Record-level of Trail-building and Bike Lanes

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There is BY FAR more trail construction, design and planning underway than ever in the history of Anne Arundel County!     BikeAAA works with the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission and other County and City officials to help build out our network.     We are fortunate to have full support from  County Executive Steve Schuh who has made safe, interconnected bike routes a quality of life priority and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley also is pressing for improved biking and walking in Annapolis. Trail highlights include:

  • Broadneck Trail Phase 2 construction and phase 3 design
  • South Shore Trail Phase 1 Construction nearly complete
  • WB&A Trail Patuxent River Crossing in design
  • Rt. 175 sidepath by SHA
  • B&A Trail to AACC and Broadneck Connector in design
  • Odenton Town Center Blvd Sidepath built by developer in construction
  • B&A to Jones E.S. Connector to be provided by developer

There are also more on-road bike lanes, sharrows and connectors completed or coming including:

  • New bike lanes on Hillsmere Dr, B&A Blvd in Arnold, Mt. Tabor Rd, Boulter’s Way and Chinquapin Round Rd.
  • New bike lanes coming on county roads in 2018
  • Open connector on Victor Parkway, Annapolis
  • New sharrows in Annapolis coming under a grant

 

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More Bike Racks and Repair Stands Are Coming!

AnnapolisBikeRacksBike parking provide safe places to lock up a bike and let the public know that “Bikes are welcome and expected here!”       Through a variety of sources, more bike racks are coming to Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.   This includes funding from a state grant, West Street Arts District and BikeAAA.      Read more about artistic racks coming to West St. HERE.

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Bikeshare Coming to Annapolis!

BikeAAA has worked with City of Annapolis and County staff providing input on locations and rollout for the area’s first bikeshare program.    The initial program will have 50 bikes and 10 stations mainly in the greater downtown Annapolis area.   The hybrid docking/dockless system is provided by Zagster Pace.   For more details about the program read the Capital Front page Bikeshare Story.

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2018 State Legislation Recap

During the 2018 session  BikeAAA  worked closely with Bike Maryland and other advocates to secure new bike safety legislation.     We also had the benefit this year of the work done by the Maryland Bicycle Safety Task Force created by the legislature in 2017, appointed by the Governor over the summer and completed its Final Report which you can find  at the preceding link.  The Task Force included 4 advocates including two from Anne Arundel County – Jack Keene and Jon Korin.    The report has dozens of recommendations in a variety of areas including Funding, Infrastructure, Policy, Outreach/Education and Legislation.

For a recap on the 2018 Maryland Legislative Session, read BikeMaryland’s Summary.

Each fall the Anne Arundel County State Delegation convenes to hear priorities from county non-profits.     BikeAAA has presented each year since our inception four years ago.   You can read it here: BikeAAA-AACtyDelegation-Nov28-2017.   This year we focus on legislative priorities coming out of Task Force Report:

1. Vulnerable Road User Law – More care required and stiffer penalties under current laws for drivers who seriously injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users, etc.   This bill was worked very hard and a strong version was passed by the House of Delegates but did not pass the Senate Committee.    We will press for this again in 2019

2. Safe Passing of Cyclists – Address narrow road exception in current 3 foot passing law by allowing safe crossing of the double yellow line  following the example recently set in a new Delaware law.   This has been a multi-year effort and again a good bill was made progress but was not passed.   We will go after this again in 2019.

3. Stronger commitment to Complete Streets –  Strengthen the commitment to Complete Streets by extending it from SHA to other agencies including MdTA (e.g. bike lanes on the new Nice Bridge) and MTA (HB0744 and (SB0850).    There was also a bill that promotes Complete Streets for Maryland Counties and Cities ( HB0535 and SB0407)Both bills were passed into law after being somewhat weakened.   MdTA was deleted from the former bill and funding was taken out of the latter.

4. Comparative Negligence – In Maryland and a just a few other states if one party is found to contribute even slightly, say 1%, to a crash then that party may be denied recovery of damages under the doctrine of “contributory negligence”.     This is grossly unfair to cyclists that are hit by vehicles.    SB0465 addresses the problem with a narrow carve-out modeled on a recently passed D.C. law.    This is a very complex issue with broad-ranging implications for Maryland beyond cyclists.    It did not get out of Senate committee.

4. Other Initiatives – We are also working for more state funding for bike infrastructure especially in the MD Bikeways program;  safe biking and walking routes to school; and other bills that promote general road safety dealing with distracted driving and the like.  HB285 providing for an assessment of safe routes to schools was passed unanimously by the House and Senate and signed by the governor.

 

Posted in General, Legislation, News

Jon Korin Given Explorer Award

Jon received the Explorer Award at the annual Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails meeting in October, 2017.    Click for the story in the Severna Park Voice.

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Transportation Should Be About Choice

Jon Korin’s Op-Ed about Anne Arundel County transportation planning in the Dec. 6, 2017 Capital.

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Mayor of the B&A Trail

Great feature in the Capital on Tom Caraker, age 83, who rides the trail almost every day!

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4th Annual Lifeline100 Sets Record Registration and Fundraising!

2017 Lifeline100 in the news:

Dec. 10, 2017 Capital Gazette:   $33,000 Proceeds to Nonprofits

September, 2017 Severna Park Voice:   Upcoming Lifeline 100

 

Lifeline 100 Bicycle Event Awards $33,000 to Anne Arundel Non-profits
The fourth annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Bicycle Event on October 1 attracted a record 861 registrants supported by more than 100 volunteers and over 25 sponsors.  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 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 ofdowntown 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 www.lifeline100.com .
All net proceeds are donated each year to county nonprofit organizations.  This year’s record proceeds of $33,000 is up from $21,000 in 2016 thanks to a 20% increase in participants and a big jump in sponsorships including $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 with adaptive bikes.  The following awards were made on November 16, 2017 at the BikeAAA Annual Meeting at Pirate’s Cove Restaurant (a four-year rest stop sponsor) in Galesville:
  • Anne Arundel Crisis Response System  $11,000
  • Recreation Deeds for Special Needs  $9,000
  • 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 (“BikeAAA”)  $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 5 days (More at www.riseforautism.org/ican–bike-camp-2017).
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 four years, $93,000 has been awarded to local non-profits.  Early bird registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities for the fifth annual Lifeline100 ride on October 7, 2018 is open at www.lifeline100.com/register.
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2018 Maryland Legislative Session

The 2018 session is underway and BikeAAA is working closely with Bike Maryland to prepare for new bike safety legislation.     We also have the benefit this year of the work done by the Maryland Bicycle Safety Task Force created by the legislature in 2017, appointed by the Governor over the summer and completed its Final Report which you can find  at the preceding link.  The Task Force included 4 advocates including two from Anne Arundel County – Jack Keene and Jon Korin.    The report has dozens of recommendations in a variety of areas including Funding, Infrastructure, Policy, Outreach/Education and Legislation.

Each fall the Anne Arundel County State Delegation convenes to hear priorities from county non-profits.     BikeAAA has presented each year since our inception four years ago.   You can read it here: BikeAAA-AACtyDelegation-Nov28-2017.   This year we focus on legislative priorities coming out of Task Force Report:

1. Vulnerable Road User Law – More care required and stiffer penalties under current laws for drivers who seriously injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users, etc.

2. Safe Passing of Cyclists – Address narrow road exception in current 3 foot passing law by allowing safe crossing of the double yellow line  following the example recently set in a new Delaware law.   See HB0222 and SB0268.

3. Stronger commitment to Complete Streets –  Strengthen the commitment to Complete Streets by extending it from SHA to other agencies including MdTA (e.g. bike lanes on the new Nice Bridge) and MTA (HB0744 and (SB0850).    There is also a bill that promotes Complete Streets for Maryland Counties and Cities ( HB0535 and SB0407).

4. Comparative Negligence – In Maryland and a just a few other states if one party is found to contribute even slightly, say 1%, to a crash then that party may be denied recovery of damages under the doctrine of “contributory negligence”.     This is grossly unfair to cyclists that are hit by vehicles.    SB0465 addresses the problem with a narrow carve-out modeled on a recently passed D.C. law.

4. Other Initiatives – We are also working for more state funding for bike infrastructure especially in the MD Bikeways program;  safe biking and walking routes to school; and other bills that promote general road safety dealing with distracted driving and the like.

We work with Bike Maryland and other advocates on legislation.    Read more about Bike Maryland’s initiatives HERE.

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2017 Bike to Work Day Announcements Include AAMC Becomes First County Bike-friendly Business and Unveiling of New Bike Racks in Annapolis

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Hundreds of cyclists met up at different locations around the county or just rode from home to work on May 19, 2017 National Bike to Work Day.     In Annapolis, Conty Executive Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, County Councilman Chris Trumbauer and scores of cyclists gathered for announcements!

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Read the Capital Gazette Cover Story with pictures and video!

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