I wanted to give you all a brief synopsis of a meeting that Mark Counselman and I had last Thursday with John Porcari, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Neil Pedersen, the SHA administrator and Sam Minnitte, the director of planning for MDOT. Our agenda centered on ensuring that the state of Maryland have a fully engaged "complete streets" policy where the safety and convenience of all road users (bike/ped/ transit/cars) is accommodated.
The best news was that the Secretary agreed that county transportation engineers need training to ensure that local roads are safe for bikes, peds and transit users. His proposed solution (which we fully agree with) was to make complete streets training a state funding requirement for local DOTs. This means that state funds that go to the counties for road construction would come with a comprehensive complete streets training component. Right now training for bike/ped/transit accommodations is lacking in many county DOT offices. This could potentially remedy that problem. We will definitely be following up with the Secretary to make sure that this becomes a reality
Volunteers are needed to be route marshals, ride marshals, registration workers, and for other jobs. If you have volunteered before we hope that you will join us again. I have heard from some of you who wish to volunteer during Tour Du Port 2007. All those interested in volunteering for Tour du Port, please take a moment to complete our online volunteer registration form.
First review the volunteer activities listed below, as some may have changed since you last served as a volunteer with One Less Car's Tour du Port
Click this link http://www.onelesscar.org/support/volunteer_waiver.php to complete our volunteer application form.
Benefits of volunteering include a colorful Tour du Port t-shirt (select shirt size on volunteer registration), food, one-year complimentary membership in One Less Car, and a fun time!