WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show is hosting a series on transportation in Baltimore, and on June 19, the program aired a segment on cycling in the city. As part of the discussion, Kate Drabinski, lecturer of gender and women’s studies and director of the Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program, and Greg Cantori ’84, geography, shared their thoughts on how cycling has evolved in recent years in Baltimore and how it has played out in the community.
“When you’re biking, the roads are just part of your world,” Drabinski said. “In order to bike safely, you have to pay close attention to where you are going, what the street looks like, what the sidewalk looks like and who is around you. What that means is you’re embedded in the community in a totally different way than when you’re stuck inside your own metal box called a car.”
Cantori, who is president and CEO of Maryland Nonprofits and former president of One Less Car/Bike Maryland, said cycling is beginning to become more normalized around Baltimore.
“The fact is that the more of us that do [cycling] and that just try it a little bit, when we become drivers again, we then have a better understanding and appreciation of the other cyclists,” Cantori said.
To listen to the full segment on The Marc Steiner Show, click here.