Congrats to our Bike MINDED Satefy Program Coordinators, who have become
newly Certified "League of American Bicyclist" Instructors!
L-R Top: Kathy Rosen, Chris Merriam, Maria De Rijk, Katie Gore, Chris Tsien, Hamzat Sani,
L-R Bottom: Joe Piette, Marla Streb, Carl Peterson
The goal of the Bike-MINDED Safety Program is to provide youth safety awareness workshops and adult commuter workshops to increase safety in Maryland. See a informative powerpoint presentation on the program, here!
Host a Rodeo or Workshop! Contact Katie Gore, Marla Streb, or Carl Peterson, the Bike-MINDED Saftey Program Coordinators, to start scheduling. All you need to do is provide at least 15 participants and a location and we do the rest!
The following is our calendar of Bike-MINDED Safety events. Ambassadors, these are volunteer opportunities where you can help! Please contact Katie, Carl or Marla if you are able to volunteer at an upcoming event. We need you!
We thank these Program Partners* for working with us to promote bicycle safety
*partners with repeat events are shown in BOLD
Anne Arundel County
We are now recruiting and training volunteers to become Bike-MINDED Program Ambassadors to assist with the kids and adult commuter workshops. Bike Ambassadors are educators and enthusiasts who are working to bring better and safer bicycling to Baltimore City and the surrounding Counties. Carefully selected for an interest in bicycling, an enthusiastic personality, and effective communication skills, bicycle ambassadors reach out to a diversity of people to increase the number of bicyclists, discuss bicycle commuting and maintenance, and to increase bicycle safety.
The Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program is collaboration between the Maryland State Highway Administration and Bike Maryland. This partnership is designed to promote SAFE cycling for fun, fitness and transportation!
Welcome 2013 Ambassadors!
Ambassadors sometimes attend community events to pass out important information, conduct bike commuting classes, promote basic maintenance classes (you will not teach maintenance unless you want to do so), engage people on the topic of bikes and sometimes take a ride where there are bicyclists out and about. Most importantly ambassadors work to improve bike safety in areas that are a high risk for crashes and fatalities.
Bike Maryland strives to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation system and Bike Ambassadors are a key component in bringing the benefits of bicycling—reducing congestion, improving personal and environmental health, saving money, making streets safer—to a broader audience.
Congratulations Ryan! Here is an interview with Ryan:
1) how long have you been a cyclist?
I've been riding bikes since I was a kid. We used to ride around the
neighborhood, to friends' houses, to the pool, and places like that.
I started mountain biking a fair amount in Colorado in late high
school, around 2000, and did that on and off through college. My bike
was my primary means of transportation in college. I bought my first
road bike only about 3 years ago, and have been riding almost entirely
on the roads since.
2) what is your longest ride?
I guess I haven't been on any super long rides. I rode partially over
Black Bear pass from Telluride, Colorado toward Ouray with some
friends. We finally had to turn around due to snow, and rode back to
Telluride and then to Ouray on the roads. I think it was about 65
miles total. One of my favorite weekend rides from my house around
western-Howard and Montgomery county is about 60 miles.
3) What is the best experience you have had encouraging someone else to ride?
I was downhill biking in Colorado with some friends. We ran into an
unprepared father and son who had a flat. They seemed somewhat
dismayed by the circumstances. We helped them fix it, gave them a
spare tube in case they needed another, and encouraged them to keep
enjoying the day and bring a little more next time. It's always fun
to meet people on the trail, and we enjoyed talking to them. I don't
like to see people discouraged when they're trying to do something
cool, and I hope we helped dodge that a bit.
4) how long have you lived in Baltimore?
I've been in the Baltimore area since August 2005.
5) what's the best thing you've done on your bike?
The best thing in my opinion is just going for rides with friends, in
the mountains or on the roads. I don't really do anything crazy. I
just like to ride!
Past Highlighted Ambassadors:
Maria De Rijk