Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 11th for the
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Center Plaza Cyclovia!
From 5 -7 pm, DPOB is hosting this event to encourage biking in Baltimore with giveaways, information and bike maintenance
C’mon on out for a leisure ride around Baltimore to some hidden gems and the biggest party on the eastside!
The Department of Transportation conducted its (almost) quarterly bicycle commuter traffic counts from September 13th -15th, 2011. Special thanks go out to the 33 volunteers who collected this information! All the stats below would not be possible without your commitment!
Bikes were counted at Falls Rd & Maryland Ave, Guilford Ave & Mt. Royal Ave, Aliceanna St & Boston St, Fleet St & President St, Keswick Ave & Wyman Park Drive, St. Paul St. & Centre St., Frederick Ave & Gwynns Falls Trail, Frederick Ave & Athol Rd and the bike racks at Penn Station.
Total Bikes Counted: 2117
Percentage Increase from Sept 2010: 5.7%
Total Riders Counted: 1965
Total Bikes at Penn Station: 152
Location with Most Increase: Guilford & Mt. Royal (16% – and this is before any bicycle boulevard or Jones Falls Trail improvements)
Percentage Female Riders: 28% (average)
Percentage Female Increase from Sept 2010: 8%
Highest Count: 116 (Falls & Maryland, Sept 13th 4-6 pm)
Lowest Count: 4 (Frederick & Athol, Sept 15th, 7-9 am)
Helmet Use Increase: 1%
Most Helmet Use: Wyman Park & Keswick (77%)
Least Helmet Use: Aliceanna & Boston (44%, which still isn’t all that bad)
The next bicycle counts will take place January 10th – 12th, 2012
The bike box at the intersection of Wyman Park Drive, Keswick Avenue & Sission St underwent a change last week. The long awaited “greening” took place which makes the cyclists area more obvious. The concept of the bike box helps give cyclists a lead at intersections, making the presence of cyclists more obvious thus reducing conflicts. The green epoxy used maintains fricition with tires even when wet.
This bike box on Wyman Park Drive replaced a pocket bike lane situated between a through lane and a left turn lane. While this helped give cyclists a position at the stop bar, it created a mid-intersection conflict area where both cyclists and motorists proceeded straight through the intersection. Now left turning and through bike traffic have an advance ‘go’ through the intersection, while right turning vehicles (and bikes) now have a right turn lane.
Cyclists travelling east on Wyman Park Drive towards Keswick Ave from either the Jones Falls Trail or Druid Park are encouraged to use the bike lane leading toward the intersection. If proceeding through the intersection, position your bike towards the right of the bike box. Do not use the right turn lane or run the red light. For cyclists travelling north on Keswick, position your bike towards the left of the bike box and proceed through the intersection once the light turns green.
Today’s trail work day at Loch Raven has been cancelled due to the weather. We will get back to you shortly with a new date.
Instead, a bunch of us will be heading out to do Larry’s Ride, a memorial ride for a local fallen rider. Details here.
Also, if you heart is set on digging in the dirt, Phase I construction of the Rockburn Skills Park will be occurring on Sunday. Details here.
Thanks, and hope you all have a great weekend!
Bob Compton and Dave Blum
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The rash of bike theft continues to plague Southeast Baltimore.
A bike was stolen from a back patio in Canton this morning. Be on the lookout for:
Black Trek 820 aluminum with red lettering
Rear rack with milk crate basket
Silver bar ends
Slick street tires and fenders (Security binder bolts on the wheels )
Red and white reflective tape in multiple places on the frame and pedals
If seen, please call 410-340-4703
by Renee Samuels
My cycling wardrobe staple is a skirt. They are so comfortable and easy to wear when biking. My favorite two I made using an easy wash, stretchy polyester blend. Bubble skirts and patterns are easily and widely available.
I also like to use supplex, a technical wicking fabric, to make my tops. These keep me dry when biking and allow for some fun color combinations.
The bubble skirt is also great because inside there is a length of elastic that prevents the skirt from riding up or blowing up on a downhill slope. When I do wear other skirt though, I will wear bike shorts under them — just in case.
People often marvel when they see me biking in ‘regular’ clothes. But, with a few adjustments and accommodations I can go from my commute to my cubicle!
These are a few quick identifiers:
- White XL GARY FISHER RIG (Single Speed/ No Gears)
- White GF Frame, Single Speed with DT Swiss Wheelset/ 240 Hubs
- Red Magura Marta SL Hydraulic Disc Brakes and Calipers
- GreenChris King stem Cap
- Green Ergon Grips
- Red Straight Line rock ring
- XTR SPD pedals
- Black Thompson seat post.
- It also has a red and white sticker that says “Kick A$$” on the top tube
If found, please call or text: 410-960- 8150
We will be having our next trail work day on Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 am.
We will be working on the first climb on the fire road just after entering the trail head on Seminary Ave. (near the church) and another smaller group will be going out chainsaws (if they are back from the shop in time) to clear downed trees.
Make sure you bring a bike, gloves, water, and a snack!
We will be meeting at the intersection of Dulaney Valley and Seminary (at the church). There is limited parking, so please carpool if possible. Try to be ready to roll by 8am and if you do park in the church lot, park on the far side out of respect for the church.
Bring a BOB if you have one, and don’t be afraid to volunteer if you would like to pull one.
Thanks again for all your support!
Dave Blum and Bob Compton
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By Greg Cantori, Executive Director of the Knott Foundation
On September 14, 2011, the League of American Bicyclists announced the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) in a diverse and groundbreaking number of 111 new BFBs.
Nationally, the Knott Foundation is the only family foundation to currently be recognized as a platinum, gold, silver, or bronze award recipient. The Foundation joins seven other businesses in Maryland that were also recognized for their commitment to bike-based transportation.
The Knott Foundation’s next step will be to encourage other businesses to join this innovative movement and share how an investment in bicycling can be a vehicle for improved employee health, social responsibility, and economic growth. In addition, look for our announcement of this award, as well as a reminder of when the next application is due, in our bi-monthly e-newsletter.