Monday, March 02 2009 @ 09:50 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
As the capital city of Maryland and the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Annapolis should promote bicycle use in order to reduce automobile congestion as a part of its clean air strategy in a region that has been determined by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a non-attainment area because of high ozone levels directly related to automobile exhaust, and where highway funding is tied directly to specific actions undertaken by local governments to promote alternative forms of transportation.
To demonstrate this commitment, the City will hire or designate a bicycle/pedestrian planner whose short term goals will be to procure grants, enlist state support, coordinate bicycle initiatives with the county, build partnerships with bicycle and pedestrian groups, and promote safety and education programs to enhance bicycling. The planner's long term goals will be to develop a bicycling master plan that will result in Annapolis’ becoming a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community as determined by the League of American Bicyclists by June 1, 2011 and to continue to improve thereafter and become a Silver-level Community by 2016.
As the only municipal hub in the United States where two national trails (the East Coast Greenway Trail and the American Discovery Trail) converge, and as the finish line for the Race Across America, and as a key link to international destinations via the B&A Trail, the BWI Trail, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, AMTRAK, and Greyhound/Trailways, Annapolis will be a world renowned bicycle destination where safe bicycling is an accepted form of transportation