More than 300 planning experts, policy-makers and bicyclists from across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region will meet in Annapolis Feb. 27 for the state’s annual bike symposium to discuss alternative transportation, infrastructure improvements, and best practices for cycling on streets and trails.
The all-day event at the Miller Senate Office Building runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Howard County Executive Ken Ulman scheduled to give the keynote address at 10 a.m. The symposium is hosted by Bike Maryland and is free and open to the public.
Other presenters include Frederick Mayor Randy McClement, who has helped his city earn League of American Bicyclists' “Bike Friendly City” recognition, Kate Sylveste, who oversees the Maryland Bikeways Program for the state Department of Transportation, and Jennifer Toole, a national leader in bike planning and president of the Toole Design Group. Toole will discuss strategies to increase bicycling in the U.S.
A number of state legislators are scheduled to attend, including Sen. James C. Rosapepe, representing Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties, Del. Jon S. Cardin, sponsor of several pro-bicycling bills, from Baltimore County, and Del. James Malone, a member of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, representing Baltimore and Howard Counties.
The afternoon includes a joint presentation on the benefits and initiatives around Maryland’s bicycle trails by David Ferraro, president of MORE, the Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, William Atkinson, a regional planner with Maryland Department of Planning, and Steve Carr, the state land trails planner for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Also scheduled for the afternoon is a panel discussion on making the public health case for bicycling, including Dave Love, PhD, project director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Heather Strassberger, bicycle and pedestrian planner with the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Bari Klein of Healthy Harford, Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Don Kostelec, principal of Kostelec Planning in Asheville, NC.
More information on the Maryland Bike Symposium, including online RSVP, can be found here.
Bike Maryland, Americans For Older Driver Safety, Baltimore Bicycle Club, Baltimore Department of Transportation, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Bicycle Advocates of Howard County, BikeMore (Baltimore), Capital Bikeshare, Central Maryland Regional Transit (CMRT), Chesapeake BaySavers, Chesapeake Wheelman Cycling Club, Clean Currents, Friends of Anne Arundel Trails, Healthy Howard, League of American Bicyclists, Maryland Department of Tourism, Maryland Department of Transportation, Cycle Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts – MORE, Potomac Pedalers Touring Club and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.