There are countless manmade and natural sights to see in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, from historic colonial buildings and landmarks to the Chesapeake Bay’s diverse flora and fauna. There are also plenty of ways to see them, from formal walking tours and boat rides to scenic drives and strolls.
But Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are also filled with a wide array of multi-use biking trails and routes making it the perfect place to take in the sweeping views of the region.
The B & A Trail will be a part of the Lifeline 100 Rides this October. Image courtesy of Annapolis Discovered.
The Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Community Bicycle Event celebrates this fact, showcasing the region’s diverse network of scenic trails and roadways while also spotlighting cycling awareness, safety, and its benefits. After a hiatus in 2020, the Lifeline 100 will take place Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Cohosted by Anne Arundel Department of Recreation & Parks, Anne Arundel County Police, and Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (Bike AAA), the seventh iteration of the annual event invites cyclists of all ages and abilities, along with supporters, to celebrate cycling in one of the Mid-Atlantic’s best biking destinations.
Lifeline 100 can accommodate all riders and all abilities, learn more on their website. Image courtesy of Annapolis Discovered.
All Bikes, All Abilities
All bikes are welcome, and participants can choose from one of four routes. Options include 100- and 65-mile scenic routes with views of the Severn River, Chesapeake Bay, and Annapolis as well as 30 and 15-mile flat, paved trail routes ideal for families, adaptive bikes and people with special needs, who can register at a 2-for-1 rate with their accompanying rider thanks to Ride Leader sponsor Prophasys.
There will also be a free Children’s Bike Rodeo which includes a bike safety check, helmet instruction, and safe riding tips followed by a fun obstacle course for younger riders.
“Lifeline is an inclusive event with an option for every age, ability and interest,” says Jon Korin, Chair of the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission and President of Bike AAA. “A biking boom was a silver lining of the pandemic, and Lifeline is a great way for both new and experienced riders to set a goal, ride safely, and enjoy great music and food together at the finish.”
Riders come from near and far to participate in Lifeline 100, like these ladies from New Jersey. Image courtesy of Jon Korin.
Adding to the event’s appeal, 100% of the proceeds support local nonprofits including the Anne Arundel Crisis Response System, Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, Friends of Kinder Farm Park, and Bike AAA. As a bonus, other nonprofits can also use Lifeline as a fundraising event themselves.