Last year, Baltimore DOT was awarded a state bikeways grant to develop a bicycle route between Mount Washington and Belvedere Square. In an effort to inform the community about the upcoming project, a community open house will be held on Tuesday, November 13th from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Mt Washington United Methodist Church, located at 5800 Cottonworth Avenue .
In addition to previewing the planned bicycle route, the Department of Transportation is seeking community input on the Bicyle Master Plan update. Baltimore has made great strides in becoming a more bicycle-friendly city over the past 6 years. The Bicycle Master Plan update will focus efforts to expand bicycling facilities to more areas of the city, encouraging more people to choose biking.
In case you missed the ride on Friday, here’s what 1300 cyclists in Halloween costumes looks like…
Photos by Tronster Hartley
The Baltimore Bike Party continues its exponential growth as over 1300 participated in October’s Halloween Brew Ha Ha ride. What does 1300 cyclists look like? Most riders were dressed in costumes which made the sight even more entertaining. On average, it takes 1300 cyclists 10-15 minutes to pass through an intersection. The ride rolled out from Washington Monument down Cathedral Street and out Pratt Street with sweeping help from the Baltimore Police Department. Motorists and pedestrians alike cheered the ride along through downtown and Canton. The ride enjoyed the first rest stop at Canton Waterfront Park before heading back through downtown and up Fulton Avenue where the entire neighborhood was electrified by the bike party. The party transitioned to non-pedaling at Union Craft Brewing where food trucks, DJs, a moonbounce and costume contest rounded out the evening/early morning.
Maryland Department of Transportation along with the State Highway Administration and the Motor Vehicle Administration will be hold a community meeting for the bicycle and pedestrian community designed to:
- Introduce Acting MDOT Secretary Darrell B. Mobley
- Hear from MVA Administrator John Kuo and SHA Administrator Melinda Peters
- Present recent and planned initiatives designed to promote bicycle and pedestrian access and safety
- Receive feedback from the public on concerns regarding bicycling and walking in Maryland
This event will take place on Monday, November 5th beginning at 4:30 PM in the Harry Hughes Suite of the Maryland Department of Transportation, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD 21076. A conference call option will be available. This community meeting is designed to share recent accomplishments, future plans and provide feedback to top MDOT officials regarding questions and comments about bicycling and walking in Maryland.
The Baltimore Bike Party has grown exponentially this year: literally! Latest Facebook tabs had well over 900 participants coming. With real life ride numbers being 10-15% higher than virtual numbers, tonight’s ride could well be over 1000! With so many people on bikes, sharing the road with other traffic will be difficult, but not impossible. In addition to the Standard Rules of The Ride (stay to the right, avoid confrontation, obey traffic laws) the Bike Party’s website has listed a few more things to consider for this month’s Halloween Ride:
1. Have a snack before the ride! Power up so you don’t bonk on the last hill.
2. Be prepared with lights and an extra tube (Race Pace can help out there)
3. Bring cash for the food trucks & refreshments at the end
4. Wear A Costume because its Halloween and you just might win some cool prizes (courtesy of Light Street Cycles)
5. Preview the route here.
While the main purpose of the ride is to have fun, we are also showing Baltimore that its fun to ride a bike; especially in neighborhoods that are unaccustomed to bike traffic.
Enjoy The Ride!
The bike party trend is spreading across Baltimore’s bike community. Not only is Race Pace Bicycles offering the Bike Party Package but Baltimore Bicycle Works is hosting a pre-Bike Party Happy Hour. This new tradition takes place the last Friday of the month (as does the Bike Party). Stop by the shop (1813 Falls Road) any time after 5pm and there will be a FREE ice cold Natty Boh waiting for you. Just their little way of saying thanks to the community for all your support.
Last Saturday was a crisp, autumn morning to hold the 2nd Baltimore Family Bike Party. Like the first Baltimore Family Bike Party ride, the second had about 30 participants. This month’s family bike party started at Patterson Park’s castle-like playground where kids of all ages decorated their bikes with streamers and pipe cleaners before. The group then rode east through the park to Gough Street and descended through the colorful trees of Butcher’s Hill. The ride stopped for snacks on Eastern Avenue in front of the house of Tim Chng and his family and then rolled through Perkins Homes to Little Italy for a second snack stop at Vaccaro’s. Finally the group rode back to Patterson Park, where many of the children stayed and played at the impressive playground or checked out the dogs at BARCStoberfest.
The next Baltimore Family Bike Party will be on Saturday, November 10th, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Riverside Park in south Baltimore. Come join the group for a fun ride and to check out the utility bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes, and other ways that families are riding with their children.
We’re only a few short days away from October’s “Bike Party Halloween Brew-Ha-Ha”
- a rear light,
- inner tube (know your tire size),
- tire lever, and
- pre-glued patch kit.
Separately these items would run you $30+, but all this can be yours for ONLY $20! Even if you don’t know how to change a tire yet, having this kit will make it much easier for someone to help you, so don’t be caught unprepared!
Don’t let a few missing bike items hold you back from the ride of the year! Race Pace is located at 1410 Key Highway.
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The 2nd Baltimore Family Bike Party rides tomorrow morning from Patterson Park!
Meetup at the playground at Eastern & Milton at 9:30 am. Roll-out at 10 am.
The ride will follow Gough and Bank Streets from Patterson Park to Little Italy (and back) listening to spooky music along the way.
Costumes are optional but encouraged!
Contributed by Scott Westcoat
On Monday, October 15th, a two-in-one bike shop opened in Catonsville. The HUB/C’Ville Bikes is a full service bicycle shop located at 821-827 Frederick Road in the heart of the downtown business of Catonsville, MD (affectionately known as Music City Maryland or for those in the know, the “28”…the 21228 zip code for the rest of us!)
The HUB and C’Ville Bikes are actually 2 bicycle shops adjacent to each other, separated by an open air courtyard. Owned and operated by the same group who decided that 1 shop was just too traditional of an undertaking, creatively utilized what was a dog groomery and skateboard shop in a previous life, and turned the project into a true bicycle village. With bicycle sales, service, parts and accessories, the shops serve as the true bicycle HUB for the community and allow the entry level cyclist and the most discerning cycling expert to find a comfortable place to learn and live the bicycling lifestyle.
Shop #1, C’Ville Bikes, located at 827 Frederick Road, is the shop geared to those searching for a value priced bike for cruising comfortably on the road, bike path, boardwalk or trekking into the woods. This is the place for new cyclists, those looking for a kids bike, comfort bike, hybrid, entry level mountain bike or an urban cruiser. Lots of accessories, locks, racks, helmets and clothing can be found at C’Ville Bikes along with free advice and an experienced, friendly staff to make you feel right at home.
Shop #2, the HUB, is geared toward the person who has had some previous cycling experience and is looking to add toward their quiver, upgrade their rig or seeking out that elusive part, accessory or set of new wheels to feed their biking habit. Lots of higher end offerings and a place to connect with others who share the passion for getting on 2 wheels and riding like the wind or bombing an offroad trail. Carbon fiber, aircraft quality aluminum and space age materials are the norm at the HUB and lots of free technical advice from seasoned bike professionals make this the place a friendly destination for those who choose to make cycling a lifestyle.
Together, the 2 shops coexist to support each other and are anchored by an on-site mechanic shop where large barn doors invite you in to check out the bike professionals in action. Whether building a bike, truing a wheel or changing a flat tire, the HUB/C’Ville Bike’s expert staff are friendly, knowledgable and easily approachable in a low stress atmosphere.
Additionally, the HUB/C’Ville Bikes business model includes a non-profit component where donated bikes are repurposed back into the community. Worked on by youth and adults who are looking at learning bicycle repair skills while earning school credit or simply the hands on skill building of learning a new trade. Patrons can choose to donate their old bike to CHANGING GEARS, a recognized 501(c)(3) whose mission is to reintegrate bikes and people back into the community, using bicycles as the impetus. No trade-ins here but we can give you a receipt for your donated bike which is tax deductible to the full extent of the law (be sure to consult your tax professional)
Conveniently located, with plenty of free car and bike parking, the HUB/C’Ville Bikes, serves the cycling needs of a growing community in an area where some of the best on/off road biking in the region exists within a short ride of their location. Stop by and say hello, grab a free cup of coffee, bottled water, and a tasty treat when out and about as the HUB/C’Ville bikes serves up cycling fun and always offers it up with smile.