Media Advisory to Drivers for the 2016 Lifeline100: County Exec Schuh plans to ride

MEDIA ADVISORY

October 14, 2015

 

Motorists Advised to Be Cautious of Cyclists on the Road During Sunday’s Lifeline 100 Bicycle Ride;  County Executive Will Ride

The second annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Community Health Fair will be held this Sunday October 16.   The event hosted by Anne Arundel County Police, Recreation & Parks and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”) offers a great experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities with 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile route options as well as a free Children’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride and Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville.   The 15 and 30 mile routes are entirely on trails using the B&A and BWI Loop Trails.    The 100 and 65 mile routes wind throughout scenic Anne Arundel County including views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, southern Anne Arundel County, BWI/Marshall airport and more. 

County Executive Steve Schuh plans to ride the 65 mile route.  County Executive Steve Schuh said “the Lifeline 100 exemplifies the power of partnership by county agencies and non-profits, and I urge all citizens come join us for this award winning event at Kinder Farm Park.”

All proceeds will be donated to county nonprofit organizations including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”).    In last year’s event approximately 600 cyclists participated and $21,000 was raised for non-profits.   This year’s ride is expected to have even more participants.    Details about the event can be found at www.lifeline100.com .

Motorists are advised to be aware of greater numbers of cyclists on the roads especially in the morning through Annapolis and Bay Ridge, in South County (Edgewater, Galesville, Harwood) mid/late morning then proceeding through Davidsonville, Crownsville, Crofton and Gambrills as they make their way towards BWI Airport where they continue riding on trails.    There will be no road closures but certain crossings may have county police supervision.    Under Maryland law, drivers are required to give cyclists at least three feet of space while passing when safe to do so.      Drivers are reminded that texting and hand held phones are illegal and dangerous, especially to cyclists.    A car drifting only slightly to the right is enough to hurt or kill a cyclist legally riding on the road.   Drivers should be especially cautious at crossings.     Participating and other cyclists are reminded that they are required to obey all traffic laws including stop signs and red lights and they should ride in a predictable manner and giving hand signals prior to turning or changing lanes.   A good summary of laws and safety tips for drivers and cyclists can be found at the Maryland SHA website:    http://www.sha.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=357

The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride will also welcome the community to the “Make Health Happen Community Health Fair” at Kinder Farm Park with 18 exhibitors from the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, including local hospitals and public agencies. The fair will offer information about countywide healthy events, activities, and programs- as well as fun activities for kids, families and more.  The inaugural 2014 Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Health Fair received the Innovative Program Award from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and in 2015 won the Maryland, My Maryland Special Event of the Year.

Online registration for the Lifeline100 ride is open at www.lifeline100.com/register  through midnight Friday, October 16.    Early packet pickup and walk-in registration is available at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday, October 15 12 – 2PM and starting at 6:15AM on event day, October 16.    The Children’s Bike Rodeo is 12:30 – 2:30PM for ages 4 – 10 and is free but parents are encouraged to reserve a timeslot at www.lifeline100.com/rodeo .

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