Governor O'Malley Announces 28 New Bikeways Grant Winners

Bike Maryland

$3.13 Million in Projects Will Provide Key Bike Network Connections

Maryland Department of Transportation, July 24, 2012

HANOVER, MD – As part of the O’Malley Administration’s Cycle Maryland Initiative, Governor Martin O’Malley today announces 28 winners of the Bikeways Program Grants.  The Maryland Bikeways Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation, was established in November 2011 as a program to support planning, design and construction of projects that create and improve bicycle connections in Maryland to key destinations, like work, school and shopping.  Governor O’Malley’s program is providing $3.13 million for this round of grants to seven counties, Baltimore City and 12 other municipalities for a variety of projects in different stages of development from feasibility assessment and design to construction.  These grant recipients are the second set of awardees announced this year bringing the total to 48 bikeways grant recipients and $5.63 million for 2012.
“I am pleased to see such a great interest in working together to build a more comprehensive bike network statewide that will benefit our citizens,” said Governor O’Malley.  “These grants will help local jurisdictions build key connections that make bicycling a true transportation option.  Bicycling is a win-win for all of us by helping us learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures, reducing the impact on the land, improving our fitness and well-being, and enhancing our quality of life.”
The grant winning projects include:  on and off-road bicycle route connections, bike route signage, bike racks and safety improvements.  A complete list of projects is available here
Some of the winning projects are:
  • City of Brunswick’s bike route, connecting the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal Trail, the MARC train station and Main Street
  • Baltimore  County’s Towson Bike Beltway, installing bike lanes and bike route improvements
  • Baltimore City’s downtown bike network, supporting design and construction of a cycle-track and bike lanes
  • Laurel’s bike connection project, installing a bike lane on Lafayette Avenue and connecting it to the Laurel MARC station
  • Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County’s Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail (WB&A Trail), providing feasibility assessment and preliminary design of a trail bridge over the Patuxent River
  • Salisbury’s on-road bikeways, connecting Salisbury University and local businesses
  • Shore Transit on the Eastern Shore, providing bike racks on buses and at key stations
The Maryland Bikeways Program grant applications are reviewed with the goal of awarding grants to support plans and projects that:  maximize the use of Maryland’s existing bicycle facilities, make needed connections and support Maryland’s bike sharing efforts. The Bikeways Program will address key funding gaps for bicycle projects. Program flexibility ensures that the best possible bicycle routes can be developed, by utilizing local and state roads, off-road trails, parks and other available pathways. Through strategic investment in the bicycle network, Maryland and our partners hope both to stimulate the economy and to achieve cost savings for households and government agencies.
Governor O’Malley kicked off his Cycle Maryland Initiative to consolidate and coordinate bicycle programs in Maryland in an effort to make bicycling a true transportation alternative and to encourage more Marylanders to get out and ride. The goal is to support Maryland’s economy, to provide a cleaner environment and to encourage a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life for all Marylanders.
For more information on Cycle Maryland efforts and great bicycling resources, please visit or contact MDOT, Jack Cahalan or Erin Henson at 410-865-1028.

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Larry's Ride and Run - September 22, 2012
Location: Spring Meadow Farm in North West Baltimore County

Enjoy the scenic and challenging terrain of Baltimore’s farm crested hills when you participate in the 3rd Annual Larry's Ride and Run event at Spring Meadow Farm. Choose from three different bicycle routes or join in the run! Afterward, come back to the farm for barbeque, kid's events, music, a farmer's market and so much more.

Click here to register and to learn more about Larry's Ride and Run!

TOUR DU PORT - September 30, 2012
Location: Baltimore City's Canton Waterfront Park

5 completely NEW Tour du Port routes have been developed. All routes include the Aquarium rest stop and enter Fort McHenry for an option of a walking tour! Experience Baltimore's premier bicycle tour, Tour du Port! Routes range from 12 to 65 miles and travel through historic neighborhoods, charming port areas and beautiful city and state parks throughout Baltimore City, Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties. After the ride, enjoy a celebration including live music, exhibitors, lunch, and more!

Click here to register and to learn more about Tour du Port!

Receive $10 off when you register for BOTH Larry's Ride and the Tour du Port. Click here to register and receive your discount.

Calling All Volunteers! 

Bike Maryland needs your help spreading the word about Tour du Port and Larry's Bike Ride events. All funds raised from both Larry's Ride and the Tour du Port directly support bicycle advocacy, safety awareness, infrastructure, and your right to bike!
Would you help us:
  • Canvas postcards & posters (ASAP- need to get them around town now - until September 15th) to: Baltimore Neighborhoods (Canton, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Greektown, Midtown, etc….) bars & restaurants, sports stores, health clubs (spinning classes), coffee shops, local markets, etc….
  • To neighborhood bars, restaurants etc. within a 2 hour radius from Baltimore
  • Along Maryland state trails and walkways (NCR, C&O, B&A, etc….)
  • Posting the events on online calendars, websites, and social media
  • Sending out alerts to local media
Please contact Christina Nutile (click on name for email) or call 410-952-0334 for postcard/poster pick-up location or to have them delivered to you. Thank you.

Check out our new custom merchandise available for purchase on the event registration forms.

Can't attend the Tour Du Port or Larry's Ride? You can still order merchandise here.
Sleek custom bicycle jersey!

Custom wicking t-shirt!
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by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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