By Marla Streb, Bike Maryland Bike MINDED Safety Program Coordinator
March 2014 Newsletter - Mt Washington Improvement Association
"Last year when searching for a new home, I rode my bicycle all over Baltimore City (this travel works best for me because I can stop on a whim). I sought out gentle hills with actual trees, good schools, walk-ability, bike infrastructure, and proximity to the light rail. But mostly I sought out a friendly, safe community for my family. And some cool... and progressive people!..."
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. You won't want to miss thiss one as it includes her experience bicycling with her two girls, best bicycle commuting in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore, MD, and also 5 safe bicycling tips from the League of American Bicyclists.
Thank you to Marla for being such a progressive force in the bicycling movement! We are lucky to have her on our team.
We know you've heard the phrase "if you build, they will come". Well how about "if you build a bike route, they will ride." Board of Directors Member, Kevin King sent over this worthy article from Crains Detroit Business online, by Rod Kackley.
Grand Rapids officials, inspired by dreams of becoming a bicycling mecca like Ann Arbor, are putting together a 100-mile urban bike network. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey estimated that 0.4 percent of the 81,823 people working in the city of Grand Rapids rode a bicycle to work. That's only 334 people. But when Atomic Object put a single bike rack outside its Grand Rapids office, "all of a sudden, there were more bikes than could be secured, so we added another," said Mary O'Neill, business manager of the Grand Rapids-based software development company, which also has an office in Detroit. "Then we realized there were people who wanted to bike in all seasons of the year, so we looked at a place to store bikes inside," O'Neill said. Despite humble Census numbers, more employers in Grand Rapids may be pushed by their workers to follow Atomic Object's lead as the city government works to become more bicycle-friendly and encourage more people to pedal to work.
Read the full article here.
Meet Yujun Wang and Emily Ranson, the two newest additions to the Bike Maryland team. Yujun and Emily with be working with Bike Maryland through June.
If you are interested in joining the Bike Maryland team or know someone who may be interested in a Summer 2014 or a Fall 2014 internship, check out our Careers page.
Eight cents a day is all it takes to join Bike Maryland at the individual membership level. The $30.00 for your yearly membership contributes to Bike Maryland's ability to continue to host free workshops, education and awareness classes, represent bicyclists during the legislative session in Annapolis and continue to be a leading resource for all things bicycling across the state.
Please consider joining today and be a part of a unified voice for Maryland bicycling!
Bike Maryland gathered staff, faculty, and students from thirteen of Maryland's colleges and universities to Frederick from as far as Salisbury for this half day event to hear a variety of speakers discuss ways to learn how to make their campus increasingly bicycle friendly. The workshop lead up to a lunchtime talk by Valarie Goubeau, Acting Assistant Director of Transportation at the University of Maryland College Park, who discussed some of the challenges and successes leading up to becoming a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University- the only campus in Maryland to acheive this award.
Attendees stayed long after the adjournment of the workshop to ask questions and learn more about how they could make their universities increasingly bicycle friendly.Bike Maryland gives a special thanks to Dave Diehl and Hood College as well as New Belgium Brewery for their help and sponsorship of the event. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the many presenters who shared their eperience for the collective good!!
For more information, contact Katie Lupo, Bike Maryland Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator.
Nick was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, a town he takes great pride in. Nick was introduced to bicycling at a young age and grew up riding all over Maryland, from the NCR trail to the neighborhoods around his family house in the city. After graduating from Friends School of Baltimore, Nick went on to study International Relations and Environmental science at Connecticut College. In college Nick was captain of the lacrosse team, a member of the A Capella group, Vox Cameli, and highly involved with the school newspaper. He left Connecticut College with a deep passion for the environment and a desire to promote alternative forms of energy and transportation. After graduation he spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in St.Louis, Missouri teaching a college preparatory course in a public high school.
Nick is extremely excited to join the Bike Maryland team and to have the opportunity to promote a cause he wholeheartedly supports. Green transportation, getting people out of cars and making bike transportation a more realistic and feasible option for local communities are priorities for Nick as he moves forward in his position. Please contact Nick if you would like to schedule a Bike Maryland youth safety rodeo or adult commuter workshop, volunteer, become a bike ambassador, or partner with Bike Maryland.
"If you can walk to work or take your bike on a daily basis, I think that's just about the coolest thing that there is. Every morning I listen to the traffic on the radio, and they talk about how they are jammed and I just laugh. I love traffic. I love traffic reports because I'm not in any of them."
- Quote from Jerry Seinfeld on January 6, 2014 from Reddit.com
One of the greatest comedians of our time is also an avid cycling advocate! Great, like we needed another reason to like Seinfeld!
13. Advocating and forming a resolution with MBPAC which urges MARC trains to consider carrying non-folding bicycles.
12. Advocating and bringing together cyclists and helping Maryland reach #16 in the U.S. on the National Bicycle Challenge.
11. Being awarded a grant to help Bike Salisbury install six bicycle racks near Salisbury small businesses.
10. Completing the design and beginning the programming for a new website.
9. Hiring first full time staff person to manage events and fundraising.
8. Successfully hosting three fantastic bicycle tour events that raised funds for our safety, education and awareness workshops.
7. Contributing to a video to educate all Maryland police on bicycle safety, legislation and enforcement.
6. Working with the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at Maryland Carey Law to better understand what laws might improve cyclist safety in Maryland.
5. A successful Bicycle Symposium in February 2013 with over 300 guests who came to learn and network.
4. Supporting the formation of three new local community bicycling advocacy groups in Maryland.
3. Working on development and implementation of a Complete Streets policy throughout Maryland.
2. Educating thousands of youth and adults through our Bike MINDED Safety Program workshops.
1. Launching the Bike Maryland MVA Organizational License Plate program to promote the 3-ft Law.
The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MBPAC) is responsible for advising State government agencies on issues directly related to bicycling and pedestrian activity including funding, public awareness, safety and education. MBPAC passed a resolution at the December 13, 2013 meeting, which urges the Maryland Area Regional Commuter rail system (MARC) to consider carrying non-folding bicycles on its newly inaugurated week-end service on the Penn Line.
While many commuter rail systems around the United States and the world accommodate bicycles on their trains, MARC does not, with the exception of folding bicycles, which must be folded and encased. The primary reason given for the prohibition of non-folding bicycles has been the lack of available space on the crowded trains. However, MARC has recently inaugurated week-end service on the Penn Line, which has not been as heavily used. Given this newly available space on the trains, and given that there is likely a market for recreational travel between Baltimore and Washington for people who would like to take conventional bicycles with them, the MBPAC urges that MARC consider a pilot program to permit conventional, non-folding bicycles on the week-end service.
Bike Maryland's Executive Director, Carol Silldorff is a participating committee member of MBPAC and encourages MBPAC to meet with officials of MARC to discuss the issues which affect the ability to offer this service. Bike Maryland will continue to report on this as the organizations come to a resolution.