Contributed by Dave Blum
This year’s Project Clean Stream is on Saturday, April 14th from 9:00 AM to noon. The new location this year is the trails and shoreline on the south side of Merrymen’s near Pot Spring Road. (Parking details coming)
This year, David Marks (Baltimore County Councilman) and Jim Brochin (Maryland State Senator) will be in attendance, and we would love to show these guys how much mountain bikers care about the resources at Loch Raven. So, we need as many volunteers as possible. Please put this on your calendar as a high priority item.
Additionally, because of the potentially high waterline, anybody having waders, grasping hooks, and/or pool cleaning nets should bring these items along. Please bring as many small grocery bags as possible. We need several people to pull trailers full of trash back to the main dump site, so please contact me if interested.
There are pockets of resistance to proceeding with the Western County Bike Plan (“No one bikes” and “Why are we creating this plan when the county doesn’t have any money?…which it does).
Please attend this hearing, send letters of support and spread the word to help empower the forward thinking members of the Planning Board to ‘do the right thing.’ Councilmen David Marks and Tom Quirk plan to attend in support of the Western County Bike Plan.
Funding may be scare, but many recommendations in the plan cost very little. Adding bike facilities or proper crosswalks when a road is resurfaced may have an incremental cost of next to nothing. Other ideas may be a matter of prioritizing ongoing efforts and some longer term ideas may come with a price tag , but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get started. Obviously, this is about the long term quality of life in Baltimore County.
Please attend The Baltimore County Planning Board’s public hearing on the draft Western Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan:
Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Planning Board Hearing Room, Room 104
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
If approved by the Planning Board, the plan will be submitted to the Baltimore County Council for adoption as an amendment to the county master plan.
Support will aid in the plan’s adoption and future implementation. Please attend the public hearing to voice your opinion or send written comments to Barbara Weaver at email@example.com
The draft Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plan can be viewed here. The recommendations for bicycle improvements can also be viewed on an interactive map here by selecting the Bicycle Facilities tab to the right. The map depicts the recommendations of both the Eastern and Western Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Plans. The Eastern Plan was approved by the Baltimore County Council in 2006.
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Kathy Schlabach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-887-3521.
BIKE TO WORK DAY!
Registration is now open on the B2WD page.
There are 10 locations around town to stop by, get some coffee or breakfast and a quick bike tune-up.
There will be numberous stations around Baltimore to pedal by, grab some coffee & breakfast, get a quick bike tune-up, mingle a bit then head on to work.
REGISTRATION OPENS HERE MONDAY, MARCH 26TH!
Developing a bicycle & pedestrian master plan is an important part of helping to make Harford County a healthier, multimodal community. To help with this effort, County Executive David Craig has appointed a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from various government agencies and departments as well as bicycle and pedestrian advocates.
The next public workshop will be held March 28th from 5-8pm at the Harford County Admin Building, 220 S. Main Street, Bel Air (2nd floor conference room). Stop in anytime to learn about the plan’s development. The comment period will last online from March 28th to April 16th.
The Poly Environmental Club is hosting a used bike collection to support Bikes For The World, an international non-profit that supplies bikes to underprivileged overseas. The collection takes place Saturday, March 31st from 9am -1pm at Poly (1400 W. Cold Spring Lane) A $10 donation is requested to assist with processing donated bikes.
Last year, bike advocates celebrated the passing the Criminally Negligent Manslaughter – by Vehicle or Vessel (Maryland law §2-210). As a result of this law, people who cause fatalities because they drive in a criminally negligent manner, may face jail time and/or stiffer fines rather than merely paying a few hundred dollars in traffic court. We do NOT want this law to be changed!
Sponsored by Baltimore County’s District 6 Senator Norman Stone, SB942 would change the definition of a “vehicle” to exclude a “motor vehicle,” and it mentions a very narrow list of reprehensible acts. This would mean that someone who drives a car, bus, SUV, or truck and takes unjustifiable risks that cause a fatality would pay a few traffic fines through traffic court. This bill also removes a prosecutor’s ability to use good judgment to bring to trial those who have caused a fatality by driving in a criminally negligent way.
Bike Maryland has worked tirelessly for years as legislators struggled to find the best wording that would close the previous gap in Maryland law. The passage of the bill that enacted Criminally Negligent Manslaughter – by Vehicle or Vessel closed that loophole and gave Marylanders some comfort in knowing that, over time, our roads will be safer because people are being held accountable for egregious, risky driving behaviors. If SB942 passes, there will, again, be a loophole in Maryland law that will let criminally negligent drivers get away with manslaughter. We know that cyclists and pedestrians are most vulnerable to risk taking drivers.
Thanks to Bike Maryland, you can let the State Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee know that you oppose SB942 by CLICKING HERE (It only takes 2 minutes!). The committee will hear SB942 on Tuesday, March 20th.
The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meets this Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30pm in the Department of Planning’s Conference Room (417 E. Fayette St, 8th Floor) Feel free to bring your bikes inside. To add agenda items, post below.
(Note the new starting time!)
Next week, Cyclocross Champion Tim Johnson pedals through town on his way to DC. Along with 20 other rides, Tim will travel 520 miles from New York to DC in time for the Bike Summit on behalf of Bikes Belong. Tim’s goal is to raise awareness for cyclists’ right and policies that protect us on the roads.
Join Tim and Twenty20 Cycling for the Rider’s Reception on Monday, March 19th at 7pm (725 W 36th St)
Two wheels will always keep you rolling. But when they fail to be true, two words can really make up the difference.
During a recent kids bike safety rodeo at Patterson Park Rec Center, things were not rolling perfectly. We had more than 60 kids show up at our after school bike rodeo, a free event hosted by Bike Maryland and sponsored by the Maryland Highway Administration. But the bikes were an hour late, and the kids were restless!
Katie Gore and I did try to entertain the group as much as possible, being the good Bike MINDED coordinators that we are. But try explaining how to strap on your helmet safely, how to check the A, B, C’s of your bike, and how to ride safely following the rules of the road when the entire audience just want to ride. That video we presented of the guy wearing his helmet backwards did little to draw a chuckle from the group.
But finally, when the windowless room’s humidity reached indoor swimming pool thickness, we heard the truck and trailer pull up out back.
The bikes arrived! Some of the kids rushed outside to help us unload, and it was two-wheeled game on.
Chaos aside, rodeo course cones managed to get set up on the indoor basketball court, including the little stop sign. Tires pumped, helmets correctly strapped, and selected rides were straddled.
One last-second rush trip to the trailer outside to lock things up, and I noticed the key had broken off inside the padlock. Geez!
Then I heard the two little words: “Thank you”.
I turned around a saw a little boy around 8 years old standing alone on the sidewalk. He said the two words again, but louder and added, “My mama told me to always say that.”
I just smiled and thought, two wheels may keep you rolling, but when all else fails, those two words really keep you going!