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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | June 1, 2012
Fifth District County Councilman David Marks said Friday that in the wake of concerns expressed by a neighbor community group, he'll amend his proposal to add a West Towson trail to the county's bike and pedestrian plan - but won't pull the resolution. The West Towson Neighborhood Association sent Marks a letter on Friday asking him to withdraw the resolution, citing a lack of input and listing several issues that members have with the proposal. The resolution, which is scheduled for a council vote Monday, June 4, seeks to amend the county bike and pedestrian master plan to add a community trail that stretches behind the Towson Y property between Allegheny and Chesapeake avenues.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Visitors, employees and neighbors of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport now have a new option for enjoying the 12.5-mile trail that loops around the airport's Anne Arundel County property. The Boston-based bikeshare company Zagster, working with BWI, has installed a dock for 10 of its bicycles outside the airport's international terminal, near the light rail station. They are available for rental for $5 a day. Long-term passes for regular use cost $15 a month or $50 a year. Officials envision the bikes being used by airport travelers with time to kill and an urge to get outside, employees looking for a bit of exercise on a break or after work, and neighbors looking to take better advantage of the trail.
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By Beth Smith and Beth Smith,Special to The Sun | September 11, 1994
Walking through the village of Monkton on a sunny, hot Sunday is like strolling down the boardwalk at a seacoast resort. People, all ages, all sizes, decked out in all manner of summer attire, many with toddlers and babies in tow, are everywhere.Bikers, walkers, joggers and runners, slurping snowballs or sipping fruit juices, mill about. Tubing enthusiasts, water travelers who float down the nearby Gunpowder River in large, black inner tubes, squeak through the crowd in water-logged tennis shoes.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
A Pasadena man has been charged with robbing a man on the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail on Thursday night, Anne Arundel County police said. The robbery victim told police he was on the trail near Norfolk Road in Glen Burnie when two masked men robbed him. One robber beat him with a baseball bat and the victim fought back, stabbing him with a knife. The robbers made off with the man's shoes, cellphone and knife. Police had encountered the robber who was stabbed minutes before the victim made his report.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2002
A group of environmentalists derailed yesterday a plan to build a disputed $1.5 million bike trail and bridge that would run through the Patapsco Valley State Park on the border of Howard and Baltimore counties. Though state officials recommended that the state Board of Public Works green-light the project, known as the Grist Mill Trail extension, the environmentalists raised enough questions about the 1.25-mile project to have it temporarily withdrawn from consideration. The Board of Public Works, composed of the governor, comptroller and treasurer, decides the fate of all state-funded infrastructure projects.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2001
Picture it: You live in Mount Washington and work downtown, but instead of queuing up with all the other stop-and-go cars on the Jones Falls Expressway, you pedal the five-mile commute along a rolling bike trail. An urban bike trail through the heart of Baltimore has long been the dream of local environmental and biking groups. The first significant step in that direction is scheduled to be considered today by the city Board of Estimates, which is expected to approve a $100,000 contract to begin planning the trail.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2000
Anne Arundel County police were searching yesterday for a man who raped a 23-year-old woman on the Baltimore-Annapolis bike trail near Marley Station Mall about 6 p.m. Tuesday - the first reported rape on the 10-year-old trail, officials said. Police said the woman thought she was lost and asked a man who had been riding a bike for directions. She told investigators the man hit her in the head and face and forced her off the path, where he raped her. She was found by police shaking and crying, with cuts and bruises, near the trail at Norfolk Road and West Way. The woman was treated and released at North Arundel Hospital.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2000
Anne Arundel County police were searching yesterday for a man who raped a 23-year-old woman on the Baltimore-Annapolis bike trail near Marley Station Mall about 6 p.m. Tuesday -- the first reported rape on the 10-year-old trail, officials said. Police said the woman thought she was lost and asked a man who had been riding a bike for directions. She told investigators the man hit her in the head and face and forced her off the path where he raped her. She was found by police shaking and crying, with cuts and bruises, near the trail at Norfolk Road and West Way. The woman was treated and released at North Arundel Hospital.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,Staff Writer William B. Talbott contributed to this story | April 13, 1992
Anne Arundel County police today resumed searching for a mentally retarded Delaware man who apparently wandered away from a group of bicyclists yesterday on the Baltimore-Annapolis bike trail.William Woolford, 34, of the 800 block of Lincoln Ave. in Dover, was riding a black 10-speed mountain bike with gray saddle bags with about a dozen other Dover-area cyclists when he became unaccounted for around 11 a.m. in the Arnold area.Sgt. Dale Thomas, of the Eastern District, said a member of Mr. Woolford's family reported that he left his home yesterday and tagged along with the group of bikers.
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July 18, 1994
County police arrested a second man Thursday in connection with a series of indecent-exposure incidents along the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail, just one day after they took another suspect into custody, authorities said.Officer Eric Snair of the Eastern District answered a call about a man running nude on the bike trail about 6 p.m. He drove his car onto the trail and went north until he was almost behind the Horizons, an office building in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway, where he saw an unclothed man hiding behind bushes across from the building.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | June 4, 2012
Two pieces of legislation sponsored by 5th District Councilman David Marks - one regarding a bike trail in Towson and another on the county's Planned Unit Development ordinance - faced a rocky road last week with scrutiny from citizens and fellow council members. But after each was amended to assuage concerns, both passed at Monday's County Council meeting. The first, a resolution that adds a quarter-mile West Towson neighborhood trail to the Eastern Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycling Plan, had been challenged by the West Towson Neighborhood Association Friday.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | June 1, 2012
Fifth District County Councilman David Marks said Friday that in the wake of concerns expressed by a neighbor community group, he'll amend his proposal to add a West Towson trail to the county's bike and pedestrian plan - but won't pull the resolution. The West Towson Neighborhood Association sent Marks a letter on Friday asking him to withdraw the resolution, citing a lack of input and listing several issues that members have with the proposal. The resolution, which is scheduled for a council vote Monday, June 4, seeks to amend the county bike and pedestrian master plan to add a community trail that stretches behind the Towson Y property between Allegheny and Chesapeake avenues.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
Baltimore and other Maryland localities would receive millions of dollars in federal money for bicycle trails, scenic pull-offs and street beautification projects as part of a huge, bipartisan transportation bill expected to pass in the U.S. Senate as early as Tuesday. The provision to protect funding for trails and other "transportation enhancements," as the projects are known, was threatened in an earlier version of the $109 billion highway bill. Now the measure includes the funding and would give local leaders more control over how to use the money, which could bring speedier improvements to the Herring Run and Jones Falls trails in Baltimore.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2011
About 16 months from now, bicyclists will be able to ride from the Inner Harbor to Pennsylvania Station on a smooth path all their own. Little by little, crews working in the shadow of the Jones Falls Expressway are inching their way north, building a concrete and belgian-block median to separate four-wheel traffic from the two-wheel variety. The $3.5 million, state-funded segment of the Jones Falls Trail will start at Lee Street near the Baltimore Visitor Center, wrap around the Inner Harbor and follow the Fallsway to the train station.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2011
An off-street bike trail links Truxton Park in Annapolis to the Bates Sports Complex. A bicycle lane runs along Edgewood Road between the Back Creek Nature Park and Bay Ridge Road. A snippet of shared bicycle-motor vehicle lane cuts the angle from Bladen Street to Northwest Street. There are six miles of trails in the city, but few connections between them, and almost no markers to point out routes to popular destinations. The city council is considering a plan to create a network of 34 miles of marked bicycle routes: a mix of bike lanes on city streets, shared-use lanes for drivers and cyclists, and off-road paths.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2011
For years, Red Run Stream Valley Trail in Owings Mills was an abandoned section of Dolfield Road. Now, it's a 20-foot-wide wooded path that runs near the stream. Baltimore County officials are hoping that a newly formed Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee will jump-start plans for more pathways like Red Run, one of its newest walking and bike trails. The committee, approved by the County Council last week, will prioritize projects and target resources toward making roads and streets more accommodating to cyclists and pedestrians, improving safety awareness and identifying areas for new trails.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | September 21, 1990
More than a decade after a Glen Burnie developer envisioned transforming the overgrown fields and woods near the Baltimore-Annapolis railroad tracks into a modern housing community, his plan is another step closer to fulfillment.His goal to expand the fledgling Fox Chase community five-fold seems fine to most of the area homeowners -- as long as he includes plans for access to the adjacent B & A Hiker-Biker Trail that will keep visitors from having to cross private property.Leonard J. Attman just received the county's green light to build the third phase of Fox Chase.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2010
In an effort to protect the largest known bat refuge in Maryland, state officials planning a 4.7-mile extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail have decided to detour cyclists around an abandoned railroad tunnel where hundreds of bats winter. Tourism interests in the region had hoped the 4,350-foot-long Indigo Tunnel would become a prime attraction for bicyclists pedaling west from the trail's current terminus at Pearre. But biologists discovered its rock walls are home to an estimated 1,400 hibernating bats, including some rare or endangered species.
NEWS
July 19, 2010
Riding a bike can be fun, but it is not just for recreation anymore. Increasingly it is a way to travel to and from work or to run errands. Bike commuting is not for everyone. Being fit, confident about riding in traffic, and having access to a shower at work helps. It also helps to have a good network of bike trails. Baltimore made another move in that direction recently when it received $4 million from the Maryland Department of Transportation to extend the Jones Falls hiking and biking trail into Mount Washington.
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