If you missed your chance to get on most local TV stations at Friday’s celebration, don’t worry. Here’s another chance!
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be at the corner of President & Fleet Streets for Fox 45’s “Morning Show.” We’ll highlight the new bike lanes on President St. and some of our recent biking accomplishments in Baltimore. Along with Joel Smith, we’ll do 1-3 minute segments, 3-4 times an hour, starting at 7AM!
Join us, ride by and holler or just bring us breakfast!
The more folks we have on bikes, the better! Thanks for your help & hope to see you tomorrow!
Thursday, October 14th
7pm Falvey Hall, MICA
1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave
Tomorrow, Friday, October 8th, Baltimore celebrates three major bicycle accomplishments: new bike lanes, new bike legislation and the Bicycle Friendly Community award.
This public event will be held at Katyn Circle (President & Aliceanna Sts.) at 11 am! Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will showcase new bike lanes on President Streets and sign two of the bike bills into law; mandating bike safe grates on all city contracts and a $75 fine for parking in bike lanes.
The Mayor will also accept the bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke. This award recognizes Baltimore’s efforts in improving cycling conditions and encouraging more people to get on bikes!
Please come out and show your support for Baltimore’s biking acoomplishments!
Last night, the Baltimore City Council passed two more “bike bills” and one resolution!
09-0430 – $75 fine for parking in a bike lane
09-0431 – Bike safe grates on all city contracts
09-0175R – Informational Hearing between the Baltimore Police Department & area cyclists
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will sign these two bills into law at City Hall’s Ceremony Room this Friday, October 8th at 11 am. At that time, the Mayor will also accept the bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clark.
This event is open to the public! Come support Baltimore’s advances in becoming more bike-friendly!!!
Special Thanks go to Councilmember Mary Pat Clarke for sponsoring this important legislation and to the entire City Council for their support!
Thanks to Carol Silldorff, ONE LESS CAR and all the volunteers and sponsors for putting together the ride!
This past week, Baltimore was host to 5 representatives from NACTO, to learn from other cities bike programs and show what we have ….so far.
Thursday evening, 4 panelists shared their experiences on how their cities supported cycling. First, Eric Gilliland explained how NACTO is organized to foster the sharing of ideas between urban transportation agencies, including cycling programs. Next, Jim Sebastian showed how a strong advocacy organiztion was able to encourage advanced bike infrastructre like cycletracks on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Dani Simons of New York City’s DOT showed how biking in New York City was normalized. Where only bike messengers in spandex ruled the streets, ‘bicycle chic’ is taking over. Bike shops are catering to people that want to make biking their transportation of choice, including bikes for carrying children.
Roger Geller from Portland showed how the city’s steady commitment to bike infrastructure created a metro-wide bikeway network. Even though a Complete Streets rule was in place since the early70s, it wasn’t until the city was almost sued that the bike network was implemented starting in the early 90s.
On Friday, after presenting to city and state transportation officials, we toured Baltimore to highlight some of our successes including the on-street bike parking, developing bike box, and shared bike & bus lane (on Lombard St).
I really appreciate Eric, Dani, Jim, Roger and Jon Orcutt for showing how we can transform our community by promoting biking.