By Bruce Cohen - June 26, 2013
Concerned citizens gathered in Gaithersburg this past Wednesday, June 26th, for a Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop held at the Quince Orchard Valley Park Activity Building. The workshop included a Bicycle Friendly Community Presentation given by Bike Maryland’s Anna Kelso (with support from the League of American Bicyclists) as well as presentations from MoCo Epic founder, Denis Chazelle and Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee Chairwoman, Nancy Breen. Attendees included a variety of interested and concerned citizens from the City of Gaithersburg including the founder of Bike Kentlands Lakelands, and two representatives from the Gaithersburg Transportation Committee. We were also very grateful to have with us Gaithersburg’s Performance Bicycles store manager, Mike Mlynarczyk.
The workshop concluded with an open discussion at which time participants were able to exchange ideas and express concerns. Several conclusions were drawn from these conversations; however, it seems that the most current and pressing issue for Gaithersburg is a need to gather and connect a critical mass of concerned cyclists in order to gain the moment needed to become more bicycle friendly. Bike Maryland continues to work diligently across the state in an effort to grow and develop the bicycle friendly movement.
Many thanks to Performance Bicycles for the Better Bicycling Community Grant and to the League of American Bicyclists for their continued support.