4th Annual Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum


Wednesday October 30, 2013



Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) invites you to meet and share information with other local cyclists, local and state officials/planners, and regional advocacy groups on issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community. We will focus this year on accessibility and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan.


Date & Time:


▸ Pre-Registration online at https://bahcbikeforum.eventbrite.com – please let us know if you are coming!

▸ Check-in/Registration (with sandwiches & cookies) begins at 6:30 pm

▸ Presentations/Discussion from 7:00 – 9:10 pm



The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, Parsons Auditorium, 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723



▸ Rt 29 South from Columbia

▸ Exit 15 West (Johns Hopkins Road)

▸ Enter APL at 2nd entrance (past Pond through pillared gate)

▸ Building 1 Lobby is at end of entrance road

All parking lots available after 5:00 pm (do NOT park in gated Visitor




6.30 Meet, Greet, Sign-In With Subway sandwiches, cookies and non-sugared, non-carbonated water

7.00 Welcome

7.10 Keynote – Carol Silldorff, Bike Maryland

7.30 HoCo Bicycle Master Plan

• Ben Pickar, Ho Co Dept Planning & Zoning

• Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group

8.20 Connecting Columbia Action Plan Jane Dembner, Columbia Association

8:40 Bike Rodeos Carl Peterson, Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program

9:00 Thank You


Johns Hopkins APL Lobby 1 Entrance

Bicycling Advocates of Howard County is an advocacy coalition of local Howard County bicycling clubs and organizations. BAHC is a §501(c)4 tax-exempt organization.

6th Annual Bike HoCo Ride


New Date

Sunday October 20, 2013


Hosted By

Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC), APL Cycling Club, Glenelg Gang, HoCo Cyclists, and the Mid- Maryland Triathlon Club (MMTC), With Special Thanks to Princeton Sports


Time again to join Howard County cyclists on BAHC’s 6th Annual Bike HoCo Ride. Enjoy a GREAT Fall ride and social. Last year we had over 140 Howard County riders.


DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 20, 2013

  • Check-in/Registration — 8:30am
  • Group Photo — 8:45am(Wear your Club’s jersey!)
  • Rides start — 9:00am sharp!


LOCATION: The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

  • Start/Check-in: APL Softball Field Parking Lot
  • Post-Ride Social: APL Picnic Pavilion
  • GPS/Google Maps location: Across from 7150 Sanner Road, Clarksville, MD


PRE-REGISTRATION: On Eventbrite at:https://6thbikehocoride.eventbrite.com


DONATION: Use our Donate button at: http://bikehoco.org/donate to link to Paypal

  • BAHC is a §501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization.
  • We request a minimum donation of $5 per rider to help fund our efforts as advocates for Howard County bicycling.
  • This is BAHC’s only 2013 fundraiser, so please consider donating even if you don’t ride.



  • 63/45/34/26 mile routes. BAHC has cue sheets and GPS data file on its web site at http://bikehoco.org/cue-sheetsand we will have paper copies at check-in.
  • Sign in @ 8:30 am — ALL riders must sign waiver
  • Staggered start @ 9am — Faster Metric riders first and slower 26 mile riders last
  • Princeton Sports will again provide SAG support.
  • Rest stop @ Glenwood Community Center (Rt 97 & Carrs Mill Rd) hosted by MMTC (Thank You!). Otherwise, routes go by various convenience stores.
  • Post-ride social @ APL Picnic Pavilion (on the other end of softball field from the parking area).
    • BAHC will supply water/Gatorade and snacks. Please bring your own picnic supplies (we will have grills) and drinks.
    • BYOBeer and some to share (especially if it is a good micro brew). Alcohol only in the picnic pavilion area; not in the parking lot.


We will need volunteers to help run check-in and prep/clean up the picnic area.

If you can volunteer, please contact: president@bikehoco.org

Register Your Bicycle With The HCPD Today!

Register your bike with Howard County Police Department! This is a free service for Howard County residents allowing you to manage your bike information and file a report if it is stolen (with a much improved chance of recovery). Upon registration, HCPD will mail you an assigned serial number to identify your bike. Sign-in below to proceed to the Bike Registration system.

Getting Road Issues Addressed With SHA Maintained Roads

Non-tolled highways with numbers in Maryland’s 23 counties (e.g. US 1, MD 94, etc.) are typically maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration not County Governments. In Howard this includes many roads we typically ride (Routes 1, 29, 94, 97, 99, 108, and 144). Typical problems that we run into include: traffic signals that fail to detect bicycles, accumulated piles of broken glass, sand or other debris, potholes and uneven surfaces, encroaching vegetation, missing or damaged signs, bicycle incompatible storm drain grates and faded pavement markings —  conditions that make bicycling conditions unpleasant and even dangerous. Although SHA maintenance crews typically inspect roadways and pathways by motor vehicle, maintenance issues that affect bicyclists may not be readily apparent to them.
Once you are sure this is an SHA road (check with BAHC if  you are not sure) you can submit a maintenance request to SHA online on their  Customer Care Management System’s website at: http://marylandsha.force.com/customercare/request_for_service
What I have found is you don’t often get a response from a person or by e-mail to online requests and you are not sure that your request has been received or if the issue is being addressed. You can also call the local SHA Maintenance Office (Maryland is divided into seven SHA district and Howard is in District 7) the toll free number of the Howard County District 7 Maintenance Office is: 1-800-635-5119. An alternative is to let BAHC know (e-mail: President@bikehoco.org) and we will contact both our District and SHA points of contact to try and resolve any issues.

Road Biking 101 Interest Survey

Recently, Chris Tsien, a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, and volunteers held a Road Biking 101 class to help riders learn how to ride safely on the road, how to deal with traffic, and how to sharpen their riding skills.


The survey below is to determine if another class can be held. If you are interested, check “yes”. Thank you!

Routes 99 and 108 Status Report – April 8th, 2013

This is a recent update on current road work conditions concerning two major cycling roads, Routes 99 and 108.


On Route 99, BGE is reinforcing the utility trench (after the last Fall installation) and paving MD 99 from Marriottsville Road to MD 32. They are expected to be finished with paving by the end of April, weather permitting.

On Route 108, The Howard County DPW contractor has three more sections of water line to install along MD 108 which should be complete within the next three to four weeks, after which the residential/business taps and manhole access will be constructed. The disturbed sections of roadway between Centennial Lane and Homewood Road are not anticipated to be repaved before early June.


Keep this in mind while riding, and stay safe!

Ride of Silence – May 15th

The Second Annual Ride of Silence in Olney is the closest Ride of Silence to Howard County. This is the 10th anniversary of the original ride which took place in Dallas, Texas in 2003 as a silent memorial ride to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.

When: Wednesday, 15 May, at 7pm.

Where: Fair Hill Shopping Center, 18169 Towncenter Dr, Olney, MD 20832

The Ride of Silence participants will meet in the Harris Teeter parking lot in downtown Olney (Fair Hill Shopping Center, 18169 Towncenter Dr, Olney, MD 20832 off Rt 108) pick-up a police escort, and head out for a 10 mile ride. Last year there were 109 riders and about the same number are expected again this year. It is extremely important for us cyclists to let our neighbors know we are out there riding and so we ask them to please share the road with us. This ride is a great way to help us get the message out to everyone. So please mark your calendars for this year’s ride. You can also keep up with things on our Facebook page at “Ride of Silence in Olney, MD”. And you can always go to http://www.RideofSilence.org to get more information on the National event.


National Bike to Work Day – 2013

National Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 17th. Howard County rally location will be at Columbia Mall. The Bike To Work Day registration web page is accepting registrations at:

Register for the Columbia Mall location.the Event is scheduled from 7-9am and will include numerous give-aways (including t-shirt for those pre-registered) and a prize raffle — as well as coffee and bagels!

Bikes for the World – Bike Donations Needed!

Donate your old bikes to Bikes for the World and help change a life overseas. Bikes for the World accepts all bikes in repairable condition, used bike parts, cycling accessories, and tubes and tires. Bikes for the World is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. A suggestion donation of $10 per bike is greatly appreciated to help Bikes for the World meet their mission. Tax receipts will be issued. For more information: http://www.bikesfortheworld.org




April 13 at 10am-4pm



Race Pace Bicycles Display at Howard Community College Greenfest

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia MD 21044


Contact for questions:
Jon: racepaceec@gmail.com or (410)290-6880

Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update

Your input is needed! The Maryland Department of Transportation invites you to attend a public meeting for the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update.

This meeting will be held: Thursday, March 21, 2013, from: 5:00 – 8:00 PM, at the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, on the University of Baltimore campus; 11 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore Md 21201.

The goal of the Plan is to support cycling and walking as integral modes of Maryland’s transportation network. This will be the first of three public meetings held to gather input for this Plan. Please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan to learn more about the plan update process and to complete the bicycle and pedestrian needs survey.


If you are unable to attend, visit the link above and take the survey online!