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Annapolis police nab two alleged bicycle thieves on same day

[B' Spokes: This would be nice if it also happened in Baltimore.]
By BEN WEATHERS, Capital Gazette

Annapolis police said they charged two men on Wednesday with stealing bicycles in the city.

Myron Jacobs, 26, of Bertina Nick Way in Annapolis, and Rodney Wilson, 53, of Baltimore, have each been charged with theft.

Police said that an officer patrolling in the area of West Washington Street and Northwest Street arrested Jacobs after he was seen riding a bicycle that had been reported stolen late last month from the first block of State Circle.

<a href="http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/annapolis-police-nab-two-alleged-bicycle-thieves-on-same-day/article_df27289c-eed2-5778-b6a2-68c26220f348.html">http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/for_the_record/annapolis-police-nab-two-alleged-bicycle-thieves-on-same-day/article_df27289c-eed2-5778-b6a2-68c26220f348.html</a>;
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Woman Dies After Hit and Run Accident

B' Spokes: So sad, I am getting the impression that Anne Arundel County is not a good place to bike anymore. I would feel a lot better if there was at least a request for witnesses to come forward or better yet a reward for information about this hit-and-run.

<a href="http://www.wbal.com/article/102201/3/template-story/Woman-Dies-After-Hit-and-Run-Accident">http://www.wbal.com/article/102201/3/template-story/Woman-Dies-After-Hit-and-Run-Accident</a>;

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Howard County Police: Bike Registration System

Register your bike with Howard County Police Department. This is a free service for Howard County residents allowing you to manage your bike information and report if stolen. Upon registration, we will mail you an assigned serial number to identify your bike.

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Dangerous pothole on Rt. 99 ▶ Open

B' Spokes: This is why LAB ranks Maryland very high, we have policies that say this should not happen and we have personal in SHA that work to make sure this does not happen but ...

Here we are months after reporting and still nothing. Do we really need to get the statewide advocacy group on this just to get a pot hole patched? Something isn't right here.

Ref: <a href="http://seeclickfix.com/issues/220714">http://seeclickfix.com/issues/220714</a>;

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Cyclist hit in Pikesville

Police say charges pending

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

A Pikesville man was seriously injured Friday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while bicycling near his home, Baltimore County police said.

Melvin Pachino, 52, of the 2700 block of Waco Court, was riding west on Smith Avenue near Carla Road shortly after 11 a.m. when an eastbound Honda Pilot made a left turn and struck Pachino, according to Julia Hardgrove, a county police spokeswoman. The vehicle was driven by Shunji Watanabe of the 7600 block of Carla Road, she said.

<a href="http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-05-03/news/bs-md-co-bicyclist-struck-20130503_1_pikesville-man-baltimore-county-police-shock-trauma">http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-05-03/news/bs-md-co-bicyclist-struck-20130503_1_pikesville-man-baltimore-county-police-shock-trauma</a>;
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[BIKEUMD] Trade your commuter parking registration for a free bicycle

The Department of Transportation Services is offering select UMD students the opportunity to exchange their current parking registration and forgo their eligibility for a 2013-2014 commuter parking permit for a Fuji bicycle (pictured below) and safety accessories (U-lock and helmet). Students interested in participating in this exchange must take a 30 minute course on bicycle commuting to receive the bicycle.

Why should you do this?
UMD is actively working to meet sustainability goals of carbon neutrality, and this is a great chance to do your part. In addition to helping the environment, you'll save money on a parking permit, receive a free bicycle, and get more exercise.

Who is eligible?
Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior standing students with active commuter license plate registration and who are registered for the 2013/2014 school year.

What if I find that I need to register for parking next year even though I wasn't planning to?
Students who participate in this exchange are not eligible to register for parking in the upcoming school year. Students who signed up for the exchange and change their minds after receiving the bicycle may register for parking, however the following conditions apply:

1. You must return the bicycle to DOTS.

2. Your parking registration will include the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) fee in addition to the normal commuter rate.
Is this real?
YES! Students will receive a Fuji hybrid bicycle to keep forever. DOTS and bikeUMD are happy to support you as a cyclist however possible, but maintenance and storage of your bicycle will be up to you. The Campus Bike Shop offers free service to UMD students.

ACT NOW: This new program is limited to 20 participants.

Any other questions? Contact Michael Levengood, DOTS bikeUMD bicycle coordinator for more information. He can be reached at bike@umd.edu&lt;mailto:bike@umd.edu&gt;.

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Beverly Malone
Assistant Director - Marketing, PR and TDM
University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services
Regents Drive Garage, Bldg 202
College Park, Maryland 20742
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Explore Columbia - Family Bike Club and Adult Walking Club (Columbia, MD) - Meetup

Explore Columbia inspires and motivates people of all ages to explore the Columbia paths and Howard County trails by bike and on foot.

We are two social recreational clubs: a biking club for families and a walking club for adults. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors and would like to explore the extensive network of paths within our community is welcome to join us. We are a diverse group for all paces and ability levels.

All walks and bike rides are guided. Our emphasis is on fun, camaraderie and friendship!

About the Kids Bike Club.
Biking with your family is fun! Family bike rides are of different lengths to accommodate families with different age kids. Typically rides are for these age groups: 5 - 6, 7 -9, 10-12 and 13 - 15. All rides will be on the paths and side streets of Columbia. One parent must attend with kids. HELMETS are REQUIRED. We’ll visit streams, lakes, and local points of interest. Younger age groups will visit playgrounds and older age groups will do longer routes that go through tunnels and use pedestrian bridges. Safe cycling and your child's enjoyment of bicycling is our top priority! Parents please read the PAGES section for more on what to expect.

About the Adult Walking Club and adult bike rides.
Walking with friends is fun! Now you can exploreimage different Columbia neighborhoods and even visit the neighborhood bakery. Walks will be on different days and times and of different lengths. Find a group of walkers convenient to your schedule. We will have groups of seniors, stroller moms (and dads), adults and even singles. Some groups may go for coffee or food and drink afterwards.   Please read the PAGES section for more info.  If there is interest we may also do casual paced adult bike rides occasionally.

For more info: http://www.meetup.com/ExploreColumbia-org/
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County Ped/Bike Group Hears Community Suggestions

B' Spokes: Great post on Bmore Bikes: <a href="http://www.bmorebikes.com/county-pedbike-group-hears-community-suggestions/">http://www.bmorebikes.com/county-pedbike-group-hears-community-suggestions/</a>;

What caught my eye:
&quot;All these projects will have limited county funding for studies, design or construction. Baltimore County intends to apply for Recreation Trails funding...&quot;

Sorry but Maryland differs greatly from federal guidance and what other states are doing, each project can only get $30K max of ~$100K we get each year. This is purely a Maryland made up rule. (Yah they can do that but why?) But more importantly who do we talk to get this changed? My impression is no one knows who is in charge of this and this is the way it always has been done so we are stuck with it.

So if you are interested in seeing where a $100k goes see: <a href="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20120912021430852">http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20120912021430852</a>;
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Street Smart reminds people that hitting others with your car is bad

B' Spokes: Washcycle has a great writeup of the new Street Smart Campaign which should be coming to Baltimore Metro Area as well, though I have not seen any coverage yet. It also echoes my support for the enforcement program that comes with it, my big question is will our local police follow through?

<a href="http://www.thewashcycle.com/2013/04/street-smart-reminds-people-that-hitting-others-with-your-car-is-bad.html">http://www.thewashcycle.com/2013/04/street-smart-reminds-people-that-hitting-others-with-your-car-is-bad.html</a>;
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