Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (“BikeAAA”) launched as an all-volunteer 501c3 in 2013. We advocated for a County Bicycle Advisory Commission which launched in 2016 and then for a county Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Planner. The Bike Commission began to develop a concept for a fully connected network of bike routes, both on-road and paved trails. BikeAAA picked up on this concept and put more focus on a trail network which would knit together the existing and planned trails in the county while identifying the critical gaps.
We learned a great deal from the Capital Trails Coalition Network in the greater DC area and the Baltimore Greenway to our north as well as other trail advocates such as the East Coast Greenway and Rails to Trails. We realized that a website was the best way to bring it all together and promote it to the public. BikeAAA had prior success working with Anne Arundel County Public School’s STEM program on other bike-oriented projects so we reached out to AACPS and developed a STEM Internship project to build this website. It was our good fortunate to work with 11th graders Ryan Lomax and Mike Shutt who developed this website from scratch. BikeAAA’s Alex Pline and Jon Korin worked with Ryan and Mike over the summer and into fall of 2020 to complete the website you now see. We are also grateful to Daniel Paschall of East Coast Greenway who built the static map for us and also to the citizen and county, city and state government members of the county Bike Commission. We will continue to rely on our many partners and volunteers to advance our vision and bring it to reality.