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

Link here:

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

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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 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

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!

I’ve managed to shred another one. Within 2 and a half years this will be my third BB I’ve gone through. I’m kinda looking for a little advice on what I can do so I don’t have to put in a new BB every damn year. I, myself, am a big guy. This is what I attributed it to at first, but I’ve been told that has got nothing to do with it.  What I was told was that leg power and mashing up hill in top gears is what will do them in.  I have got some strong legs, thanks to the hills of B-more, and I kind of enjoy mashing up hills.

So, I guess what I’m asking is if one: Does my weight have something to do with it?

Two: If weight has nothing to do with it, then is there a BB out there that will allow me not to have to change my riding style?

Any advice is welcome. Thanks all. 🙂


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 (

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 Makes for a nice ride destination, especially if you’re riding a high wheeler.

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: and here:

– Bob

You haven’t signed it? They need 1000 signatures! Don’t you want cycling in Baltimore? Sign it! Get everyone you know to sign it! Do it!

We, the undersigned, support the Baltimore City Council in passing legislation that will make Baltimore a safer place for bicyclists. These bills and resolutions not only promote Baltimore as a bicycle-friendly, sustainable community, but make it a better place to live. Encouraging cycling, whether as transportation or recreation, improves the health of citizens and the environment while decreasing traffic congestion, fossil fuel dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.

We fully support the following:

* 09-0429 – Required Parking for Bicycles for Employees & New Construction
* 09-0430 – Transit and Traffic – Bike Lanes ($50 fine for parking/stopping in bike lanes)
* 09-0431 – Bike-Safe Grates for all city construction projects
* 09-0433 – Street and Transportation Projects – Complete Streets in all transportation construction projects
* 09-0175R %u2013 Informational Hearing %u2013 Baltimore Police Department (Conduct a hearing between area cyclists and the BPD to address concerns and improve public safety)
* 09-0176R %u2013 Cyclists%u2019 Bill of Rights
* 09-0177R %u2013 B%u2019more Streets for People, establishing several %u201Ccyclovias%u201D annually

More information can be found on the City Council’s website:

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.

Wednesday in front of Penn Station. No room on the racks. At first thought, damn this sucks where am I gonna lock up.  Then I thought, actually it’s great this happens here. So many bikes, so very cool.

Check it out here.

Wyman Park Drive, after it crosses Sisson Street by Stieff Silver and goes toward the Jones Falls Trail and Druid Hill Park is being resurfaced right now.  While it will be awesome when it’s finished, you might want to find another way home tonight.  Sorry for the lack of pictures.

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