(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 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.
Read about the bike lane experiment on Main Street HERE
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.
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.
Anne Arundel County Police Bike Patrol are the first in Maryland to obtain the C3FT technology used to enforce and educate drivers on the 3 foot passing law. The technology was obtained through a Maryland Highway Safety Office grant and will be rolled out during 2018-19. Click for a VIDEO on how it works and is used by law enforcement. In this photo Cpl. Dominic Scali demonstrates at the AACPD HQ while hosting the Maryland Bike/Ped Advisory Commission in August, 2018.
Can You Kick the Car for a Day?
Read Jon Korin’s May, 2018 op ed in the Capital HERE
Transportation Should Be About Choice
Read jon Korin’s December 2017 op ed in the Capital HERE
Biking Benefits The Whole Community
Read Jon Korin’s May 2017 op ed in the Capital HERE
Here’s Why I Ride A Bike Every Day
Read Alex Pline’s May 2016 op ed in the Capital HERE
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
Bike 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.
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.