shorten the ride if the need arises.
Annual Baltimore Retro Ride
Saturday October 27th at Oregon Ridge Park, Shawan Road exit West off I-83.
- 9 am or so to socialize, check out bikes, take photos.
- ride begins at 10 am
- cost is FREE. No awards, no trophies. Just talking about and riding bikes.
- enjoy a 35 mile ride on Northern Baltimore County roads with beautiful Fall weather
Modern bikes are welcome too!
Directions to ride start - from Baltimore I-83 north to Shawan Rd west. At first traffic light turn left (Beaver Dam Rd), go about half a mile to the Oregon Ridge Center parking lot on the right.