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Jon Korin: A Bicycle Advocate For Our Time

Saturday, November 30, 2019
by David T. Whitaker
 
December 2019
It’s no secret, the speaker at the 2019 PPTC Annual Meeting is one of the most skilled bicycle spokesmen and advocates to have emerged in Annapolis in the past decade. Jon is a gifted change agent who has had a positive impact for Maryland bicyclists both in the Maryland General Assembly and in home in Anne Arundel County.
 
Watching Jon and the late Kim Lamphier testify before committees in the Maryland General Assembly was an eye opening experience. Jon and Kim combined facts with humor in such a way as to keep the attention of even the most bedraggled state legislator. Jon and Kim’s tag team approach to legislative testimony and their ability to develop rapport with even the most recalcitrant delegate or state senator is partially why Maryland has moved forward with bicycle funding and legislative victories in recent years, despite opposition from some key officials in the Maryland Department of Transportation. Much of this work was done through the auspices of Bike Maryland which is the leading bicycle legislative advocacy organization in Maryland.
 
Jon Korin was the keynote speaker at the November 17, 2019 PPTC Annual Meeting. As an alternative to typical speakers on topics such as bicycle touring, training or industry growth, Jon’s talk focused on community-oriented change that is occurring in Anne Arundel County and throughout Maryland. Much happened to benefit bicyclists during the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session and even more bicycle advancements are planned for the 2020 Legislative Session which begins the second week of January. Fortunately, Jon has a great skill in combining facts and technical detail with self-effacing humor that is both engaging and effective. He discussed topics ranging from additional bicycle infrastructure to local investments to proposed Maryland legislation designed to protect vulnerable road users which impacts us directly.  
 
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Jon Korin serves as BikeAAA's chairman.
 
"Our mission is to promote safe cycling for transportation and recreation," Korin said. He encourages people to walk or cycle to work or school, and for exercise and fun.
 
"We're trying to serve all – from the elite 100-mile athlete to parents taking their kids out for ice cream. We're trying to make bike riding safe for everybody."
 
(Wendi Winters – Capital Gazette)
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A key focus of Jon Korin is building collaborative working relationships among diverse interest groups and administrative agencies to improve conditions for bicyclists. Jon is president and a founder of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (www.bikeaaa.org), which is an all-volunteer 501c3 with more than 700 members that promotes safe cycling for transportation and recreation. By establishing collaborative working relationships with police, fire and local administrative officials, Jon has been able to increase communication between cyclists and local officials that has reaped benefits throughout Anne Arundel County.
 
In 2015, Jon was appointed by the County Executive to be the founding Chair of the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission, in 2017 a member of the Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission and also in 2017 was appointed by Governor Hogan to the Maryland Bicycle Safety Task Force.
These steps up the ladder have each led to significant advancements for bicycling at both the county and state levels. Jon’s expertise and grasp of issues culminated a host of advancements at the county level, but most importantly to the recent advancements that have occurred in Maryland legislation. In the parlance of bicyclists: this is where the rubber meets the road.
 
Significant Bike Maryland Legislative Achievements in 2019
 
Legislation was passed that Doubles funding in the Maryland Bikeways Program.
 
Maryland passed legislation that adopts a Vision Zero policy for the state.
 
Maryland passed expanded Complete Streets Policies for state agencies.
 
Maryland signed on to the Regional Transportation and Climate Initiative.
 
Legislative Goals for the 2020 Maryland General Assembly Session
 
Enactment of Safe Pass legislation;
 
Passing of Maryland Vulnerable Road User Act for Maryland.                                               
 
For more information on Bike Maryland and their 2020 Legislative Agenda: https://www.bikemaryland.org/   
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Q: Do you know what is the hardest part of learning to ride a bike?
A: The pavement.
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Jon Korin led the effort that earned Annapolis and Anne Arundel County the Bronze Bikefriendly Community designation.
 
In 2017, Jon was profiled by Wendi Winters of The Capital Gazette as a Hometown Hero for his work in local bike advocacy.
  
 
Jon and his wife Kathy live in Severna Park, MD.
 

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