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!
--- EXCERPT FROM HEATHER TOWERS --
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.
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)
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,
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,
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,
Last spring, our colleagues at ESIMBA worked hard with City officials to establish an agreement to allow volunteers to build and maintain mountain bike trails in the Salisbury City Park.
Now that fall is here, it's time to start building those trails!
Join Jeff Dean, Tres Denk, and our ESIMBA brethren this Saturday October 12 at the open meadow on North Park Drive (type 629 N Park Dr into Google maps). They will be there from 10:00 to 3:00 PM. Come for an hour or two, learn about trail building, then lend a hand!
If you can't make it on Saturday, swing by on Sunday October 13 from 10:00 to 3:00.
Remember: many hands make light work!
See you on the road!
Phase 2 Bike Lane Expansion for Salisbury
On Friday, the Maryland Bikeways program and the City of Salisbury announced that the second phase of the bike lane network for Salisbury has received funding from Maryland Department of Transportation. Bike-SBY, the local citizen-lead advocacy group, is pleased to partner with the city on this project. The recently opened Orange Route will now be expanded with a renovated Red Route (Riverside Drive), Yellow Route (South Boulevard), and Blue Route (Vine Street).
These improvements, along with on-going work by Bike-SBY to educate and encourage cyclists, will help strengthen our community and make our city become a more Bicycle Friendly Community. A special thanks goes out to Mayor Ireton, Council President Day, as well as Mike Mould, Amanda Pollack and the hard-working staff of the Public Works Department who made this achievement possible.
See you in the road!
More and more business owners are recognizing a simple fact: Bikes Mean Business!
Simple actions like adding bike racks and giving cyclists incentives for riding make their business an attractive destination for cyclists. The City of Salisbury recently installed the first custom bike rack on the Downtown Plaza, emblazoned with the new " 'bury " logo.
Interested in purchasing a custom " 'bury " bike rack for your business? Know a business owner that would like to have more customers? Read more here => http://bit.ly/15NlYfZ
See you on the road!
Unless you've been on the Rip Van Winkle sleep regimen, you've probably heard at least something about the Orange Route. You remember, the bike lane route that connects SU to the Downtown Plaza?
Well, after much work by many people, words of encouragement by Mayor Ireton, Council President Day, SU President Dudley-Eshbach and yours truly, the ribbon was cut by the Mayor today, officially opening the Orange Route! Before the ribbon even hit the ground, 20 cyclists departed as a group, and were the first users of this vital path.
Over a year and a half in the making, it is great this day finally come!
Please express your thanks to our leaders who helped make this possible. Email Mayor Jim Ireton (email@example.com), Council President Jake Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) and SU President Janet Dudley-Eshbach (email@example.com) with a simple message: Thank you for your leadership and taking the first step to make Salisbury a Bicycle Friendly Community!
See you on the road!
On April 23, 2012, 593 local citizens signed a petition on Earth Day requesting that the Mayor and City Council of Salisbury build a network of bike lanes for our community. These people signed the petition because they were interested in cycling but concerned about having safe places to ride.
The opening of the Orange Route on September 5, 2013 marks a significant milestone for our community because this call by local citizens to make our community a better place to live was heard. Their message is clear: Salisbury wants to become a more Bicycle Friendly Community.
The 2-mile route represents a vital connector that will link our community's key institutions, namely Salisbury University and Peninsula Regional Medical Center, to the historic Downtown. The route will provide a core for expansion and connectivity and allow for a future integrated network of bike lanes and routes.
Planning for Phase 2 (Yellow Route) of this bike lane network has already started. Funding for construction of Phase 2, as well as funds to upgrade the existing Riverside Drive bike lane (Red) have been requested from Maryland Department of Transportation. An expanded network of over 17 miles of bike lanes has been envisioned.
Phase 1 Bike Lane Route (Orange)
Phase 2 Bike Lane Route (Yellow)
Existing Bike Lanes (Red)
(Click here to see the phasing map on-line)
The adage that many hands make light lifting is an appropriate one. The local cycling advocacy group, Bike-SBY, provided leadership and oversight to take this project from concept through completion. Elected leaders in Salisbury, including the Mayor and City Council, made sure that all voices were heard, and passed the necessary regulations to allow for these improvements. Salisbury Public Works staff engineers provided the detailed designs for the improvements, and the roads crews installed improved bike-friendly storm drain grates, sharrow symbols, and signs to create a first-class installation. Funding support for the project was provided by Maryland's Bikeways grant program, as well as direct donations from Salisbury University, Sea Gull Century Foundation, and private citizen donations.
Recent data has shown that over 40% of all trips taken in the US are less than 2 miles in length. The portion of trips currently taken by bike is less than 1% for our community. Providing more cycling improvements like the Orange Route will improve the health of our citizens, the condition of our environment, and reduce costs for citizens and government alike. Congratulations to the citizens of Salisbury for taking their first serious step toward becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community!