West Baltimore’s unique landscape of parks and gardens feature everything from a monument to Francis Scott Key to innovative bioswales for sustainable stormwater management. The best way to get to know all these local treasures? Hop on your bike for a free National Trails Day ride through West Baltimore parks, Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
RSVP today! Meet at the Francis Scott Key Monument (Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street)
There’s no shortage of fun to get involved with this weekend. Baltimore City Recreation & Parks is offering a host of activities along the Gwynns Falls Trail to celebrate National Trails Day!
Guided Bird Walk 8:30 – 10:00 on the Windsor Hills Conservation Trail
Sponsored by The Windsor Hills Conservation Trail Committee of Windsor Hills Neighbors, meet at the trail head at the corner of Clifton Road and Fairfax Road and join a guided walk watching birds on a woodland trail to the Gwynns Falls. These woods are excellent for finding woodpeckers, Acadian Flycatchers, Red-eyed Vireo, and Thrush. Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, and Louisiana Waterthrush. The walk will be leisurely, but with some uneven and steep surfaces. Leaders are Paul and Elise Kreiss, neighborhood residents and members of the Baltimore Bird Club. email@example.com 410 367-8194. Registration recommended.
Boy Scout Troops clean up Dead Run 8:30 AM until 2 PM
Meet at Winans Meadow trail head parking lot Contact Guy Hager at Parks and People (firstname.lastname@example.org, 410 448 5663) Canceled in case of rain.
6-8 mile Hike through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and along the Gwynns Falls Trail from 9 a.m to 12:00 noon
Meet at the Eagle Drive/Windsor Mill Road parking lot. Sponsored by the Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, take a guided hike on the rugged woodland trails in the hills and along stream valleys in Baltimore’s beautiful 1200-acre woodland park. Discover historic sites and natural vistas. For information, meeting site and required pre-registration call George at 410 566 2101, email@example.com.
14 mile Memorial Bike Ride from the I-70 Park and Ride to the Inner Harbor, 10 AM - open ended
Sponsored by the Gwynns Falls Trail Council in memory of Bill Eberhart and Bob Moore, take a one-way guided tour of the Gwynns Falls Trail through extensive Gwynns Falls/ Leakin Park, Carrol Park along marked bike lanes to Federal Hill. Bring your own lunch or buy it at the Cross Street Market. Eat your lunch on top of Federal Hill with a beautiful view of the harbor. Explore events at the Inner Harbor and return to the I-70 on your own with a free map provided.. Registration suggested: Greg: 410 558-2358, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore Leakin Park on a guided 2-mile History Walk! 10:00 AM – 12 Noon.
Leave from 4500 Franklintown Road Winans Meadow parking lot Baltimore, Md.21229. This Talk and Walk tour will be guided by historian Dr. Ed Orser, president of the Friends of Maryland Olmsted Parks and Landscapes. For information and suggested registration call Ed.410 566 2230 Canceled in rain
Visit the Carrie Murray Nature Center and discover Nature Art in the Park 12:00 Noon to 3 PM along the woodland trails and create nature art. 1901 Ridgetop Rd.21207. CMNC Tel. 410 396 0808, Doug Retzler 410 598 8409. www.NatureArtinthePark.org
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will host a grand opening of the Rockburn Skills Parks on Saturday, June 2 at 10 am with Ken Ulman, Howard County Executive and John R. Byrd, Recreation & Parks Director The grand opening follows only 2 months of construction through the cooperation of Recreation and Parks, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) and countless volunteers and organizations.
The skills park will challenge mountain bikers with a variety of terrain, surfaces and grades. Riders will be able to apply their new skills to area trails. The skills park is located in Rockburn Branch Park adjacent to the pump track which opened last October.
The Baltimore Bike Party made a positive impact on the city last Friday! A group of over 100 cyclists pedaled through West Baltimore, Carroll Park, Cherry Hill, Westport, downtown and midtown. Another dozen people joined the ride as it passed through their neighborhood. Thanks to Jed Weeks & Anastasia Tantaros for providing the pictures.
Bike Month might be wrapping up in Baltimore, but its not slowing down…
BALTIMORE BIKE PARTY rides tonight from the Washington Monument. Meetup at 7pm with a spin through town including Lexington Market, Carroll Park, Cherry Hill, the O’s game and up to Charles Village
Take a leisure 13 mile mossy from Joe’s Shop in Fells to Druid Hill and back. This is a no drop ride, so you don’t have to worry about being left behind. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Ride meets at Joe’s Bike Shop in Fells at 10am
Sunday, the Baltimore Heritage Foundation is leading a guided bike tour of the Monuments of Baltimore. What better way to get into the spirit of Memorial Day than by learning about Baltimore’s great historic monuments? Peddle between major and minor landmarks with a full dose of history along the way from Dr. Ralph Brown.
Joe’s Bike Shop Mt. Washington is hosting the (2nd annual?) Bellemore Hill Climb at 10:30 am. Test yourself and others in climbing on of the steepest sections in Baltimore’s bicycle network. Or just come and cheer on the climbers! Meet at the bottom of Bellemore at Falls Rd just north of Joe’s Bike Shop.
Last month, students at Digital Harbor High started a petition to make Baltimore more accessible for biking and walking. This month, their project gains momentum with the release of a new video, showing how great it is to ride in Baltimore.
Check out the video and sign the petition
The Baltimore Bike Party is this Friday, May 25th
starting at the Washington Monument at 7pm!
This month, the Party swings by Lexington Market, Carroll Park, Middle Branch Park,
the O’s game, the Harbor & end at Charles Village Pub!
Party late into the night at the Bearings Sock Hop!
If you’re into taking a chill ride, following the rules of the road and not getting ditched,
then this ride’s for you.
If you’re into the ‘traditional’ Critical Mass & being agro, just stay home.
Check out this month’s route here
Back in 2006, a researcher named Alan Durning undertook a year of car-free living after his teenage son totalled their family car. Shortly afterward he started looking to see what destinations were closest to get through using his bike and their Burley trailer. In 2007, one of his colleagues at the Sightline Institute decided to take his idea and run with it, creating WalkScore.com, a website that uses data from Google Maps to evaluate every location based upon the number of destinations (restaurants, parks, grocery stores, coffee shops, bookstores, schools, etc.) within walking distance.
Now, in a return to the idea that inspired it, WalkScore.com has developed the BikeScore, a new rating system that looks at the bikability of a few cities around the country. The methodology for BikeScore is a little more extensive than WalkScore, looking at four factors to grade locations:
- Proximity to bicycle facilities (bike lanes, trails, etc.),
- Hilliness (steep grades),
- Destinations (a modified version of WalkScore using longer distances), and
- Census data on the % of bike commuters in an area.
The more data intensive methodology means that they haven’t calculated BikeScores for every place (so far just 10 US cities and 10 Canadian cities. So, for Baltimore to get scored, we need to have everyone that can write a “tweet” saying “We want #BikeScore for Baltimore!”
Bikemore celebrates the first (annual?) Bike From Work Day Happy Hour at Mother’s in Federal Hill, complete with bike parking area!
Over 500 people registered to participate in Bike to Work Day today in Baltimore City, a 50% increase over last year, with bicyclists stopping at 11 different stations around the City this morning to get some breakfast, pick up one of the new Bike Maps, and enjoy a beautiful day. In addition to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, we also had State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters out riding today
Listed below are some quotes and photos from this morning’s events.
BTWD was great, our whole team participated and had a blast riding up Charles St. to our office from McKeldin Plaza.
A shout out to everyone who made today’s BTWD possible: organizers, planners, volunteers, the local bike shop folks.
Great coffee and bagels; the new bike maps are much appreciated; and the free white t-shirts can replace dark jerseys on a hot day. What’s not to like?
It was so nice to meet other bicyclists on a beautiful morning.
Beyond our station being a success, people riding into work was a huge success. Maybe only 1 in every four or five cyclists stopped while the rest passed right by us, so we must have had over 100 cyclists riding down Guilford in the two hour (maybe 2.5 hour) span.
its a freak’in holiday