Annapolis Employees Promote Bike Riding
Local organizations hosted an event on Friday to show support for area bicyclists.
As part of National Bike Month, Annapolis bicyclists showed their solidarity at City Dock on Friday.
Hosted by the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association, Annapolis Department of Transportation and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the downtown Bike to Work Day event promoted riding bicycles to alleviate traffic congestion, encourage better health and protect the environment.
"What this is, is a mode of transportation," said David Humphreys, executive director of the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association. "This is a 17th century city—biking here makes sense."
Jack Nicholson, an Arnold resident who works at the Naval Academy, said he bikes to work everyday, weather permitting.
"I think its important considering the traffic problems we have [in Annapolis]," Nicholson said. "I think most people can make this a healthy habit if they give it a try."
Mayor Josh Cohen said it's also imperative to encourage better relationships between drivers and bicyclists.
"My goal is to focus on these critical mass areas," Cohen said. "People who enjoy biking should be able to do so and feel safe. The more safe opportunities we have, the more people will bike."
Annapolis County Councilman Chris Trumbauer said he recently came from a conference in Portland where there is a prosperous biking community.
"In Portland, if you drive a car, you're out of place," Trumbauer said. "We need to make it safe and comfortable to do so."
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