Tours public terminals; Meets with nonprofit Pedals for Progress
On June 10, Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele made his first visit to the Port of Baltimore since being elected last year. The Maryland Port Administration’s Executive Director James White provided Lt. Governor Steele with a land tour of both Dundalk and Seagirt Marine terminals – the two largest of the port’s five public terminals. Trent M. Kittleman, Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, was also present and assisted with the tour.
“I’m pleased Lt. Governor Steele showed such an interest in our port. He stayed longer than the two hours planned, and we’ll certainly have him back,” said Jim White, Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration.
During his visit to the port, Lt. Governor Steele also met with representatives from Pedals for Progress, a national non-profit that collects and repairs used bicycles in the U.S., then ships the bikes, as well as new and used bike parts, overseas to countries in need of inexpensive transportation. Lt. Governor Steele had an interest in learning more about the organization as he prepared to embark on a 10-day economic development trade mission to Ghana and South Africa. A group of state officials and representatives from nearly 30 Maryland companies accompanied Lt. Governor Steele on the June trade mission, which was successful in boosting business relations between Maryland and Africa.
Pedals for Progress provides bikes to four non-profit organizations in Ghana and ships many of the bikes through the Port of Baltimore. Since 2000, the NJ-based organization has shipped nearly 5,000 bicycles to Ghana.
According to Pedals for Progress Vice President Keith Oberg, the Port of Baltimore’s location and capabilities make it an ideal port for the organization’s exports. “We are actively collecting bicycle donations in the Baltimore/Washington, DC region, so we rely on local services, including the Port of Baltimore, as much as possible.”