Not only does Artscape bring out a lot of cool and unique bikes, but also a lot of cool bike art. Here are my two favorites from the weekend!
For the 3rd year, bike parking was offered at Artscape with sponsorship from the University of Baltimore. Ample parking was available to Gordon Plaza, located at the northeast corner of Mt. Royal and Maryland Avenues. The actual number of bikes parked at Artscape are still be determined. Sincere thanks goes out to all the volunteers who worked the bike parking! Despite having plenty of room at Gordon Plaza, bikes were locked to sign posts throughout the festival area.
Aside from the bike parking, Artscape usually brings out some pretty unique bikes
Aside from the bike parking, Artscape usually brings out some unique bikes and plenty of bike art.
This Saturday, July 23rd, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) is holding its next trail maintenance day at Loch Raven Reservoir. The first 125 people to register get a free T-shirt! To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is made possible by a grant from REI, with support from BOB trailers, and Zac® Tools Also, a special thanks to Race Pace Bicycles for their immediate and selfless support of our trail work days, no questions asked!
This Tuesday, July 19th, the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) will meet at 6pm in the Department of Planning’s Conference Room (417 E. Fayette St, 8th Floor). This meeting is open to the public. Bring your bikes inside and up to the 8th floor. Agenda items include:
- The 5 year update to the 2006 Bicycle Master Plan
- Update on the Downtown Bicycle Network
- Recap on recent bike events
- Beginning the search for the next chair of MBAC
To add agenda items, please email Nate Evans at email@example.com and see you Tuesday
This year’s Bob Moore Memorial/Moonlight Madness Ride was another success – no major wrecks and no one left behind. The group of over 100 pedalled safely through the streets of B’more and picked up a few interested riders along the way.
Penny Troutner opened the ride with a few words about Bob and what he did to push biking in Baltimore. Not long after 8, we rolled out across The Block, where WE were the spectacle. Around the Harbor, through Federal Hill, up Charles St we took a break at Druid Lake where the moon hung over the Moorish Tower. Heading south along Bolton Hill, we were joined by 5 local youth who rode wheelies for blocks! Over to Broadway, down to Fells Pt and back to City Hall to complete another glorious ride.
Don’t miss this year’s Moonlight Madness Ride this Wednesday.
We roll from City Hall at 8pm!
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A rough route preview is available at Ride With GPS (since Bikely is having issues)
As Baltimore County (yes, County) moves toward becoming more bike & pedestrian conscious, the 5th District set the tone for the rest of the county by establishing the first district counterpart to the still-forming countywide Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee. Councilman David Marks hosted the inaugural group of eight 5th District residents who want to make their part of the county more multi-modal. This meeting and all future meetings are open to anyone interested in getting involved. The initial meeting included planners, landscape architects, triathletes, recreational cyclists, bike commuters, PhDs and a local Boy Scout.
The 5th District (now) extends from Kingsville to Towson, including the communities of Perry Hall, Carney, Parkville, Stoneleigh and Rodgers Forge.
The meeting started as Stu Sirota of TND Planning, shared what Safe Routes To School improvements are happening at Rodgers Forge Elementary. Starting by establishing pedestrian/bicyclists counts, the SRTS group determined that 65% of students walk or bike to school. Future plans include a travel survey for parents, walking school buses and other activities to encourage walking to school. I shared what improvements are being made on the bike front in the city and how we can connect those improvements to the county.
If you want to share your thoughts on bike & pedestrian improvements in the 5th District, feel free to leave your thoughts on the Community Walk map here
As I’m on just about every national bicycle & pedestrian email blast, I received many yesterday with the same message: Federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects are in danger of getting cut.
Congressman John Mica of Florida, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, outlined his plans for the new transportation bill and called for the elimination of dedicated funding for biking and walking programs, which he suggested, “do not serve a federal purpose.” The congressman obviously has a skewed vision of national security. The more Americans walk, bike and teach our kids to do the same helps ween the nation’s oil addiction. The same oil addiction has lead us to countless wars and unholy alliances just to keep cars on the road. How’s that for federal purpose.
In the Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma is leading a similar attack. Inhofe, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said that one of his top-three priorities for the next multi-year federal transportation bill is to eliminate “frivolous spending for bike trails.” Mr. Inhofe is stuck in the “bikes are toys” mentality and doesn’t understand that bicycle and pedestrian commuting has seen a dramatic increase with the past 10 years.
Before you throw up your hands and give up, contact your 2 U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and let them know that you want bicycle, pedestrian and Safe Routes to School funding in the next federal transportation bill.
A year or so ago, I got hooked on Foursquare, a mobile app that helps you explore your world & town. While its kinda silly with ‘unlocking badges’, I’ve found it incredibly useful for getting free chips & salsa at Chili’s, reading on-the-fly restaurant reviews & menu recommendations.
Earlier this year, we launched the B’more Chilly Winter Biking Contest which used Foursquare to check-in at a dozen bike-related locations around Baltimore.
Yesterday, Urbanite Magazine & WTMD launched the Great Baltimore Check-in which, again, uses Foursquare to win a big prize. The numerous locations are broken down into categories, one of which is BIKE IT! I was pretty excited to see this category, but that soon wained after I saw the locations. No bike box or contraflow lanes here, although there is Joe’s Bike Shop, Round Falls, Herring Run Park & Jones Falls Trail.
So, here’s another reason for some summer riding around town and checking out hidden gems of Baltimore. You can help me score extra points by visiting my Ambassador page.