Mission and History
Our mission is to promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.
Bike Maryland formed in 2009 and operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Bike Maryland has three main programs:
- The Bike Minded Safety Program provides free educational safety workshops for youth and adults with a goal of reducing bicycle crashes and fatalities throughout Maryland. Over 200 organizations partner with Bike Maryland to make this program a success and 10,000 youth and adults were taught bicycle safety in 2013 through this program.
- The Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program provides educational workshops to businesses, universities, and communities in an effort to make Maryland a more bicycle friendly place to live, work, and play.
- Bike Maryland’s Advocacy Initiatives incorporate promotion of pro-bicycle legislation on the state and county level and working with state and local government agencies, including police departments, to develop policy and awareness campaigns that protects the rights and well-being of bicyclists in Maryland.
Bike Maryland hosts an annual bicycle fundraising ride: Larry’s Ride in northern Baltimore County. Additionally, we host the Annual Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland. We work with partnering advocacy organizations, state and local government, universities, businesses and communities to make bicycling a safe form of transportation and a fun recreational opportunity for all.
Bike Maryland was formed from a previous organization, One Less Car. One Less Car was founded in 1999, to promote and advocate for alternative modes of transportation. The One Less Car Board of Directors and Executive Director saw the need to narrow and strengthen their mission to improving bicycling conditions and thus changed the organization name, mission and vision to what it is today!