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I will update this list as I find roads being worked on.
Add a road to the list by reply or by forum message to me.

As of 26 May 2017:

  • Ivy Hill Road is being milled from Beaverdam Rd west;

Washington Post wrote:
Maryland has banned the practice of “rolling coal” in which drivers of diesel pickup trucks intentionally spew black exhaust at pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.

As of Oct. 1, motorists who intentionally blow visible exhaust at a person or vehicle can be fined up to $500. Rolling coal is done to attack protesters, show disdain for “foreign” or hybrid vehicles, or, apparently, as a dirty prank, according to the videos. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed the bill Thursday.

Rolling coal requires a driver to have overridden or tampered with a vehicle’s emission controls, said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, which represents diesel engine manufacturers and suppliers. Schaeffer said his group supported the legislation, along with Bike Maryland, because it’s unsafe and bad for the environment.

It also gives diesel engines a bad name, he said.

“Nobody wants to see a black puff of smoke coming out of any vehicle,” Schaeffer said. “It’s a very small fraction of a universe of people who do this, but it’s not representative of the current world of diesel technology that people have worked so hard to make clean.”

Kim Lamphier, of Bike Maryland, said her organization has heard a growing number of complaints in the past four years, particularly from cyclists and runners on rural roads, where some motorists apparently want to give them the message of “you don’t belong.”

“It’s horrible because you can breathe this stuff deep into your lungs and be coughing for several days,” Lamphier said. “For people with asthma who cycle, it can be a lethally dangerous combination.”

Schaeffer said it’s primarily a problem with diesel pickup trucks, not tractor-trailers. New Jersey and Colorado recently passed similar laws, he said. Tampering with a vehicle emissions-control system is also illegal under federal law.

Maryland Del. Clarence K. Lam (D-Howard) said he sponsored the legislation because the practice has “gotten out of hand” on Maryland roads.

“Over the last year, I have heard from an increasing number of cyclists, runners and drivers who have been coal-rolled throughout the state,” Lam said in a statement.

The ban does not apply to diesel vehicles that discharge visible exhaust during normal acceleration, commercial vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more, or vehicles on construction sites.

May-04-17 08:17 pm
Unbelievably, Heather Cook is up for Parole for killing Tom Palermo
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Also weekend of April 29th watch out for:

April 29 2017 Maryland Hunt Cup
Time: Gates open: 11:00 am, Post time: 4:00 pm
Location: Worthington Farms, Tufton Avenue, Glyndon, MD

April 30 2017 MD Jr. Hunt Cup
Time: Gates open: 11:00 am, Post time: 12:00 noon
Location: Shawan Downs, 1401 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

The Tuesday April 4 ride start moved to 10:00 am.  Check Calendar/Forum for any cancellation as there might be morning rain.

9:30 a.m. is the start time for both the 13-15 and 16&Over April Fools Rides on Saturday 4/1/2017.
The rides leave from MRP - Middletown Road Park & Ride

On Saturday April 1st from Middletown Rd Park & Ride at 9:30 am
* Steve will lead the 16&Over 44 mile April Fools Ride and
* Ellen will lead the 13-15 30 mile April Fools Ride.

The 30 mile route is completely included in the 44 mile route.
The routes will be structured as multi-segmented progressive cuesheets.
The cuesheets will NOT have anagrammed or disguised road names, and all road names, turns and distances are in normal format.
The route is beautiful, scenic, and rural, on well or newly paved roads.  Time and distance on any busy roads are minimized.  The routes are "Hills and Rolling", there are 3 "hard" hills and the overall "Tabb Score" is about 8.5.  On the other side, the downhills are beautiful, long and sweeping.
This is a fun ride, not a race, although moments of enthusiasm are always encouraged and should be countered with regrouping.

Q: What is a "multi-segmented" cuesheet?
A: The route is broken into segments of about 5 miles each where the segment endpoints are relatively safe and obvious.  The segments are organized into sealed packets.  The ride is thus progressive and the full route is unknown until distribution of the final segment.

Q: What is the distribution mechanism for the segment packets?
A: At ride sign in, the Ride Leader assigns a packet to each rider until all packets are distributed.  Each packet is labeled with its segment number.  The 30 mile ride has 6 segments and the 44 mile ride has 9 segments.  If there are less riders than segments, then some riders may have more than one segment packet.

Q: When can packets be opened?
A: Packets are designed to be opened only when the segment is ridden.  So at ride start, the Segment #1 packet holder will open the Segment #1 packet and distribute it to riders.  13-15 riders should only take 30 mile segment packets.  And 16&Over should only take 44 mile segment packets.  Since the route is designed for regrouping and sweeping, if there are not enough cuesheets, then riders should pair with other riders.

Q: Who "sweeps"?
A: The holder of the NEXT segment might as well sweep the segment since they hold the NEXT segment's cuesheets and they cannot ride the NEXT segment until all riders have NEXT segment cuesheets.
So the current segment packet holder "leads" and the next segment packet holder "sweeps".

Q: Will 13-15 and 16&Over see each other on the route?
A: Yes!  The #1 segment is the same for both groups.  On the 44 mile ride segments 6, 7, 8, and 9 are the same as the 30 mile ride segments 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Therefore, you cannot assume that you will turn where the other riders turn.  Otherwise a 30 mile rider may find themselves on the 44 mile route and vice versa.
Segment #2 will split the groups after about 0.5 miles.  Communicate with the riders in your group, do not get confused, and pay attention to your cuesheet.  Ride safe!

Q: Is there a store stop or restroom break?
A: The only store on either route is just before the route end.  There is an NCR Trail portapot at mile 22.5 on the 30 mile route / mile 35.9 on the 44 mile route.
Steve will have ride cookies for your pocket at ride start.  But if you get hungry riding, bring your own snack as well.

Q: Will I know where I am?
A: Some roads will likely be totally new to you!  Some roads are on other BBC cuesheets.  The 44 mile route may have you riding the same roads more than once.

Q: Can I shortcut the ride?
A: Both routes cross the NCR (Torrey Brown) Trail at several points.  You can do a shortcut return South on the Trail to Parkton and then climb Frederick Rd up to Middletown Rd. (about 0.9 miles).

Q: Will I have Fun?
Ride Safe!

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