To advocate for better cycling, Bike Maryland works with state agencies, the state legislature, and local government to win more bike-friendly policies and laws and represent cyclists during infrastructure and other decisions that have an impact on recreational and utility cyclists of all types. We have both a legislative agenda that is developed through the input of our local bicycling advocates and work with local and national groups to fight for more and better places to ride, pro-bicycle laws, better enforcement of the laws we’ve already won, and other issues as they arise.
Based on the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly American Program, our Bike Friendly Program teaches businesses, communities, and universities what it means to be “Bike Friendly” and how they can improve their environment to become a better place to bike. These workshops are free and are funded by a myriad of grants, including gifts from local bicycle clubs, community foundations, and New Belgium.
The Bike-MINDED Safety Program is aimed at teaching children and adults the skills they need to safely operate a bicycle and ride on streets. The program for youth typically includes a classroom/lecture portion where children learn the rules of the road, and a bicycle rodeo where children are given the opportunity to practice the skills they just learned. Adult workshops can forgo the on-bike portion and be done in a brown-bag lunch setting at workplaces.