This Friday, the Bike Party rolls through Baltimore starting at St. Mary’s Park & ending at the Maryland Historical Society. Volunteers are still needed to help the event go smoothly. To assist, email baltimorebikeparty (at) gmail.com
Next Friday, August 1st, the Towson Bike Mosey rides again at 6:30 pm at the corner of Chesapeake and Washington in Towson. Approximately 8 mile slow-paced ride through Towson (Towson University, Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh areas) All ages welcome!
What to bring:
- A bike (road bike or mountain bike or hybrid all work!)
- A helmet
- A water bottle
- Optional but a good idea to have a light on the front, and a red flashing light on the back. Some will be available for purchase.
- The cue sheet at Cue Sheet 140801 Towson Mosey
Baltimore can be challenging city and the Baltimore Police Department certainly has many issues to attend to. Reported bike thefts to the Baltimore Police Department have averaged 384 thefts a year for the past few years. These figures do include the number of stolen bikes not reported. The climbing theft rate parallels Baltimore’s increasing bicycle commuter rate. This follows the logic that more bikes are on the street, the more are available to be stolen.
In recent weeks, as summer heats up, more bike are being listed as stolen on social media and on posts (like this on to the right). The frustration of having a bike stolen can be overwhelming. Even more frustrating is that many recent bike thefts have occurred inside locked homes and garages.
With more residents choosing to live a car-free (or car-lite) life, the bicycle becomes a main form of transportation; not just a toy as is commonly thought in many segments of society. When a citizen is unlawfully deprived of their transportation, their livelihood is jeopardized by requiring another less-convenient transportation mode to get to work. In the Old West, horses were the main mode of transportation. Those who stole horses were usually executed by hanging, typically on site. While a bicycle’s worth does not monetarily equal a human’s worth, there is a matter of personal worth that a bicycle holds in today’s urban society. Nevertheless, those found in possession of a stolen bicycle should face serious consequences as if they had been found in the driver’s seat of a stolen car. (Note: Car theft in Baltimore City is classified as a misdemeanor, but a felony in Baltimore County.)
A bicycle’s personal worth to the owner can not be explained to those who view bicycles as toys. Until stealing bikes is classified as GRAND THEFT BICYCLE, start or continue to lock your bike responsibly; whether outside or in your own home.
Whether OC, Bethany, Dewey or Rehobeth, going ‘down the ocean’ is a summertime ritual for most Baltimoreans. Having the cool waves of the Atlantic within a day’s reach is something we take for granted. The open expanse of water, strands of sand and the neon-infused development right there on the other side of the bay. To reach the beach, it takes a couple hours in the car, dealing with traffic at The Bridge, slow downs in Easton, Cambridge and West OC. Nothing major. So, why would ANYONE want to ride their bike to the ocean when you could drive. Life is a journey, made up of many journeys, which can either build us or break us. To choose to make a journey, rather than a trip, requires a deeper reach and a personal challenge. So, that’s exactly what we did.
A couple years back, I did this trip with Carfree as a two day spree, camping half way, fully loaded with gear. But this time was different: A one-day trip from the Baltimore Burbs to Bethany Beach. I had this crazy idea not long after the first journey. Good thing I have crazier friends to join this wild ride. Dup was in! He had a week at Bethany lined up, so we planned our trip with a hard date in mind. The planning was easy with help from Routemeister Bob. The training: Do a century the weekend before to work out the kinks. To scratch more off the Bucket List, we did a century plus on DC’s trail system linking Northwest, Paint Branch, Sligo, Rock Creek, Mt. Vernon, Woodrow Wilson, Nat Harbor and back up Anacostia.
The morning came too early and we rolled out at 5:30. Oh wait, someone forgot their helmet. We rolled out again down a quiet Harford Road at 6 am. Passed what could have been some Bike Party stragglers with chopper handlebars at Gorsuch and cruised around a shimmering Inner Harbor. Down Annapolis Rd, we were cutting easier trail miles with road bikes. No Aviation Velo ride this morning, we continued down the B&A with a shot of coffee and dense peanut butter rice crispy treats at The Big Bean and onto to get our lift over the Chesapeake. 46 miles done by 9:20 am. Time to hydrate and hydrate again while buzzards and ospreys dueled overhead.
Back of the white cargo van, we stashed our bikes for our lift and restarted at the Shore Stop in Stevensville. Reload on liquids and follow the Cross Island Trail (because its beautiful) to the Kent Narrows and then some country roads. Route 18 gets tight in spots, but not too bad on a Saturday morning. Instead of rolling the dice at the U.S. 50 crossing, we opted for some minor rough pavement to MD 213. Traffic was backing up through here so riding conditions weren’t bad. One block off 50 and the quiet was noticeable. Here we could double up and actually converse. Very few cars passed us on these roads.
Hey, we’d all these cyclists come from? They were all numbered so it had to be the Two Rivers Century. Sure enough, the riders got dense at Tuckahoe with a a few lost on the other side. Passing through beautiful Ridgeley, we grabbed lunch in Greensboro, reloaded on liquids and headed for Delaware, where we traded routes and stories with three loaded cyclists that were headed for a nearby campground.
This was the part where the journey’s length could be felt; the heat of the day, the lack of seat padding. Pressing on was easy knowing that a Royal Farms was never far away. Crank after crank, we followed our route and the mysterious F100 and B2B. Only twice did we have cars come too close. You’re either drinking or texting. Either way, put it down! (and stop kicking up shoulder dust when you can’t stay on the road)
Bridgeville, Georgetown, Millsboro and Dagsboro all passed. The road under construction put some drivers closer who were derogatorily complementary, but the end was near. We passed one my cyclist on a beach cruiser with a beer in hand. (His buddy owed him that much.) We gladly took the bike lanes to the sands and salt water with the goal complete. This journey ended bayside, stretching legs, locking bikes and high fives. 14+ hours, 146 miles down. Good roll, Dup!
According to Fifth District Councilman David Marks’ newsletter:
The initial stage of the Towson Bike Loop will open later this summer. Funding has been secured for 8.7 miles of the network, which will involve dedicated bike lanes and signage throughout Greater Towson. Councilman Marks believes that increased bike use, better pedestrian connections, and a circulator are essential as Downtown Towson prepares for future growth.
Catonsville Rails To Trails 4th Annual Bike Ride to Fort McHenry
18 miles, 2.5 hrs
Easy paced ride with sweepers
The Perry Hall Bike Party and Towson Bike Mosey held this past weekend were an easy way to bike around the suburbs. The Perry Hall bike party, hosted by the Community Christian Church, was part of a week long CCCPalooza festival which ended at R&R Taqueria. Part ‘family bike party’, the Perry Hall event was attended by over 30 participants from ages 6 to 60(ish). This slow paced ride started and ended at Honeygo Village, hitting Perry Hall Park, Rita’s, the top of the new Indian Rock Trail and Honeygo Regional Park.
The Towson Mosey was less attended due to the World Cup match of the United States versus Portugal. Starting at the Old Courthouse at Chesapeake and Washington, the mosey toured Towson University, Shepard Pratt (really, there’s cool architecture there), Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh. The easy ride followed quiet routes, hidden trails and allowed participants to get to know each other and catch up at the CVP to watch Portugal tie it up (NO!) Anyway, a good ride was had by all. Thanks to Anne Greenbaum and Devan Tracy for organizing the event! Impromptu Perry Hall and Towson rides that happen almost every Sunday night. Post below if interested…(Photos by Dup)
The second in MORE’s Epic Series happens in our backyard! The Patapsco Epic is the best way to explore the extensive trail system at Patapsco Valley while supporting MORE. Choose from a kids’ ride, 25, 35 or 50 mile route. Wrap up your ride with a festival at the end. Registration now open!
What: Palooza Bike Party “Hi-Viz” Ride
Where: Meeting at the parking lot behind R&R Taqueria in Perry Hall (behind Honeygo Center Drive)
When: Meet at 6:30, ride at 7:00
Who: Anyone who can ride or be towed by a bike
Meet at the parking lot behind Libertore’s in Perry Hall at 6:30PM and the riding begins at 7:00PM. Ride will be approximately 7 miles around the flattest parts of Perry Hall . At a very casual pace, we’ll probably be in the saddle for a 60-90 minute ride. The ride will take a break and get Italian Ice and custard with more Palooza Party People at Rita’s in Perry Hall and then loop back to the start.
We’ll be following all the rules of the road, including red light stops, but the leaders will wait so we can all stay together. Most of the riding will be in the roadway, a safe option given our number of cyclists. Help will be available for flat tires or quick mechanical fixes, but be sure to check your tire pressure and carry what you need to fix a flat tire. Please wear a helmet.
Please email ryan (at) communitycc.net with any questions. Details updated on the Facebook event page
and then on Sunday, June 22nd TOWSON BIKE MOSEY explores lore the hidden treasured roads of Towson for this monthly ~10ish mile casual ride. Don’t forget to wear bright clothing!
and here’s the route Cue Sheet June 22 Towson Bike Mosey
Early voting opened yesterday in Maryland for the 2014 primary election. Primary election voting closes on Tuesday, June 24 to determine which candidate will represent their party in the general election to be held in November. Being a mid-term election, no presidential elections (and in this case Maryland U.S. Senators) are held, but other important offices are up for election including Governor, U.S. House of Representatives, the Maryland General Assembly (state senators and delegates) as well as Baltimore County Executive and Council.
In April, I invited candidates to share their views on bicycling in and around Baltimore through an online survey. Candidates, or their staff, had until the close of Bike Month, May 31st to complete the survey. As promised, those survey results are ready. While other offices, such as Attorney General, Comptroller, Sheriff and judges are open for election, the focus was on the executive and legislative races as these offices have a greater impact on biking conditions.
Of all 216 eligible candidates, 79 took the survey. That’s a 37% response rate. While there were only 6 mandatory questions, most completed the survey of 21 questions. Only one candidate for Governor, Anthony Brown, completed the survey.
Click here for the 2014 Baltimore Area Candidates Survey Results
Reading the Results:
- To offer a side by side comparison, the survey results are available as a MicroSoft Excel spreadsheet (*.xls)
- Each office is broken out by different tabs visible at the bottom of the sheet (Governor, U.S. House of Reps, State Senate, House of Delegates, Baltimore County Executive and Baltimore County Council)
- Across the top of each tab, the survey questions are listed in bold. A list of multiple choice answers are located on the 2nd row in italics. Where multiple choices questions offered “Select All That Apply” answers, these answers are grouped together with borders.
- On each tab, candidates are groups by their district. Scroll down through each tabs to see the candidates who have responded. Candidates who did not participate are listed at the bottom of each tab. There are many bike friendly candidates who did not participate.
- These survey results are for your use in helping share candidate’s views on bicycling. The survey will possibly be available for the General Election in November. This blog currently does not endorse any particular candidate or party but provides this information as a service to the biking community.
Other interesting stats produced from survey responses:
The 2nd on-street bike corral in Baltimore was created this week in Harbor East. Outside Zipcar’s office at Aliceanna and S Caroline Street, the Harbor East style racks were installed by Department of Transportation’s Bridge Maintenance crews.