With TWO winning teams in Baltimore, the Maryland Stadium Authority is packing more fans in the stands. With the crowded bike parking at Oriole Park, the Stadium Authority anticipates the trend continuing well into football season. The bicycle parking area is located on the southeast corner of M&T Bank Stadium along the Gwynns Falls Trail, between gates B & C. Below is a map showing the designated bike parking location and possible locations for directional signage based upon where the most improperly parked bikes for Ravens games.
Help the Maryland Stadium Authority plan the directional signs to the bike parking! If you’re biking to see the Ravens, where are you coming from? Where would signs to the bike parking help? Post away below!
Enjoy Fall and explore the Baltimore metro area via the Patapsco and Gwynn Falls river valleys. The 45 mile “road adventure” ride will go through a spectacular variety of neighborhoods and scenery, and a few historic and out of the way places that you probably never knew existed. We’ll start off in historic Ellicott City, and then work our way north on the roads through the Holofield and Daniels areas of the Patapsco Valley. From there, we’ll cut over to the start of one of Baltimore’s best kept secrets – The Gwynn Falls Trail. The trail offers unique views and history of Baltimore, and a potential for future single track. We’ll work our way from the quiet woods and streams to the modern and bustling Inner Harbor. From Federal Hill, we’ll continue the trail along the harbor until we reach the Patapsco river again. We’ll ride the back streets and roads along the Patapsco river valley back to historic Ellicott City, including the Grist Mill trail through the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park.
Ride Leader: Jon “BALER”
Saturday, September 29th. Meet at 9:15 am, roll-out at 9:30 am sharp.
45+ miles, casual+ pace. Will not be fast paced, but not suitable for beginners either due distance and variety of riding conditions.
Start: Meet at the lower parking lot in historic Ellicott City, 1241 Oella Ave.
Elevation: We’ll mostly follow the river valleys with minimal climbing, but expect a few climbs out of the valley.
Terrain: This is a road ride on pavement, but there will be a couple dirt/gravel surprises. A smooth rolling 28-35 mm tire with good flat protection is recommended, but anything short of a race bike or rugged mountain bike will be fine. Small sections of the ride will also be on busy streets.
Bring the usual ride supplies: water, adult beverages, snacks, tools, pump, tube, patch kit, etc.
Updates/Weather Cancellations: Check MORE website thread
RSVP’s appreciated: wcp444 at gmail dot com
Bonus Post-Ride: On Saturday, September 29th, the historic district of Ellicott City will play host to the inaugural Main Street Music Fest, a day long showcase of forty of the area’s best unsigned musicians in conjunction with the annual Fall Festival. Also see here for additional details http://www.facebook.com/mainstreetmusicfest2012 with discounted Heavy Seas beer.
NEW START PLACE AT PEARLSTONE PARK!!!
Due to the Book Festival, this month’s Bike Party starts at Pearlstone Park
across from the Meyerhoff on Preston Street
Check out the Facebook inviation!
If you were around town last Friday, you may have noticed more grass in some on-street parking areas and more people enjoying the late summer day. Several locations celebrated Park(ing) Day in Baltimore where parking spaces are temporarily transformed into parks. The Avenue in Hampden, Charles Street in Mt. Vernon and Commerce Street downtown all featured inventive re-uses for urban spaces when not being used for cars.
Floura Teeter Landscape Architects featured a bike-themed Park(ing) Day event at their new offices in Mt. Vernon. On Charles Street, Baltimore Bicycle Works was on-hand to do spot tune-ups and Wheely-Good smoothies provided mango banana smoothies with proceeds going to Bike Maryland.
Downtown, the Neighborhood Design Center collaborated with the Design Collective and EDSA to provide a block long party. The Gypsy Queen was on hand to provide the food for this extensive lunchtime spot.
For more information, check out http://parkingday.org/
In case you missed the 700+ strong August Bike Party, don’t miss September’s. Check out the details on Facebook
Thanks to Marc for the video!
Select appetizers will be provided free of charge. Come have some drinks and get your weekend started off right!
For more information, visit Twenty 20 Cycling
Despite a very rainy start, volunteers for the Department of Transportation are collecting bicycle traffic data this week. From 7:30 – 9:30 am and 4 -6 pm, volunteers at 7 locations around town are noting the number and gender of cyclists as well as helmet use and direction of travel.
These counts verify:
- That there really are more people riding – up 50% in 3 years
- A greater percentage of women (35-40%) are riding which means we’re creating bike infrastructure that’s more comfortable for more to use
- Turning movements at intersections to verify safety of new improvements or determine need for better bike infrastructure
- The need for more bike parking at Penn Station
- (in some cases) where cyclists are choosing to ride on the sidewalk due to challenging road conditions
Even with the rain, there were still many out braving the deluge!
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event that brings attention to the benefits of having more public green spaces in urban areas. During this event, on-street parking spaces are converted into temporary parks. As in years past, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects will host Park(ing) Day, but at their new offices at 800 N. Charles Street. To show support for the environmental and health benefits of cycling, FTLA’s fourth annual PARK(ing) Day installation will create a temporary bicycle park in Mt. Vernon. Staff, clients, colleagues, friends and neighbors can enjoy the amenities of the park which include:
- Free brake and bike inspections courtesy of Baltimore Bicycle Works, who will also be able to assist with minor repairs
- Fresh smoothies made with bike-powered blenders provided by farmer’s market favorite Wheely Good Smoothies (any proceeds will be donated to Bike Maryland)
- Information from the Baltimore Department of Transportation including the new Baltimore City bike map
A bike rack will be available to accomodate visitors arriving on two wheels.
For more information, click here