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Winans Way Sidepath Completed


October 31st, 2011 | Categories: Infrastructure | 3 comments

Underneath the fresh layer of leaves, the Winans Way sidepath connects Hunting Ridge to the Gwynns Falls Trail

Friday, I had a chance to experience the new Winans Way sidepath between Hunting Ridge and the Gwynns Falls Trail.  This long-waited path provides a trail separated  from vehicular traffic on Winans Way.  Given the steep grade of Winans Way into Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, having the protection of a double-sided guardrail is essential for trail user safety.

In addition to providing an active transportation connection between a neighborhood and regional trail system, the sidepath incorporates traffic calming and pedestrian refuges at the Winans Way and Franklintown intersection.  With new crosswalks and pedestrian refuges, the sidepath joins the Gwynns Falls Trail and other trails through Leakin Park.  This new sidepath is part of a planned regional bike network connecting the Gwynns Falls Trail with the Catonsville Trolley Trail via Edmondson Avenue.

New islands in the intersection slow traffic, provide pedestrian refuges and connect 3 trails


B’more Spooky Ride Postposed


October 29th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

The Bmore Spooky Ride has been postponed. The ride will start from City Hall at 3pm on Nov 5th


Balto Metro Council Gets Bike Parking


October 28th, 2011 | Categories: Parking | 2 comments

Contributed by Heather Strassberger

That’s right, Baltimore’s regional transportation planning agency has finally acquired bicycle parking, just over a year after moving into its new office space. Bicyclists can now attend meetings and advocate for their causes before the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board with a sense of relative security and convenience. There are now two bike parking areas in the parking garage by the Offices @ McHenry Row.  The visitor’s parking is located in the garage at the end that faces the office building (See Picture at left)

Unfortunately the location of these racks may be a bit problematic for wheelchair users parking in the two ADA spaces on the far side, but one of those spaces already didn’t have a fully accessible path before the racks were installed. As you can see, one of the racks has already been claimed by a motorized scooter, but that’s temporary. The other bike commuter in the building is recovering from an injury and has to ride her other bike for a while.

 There’s also employee parking for the offices, which will eventually have a gate and be accessible only with an employee’s building access card. For now, meeting attendees can park there and if you find your bike locked in because they built the gate during your meeting, I’ll help you get it out.

McHenry Row is also installing bike parking for apartment tenants and, presumably, shoppers by the time the retail stores open.


New Bike Lanes on Walther Ave


October 27th, 2011 | Categories: Infrastructure | 7 comments

Fresh bike lanes on Walther Avenue

After the loss of the 1/2 mile Monroe Street bike lane over the weekend, new bikes lanes were installed on Walther Avenue.  The new bikes lanes extend from Parkside Drive to Moravia Rd on both the southbound and northbound sides.   As of yesterday, the linear markings were installed with the bike symbols to be installed as the weather clears. 

This 1/2 mile long section provides two new bike lanes while fulfilling a long-time request from the Acadia and Beverley Hills neighborhoods – the lifting of rush hour parking restrictions.  Residents along Walther Ave are now able to park in front of their homes 24 hours a day.  Motorists using Walther will have to adjust to only one travel lane at all times between Parkside and Moravia.

Next year, Walther Avenue will be resurfaced between Moravia Road and Eastern Parkway.  The new bike lanes will be continued through this section expanding the city’s bike network into the Waltherson community.


My Old Schwinn


October 26th, 2011 | Categories: People | Post Comment

Contributed by Dee Mason
The first time I got on a bike, I was 8. It was an old Schwinn, way too big for me. My parents, in their wisdom, decided that training wheels were for sissies. Instead, I’d keep trying to ride the bike till I finally could. I lost track of the number of times I wobbled around with someone holding the back till finally I was able to do it on my own. At first I stuck close to home, fearful that my new skills wouldn’t stand up to a real-life test, but soon enough I was racing round the neighborhood with my friends. One day we’d head down to the Shot Tower, the next across to Lexington and some days we’d make for the port and check out the action.
The Bike as Lifeline
That bike was a lifeline for me. In those days, if you had a bike you could go practically anywhere and reach the limits of the known universe. Every vacant lot within a five mile radius was our property and during the long, long summers, we’d set out in the mornings, loaded with a few essentials (baseball, kite, cap gun – that kind of thing) together with whatever we could scrounge from our moms in the way of eats, and head out for the day. Hard to believe in these days of being always connected, but no-one ever wondered where we were or what we were doing as long as we were back by dark.
Danger
It was just as well our parents didn’t always know what we were up to – or they might have had a heart attack. One day, we were cycling through a neighboring area with a long, sloping road. Going down the hill – at least that was what it seemed like at the time – was a big thrill for us. Even then we felt the need for speed, though it would be years yet before we were old enough to drive something with real power. But get on that slope and you could feel the wind whistling through your hair and experience a pleasing sense of recklessness, without too much danger.At least, it wasn’t dangerous until the day my brakes failed. There I was on my way down the hill I’d ridden down dozens of times before when I pulled on my brakes and … nothing! Not only did they not hold, but I ended up racing right across the street below before breaking my descent with a lamp-post. No serious injuries but both my bike and my pride were slightly dented.

Exploring by Bike
For the rest of the summer I was a bit more cautious about that hill descent, but I continued to have fun with my friends. On our bikes we could go anywhere and on countless long summer days, we pretended to be great explorers or pioneers or spies, with our bikes serving as carriages, boats, planes or whatever form of transport we most needed. Those were good days, repeated summer after summer, till I was old enough to drive. I always kept my bike, though.
These days, I’m riding a Trek bike – my present to myself when I turned 40. Cycling is now more of a weekend entertainment with friends and family. We love following the trail from Glen Burnie to Annapolis or the linked BWI trail, though we have to stop a couple of times to catch our breath as stamina now is a far cry from when I was a kid. And of course I love cycling by the Patapsco River. That whole Gwynns Falls valley is absolutely beautiful and it’s great to take the whole family out for the day to picnic and spot the wildlife while we enjoy the outdoors.
Passing The Torch
Recently, I racked up another milestone –  passing the cycling torch to my daughter. I’ve been teaching her to ride (though as a parent of the 2000s I made sure she had training wheels, knee and elbow pads and a helmet) and we finally took off those training wheels a couple of weeks ago. It’s been great to see her power along under her own steam when we go to the park and I know she’ll soon be building similar memories when she rides around with her friends from the neighborhood.
Dee Mason is a travel-obsessed freelance writer with a passion for all sorts of tourism. A cyclist at heart, she works for Tripbase and has her own blog.

 


State Police/Bicyclist Training Video Screening


October 25th, 2011 | Categories: Events, Programs | Post Comment

The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Department of Transportation have developed a draft training video intended for Maryland law enforcement personnel so they can provide improved traffic enforcement and crash investigation services affecting bicyclists. The training video has been funded through a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

The screening will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 4:30 to 6:30 PM at the Maryland Department of Transportation, Harry Hughes Suite 1-Ground Floor, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076

The draft training video is approximately 30 minutes in length. The purpose of this screening is to provide an opportunity for members of the public, under the auspices of the Commuting and Transportation Subcommittee of the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, to view and comment on the quality of the draft video.  Please note that at this point only minor changes ensuring the accuracy of the information being portrayed can be made at this time given our remaining budget balance for this training video.

If planning to attend, please RSVP to Michael Jackson at mjackson3@mdot.state.md.us or410-865-1237.


New Bike Racks at Camden Yards


October 22nd, 2011 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

from Jan Hardesty, Maryland Stadium Authority

Part of the renovations of the east side of the Warehouse for the Grand Prix was improving the streetscape, including bike racks that were installed in the concrete.

Of course, we still have the portable ones (also seen in the picture) because there are frequently more bikes than can be accommodated by these. Camden Yards has been getting more and more cyclist commuters and game day fans, and the permanent racks reflect that.


Halloweenscape – The Alley Cat


October 20th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Comments are off for this post

 

Another ride for next weekend!  A 4th bike ride/race has been announced for the weekend of October 28th & 29th!

HALLOWEENSCAPE – THE ALLEYCAT rides after Critical Mass
on Friday, October 28th from Baltimore Bicycle Works


Catonsville Fall Bike Ride


October 19th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Catonsville Rails To Trails        
Fall Bike Ride         

 Biking on #8 Streetcar Path, #9 Trolley Trail and State Park Loop

Sunday, October 23, 2011
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Bike Ride begins at 8:30 a.m.

Ride will begin at Hillcrest Elementary School and end at the Catonsville Farmer’s Market

Enjoy a 18 mile early-morning, two-hour guided bike ride along two of Catonsville’s trail system and the state park loop.  Learn about

Catonsville Rails To Trails efforts to preserve old rail lines as bike and hike paths and the biking connections we are making to other trails.  

Map and cue : http://ridewithgps.com/routes/760230

Casual ride at approximately 10 mph, mostly flat terrain but a few hills, no one will be left behind.  Some road riding involved.  Surface varies from asphalt to easy off-road riding. Helmets should be worn.   Parents should consider distance and conditions of ride to determine if age appropriate for child’s endurance and strength.

Bike Ride is Free…but donations to Catonsville Rails To Trails, 501(c)3 are really appreciated!

SIGN UP for ride online at www.catonsvillerailstotrails.org   

For more information contact Charlie Murphy at chas.murph@gmail.com


Unique Bike Seat Lock


October 18th, 2011 | Categories: Unique Bikes | 2 comments

 This picture comes from Scott Adams, food blogger and transportation planner extraordinaire.

Scott spied this unique seat lock at the Camden MARC Station.  Is this a quality seat lock that only those with a chain tool could access?  A smart reuse for an old chain or is this seat even worth saving?


 

 


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