By Emily Ranson - May 1, 2015
Today kicks off the beginning of Bike Month! All across Maryland there will be statewide and local events to celebrate. One way we are celebrating is by launching Larry’s Ride and Tour du Port registration! Proceeds from these two bike tours pay for Bike Maryland staff and operating expenses and also our imperative advocacy work. If you appreciate our impact in Annapolis and with state government ride with us at these two great events. (You can also join as a member or donate!)
Larry’s Ride will take place on Sunday, August 30th out of Camp Milldale in Reisterstown, Maryland. This ride began in 2010 as a memorial and celebration for Larry Bensky, who was a passionate cyclist and tragically lost his life while riding. The event has four routes of varying lengths, from 20 to 75 miles. Be warned- but not intimidated! Northwestern Baltimore County is hilly and makes for a day of serious climbing. Use Larry’s Ride as a training ride bridge to your next distance, such as all of the September centuries.
Tour du Port will take place on Sunday, September 27th out of Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore, Maryland. This ride has four routes for all cyclist types and experience levels. 14, 31, 36, and 50 mile routes- including a NEW urban adventure route featuring miles of single track within the city limits. This is an accessible event and a celebration of bicycling meant to offer a peak into the kaleidoscope of Baltimore’s neighborhoods, parks, historic landmarks, and watershed areas.
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Since the 2014 Tour du Port, Bike Maryland has been very busy expanding our programming and reach across the state. We have traveled from the Eastern Shore to Deep Creek Lake to support local advocacy groups and governments in their initiatives to promote bicycling in their area. We hosted the 18th Annual Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis and included a lobbying exercise for budding advocates! We helped bring MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts) and Baltimore City to the table to open up Loch Raven Reservoir to mountain biking. We recently launched our Bike Friendly Driver program which complements our cyclist-centric education efforts by focusing on teaching drivers how to be safe around cyclists. Like previous years, we were busy in Annapolis supporting legislation, and some important pieces such as a Hit-and-Run Alert System and Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Areas passed, although our attempt to make the Three Foot Law apply on all Maryland roadways was not successful.
Help us continue this great work. Join us for two celebrations of bicycling!