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Nate has raised this ride from the ashes.
Way to go!

Link here: http://baltimorecommutes.com/bike/the-bob-moore-memorial-moonlight-madness-bicycle-ride/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BikeBaltimore+%28Bike+Baltimore%29

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 (8:00 PM) at War Memorial Plaza
400 E. Fayette St, Baltimore, MD

Wanna Ride? RSVP on Socializr
There was a lot of ambiguity as to whether this ride was happening or not. So let’s just make it happen!

Ride leaders and sweepers are needed so comment on this blog if you want to help!

Artscape 2010 is fast approaching! Last year we had over 700 BIKES parked at the UB Plaza. This year, we expect even more!
Let’s build on last year’s success and make 2010 even better!

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and receive free parking, cool thank you gifts, access to the air-conditioned volunteer “lounge” and snacks. Plus, you get to hang out with other cyclists, make sure their rides don’t get stolen and promote the growing bike community in Baltimore

Shifts are available on:
Friday, July 16th 11:30-4:00; 3:30-7; 6:30-10:00
Saturday, July 17th 3:30-7:00; 6:30-10
Sunday, July 18th 11:30-4; 3:30-8:00

Join the Artscape Team by signing up at http://www.myvolunteerpage.com or contact Debbie Zink at 443-263-4307
Registration for all volunteers closes on Friday, July 2nd

New Baltimore Bicycle Alliance HAPPY HOUR THIS THURSDAY MAY 20th! Join One Less Car to kick-off the new Alliance with a celebration from 5:30-8PM at Kooper’s Tavern located at 1702 Thames Street on the waterfront in historic Fell’s Point.

Thursday morning Governor O’Malley will sign into law five important bike bills and we will celebrate this victory at Kooper’s Tavern!

With a $5 donation to One Less Car, Kooper’s will offer $1 off drafts, $2.50 rail drinks and $4.50 Guinness. Raffle prizes from Kooper’s Tavern, Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant, Woody’s Rum Bar, Island Grill and Joe’s Bike Shop. This Happy Hour also kicks-off Bike to Work Day – which is the following morning! Free t-shirts for Bike to Work Day participants! Kooper’s menu has something for everyone!

Let’s get together and have a blast – come and see your friends and meet new ones too!

Into Antietam

I’m giving a talk at Velocipede Bike Project this coming Tuesday, May 4th at 7PM on Long Distance Bicycling.

The talk will cover many points on how to prepare yourself and your equipment for 100+ mile rides as well as some history and lore of Randonneuring. Plus, we will hopefully get some personal ride reports from those who ride the Monument to Monument ride this sunday.

more info on the talk here: http://velocipedebikeproject.org/news/ and here: http://randoramble.posterous.com

- Bob

Picture 2

Owings Mills to Hampden

I commute in part because I, like most of you, enjoy the “little adventures” that go along with it.  Yesterday had a couple of nutty back to back incidents I thought I’d share.

Not more than a mile from my work in Owings Mills there is a new bridge being built. The deck is finished, but the paving, lighting and other little details are not. It is a bonus for me because I can ride it without the normal auto annoyances. Often I see skateboarders there. Yesterday there was a little boy (maybe 8 years old) and his mom. He had a helmet on and a bike nearby. As I neared them and announced “good evening”, the little boy looked at me and said, “We know you”. It startled me and I stopped. I looked at the mom and she smiled. I looked back at her son, careful to keep my helmet light out of his eyes, but with all three of my rear blinkies flashing like a police cruiser. “How do you know me?”, I asked him. “We live up there”, he said, pointing to the nearby townhouses. “We see your lights and your bicycle every night. It’s great.”  My heart went soft.

His mom said, “Now, you’ve got some competition.” I smiled. “I like that!”, I said. “More bikes, more bikes.”  “Yeah” the little boy shouted.  I wished them my best and rode off, filled with appreciation.

Twenty minutes later I’m fast cruising down a long flat stretch of Winands rd near McDonough. A car from a side street to my right is waiting to pull out. I notice the driver, high school age and his buddies. They wait for me to pass, but as roll past they give me a blast from their horn. Hmm…  annoying, but harmless. I wait at the red light ahead figuring they’re somewhere behind me in line. Light changes and I shoot through the intersection. Several cars pass then I can tell there’s one hanging back, matching my speed and slightly behind me. It’s obviously them. They nudge forward to about a 10 o’clock position on my left no more than 10ft. away. I glance over and the kid in the passenger seat is staring me down making a sinister laugh. His arm comes up and whoosh- a big gulp cup comes at my head. I managed to duck the cup and to stay upright. Luckily. They gun the engine and are gone.

A piece of me thought about a chase (they got slowed down by another car up ahead), but I decided to let it be. It took a few miles, but by the time I got into Hampden I was all better. Hell, I might’ve done something like that when I was their age. Plus I think I was partially inoculated from the attack by my nice encounter with the boy on the bridge. I know one thing for sure: I’ll be thinking about that young boy, possibly watching my flashing lights go by, from a nearby window for many commutes to come.

Ride on.           -Bob

You gotta get to this ride. No excuses.


THE MOONLIGHT MADNESS RIDE

Take a night-time bike tour of Baltimore City on a safe, well lit, mostly flat route of about 20 miles. Get an intimate view of the city after dark. Skyline, neighborhoods and waterfront as well as sights ranging from illuminated classical buildings and monuments to the neon of “The Block”, from churches, museums, and City Hall to the enormous “Wizard of Boh”.

Ride Start: in front of the Youth Hostel at the corner of Mulberry and Cathedral. Thursday, July 30th. 8:00pm with an 8:30 push-off.

(catty-corner from the main branch of the Pratt Library)

Ride is casual speed: 10-12mph. length: 20miles. You should have a properly functioning bike, be wearing a helmet, and have safety lights on front and back.

Click HERE for the route!

In spite of this scary screen shot I took of her, Sheila is doing a fine job supporting bike transportation.

Full vid here: YouTube – Baltimore Bikes.

A few weeks ago I rode with a friend/co-worker from our work place to his house along his usual commute route. He led the way. We rode along crosswalks (I hate that), we traveled on curbs (I hate that too), we cut through glass strewn alleys (yuck) and over gravelly cut-throughs (whoa). As he rode ahead of me he would announce what was coming up and why we were going that way. “I stop here and go up over the curb and then down that grassy trail- that way we don’t have to stop at the traffic light.” Personally, I always ride on the road with cars so this was annoying.

But our ride was also peppered with stuff like: “See where that pizza place is? That used to be a field with a cool barn in it”, or “right there last week I saw a ground hog with its head in a Burger King bag” and helpful safety advice like “Careful of that manhole cover. It’s got some kind of goo on it that I slipped on a while back.”

After we parted and shouted goodbyes and I got onto the smoother pavement with the cars and the traffic lights and gained some speed, I realized that I had just had a wonderful experience. I certainly didn’t recognize it at the time. My friend had ridden this route day after day, slowly shaping it to his liking, making decisions based on the terrain and colored by his personality. During the ride, I didn’t get any of this.

That little ride meant a lot to me, although I’d probably never ride it again. Ever been on someone else’s route?

(hey check it out- i’ve been deputized into the brigade)

The Moonlight Madness ride has been happening for several years, but I never had ridden it. The organizer, Bob Moore, died earlier this year and I felt that the ride needed to continue at least as a memorial for him. I somewhat reluctantly decided to organize the ride. I threw around some emails, talked it up here and there and printed cues for the ride, but I really had no idea what to expect for a turnout. Yikes! 60+ riders, smiling and eager for a beautiful cruise through charm city.

At 8:30 the riders snaked through Charles st. traffic peacefully. We got a round of cheers as we rolled past the Art Scape booths north of Penn Station. North towards Loyola and Notre Dame, the group broke up into several smaller clusters- everyone chatty, discussing their own personal biking worlds. At the start, I was hectically darting from the front of the group to the back, trying to check on everyone, but eventually settled down and quit worrying about the safety of all these good people. I reminded myself that, like me, all these riders have experienced and come to terms with the difficulties of biking in B’more. They knew what they were doing. Just settle down and enjoy the ride.

Some moments of getting lost south of Bolton hill, re-grouping near Lafayette square, comical moments along “the Block” and down to Fells pt. for a lemonade break. Then to the all-knowing glow of Mr. Bo, Patterson park, back across town to Pratt and the Inner Harbor, and up Federal Hill. Finally, an easy cruise back up Charles st. to the Baltimore Hostel again. It was 11:30pm.

I made an attempt to convince the NBBB members to be irresponsible and get a beer (or two) with me at Mick O’Shea’s, but they’d have nothing of it. Best for me too I guess. There was a friendly and sizable crew for the ride back to Hampden- the full moon partly lighting up the potholes and broken glass.

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