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Silent Ride for Jake Schertz

On June 30, 2016, Jake Schertz lost his life as a result of a crash. Jake was riding his bike on Mt Hermon Road when he was struck by a car.
On July 10 at 9 am, we will have a Silent Ride in Jake's memory.
Participants will bike 2 miles from the Wicomico Demonstration Forest's service yard on Sixty Foot Road to the site of the crash. A white bike (known as a ghost bike) will be placed near the scene, reminding those who pass by of Jake's life & untimely passing.
Car parking at the service yard (6151 Sixty Foot Road) is available. After you enter the yard, please park in the grass area behind the truck storage building. Avoid parking on the mounded septic system, and please do not block any of the overhead doors for the emergency response vehicles located in the truck building. Please also be quiet as forest employees and their families live in the nearby houses.
Plan to arrive by 8:45 am. We will leave as a group at 9:00 am, riding at a slow pace.

RSVP by clicking here

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Salisbury Slow Roll begins May 11

Salisbury Slow Roll with Mayor Jake Day

Join Mayor Jake Day on a comfortable bike ride through Salisbury!
This is a FREE, slow pace, family ride for ages 12 and above. The ride will be led by a League Certified Instructor and take place on open streets. We will keep our group together as we ride with traffic and explore Salisbury by bike.

Each month, we will explore a different part of downtown Salisbury. Join veteran bike commuters and learn how to ride comfortably in our community. You may even discover a new hidden route to get to your favorite destination!

Plan to have a helmet and a ride-ready bike at the start. Your bike should have air in its tires, brakes in working order, and chain lubed PRIOR to arriving.

The ride starts from the front lawn of the Government Office Building, located at 125 N Division St in Salisbury. Plan to arrive at 5:15. The pre-ride briefing starts at 5:25, and the ride departs at 5:30. The ride will take about 30-45 minutes to complete, and we will return to the Government Office Building. 

Event dates:
May 11, 2016
June 8, 2016
July 13, 2016
August 10, 2016
September 14, 2016

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Ride for the Feast Volunteers, May 14th!

Hello everyone! My name is Angie Elliott and I work with the Baltimore non-profit, Moveable Feast. You may have heard of our annual fundraising event, Ride for the Feast, as we ride through Salisbury every May. The event itself is our biggest annual fundraiser. We have close to 250 riders this year – each having pledged to raise $1,500 as a (required) minimum for Moveable Feast, and then riding 140 miles from Ocean City to Baltimore. $1,500 because that’s approximately how much it costs to feed one person through the program for a year for free, 140 because that’s the farthest distance we deliver to a client. It’s had quite a significant impact on our organization, and on our city.

If you have not heard of us, our mission is Food is Medicine. We provide meals that we cook in house to meet the dietary needs of clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses. We work to help improve and maintain symptoms, and provide as much support as possible through nutrition counseling and medical transportation.

I am looking for a group to run our Salisbury pit stop at the St. Francis de Sales Parish, at 535 Riverside Drive from 8:30 - Noon. Each pit stop is encouraged to come up with a theme, play music, wear costumes, anything to make it super fun for everyone involved. The duties are checking in riders (very important) – each rider has a number, handing out snacks and drinks and replenishing those items, directing people to bathrooms, having additional rider supplies on hand like chafing creams or sunscreens, bandaids etc (we provide all of these items) If anybody has bike tools and experience using them, that is a huge plus! The event is A LOT of fun, and as a previous rider, I can tell you from experience how much those pit stops and the people running them help the riders! The *most* important part is cheering our riders on! It really does help riders on those 20 miles stretches. 

I need between 5 - 10 people to run this. If anyone would like to get a group together, or know anyone I can reach out to, please contact me at aelliott@mfeast.org. Thank you SO much!!

 

-Angie

 

 

 

 

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Spring Bike Swap & Fun Ride return to Salisbury

Monday's beautiful weather made my daily decision easy: of course I'm riding my bike to work today!

As temperatures get warmer and daylight increases, we are all thinking about how we can spend more time outside. What better way to feed this need and get around town by riding a bike!

Saturday, April 2, we are holding our Spring Bike Swap. In the market for a new bike?  Have a bike or parts to sell? Browsing?  Come by!

The Swap starts at 9 am and ends at 11 am. Come early to Evo's parking lot for the best deals!

We are expecting that at least 50 bikes will be on display for you to test drive and buy. 

After the swap, stick around for a slow, group ride through open roads of downtown Salisbury.  The 6-mile ride begins at 11:45.  Helmets are highly encouraged!  

20 per adult rider - First 100 to register get EVO swag bag & pint glass!

$10 per junior rider (12&under) - Includes choice of any kids meal & drink!

Awards for COOLEST, OLDEST &  BEST DECORATED BIKES!!!

FOOD TRUCK SPECIALS  -  LIVE MUSIC  -  COLD BEER

Click here to sign up for the ride. 

http://evolutioncraftbrewingcom.ticketleap.com/evolution-revolution-bike-ride/

See you on the road,

Matt



http://www.bike-sby.org/

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Salisbury's Bike Masterplan begins!

Gaps, opportunities and constraints.

Community support, safety and comfort, multi-modal connectivity.

Cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes, multi-user paths, sharrows.

 

What do all of these concepts have in common?  These ideas (and many more) will be considered as Salisbury develops it's first Bike Masterplan. 

Over 20 people, including Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and City Council President Jack Health, gathered last night to listen and discuss with consultants from ARRO Consultants and Alta Planning.  The City of Salisbury has engaged these firms to help us develop our first Bike Masterplan. This plan, once completed, will provide a road map for the next 5 years on what new bike routes are needed to help make our city more bike friendly. 

Armed with markers and road maps of Salisbury, the attendees broke into small groups and sketched ideas for new bike lanes, multi-user paths, and areas where biking is exceptionally dangerous.  The groups then reported out and priorities were discussed and ranked.  It was an energetic atmosphere filled with local cyclists who want to improve our community.

Now that our community has spoken, our consultants will take this feedback and begin to develop the framework for our plan.  Once this framework is developed, the consultants will return for another public meeting to update us on the plan's development and seek further feedback & input  

This is an exciting time for biking in Salisbury!

See you on the road,

Matt

 

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Like beer? Our latest Bicycle Friendly Merchants have something special for you!

For those that don't know, I have dabbled in home brewing now and then since the early 90's.  That was about the same time that I rode the Sea Gull Century for the first time, and that was when I became hooked on both hobbies.  My love for good beer has always competed (and complemented) with my love for riding a bike, and many of my friends share in my love for bikes & brews.

With this backdrop, I am excited to share that two great local businesses have joined our Bicycle Friendly Merchant family.

Rubber Soul Brewery (and its cycling-fanatic founder Jesse Prall) will extend a $1.00 discount for the first beer purchased when you ride a bike to his fine establishment.  

Not to be outdone, The Brick Room will extend a 20% discount to all customers who ride a bike to their downtown location.

Both of these local businesses recognize the importance of supporting cycling, and we are excited to have them join the long-list of Bicycle Friendly Merchants in Salisbury.

See you on the road!

Matt

 

 

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Wicomico County Executive says NO to rail-to-trail project

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, over 20 interested citizens came out to express both their support and concerns over a proposed feasibility study to convert an existing, abandoned railway into a multi-use trail. The proposed 9.8 mile trail would connect Salisbury, Hebron, and Mardela Springs, and would provide a protected, off-street path for cyclists, runners, and walkers. 

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver proposed this feasibility study (among other projects) in his preliminary transportation priorities letter to MDOT, which requests support from the state for local projects. This same project had been also listed in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 priority letters penned by then-Executive Rick Pollitt.

Tuesday's public hearing was meant to give local citizens an opportunity to give feedback to Wicomico County Council on this project, so that the Council could decide on whether to endorse the project.

Unfortunately, this opportunity was taken away, by a last-minute decision by Executive Culver to remove this project from the letter.  In Tuesday's meeting, Executive Culver addressed those gathered, saying that, as long as he was County Executive, he would not support this project.

Mr. Culver's reversal is unfortunate and surprising.

Salisbury has recogized that making a community bike friendly improves the quality of life for its citizens.  This summer, Salisbury was awarded with the League of American Bicyclist's prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community award.  Eastern Shore communties, such as Cambridge, Delmar, and Fruitland, have expressed interest in following Salisbury's example. My hope is that Mr. Culver's lack of support for this rail-to-trail project does not indicate an overall desire to block all bike improvement projects for the citizens of Wicomico County. 

See you on the road,

Matt

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City Council approves bike lanes for Fitzwater Street!

At its July 13, 2015 legislative meeting, the Salisbury City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance allowing bike lanes on Fitzwater Street.  This ordinance permits city engineers to now begin work to design improvements to make it easier to bike from Nanticoke Road to Downtown Salisbury on Parsons Road, Fitzwater Street, and West Main Street.  This proposed bike route will connect west-side residents to the bike improvements that will be constructed as part of Salisbury's Main Street Masterplan.  Construction of the first phase of the Main Street project will begin this October.

in addition, the City has applied for a $40,000 grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program to pay for the cost of survey and engineering services for the Fitzwater route. The City hopes to recieve approval for this grant request by September.

See you on the road!

Matt

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Salisbury wins Bronze! We are now officially a Bicycle Friendly Community!

It is official!!

Salisbury, Maryland has been named the first Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) on Maryland's Eastern Shore!  We are  the 6th BFC in Maryland, joining fellow Bronze BFC recipients Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Rockville and Bethesda.  This award is a important milestone for our city on our journey to making our community easier to access by bike.  

Millennials and empty nesters alike frequently cite the ability to live and work in a bikeable community as a key criteria in selecting where they want to live.  This certification (and the national recognition that goes with it) will allow our community to attract and retain newcomers and make our community stronger.

Join us Thursday June 11 at 5:30 pm to celebrate this award.  Click here to learn more & RSVP for the award presentation.

Click here to download a copy of the League's BFC report card for Salisbury.

See you on the road!

Matt

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2015 Special Award Presentation

Bring your bike to the Government Office Building steps in Downtown Salisbury on Thursday June 11 at 5:30 pm.  

Nate Evans, Executive Director for Bike Maryland, will be in Salisbury to present a special award to our city leaders for their work in making Salisbury more bikeable.  I want to see as many local cyclists there as possible, so we can all show Nate how strong our local cycling community is!

Directly after the award presentation, we will be riding as a group (with Mayor Ireton and Council President Day) through the City Park, then returning downtown to Headquarters Live for refreshments and more bike fellowship.

Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough refreshments for all!

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