Heather Cook, the former Bishop who crashed into and killed cyclist Tom Palermo in Baltimore in 2015, was sentenced to seven years. She was drunk and using her cellphone and then left the scene. She comes up for parole after completing just 25% of her sentence. We find that completely unjust given the heinous nature of her actions. For more about the case, see the Baltimore Sun article. To see BikeAAA’s letter to the Parole Commission, click HeatherCookParole20170416.
The Capital Gazette did a feature on Jon and the startup of BikeAAA, the county Bike Commission and the progress being made. Read about it at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/capital_style/ph-ac-cs-hometown-hero-jon-korin-0219-20170219-story.html
BikeAAA’s partner Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails acknowledged BikeAAA, the county Bike COmmission and DPW traffic engineer Nestor Flores for proving new Bike Lane markings and signs on Boulter’s Way at the south end of the B&A Trail.
Click to see the newsletter: tt-march-2017
Below is a list of proposed bicycle safety legislation as of April 11, 2017. The session closed April 10 and three bike safety bills passed and await Governor signature and SHA announced they will install twp HAWK Signals!
HB11 Coal-rolling prohibition
HB192/SB142 Bike Safety Task Force
HB997/SB925 Bike Safety in Crosswalks
Although the HAWK signal bill did not pass, SHA has announced that they will install HAWK signals on Veirs Mill Rd (rt 586) and in PG County.
BikeAAA has appeared before most of the committee hearings, provided written testimony in support of these bills and continues to work with our counterparts at Bike Maryland, WABA and others. See links to BikeAAA written testimony in the right column below.
|Number / Chapter
(Cross File / Chapter)
|Title||Primary Sponsor||Status||Original House Committee(s) and
|BikeAAA Written Testimony|
|HB0011||Vehicle Laws – Causing Diesel Emissions to Discharge Onto Another – Prohibition||Delegate Lam||Passed in House and Senate||Environment and Transportation
1/26/2017 – 2:00 p.m.
|Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways||Delegate Lafferty||Passed House & Senate||Environment and Transportation
2/9/2017 – 1:15 p.m.
|Vehicle Laws – Bicycles – Use of Crosswalks||Delegate Kramer||Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation||Environment and Transportation
2/23/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
|Vehicle Laws – Pedestrian Hybrid Signals||Delegate Kramer||Third Reading Passed (138-1) but not in Senate||Environment and Transportation
2/23/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
|Vehicle Laws – Bicycles, Play Vehicles, and Unicycles – Operation on Sidewalks and in Crosswalks||Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo||Passed with Amendments by House and Senate||Senate Finance
3/30/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
|Task Force to Study Bicycle Safety on Maryland Highways||Senator Manno||Passed House & Senate||1/25/2017 – 1:00 p.m.||bikeaaa-sb142-20170125|
|Vehicle Laws – Bicycles and Pedestrians – Use of Crosswalks||Senator Manno||Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings||Judicial Proceedings
2/7/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
|Vehicle Laws – Pedestrian Hybrid Signalsx||Senator Manno||Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings.||Judicial Proceedings
2/7/2017 – 1:00 p.m.
|Vehicle Laws – Bicycles, Play Vehicles, and Unicycles – Operation on Sidewalks and in Crosswalks||Senator Madaleno||Passed in Senate and House with Amendments||Finance
3/15/2017 – 1:00 p.m.BikeAAA-SupportSB925-20170310
October 14, 2015
Motorists Advised to Be Cautious of Cyclists on the Road During Sunday’s Lifeline 100 Bicycle Ride; County Executive Will Ride
The second annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Community Health Fair will be held this Sunday October 16. The event hosted by Anne Arundel County Police, Recreation & Parks and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”) offers a great experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities with 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile route options as well as a free Children’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride and Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. The 15 and 30 mile routes are entirely on trails using the B&A and BWI Loop Trails. The 100 and 65 mile routes wind throughout scenic Anne Arundel County including views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, southern Anne Arundel County, BWI/Marshall airport and more.
County Executive Steve Schuh plans to ride the 65 mile route. County Executive Steve Schuh said “the Lifeline 100 exemplifies the power of partnership by county agencies and non-profits, and I urge all citizens come join us for this award winning event at Kinder Farm Park.”
All proceeds will be donated to county nonprofit organizations including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”). In last year’s event approximately 600 cyclists participated and $21,000 was raised for non-profits. This year’s ride is expected to have even more participants. Details about the event can be found at www.lifeline100.com .
Motorists are advised to be aware of greater numbers of cyclists on the roads especially in the morning through Annapolis and Bay Ridge, in South County (Edgewater, Galesville, Harwood) mid/late morning then proceeding through Davidsonville, Crownsville, Crofton and Gambrills as they make their way towards BWI Airport where they continue riding on trails. There will be no road closures but certain crossings may have county police supervision. Under Maryland law, drivers are required to give cyclists at least three feet of space while passing when safe to do so. Drivers are reminded that texting and hand held phones are illegal and dangerous, especially to cyclists. A car drifting only slightly to the right is enough to hurt or kill a cyclist legally riding on the road. Drivers should be especially cautious at crossings. Participating and other cyclists are reminded that they are required to obey all traffic laws including stop signs and red lights and they should ride in a predictable manner and giving hand signals prior to turning or changing lanes. A good summary of laws and safety tips for drivers and cyclists can be found at the Maryland SHA website: http://www.sha.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=357
The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride will also welcome the community to the “Make Health Happen Community Health Fair” at Kinder Farm Park with 18 exhibitors from the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, including local hospitals and public agencies. The fair will offer information about countywide healthy events, activities, and programs- as well as fun activities for kids, families and more. The inaugural 2014 Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Health Fair received the Innovative Program Award from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and in 2015 won the Maryland, My Maryland Special Event of the Year.
Online registration for the Lifeline100 ride is open at www.lifeline100.com/register through midnight Friday, October 16. Early packet pickup and walk-in registration is available at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday, October 15 12 – 2PM and starting at 6:15AM on event day, October 16. The Children’s Bike Rodeo is 12:30 – 2:30PM for ages 4 – 10 and is free but parents are encouraged to reserve a timeslot at www.lifeline100.com/rodeo .
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A memorial bike ride in memory of Irene “Rene” Szczesniak will be held on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00AM in Glen Burnie, MD. Riders are asked to assemble at the large parking lot at Aquahart Rd. and the B&A Trail at 8:45AM to begin the 1.5 mile ride to the site where Rene was killed on June 6 while riding her bike on Central Ave. in Glen Burnie. The parking lot is located behind Bruster’s Ice Cream 801 Aquahart Rd. Glen Burnie, MD and easily accessible by bike on the B&A Trail or by car. The ride will start north on the B&A Trail and then proceed up Central Ave after crossing Crain Highway. A short ceremony will take place at the site located near 304 Central Ave, Glen Burnie, MD at about 9:20AM. Family and friends that are not able to ride may meet at the ceremony site. Following the short ceremony, riders will return to the start location.
Rene was an avid cyclist who rode regularly for transportation, fitness and for multiple causes like the AIDS Ride, MS, etc. She was an experienced, fit and safety-focused rider whose life was tragically taken by a truck driver while she was doing what she loved. The memorial ride will be both a tribute to Rene and to bring a public message of safety and respect to all road users – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to participate and should wear a helmet.
Click HERE to rsvp and share the event.
Check out the new public bike repair stand and air pump in memory of Rob Stearns, a Severna Park cyclist who loved to ride the B&A Trail. We are grateful to Rob’s family and friends and proud to dedicate this trail amenity in his honor. Great press coverage HERE.
The driver who killed tandem cyclists John and Lynn in October, 2016 was sentenced on August 5 in Calvert County. BikeAAA attended the sentencing, spoke and was asked by the judge to help craft the community service requirement.
May 20, 2016 Capital Gazette: Story, photos and video from Bike to Work Day, Annapolis.