Many people know that President Street Station has its roots in the Civil War, but few know that Civil War history can be found throughout the city, including many sites in West Baltimore. In fact, West Baltimore neighborhoods served a central role in the conflict– housing Union troops on their south to fight, caring for injured soldiers, and witnessing the many ways in which the conflict on the battlefield came home to the city 150 years ago. As the home to the B&O Railroad, West Baltimore supported the movement of troops by train (a key advantage for the Union) and protected the city from invasion by Confederate troops through a ring of camps, hospitals and fortifications in Carroll Park, on Baltimore Street, in Lafayette Square and more.
October 29, 2011, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
$10 for members & non-members, RSVP today!
This 90-minute bicycle tour starts and ends at the Mt. Clare Museum House rolling past rowhouses, parks, stables, and shops, scores of historic places grand and modest, where people lived and worked during the Civil War and its aftermath. We’ll learn about Confederate spies at Waverly Terrace in Franklin Square, take a look at the historic artifacts we recently dug up from the site of Lafayette Barracks, and trace the lives of immigrant workers who built the trains, bridges, and more that the Union military depended on at the Irish Shrine at Lemmon Street and the B&O Railroad Roundhouse. Please join us as we pedal through the history of the Civil War in West Baltimore and commemorate this nation-shaping event of 150 years ago.
Thanks to the support of Free Fall Baltimore at the end of the tour participants are welcome to take a free tour of the Mt. Clare Museum House. Mount Clare is a 1760 colonial Georgian home built by Charles Carroll and Maryland’s oldest house museum.
In support of both the Susan G. Komen walk/race and health October, Constellation Energy is challenging employees to ride their bikes to work Oct. 21. Our Goal is to get at least 100 CEG workers to ride.
Constellation employees who ride in will be offered free indoor bike parking for the day, a place to clean up or change before work, breakfast and prizes from local merchants, bike sellers and the like. There will also be awards for longest ride, loudest outfit (especially useful on the streets of Baltimore) and others. Details to follow. To donate you must register for the Komen Walk/Race Oct. 23, which is free (even if you’re not going to attend).
What: Ride to Work To Support Komen Race for the Cure
When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
Time: 7 am to 5 pm
Where: Baltimore (111 Market Place/Candler Building)
Contact: Peter Rosenthal
If any other company/rider wants to participate they can try to go through their work program perhaps or email Peter and we’ll try to make it happen
The 2nd Annual Howard County Bicycle Forum will be held on Monday October 17th from 7:30 – 9pm (sign-in and refreshments start at 7pm).
7:00-7:30pm Meet, Greet, Sign-In With cookies and soft drinks
7:30-7:40pm Greetings Chris Tsien (Moderator) and BAHC update Jack Guarneri, President, BAHC
7:40-8:00pm Keynote Speaker Carol Silldorff, Bike Maryland
• 2011 Legislative Accomplishments
• 2012 Legislative Goals
8:00-9:00pm FROM PLANNING TO DOING
Panel Discussion Participants:
• Ben Pickar, Ho Co Dept Planning & Zoning
• Mark DeLuca, Ho Co Dept Public Works
• Jane Dembner, Columbia Association
• Jennifer O’Toole, Howard Hughes Corporation
9:00-9:10pm Thank you Chris Tsien
Planned Topics: Upcoming development of a Howard County Bicycle Master Plan, road planning & bicycles routes in the County, CA Active Transportation initiative, HCC to Blandair Park – practical issues in implementation, and other potential issues you may want to ask about (Ciclovía event, HC Bike to School, law enforcement, multi-modal transportation, etc.)
Directions: The location of the Forum will again be the Parsons Auditorium at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6005. Take Route 29 South from Columbia and take the Johns Hopkins Road/Maple Lawn Exit West. Enter off Johns Hopkins Road Lobby 1/Main Entrance (this is the second entrance between entrance pillars (NOT Credit Union/Pond Rd entrance) – turn left at traffic circle at to parking areas. You can park anywhere at that time of day (avoid the Visitor Parking Lot – you need to get a code to exit). Auditorium is just inside Lobby entrance.
BAHC wants to have a good turnout to demonstrate the commitment of the local community for bicycling improvements and safety issues!
The rash of bike thefts plaguing the city is spreading to the southwest. Lookout for a 2010 black, GT Tachyon 3.0, with a Cannondale wedge under the seat, and a mini pump attached to the frame. The theft occured yesterday afternoon in a residence in Pigtown. If you see this bike, call the police and then Jason at 240-463-9998.
“Occupy Baltimore” is taking over McKeldin Plaza. There were only a few people there, but they all rode bikes to get there. Here’s one bike that caught my eye – extracycle with child carrier and a unique ‘melon’ helmet to protect the melon.
Get out and move today! Make some time to live healthier!!!
Downtown bikers, stop by Waterfront Partnership’s Harbor East “a smarter way to get there” pit stop from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
for breakfast treats, juice, coffee, and commuting tips! (corner of South President and Aliceanna.)