Liz Cornish recognized as True American Hero by StreetsBlog

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Bikemore was recognized with two national awards from Streetsblog for our work in 2018! You were part of making this happen, and we’re so grateful for your support.

Our Executive Director Liz Cornish was recognized as one of four “True American Heroes,” given to people making significant contributions to the movement for more walkable, more sustainable, more livable cities.

The True American Heroes: Liz Cornish

Liz Cornish, the head of Baltimore bike advocacy organization Bikemore, spent the year trying to get the city to update its fire code to allow for more progressive street designs that would save lives. But a simple policy change ended up being a lot more acrimonious than anyone would have expected. Cornish faced perceived intimidation from rogue members of the local fire department.

In one case, an off-duty city employee — a planner — was physically assaulted by an off-duty fire department staffer, during a public meeting about bike lanes. Ultimately, however, the Fire Department’s antics weren’t rewarded. City Council approved the changes bike advocates sought in August.

And Big Jump Baltimore was recognized as the Best Pop-Up Demonstration in the list of the best and worse transportation news of 2018.

Best Pop-Up Demonstration: Baltimore

In 2018, Baltimore tackled a tough design problem in a very direct way. It took a street that had incomplete sidewalks and roading traffic and made a safe space for cyclists and pedestrian. Baltimore did it cheaply and quickly by laying down some water-filled traffic barriers to create a protected lane for rolling and walking. We like this can-do approach to a widespread design problem.

We’re doing the hard work to make Baltimore more bikeable and livable — we’re doing it strategically and creatively — and our work is being noticed nationally. 

Consider a donation to Bikemore today. We couldn’t have gotten where we are today without you, and we can’t build on this success in 2019 without your continued support.