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Survey Request: Biking to Campus; Jumping the Hurdles

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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.

http://goo.gl/forms/1IbkAPQEEa
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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!

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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. 

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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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MBPAC Advocates for Bicycles on MARC Trains

Bike Maryland updatesVia Bike Maryland

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.

http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=660
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The 20th Annual Tour du Port will take place on Sunday

Bike Maryland updatesThe 20th Annual Tour du Port will take place on Sunday September 29, 2013
at Baltimore's Canton Waterfront Park. Choose between 14, 25, 40, 50, and
63 mile routes. After the ride enjoy a celebration with live music,
exhibitors, free lunch, yoga for bicyclists workshops and so much more!
Register NOW :http://www.bikemd.org and save $$! Day-of walk up registration also
available.

Can't attend the ride but want a custom cycling jersey or wicking tshirt?
2013 merchandise available in ALL sizes here:
http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=593.
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