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Columbia Seeks Bike Count Volunteers


April 16th, 2014 | Categories: Counts, Programs | Post Comment

Lake ElkhornColumbia Association is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to conduct counts for pedestrians, bicyclists and other users on CA’s pathways. By making a two-hour time commitment, you’ll be helping to improve one of the things that makes Columbia special! Your help is appreciated!

Building on the Active Transportation Action Agenda and fulfilling recommendation 3.7, data gathered from these counts will be used to gauge user demographics, determine usage impacts from pathway improvements and establish a baseline of usage for comparison with future counts.

You will receive counting process information and a confirmation of your time slot by May 5. In the interim, please contact Scott Templin at scott.templin@columbiaassociation.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest.


Towson Bike Mosey Resumes April 18


April 13th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

bike mosey logoThe Towson Bike Mosey returns this Friday, April 18 at 7pm starting from the Baltimore County Courthouse 401 Bosley Avenue.  Details and route are developing on the Facebook event page


B’more Bikes Conducting Candidates Survey


April 11th, 2014 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

With a documented increase in recreational and transportation bicycling around the state, more cyclists want to know how the biking climate will be affected by the 2014 elections. B’more Bikes is conducting an area-wide survey of candidates’ views toward improving the safety of bicyclists.

This online survey will be available to all registered executive and legislative candidates, regardless of party affiliation in Baltimore City and Baltimore County until May 19th, 2014. Results and non-responses from candidates will be available on this blog before the June 12th early voting period begins. Statewide primarly elections will be held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014.

To promote fairness in survey availability, all candidates will be notified by email.  As campaign season is very busy, please help encourage those running for office in Baltimore City or County to complete this survey.  BIKE THE VOTE 2014  (Only valid candidates responses will be posted)


Support Bikemore’s “Bike Experience” Program


April 9th, 2014 | Categories: People, Programs | 1 comment

BikeExpThe Baltimore Bike Experience, an after-school bicycle mechanic program program that we run at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore by Bikemore.   In this program, high school students are given all the tools they need to ride a bicycle or become a bicycle mechanic. In fact, one of the students, Andre,has been  hired part-time at Race Pace Bicycles in Federal Hill!

With donated old bikes, students are taught the mechanics of a bicycle and how to ride safely on the road, then given a helmet, lights, a lock, and the bicycle that they worked on in class. The students are incredibly enthusiastic and committed and given a safe and positive place to be after school one day per week.  For most students Baltimore Bike Experience is a chance to learn real skills to use for fun, fitness, transportation, and EMPLOYMENT!

Support the Baltimore Bike Experience online here


Bike Jobs Now Available


April 9th, 2014 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks and Bike Maryland both have bike-oriented job opportunities available!

Bike Maryland is hiring a Bike Friendly Program coordinator. This position manages 12 bike friendly workshops annually to communities, businesses and universities as well as maintains a web presence.  More information is available here.

Baltimore City Recreation & Parks is hiring a Bike Program Coordinator and a Bike Program Assistant.   These positions will run the Ride Around The Reservoir at Druid Lake.  For more information, check out the job descriptions below and contact Marcia Frommer at marcia.frommer (at) baltimorecity.gov.

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MORE Hosts Project Clean Stream at Loch Raven


April 6th, 2014 | Categories: Events | 2 comments

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Photo courtesy of Ryan Delaney

Over 50 volunteers made quick work of cleaning 3 miles of Loch Raven Reservoir shoreline for the 2014 Project Clean Stream hosted by MORE.

Thanks to the HUB/ C’ville Bikes and REI for sponsoring the event.


Grassroots Effort For Expanded Herring Run Trail Network


April 3rd, 2014 | Categories: Events, People, Programs | 3 comments

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The Herring Run stream valleys have untapped potential to become an incredible urban trail system

On a bitterly cold January evening in Lauraville, a group of trail enthusiasts got together to discuss how to make the Herring Run Trail much more than what it currently is. Trading ideas while huddled over maps, everyone involved brought a special skill to the meeting: a cartographer, a right-of-way specialist, a trail loving parks employee, a bike blazer, a trail development specialist, a bike shop owner, a bicycle planner, a university community liaison, bike advocates and avid hikers. Everyone also had personal knowledge of the Herring Run stream valley – what’s there and more importantly, what could be there. Before the evening was over, the next steps to creating a world class urban trail system along the Herring Run were set.

Hering Run under Northern PkwyStep 1: Go for a hike! On a similarly bitterly cold January morning, the first group of adventurers met at the corner of Herring Run Drive and Echodale Avenue. The morning’s plan was to hike or bushwack downstream to East Cold Spring Lane and determine where a trail could be developed. Heading south along the west bank, we passed through a ball field, then entered the woods where the deer and local kids blazed a thin trail which crosses a joining stream with an equally thin boardwalk. Running up against steep bank, we crossed to the east side and found a myriad of trails extending downstream to the Chinquapin Run confluence.

Herring Run Mt PleasantStep 2: Document that hike! The advent of GPS has made mapping hikes a breeze! Simply turn on Google’s “My Tracks” and walk. With a little cartographic magic, next thing you know, you can see your map in Google Earth. Add a few waypoints and some field notes and you’re almost ready to present it to Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. (But wait, there’s more) Field notes can include anything that would help or hinder the creation of a sustainable trail system; whether it be noted trail re-routes, brush removal and most importantly, trash removal. Being an urban park, many local residents believe the park to be their personal dumping ground. Such is not the case and needs to be remedied in many areas.

20140208_102710Step 3: Go for another hike and document THAT hike! While the hike from Echodale to Cold Spring was the first hike, it certainly wasn’t the last hike. Since then, similar expeditions have occurred

Points of interest discovered along the way:

Mar 1, 2014 11_13_04 AMStep 4: Present at the Baltimore City Trail Summit! It was determined early on the Trail Summit would be the perfect opportunity to share this endeavor with the public. What started out as a living room full of visionaries quickly expanded with enthusiastic volunteers wanting to be a part of this big project. There is no shortage of work to be done and many hands make light work.

View the HERRING RUN TRAIL NETWORK presentation from the Baltimore City Trail Summit

Step 5: Meet with the Friends of Herring Run Parks As this truly is a community project, bring in the stewards of the parks on Monday, May 19th.

Step 6: Repeat Steps 1, 2 & 3 There are many sections of the Herring Run watershed to explore. Future hikes include

 

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Frozen falls on the Herring Run


MORE’s Clean Stream at Loch Raven, April 5


March 25th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

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Please remember to bring work gloves (we will have some) and plastic grocery bags. Additionally, please wear sturdy shoes/hiking boots. 


Baltimore Trail Summit, March 22


March 12th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Trail Summit 2014The Recreation and Parks Department’s 3rd annual conversation on trails. Are you a trail user, an advocate, volunteer working to improve? Come hear some information on current trail expansion plans and timelines as well as the great accomplishments of our dedicated trail lovers and their efforts to create sustainable trails. This is a great time to hear about various resources available and learn valuable lessons from others working on trails in Baltimore. A perfect event for Baltimore City Trail Advocates to come together. The format is about an hour of of presentations and an hour for networking.


Baltimore County Ped Bike Meeting Tomorrow


March 10th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

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