The second annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Community Health Fair will be held this Sunday October 18. The event hosted by Anne Arundel County Police, Recreation & Parks and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”) offers a great experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities with 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile route options as well as a free Children’s Bike Rodeo and Family Fun Ride and Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. The 15 and 30 mile routes are entirely on trails using the B&A and BWI Loop Trails. The 100 and 65 mile routes wind throughout scenic Anne Arundel County including views of downtown Annapolis, the Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, southern Anne Arundel County, BWI/Marshall airport and more. All proceeds will be donated to county nonprofit organizations including the Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”). In last year’s inaugural event approximately 500 cyclists participated and $18,000 was raised for non-profits. This year’s ride is expected to have even more participants. Details about the event can be found at www.lifeline100.com .
Motorists are advised to be aware of greater numbers of cyclists on the roads especially in the morning through Annapolis and Bay Ridge, in South County (Edgewater, Galesville, Harwood) mid/late morning then proceeding through Davidsonville, Crownsville, Crofton and Gambrills as they make their way towards BWI Airport where they continue riding on trails. There will be no road closures but certain crossings may have county police supervision. Under Maryland law, drivers are required to give cyclists at least three feet of space while passing when safe to do so. Drivers are reminded that texting and hand held phones are illegal and dangerous, especially to cyclists. A car drifting only slightly to the right is enough to hurt or kill a cyclist legally riding on the road. Drivers should be especially cautious at crossings. Participating and other cyclists are reminded that they are required to obey all traffic laws including stop signs and red lights and they should ride in a predictable manner and giving hand signals prior to turning or changing lanes. A good summary of laws and safety tips for drivers and cyclists can be found at the Maryland SHA website: http://www.sha.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=357
The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride will also welcome the community to the “Make Health Happen Community Health Fair” at Kinder Farm Park with 18 exhibitors from the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, including local hospitals and public agencies. The fair will offer information about countywide healthy events, activities, and programs- as well as fun activities for kids, families and more. The inaugural 2014 Lifeline 100 Century Ride and Make Health Happen Health Fair received the Innovative Program Award from the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.
Online registration for the Lifeline100 ride is open at www.lifeline100.com/register through Friday, October 16. Early packet pickup and walk-in registration is available at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday, October 17 11AM – 3PM and starting at 6:15AM on event day, October 18. The Children’s Bike Rodeo is 12:30 – 3:30PM for ages 4 – 10 and is free but parents are encouraged to reserve a time slot at www.lifeline100.com/rodeo .