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Jul-30-10 12:11 pm
precursor to HoCo master bike plan, cyclist input needed
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Below is an announcement from HC Transportation for public meetings to comment on a Pedestrian and Bicyclists activity/accessibility study/survey that is being done by the County for selected locations on Rt 1, Snowden River and Rt 40. This is a precursor to one of the primary goals of BAHC – development of a Howard County Bicycle and Pedestrian Accessibility Master Plan. If some of you live, ride through or commute to these areas it is important to have your voices heard. I have made the point that a study should focus on how many people would ride or walk if conditions were safe rather than how much bike and pedestrian traffic currently exists.

Please consider participating - I would appreciate feedback and opinions of those of you who are able to attend. Please pass this to your listserves and others who might be interested.

    Pedestrian and Bicyclist Select Locations Study

    Two meetings will be held to present initial findings and receive review and comment from the public about pedestrian and bicyclist activity at select locations as indicated below.
    Meeting One: canceled due to insufficient public notice, will reschedule

    Meeting Two: Tuesday-August 17,2010 from 6 to 8 PM at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Public Library
           Locations to be presented:
    a.    US 40 at the following locations: Normandy Center/Normandy Woods Drive, North Ridge Rd., St.Johns Lane, North Chatham Rd., Centennial/Bethany Lane

    Opportunity for Public Review and Comment
    Toole Design Group ( <> ), a locally-owned and based National consulting firm, as part of a Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) grant-funded study of pedestrian and bicycling activity at selected locations, will be presenting activity counts and initial findings. Additionally, Toole will be accepting comments from interested community members and other stakeholders.
    In addition to data collection, the study’s purpose is to develop preliminary solutions for some of the potentially most hazardous locations.
    For further information contact: Brian Muldoon (410)313-4363,
    or Daniel Biggs (301) 927-1900 ext. 109

Here's a post from Nate's Evans blog
The Lombard St. bike & bus lane returns between President & Hopkins Place.  My buddy Mark &  I just rode it and witnessed NO MOVING VIOLATIONS.  We even passed a bus at Hanover St.  The lane ends at Greene St. where the University of Maryland Baltimore begins reconstruction of the trauma center.  Once complete (in a couple years), a green bike lane will be included, expanding Lombard’s bike facilities westward.

iodaniell wrote:

balto charlie wrote:

I wonder how they will be with winter rains and ice on the dark AM commute.  On the upside you can hear the cars behind you and those approaching in the distance.

You should be able to hear the cars, anyway, unless you're blasting your eardrums with K0Rn or Led Zep or...  You DO NOT want to hear the cars on the rumble strip--means they've drifted into the shoulder.

If there's any chance of ice, I'll surely have the studs on. Luckily, for me, I don't have any rumble strips (yet) during my commute to work.

I said on the UPSIDE I will hear cars.  Meaning that it is good.  Shoulders have the rumble strips as well so that's a wash.

I wonder how they will be with winter rains and ice on the dark AM commute.  On the upside you can hear the cars behind you and those approaching in the distance.

Jul-27-10 11:14 am
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Ed Hopkins wrote:

And I guess--again based on very slim evidence--that there would never be a discussion in the PPTC forum on whether getting up at the crack of dawn to avoid the heat was a reasonable thing to do. 

And I imagine that there are cycling clubs in Alaska that would chortle over our worry about cycling when there is black ice: get on those studded tires you wusses!!

I remember reading that the air quality  is worse at dawn.  I currently ride @ 6:30 AM(commuting and often rec riding) so was a little concerned....  Decided that not riding was significantly more detrimental to my health than the pollutants.    As far as those studs...they work well, easier then walking and driving.

Not only do many of the strips extend into the shoulder but they now extend almost to BW Parway.  If there is a curve on Powder Mill rd then there WILL be rumble strips. Bummer as this is a nice ride through the Belts Agric center.

They have increased the number of rumble strips along Powder Mill rd between Entomology Rd and Research rd.  Earlier this week it looked like they were leaving the shoulders un-rumbled but I was just told they included the shoulder on some of the strips.  I'll check it out soon.

Jul-23-10 02:48 pm
Plan to make Columbia, county highways more pedestrian-friendly
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Barry:  I agree that DC 'burbs have lots of cash but they are also very well organized.  I've sat in on few of the Mont county and PG county meetings with MNCPPC and those folks were well organized(especially Montgomery).  They had a list of shovel ready projects and had to wipe the drool off their chins as they smacked their lips gobbling up the funds.  Just wish they offered us some.
   While big projects require big cash I feel smaller projects could be done easily and with little money.  I don't really know how much sharrows and bike lanes cost  but can't be too much.  If they increase the number of bike lanes then more folks will bike then the Gov will sit up and take notice.
Rumble strips: They are currently putting down rumble strips on PowderMill rd at the Ag research center, Beltsville.  Earlier this week they were not putting the strips   onto the shoulders; however I heard from another cyclist they extended them over the shoulder further down the road.  WTF!

Hey All:  Baltimore City has just put down a new bike lane along Frederick RD. from the Gwynns Falls Trail to the county line.  Here's Nate Evans( Balto city bike planner) blog with a brief description

Thanks Nate and Mr. Kendrick(Balto city Dept of transportation)

Jul-22-10 08:46 am
Plan to make Columbia, county highways more pedestrian-friendly
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Barry Childress who is having login issues on this website wrote:

To clarify we lost a part-time bike/ped planner but we still have another some-time bike/ped planner Kathy Schlabach who is very sharp on cycling issues but has other duties. The big problem in Baltimore County (and I will assert Statewide) is funding. To many places have invested a lot of time and money in planning only to find funding is not as available as they originally hoped. So why would anyone invest in a bike/ped planner if they can't get things built? I'm trying to drive the point home to MDOT via this article: Imagine if: Police announced that they spent only 1/3 of their anti-crime grant while the crime rate increased

The issue is complicated but it boils down to the State not keeping up with other states in both results and funding for bike/ped projects and they have Federal money left over they have not obligated.

Barry, you know a lot more about this stuff than I. I don't know  Ms. Schlabach but hope to meet her.  Correct me if I am wrong but there's a lot of money currently out there with the stimulus funds.  I don't believe Baltimore county was ready to start building any bike infrastructure so we get lots of road repaving.  Mont Co, DC, Balto city and PG co. all have been improving their bike infrastructure so there are some funds.  They were ready with bike projects.  Waiting for funding is too late. We need to have projects ready to roll.  Often there is an immediate "spend now or forget it" with govt funding(end of year funds).  If you're not ready you don't get the funds.  I'm still new to this advocacy world but I see significant biking infrastructure happening, just not much in Baltimore Co.

PS I also have trouble logging on.  It often takes 2 -3 times to log on

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