Tag: bicycle safety

Roland Park’s New Cycle Track is Step to a ‘Bike-Friendly’ Baltimore

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Have you noticed in many cities – Pittsburgh, Seattle, Memphis, Portland, Chicago, and Roland Park – all types of newfangled bike lanes? Part of Baltimore City’s Master Bike Plan, Roland Park’s new “cycle track” is the first-of-its-kind in Baltimore. Though 100 miles of our city have become more bike-friendly, we’re behind most cities in moving toward more sustainable transportation where bicycles, autos and pedestrians safely coexist.

Roland Park’s updated bike lanes and revised street parking are near completion, and residents are getting used to the new system. How’s it going, and what’s next on B’More’s biking horizon?

Cyclist Killed in Roland Park; How Can We Make Baltimore Safer for Bikes?

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Photo of Tom Palermo via Bikemore
Photo of Tom Palermo via Bikemore

On Saturday afternoon, Baltimore cyclist Thomas Palermo was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene of the accident. The driver was later identified as Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook. (According to the Baltimore Sun, Cook initially left the scene of the accident but returned 20 minutes later.)

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION IN CITY OF BALTIMORE

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MEMO FROM GOVERNOR’S PRESS OFFICE

Baltimore Department of Transportation Joins Forces with Bike Maryland to Spread Awareness of Bicycling Safety

Baltimore, MD (August 7, 2012) – Supporting safe bicycle access throughout the state, Governor Martin O’Malley today announces $44,500 as funding support for the City of Baltimore’s Bicycle Safety Education Program. The Department of Transportation will partner with Bike Maryland’s “Bike Minded Program” to communicate safety awareness throughout the city.

“Whether for tourism, recreation, exercise or commuting, our message is that Maryland roadways welcome bicyclists,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.  “Our State is evolving to include bicycling as a more environmentally beneficial and healthy way of commuting, and to continue those efforts we need bicyclists and drivers to know and follow the basic rules of the road for everyone’s safety.”

Maryland Celebrates Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is urging motorists to share the road and be on the lookout for cyclists, particularly Friday, May 18 which is “National Bike to Work Day.”  With local groups, counties and municipalities around the State sponsoring Bike to Work activities, more bicycle traffic is expected along key routes and local roadways.  Bicycle safety is a two-way street, and cyclists are reminded to follow the rules of the road, to stay visible and wear a helmet.

Partnering with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the City of Baltimore and the Downtown Athletic Center, SHA will host a Bike to Work stop on Friday morning, May 18 between 7 and 9 a.m. at the corner of Guilford and Monument streets near SHA Headquarters.  Twenty-20 Cycle is providing bike tune-ups, and the Merritt Downtown Athletic Center is partnering in logistics and will provide a demonstration of proper stretching technique for cycling warm-ups and cool-downs.

“Bike to Work Day encourages those who might usually ride for recreation and exercise to try an alternate means of commuting. We certainly expect more bicycle traffic than usual Friday, so we’re urging drivers to stay alert, focus and share the road,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  “Cycling instead of driving is not only better for your health, it is better for the health of the environmental as well.”  Ms. Peters and Planning and Preliminary Engineering Director Gregory Slater will bike from the Meadowbrook Regional Park in Brooklandville to SHA Headquarters on North Calvert Street.

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