Baltimore County Now
Part of May’s Clean Commute Month Events
On Friday, May 15, hundreds of Baltimore County residents are expected to celebrate national Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day rallies are being held in Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh to celebrate those who commute to work by bike, and to encourage others to give it a try.
Free early-morning refreshments and give-aways will be provided, and those that pre-register online will also receive Bike to Work Day t-shirts and are eligible to win prizes including a new bicycle.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event, promoting bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable commute option that eases congestion. It is managed regionally by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council through collaboration with state agencies, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, cities and counties throughout Central Maryland, committed volunteers and generous sponsors.
An Efficient and Fun Way to Get Exercise
Baltimore County government is marking its twelfth year in sponsoring the local events, which have been steadily growing in number and participants. The Owings Mills location is new this year, hosted by Edaptive Systems Inc. (400 Red Brook Boulevard, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117). The White Marsh event, in its fifth year, is hosted by IKEA White Marsh. Ride participants and pre-registrants who are on their way to work by bike will receive a coupon for breakfast at IKEA.
“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need while commuting to the workplace,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “And, biking rather than driving to work can help reduce the amount of vehicle emissions, which are a significant contributor to the region’s ground-level ozone problem.”
For more information, visit the Baltimore Metropolitan Council website.
Chairman, Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
Now that spring has finally sprung, it's time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. What better way to enjoy the fresh air than to put on your walking shoes or dust off your bike and take a ride.
Baltimore County began the process of transforming itself into a more walkable and bike-friendly community by developing pedestrian and bicycle improvement plans. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), working with the County Department of Planning, recommended areas where sidewalks, bike lanes and other types of improvements could be made. The PBAC is composed of enthusiasts representing each council district, the county administration, and Bike Maryland, a local advocacy group.
So far, the County has received State funding through the Maryland Bikeways program to stripe bicycle lanes and install bike route signs in Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson. If more State funding becomes available this year, even more improvements can be made throughout the County.
Here’s where you can help. We are looking for projects that would be low cost, connect to major destinations, and have the support of the local community. The PBAC committee’s first public input meeting will be held April 16, 5:00 p.m., at the Jefferson Building, Room 104, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204. If you have a great idea but can't make the meeting, send in a written suggestion to the PBAC, c/o Department of Planning, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson 21204, or email Kathy Schlabach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successes from Catonsville, Arbutus/Halethorpe, and Towson will help us become eligible for additional grant funds to develop plans in other parts of the County.
While you are dusting off that bicycle, keep in mind that Bike to Work Day will be coming up May 17. Details about the early morning rallies in Catonsville, Towson and White Marsh will be coming out soon.
But let us hear from you on April 16. Together we can make Baltimore County a better place to be outside, year-round. Now let’s get walking and biking for our enjoyment, health, and as a greener way to get places.