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I've biking on Loch Raven from Providence Road to Morgan Mill many times since my original post.  About a week ago the repaving of the northern section of Providence Road was completed (top of the hill to the intersection at Loch Raven, where the gate is closed on weekend).
Bikers can easily get around the gates at both the top of the Loch Raven Hill and at the end of the construction zone just before Morgan Mill.
Hope you have some good winter rides, close to home.

Today I saw sign on Loch Raven Drive --road closed beginning Oct 16.  I spoke with someone installing the signs and he told me the road will be closed for about two months -> mid-December.  Apparently repaving.  The road certainly needs it.

Approximately between Providence Road and Morgan Mill.  We don't know if the road will be closed to bikes as well as cars.... 

May-28-16 03:57 pm
Mistake in my original post for this ride tomorrow (Sun May 29). Ride start is Taneytown...

Mistake in my original post for this ride tomorrow (Sun May 29).  Ride start is Taneytown Elementary school (not the park).

Mar-23-16 02:56 pm
Charity ride from Greenbelt May 21, '16 - 25 or 36 miles

Saturday, May 21, 2016, "3rd Annual Heart &Health Bike Tour" charity bike ride, proceeds will benefit Bowie Health Center,Laurel Regional Hospital and Prince George’s Hospital Center.  Ride 25 or 36 miles winding through picturesque city roads and trails throughout Prince George’s County.

Start Location: GreenBelt Metro Station
Registration and breakfast starts at 7:00 am.  Push off is at 8:00 am

Early -Bird Adult Registration (Before 4/1/2016)  ($25)
Youth Cyclists (ages 16-18) Registration   ($20)
Adult Registration (4/1 – 5/1/2016)  ($35)
Senior Cyclists (age 65+) (4/1  – 5/1/2016)  ($20)
All Cyclists (After 5/1/2016)  ($50) … itable.pdf

Mar-03-16 10:05 am
Cycle Track Causes Confusion
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Janet -
Thanks for your report on last night's Roland Park Civic League's meeting about the Cycle Track.

Based on your observations at the meeting last night, it seems like a done deal.  No evaluation is really being done...  I wish someone had challenged the DOT and asked what the evaluation system is and when it will be completed and if the results of the evaluation will be released to the public.  Of course, if I had been there, I wouldn't have thought of asking these questions at that time.

I'm am going to send an email to District 6 Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton (following up to my prior email to her), copying the project manager and others - and ask these questions.


Feb-02-16 11:45 am
Cycle Track Causes Confusion
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Before our January blizzard blanketed Baltimore and the Roland Ave Cycle Track, I did an independent analysis of the Cycle Track.  I sent my observations to Baltimore DOT (director and project manager) Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton, and Baltimore Brew web site.  I also sent a short, one paragraph version to the Baltimore Sun (it was not published).  I now realize that I referred to it as a bicycle lane not by the technical term "Cycle Track." 

During my analysis using an Excel spreadsheet (which was not sent with the letter), I documented the Cycle Track position as it switches from side to side of the parked cars. Spreadsheet is attached here for your reference.   

Sharing my letter with the forum here..
Bicycle rider safety should be the number one objective of a bicycle lane.  But the newly painted bike lanes between Cold Spring Avenue and Northern Parkway have discarded safety in favor of "artistic" lines on the road. 

As a frequent bicycle rider who pedaled across the US a few years ago and as a member of the local bicycle club, I have a strong interest in bicycle safety.  This past weekend I studied the new bike lanes which extend only 1.2 miles and I observed at least 15 direction changes in each the northbound and southbound lanes.  A bicycle rider needs to pay attention to the surroundings, but how can that be accomplished when the person is expected to watch for:

• cars that might cross paths with the direction of travel in the bike lane
• car doors that might open at any moment from either the driver's side or the passenger side - depending on which side of the parked cars the bike lane is painted
• pedestrians shopping in the 5100 block, across from the library, who traverse the bike lane
• students at Roland Park Elementary and Middle Schools who might dash across the bike lane
• patrons of the Roland Park public library going to or from the parked cars
• adults standing in the bike lane while placing or removing a child in a car seat
• debris in the roadway (glass, tree limbs, large garbage bags caught on a sign board in the buffer zone)
• other road hazards, including the storm drain at Longwood (southbound) and the storm drain in front of Roland Park public schools (northbound)
• unpainted transitions in the bike lane
• sections of road on which the bike lane isn't painted and the direction of travel is impeded by parked vehicles

The bike rider is expected to look over the shoulder for on-coming traffic while at the same time swerving around obstacles in the road.

In addition, some of the narrow sandwich board signs with arrows pointing to the parking and bike lanes were positioned half way up a block of parked cars which obscured the information for the drivers approaching the parking segment.  Other sign boards were lying useless, flat on the ground - either knocked over by the wind or some other force.

The segments of the bike lane that are between the parked cars and the sidewalk are exposed to additional safety hazards including the presence of wet and slippery leaves at this time of year.  We have already had frigid temperatures here in Baltimore and the patches of ice that we dread when driving a car are just as hazardous to bikers.  With snow in our forecast, who is responsible for clearing the bike lane so bike commuters can get to work?   It is likely that those snow or ice covered sections of  bike lane will be abandoned and riders will bike in a straight path in the cleared roadway on the traffic side of parked cars.  This puts bikers in the recently narrowed motor-vehicle lanes which were squeezed to create the approximately six feet of bike lane.  With narrowed lanes of traffic, there is even less room for moving cars to pass bikers.  Also, there is less space and higher risk for individuals to open or close the door of a parked car and to walk to or from the door of a parked car.

And what about the improperly parked cars?  I observed 21 parked cars with tires encroaching in the buffer zone which was created to provide a reduced hazard when passengers open car doors.  And on my second investigative trip on Roland Ave, every one of the 15 cars parked between Cold Spring and Upland (northbound) were in violation of keeping the buffer zone clear.  In segments of the street where there were no lines painted to indicate parking and bike lanes, cars were parked close to the curb and therefore obstructed the line of travel for those in the curb-side bike lane just preceding this stretch of the road.

I've heard that those who complained about these newly painted lines were told that "you'll get used to it."  Well for safety purposes, it should be a safe design from the start.  What happens where newcomers arrive in the area?  Do we excuse their actions because they didn't have adequate time to be trained for a poorly conceived design? 

A lot of paint was used to implement the new bike lane and corresponding parking lane and buffer zone as well as zones defined by a series of diagonal lines. What is the plan to ensure that that lines are maintained so that they are clearly visible - even in low light?  By the way, what is the significance of the diagonal lines?  They certainly don't communicate an area of no-parking.  I observed multiple parked cars in them.  If the zig-zags were eliminated, a potential benefit is that maintenance of the painted lines would be simplified with corresponding cost reductions.

Conclusion:  The slalom course of the newly implemented Roland Ave bike lanes creates an extremely high risk, hazardous environment for bicycle riders, pedestrians,  and motor vehicle drivers. 

What is the plan to provide a truly safe environment for all people who travel on Roland Ave?  All the people means motor vehicle operators including bus drivers, bicycle riders, pedestrians accessing shopping areas, bus riders stepping off the curb to access a bus, library patrons, and students from Roland Park public elementary and middle schools?

Ellen Hochman

Jan-02-15 10:23 pm
Worn one time. Too bulky for road riding. Hard too bend fingers., Extremely warm.
Category: Technical

FUSION GORE-TEX® Gloves  Warm and waterproof bike gloves. Optimal freedom of movement through stretch functionality on back of hands and fingers. Patented double chamber-system for either more insulation or better finger sensation. Great 2 in 1 glove.

Worn one time.  Too bulky for road riding.  Hard too bend fingers.  Extremely warm. 

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