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November 11, 2009
I applaud Michael Dresser's and Laura Vozzella's articles, "At what point does safety trump the right to drive" and "A ride for remembering" (Nov. 9) about the respective tragic pedestrian and bicycle deaths of Johns Hopkins student Miriam Frankl and Greater Homewood Community Corp. member Jack Yates. Thomas Meighan, who had numerous drunk driving violations but still kept his license and vehicle, faces charges in connection with Ms. Frankl's death, and Mr. Yates, whose August death is still being investigated by Baltimore City Police, was struck by a truck turning right from Maryland Avenue onto Lafayette Avenue.
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July 22, 2014
It seems to me that if Charlie Duff and others want to attract 10,000 new families to the city they are putting the cart before the horse in terms of enticements ( "Two ways about it," July 16). How about there being something to go to on foot or bike along the Calvert and St. Paul street corridors they are talking about calming by making two-way? Safety issues aside, two-way is great if there is a reason to slow down. At this point, with few exceptions, there isn't. And if there should be in the future, pedestrian traffic is in no way dependent on the direction the cars are moving.
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February 25, 2013
As I travel on local roads I often see cyclists or biking clubs out for a spin. They pay nothing for the right to use the roads, yet we car owners pay a gasoline tax and a license fee for the privilege, and the more we drive the more we pay. Isn't it time for all those who ride bikes to pay their fair share? It's time to tag bicycles just as we do cars. Instead of increasing the gasoline tax, why not charge cyclists a yearly licensing fee and have them help with road construction, maintenance and repair?
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
A driver who police said had been drinking hit two cyclists Saturday on Ritchie Highway near Annapolis, leaving one with life-threatening injuries and both in the hospital, according to Anne Arundel County police. Todd Eliot Green, 27, and Katie Christine Pohler, 23, were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment after being hit by Robin Vera Colbert, 54, police said. Green was in serious condition Saturday evening and Pohler was in critical condition. At around 2 p.m., the pair was cycling on a section of Baltimore and Annapolis Trail which also forms the shoulder of Ritchie Highway.
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February 18, 2013
I am a cyclist who has done big miles for a long span of years. I am also one who was hit from behind by a car in 2005, an accident which both projected me 85 feet into the air and required more than a year of recovery. I was lucky to survive and would not have, save for the helmet I was wearing. That said, I know what I am talking about. The logic of those cyclists recently quoted in The Sun ("Helmet bill gets objections from bike advocates," Feb. 13) is why most drivers hate bike riders.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
The problem: Bike Baltimore signs confuse other cyclists, this time in the Inner Harbor. The backstory: Let's refresh our memories about last week's Watchdog, which dealt with Bike Baltimore signs that said "Park Avenue" but directed cyclists onto Whitelock Street. Reader Jay Rubin said he enjoyed a chuckle about that feature. He regularly commutes by bike between Mount Vernon and his East Baltimore home and has been wondering about the Bike Baltimore sign near the eastern corner of the intersection of East Pratt Street and the service road behind Pier 4. That sign, facing eastbound traffic, reads "Brewers Hill & Greektown".
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Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Meet Marty Cohen and his group of early-morning cyclists, who get their dose of cardio by riding through northwestern Baltimore county. Type of workout: They're riding bikes, so they get a cardio workout and use the muscles in their lower body (quadriceps, hamstrings and calf) and core (abdominals and back). Who's in the group: Two to three men, ages 60 and over. How often they ride: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 5:30 a.m. year round, and Sundays in the summer months.
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October 4, 2011
Access to the Columbia pedestrian bridge over Route 29 has been sharply compromised for pedestrians, wheelchair-bound handicapped and especially cyclists for over a year now due to lake dredging and sewer replacement. A mulch path constructed for continued access has not been maintained and is frequently obstructed by fallen branches and poison ivy. Now comes a plan to widen Route 29, but with no news on how this will impact the future of this bridge. The bridge is essential for commuting and active lifestyles, activities Columbia and Howard County claim to value.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
A driver who police said had been drinking hit two cyclists Saturday on Ritchie Highway near Annapolis, leaving one with life-threatening injuries and both in the hospital, according to Anne Arundel County police. Todd Eliot Green, 27, and Katie Christine Pohler, 23, were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma for treatment after being hit by Robin Vera Colbert, 54, police said. Green was in serious condition Saturday evening and Pohler was in critical condition. At around 2 p.m., the pair was cycling on a section of Baltimore and Annapolis Trail which also forms the shoulder of Ritchie Highway.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2010
Paul Lebelle and Adam Burkowske have logged hundreds of miles westward on their bicycles, with the wind at their backs and their goal on the horizon. The two local restaurant servers are on a four-month cross-county trek to San Diego, raising money for Bike Free. The nonprofit organization, which they founded, provides bikes to children whose parents are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The goal: to donate 500 bicycles and helmets by Christmas. "This is something that kind of represented the feeling you have when you got your first bike.
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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 Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Davidsonville in August will not face criminal manslaughter charges, an Anne Arundel County grand jury decided on Friday. Whitney Decesaris, 37, of Calvert County, will instead be cited for four traffic violations in the death of Trish Cunningham, 50, an assistant track and field and cross country coach at Annapolis High School. "I'm very disappointed," said Cunningham's daughter, Morgan, 21. "I just hoped [her death] would mean more than four traffic tickets.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
I read with interest Amanda Yeager's Oct. 17 article about pedestrians being a priority in historic Ellicott City plans. It was a very comprehensive article about the county planning to spend $3 million in improvements for better/safer pedestrian travel. I applaud these improvements because our children and grandkids spend a lot of time in our historic city shopping and having dinner. It is hard for folks to walk and get across Main Street. We applaud the new benches and raised (hopefully ped-activated lighted)
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2013
Striding in her special black walking shoes decorated with turquoise, pink and lime-green squares, 8-year-old Elizabeth Gardner was, literally, on her way to reaching a milestone. As she began the Save-A-Limb Ride's 1-mile family walk Saturday morning, Lizzie, as she is called by her family and friends, had to urge her grandfather to keep up. "C'mon, Pop-Pop!" she called. Lizzie was born with a rare genetic disorder known as TAR syndrome (TAR stands for "thrombocytopenia with absent radius")
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
More than 400 cyclists traversed scenic, rural Baltimore County roads on Sunday to raise money for bicycle safety, paying tribute to a cyclist killed on one of those byways. The event was the fourth Larry's Ride, launched by family and friends of Larry Bensky after the father of two was fatally struck by a motorist on Butler Road in 2010. His wife, Tami, anticipated raising about $25,000 this year. "It's amazing that something that starts off as 'let's get together and honor Larry's life' turns into this big thing," she said as cyclists fresh from the ride passed by, volunteers grilled lunch and kids jumped in an inflatable castle.
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By Allison Eatough | August 19, 2013
It's Friday morning, and that means the start of a workday for Ellicott City resident Matthew Lear. After waking his 15-year-old son, Sam, from his slumber, Lear eats his routine breakfast of steel-cut oats and gets dressed. The two share some quick conversation before it's time for Sam to board the school bus and Lear to hit the road. A project manager at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Lear has a 15-mile commute ahead of him. During his trip, Lear never sits in traffic.
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By Edward L. Heard Jr. and Edward L. Heard Jr.,Staff Writer | July 28, 1992
Nearing the end of a 1,000-mile trek that began in Boston on July 4, nine cyclists, promoting an effort to get people out of polluting automobiles and onto bicycles, rested in Baltimore last night.They arrived here about 1 p.m. and spent the rest of the afternoon touring the Inner Harbor. The cyclists were to leave the Baltimore Youth Hostel on Mulberry Street today and head for Annapolis. Their trek is to end Thursday in Washington.The cyclists represent the New York-based East Coast Greenway Alliance.
FEATURES
By Scott Needle | July 31, 1991
Essex Community College's Dean James Duffy made an announcement that practically won him a standing ovation Monday night in Annapolis at a meeting of riders in the First National Bank Cycle Across Maryland tour."
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By Catherine Mallette, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
"Pay no attention to what I'm doing here," says Mike Stone, in his best Wizard of Oz voice. "Just look out the window and keep pedaling. " I keep pedaling, breaking into a sweat but going nowhere, as my bike is mounted on what's called a trainer in the bike-fitting studio in the back of Princeton Sports in Columbia. And then I do look away from the window and see that "Stoney," as he's known, has set up some kind of laser on the windowsill and is projecting a red line along my left leg. The line is showing that my knee gravitates to the side as I pedal.
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