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This is a ride from Baltimore to Annapolis to memorialize Larry Bensky, who as you all know was killed this past Tuesday while riding on Butler Rd. We’re doing this on Monday as it is the last day of the current legislative session and a great and somber opportunity to get bill 461 passed into law. House bill 461 requires motorists to give cyclists three feet when passing. Some say that it can’t be enforced but they’re missing the point. The point is to draw attention to the rights of cyclists and to move one inch, or three feet, towards a better, more civil society. So join us.
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I can’t make it, since my child is about to be born any day (literally) now. But if any readers/contributors do and would like to share reflections, stories and photos, please drop us a line.
Nothing is better than bikes and public transportation. Head down the Jones Falls trail on Sundays and ride the streetcars. One more great place to visit on the JFT: The Baltimore Streetcar Museum.
With all the excitement over the Ravens game today, don’t forget the show chocked full of bike jokes and kids freely riding all over town: “The Simpsons.” Both the 450th episode and the 20th anniversary special are on tonight at 8pm.
[Image from last week's episode.]
Obviously. Snow riding can be fun. But riding through the mounds of frozen goo left by plows and cars and people shoveling into the street — not to mention black ice — is not the casual ride we had in mind. Five people getting hurt on a ride isn’t going to promote or celebrate cycling so much.
How about next week or a New Year ride?
Monday, December 21st. Early evening/after work. Stay tuned for the time/place, as we watch the winter weather unfold. As much as riding in snow and ice can be fun, doing it for the hell of it sounds like an invitation for injuries. So if the weather’s bad, we’ll have to do a post-Christmas or New Year’s ride.
This is a mega casual ride — not a critical mass or memorial ride by any means. Bring a Thermos! It’s just fun to get together and celebrate winter cycling. If the weather does not cooperate, perhaps we could all get some beers somewhere fun that night?
More info this weekend.
The forecast looks grim, with snow this weekend, which will thaw a little and refreeze Monday night (in the 20s), making for black ice and other nastiness. As much as winter riding is fun, we’d like to be uninjured and enjoy it. Personally, I’d hate for anyone to get hurt when we should be having fun. We’ll have to call it after Saturday when we know how bad it is.
It’s next week already! The short idea is to meet in North Baltimore somewhere and just have a quiet little 15 (or so) miler around town to celebrate winter cycling, the holidays, lights — hopefully including a spin to the Harbor and possibly to the 34th Street thing. We’re going to count the votes by 9:00pm EST on Wednesday the 16th and post the date on the 17th.
I’ll message folks via the Facebook group to hopefully get some more responses. For the 21st, it’s the start of WINTER. So it has a nice ring to it.
With this cold, wet, snowy mess hitting Baltimore today, I thought perhaps we could use photos of that beautiful, sunny November day when we all paid tribute to Jack Yates and to cycling in [North] Baltimore.
Josh, from Baltimore Bicycle Works.
Liam, from Cyclosity.
GHCC board member John.
Finally, Mr. Dan finishing the ride!
But fun cycling things are in the works! Okay. Dan and I (Johnny) are meeting tonight for coffee to go over some details for a spirited ride through Charm City next month, complete with LED Xmas lights on our bikes. Lots of people and lots of lights. Last time we tried to plan it, we literally drank too much PBR on a Sunday afternoon and lost track of what the hell we were talking about.
Anyway, next month. Big fun. Oh, yes. Stay tuned.
Baltimore bike bloggers (left to right): Barry, Johnny, Zack, Dan, Dave. I feel like I should write something about the relationship between coffee and cycling, given the “You’re going for COFFEE?!” that ensued when ElRo went to get us some brews. But I’m tired, and it’s Friday, and this weather is driving me toward the coffee itself. I just like this picture.
[Photo courtesy of GHCC.]
I didn’t get a chance to take a lot of photos because I was enjoying meeting everyone on the plaza. Then, as you probably know, my MFin drive-side rear spoke blew in Waverly, and I had to bail like 2 miles into the ride when my tire and frame were getting too friendly. (Only after that did I learn about those awesome fiber spokes.) My wheels have been nothing but trouble since I got my bike this summer. I have to see if the good folks at the shot can do a warranty wheel replacement for me. Anyway, here are the first half of the share-ables I do have.
ElRo has four times as many as I do, so stay tuned.
The Baltimore Sun, whose photographer stayed the entire time.
Kali Durga, with excellent photos.
Bikes N Coffee (two of my favorite things).
Photos in the Baltimore Bikes Flickr group (to which ya’ll are encouraged to add photos of all Baltimore bike activity, to highlight the awesomeness in our awesome city).
Stayed tuned for more!
This is the second Tour de Greater Homewood, a ride around North-Central Baltimore celebrating the good work that The Greater Homewood Community Corporation does to help build strong and healthy neighborhoods. This year, the ride honors the late Jack Yates, a former GHCC board member. The University of Baltimore is donating the space as part of the UB Green efforts, as Jack was not only a UB alum but was also a graduate student at UB.
Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!
Gordon Plaza at the University of Baltimore: Corner of Mount Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue.
Participants will be required to sign a waiver (so that you can’t sue UB or GHCC if something happens to you or your bike).
Participants will be encouraged to make the suggested donation of $10, which will go to youth programming at Greater Homewood Community Corporation, to programs similar to those to which Jack Yates was dedicated.
Participants will get a sweet spokecard, designed by artist Christina Ralls (you can see the images in this post).
Members of Jack’s family will be on in attendance! We will have a few speakers before the ride.
There are two routes, both of which will begin and end at the same place at UB. There will be ride leaders (including several Eagle Scouts and one EMS — no kidding) to help with any mechanical difficulties and to help folks find their way. Also, all participants will be given a set of directions on paper, which should be easy to follow. The longer ride is the proper Tour de Greater Homewood. You can view an interactive map of this route here. The shorter ride is the Tour de Central Baltimore, for which you can find the map here.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. If we don’t have the answer, we’ll get it for you.
And many thanks go out to everyone who’s volunteering and everyone who’s worked to get the word out.
Leave a comment with your email address (no one sees it) if you’d like a PDF of this flier you can print! This image will also be on the front of the spokecard participants will get. This was excellently and graciously created by artist and NBBB member Christina Ralls, who is available for graphics work I am told.