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July 12th, 2010 | Categories: Stolen Bikes | Post Comment

If you see anyone riding this bike with a bell and purple flower painted on it, REPORT ‘EM!!!

 This bike was stolen from a shed in Hampden Thursday night and needs to be returned to its rightful owner!


Morgan Stanley Bike Parking


July 9th, 2010 | Categories: Parking | 11 comments

A few weeks ago, I was riding back from a meeting and passed by this wonderful site.  So many bikes, unfortunately, such little space for bike parking.  The new Morgan Stanley building in Harbor East was in the final stages of construction when this picture was taken.  I’m not sure if there is additional bike parking now available but it is next to ample vehicular parking as covered by Baltimore Brew.

This picture speaks volumes about bike commuters in Baltimore:

It really doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride.  Here the BMXs almost outnumber the road bikes.  Even O’s pitcher Jeremy Guthrie rides a BMX to the Yard.

If there’s something solid to lock to, cyclists are going to use it as a rack.  A League of American Bicyclists survey question asks:  How many bike racks are in your community?  If we count all the official racks, sign posts, parking meters and tree guards, we would have a million bike racks easy.


Bike Lids in Canton


July 7th, 2010 | Categories: Parking | 5 comments

If you’re biking through Canton but want to take the Harbor Connector to Tide Point, you now have a safe place to lock your bike.  Seven new bike lids were installed in Canton Waterfront Park!  Bike lids are a great way to store your bike for longer term parking.  The lid completely covers the bike protecting it from the elements and vandalism.  Cyclists use their own lock to secure the lid shut.  There is no charge for using the bike lids with more coming to the Harbor Connector stop at the Frederick Myers Museum near Jackson Wharf.

Thanks go to DOT’s Barry Robinson, Nelson Jackson and Terry Chenoweth for getting the lids in place!


Sustainable Trail Design


July 5th, 2010 | Categories: People | 1 comment

No matter where I travel, I always see some unique “bike thing” that maybe I can bring home to B’more.  Out of town this weekend, I got to do some mountain biking on some very technical & well designed trails.   While these two trail systems were in very different terrain, they both exhibited fun challenges with resistance to rain & wear.

There’s a common misconception that mountain bikers just want to shred and ignore environmental impact; but in reality it is the mountain bike community who have promoted trails that last when designed properly.  IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) encourages environmental standards through their Sustainable Trail Design Guidelines and through local affiliates that do much of the trail maintenance.

My first ride started with a road climb up to the ridge of The Western Slope of Massanutten where rocky trails drop over a 1000′ to the adjacent valley.  The Shenandoah Valley Bicycling Coalition works with public & private land owners to construct and maintain an intricate network of trails here.  Local rocks were used to construct tabletops, rolling grade dips, trail armoring, and stream crossings which divert rainwater and provide riders with opportunities to catch some air.  On my climb up the Pink Trail, I passed Tim, a local maintainer, who indicated this trail was only a year old and was so well designed that it didn’t need any maintenance.  That’s quite a challenge considering the amount of bike traffic I saw.  Not to mention, the black bear traffic I saw using the trails.

Heading back towards Baltimore, I stopped at Wakefield Park in Fairfax County, VA.  Utilizing the rolling terrain and power line easement, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts) worked with the county and utility companies to design world class trails as several mountain bike races are held here annually.  (MORE also maintains many local trails like Loch Raven and Patapsco.) After the long climbs of Massanutten, Wakefield was no problem and down-right fun.  Here I enjoyed a series of insloped turns, boardwalks and jumps.

If you would like to join a group ride or help maintain area trails, visit MORE’s website and check the calendar.


Guilford Ave Bike Boulevard Meeting


July 2nd, 2010 | Categories: Events, Programs | Post Comment

Thanks everyone for coming out to JHU and offering your input to make Guilford Ave even more bike-friendly!  If you have any other recommendations, please let us know by posting to this blog or emailing me at nate.evans@baltimorecity.gov

We’ll post Wednesday’s presentation on the Bike Baltimore website within the coming weeks.

The below picture is from the Kinetic Sculpture Race parked at JHU – I saw it coming to the meeting.


 

 


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