Watching Traffic Like a HAWK

Earlier in 2017, the Maryland state legislature was considering bills that would have increased safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in our state, calling for special traffic signals where trails intersect state highways. On such roads, vehicles often travel faster than 45 mph in the areas with crossings used by both pedestrians and cyclists. One problematic area is the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and Turkey Branch Parkway in Montgomery County. Two bicyclists have been fatally struck at that intersection recently: Frank Towers, in December 2015, and Mauricio Osorio, in July 2016. Unfortunately, all the bills died in legislative committee during March 2017. Those who advocated for the bills believe that the state of Maryland is shortchanging safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists Are No Match The use of bicycles, especially as commuter vehicles, has been growing in popularity. But it’s no contest when it comes to a crash involving a car or truck and a bicycle—those on bikes have virtually no protection. Even for cyclists wearing helmets, about three-fourths of serious injuries and deaths are due to head and brain trauma. An increase in bicycle usage plus heavier vehicular traffic means that bicyclist fatalities have been going up—they doubled from[…..]

Bicycle-Bus Collision in Ocean City Claims Life of Popular Baltimore Restaurant Owner

A 49-year-old bicyclist suffered fatal injuries in a collision with a municipal bus and the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) is working to determine the cause. As reported by, the Ocean City, MD accident occurred on August 24 when the bicyclist was traveling in the northbound lanes of Coastal Highway near 132nd Street. The fatal traffic accident was reported at 8:38 p.m. The male victim, a resident of Cockeysville, was taken to Berlin’s Atlantic General Hospital for treatment and then to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The victim was a popular Baltimore bar and restaurant owner remembered for helping to revitalize a popular city neighborhood. The man owned Nacho Mama’s and Mama’s on the Half Shell in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore. The eatery owner was also well known in Ocean City, where he worked in the summer as a teen and young adult. Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski stated he “was the spark of the revitalized community,” according to a Washington Post report. The accident is presently under investigation, and the OCPD chose not to release the name of the bus driver. A spokesman for the OCPD declined to say if[…..]