As part of the Mt. Vernon Master Plan development, the Department of Planning conducting a community survey open to all who live, work, visit, shop, play or traverse Mt. Vernon.
If you would like to see more specific bike infrastructure improvements planned for Mt. Vernon (whether bike lanes, bike parking or cycletracks), let the Department of Planning know in this quick survey
If you can’t wait til 7pm, hit the Station North Bike Block Party at 5pm for demos, trials riding, music and more. The Bike Party rolls from Washington Monument at 7:30(ish) at swings by the Streetcar Museum to collect the other bike partiers.
Through the financial support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) helped launch “Pedal In the Parks”, an earn-a-bike program for kids around Herring Run. Along with local partners Friends of Herring Run, St Francis of Assisi, Afya Public Charter School, Joe’s Bike Shop, Blue Water Baltimore, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods and Bike Maryland, the kids learned how to ride a bike, change gears and perform simple maintenance. The kids also participated in service opportunities by doing stream cleanups and visited Real Food Farm to learn about sustainable food systems.
Special thanks to Kelly Pack at Rails to Trails for this great program!
No bike parking is worse than that area that makes it even harder to park bikes. In an urban setting, there’s no lack of sign posts, trash cans and railings to attach a bike to. In the vicinity of some institutions that use extreme caution, no chances will be taken to ensure that bikes can not and will not be allowed to be attached to any fixed object, even for a brief period of time. In today’s episode, we see this in full actualization. The “fence” would have made for a decent locking location, except that the base is 4 feet off the ground. Nevertheless, the chicken wire is applied to improve aesthetics and guarantee no bike parking. The sign is added just to get the point across.
Dick’s Last Resort For the tourist center it is, Pier 5 only has one bike rack. ONE! Most cyclists lock up to the base of the handrails at the Promenade level. Even then you need a cable to get the 3 point security down. By angling the bike against the brick wall, pedestrian traffic remains unincumbered. Sometimes, the bad bike parking is due in part to the user. Using the center handrail is vehemently advised against, especially at Dick’s Last Resort. You may return to find your bike with a new saran wrap coating and nastigram.
With the reawakening of biking in Baltimore, new city ordinances and codes requiring bike parking, more racks have popped up around town. While the intent to provide racks is always appreciated, the planning, installation and proper use can make good intentions seem for naught.
McHenry Row – The new bike racks at Harris Teeter became an instant urban legend . Great place to shop, terrible place to park a bike. While the site intended to park 6 bikes each, a poor rack design and incorrect installation made it only feasible to park 2. As you can see from the picture, the rack is placed as close to the wall as possible, leaving no room for wheel clearance. It is possible to park on the ends, which is the only part of the rack that’s going to last. The small metal bands in the middle are not going to hold up to weather, bolt cutter or the swift impact from a Timberland. On a good note, the racks are powder-coated, which will limit dinging up bikes. There are total of 3 of these racks on site, which can only park 6 bikes out of an intended 18.
Check out some new rides around Druid courtesy of Twenty 20, then head to Heavy Seas Brewpub for another Bikemore Happy Hour
Baltimore experienced its most successful Bike To Work Day ever just over a month ago, but how can it be better? Does this event encourage a change in commuting habits?
Take this quick survey & let the Department of Transportation and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council know what you thing!
During Bike To Work Week (May 15th – 17th), Baltimore continued to experience an 8% increase in bike traffic. Special thanks go out to the 33 volunteers who tracked overall bicycle commuter traffic as well as gender, helmet use and direction of travel. With the varying weather during the week, numbers were higher on Wednesday and Thursday when riding conditions could not be better – sunny, highs in the upper 70s, low 80s.
Bikes were counted at Falls Rd & Maryland Ave, Guilford Ave & Mt. Royal Ave, Aliceanna St & Boston St, Aliceanna St & President St, Keswick Ave & Wyman Park Drive, Pratt St. & Market Place and the bike racks at Penn Station. By documenting heavy bike traffic along Pratt Street at Market Place, a 30% increase is noticed. Comparing other repeated locations accounts for a corrected 8% increase. A total of 2,763 bikes were counted with the highest 2 hour count on Wednesday evening at Pratt & Market where 173 riders pedaled by.
Thanks to all the bike traffic verifiers who assisted with the data collection!
This documentation can’t be done without you!
Next bike counts happen September 11th – 13th, 2012