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April 12, 2013
Maryland is faced with major fiscal issues that are restricting its ability to repair and expand its aging highway infrastructure. At the urging of Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Maryland legislature recently passed an increase in the state gasoline tax to address this problem ("Md. Senate approves increase in gas tax," March 30). But while the governor has always been creative in finding new ways to pay for his road projects and social programs, I believe he has overlooked one possible source of revenue: The licensing and taxing of bicycles.
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Kayla Bawroski and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The change is gradual but noticeable: Fewer wheels are traveling Harford County's back roads. But it's not from some miraculous traffic decrease - bicycling is on the rise, and Harford's travelers are making the switch from four wheels to two. For Neil Buchness, it started as a way to shake up his commute to work from South Bel Air to Abingdon. Two or three days a week, he'd take the roads with “nice wide shoulders, somewhat flat,” to the office, and “the next thing you know, you have four bikes in the garage.” Buchness is now the president of Chesapeake Spokes, a Harford County bicycling club that's grown from 40 to 200 members since it began four years ago. The bicycling increase is so tangible that in recent years the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning has created a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, complete with a website due to launch this fall.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Yes, that really was actor Woody Harrelson tooling around Baltimore on a bike Friday afternoon. Master illusionist David Blaine was in tow, according to Joe Traill, the owner of Joe's Bike Shop in Fells Point. Traill said that Harrelson has been a customer of his ever since he came in Baltimore in 2011 to film "Game Change. " "I think a bike is his preferred mode of transport around the city," Traill said. But, he said, this was the first time Blaine had ever been inside the shop.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Baltimore, home to the first received telegraph message (Samuel Morse, 1844, sent from Washington), the first umbrella factory in America (1828), the first Ouija board (1892) and - to note what really matters - the first baseball player to win MVP awards in both leagues (Frank Robinson, 1966) and the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in a single games ( Michael Phelps , 2008). As if that doesn't engender enough civic pride for any municipality, it seems Charm City, according to the Maryland Historical Society, can add another first to its list: birthplace of the American bicycle.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
About 50 youngsters poured into Druid Hill Park and stole four dozen bicycles Monday evening that city workers had put out for a popular bike-sharing program, authorities said. City officials said Friday that the Ride Around the Reservoir program is suspended indefinitely while they hope for the return of the bikes, which the Recreation and Parks Department will accept with no questions asked. Chris Merriam, director of Bikemore, a group that works to promote bicycling in Baltimore, said the thefts were "incredibly shocking" and a big setback for the program.
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By Sarah Tan, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
When twin brothers Reid and Sam Shafley, 16, first tried to teach their younger brother Will to ride a bike, they thought it was hopeless. Will is considered to be in the autism spectrum, which makes some tasks difficult. "We had tried to teach him for many years, but we just couldn't get him to ride a bike," Reid said. Then their mother, Sue Ann Shafley, found Lose The Training Wheels, a small, nonprofit volunteer camp based in Virginia that travels around the country with a fleet of special bicycles.
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By a Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1995
Howard County police are trying to put the brakes on an age-old vehicle theft problem: stolen bicycles.At least 100 bicycles have been stolen in the county this year, outpacing last year's total at this time, police said.Last weekend, five bicycles were stolen from the Dorsey Hall and Centennial Park areas.Police are investigating similarities among some of the thefts and have leads on a suspect.But they don't believe all of the thefts this year are related and are cautioning residents to be careful with their property.
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June 30, 1994
As part of their effort to combat bicycle theft, Anne Arundel County police reserve officers will be visiting shopping malls this summer to register bicycles, making them easier to trace and return to their owners if they are stolen.The service is free. Reserve officers engrave each bicycle with the owner's driver's license number and a county identification number, information that is entered into the Police Department's computer.Reserve officers will be available to register bicycles at the following locations along the Baltimore Annapolis Bike Trail:* July 2: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harundale Mall, Ritchie Highway and Aquahart Road.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- In an unusually short meeting Monday night, the City Council introduced an ordinance that would prohibit bicycles in the playground and parks.The measure, suggested by Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, came after city police received several complaints of children annoying and hitting pedestrians with their bikes.However, council members Kenneth A. Yowan and Edward S. Calwell objected to the proposed ordinance, saying children have few other places to ride their bicycles.City laws already prohibit bicycle riding on sidewalks and ban skateboarding completely.
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September 11, 2005
The churches of Wilde Lake Interfaith Center will collect adult-size bicycles, which will be repaired and sent to needy families in Latin America or Africa. Bicycles will be collected at the interfaith center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Dozens of bicycles distributed in the same remote village will help develop the economic life of the area. A donation of $10 for shipping requested with each bicycle, and will be noted on the donor's tax receipt. The church will cover the remaining costs.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Annapolis police say they are responding to May and June's surge in bicycle thefts in the city by adding patrols. Public information officer Amy Miguez said 21 bicycles were stolen in Annapolis in May and 15 were stolen in June. By comparison, two bikes were stolen in May 2013, Miguez said. The recent spike exceeds the expected uptick of bicycle thefts during the summer, when people use their bikes more often and leave them outside. Miguez stressed the need to lock up bikes. Only one of the 15 bikes stolen in June was locked; others were left in the front yard or in unlocked garages, she said.
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By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Pippa Middleton - sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge - is expected to arrive in Annapolis late this week or early next week on the final leg of a 3,000-mile bike race across the United States. The Race Across America, as the trek is known, crosses 12 states and the Arizona desert, departing from Oceanside Calif. According to her donation website, Middleton is using the opportunity to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the Michael Matthews Foundation, a childhood education nonprofit.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
About 50 youngsters poured into Druid Hill Park and stole four dozen bicycles Monday evening that city workers had put out for a popular bike-sharing program, authorities said. City officials said Friday that the Ride Around the Reservoir program is suspended indefinitely while they hope for the return of the bikes, which the Recreation and Parks Department will accept with no questions asked. Chris Merriam, director of Bikemore, a group that works to promote bicycling in Baltimore, said the thefts were "incredibly shocking" and a big setback for the program.
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By Allison Eatough, For The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
The Bard family loves tooling around Columbia on bikes, whether it's to visit the library or attend an event at the lakefront. It's a healthy way to go, but the family of five noticed that when they arrived at their destinations, the food offerings were not exactly green or clean. "At the summer concerts at the [Columbia] lakefront, the only food there was the ice cream truck," said Luda Bard. "Unless you bring your own food, there's nothing else to eat. " So Bard and her husband, Aaron, and their children Ammi, Ari and Ellie, always brought their own healthy snacks.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Baltimore police on Sunday identified Jordan G. Moore as the officer who shot a man on a bicycle after he tried to flee when police stopped him in Johnston Square Friday afternoon. Moore, a five-year veteran of the police force, was one of the officers patrolling the East Baltimore neighorhood around 2 p.m. "for high visibility and to target ongoing crime in the area," Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said the suspect tried to flee when officers tried to stop him, and then produced a handgun.
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January 23, 2014
The following is compiled from police reports. The Columbia Flier includes descriptions of perpetrators only when the description makes identification possible. East Columbia Dobbin Road, 6400 block, 3:34 a.m. Jan. 20. Entry gained to Walmart by breaking glass door. Bicycle stolen. In other news from the Crime Log: Calm Sunset, between 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Entry gained to residence by breaking basement window. Electronics stolen. Phelps Luck Drive, 5300 block, between 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9:55 a.m. Jan. 19. Entry gained to Grandfather's Garden Center by prying lock on rear door.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff writer | December 24, 1991
County police officers Kevin Tribull and Lee Whitlow already have benefited from the bicycles that five area business owners helped the department purchase.In one case, a suspected drug dealer ran out of an alley and tripped over the front wheel, ending a police chase. "I don't believe we would have been there in time if we had been on foot," Whitlow said.The new vehicles, four 21-speed mountain bikes, will be used by police officers patrolling Meade and Freetown villages, communities plagued by drug dealers.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,Sun reporter | June 7, 2007
"This really is the perfect ride for this thing," says Stuart Blum as he and six friends pedal his bike along the Light Street side of the Inner Harbor. Yes, that math is correct: Seven cyclists are pumping away on one, single, not-so-solitary "Conference Bike." Sometimes whimsy can be the mother of invention. A Dutch sculptor/wannabe mechanical engineer created the Conference Bike. There are about 150 in circulation worldwide. Blum, a 47-year-old lawyer who collects exotic bikes, teamed with a friend to buy a used one on eBay last year for $9,000.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
A man was shot in the buttock by a man on a bicycle in Northeast Baltimore Sunday morning, police said. The victim had been walking in the 2800 block of Clifton Park Terrace, between the city's Clifton Park and Belair Edison neighborhoods, when the suspect approached and began shooting at him, police said. Police were called around 11:30 a.m. and found the man with a gunshot wound to his right buttock. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and he was listed in good condition Sunday afternoon.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Yes, that really was actor Woody Harrelson tooling around Baltimore on a bike Friday afternoon. Master illusionist David Blaine was in tow, according to Joe Traill, the owner of Joe's Bike Shop in Fells Point. Traill said that Harrelson has been a customer of his ever since he came in Baltimore in 2011 to film "Game Change. " "I think a bike is his preferred mode of transport around the city," Traill said. But, he said, this was the first time Blaine had ever been inside the shop.
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