(Sept. 18, 2020) Bicyclists are encouraged to join Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan for the inaugural Mayor’s Bike Ride event on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. 

“Ocean City will be joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the official 2020 Bike to Work Day,” Mayor Rick Meehan said. “The Mayor’s Bike Ride is to encourage biking in Ocean City and to provide awareness on the town’s goal to become recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community.”

At 10 a.m., participants, led by Meehan, will travel from the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum at the southern end of the Boardwalk, up to 27th Street and then back to the museum before heading to work. 

Masks are required during the ride, while helmets are optional for those 16 and older. 

The Ocean City Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee created the event in order to build up the city’s resume for the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community certification. 

The program recognizes communities that have taken the steps to encourage bicycle riding, both for transportation and recreation. 

There are multiple award levels: diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze. 

Receiving an award opens up grant funding opportunities and can be a marketing opportunity. 

Ocean City had gunned for the bronze award, but received honorable mention last year.  

“I’m really, really disappointed that we didn’t get it [bronze award],” Councilman Tony DeLuca said recently. 

One area that had hurt Ocean City’s application was its lack of bike events, which is how the Mayor’s Bike Ride came to life. 

Originally scheduled for May 1, but postponed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the inaugural event will hopefully bolster the city’s next application and help it obtain the coveted bronze award. 

For more information, visit https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/bike-ride-with-the-mayor/   

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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