No matter your riding style, there’s a good ride for you this weekend! In addition to the regularly scheduled rides on the EVENTS page, there are three unique rides.
Tonight, the Charm City Pedal Mill embarks on its maiden voyage in the City of Baltimore. Time and place will be posted.
UPDATE: The Pedal’s first tour leaves from Ale Mary’s (Fleet & Washington) at 6:30! The 9:30 tour leaves from Dead End Saloon (935 Fell St). All B’more Bikes blog readers get a ride for only $20! Spots are still available for the Saturday and Sunday tours.
Tomorrow, the Charm City Garden Tour spins through the hidden gems of West Baltimore. Registration begins at 1pm at the Whitelock Community Farm. The tour lasts from 2-5pm with an afterparty to celebrate.
Sunday, MORE hosts the Skills Park Fundraiser Party from 2-6pm at the Rockburn Branch Park West Pavilion. A raffle with some excellent prizes will be held. All proceeds to towards the construction of the Rockburn mountain bike skills park located near Ellicott City.
And on Tuesday, the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meets to elect its new chair and co-chair. The meeting will be held in the Department of Planning’s Conference Room (417 E. Fayette St, 8th Floor) at 6pm on Tuesday. All are welcome and feel free to bring your bikes inside.
On Wednesday, August 10th, Nathan Krasnopoler passed away from injuries sustained in an accident on February 26th. Nathan was pedaling in the bike lane on W. University Pkwy when he was right-hooked by a vehicle overtaking him. Deepest sympathies go out to Nathan’s family who are establishing a memorial fund in his honor. A ghost bike is already located at the site of the accident.
As the bike network spreads across the city, some communities are resisting new bike lanes while others are embracing them. Reservoir Hill is a neighborhood that not only embraces bike infrastructure improvements, but also looks to show other communities how biking can make urban communities healthier, safer, and more livable.
Nestled between the JFX, North Avenue and Druid Lake, Reservoir Hill presented some “low hanging fruit” in implementing the Bicycle Master Plan. With excess roadway width, Madison Ave and Eutaw Place presented an easy installation of bike lanes as part of a community request for traffic calming. (South of North Ave, Madison presents a classic bike boulevard route down to State Center). Park Avenue through Bolton Hill and Reservoir Hill is a popular route for cyclits due to low vehicular traffic volume. DOT installed bike route signs to help guide other cyclists through the area between State Center and Druid Hill.
The community responded to these changes by requesting bike racks at the German Park playground and Whitelock Community Farm. Two bike oriented programs emerged from Reservoir Hill. In 2010, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council sponsored a bicycle workshop with Velocipede and the Baltimore Police Department. This weekly workshop taught bike maintenance skills to teens throughout the summer.
Another program to spring up is the Charm City Garden Bike Tour. Last year’s inaugural tour led participants of on a guided tour of community gardens. This year, the tour returns with an emphasis on Westside community gardens. Come out and join the ride this Saturday!
So take a spin through Reservoir Hill and check out all the cool things going on there. You can read more about Reservoir Hill’s bike and greening initiatives at rhicgreen.org, and visit reservoirhill.net to learn more about all of Reservoir Hill Improvement Council’s programs and updated blogs.
Special thanks on this post goes to Teddy Krolik for the pictures and details!
You may have heard that the next version of the Baltimore Bike Map is in the works. The new map will show some new bike lanes and roads not recommended for riding. We’ll also add the bike shops that opened in town over the past year. On the last map, a list of Points of Interest and Scenic Vistas was included to make biking around town a little more adventureous. Little did we know that these features on the map would be incredibly useful for non-cyclists are well.
There will be some extra space on the new map where we can add some more points of interest and vistas. Do you know a cool place that didn’t make the last map? Post your spot below and it could be included on the next map!
For a refresher, the Points of Interests are listed to the left. You can find the the Scenic Vistas here
On my annual trip down the ocean, I always see cool or unique bikes or bike-related stuff. Here are a couple from last week’s trip.
Last Wednesday, I took a group of mayoral fellows on a bike ride around town to show some of the city’s progress in becoming more bike-friendly. Adrianna Overdorff jumped at the chance to do a guest blog post after the ride. Adrianna is from Tucson, Arizona and currently studying policy & advocacy at University of Maryland’s School of Social Work.
When I think about biking on city streets, images of a lone cyclist breezing past lanes of stalled traffic come to mind. I came to Baltimore a little over two years ago and I had not been on a bike in probably more than ten. When I learned that a bike tour was on the schedule for this summer’s Mayoral Fellows, the proper thing to thing to say would seem to have been something along the lines of, city cyclists get around quickly without the headaches associated with driving a car. More privately, I felt that as a general rule of personal safety, taking to the roads on a bike in the city was too much of a risk! In the two years I have lived here, I have seen bicycle infrastructure grow and my own driver-awareness increase. Yesterday, I finally took the opportunity to ride a bike and get a sense of the power of Baltimore’s cycling culture.
Nate Evans toured us through a beautiful bicycle route going from Federal Hill through the Inner Harbor and on to Patterson Park. The first thing I noticed was the feeling of being connected to the environment in the kinds of intimate ways that we are deeply disconnected from inside a car. It was an experience of the senses. The sun and air hit your face and legs, your feet touched the asphalt and sometimes you felt the brush of tree leaves cross your path. On my first urban bike ride ever, I felt a sense of pride and a tangible feeling of trail-blazing while pedaling on Pratt Street with a group of my peers—a feeling probably shared by the cyclists I see every morning going through traffic. It was a great summer day to be on a bike with friends and colleagues but far beyond that, cycling in Baltimore city was a politicizing experience; I felt the rush of progressive urban politics at my feet with rows of automobiles behind us.
On April 6, 2010, 43-year-old Larry Bensky was struck by a car and killed while bicycling on Butler Road, near Falls Road, in Baltimore County. Larry left behind two daughters, a wife, six brothers and many more who had the pleasure to know him.
To honor his memory, Larry’s Ride and Run is a Bike Maryland fundraising event that raises awareness of bicyclists and bicycle safety issues. This year’s event to be held September 24th from 7am – 3pm at Spring Meadow Farms has added several new bike routes and a 3.6-mile run. Following the bike rides and 3.6-mile run, celebration activities will take place including a lunch for all registered participants attending the event, including non-bikers and non-runners. All friends and family are welcome to attend, participate and enjoy the day!
Proceeds from the ride go directly to advance the advocacy efforts of Bike Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to better and safer bicycling, walking and mass transit. Help raise awareness of bicyclists and bicycle safety issues to prevent similar tragedies by celebrating Larry’s life, one mile at a time.
To register, visit Larry’s Ride
Have you ever wanted to take a bike ride with 16 of your closest friends all on the same bike? The Charm City Pedal Mill will help you do just that!
Coming from the Dutch and German concept of a party bike, the pedal mill is a 17′ long bike that seats 16 people; 10 to do the pedalling with benches on the front and back for people to lounge. A pedal mill driver will do all the steering and breaking.
Tours will take place in Fells Point and Harbor East to start and are open to expand on different routes as the pedal mill fleet expands. Various bars and restuarants are confirmed along the routes where mill riders are privy to specials. Tours last at least 2 1/2 hours with varying prices, open 7 days a week and from 11 am to midnight.
The Charm City Pedal Mill hits local streets (tentatively) on August 13th!
One of the last remaining parts of the Southeast Bicycle Network was installed last week in Little Italy. The one-block contraflow bike lane creates an eastbound connection for cyclists travelling from the Inner Harbor to Little Italy and points east along the Bank St bike route.