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Nate has raised this ride from the ashes.
Way to go!
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
In DOT’s striving to become more publicly involved, I’ll be posting a blog about bike stuff in and around Baltimore. Since its an UNOFFICIAL blog, it will not be a sunshiney-press release style, but a more realistic reflection of 2-wheeled culture in this region.
Check it out at http://bike.baltimorecommutes.com/
The Department of Transportation wants your feedback on biking conditions in Baltimore. The results from this quick, anonymous survey will be used to gauge the biking conditions in Baltimore and identify areas of improvement. Please share this link as DOT is collecting feedback from both cyclists and non-cyclists.
Thanks for your participation!
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!
After years of demand and years in the making, the first Baltimore Bike Map is here! This map shows the city’s bike infrastructure (both existing and soon to be completed) as well as routes commonly used by cyclists. The flip side is packed with information on safe cycling techniques, securing your bike and using your bike with transit.
Free maps are available from Baltimore Department of Transportation (410-396-6856) and pdfs will be available soon on the Bike Baltimore website (www.baltimorecity.gov/bike)
Within the coming weeks, we’ll have this map on its own Google Maps page where the public will be able to comment: where do you ride, where are bike improvements needed, etc.
Big Thanks go out to
Victor Miranda for all the cartographics!
Paula Simon at Highmeadow Design for the overall design and artwork!
Toole Design Group for the proofing and odds & ends!
Here’s a place you’ve probably seen a thousand times but never been to. The conservatory sits right on the JFT in Druid Hill park http://www.baltimoreconservatory.org/main.php. Makes for a nice ride destination, especially if you’re riding a high wheeler.
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.
Biking around town, I discovered some very nice street treatments that diverted vehicular traffic but allowed pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Anywhere else in the world, this is a bicycle boulevard treatment. Here in Baltimore, I was taken a little off guard.
The two traffic diverters (Madison at Bloom and Robert), coupled with the Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School form an almost perfect bicycle boulevard. Riding at rush hour this morning presented no traffic north of McMechen and only a couple cars south of McMechen. Took this down to the future MLK, Jr. Sidepath and down around Camden Yards.
So, what do you think? With the community’s approval, should we push for this as a bike boulevard? Yes, Guilford Ave is still in the works, but Madison is already built.
In the fall, University Parkway was resurfaced (check out the video of it getting eaten). The blacktop has been nice since then, but it’s lacked markings. As soon as the weather warmed a few weeks ago, the traffic lanes and bike lane lines went back up. Today, a crew was out on North-bound West University Parkway, putting in markings within the lanes. They look fantastic! Many thanks to the work of folks like Nate!
I don’t think it’s my imagination that the number of cyclists seems to go up in Baltimore each spring — not merely up from the winter, but up from the year before. I’m sure even non-cyclists have noticed the increase in two-wheeled warriors over the last few weeks (especially the end of this week).
But I was wondering today if this year’s particularly terrible winter might have something to do with an increase in people engaging in outdoor activities in general. Were there folks who thought, “This winter’s been a doozy. I want to get outside more this spring. How can I? Riding a bike would work….”
Or maybe I’m universalizing my own relief that spring is here, matched perhaps only by my last winter/spring in Boston in 2003.
Winter cycling has its own rewards. But spring cycling means more company. (Check out Let’s Go Ride a Bike, for a post about commuting company, and this old NBBB post.) My co-worker and I went 1/2 way home together yesterday. And I haven’t been the only cyclist on the Jones Falls Trail at all since spring got here.