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Bike Maryland December 2014 Update

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Riding Your Bike When It is Cold Is Not Just For The Hardcore!

Cold weather bike rides can be fun, even merry and bright! Let our Bike Minded Safety Program Coordinators show you tips and techniques at a FREE workshop that will remind you cycling is an easy way to get around town for work, errands and play. Experienced bike commuters will offer insight to help you enjoy your bike year round. Meet other commuters and stay for a social bike ride after the workshop! 

Everyday Cycling Made Easy Adult Workshop
Saturday, December 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Cold Community Cottage at 4800 Tamarind Rd, Baltimore, MD
FREE, Open to the Public
Register here


2014 Annual Report and the 2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Now available, the Bike Maryland 2014 Annual Report is a summary of the accomplishments that resulted from our advocacy and education initiatives. The annual report is intended to give Maryland bicyclists and other interested people information about the organizations activities over the past year. Please review it! The annual report will be accessible on the Bike Maryland website on the Achievements page under the About section. In January 2015 a finacial report will be added to this page and will disclose our 2014 financial performance.

To become a Bike Maryland stakeholder and receive a hard copy of the 2014 Annual Report, please join us as a member here

Keeping with the theme of focusing our efforts and operating transperantly, Bike Maryland has released the recently developed 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Created in partnership with local bicycling advocates from across the state, this living document is also now available on our website under the About section. The Strategic Plan identifies our core initiatives and lays our measurable goals and actions, which will help fulfill our mission.


Bike Maryland End of the Year Match Campaign Going On Now!

Please consider Bike Maryland as you prepare for your end of the year giving. Between now and December 31st every individual contribution up to $5,000 will be matched by Race Pace Bicycles during our 2014 End of The Year Charitable Matching Campaign. That means your 100% tax-deductible gift will travel twice as far and help us pedal twice as hard to achieve our mission to improve bicycling conditions across the state! Please consider Bike Maryland as you plan for your end of the year giving and click HERE to donate. 

Thank you to Race Pace Bicycles for their dynamic role in helping Maryland become a GREAT place to ride!


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Bike Maryland December 2014 Newsletter

Bike Maryland updates

It Has Been a Busy Season at Bike Maryland!

Sure, winter may be around the corner but there are plenty of great riding days to be enjoyed in 2014! When your friends from Bike Maryland are not out on the roads or the trails, we are here at the office working to raise awareness, raise funds and raise the collective voice of cyclists across the state. Here is a recap of what we have been up to, events you can participate in and a great opportunity for you to invest in your right to bike.

Advocate, Gather, Educate and Ride!

As part of our mission to promote multi-surface bicycling for recreation and transportation, Bike Maryland has been traveling to counties far and wide to support local cycling initiatives. The proactive workshop tour was launched in early August and has successfully gathered and educated experienced and budding advocates in Cumberland, Anne Arundel and Salisbury, Harford, Hagerstown, Emmitsburg, Berlin and Ocean Pines and before the end of the year we will also meet to collaborate (and ride, of course) in Williamsport, Brunswick, Frederick County and Garrett County! If your town, company or university is interested in learning how to become more bike-friendly, please email Emily Ranson, Bike Maryland's Advocacy Coordinator.

Fueled by the positive momentum at the Hood College Bike Friendly University workshop last winter, the Bike Maryland Bike Friendly program hosted an inaugural University Summit in partnership with University of Maryland which gathered sustainability directors, facilities planners and bike advocates from 15 Maryland colleges and universities on October 14th.

The discussion continued and was pushed into high gear on November 8th at the Bike Maryland Legislative Planning Session, where local bicycling advocacy leaders from counties across Maryland came together with highly motivated tactics and agenda items for the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session. The contributions and take-aways from this session were referenced while finalizing the Bike Maryland's strategic plan. 

The positive strides in advocacy coincided as the Bike Maryland Bike MINDED Safety Program wrapped up it's 2014 fiscal year on October 31st, meeting the goal of educating 15,000 adults and children at over 200 educational workshops, tabling events and rides in counties surrounding in the Baltimore metropolitan area over the course of 12 months. We happily report that the Maryland Highway Safety Office program grant was renewed and workshops for the coming year are now being planned! To learn more about the youth and adult workshops, visit here

We encourage you to become a part of the conversation and to express your bicycling desires, concerns or questions! Bike Maryland strives to be the leading resource for bicycling in the state and we want to help connect you with opportunities to ride, engage and belong.

Read our blog. Follow us on Facebook/Twitter. Get the newsletter. Join us.

Upcoming Events

December 2- City of Frederick: Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee: An open meeting to help build recommendations for improved bicycling

December 3- Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting: An open meeting to help build recommendations for improved bicycling

December 7 - Trail Build Patapsco Fun Series: Bring your favorite tool and expect to get dirty and this truly fun gathering of trailheads! Please RSVP

December 12 - Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting: all meetings are held at MDOT and are free and open to the public.

December 13 - Bike Maryland Bike MINDED Adult Commuter Safety Workshop: a free workshop and ride to learn techniques and meet like-minded folks!

December 15 - Bike the Lights: a festive holiday experience on two wheels benefiting Howard County General Hospital for all ages and experience levels!

December 26 - Baltimore Bike Party: a themed mass monthly ride starting out of St. Mary's Park in Baltimore City for all ages, backgrounds and abilities! 

Invest with Bike Maryland and Your Stock Will Double. Instantly!

We are thrilled to announce that December 2nd, Giving Tuesday marks the launch of Bike Maryland's 2014 End of The Year Charitable Matching Campaign! Thanks to a generous contribution from Race Pace Bicycles every donation between now and December 31st will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000! That means your gift will travel twice as far and help us pedal twice as hard to achieve our mission to improve bicycling conditions across the state! Please consider Bike Maryland as you plan for your end of the year giving and click HERE to donate. 

Thank you to Race Pace Bicycles for their continued support of Bike Maryland and bicyclists across the state. We are grateful of your partnership!

Looking Forward to the Next Newsletter

Keep your eyes open for our next newsletter, which will feature:

  • 2014 Bike Maryland Annual Report
  • 5 Year Bike Maryland Strategic Plan
  • Dates for Bike Maryland's 2015 Events
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Survey Request: Biking to Campus; Jumping the Hurdles

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

From the research team at Morgan State University:

You are invited to participate in a survey of students, faculty, and staff in colleges and universities in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area. This survey is conducted by a research team from Morgan State University. The objective of the survey is to identify barriers of bike-to-campus. Your responses will help us to understand your concerns on biking, and find desirable policies to overcome hurdles and improve rate of biking. Completing the survey would take about 10-15 minutes. This survey is completely voluntary. There is no risk associated with your participation. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential.

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More info: https://www.bikemaryland.org/survey-request-biking-to-campus-jumping-the-hurdles/
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Register Today! Early bird prices end August 31st!

Bike Maryland updatesBike Maryland Logo

 

Early bird registration has been extended!

 

photo credit: smilygrl/Alliance for Biking and Walking

2014 Tour du Port Important Date Change to September 28

Due to a schedule conflict with Baltimore City Rec and Parks, the date for Tour du Port has moved one week later to September 28, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience and have extended early-bird prices until September 1st! We'll use the extra week to serve up an extra special ride!  Stay tuned for exciting new ride features and updates in the weeks to come.

Sign up today: 2014 Tour du Port Info    Registration

Here's a preview of what you can expect on the 50 mile Raven Challenge route:

  • Start on the Jones Falls Trail. After a quick jaunt east from Canton Waterfront Park, the Raven Challenge route picks up the Jones Falls Trail. You'll ride along the Fallsway working your way north
  • Bike through Johns Hopkins, Loyola and Beautiful Baltimore Neighborhoods. The route continues north through Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, Loyola and classic Baltimore neighborhoods featuring stately homes.
  • Ride through Loch Raven and the Rolling Hills of Baltimore County: You filled up your water bottles before the ride, now see where that water originated!   The route crosses Loch Raven Reservoir and heads east for a nine mile loop past Boordy Vinyards and returning to Loch Raven. 
  • Head Back through Morgan State and around Lake Montebello. After passing through the Loch Raven watershed twice, you start to return south, heading through Morgan State University and around Lake Montebello.

 

Larry's Ride is Back on September 14th and Better Than Ever

Registration is open now!  Joint registration with Tour du Port is available for $60. Hurry early bird registration ends September 1st!

Enjoy the beautiful scenic and challenging terrain at the 5th Annual Larry's Ride event.  Larry's Ride features four beautiful yet challenging routes through rural Baltimore County out of Camp Milldale. Choose from Larry's Rolling Ramble (22 miles), Larry's Rural Rampage (35 miles), Larry's Reservoir Roll (60 miles) and the brand new route: Larry's Rural Ruckus (75 miles).
 
After the ride, stay in Camp Milldale for a barbeque lunch, beer vendors, socializing, music and more!
 

Bike Maryland's New Executive Director, Meet Nate Evans

As a life long bicyclist and Marylander, Nate knows the current cycling conditions of the state and the challenges we face to make our home more bike-friendly. 

Nate got his start biking at a young age when he discovered the freedom and fun of biking in suburban Baltimore. Unlike his classmates who were buying cars, Nate bought a Trek bicycle which he still owns to this day.  After college, he worked as a consulting civil engineer to the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) before joining Baltimore’s Department of Transportation as the city’s first full time bicycle and pedestrian planner. Today, Nate is excited to continue working with advocates across Maryland in his new capacity as executive director. With his knowledge of bicycle planning, engineering and funding, Nate hopes to empower advocates with the tools they need to make their Maryland communities more bikeable. 

Read more about Nate's accomplishments here and stay tuned to hear about Bike Maryland's strategic plan and vision for improving bicycling state-wide.

Upcoming Maryland Bicycle Events

 
 
 
​An event from Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team touring Chesapeake Bay's western shore with four routes 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. Early registraton closes August 27 with same-day registration also available.
 
September 7: Indian Head 100
A ride through the scenic Potomac Heritage area of Southern Marlyand with five route from 16 - 100 miles. Pre-register until September 5, walk up registration available.
 
September 20: Music to Your Gears
Bikemore's second annual free celebration featuring great live music, food trucks, relaxed cycling and general good times out of Druid Hill Park in Baltimore City from 4:00-9:00 PM.
 
October 11-12: MOCO Epic
A mountain biking event in Montgomery County hosted by MORE offering flowing sigle track through 11 parks with distances ranging from 25-65 miles and full blown festivities.
 
October 19: Lifeline 100
A first annual Anne Arundel County century ride hosted by BikeAAA with 15, 56 and 100 mile routes featuring views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, southern Anne Arundel County and more. 

Support bicycling initiatives. Join Bike Maryland
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Bicycles on MARC - Moving Forward

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland Newsletter

By Greg Hinchliffe

On Thursday April 10, 2014, members of Maryland Bicylcle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (MBPAC) had a very productive meeting with Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) personnel regarding carrying full-size (non-folding) bikes on Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC trains. Representing MTA were Erich Kolig, John Hovatter, and Patrick McMahon. Representing MBPAC was Michael Jackson, Greg Hinchliffe, Jim Titus and Carol Silldorff, committee member and Bike Maryland Executive Director. Also in attendance was Champe Burnley of the Virginia Bicycle Federation, who is conducting similar negotiations with Virginia Railway Express commuter rail and Amtrak.

MBPAC passed a resolution asking MARC to consider allowing non–folding bikes on its new weekend service trains, with the idea that the new service would be lightly patronized. MARC was expecting approximately 2000 weekend users; they have had as many as 9000! Nonetheless, the weekend ridership is lower than weekday, making the weekend trains the logical choice to experiment with bike carriage.

MTA has put quite a bit of thought and effort into incorporating space for full bicycles on the MARC. MBPAC members are satisfied that MTA is working on a solution, and hopeful that progress can be reported soon. Additionally, we thank MTA for there interest in partnering with advocates to participate in later stages of this project’s development!

(Photo credit: Bloomburg News)

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Bike Maryland Job, Internship and Volunteer Openings

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Job openings:

APPLY NOW! Full Time Events and Membership Coordinator

  • Status: Read the job description here (link to docx).
  • Start Date: April 2014. Available immediately. Position: Salaried position with paid vacation and sick days. 
  • Term: This is an ongoing, full-time position
  • Appilcation Instructions: send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to: Mary Hebranson

APPLY NOW! Part Time Bike Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator

  • Status: Read the job description here (link to docx).
  • Start Date: Spring 2014. Available immediately.
  • Term: this is an ongoing, part-time position at 20-30 hours a week.
  • Application Instructions: send cover letter, resume and a list of three references to: Carol Silldorff

Internship openings:

2014 Bike-MINDED Safety Program Internship

  • Status: Part time at 8-20 hours per week
  • Internship Description: Intern will work closely with Bike MINDED Program Coordinators to oversee Youth and Adult Safety classes and monitor volunteer involvement. This is a hands on position that offers ample in-class experience teaching bike safety. Hours are dependent on Bike Maryland class schedule.
  • Start Date: Now -- This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Bicycle safety, gain experience teaching safety courses and assist in planning  of Youth and Adult classes
  • Term: We will accept a seasonal intern but we prefer a year long commitment.
  • Application Instructions: To apply for the intern position, please send a cover letter with resume and a list of three references to: Nick Rodricks

Summer 2014 Communications Intern

  • Status/Start Date:Part time at 8-20 hours per week; can start now
  • Develops bike advocacy related content by investigating and reporting bicycling related initiatives at the state, city, town and local level
  • Performs media outreach, develops press releases
  • Develop website/newsletter/social media content
  • Application Instructions: To apply for the intern position, please send a cover letter with resume and a list of three references to: Carol Silldorff

Bike-MINDED Safety Ambassador

This is a terrific volunteer position where you will promote bike safety in Baltimore or other areas throughout Maryland!

  • The position requires a passion for bicycling and teaching workshops - no experience is necessary.
  • Most of your work will be teaching bike safety to Baltimore City Youth or other areas in the state per your preference.
  • Additionally, if time allots, you will teach bike commuter classes to adults.
  • Please contact Carol Silldorff if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Learn more about the Bike-MINDED Safety Program here.

For Additional Volunteer Opportunities, click here



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Take Action Alert to Help Strengthen the 3 Feet to Pass Law!

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

Please Take Action now to pass Maryland pro-bicycle legislation. Act today in support of House Bill 241 and help strengthen the current 3 feet to pass law. Send a letter to the Maryland Environmental Committee below.

Send the pre-written letter as it is below or even better make a few polite personal comments in the letter.

http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=676
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Bike Maryland 2014 Legislative Agenda and More

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Strengthen the Existing 3 Foot Passing Law - House Bill 241

Bill Entitled: Vehicle Laws - Overtaking and Passing Bicycles, an EPAMD, or a Motor Scooter.

House Bill 241 strengthens the existing 3 foot passing law by requiring drivers to allow 3 feet to pass a bicyclist on every road and authorizing a driver of a vehicle to drive across the left–side of a roadway in a no–passing zone, if it is safe to do so, to give a bicyclist a minimum of 3 feet of passing distance. We thank Delegate Lafferty for sponsoring this important legislation. Please contact Delegate Lafferty and thank him for supporting pro-bicycle legislation. 

View bill here.

Hearing in the House Environmental Matters Committee Conference Hall, Annapolis on February 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

How you can help pass this bill into law:

  1. Contact Carol Silldorff if you are available to testify in Annapolis on February 4, 2014 and have experienced being passed by a motorist with less than 3 feet of passing space where the motorist could have safely crossed the double yellow line to give you the required 3 feet of passing space but did not do so.
  2. Contact Carol Silldorff if you are available to testify in Annapolis on February 4, 2014 if you have experienced 3 feet of passing space when a motorist safely crossed the double yellow line to give you the required 3 feet. 
  3. Bike Maryland will send you a Take Action Alert in a week or two asking that you contact members of the Environmental Matters Committee to request their support of this bill. Please take action when you receive this alert. 

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Jerry Seinfeld Promotes Cycling to Work!

Bike Maryland updatesVia 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! 



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Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium

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Bike Maryland presents the Annual Bicycle Symposium: your chance to learn from bicycle leaders, transportation planners, community leaders and legislative official on current topics with the goal of increasing bicycle safety, connectivity and accessibility at this free premier networking event that includes breakfast and lunch. 


Where: President's Conference Center, Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street 
AnnapolisMD 21401

When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)


Register as soon as possible to reserve your spot as spaces are filling up quickly: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-maryland-bicycle-symposium-tickets-9727536323

Presentation topics include: "How to Develop a Local Bicycling Advocacy Organization", "Keynote Presentation" by Frederick's Honorable Mayor McClement, "Bike-share", "Safe Routes to School", "Complete Streets", "State Bicycle Master Plan", "State Pro-bicycle Legislative Agenda" and more!

Full agenda and more information about Bike Maryland at www.bikemd.org


Questions, sponsors, and potential exhibitors should contact Mary at mary @ bikemd dot org
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