By Ruma Kumar
June 10, 2007
Landscape architect Roland Oehme's dream is modest: He wants to be able to bike from his home in West Towson to the center of the Baltimore County seat without risking his life. So far, it's easier said than done.
On a recent bike ride into the heart of town, he said, he barely avoided a wreck on Bosley Avenue -- a "treacherous" mix of six lanes of cars whizzing past at 50 mph, impatient drivers and traffic lights that don't allow walkers or bikers enough time to cross.
Over the past week, Oehme's cautionary tale mingled with concerns and suggestions from about 150 residents and business owners, spawning a series of recommendations that would make Towson more pedestrian- and bike-friendly -- and more attractive for shops and outdoor dining.
Greetings: Councilman Gardina tabled the resolution two weeks ago but is reintroducing it at the May 1st work session (many thanks to those who attended). This worked out though since we were given more time to further develop consensus with additional stakeholders by editing lanxguage that broadens the description of the study area. I have sent these suggested edits to Councilman Gardina for his review but have not heard back from him.
Please consider sending an email of support for the trail study resolution -with edits that broaden the study area "to provide access to the Gunpowder Falls Corridor" to replace the following language: "Cromwell Bridge Road/Minebank Run stream valley corridor". Or consider attending the working session at 2 PM, May 1st in Room 205 of the old Courthouse. They provide an opportunity to sign up before hand if you wish to speak.
To all riders, May 20th is the Women's Housing Coalition 2007 Great Bike Ride. Come ride the beautiful Baltimore County roads early Sunday morning. The ride leaves from Oregon Ridge. You can ride 13, 24 or 50 miles. After your ride come join the after party, music ,food, yoga a bicycle museum and more. The proceeds benefit WHC. Check out their web-site. www.womenshousing.org I hope to see you all there!!!!
The following is an email from Terry Maxwell regarding the proposed Cromwell Valley Bike Trail. If you live in Baltimore County Council District 3, please contact Councilman McIntire and email him asking him to support Councilman's Gardina resolution.
This series is offered to anyone over 16 years of age interested in learning basic cycling skills, including doing minor road repairs and improving as a cyclist. We want to help new riders find a comfortable riding level and develop so they can at least ride on the BBC casual rides by the end of the series. We also want to give experienced riders who are new to club riding the opportunity to meet and learn about group riding. The ride series will include at least one NCR (North Central Railroad) trail ride.
The orientation will include a short cycling safety video. We will discuss bicycles, equipment and clothing and answer questions about the program. If you bring your bicycle to the orientation, we can check it out for you and show you how to do a quick pre-ride bike check. The indoor orientation will be held RAIN OR SHINE. Weather permitting, anyone who wants to do so can join us on a short ride following the orientation. You must have and wear a helmet in order to ride. The full ride schedule is listed below.