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Dec-31-14 03:26 pm
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

There people go adding excuses for this hit and run driver.  So what if the sun was out? Are bicyclists supposed to wait until it's dark or rainy and foggy to ride? If it had been rainy and foggy, as it was a couple days ago; I'm sure someone would say that bad weather was  a contributing factor.  But riding in mid afternoon on a dry, sunny day, with sunset over 2 hours away?    And why was the driver driving in the bikelane instead of the roadway? 

        Tom Palermo was riding properly, and I hope the police after doing a proper investigation will file criminal charges against the errant motorist Cook.  And lastly, remember that the BBC Website is open to the public.  Although the sun being out is an absurd reason, why give Cook's attorney ideas?
Jeffrey H. Marks 

       

Dec-30-14 12:21 am
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

I met to say Steve Feldman.  Sorry for the error. Next time I should preview before sending.

Jeffrey H. Marks

Dec-30-14 12:11 am
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Actually I agree with Phil Feldman.  Tom Palermo was riding legally on Roland Ave's wide bikelane on a dry, sunny day.  While some of us may chose to enhance our visibility with lights, we should avoid reinforcing motorist's stereotypes, that many unwritten rules apply to bicyclists. Violate one of these unwritten rules and the cyclist is automatically at fault.  Doesn't matter if the motorist was drunk, texting, or drifted into the bikelane: Unwritten Rules:
(1) Bicyclists must always use lights, even on bright sunny days (2) Cyclists are prohibited on busy roadways (3) Cyclists must always ride at the edge of the pavement (4) Cyclists may not ride in rain or after sunset, even when using lights (5) cyclists must use any bike trail within a mile (6)cyclists must wear helmets (7) cyclists must get out of motorists' way.

       I didn't mean to disparage Bikemore. I'm a dues paying member, and I like their good work in promoting cycling and getting more people to ride. Bikemore has a detailed website on how to do large rides safely. Incidentally, Former Bikemore director Chris Merriman helped me meet with City transportation officals to persuade the officals to allow sidestreet traffic crossing Reis Rd, in my Fallstaff neighborhood, to have an automatic green cycle, without having to push the pedestrian walk button. (Original plans for the Streetscape were only for cars to trigger the green).  Again, bicyclists  should work together in getting safer riding conditions and more respect from motorists.  Phil Feldman is right.  Hope to see you on the New Year's Day Memorial Ride for Tom Palermo. Incidentally the community is supportive of Tom and the need for motorists to drive responsibly.  I saw the Rally  on Channel 13's 11pm News, and Bob Wagner from the BBC said a few words.
Jeffrey H. Marks

Dec-29-14 10:48 pm
From the Baltimore Sun
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

On New Year's Day there will be a Memorial Ride & Vigil for Tom Palermo. For those riding, please meet at 3:30pm at Bishop Sq Pk on the NW corner of Charles & Univerity Pkwy.  After a moment of silence for Tom, the group will ride to the scene of the crash at 5700 Roland Ave to place a white ghost bike in honor of Tom.  If you don't want to do the ride, it's fine to bike or drive to this location.  My guess is the group will arrive at 5700 Roland Ave just after 4pm.  If you ride, bring lights since it gets dark early.  Incidentally, Gloria's New Year's BBC ride traverses some of the route of this Memorial Ride.  Gloria's ride should be over in time for you to do the Memorial Day Ride or meet the group at 5700 Roland Ave.
      I wish we could start 2015 on a happier note.  Bikemore, the City bicycle advocacy group, is sponsoring the Memorial Day Ride.  Although we have some differences - e.g they don't require helmets - let's come together in Tom's memory.  We will set the example by wearing our brightest colors and most powerful front and rear lights, and of course a helmet.
Jeffrey H. Marks

Nov-16-14 04:56 pm
Glasses left on one of the front tables
Category: Social

I found a pair of eye glasses that were left at Oregon Ridge.  If anyone who attended the Nov 15 Celebration is missing eye glasses, please phone or email Jeffrey H. Marks
410-358-1321
jeffreym715@yahoo.com

Sep-20-14 04:34 pm
Volunteer Needed
Category: Social
Forum: Volunteers

        One or two volunteers are needed to help at the Nov 15 End of Season Celebration at Oregon Ridge Lodge.  We have an enjoyable evening where the BBC leadership recognizes and gives out Awards to those volunteers who have helped the club.  The Awards Committee assists BBC Pres Ed Cahill in planning the evening's agenda and recognizing key volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, call or e-mail Awards Committee Chair Jeffrey H. Marks at 410-358-1321 or jeffreym715@yahoo.com. 













Sep-18-14 11:23 am
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Today's Baltimore Sun has a nice article on page 2 titled "Bike Beltway" inaugurated.  County Councilman David Marks (no relation to me), a Republican who represents Towson, was instrumental in getting the bike beltway.  The idea came from a pedestrian and bicycle advisory panel he formed several years ago.  Marks said that a second phase will add "spokes" off the main network to reach other areas incl the area of Loch Raven High School.  Credit also goes to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a Democrat.

Sep-16-14 01:41 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

When Anne Arundel County placed "Bicyclists May Use Full Lane" signs up, a motorist complained to State Highway who then said that the signs were wrong and bicyclists should always ride far right unless they are travelling within 10 miles of the speed limit. ( You may recall that Md Law follows the Uniform Vehicle Code (UVC) in providing exceptions to keeping right, incl but not limited, to lanes that are too narrow to safely share side by side with a motor vehicle).  When Barry Childress on behalf of Baltimore Spokes contested Md's unique interpretation, MVA and SHA "circled the wagons" and refused to budge.  Fortunately cyclists have a friend in power - Brian Frosh who was former Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and currently the democratic candidate for Attorney General.  Mr. Frosh, an experienced bicyclist, took the time to write to Md Sec of Transportation Jim Smith (remember when Smith was Balto Cty Executive) to set the record straight.  Mr. Smith responded to Frosh's letter by agreeing that bicyclists should have flexibility to take the lane when needed and copied the SHA and MVA Departments. This exchange shows that to get respect and proper information from SHA and MVA, it helps to have contacts with people in power. My helmet is off to Brian Frosh.  For full details click on today's Baltimore Spokes.

Jul-19-13 06:26 am
Ways to Keep Shipping Affordable - Jeffrey H. Marks
Category: Social

I found UPS Ground to be most affordable way to ship a bike to Washington State.  One needs an address (Bike Shop, friend, tour, etc) where to ship.  Ground Transportation - least expensive method - takes 5 business days, and I normally allow an extra day to be safe.

       The shipping cost depends upon the size of the container - sum of length, width, & height.  One helpful piece of advice that Joe's Bike Shop told me about is that a shipping container whose 3 dimensions total 91" or less costs far less than a container whose dimensions are 92" or greater.  I verified this information on UPS's website and found the one way ground cost for a 91" box is approx $100, but a 92" box is $160.  Consequently, Joe's will try to use a smaller box, even though it means removing the rear rack.  Good padding is needed to protect bike.  Also, Joe's will arrange shipping.  I just need to tell Joe's  where the bike is to go and when it needs to arrive.  Joe's will pay UPS and bill me for cost.  Having  UPS pick up bike at Joe's saves me cost of having to schedule a separate pickup.  It's also possible that a volume shipper bikeshop may be able to get a better price than I could obtain as an individual.

Jul-03-13 10:18 pm
Getting Caught in Storm at Starbucks Mt Washington
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

With the weather a broken record of intermittent rain and thunderstorms, getting in bike rides has been challenging.  My usual strategy is to ride in the morning before storms hit.  Since it was raining this morning, I waited under the sun came out in the afternoon.  I decided to stop by the Mt Wash Starbucks - with just 3 miles left to ride home. Unfortunately, I neglected to pay attention to the weather.  Next thing I know it was pouring, with lots of lightening. Water was coming through the roof.  Putting up my bike as collateral, I was able to borrow an umbrella to get some chicken soup next store.  As the water kept rising, I remembered that we are in a flood plain, and too much rain will mean a mandatory evacuation. But  not to worry, the rain stopped, the sun came out, and I was able to take my escape route via the pedestrian - bike tunnel under the JFX.  Water was rushing in the stream, but I still had 6 inches of clearance before my escape route flooded out. However, I never saw a rainbow, much less a pot of gold. Anyhow, let's hope for better weather on Gloria's 4th of July ride.

Jeffrey H. Marks

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