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It's official: Salisbury Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee is a go!

The citizens of Salisbury, and our advocacy group Bike-SBY, have been working hard to make Salisbury more bike friendly.  The group has several accomplishments, including adding bike lanes to city streets, installing bike racks at local businesses, arranging bike commuter training, and holding ride and bike swap events.  One of the group’s long term goals is for Salisbury to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, and it is working to apply for this designation in 2015.  Local elected leaders recognized that, in order for the city to become bicycle friendly, the city needed to create a Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.  Once formed, the Committee would be responsible to advise elected leaders on the needs of cyclists and report out on the effectiveness of programs and improvements.

At its May 27, 2014 meeting, the Salisbury City Council voted in favorable of creating this committee.  Mayor Jim Ireton will now be accepting applications for local citizens who wish to serve a three-year term.  All interested Salisbury residents are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the Mayor Ireton at jireton@ci.salisbury.md.us.
See you on the road!
Matt
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Amy Wilburn

Matt,  I would like to contact you about an issue we are experiencing in Sussex County in Delaware that might interest you and your fellow cyclists in the Salisbury area. Rumble strips have been placed in the shoulders on Route 24 and right in the bike lane on Route 9.  We are attempting to get this problem fixed and ensure that it does not happen again.  We would like area cyclists to let DelDOT know that the problem needs to be remediated right away.  If you would like to help with this, I can provide more information.  I'm the chair of the state bicycle council.

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Spring cycling fun for all!

Trees are starting to bud and shoots are pushing out of the earth.  Dare I say it; I think spring is here!

We have two great cycling events starting soon that are for ALL CYCLISTS! 

3rd Friday

Bring your bike (and helmet!) to Salisbury's 3rd Friday, March 21th at 6:00 PM.  Meet us at the Bike-SBY table on the downtown Plaza at 6:00 to ride local bike lanes.  This is a great opportunity to ride with a group of cyclists and learn how easy it is to bike around Salisbury.

The ride will be around 4 miles in length and suitable for adults and children 12 and older.  The ride will be kept at an easy pace.  No one is left behind! RSVP for the 3F ride here!

Pedal Thru the Park

Starting March 25th at 6:00 PM, join us on s spandex-free, 6-mile group ride thru the park.  Developed and lead by Joshua Hale, this is a perfect ride to for those who are interested about cycling, but concerned about how to ride safely on a road.  Learn more about Pedal Thru the Park by clicking here!  

Pedal Thru the Park is a weekly ride, held every Tuesday (starting at Main Roots Coffee) throughout the spring summer and fall.  Put it on your calendar and join us!

See you on the road,

Matt

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City Park Trails: 1 year later...

It's hard too believe.  

One year ago, I was meeting on a near-constant basis with Tres Denk, Mike Perry, and Jeff Dean of Eastern Shore IMBA (our local mountain bike organization).  We were working closely with our City leaders to craft a plan to allow volunteers to construct and maintain a network of single-track trails in the City park.  

My ESIMBA friends had already been at these negoitations for 12 months prior, and things were looking pretty hopeless.  For a group of committed guys who are a lot more excited about being outside, working with their hands, and riding bikes, sitting in countless meetings with various agencies was mind-numbing.  They had tremendous success building trails for other Eastern Shore communities.  Maybe the juice wasn't worth the squeezin' in Salisbury.

Fast forward to today.

I just returned from another great ride on the very trails that our friends created.  Believe it or not, ESIMBA has strung together a neat, 2.7 mile group of nested loops, interconnect on the north and south sides of the spillway, downstream of Shumaker pond.  The trails are open and ready for bikes as well as hiking.

What made the difference over the last year?  A change in leadership with our City government that relieved a back-log of "pending decisions".  A sense of stick-to-it-ness that drove ESIMBA to finish what they started.  A commitment by private citizens to invest their own time, treasure, and talent to make Salisbury a better community.

A year later, I am awash with appreciation for our elected leaders and committed citizens like Tres, Mike, and Jeff.  Thanks for your hard work, and thanks for letting me ride these great trails!

See you on the road,

Matt

 

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Maryland's 3-feet passing law: a two-way street

Yesterday's bike commute to work in Salisbury was set-up to be lovely: warmer-than-normal temperatures, no rain, clear sky, and no wind.  At the halfway point of my 4-mile trip, my bliss was interrupted as I was buzzed by a late model pick-up.  Before you ask: yes, I was in the bike lane, yes, I was wearing hi-vis clothing, and yes, I had front & rear lights on.

I catch him at the next traffic light and we shared our thoughts on the universe in general and each other in particular, using outside voices of course.  I pointed out that Maryland has a law that requires 3-feet of clear space when vehicles pass bikes.  He pointed out that I should have been somewhere else.  Both of us left the intersection feeling frustrated.

While his actions (in this instance) were still wrong, I realized today that the 3-feet passing law works BOTH WAYS!  Not only is it a vehicle's responsibility to provide 3-feet of clearance when passing bikes, but it is cyclists responsibility to keep 3-feet of clearance when passing vehicles!

What do I mean by this?  How many times have you biked past a queue of cars stopped at a red light, with only inches to spare?  How many times have you breezed passed parked cars on the side of a road, only to startle a pedestrian trying to cross the street between cars?

An old friend shared with me that "in order to get respect, you need to give respect".  Maryland's 3-feet law was designed to protect cyclists, but it provides an excellent example for cyclists to follow and reciprocate in order to improve relations with vehicles.

See you on the road,

Matt

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2013: The Year in review

We've made a lot of headway toward becoming a Bicycle Freindly Community!  Check out this infographic! 

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Join Bike-SBY & ESIMBA for Xmas parades in Berlin & Salisbury!

We are planning to have a group of cyclists in costumes and decorated bike join the Christmas Parade in Berlin (Thursday Dec 5 at 6 pm) and Salisbury (Sunday Dec 8 at 1 pm).  Add some lights to your bike and come out and meet your fellow bike enthusiasts!  Heather Towers (Bike-SBY) and Tres Denk (ESIMBA) are organizing both events.

Read more below for details.

See you on the road!

Matt

 

--- EXCERPT FROM HEATHER TOWERS --

 

All,

Here are the deets on the xmas parades.  I hop that you can make it to one of these fun events.
Tres [Denk] is heading up the Berlin Parade on Thursday night- so ask him if you have questions.
Heather [Towers] is heading up the Bury parade on Sunday-so let me know if you have questions.
Both parades have rain dates-I'll send that later if it comes to that.
http://salisburyjc.com/chapter-projects/christmas-parade  this is the link to the Salisbury parade FAQ, including line up times and locations, which is 1 pm in the old mall parking lot off of civic ave. 
The Berlin Parade group is meeting at John Colley's house, 106 Jefferson Street Berlin 21811, 6 pm to get decorated, then we will ride to set up location. We must be ready by 6:45 pm.
Lights and xmas decorations encouraged.  Lights are more important for the nighttime parade in Berlin.
Bikes around the world is our theme and Dr. Joe has done an AMAZING job making our head bike globe display for this project.  Serious kudo's go to him.

The rest of us are wearing holiday or international themed clothes/accessories.

Each parade leader has some international flags that we can tie onto our bike handlebars-up to a dozen in each parade.
HAVE FUN! (share this with anyone else who needs details)
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New wayfaring signs for the Orange Route

The Orange Route (connecting SU to the Downtown Plaza) opened this fall and is being used by many local cyclists.  To help make it even easier to use, I created a set of wayfaring signs to help cyclists discover the route's path.

The signs are located at the north and south ends of the Orange Route.  Each sign contains a QR code, linking to an on-line map of the Orange Route along with turn-by-turn directions.

The northern sign is near the intersection of Main St and Division Street, and can be seen by cyclists and pedestrians travelling south.  The sign is blue and states "IT'S A 7 MINUTE BIKE RIDE TO SALISBURY UNIVERSITY".

The southern sign is near the intersection of College Avenue and Camden Avenue, and can be seen by cyclists and pedestrians travelling north. The sign is purple and states "IT'S A 7 MINUTE BIKE RIDE TO SALISBURY'S DOWNTOWN PLAZA".

The signs are made of corrugated plastic and are mounted to existing bike route sign posts. They will be in place for a 12-month evaluation period.  If this type of sign proves effective, we will work to develop a permanent set of wayfaring signs throughout the City.

See you on the road,

Matt

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Phase 2 Bike Lane Project - Progress Update

At the November City Traffic & Safety Committee meeting, Deputy Public Works Director Amanda Pollack provided an update on the status of the Phase 2 bike lane project.  This project will:

  • Install new bike lanes on South Boulevard (from Riverside Drive to Camden Avenue)
  • Upgrade the existing bike lanes on Riverside Drive (from College Avenue to Mill Street)
  • Purchase and install 5 new " 'bury" bike racks downtown

Mrs. Pollack shared that her staff is on-schedule and submitted design plans for approval by Maryland's Department of Transportation.  She anticipates completing plan and funding approval in April 2014.  Once funding is in place, the City will bid the construction work in May 2014, with anticipated completion in July 2014.

It is wonderful to see how our City is systematically creating bike improvements, and how our Public Works staff (lead by Mrs. Pollack) are working to make Salisbury a Bicycle Friendly Community!

See you on the road,

Matt

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Great news: local business support for cycling is growing!

I love meeting with local merchants who are in touch with our community and cycling.  They get it: make accommodations for bikes, be welcoming to cyclists, and your business will grow.

Today, we welcome Maya Bella Pizzeria into our Bicycle Friendly Merchant family.  Ride your bike to their shop and get a whopping 20% off your bill!  Not to be outdone, their neighbor, Main Roots Coffee, has increased their discount from 15% to 20% off you bill when you ride your bike!  Main Root's principal Nathan Johnston has seen an increase in traffic in his store, and he attests the improvement to being bike-friendly.

Next time you are out on a ride, stop by these businesses and thank them for helping to make Salisbury a more Bicycle Friendly Community.

See you on the road,

Matt

 

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