1. Stay to the right! Most roads taken have 2 travel lanes. Stay to the right and allow other traffic to pass.
2. Stop at red lights! This isn’t a race so ride slow and let the group catch up. As bikes are vehicles, obey all rules of the road.
3. Ignore confrontation whether from motorists, pedestrians or other cyclists. If you plan on riding and causing trouble, just stay home.
4. Ride sober, straight & predictably. With this many riders, a pile-up can easily happen. Avoid sudden stops, swerving & weaving.
5. Yield to Pedestrians. The route goes through some areas with lots of pedestrians. With more tourists in town for the Grand Prix, represent Baltimore’s bike community in a favorable manner.
6. Leave No One Behind. We’ll have sweepers & shepherds and frequent stops so all can catch up.
6. LIGHT IT UP! This month’s theme is Lights, so decorate your bike, yourself & your friends with lights. Plus, its safer to ride at night that way.
The 7pm meetup is on the west side of the Washington Monument. Please keep Charles Street open for thru traffic and ride safe!
With the recent bicycle boulevard improvements to Guilford Avenue, 3 new mini-circles were created to replace 4 way stops. The 32nd Street mini-circle has provided a venue for local artists to highlight their work. The latest rendition is that of a living room setting, complete with 2 chairs, an end table and rug. Not only do the pieces accentuate the presence of the mini-circle vertically, but also create a comfortable setting for passers-by. This is a great improvement over the last porcelain centerpiece to occupy the circle. A kitchen setting or laundry room will likely occupy this space in the future.
This past Saturday, Baltimore Heritage and Bikemore held a tour of areas influenced by Urban Renewal around downtown Baltimore. 30 bicyclists and preservationists rode from Mt. Vernon to the Shot Tower, Charles Center, State Center, and Bolton Hill, learning the social and architectural impacts of massive efforts to transform the City through demolition and new construction from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Bicycling to these sites created an opportunity to see how the human scale was neglected in most urban renewal projects and how the projects broke up the City’s street grid, making navigation more challenging. This was the latest tour by bike that Baltimore Heritage has held. The next tour is a War of 1812, starting from Fort McHenry for 9 miles to Patterson Park, passing a number of locations that were important during the historic Battle of Baltimore. The ride ends back at the Fort with the Defender’s Day celebration on September 8th, 2012.
For more information about the Sept. 8th ride or other upcoming tours, click here
A couple months ago, a blue Peugeot bike was locked to a sign post at the corner of Pleasant Street and the JFX off ramp. Around the Farmers Market area and along Fallsway, many bikes are locked up to sign posts as there’s limited bike parking at the market and none at Health Care for the Homeless.
As time passed, the bike lost weight. First the front wheel disappeared. Then the back wheel and brakes, followed by the derailleur. A mid-grade kryptonite lock kept the frame in place, until it finally disappeared over the weekend.
The Baltimore Department of Transportation is planning to track the city’s bike commuter traffic on September 18th, 19th & 20th. Over the past 3 years, these counts have confirmed what we all see: More people are biking!
This project relies on the assistance of local volunteers. If you have a couple hours, please consider helping out. Counts take place in 2 hours spans (7:30 – 9:30 am and 4-6pm) at 7 locations across the city including:
- Falls Rd & Maryland Ave
- Guilford Avenue & Mt Royal Ave
- Aliceanna St & Boston St
- Aliceanna St at President St
- Pratt St at Market Place
- Keswick Ave at Wyman Park Dr
- Roland Ave at University Pkwy
If you are interested in counting bikes, click here to register!
The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meets tomorrow at the Benton Building (417 E. Fayette St, 8th floor). Feel free to bring your bikes upstairs.
Tomorrow’s meeting will cover the upcoming Downtown Bicycle Network and developments in the bikeshare program. Post below for other agenda items.
The annul Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness Ride joins
the Baltimore Bike Party on Friday, August 31st at the Washington Monument
Special Thanks to Kate Haberer for this year’s poster!
Feel free to print it, post it, share it!
This Sunday at Rosaryville! For info, visit MORE’s website
First, meet at 6:30pm at Race Pace Bicycles (1410 Key Hwy.) for a FREE group bike ride around South Baltimore: The Tour de Fed Hill REDUX. This will be a leisurely ride of about 9 miles, safe and appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Helmets are strongly encouraged, but not required.
Around 8pm, the ride will end at AVAM, where you may park in the Bike Valet ($5 suggestion donation; fundraiser for Bikemore & Baltimore Bike Party) and enjoy The Triplets of Belleville, the 2003 animated movie about a Tour de France cyclist. The movie starts at 9pm.