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November 18, 2011

Annapolis bicycle plan

You bicycle? In Annapolis?

A proposed master plan lays out the creation of 30-plus miles of linked, marked trails and routes for getting around the city on two wheels.

The City Council will soon be asked to adopt the document for planning purposes.
The idea is promote bicycling for transportation and fun. Click here for our article.

Posted by Andrea Siegel at 10:15 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bicycling, Safety, Traffic


More bike routes around Annapolis is not a bad idea. I ride a bike myself and use the old B & A railway often. So I'm not going to lambast Cohen on this.
However, this is a Nice To Have. It isn't essential. Annapolis experiences chronic budget shortfalls, the state has a structual deficit and the Feds are, well, beyond broke.
If we don't recognize that now is not a time for Nice to Haves then we never will. It is irresponsibe for politicians to whet the appetities of the citizens for "more, more, more." Let's be realistic..

Having alternative ways of getting around is more important than ever for people and businesses. Bike infrastructure makes it easier for people to visit places like oldtown Annapolis, provides business with more lingering foot-traffic and, contrary to intuition, makes it easier for cars to park and navigate. These are the amenities that visitors and residents are demanding today. City-centers that can accommodate this will fare better as the economy gets rougher.

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Andrea Siegel, a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, covers mostly crime and courts in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, as well as legal issues. She wishes she was more physically fit, and, as she's more fond of chocolate than exercise, fitness is a challenge. Her partner on a one-mile-plus daily walk is the family dog, a mixed breed named Moxie, and she exercises at the gym where the D.C. snipers once worked out.
Jerry Jackson has been a photo editor at The Baltimore Sun for 14 years and an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. Inspired by the movie "Breaking Away," he started racing as a teenager in Mississippi when leather "brain baskets" were still the norm. He regularly commutes to work by bike and still enters several mountain bike races a year for fun.
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Patrick Maynard, who will be writing about running and walking, has been a producer for since 2008. In 2009, he tweeted on-course for the Sun from the Baltimore Marathon, finishing in just under 4 hours and almost managing to run the whole time. He sometimes walks to the Sun offices on Calvert Street.
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Leeann Adams, a multimedia editor at The Baltimore Sun, also dabbles in content for the mobile website and iPhone app and covers the Ravens via video. She did a triathlon to celebrate her 40th birthday and continues to swim, bike and run -- none of them quickly, though. Her biggest fitness challenge is to balance working, working out, spending time with her husband and being a mom to a 6-year-old boy.
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Anica Butler, the Sun's crime editor, is a former high school runner and recovering vegetarian who spent more of her early-adult years on a bar stool than working out. She is currently training (though poorly) for a half marathon and is trying to live a generally healthier lifestyle. She also hates the gym.
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