Last week on the Baltimore Annapolis Trail, County Executive Steve Schuh launched the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission (“AACBAC”).
“Having the opportunity to bike either for recreation or to work is a growing trend in our county, our state, and our nation,” said Schuh. “To help guide us towards a fully integrated network of bike trails, we need to bring together citizens and experts to put forth recommendations to make our county more bike-friendly. The Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission will help us achieve that objective.”
Commission members will be appointed by the County Executive and will include citizens as well as representatives from the business, non-profit and tourism communities. Interested citizens should contact Arlene Berlin, Commission Coordinator in the County Executive’s office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The commission will be chaired by Jon Korin, president of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, an all-volunteer 501c3 promoting safe cycling countywide (www.bikeaaa.org).
AACBAC will also include ex-officio representatives of Anne Arundel County Executive’s Office, Planning & Zoning, Public Works, and Recreation & Parks.
The Commission will make recommendations to build out a safe, interconnected network of trails, on-road and separated bike lanes. Their main mission will be to advise the county on increasing safe bicycling for residents, commuters and visitors for transportation and recreation throughout Anne Arundel County.
The County Executive also highlighted quality of life initiatives included in the enacted FY 2016 budget, including:
- Funding for a feasibility study for a bicycle bridge over Richie Highway in Arnold.
- A 1.5 million investment in county bike trails.
- A 1.6 million investment in road improvements to benefit cyclists.
The FY 2016 budget went into effect July 1st, 2015.