Improving and Expanding Bikeshare in Maryland

  1. Governor O'Malley joined bikers for a ride on the new trail. (Photo courtesy of portajohn.wordpress.com)

    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley launched Cycle Maryland in 2011 to promote cycling in the state. Last week, the Governor opened a part of the Anacostia River Trail, which could eventually connect D.C. and Maryland. Additionally, O’Malley announced the launch of a bikeshare program for Maryland.

  2. Happy to announce we’re bringing Bike Share to #Maryland! #cyclemd t.co/7ehbeBEW
    November 4, 2011 10:57:23 AM EDT
  3. We have a huge crowd here. It’s bc people know that this isn’t just about one river or one trail, it’s about building a stronger future.
    November 4, 2011 10:45:50 AM EDT
  4. Currently, the bikeshare proposal is only “an initiative to provide reimbursable grant funding to Maryland communities to establish or to expand bikesharing programs” They don’t have a fully-operational or solid proposal for bikeshare yet, but by allocating proper funding to the idea, Maryland is demonstrating its commitment Cycle Maryland and the improvement of biking in the state.
    Bikeways is another important initiative in Cycle Maryland’s mission. The goals is to increase and improve biking trails. More specifically, improving trails that will directly help commuting bikers, not necessarily recreational trails or nature paths.
  5. There is serious potential for bikeshare in  Maryland. If the Anacostia River Trail eventually connects to Washington D.C., there’s no reason that Capital Bikeshare couldn’t stretch into Maryland with the increased accessibility. However, critics likes Greater Greater Washington’s Jim Titus argue money is being wasted on poorly planned trails.
  6. Maryland’s Governor is seemingly committed to biking and improving cycling accessibility to all, but there is still work to be done. The announcement of “bikeshare” and Bikeways is promising; it will be interesting to see how the state progresses with its plans from here.
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2 responses to “Improving and Expanding Bikeshare in Maryland

  1. Hey – glad to see you are covering some good topics. However I have 2 comments:
    1) If you plan on using my photos please provide a credit and/or link to my site – thanks!
    2) The Jim Titus article is purely focused on one trail extension that has a TON of political history behind it, and some of the players who made decisions long ago are lo longer around to defend why the plan developed as it has. In addition, though the state may be partially funding the project, the decision on where to site the trail is a local land use policy, and the state really has no role there. I do agree that the alternative alignment is silly, but I just want to point out for people who read above, but don’t read the GGW article that Maryland is one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to trails and transportation topics, its not like every single trail is haphazardly thrown together.

    • Thanks for the feeback! Credit has been added. Thanks for the additional information, too. I didn’t realize how long this history of the trail was. It certainly seems like Maryland is on the ball when it comes to transportation, it’ll be interesting to see how this continues to develop. Thanks again.
      -Colin

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