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Can someone explain why MD pays 1.5M when a train hits two boys from behind when they were walking on track (where they are not supposed to be), but a young woman pays $313 for hitting Curtis Leyermeister from behind when he was riding on the road (where he was allowed to be)

different issues. The MTA was being sued. In the Leyermeister incident, the person sued would have to be the woman driving. I would argue that using the similar principle that the plaintiffs were relying on re the MTA incident, that a civil suit might be able to prevail. That still won't bring Mr. Leyermesiter back though.

WRT the UCLA item, interestingly, I had a meeting Fri. a.m. with people at Towson U. In Balt. County, they have one of the most developed sustainable transpo programs, and their master planning efforts consider walking and biking quite a bit--far beyond the minimal state requirements on university master plan updates.

We were talking about some things, including how can they promote bicycling if the environment outside the campus is less congenial, is it responsible for them to promote bicycling?

And, in the course of the discussion, the planning director at TU had a brilliant point, jumping off from the idea of "safe routes to school" for K-12 schools, to linking TU to off-campus destinations such as housing complexes with a preponderance of TU students, etc.

The meeting will shape a bunch of recommendations that I hope will make it into the "final" pedestrian and bicycle access plan that I am supposed to produce.

Another thing is to work together on continuing to explore the possibility of creating a bikesharing system that can be used by various institutions in Baltimore County, in places with the density and layering of destinations necessary to support a successful bikesharing program and hopefully, support my desire to create a couple sharing stations at multiuser trail trailheads. (A long term project.)

I agree that nothing will bring Mr Leymeister back. The question is how to reduce the number of future incidents. The rare chance of a $313 fine doesnt sound like much of an incentive to focus on the road.

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