5th Annual Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum

5th ANNUAL HOWARD COUNTY BICYCLING ADVOCACY FORUM

Wednesday October 29, 2014

www.bikehoco.org

 

Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) invites you to meet our new Howard County Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Chris Eatough and other representatives of Howard County Government to review issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community.

 

Date & Time:

*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014

Pre-Registration online at: http://5thbahcbikeforum.eventbrite.com – please let us know if you are coming!

Check-in/Registration (light refreshments will be served) begins at 6:30 pm

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

 

Location:

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Building 1, Parsons Auditorium, 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723

 

Directions:

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

Parking)

 

Agenda:

6.30 Meet, Greet, Sign-In (fruit snacks, non-sugared drinks, and water)

7.00 Welcome: Jack Guarneri President BAHC

Agenda:

  • Introduction – Chris Eatough, HC Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
  • Status Bicycle Master Plan/Execution Plan (including Grants)
  • Report road conditions/incidents: Tell HoCo app and HCPD
  • Status Report Ongoing studies: Bike Share and Bridge Columbia
  • Question and Answer Session

9.00 Conclusion of Forum

 

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.

Read the County Executive Candidates’ responses to questions from BAHC

Watson Responses to Bicycle Advocates of Howard County Questionnaire 2014 Kittleman Responses to Bicycle Advocates of Howard County Questionnaire 2014

7th Annual Bike HoCo Ride Sunday, October 5.

Come and join Howard County cyclists on BAHC’s 7th Annual Bike HoCo Ride. Enjoy a GREAT Fall ride and social. Last year we had over 120 Howard County riders. There will be 63/45/34/26 mile routes. BAHC has cue sheets and GPS data file on its web site at: http://bikehoco.org/cue-sheets (we’ll have paper copies at start)

The Annual Bike HoCo Ride is 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 for SAG Support.

DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 5, 2014

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 (Minimum donation requested is $5 — more is always welcome)

Post-Ride Social: APL Picnic Pavilion

GPS/Google Maps location: Across from 7150 Sanner Road, Clarksville, MD

PRE-REGISTRATION:

On Eventbrite at: https://7thbikehocoride.eventbrite.com

Please consider making a donation. BAHC’s annual Howard County Bike HoCo Ride is our only fundraiser at: http://bikehoco.org/donate

(please consider donating whether you can ride or not)

Getting Road Issues Addressed

If you notice a problem with a road, there are two different ways to go about getting it fixed, depending on whether it is maintained by the SHA or the Howard County Government.

Local Roads in Howard County

For addressing local road issues in Howard County, please visit http://seeclickfix.com/md_howard-county and click on Report an Issue.

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.

SHA Maintained Roads

4th Annual Howard County Bicycling Advocacy Forum

4th ANNUAL HOWARD COUNTY BICYCLING ADVOCACY FORUM

Wednesday October 30, 2013

www.bikehoco.org

 

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:

*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013*

▸ 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

 

Location:

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

 

Directions:

▸ 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

Parking)

 

Agenda:

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

6th ANNUAL BIKE HOCO RIDE

New Date

Sunday October 20, 2013

www.bikehoco.org

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.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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!