SEVERNA PARK - A 59-year-old man was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after his bike crashed into a fence along Baltimore and Annapolis Trail on Tuesday afternoon.
Just after 1 p.m., when county fire and rescue personnel arrived near the ranger station at 51 W. Earleigh Heights Road, they found the man suffering from a severed artery in his left thigh, fire department spokesman Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said.
The man had been riding his bicycle on the trail and had looked down. When he looked up, he struck a split rail-fence along the trail, Thompson said.
The man's bike went through the fence. The bike's left handlebar went through the man's thigh, Thompson said.
The bicyclist was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by ambulance.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the States to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Federal transportation funds benefit recreation including hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
Maryland received $1,158,618 in RTP funds in 2010, and $5,622,664 over the course of the last five years.
In the fall of 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley announced the results of the first-ever comprehensive Maryland State Parks Economic Impact and Visitors Study at a meeting with stakeholders at New Germany State Park. According to the study, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit to local economies and the State of more than $650 million annually.[Emphasis mine]
- Each year, a network of 66 Maryland State Parks welcomes nearly 10 million day visitors and 1 million visitors who stay overnight in campgrounds and cabins.
- Maryland State Park visitors directly spend more than $567 million during their trips to State Parks, producing a total economic impact of more than $650 million annually.
- State park visitor spending supported more than 10,000 full-time jobs and generated more than $39 million in state and local retail, gasoline, hotel, and income taxes.
- 70 percent of spending and employment impacts are concentrated within 20 minutes of State Parks in local, "gateway communities," often in rural settings.
- 49 percent of overnight visitors and 29 percent of day visitors are from out-of-state.
- 95 percent of day visitors and 94 percent of overnight visitors had expectations met or exceeded during their trip to a Maryland State Park.
- 48 percent of day visitors and 63 percent of overnight visitors come to the State Parks with children. One in 10 groups came with five or more kids.
- Visitors ranked hiking/walking as the most popular activity in State Parks during the time of the survey followed by: general relaxation, swimming, sightseeing, and picnicking/cooking out.
- More than 90 percent of survey respondents agree or strongly agree that Maryland State Parks offer a safe and affordable way to escape from stress, connect with nature, and offer a positive experience for their children.
“This report demonstrates that Maryland’s network of 66 State Parks is a tremendous asset to our State, providing both exciting recreational opportunities to residents and visitors and significant economic benefits.” said Governor O’Malley. “The impact of visitor spending in our communities proves that our investments in visitor experiences provide valuable returns — including job creation —that help keep Maryland smart, green and growing."
Here are some typical spots along the NCR trail, which extends from Baltmore Maryland to York Pennsylvania. There are waterfalls and other beautiful places. In Pennsylvania, the old rails are still in place along the trail. I stayed in a cabin in Maryland, near the Pennsylvania border
By Bruce Goldfarb, Arbutus Patch
New curb aprons at the Maiden Choice Lane crossing are planned for the Short Line Trail in Paradise, according to a notice posted at the site.
The Short Line Trail is a two-mile path straddling the beltway that meanders from Mellor Avenue in Catonsville to Charlestown Retirement Community near Maiden Choice Lane and Wilkens Avenue.
Recently announced plans envision a short segment of the Short Line Trail being developed into a bicycle route to connect Frederick Road and the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus.
Inside the beltway, the Short Line Trail runs about a mile from Paradise Avenue, and along Baltimore National Cemetery to a point behind Charlestown.
The curb aprons will facilitate use of the trail with strollers, wheelchairs and bikes.
According to the undated posted notice, construction of the curb aprons will begin in 30 days. Markings at the curb indicate that construction has begun.
In 1999, the Garrett County Commissioners saw that Pennsylvania’s Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) — a paved rail-trail running from Cumberland to Pittsburgh — was taking shape just to the north. This activity led officials to appoint a Recreational Trails Task Force to explore trail possibilities in Western Maryland.
Task force members developed a Master Trail Plan for the county and created Garrett Trails, a non-profit, volunteer group to implement the plan. In June 2008, the task force voted to formally reorganize Garrett Trails as the permanent organization tasked with carrying out the master plan and more generally, trail development and promotion.
Since 2002, Garrett Trails has been focused on the ambitious goal of creating the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail, which is envisioned as a 200-mile hard-packed, multi-user pathway through the heart of Garrett County that creates connections between existing trails and also links with larger trail networks outside the county. (See map.)
The trail will eventually pass the Deep Creek Hydroelectric Power Plant and connect to the Fork Run Trail System. From there, the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center will be accessible along with Deep Creek Lake State Park via Route 219 bike lanes and then connect the Meadow Mountain Trail (MMT) north back to Grantsville. This impressive undertaking could take years to complete.
Read more: <a href="http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/naturalresource/summer2012/garret.pdf">http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/naturalresource/summer2012/garret.pdf</a>
Highlights from an important hearing by the Baltimore County Council on May 1, 2012 showing support for urging Baltimore City's Department of Public Works (DPW) to allow mountain biking in Loch Raven Reservoir.
- Councilman David Marks
- Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
- Councilman Todd Quirk
- Maryland State Senator Jim Brochin
- David Ferraro, President of the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE)
- Bob Compton, MORE Trail Liaison for Loch Raven Reservoir
- Alex Obriecht - Race Pace Bicycles and Bike Maryland
- Katie Gore - Joe's Bike Shop and Bike Maryland
- Frank Maguire - Regional Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
- David Norris Cook - Norris Automotive Group
Many others testified in support of mountain biking in Loch Raven Reservoir
Trails provide many economic benefits to local communities and create a wide range of jobs, from B&B's to bike shops. They also help tell the wonderful stories of Maryland and its rich history. And hiking and bicycle trails are for the whole family. They make us all healthier and happier while opening up the natural world around us.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently working closely with the National Park Service, the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration, Department of Planning, Office of Tourism, local governments, trail groups, and volunteer citizens on a wide assortment of trails throughout the state.
Check out some of the cool trails we are working on:
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST)
DNR is partnering with the Potomac Heritage Trail Association and the National Park Service to evaluate an alignment for hiking between Point Lookout State Park and Marshall Hall, potentially connecting 11 DNR-managed lands, including Chapman’s Landing (Chapman State Park), Smallwood State Park, Chicamauxen WMA, Nanjemoy Natural Resource Management Area, Wilson Farm, Purse State Park, Chapel Point State Park (on Port Tobacco River), Cedar Point (1,737 acres), New Towne Neck (776 acres) and St. Inigoes (985 acres). A natural-surface, mostly off-road trail in the Potomac River corridor, if feasible, would be a significant part of a multi-use trail network between the Chesapeake Bay and two northern termini—Point State Park in Pittsburgh and the northern terminus of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail near Johnstown.
Governor O'Malley has put $300,000 in his proposed budget for trail design and environmental upgrades on state lands in Garrett County. DNR recently finalized a Trail License Agreement with Garrett Trails in Western Maryland for the proposed Meadow Mountain section of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail (ECDL), from I-68 to just south of Frank Brennerman Road.
The ECDL will eventually connect to the Greater Allegheny Passage (GAP) in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania and run through Savage River State Forest, Deep Creek Lake, Oakland, Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Park, Friendsville, and then back into the GAP at Confluence, PA.
The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) are also assisting Garrett Trails in building sustainable mountain bike trails on The Wisp and closing rogue (illegal) trails throughout the county.
Western Maryland Rail Trail Phase IV
The Maryland Department of Transportation and State Highway Administration have appropriated funds through the Transportation Enhancement Program to add another 4.7 miles to the 20-mile-long Western Rail Trail that is managed by DNR and currently runs from historic Ft. Frederick State Park, through the town of Hancock, and ending along the Potomac River at the forgotten canal town of Pearre. Over 135,000 visitors rode this very popular trail last year.
The new trail extension will bypass the 106-year-old Indigo Tunnel located ten miles southwest of Hancock, MD within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. This abandoned railroad tunnel is one of the largest and still healthy hibernaculums, or roosts, in the state and is home to five species of bats including the Eastern Small-footed bat listed by Maryland as endangered and the Indiana bat on the federal endangered species list. In order to reduce any chance of introducing White Nose Syndrome which has decimated bat populations along the eastern seaboard, the trail will bypass the tunnel.
The National Park Service is the lead on this project and is currently conducting an environmental assessment. The public is welcome to comment. For more information: http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/578996/Trail-focus-of-meeting.html?nav=5006
The September 11th National Memorial Trail
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a planned 1,140-mile on-road and off-road trail connecting the three 9/11 memorial sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. The trail will be a tribute to all those that perished in America's single worse terrorist attack and serve as a symbol of the resiliency and character of the communities in which the victims and their families lived and worked. The patriotic volunteers at the Memorial Trail Alliance are hoping to create a multi-use, hiking, biking, and driving pilgrimage that will officially be designated by the federal government as a national trail. The Maryland segment, running along the C&O Canal Trail, is already in place all the way to Cumberland and beyond.
The Washington-Rochambeau was designated a National Historic Trail in 2009, and follows the rambling route taken by General George Washington's Continental Army and French soldiers led by General Jean-Baptiste de Rochambeau, starting in Newport, Rhode Island and ending in Yorktown, Virginia where British General Cornwallis surrendered. The Maryland segment of what is primarily a driving trail will include army encampments at Head of the Elk River, Lower Ferry, Bushtown, White Marsh, Baltimore, Annapolis, Scot's House, Spurrier's Tavern, Snowden's Iron Works, Bladensburg, and Georgetown. There will be an official National Park Service website up and running in early 2012, followed by Facebook and Twitter presence, and a blog for highlighting events, stories, and interactive discussion.
Like the flowers of spring, all sorts of interesting and colorful trails are popping up all over the state, from Chesapeake City up near the Delaware Line to way down in St. Mary's County at the mouth of the Potomac River, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proud to help provide new and rewarding recreational opportunities for our citizens and visitors alike. So now that winter is over and spring is back in town, enjoy a Maryland trail. It's guaranteed to make your day!