Balto. Co. Council passes Towson bike rack bill, mandates AEDs at pools

New developments in Towson will have to provide bike racks under legislation approved Monday by the Baltimore County Council.

Bicycling advocates had supported the bill by Councilman David Marks and Council Chairman Tom Quirk as a way to encourage cycling and reduce traffic congestion, especially at a time when several large new developments are planned for downtown Towson. Council members also adopted a resolution by the same councilmen asking the county's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee to study the possibility of creating a bike sharing program.

Also Monday, council members approved a bill sponsored by Quirk, Marks and Councilman Kenneth Oliver requiring all swimming pools and beaches to have an automated external defibrillator — used to treat sudden cardiac arrest — and have a staff members trained to use the devices. The measure, called Connor's Law and set to take effect in October, was introduced in response to state legislation requiring local governments to adopt such regulations. It is named for 5-year-old Connor Freed, who drowned at the Crofton Country Club in Anne Arundel County in 2006.

Officials say all county-run public pools and beaches already have the devices. The county bill will require private beaches and pools to comply as well.

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