By Bruce Cohen - October 29, 2013
On October 29, 2013, local officials, business owners, and bicycle enthusiasts gathered at the Hyattsville Library last week for the Bike Maryland Bicycle Friendly Community and Business Workshop. With a large turnout, Bike Maryland was pleased to bring together a diverse group of people from Hyattsville and surrounding communities to discuss ways to improve bicycling safety and infrastructure. Over half of attendees said they commute regularly by bicycle and the other half said they ride for recreation and fitness. The workshop featured presentations from Bike Maryland staff and local leaders. The attendees want increased number of bike lanes, signage, family friendly bicycling events, and bicyclist, motorist, and police education on safe bicycling. Ideas kept flowing and a number of people continued their discussion in the parking lot well after the library closed. When asked in a post-work shop poll if respondents were interested in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community, all respondents said they would like to see Hyattsville receive this award!