Bicycle City Maryland

Table of Contents
Introduction
Potential Sites for Bicycle City, MD
Maryland Business Organizations & Resources
Major Corporations Based in Maryland
Maryland Education Organizations & Resources
A Higher Education Sampling of Maryland Institutions
Maryland State Government
Maryland Environmental Organizations and Groups
Maryland Alternative Energy Companies and Organizations
Maryland Animal and Wildlife Groups
Maryland International Groups
Conclusion
Introduction

Home to the D.C. suburbs and metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland would make an ideal location for Bicycle City. Within 200 miles, Maryland encompasses beach, mountains, and pastoral countryside. Its pleasant autumn and spring weather and warm summers make outdoor recreation practical almost year-round, and a strong economy and an abundance of cultural opportunities means going car-less in Maryland would require fewer sacrifices than going car-less in other states. When you consider the state’s progressive reputation, beautiful countryside, and proximity to other East CoastPopulation centers, Maryland looks like a prime candidate for a town of non-motorized transportation.

Potential Sites for Bicycle City, MD
Western Maryland - West of Green Ridge State Forest
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Cumberland – 21,518; Hancock – 1,725
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 33, Feb: 37, Mar: 47, April: 58, May: 68, June: 76, July: 80, Aug: 78, Sep: 71, Oct: 60, Nov: 48, Dec: 38
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 40”
  • Water: Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, Ohio Canal
  • Zip Codes: 21501, 21502, 21503, 21750

     

    In Allegany County, there is a lot of mountainous territory that lies between the city of Cumberland and Green Ridge State Forest. To the south of this area is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Although somewhat isolated, the area is beautiful and within short reach of Interstate 68 to the north and Cumberland to the west.

Between Cumberland and Frostburg
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Cumberland – 21,518; Frostburg – 7,873
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 33, Feb: 37, Mar: 47, April: 58, May: 68, June: 76, July: 80, Aug: 78, Sep: 71, Oct: 60, Nov: 48, Dec: 38
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 40”
  • Water: Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and Ohio Canal
  • Zip Codes: Codes: 21501, 21502, 21503, 21532

     

    A little farther west into the mountains along Interstate 68, past the city of Cumberland, you will find areas that might make a very nice location for Bicycle City, MD. In particular, there is some valley land along Route 53 and Alternate Highway 40. This location offers some clean, healthy, mountain living with all the amenities of Cumberland and the nearby college town of Frostburg.

Deep Creek Lake
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Oakland – 1,930; Friendsville – 539
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 36, Feb: 40, March: 50, April: 60, May: 69, Jun: 76, July: 79, Aug: 78, Sep: 72, Oct: 62, Nov: 50, Dec: 41
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 48”
  • Water: Deep Creek Lake
  • Zip Codes: Codes: 21550, 21541

     

    The Deep Creek Lake area in Garrett County is one of Maryland’s premiere vacation destinations. The Lake was created in the 1920s for hydroelectric power and has grown into a year-round resort area, offering boating in the spring and summer and skiing at Wisp Ski Resort in the winter. Deep Creek Lake sits among the most beautiful mountains in Maryland and is surrounded by Deep Creek Lake State Park and Swallow Falls State Park.

10 Miles North of Frederick Near Catoctin Mountain
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Thurmont – 5,588; Emmitsburg – 2,290
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 37 Feb: 41 Mar: 50 April: 63 May: 72 June: 78 July: 82 Aug: 80 Sep: 74 Oct: 64 Nov: 52 Dec: 41
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 49”
  • Water: The Monocacy River
  • Zip Codes: 21788, 21727

     

    Abutting Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park near the town of Thurmont is a lot of wooded acres and farmland that would make a good possible location for Bicycle City, Maryland. Besides the scenic benefits of the parks, the area also offers cultural attractions through its proximity to the city of Frederick to the south and Mount St. Mary’s College to the north.

West of Burkittsville - 10 Miles West of Frederick
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Burkittsville – 171; Frederick – 52,767; Sharpsburg – 691
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 37 Feb: 41 Mar: 50 April: 63 May: 72 June: 78 July: 82 Aug: 80 Sep: 74 Oct: 64 Nov: 52 Dec: 41
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 49”
  • Water: The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers
  • Zip Codes: 21718, 21715

     

    West of the small town of Burkittsville lies a rural valley that extends southward to the Potomac River and Harpers Ferry, where the Shenandoah leaves the Potomac to begin its long journey south to Virginia. The scenic valley lies between two mountain ridges, the westernmost of which has its southern terminus in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

Southern Maryland - 10 Miles East of St. Charles
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: St. Charles – 33,379; Aquasco – 1,078
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 43 Feb: 46 Mar: 55 April: 65 May: 74 Jun: 83 Jul: 87 Aug: 85 Sep: 79 Oct: 68 Nov: 58 Dec: 47
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 44”
  • Water: Patuxent River, Chesapeake Bay
  • Zip Codes: Codes: 20608, 20602, 20603, 20604

    Along the Patuxent River, about ten miles east of the town of St. Charles, lies some rural woodland that would make a good home for Bicycle City, MD, especially for those who like to be near the water. The area is close to Patuxent River Park and Cedarville State Forest. There are nearby marinas and beaches, and the Chesapeake Bay is about twelve miles away.

Eastern Shore - West of Salisbury Near Wicomico River
  • Population: of Largest Nearby Towns: Salisbury – 23,743
  • Average Monthly High Temperatures: Jan: 45 Feb: 48 Mar: 57 April: 67 May: 76 June: 84 Jul: 89 Aug: 87 Sep: 81 Oct: 70 Nov: 60 Dec: 50
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 43”
  • Water: Wicomico River, Chesapeake Bay
  • Zip Codes: Codes: 21856, 21801, 21802, 21803, 21804

     

    Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a significantly more laid-back way of life than that found near the Baltimore Washington metropolitan area, and therefore is an ideal location for Bicycle City, Maryland. Woods and farmland abound near the Wicomico County seat of Salisbury, and the many snaking tributaries of the Wicomico River offer a great attraction for water-lovers.

MARYLAND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES
Major Corporations Based in Maryland
Maryland Education Organizations and Resources
A Higher Education Sampling of Maryland Institutions
Maryland State Government
Maryland Environmental Organizations and Groups
Maryland Alternative Energy Companies and Organizations
Maryland Animal and Wildlife Groups
Maryland International Groups
Conclusion

In conclusion, Bicycle City, Maryland, would be a great community for those looking to leave their car behind and enjoy a healthier way of life. Maryland’s attractive countryside and its closeness to the shopping and cultural centers of Baltimore and D.C. would make Bicycle City, MD, an enjoyable place to live, work or visit.