Looks like all that pro-bike activity in Baltimore and its surrounding areas is getting some nationwide attention: According to the League of American Bicyclists, Maryland is the 7th best state for cyclists. Last year, we didn’t even crack the top 10!
There have been a ton of pro-bike actions around town over the past year or so, and we’ve written about a lot of them:
- Baltimore announced its first-ever bike parking garage
- Proposed cycle tracks will make biking around Mt. Vernon a lot more safe
- 23 miles of new bike paths in Baltimore County make it easier to get around on two wheels
- A new bike share program allowed people who don’t have their own bicycles to temporarily rent one
- Johns Hopkins installed a self-contained bike repair station near its medical school campus
- Woody Harrelson spent an afternoon biking around town with magician David Blaine. (Okay, this isn’t quite the same thing… but it’s still pretty cool.)
The LAB also praises Maryland’s new bike safety training program for police officers, and the emphasis on bikers in its highway safety plan. Of course, if we want to challenge Washington, Minnesota, or Wisconsin for the top spots on the bike-friendly list, there’s still some room for improvement — namely in the areas of infrastructure, funding, and planning.
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