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Bike Counts Volunteers Still Needed

December 31st, 2011 | Categories: Events, Programs | Post Comment

Baltimore’s 2nd winter time bike counts are coming up January 10th, 11th & 12th.  While 2 people at each location/time would be ideal, there are some locations/times still vacant.  We need a few more volunteers to help, especially at

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 7:30-9:30 a.m
Pratt & South
Keswick & Wyman Park

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Keswick & Wyman Park

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Keswick & Wyman Park

SIGN UP HERE if you can help out!

Ride the Great Allegheny Passage & PGH

December 30th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Last summer, my friend Mark and I rode from Cumberland to Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage. Once in “Pixsburgh”, we tooled around town with transportation planners & bike advocates. The Christmas break allowed me some time to finally get some footage together of our trip.  Enjoy the film and Happy New Year!


Rec & Parks Trail Summit next month

December 27th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department is holding a Trails Summit on Saturday, January 28th from 10am – noon at the Vollmer Center in Cylburn Arboretum

The agenda includes:

If you are interested in attending, please contact Molly Gallant to register

Maintain, Protect and Enjoy Loch Raven Reservoir

December 23rd, 2011 | Categories: People, Programs | Post Comment

Baltimore County Awarded Grant for Trail Improvements

December 22nd, 2011 | Categories: Infrastructure, Programs | Post Comment

Contributed by David Marks, 5th District County Councilman
I wanted to let you know that our office, working with the Department of Recreation and Parks, was able to secure $30,000 from the state to extend the trail at Indian Rock Park, the wooded area next to Perry Hall High School.  The funding comes from the State Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program which awards similar projects across the state.
My goal has been to develop a hiking and biking trail that connects Silver Spring and Ebenezer Roads.  There is currently no pedestrian link in this area.  The route would be determined after environmental analysis and based on community input.   Modest improvements to this parcel for pedestrian and bicycle access have been recommended in the “Walkable Perry Hall” report and the “Perry Hall Community Plan.”  At Silver Spring Road, the path would become part of the Northeast Trail, which is envisioned to stretch along Perry Hall Boulevard to Linover Park in Overlea.
Senator Kathy Klausmeier and Delegates Joe Boteler, John Cluster, and Eric Bromwell have expressed support for the trail. I appreciate their support of the grant application, as well as County Executive Kamenetz and the Department of Recreation and Parks.

Alliance for Biking & Walking in B’more Tonight

December 20th, 2011 | Categories: Programs | Post Comment

There will be no Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee this evening, Tuesday, December 20th.  Instead Jeremy Grandstaff from the Alliance for Biking & Walking visits Baltimore to assist local bike advocates on how to organize and be more effective.  The Alliance (ABW) creates, strengthens and unites state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.

The kickoff meeting for the New Organization in Baltimore Project is this evening, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, 201 N Charles Street, Suite 1300, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The office is on the 13th floor. Bike racks on the Lexington St side of the building, or bring bikes up with you.

Holiday Lights Film

December 16th, 2011 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

If you missed the ride last Friday, here’s your chance to catch up on some highlights

UMD Hiring Bicycle Coordinator

December 15th, 2011 | Categories: People, Programs | Post Comment

The University of Maryland, College Park is hiring a part time bicycle coordinator to develop, maintain and encourage beneifical use of bicycling as a viable transportation mode, both on and off campus.   The Bicycle Program Coordinator is responsible for providing the campus community with a safe, secure and efficient cycling environment and createng a bicycling culture on campus, while overseeing physical improvements, developing programs and securing funding with partnerships.  The candidate will also be assisting the Department of Transportation Services with complex issues that may be encountered by obtaining and analyzing data and perparing reports.



2011 Holiday Lights Ride Review

December 14th, 2011 | Categories: Events | 1 comment

Contributed by Patrick McMahon

Last Friday, a group of 30 or so people gathered at Baltimore’s City Hall for the annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride. After riding past “The Block” and along the “Trolley Lane,” we headed across on Lombard Street and then north on Charles Street.

Photo of riding up Charles St. by the Washington Monument

We enjoyed the holiday lights just outside of the Downtown Partnership and Women’s Industrial Exchange, rode by the lit-up Washington Monument, and then through Mt. Vernon, Old Goucher, and Charles Village before turning on 27th Street and riding along Remington Avenue to 34th Street in Hampden. Our bikes and flashing lights drew some attention and positive comments from onlookers, but Nate Evans, riding dressed as Santa Claus, was the most popular, in demand for photographs and discussions with children for nearly half an hour.

"Santa" Evans, Mark Brown, and others riding away from the lights on 34th Street


Eventually it was time to move out and most of us took Keswick and Wyman Park Drive down the switchback to Falls Road and the Jones Falls Trail and then circled back to North Avenue to get to Liam Flynn’s Ale House. There were already a fair number of bike racks full in front of the North Avenue Market by the time we got there and it was great to see all of the racks from the Design Competition fill up with people that had been on the Holiday Lights Ride.


Finishing up the ride at Liam Flynn's and locking up to the decorative bike racks on North Avenue from the Station North Design CompetitionHowever, the most telling comment of the night, and one I heard from a number of people on the ride, was how nice it was to be riding at nighttime through Baltimore City. A number of the participants noted that they didn’t often feel comfortable riding at night on those streets, because of a combination of fears about traffic safety and personal security. However, as part of a group large enough that we needed to take a full lane of traffic, everyone felt safe and comfortable for the full ride. A group of bicyclists in New York City are just starting to organize “Biketrains,” groups of cyclists that will ride home together for added safety, security, and enjoyment, and maybe we should be looking into something like that here. Just since I’ve started working downtown again I’ve set up regular commuting plans with a colleague that is uncomfortable riding alone.

Safety and security come in numbers and as more of us are riding to and from work, whether intentionally or by happenstance, more people will feel comfortable riding and get on their bikes. The Holiday Lights Ride was a great example of how fun riding around the City can be when you have company.

APL Wins Bike Friendly Business Award

December 12th, 2011 | Categories: People, Programs | Post Comment

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) was awarded a bronze Bicycle Friendly Business Award by the League of American Bicyclists in a ceremony on its Laurel, Md., campus today. Recognized for its investment in bicycling to promote employee health and social responsibility, APL has an active cycling club, showers, locker rooms, secure bike parking and a personal fitness financial incentive.

APL receives the Bike Friendly Business award with Howard County Executive Ken Ullman and Bike League's Allison Dewey (center)

“Cycling is something that contributes to the health of our staff,” said APL Director Ralph Semmel. “By taking care of ourselves, we reduce our health costs and can pass this on to our sponsors. We will continue our efforts to make APL a welcoming place for cyclists.”

The largest of three Maryland organizations honored by the League, APL was chosen from a field of 155 applicants nationwide. The Laboratory joins other notable national winners such as Microsoft, General Mills and Random House. The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle?friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates.

The award ceremony was held on APL’s campus in the new Building 200, which opened last month. The state-of-the-art facility houses APL’s space department and features 48 covered bicycle parking spaces and four showers. Throughout its 399-acre campus, APL has additional bike racks and shower facilities. A new bike lane segment in front of the building on Johns Hopkins Road was added by the county in October 2011.

“Some of the most successful companies in the world are showing that investing in bicycling is not only good for health and sustainability but also the bottom line,” said League president, Andy Clarke.

“With over 280 people active in cycling activities at APL and a growing number who commute to campus regularly on their bikes, APL’s cycling amenities help make biking increasingly popular” said Fran Horan, APL Cycling Club president. “The new bike lane, covered parking, and showers at Building 200 are a bicycle commuter’s dream.”

From Fran Horan & Gina  Ellrich, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics  Laboratory  (443)  778-7796



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