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Dec-28-14 06:17 am
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

The Baltimore Sun reported this morning on a rider (Thomas Palermo) killed yesterday in the 5700 block of Roland Avenue. Palermo was using the south-bound bike lane on Roland when he was hit, apparently from behind. The driver, a 57-year old woman, initially fled the scene, then returned. Her Subaru station wagon's windshield was badly cracked. 

Who among us doesn't think that next time it could be us? We can usually avoid potential accidents involving cars in front and on our flanks (if we're careful). It's the cars coming up from behind that pose the most potential for disaster. Fortunately, most motorists respect our rights to the road (if they didn't there'd be a lot more accidents). It's the ones that don't, like that woman in her Subaru, that I worry about. The sure solution is to give up road riding (at least 2 people I know did because of their angst regarding traffic) and stick to the trails. The other, which is no solution at all, is to hope our number never comes up.           

Oct-20-14 01:17 pm
Be Careful When Packing Up
Category: Social

If I had a group weekday ride after work, I'd leave everything in the car, bike included, and leave my car in a parking garage. Theft was still be a risk factor but much less of one (less visibility). I would never, especially around here, leave my bike in the car unattended. Thieves would get to it before the sun or heat could damage it.       

Oct-20-14 06:45 am
Be Careful When Packing Up
Category: Social

Jim, that could work unless you live in an area with a high rate of car theft and related crime. I'd love to save time by loading my bike in the car the night before. But I wouldn't do that unless I planned to buy a new bike. Not around here, anyway.   

Oct-19-14 08:01 pm
Be Careful When Packing Up
Category: Social

I brought the bag, just not the helmet. It happens.

Oct-19-14 03:59 pm
Be Careful When Packing Up
Category: Social

Steve, I know you cycle to a lot of your rides. You're right, it's virtually impossible to forget the basics doing that. However, I managed. A couple years ago, in Ocean City, NJ, I left my helmet on the porch of our motel, then took off, oblivious to that mistake until I was well into it.   

Oct-18-14 08:41 pm
Be Careful When Packing Up
Category: Social

Problem: I missed a ride today (7 Towns and 7 Valleys) because I left my helmet home. Drove to 5th District Elementary School from the Towson area, signed the attendance sheet and took a cue sheet only to discover minutes later that my helmet was missing.

Reaction: After yelling a few expletives, I drove home and did my own ride (52 miles, 8 less than my planned BBC 7&7).

Lesson: Take care when packing your gear. A checklist might be a good idea.   

Thanks for posting that. The Western Run P&R is for TUESDAY and THURSDAY only.

The Gyndon Figure 8 ride is for 3/18/12 only.

The Glyndon Figure 8 ride IS NOT a "forever" ride.

Jun-05-11 08:29 am
The Glyndon Figure 8 Ride leaving from Meadowood Park Is Canceled

Today's ride is rained out. Sorry folks.

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