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May-23-17 05:00 pm
Roland Park Civic League Track Committee highlights flaws in Cycle Track
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

  The Roland Park Community Association will discuss a Report on the Roland Ave Cycle Track that lists substantial flaws.  The Report says that the Cycle Track has worsened conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians, and cars and has NOT achieved its goal of reducing traffic speeds.  The report cites at least five accidents between cyclists and turning cars and also mentions that five parked cars have been totaled.  The report says the cycle track is below design guidelines and has created problems between cyclists and pedestrians exiting cars, especially at Eddie's and St David's Church and Pre School.  The Report mentions that verbal conflicts between cars, cyclists, and pedestrians have increased.  THE REPORT RECOMMENDS TO EITHER RESTORE CURBSIDE PARKING WITH A WIDER, SAFER BIKE LANE AND SLOWER TRAFFIC, OR PARTNER WITH THE COMMUNITY TO CREATE A COMPLETE STREEET THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE.
       
           Experienced cyclists need to be part of the process to restore Roland Ave to a decent commuter bike route.  Come to Wed, May 24 Meeting at Roland Park Elem & Middle School, 5207 Roland Ave at 7 pm.

Jeffrey H. Marks
410-358-1321

Jan-15-17 05:42 pm
Handlebar Cafe on Caroline Street Open - Jeffrey H. Marks
Category: Social

             After waiting about 18 months for the "Handlebar CafĂ©" on Caroline Street to open, it's now open for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 2pm.  Former Mountain bike champion Marla Straub and her husband renovated a building for this interesting bicycle theme Cafe.  Yes you may bring your bike inside.  The menu features pizzas and burritos, along with good Vigilante coffee and a selection of beers.  One gets to enjoy a bit of Bicycle Culture, and you meet some committed cyclists who use their bike for everyday transportation.  Prices are reasonable, and it's a fun place.  The Cafe is expected to also open for dinner shortly, and to offer bicycle repairs.  Check it out.

        And while you are near the Inner Harbor, bike around the water past the Science Center to the American Visionary Arts Museum.  FREE ADMISSION on MLK DAY!  Bring a lock to secure your bike in the rack located in the courtyard.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Oct-27-16 09:52 pm
Collector's Allez Frame Bike
Category: Technical

   Three road bikes for sale

Benotto with 56 cm frame

Nashbar with 55 cm aluminum frame

Collector's Bike with 56 cm custom made Allez Frame

         Call Richard Carey at 410 358 6001.  If unable to reach Richard, email Jeffrey H. Marks at: jeffreym715@yahoo.com

Aug-28-16 05:11 pm
Interesting Ride Start and Rest Stop in Butler
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

          On today's ride I fortuitously found a great rest stop in Butler.  It had restrooms, shade, event style bike racks, air conditioning, and even a bike pavilion complete with ceiling fans! I found this country rest stop to be more pleasant than having to dodge cars and breathe fumes at gas stations. 

         The owner said that there's ample car parking, and cyclists are welcome to start rides here. He  said that he has an area to change clothes and even an outdoor shower.  How many times have you rushed home after a ride to shower and change before going out to dinner or meeting friends or family?

         Now that Baltimore County schools are in session, cyclists may not use school grounds on weekdays.  This new rest stop in Butler provides an alternative ride start to Sparks Elementary School.  Also the amenities and seating make it more pleasant  to wait for other members of your carpool to arrive - or just hang out with fellow cyclists.  If you want there's refreshments and a bike repair shop.  And it's OK to buy lunch next door and eat it here.  Velocci Bike/Coffee Shop is open everyday from 8am - 4pm.  (Hours may change in the fall).  Yes, it's OK to park or use the grounds when the shop is closed. 

May-09-16 08:32 pm
Ride of Silence - Help and Comments
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

      Larry Bensky was hit from behind and killed while bicycling on Butler Road in northern Baltimore County.  Larry's family and Bike Maryland sponsor an annual ride in Larry's memory each year.  This year's ride will be on Sunday, Sept 25 at Oregon Ridge Park.  Register for the ride on Bike Maryland's website.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Apr-29-16 06:46 am
With rain scheduled off and on today, I'm cancelling the Loch Raven Gunpowder Ride.

Loch Raven Gunpowder Ride is cancelled due to rain.

      Due to rainy weather, I may have to cancel tomorrow's Loch Raven - Gunpowder Ride.  Check website after 8am Friday to see if ride has been cancelled.  If I cancel ride, I may reschedule for Friday, May 13.

Apr-02-16 08:10 pm
Computer stops Working when I turn Light on
Category: Technical

      I have a Cateye Urban Wireless Computer that works OK until I turn on my Nightrider headlight.  I was puzzled why the computer  works OK on trails and stops working on roads. (I use a front light for visibility, even in daylight). Anyhow a helpful person at BBW said that lights interfere with the older wireless computers.  He said that newer wireless computers have a special feature to work near lights.  He suggested that one solution might be to move the light and computer further apart on my handlebars.  I took his advice, moved them far apart, and the wireless computer seems to be working OK. I just did a short test ride.  However, having the light and wireless computer on each respective drop isn't as convenient as having them in the center of my handlebars.  Having them near the drops interferes a bit with my riding positions.  Does anyone have any ideas for getting the wireless computer to work without putting it so far away from my front light.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Mar-18-16 09:33 pm
Three Foot Passing Law Passed Committee w/Amendment; Call your delegates today
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

    HB 214, the safe passing law, has passed the House and will be heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee shortly. The companion Senate Bill is SB 1123.  Please contact your state senator and let them know that you support SB 1123; which requires motorists attempting to pass a cyclist to SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER, in order not to endanger the cyclist or anyone else,  To find your state senator, go to Bob Wagner's Posting that accesses the Legislative Contacts.  If possible email your state senator over the weekend and call  Monday morning when they return to Annapolis.

Jeffrey H. Marks

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