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Baltimore’s Inaugural Family Bike Party

September 17th, 2012 | Categories: Events, People | Post Comment

Baltimore’s first family bike party rolled through north Baltimore on Saturday afternoon. The late summer day could not have been more perfect to take kids on a ride through Waverley, Abell & Charles Village.   The idea of having a ‘kidical mass’ in Baltimore had been discussed for years, but finally took off this weekend thanks to Eli Poussen and Patrick McMahon.  Families gathered at the Weinberg Family Center Y parking lot to decorate bikes, attach trail-a-bikes and get a quick rundown of the route.  The ride left the Y on the sidewalk crossing Ellerslie and over 34th to Frisby, then 32nd Street to Guilford Avenue accompanied by the “music trailer” from the Baltimore Bike Party.   The group of 30 slowly pedalled the bike boulevard to a lemonade stand pitstop hosted by the Village Parents.  After rehydrating and downing some delicious snacks, the ride continued back to the Y.  The short 2 mile route made this ideal for novice riders of all ages.

Special thanks to Chris Merriam from Bikemore for running SAG for the ride!

The next Baltimore Family Bike Party takes place Saturday, October 20th at Patterson Park.

(Photos courtesy of Patrick McMahon)

Creative Arts at “Bike Show” Opening

September 14th, 2012 | Categories: Events, Programs | Post Comment

Interactive sculpture doubling as a BMX ramp

The Maryland Art Place kicked off the Bike Show last night.  Sponsored by Race Pace Bicycles, Bike Maryland and the Department of Transportation, the exhibit features unique multimedia works of art focused on bicycles.  Chris Humphrey provided a ramped sculpture that was used for BMX tricks during the reception.  Other works of art included motion pictures of biking through Baltimore, photography of bike scenes and a locally handcrafted bicycle by Chris Bishop (left).

The exhibit runs through October 27th and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm

(Photos by Patrick McMahon)

The New Family Bike Party for All Ages

September 8th, 2012 | Categories: Events, People | Post Comment

The ‘traditional’ Baltimore Bike Party happens when most adults are ready to go:  post- happy hour on Fridays.  That doesn’t always work for those finishing up a week at elementary school or an episode of Phineas & Ferb.  A group of parents and non-parents came together to make sure kids aren’t missing out on all the fun.

The Baltimore Family Bike Party is a safe and fun bike ride for kids and families.  Inspired byKidical Mass – a group bike ride for families first held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. Kidical Mass has grown to over a dozen communities throughout the United States and Canada – now including Baltimore! The first ride will be short (around 2 miles) and comfortable for young children on two-wheeled bikes.  These monthly rides will happen in different neighborhoods around the city over the autumn, and maybe into the winter.

The first Baltimore Family Bike Party ride begins and ends at Our Playground at Stadium Place on Saturday, September 15th at 3pm. Located at the YMCA at the corner of 33rd Street and Ellerslie, Our Playground is a great destination for toddlers to big kids and was built entirely by volunteers. The ride will take us along the Guilford Avenue bike boulevard along with a few quiet neighborhood streets in Abell and Ednor Gardens.  Sign up on the Facebook event page today.

Bike Show Reception at Maryland Art Place, Sept 13

September 7th, 2012 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

BIKE SHOW September 13– October 27, 2012

The exhibition’s intention is centered on the relationship between people and their bicycles. As Baltimore’s ever-growing cycling community evolves and develops, MAP would like to showcase those artists and individuals who’ve embraced the bike culture. While artists tackle topics such as cycling, MAP anticipates constituents of different backgrounds such as government, transportation, community development, health, and art coming together for a common purpose.

Dawn Gavin, MAP’s Program Advisory Chair is leading the curatorial aspects of the exhibition. Dawn is the Associate Professor in Drawing and Foundations at the University of Maryland College Park, a professional artist, and avid bicyclist.

Please join us for an opening reception co-hosted by Bike Maryland Thursday, September 13, 6-8pm.

Bike Show is sponsored by Race Pace, Bike Maryland and the Department of Transportation, Bike Baltimore.

Moonlight Bike Party Film, Pt. 1

September 6th, 2012 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

If you missed the Moonlight Bike Party, Jim’s film will give you a sample

Bike Count Help Still Needed

September 4th, 2012 | Categories: Counts | Post Comment

With only 2 weeks left until the September bike counts (18th, 19th & 20th), the Department of Transportation could use some more assistance.   Volunteers are needed at the (very active) intersection of Guilford Avenue & Mt. Royal Avenue as well as Falls Rd & Maryland Avenue, Aliceanna & Boston and Aliceanna & President.

If you can lend a hand, sign up here!

As Friday’s bike party indicated, more people are riding!

“Moonlight” Bike Party Boasts 700+ Cyclists

September 3rd, 2012 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

722 cyclists gather at the Washington Monument for the Moonlight Madness Bike Party (Brian O’Doherty)

On a perfect Friday evening, over 700 riders gathered around the Washington Monument for the start of (probably) the largest group bicycle ride Baltimore has ever witnessed.  The monthly Baltimore Bike Party hosted the annual Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness Ride as both rides are similar in nature:  low-speed, no-drop, non-confrontational, tight & to the right.  The event even more special as this full moon was a Blue Moon.  Penny Troutner of Light Street Cycles said a few words about Bob and his impact on cycling in Baltimore and passed the mic to Tim Barnett who shared the rules of the ride.  As Tim finished, representatives of the Baltimore Police Department offered assistance with clearing intersections along the route.

The bike party travels Lombard St with help from the Baltimore Police Department (Tronster Hartley)

The group rolled out Centre & Monument Streets as the sun was setting and down Central Avenue as the moon began to rise. Spinning up through Little Italy and out Lombard Street, the group was large enough to take 2 lanes.  Here the Baltimore Police Department paused traffic as grateful cyclists regrouped at MLK Blvd.  Through West Baltimore, residents were excited to have the lighted-bike spectacle visit their neighborhoods; many even joined the ride.  A brief pause at Franklin Square allowed the police escort to catch up for the ride up Carey, Harlem and Dolphin.  Foxtrot enhanced the light show from above up.  Through Bolton Hill and up McCullough Street, more residents jumped off their stoops in excitement.  One last stop at the Moorish Tower, through the darkness of Druid, over the 41st Street bridge and down the Avenue in Hampden to the Wyman Park Dell where the party shifted gears with food trucks, DJs and refreshments.   The party was described as ‘very Portlandesque’ but had its own Baltimore flair as the kegs of Natty Boh were emptied before the Yuengling.

The Bike Party transitions at Wyman Park Dell (Brian O’Doherty)



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