[photo, Bicycle riders, Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, Maryland] Bicycle riding in Maryland was publicized in 1989 when the first Cycle Across Maryland was ridden. The event was held annually through June 2008. In 2005 began the Tour du Port, raced in Baltimore, which was last held in September 2015.

Bicycle riders, Carroll Creek Park, Frederick, Maryland, August 2018. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

[photo, A young bicycle rider, Glen Burnie, Maryland] On June 18, 2011, Cycle Maryland had its kick-off event at Cross Island Trail, a linear park that spans Kent Island in Queen Anne's County. Cycle Maryland's website lists events and resources for cyclists statewide.

In 2015, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Maryland tenth in the Nationís Top 10 Bicycle Friendly States and third among Mid-Atlantic and North East States.

Interest in cycling is maintained by local groups, such as the Baltimore Bicycling Club. The Department of Natural Resources promotes the Maryland Trails Program. Also, some local governments have developed master plans to incorporate bicyles as a regular mode of travel within their jurisdictions.

A young bicycle rider, Glen Burnie, Maryland, May 2011. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

[photo, Bicycle riders, including bicycle built for four, Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland] The State Highway Administration publishes the Maryland Bicycle Map as well as information on bike trails.

Maryland's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee advises State government agencies on bicycle-related and pedestrian matters.

Bicycle riders, including bicycle built for four, Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland, September 2008. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

More leisurely and sometimes festive cycling takes place on the last Friday evening of the month through the Baltimore Bike Party.

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