Baltimore’s first TWEED RIDE on Saturday, May 26th at 1pm
So, what’s a Tweed Ride? Back in the day, as in the turn of the 20th Century, cycling was popular for the well-to-do, who typically wore tweed suits and dresses when pedaling. To relive those days, groups around the country dress in tweed and ride around their community. This will be a first for Baltimore. The easy ride will spin around central Baltimore for 10-12 miles and will begin and end at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street.
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VLP Tweed Ride Flier 2012
Settled along the Patapsco River in the mid-seventeenth century, Curtis Bay and the cluster of neighborhoods around it have developed from a scattering of farms, pleasure resorts, and fishing piers to the backbone of the Port of Baltimore and a center of the city’s heavy industry. Over the past 300 years, the area saw the growth of transportation networks, the rise of the fertilizer and chemical industries, and the development of company towns for immigrant workers. Through the Act of Annexation of 1918, the area became part of Baltimore City. The peak period of growth occurred during World War II when the federal government used the industrial peninsula for building Liberty and Victory ships.
Please join Join the Baltimore Heritage Foundation and Dr. Nicole King of the University of Maryland Baltimore County as we explore the history of Curtis Bay and its surrounds by bike on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am to noon. The tour route will be about 5 miles. All biking skill levels are welcome. Meet at St. Athanasius Church parking lot, 4708 Prudence Street.
For more information, click here
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) hosted CYCLE PLAZA at Center Plaza yesterday evening. With Bike Maryland, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Bikemore and Baltimore Department of Transportation, all bike-related questions could be answered. Race Pace Bicycles was on hand to provide quick repairs and they stayed busy all evening! The public event was held to promote how easy it is to bike around Baltimore. Those attending were also able to meet other local cyclists to discuss the best routes to get around town and even find riding partners.
DPOB’s next bike event will be on Friday, May 18th when they host the McKeldin Plaza Bike to Work Day Station!
Addendum: Center Plaza was also featured in yesterday’s Carfree Baltimore post.
The University of Maryland Baltimore has created the city’s first secure bike parking. Sometimes known as a “bike station”, this “bike cage” provides bike parking secure from theives and weather. Open 24/7, the bike cage is available to faculty, staff, students and affiliates of UMMC and Biopark.
Tony Green, Transportation Demand Management coordinator for UM, was instrumental in establishing the bike cage. Participation in the program is open to students and employees at $10 per semester or $25 annually. The bike cage, located inside the Pratt St. garage, is a fenced area equipped with a keycard pass only available to members. Bike cage members will also have access to the shower facility in the Southern Management Corporate Campus center. Standard wave racks are bolted to the green floor. Several wall racks were installed planning for the program’s expansion.
Space in the bike cage is limited and access cards are availabe on a first come/first served basis. Free bike parking within the garage outside the bike cage is still available, between two guard booths. For more information, download an application here.
Contributed from a circulating email
Subject: Digital Harbor Students Want Bike Roads in the City!
We the students of Digital Harbor High School believe that poverty is a serious issue in the community, contributing to transportation problems. There are many people living in poverty in Baltimore City who cannot afford cars. We feel the public buses are dirty, slow and unreliable. We also feel it is unsafe to ride bicycles on the city roads. We propose to solve the transportation problem by persuading the government to create city roads that are only for biking and walking. In order to implement our transportation solution, we need your signature as a show of support!
Just as important as your signature, we need your assistance in forwarding this petition to every person you know who wants improved transportation in Baltimore City. Please spread our petition and help us solve this transportation problem! Also, please let us know if you are interested in assisting us with our June 1st event!
Digital Harbor Students
“Investing in Education, Investing in the Future”
Contributed by Gary Nusinov
On May 1st, Baltimore County Councilman David Marks is introducing a bill to change the law regarding buffer zones and steep slopes as they are being applied to mountain biking and recreation at Loch Raven Reservoir. The current language of the ordinance states that trails are allowed within the 100 foot buffer as well as steep slopes but DPW has interpreted the same ordinance to mean that no trails are allowed within this area. Our interpretation comes from the language of the ordinance while DPW has not provided any legal or peer reviewed evidence to prove their position. This is the main reason that this fight over trail access continues. This change to the ordinance will clarify the language such to prevent DPW from using it against us.
Please note, that currently, this ordinance is only being applied to mountain bikers. The trails are not being closed to the other user groups (hikers, runners, fisherman, hunters, etc.) at this time although the intent of DPW is to close every singletrack multi-use trail within the steep slopes or 100’ buffer to every user group using a divide and conquer strategy. This will effectively close every trail existing in Loch Raven. The language of the current bill is discriminately being applied to only mountain biking.
We all know that trail building techniques have evolved. We have the expertise, volunteers, tools, money, etc. amongst us to build a sustainable trail system. Even on what is within 100’ feet of the water and on steep slopes. DPW has publicly admitted that they are not relying on science. This means they are relying on non quantitative and subjective reasoning in order to segregate certain parts of society that they do not agree with. This will lead to a very slippery slope. Segregation of class in a modern society can not be tolerated. EVER
On May 1st at 2:00pm the Baltimore County council is meeting in room 205 of the Historic Courthouse located at 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. The purpose of the meeting is to hold a work session regarding changing the law. It is extremely important that as many mountain bikers or supporters are present at this meeting. We need a show of numbers to make it very clear that we are a group that is in tune with local politics and that we fully support the changing of the bill. David Marks needs a total of five members to vote yes on this bill for it to pass.
When County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was council president, he said there was nothing he could do because this was a city issue. Now, he will veto the council vote if we do not get a large majority. Since Executive Kamanentz has entered office he has routinely ignored the call of the public and is ignoring scientific facts and Best Management Practices. The mountain biking plan has never been submitted to him or summarized by the writers of the plan and he is making decisions based on his cabinet’s opinions, not fact or reason. He is relying on Vince Gardina, somebody else that has NEVER been to a meeting.
The Bill was introduced by the County Council at its April 2, 2012 meeting. Bills will be discussed at the May 1, 2012 Work Session at 2 p.m. Final Reading and Vote will occur at the Legislative Session on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. For full text of the Bill 22-12, click here.
As if the ciclovia isn’t enough festival for your Cinco de Mayo, there’s also the
The KSR is NOT a spectator event. Come in costume as is tradition and pedal along with this year’s contraptions as they mossy the streets and waters of Baltimore. Pre-race festivities begin 8am at the American Visionary Arts Museum (at the corner of Key Highway and Covington St) with the race kicking off at 9:30 am and running to 4 pm.
The Roland Park Civic League, Keswick Multi Care Center and Baltimore City BMore Streets for People Program will host a fifth ciclovía on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from noon to 4 P.M. In this “Park to Park” car-free event, vehicular traffic will be diverted from southbound Roland Avenue and West University Parkway, as well as Tudor Arms Avenue, Beech Avenue and Wyman Park Drive, allowing participants to bike, skate or walk a three-mile course from Roland Park to Druid Hill Park. Also collaborating in this first multi-neighborhood ciclovía are Friends of Druid Hill Park; the Rolden, Hoes Heights, Wyman Park, Hampden and Remington neighborhood associations; the City of Baltimore; and Johns Hopkins University.
Local bike shops will be on hand during the ciclovía to tune bikes along the course and instruct children on bicycling safety. Back by popular demand, Bike Maryland will organize kids’ bike safety rodeos.
Participants are also invited to join the Tunes @ The Tower festivities at the Roland Water Tower at the intersection of Roland Avenue and West University Parkway. From noon to 3 P.M., there will be live music, games, a kids’ bike decorating workshop, a raffle and fabulous food, all offered by the Friends of the Roland Water Tower. Be on hand at 2 P.M. for special announcements. Proceeds will help refurbish this century-old City landmark.
Through its BMore Streets for People Program, Baltimore is one of scores of cities worldwide developing ciclovía programs. More than a thousand people have participated in each of the four previous Roland Park ciclovías. Come and be a part of Ciclovía 5, the longest event of its kind to date in Baltimore.
Join Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for “Cycle Plaza,” a bicycle block party, next Wednesday, April 25th from 5-7pm at Center Plaza.
Race Pace Bicycles will provide free bike check-ups. Take a quick tour of downtown’s bike routes. There will be free snacks and giveaways and tons of info on city biking. Get a preview of the new Baltimore Bike Map before its release on Bike to Work Day.
For more info, check out the full flyer 2012 Cycle Plaza Flyer
While there sadly won’t be a Bike Month Challenge, there will certainly be many events get you pedaling! To keep you plugged in, we’ve set up an EVENTS page listing just about every event in and around Baltimore. All events listed are open to the public!
If you have an event to add, please post it in the Comments at the bottom of the EVENTS page