The goal of peopleforbikes.org is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice—to let policy makers, the media and the public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted. Whether you’re a bike commuter, a roadie, a mountain biker or just a casual rider, by uniting your voice with a million others, we can build a national movement to improve bicycling in our country. We can make a statement through our sheer numbers by raising public awareness and demonstrating our passion to our leaders in Congress and in cities and states throughout the country.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 160 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. IMBA’s members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.
The Baltimore City Paper’s interactive bike map. Ride your bike to work? For work? Just to get around the city? Tell us about it. Or map shows the city’s completed bike paths, bike lanes, those arrow things they paint on the road (they have a name, incidentally: “sharrows.” Yeah, we didn’t know that either) and other officially designated bike routes. If you know of a good place to stop, a good place to avoid, or just a good place to ride, log in* and leave your mark on the map.
Efforts to close Loch Raven’s trails stalled in the mid nineties when overwhelming public support swayed the DPW to keep the trails open. In 1998 the Mountain Bike Plan was conceived by a diverse group of people with a vested interest in keeping recreation alive within the reservoir. However, DPW never followed through with their part of the plan and eleven years later they have started with enforcement of the now archaic laws. Had they actually followed their own lead, we would have a healthy trail system and there would be no debate today. For the last eleven years the mountain bike community, as well as other user groups, has maintained the trails at Loch Raven and educated the public as to what are the do’s and don’ts of the trail. MORE a trail building and advocacy group has worked with the past administration to build re-routes of heavily eroded trails and they have also worked on nearly forty other parks to create multi-use trails. Land managers are happy to have volunteers to help manage the parks. This is what we intend to do at Loch Raven Reservoir.