The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) is urging motorists to share the road and be on the lookout for cyclists, particularly Friday, May 18 which is “National Bike to Work Day.” With local groups, counties and municipalities around the State sponsoring Bike to Work activities, more bicycle traffic is expected along key routes and local roadways. Bicycle safety is a two-way street, and cyclists are reminded to follow the rules of the road, to stay visible and wear a helmet.
Partnering with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the City of Baltimore and the Downtown Athletic Center, SHA will host a Bike to Work stop on Friday morning, May 18 between 7 and 9 a.m. at the corner of Guilford and Monument streets near SHA Headquarters. Twenty-20 Cycle is providing bike tune-ups, and the Merritt Downtown Athletic Center is partnering in logistics and will provide a demonstration of proper stretching technique for cycling warm-ups and cool-downs.
“Bike to Work Day encourages those who might usually ride for recreation and exercise to try an alternate means of commuting. We certainly expect more bicycle traffic than usual Friday, so we’re urging drivers to stay alert, focus and share the road,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Cycling instead of driving is not only better for your health, it is better for the health of the environmental as well.” Ms. Peters and Planning and Preliminary Engineering Director Gregory Slater will bike from the Meadowbrook Regional Park in Brooklandville to SHA Headquarters on North Calvert Street.