Even though bike counts are wrapping up today, BIKE MONTH is NOT slowing down! Yesterday’s Ride Around The Reservoir was well attended. Thanks to Dan Baker for being on hand to provide riding lessons and to Recreation & Parks for providing the bikes & volunteers!
Check out some of the other bike events going on in and around B’more!
- Travelling Ukelele player Aaron Lee plays at Velocipede tonight
- Herring Run Trail Ride Friday night from Lake Montebello to I-895 . Yes, 895! South of Sinclair, it gets REALLY FUN!
- Jones Falls Trail Ride & Sweep
- Honeygo Run Trail Maintenance
- Chris Lewis bikes Patapsco for a good cause
- Roland Avenue Cyclovia
And props to Governor O’Malley for signing HB 363 into law!
Sunny with a high in the mid-70s! What more can you ask for!
Starting this morning, volunteers are helping document Baltimore’s bicycle traffic at select intersections around town. If you ride by any of the following intersections between 7-9 am or 4-6pm, you’ll be counted:
Falls & Maryland
Guilford & Mt. Royal
Keswick & Wyman Park
St. Paul & Centre
Fleet & President
Aliceanna & Boston
Frederick & the Gwynns Falls Trail
Frederick & Athol
Parking at Penn Station? Don’t worry, you’ll be counted as well!
This morning, I pulled up the corner of Maryland & Oliver with two other cyclists…and we all waited at the red light.
The 13th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race ran Saturday, May 7th! This year, 35 moveable sculptures, or extremely modified bikes, took to the streets of Baltimore. Here are a few shots from the event! (I’m putting together a video I hope to have up by week’s end)
If you have pictures or videos from this year’s KSR, feel free to upload them here
In planning for Artscape’s bike parking, it would be great if we could host a few entries to show off! If anyone would like to participate, please let me know.
Some of this year’s winners include:
2011 Grand Mediocre East Coast Champion: PLATYPUS
Art: Ankh-ers Away
Engineering: Am-Ish Sin Caballo
People’s Choice: Go Ask Alice
Tomorrow, the craziest bike race in town happens! The 13th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race loops the harbor with a series of challenges to make it interesting. The race begins and ends at the American Visionary Arts Museum, (AVAM) 800 Key Highway next to Federal Hill Park.
Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the AVAM hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of the Inner Harbor. The eight-hour race covers 15 miles—mostly on pavement, but also including a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand at Patterson Park.
Festivities kick off at 8:00 am with a safety check, brake test and bike decoration. Even if you’re not in the race, you can ride along with a decorated bike of your own. This is a great chance for kids to come out and get involved!
Opening ceremonies and race start at 9:30am with the Awards Ceremony at 5pm. Visit the Kinetic Sculpture Race website for the 2011 Kinetic Spectator’s Guide including schedule and race map!
Twenty 20 Cycling is proud to be a supporter of the Bike Month Challenge. Drop by the shop and with proof of participation, receive 10% off any accessory, including our custom Twenty20 Blend of Zeke’s Coffee, to keep you going on your rides. Twenty20 is a full service bike shop offering sales, repair, and bike fitting services. Shop hours are Monday – Friday from 11-7pm, Saturday from 10-6pm, and Sunday from 11-4pm. Find us on the web and Facebook!
Note: use the confirmation e-mail sent when you registered with as proof of registration.
I’m Andie Murtha….the other Baltimore City Bike and Pedestrian Planner. I joined Nate Evans and Baltimore DOT in late January of this year. Since my arrival I’ve been conducting an experiment of sorts. I have made it my mission to remove roadblocks to bike commuting by dispelling the myths that female professionals might site to keep them off bikes.
Myth Number 1: Skirts are incompatible with cycling.
FALSE! Riding in an A line skirt is easier than riding in pants. No pant legs to get caught up in the chain, no tight fitting derrière to split when taking a curb too quickly. The cross bar of the bike frame prevents the skirt from flying up and causing any unwanted exposure.
Straight skirts and miniskirts also work fine. My experience has been that a straight skirt with lycra incorporated into the weave poses no problem to riding. A mini, depending on length, or a straight skirt without any ‘give’ requires supplemental leggings or spandex shorts to get from point A to point B… unless you’re an exhibitionist.
What doesn’t work so well? Pencil skirts and bubble skirts. Yes, bubble skits are back in for this season… I suspect that will be a short lived exception to the rule, since NOBODY looks good in a bubble skirt!
Myth Number 2: Heels are not for biking.
FALSE! As it turns out, riding in a classic, closed toe, three inch pump is easier than riding in sneakers. They position the feet into a shape that mimics clipped-in riding shoes and they’re less bulky than sneakers so they slip into pedal cages easier. Ballet flats, Mary Janes, and loafers have similar positive attributes. In fact, any well constructed woman’s shoe with a closed back, with the exception of stilettos will not hinder propelling efforts.
Myth number 3: I can’t carry my laptop to work.
Mostly False. No, I couldn’t carry a standard laptop bag. It swung around and threw me off balance. A back pack was very easy to transport but not so professional looking. I found a happy compromise with a standard messenger bag. Make sure that the bag has an adjustable strap. A heavier load needs to be tighter to the body. Tote bags are impossible unless you outfit your bike with some kind of rack.
Myth number 4: Bad hair is inevitable.
Not really. I have straight shoulder length hair. If I ride with a helmet, my hair looks the same after I take the helmet off as before I put it on, once I run a brush through it. No buns or high ponytails until I get to work. They can’t fit under the helmet.
So, there you have it. Business chic and bicycles are not mutually exclusive.
In celebration of May’s National Bike Month, the Waterfront Partnership will be giving away a free Trek bike to one of our Facebook fans. Post “a smarter way to get there” on their Facebook wall to be automatically entered to win.
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B’more Bike Month officially kicked off Sunday morning at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon. There, a group of 2 dozen gathered to do the first Bike Month 2011 ride – the annual Monument to Monument Ride. This near-century (100 miles) ride follows scenic roads and trails from the Washington Monument in Baltimore to the Washington Monument in DC and back. Bob Wagner, local long distance enthusiast, organized the ride and developed the route.
The group left Baltimore at about 8:20 am under overcast skies, rolling down Cathedral and Sharp Sts onto the Gwynns Falls Trail. It was at this point that the group divided into two distinct subgroups – the serious road riders and those that were taking an easier pace. (I was in the latter group.) Leaving the suburbs, the route followed quiet, forested roads across the Patapsco and around BWI. After a quick break at a 7-11, we continued to roll toward DC passing the Big House in Jessup, the stables of Laurel Racetrack and a dead opussum. (No, he wasn’t faking – he was still there on the return trip).
Coming into the DC suburbs, we rolled along Cherrywood Rd with some nice bike lanes and through Berwyn Heights where we picked up the Paint Branch Trail network. Not long after I got a slow leak in my rear tire & have Brian to thank for helping keep the deflation at bay. Hopping off the trail, we followed marked bike routes through Mt. Rainier and into DC where we spotted our first CaBi Station. From that point, it was hard not to notice all the pedalers on bike share bikes. Catching the Metropolitan Branch Trail helped us avoid the nasty New York Ave/Florida Ave intersection and took us pretty much to Capitol Hill. We reached DC’s Washington Monument at about 12:30, where I changed my rear tube, then headed to Union Station to top off the air at the Bike Station.
I was a little pressed for time, so I headed home alone at my pace. The cue sheet could not have been more accurate and since it was basically the same way I came down, I better’ve not gotten lost. I reloaded on a Clif Bar at the 7-11 then continued on as the skies opened up. The last 10 miles left me saturated, but not discouraged! What a great ride! Thanks to Bob Wagner for putting together this incredible route!
HAPPY BIKE MONTH EVERYONE!