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DOT Offers Free Bike Racks

January 7th, 2011 | Categories: Parking, Programs | 1 comment

After a brief suspension, the Department of Transportation is again offering free bike racks to interested property owners.   The bike rack program was rejunvenated after updating the existing inventory of DOT racks and receiving a generous donation of racks from the Department of Recreation and Parks. 

Big thanks go to Anne Draddy & Charlie Murphy at Rec & Parks and Nelson Jackson at DOT for making this happen!

Bike racks can be installed on hard surfaces, preferably concrete sidewalks.  Under some circumstances, racks may be installed in brick surfaces.  A site evaluation will needed to determine if installation is feasible.  Each rack can park at least 2 bikes and 3 or 4 if you’re ambitious.  Racks are powder coated for weather resistance and limit dings to bikes.

The type of racks being offered are DOT’s standard “Downtown” rack and the “Hitch” Rack  (See below).

If you want a rack or know a good spot for one, send me an email at

"Downtown" Rack

"Hitch" Rack

Velocipede Upgrades for January

January 6th, 2011 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

From the Velocipede site:

Hello everyone, we here at Velocipede hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and new year.  We’d like to thank everyone in this great city who’ve donated their sweat and/or parts and much needed funds to help us give back to this community.  Without you, we wouldn’t have arrived this far.  So thank you, and we hope that we can continue doing this for years to come.

With that in mind, we’d like to announce that in the month of January, we will be closed for a much needed overhaul, both of our physical workspace and of our operations.  We will be cleaning, renovating, reorganizing, redesigning,  and in general, hopefully implementing some new procedures and programs for the future.

 What does this mean for you?

 well…. while we are closed for regular operations, we will be at the shop, and will still accept donations and furthermore, we still would love to have your help and participation in this overhaul!

 If you would like to help out with this month of overhauling  (everything from heavy lifting/carpentry/electronics/handywork to graphic design and admin type stuff) we would LOVE to have you!  Please drop an email to our collective member, Ben, at ( with your information, including what special skillsets (ie: wood work, etc..) that you have.

We will be open for regular hours in February.

Thank you once again from Velocipede!

Meals On Wheels Needs Cyclists!

January 5th, 2011 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

MEALS ON WHEELS of Central Maryland is looking for cyclists to help delivery nutritious meals to your homebound neighbors.  Dan Breuer donates an hour of his time to deliver meals by bike!  This program is still being developed so get in on this new endeavor whether you have a Burley, BOB, good panniers or a basket!

Meals are delivered Monday – Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

To volunteer, call 443-573-0925 or email

Meals on Wheels serves all of central Maryland with delivery locations in Bolton Hill, Hampden, Dundalk, Highlandtown, Loch Raven, Gardenville, Cockeysville, Federal Hill, Towson, Pikesville, Catonsville and Randallstown.

“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping lift someone up!”

Ride Transit & Rate It!

January 4th, 2011 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

Today’s post comes from Katie Whelley of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

Biking in the winter is certainly not for the faint of heart and in case you all hadn’t noticed it’s been a COLD December in Baltimore City. For all of you who opted out of biking in this frigid weather and are instead taking advantage of Baltimore’s public transportation there is a new way for you to tell the city what you thought of your rider experience.

Rate Your Ride is a new program developed by the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance to help better assess the successes and failures of the city’s public transportation. If you text the word “ride” to the number 30802 you will be sent a short survey about your rider experience. You can boast about how friendly you driver was or complain that your bus was 20 minutes late. All of the surveys (positive or negative) are compiled regularly and a summary along with non-personal data is shared with the Maryland Transit Administration. Your instant feedback will put the kind of necessary public pressure on the MTA in order for them to make swifter improvements.

If improving Maryland’s public transportation isn’t enough of an incentive to get your fingers texting maybe the Transportation Alliance’s monthly raffle will. When you fill out a survey your number is automatically registered for a monthly drawing where the winners receive iPads, iPods, and other cool gift cards you can use around town! Over 3300 surveys have been filled out since the program started at the end of September. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference in Baltimore City public transportation (or win an iPod).

Visit the Rate Your Ride website at  to view survey results and learn more about the program.

Baltimore County Pedals Forward

January 3rd, 2011 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

Last week, I had the opportunity to do some good old-fashioned, unbridled bike advocacy.  Being the bike planner for the city, a balance has to be struck between what’s best for cyclists, the future of cycling, all road users and community interests.  But not last Wednesday…

With Carol Silldorff from Bike Maryland, we met two new Baltimore County Councilmen:  Tom Quirk from District 1 and David Marks from District 5.   I’ve known David since high school and over the past couple years, we worked on the Walkable Perry Hall Report and the Perry Hall Community Plan together.   I knew it was a good day for the county when David was elected our new councilmember.

Over the course of our conversation we discussed identifying trail projects, implementing the Eastern (& Western) County Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Plan and funding sources for dedicated active transportation officials inside the county government.

The highlight of our conversation was on a resolution calling for the creation of the BALTIMORE COUNTY PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  Both Councilmen Marks and Quirk are introducing this legislation TONIGHT at the Baltimore County Council meeting.  The creation of this advisory group will work similarly to the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, just with a little more “teeth.”  Some of the highlights of the legislation include:

Join me in thanking Councilmen Marks & Quirk for their forward thinking vision of Baltimore County and encourage their fellow councilmembers to support this important legislation!

UPDATE: You’ll be able to testify at the work session on Tuesday, February 1 at 2 p.m. in the Plum Room of the County Council.  The vote is on Monday, February 7

Read the full text of the bill here



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