What’s Next After Bronze? Getting to Silver Bike-friendly Community

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We are quite proud that Anne Arundel County and Annapolis have together been designated Maryland’s seventh Bronze Bike-friendly Community but it is more of a call to further action than a trophy.       Two important benefits of the designation are:

 

Report Card (BFC_Fall_2018_ReportCard_Annapolis_and_Anne_Arundel_County_MD )

 Local Survey Results (BFC_Fall_2018_Public_Survey_Annapolis and Anne Arundel County_MD) from the League of American Bicyclists.

Both BikeAAA and the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission are reviewing these to chart a course for the future.    Together they reflect input from more than 100 local cyclists and measures against best practices across the country.     We know that more safe, connected bikeways (trails and on-road lanes) are vital but we also need better education and enforcement for drivers and cyclists as well.        Stay in touch with BikeAAA for progress and for ways you can help.

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New County Law Will Bring More Bike & Pedestrian Connections!

 

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The County Council passed into law Bill 78-18, Multimodal Transportation, October 1, 2018 and it became effective on January 1, 2019.  The purpose is to enhance the residential and commercial subdivision and site development regulations  to ensure that all modes of transportation, not just motorized vehicles, are equally considered when creating the road and site design during the development process.  The new regulations require more consideration of safe walking, bicycling, and transit access and expansion of the existing network, to improve mobility options to schools, libraries, trails, parks, neighborhoods, commercial centers, transit stops and other destinations.

Some developers have done this already with projects that include the connector from the B&A Trail to Jones Elementary (photos above courtesy of PedalPowerKids), the sidepath along the new Odenton Town Center Blvd, the extension of the WB&A Trail down to the Patuxent River and the shared-use path on Underwood Rd on the frontage of The Ridings.   The addition of even short sidewalk, trail or bike lane connectors can fill critical gaps and reduce short automobile trips by providing safe walking and biking alternatives.

The new regulations only apply to new developments not already in the plan review process but we are hopeful that some  that are underway will opt in and provide bike/pedestrian facilities.   The benefit to developers is enhanced property values while also helping to relieve traffic congestion, promote health and protect our environment.

We encourage you to advocate for safe walking, biking, and transit access facilities for nearby developments during the community meetings that are required during the development process and other forums.   You can find pending developments at the County Subdivision GIS Map.     Learn more about the new law and the Bike/Pedestrian/Transit Assessment process at the County Office of Transportation BPTA page.

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Anne Arundel County & Annapolis named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

BFC_Bronze_18-22BikeAAA has been the catalyst for this milestone since our launch in 2013. We now have an advocacy group, a Bike Commission, a full-time Bike/Ped Planner and office of Transportation at the county, over 60 miles of bike routes, record-level trail-building and bike lane marking, new legislation, our Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride signature event, bikeshare, awesome partners and more. We’ve had full support from Steve Schuh and that is continuing with Steuart Pittman; and Mayor Gavin Buckley is all in! Thank you Anne Arundel CountyThe City Of Annapolis, partners and cyclists! This is a big milestone but we have so much more to do, especially to build out our safe network. Now on to Silver!  The media release from the county is below:

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Steuart Pittman
County Executive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Anne Arundel County & Annapolis named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

Annapolis, MD (December 6, 2018) – Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis with a joint Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 464 visionary communities from across the country. With the announcement of 61 new and renewing BFCs today, the two jurisdictions join a leading group of communities in every state that are transforming the American landscape.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists. “We are encouraged by the growing number of leaders who see bicycling as a way to build more vibrant, healthy, sustainable and connected communities.”

There are currently 464 BFCs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Bronze BFC award recognizes the collaborative county and city commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

“We’re honored to receive this award. Our new county slogan is “The Best Place” and we want to make Anne Arundel County the best place to ride a bike,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman.

The county and city, with the support of local nonprofit organization BikeAAA, applied jointly for this prestigious award. The two jurisdictions recently collaborated on a bikeshare program. There are over 60 miles of bike routes (trails and on-road lanes), though many are disconnected. The city and county seek to connect these segments and close gaps, encouraging more people to ride to work, school, recreation and other destinations. This helps relieve traffic congestion, improve health, protect our environment, and make our area a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

“As an avid, daily commuting bicyclist, this bronze award is an honor and a step in the right direction to continue our commitment to making Annapolis the most bike friendly city in the state. Bicyclists spend more in locally owned shops, help alleviate valued parking in our historic district, and attract more tourism. I look forward to connecting more of the city’s safe bike routes with the growing network of trails and bike lanes in the county to create safe options for cyclists and communities,” said Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

“Anne Arundel County has a strong commitment to bicycling for both transportation and recreation. That vision started under County Executive Steve Schuh and will continue under new County Executive Steuart Pittman. As we work towards Silver level, we will continue to build our bicycle network to provide safe, efficient and equitable transportation choices for people of all ages, abilities and means.”, said Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and chair of the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission.

Since the Bicycle Friendly Community program’s inception over 20 years ago, more than 800 distinct communities have applied for recognition. The program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community for areas of all shapes and sizes. The rigorous application process is an educational tool in itself, and includes an opportunity for local bicyclists to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.

The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category and a no designation level – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. The League of American Bicyclists provides feedback and guidance to every applicant community, regardless of award designation, with the goal of helping every community to improve.

Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they not only maintain existing efforts, but also keep up with changing technology, national safety standards, and community-driven best practices.

To learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

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The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Eco-Counter and by League Members. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

 

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Annapolis Bikeshare Builds Momentum

 

 

BikeshareTrioAnnapolis bikeshare had a good start after it’s August 29, 2018 launch.     Learn more about the Pace Bikeshare and get an update from the November 24, 2018 Capital front page story.

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County Council Bill 78-18 – Multimodal Transportation Signed Into Law

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County Exec Steve Schuh signs bill 7-18 at the County Bike Commission Meeting, October, 2018

This important bill assures that all modes of transportation including biking, walking, transit and motorized vehicles are considered when residential or commercial developments are planned and approved. Historically, only motorized traffic has been considered and facilities were added that either neglected the other modes or worse, created hazards. This bill helps assure that Complete Streets Resolution 45-14 unanimously passed by the County Council in 2014 will be implemented. This legislation was initiated by the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission
and then a working group comprised of reps from the Bike Commission, Maryland Building Industries Association (MBIA), County Office of Transportation and County Office of Law developed this mutually agreed bill which was then vetted with county Planning & Zoning, Public Works and Inspections & Permits. BikeAAA supported the bill as did MBIA and the Alliance for Livable Communities.    Implementation will be overseen by the County office of Transportation in coordination with other departments.
This is a vital step in the county’s effort to build a safe interconnected network of biking,
walking and transit routes. It provides for bike/ped connections among neighborhoods, schools, employment, transit, shopping, recreation and other destinations.

The approved bill can be found HERE.

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Lifeline 100 Bicycle Event Awards $33,100 to Anne Arundel County Non-profits

(Annapolis, MD) The fifth annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Bicycle Event on October 7, 208 attracted more than 800 registrants, was supported by more than 100 volunteers and over 25 sponsors. The event hosted by Anne Arundel County Police Department, Anne Arundel Department of 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 at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. The 15 and 30 mile routes are great for families, seniors, recreational and riders with special needs. They are entirely on flat, paved 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. The event has 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. Details about the event can be found at http://www.lifeline100.com.

All net proceeds are donated each year to county nonprofit organizations. This year’s record proceeds of $33,100 generated by registration fees and sponsorships include $10,000 from Prophasys, and $2,500 from Maryland Live. The sponsorship from Prophasys facilitated more outreach to cyclists with special needs including cyclists and supporters from Special Olympics, Rise for Autism and others. Partner V-LINC, a provider of custom adaptive equipment for children with disabilities raised an additional $20,000 and provided three county children with their new adaptive bikes which they rode in the bike rodeo. A special registration drive in August raised funds for the Capital Gazette Family and Scholarship Funds. The following awards will be made on November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the BikeAAA Annual Meeting at Union Jack’s in Annapolis:

  • Anne Arundel Crisis Response System $11,000
  • Recreation Deeds for Special Needs $8,000
  • Capital Gazette Families Fund $800
  • Capital Gazette Scholarship Fund $800
  • Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails $1,000
  • Friends of Kinder Farm Park $1,000
  • Rise for Autism iCan! Shine Bike Camp $2,500
  • Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County $8,500

The iCan! Shine Bike Camp hosted by Rise for Autism each summer teaches children with special needs to ride a two-wheel bike over five days. The annual Lifeline100 is a great experience for people of all ages and abilities and exemplifies the power of partnership among county agencies and non-profits. In five years, 126,000 has been awarded to local non-profits and more than $50,000 for non-profit partners. Early bird registration for the October 6, 2019 in open at http://www.lfeline100.com/register

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BikeAAA Support County Council Bill 78-18 – Multimodal Transportation

BikeAAA submitted the following document to the County Council Members and key leaders of the executive branch in support of this bill.   Please let your council member know that you support Bill 78-18 which will enhance our network of safe bike, pedestrian and access to transit routes.

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Bike Lane on Main Street Annapolis

Read about the bike lane experiment on Main Street HERE

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Bikeshare Launched in Annapolis!

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Annapolis is the latest city to join Pace, a nationwide network of dockless, bike sharing services for smart cities and colleges. The program is a partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated, the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to power Pace Annapolis. This partnership brings new dockless mobility, offering residents and visitors a fun, convenient and affordable new way to get around, explore the downtown area, and address last-mile commuting. The new program will be sponsored by DASANI and will come at no cost to taxpayers.

Download the app and learn more at http://www.ridepace.com .

For media coverage and video, check out the Capital Story and Eye on Annapolis.

 

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Multimodal Transportation Bill 78-18 Introduced at County Council

County Council Bill 78-18 was introduced at the July 16, 2018 County Council meeting and will be heard at the September 17  7pm Council Meeting at the Council Chambers, 44 Calvert St, Annapolis.      This important bill assures that all modes of transportation including biking, walking, transit and motorized vehicles are considered when residential or commercial developments are planned and approved.      Historically, only motorized traffic has been considered and facilities were added that either neglected the other modes or actually created hazards such as a shoulder converted to a turn lane.   This bill will assure that the Complete Streets Resolution 45-14 unanimously passed by the County Council in 2014 will be followed.         The bill was initially recommended by the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission and then a working group comprised of reps from the Bike Commission, Maryland Building Industries Association, County Office of Transportation and County Office of Law developed a mutually agreed bill which was then vetted with county Planning & Zoning, Public Works and Inspections & Permits.       This is a vital step in the county’s effort to build a safe interconnected network of biking/walking routes including both trails and on-road bike lanes.    It provides for bike/ped connections among neighborhoods, schools, employment, transit, shopping, recreation and other destinations.    The bill was introduced by Council Chair Peroutka at the request of County Executive Schuh and is co-sponsored by Councilman Trumbauer.      Please let your county councilman know that you support this bill.

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