(Mostly) from a Baltimore County Press Release:
The Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 17 at 7:00 pm in Room 118 of the Historic Court House in Towson to unveil a proposed bike route for the County seat. The route (map above), which has been dubbed the Bike Beltway, will circle central Towson and help provide two-wheel access to Towson University, Goucher College, the Towsontowne Center and the government center.
“We have limited road capacity in Towson and need to focus on different options for people who currently drive throughout the area,” said Fifth District Councilman David Marks, a long-standing bicycle champion who will attend the December 17 meeting. “I look forward to hearing from Towson residents about ways we can thoughtfully accommodate bicyclists along with motorists.”
Towson’s proposed Bike Beltway is the brain child of the area’s growing bicycle community, specifically the 5th District Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee. This committee was convened by Councilman Marks to identify areas for active transportation improvements. The volunteer group consists of long-time cyclists, trail enthusiasts, landscape architects, urban and transportation planners. Together with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program which has invested $100 thousand into the preliminary proposal (based on an application submitted by Public Works). The public meeting on December 17 will give the community an opportunity to review the route and to offer input.
Aside from the extra tube, warmer gear and pajamas for tomorrow’s bike party, ride organizers have a few more things to keep in mind:
1. Check out the route just to get an idea where we’re going
2. Meet at the park to the north of the monument. The west park is fenced off for seeding.
3. This ride leaves at 7:30. More time riding; less time waiting in the cold
4. Relieve corkers at intersections and be nice to motorists.
5. Hand stamps from volunteers are needed for drink specials at Pratt Street Ale House
6. Bike parking is available outside the ale house & across Pratt at the convention center
Be safe, stay warm and bring friends!
MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) is the main mountain biking advocacy group for the Baltimore/Washington region. Whether organizing local rides, major epic rides, doing trail maintenance, building new trails or working with property owners to open new trails, MORE is a great example of a productive, independent bike advocacy group.
MORE’s future is now at an exciting crossroad. MORE has been invited to become a chapter club of IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Members, and prospective members, are encouraged to attend one of the two membership meetings: Dec 1 in Fairfax, VA and Dec. 2 at Pfieffer’s Corner Schoolhouse in Rockburn Park.
Both meetings will feature a presentation followed by a question & answers session.
Read ahead on the MORE website for details on becoming an IMBA chapter.
Just because the days are shorter and the nights a little chillier
doesn’t mean the party will end.
Bike Party Next Friday, 7pm at the Washington Monument.
This month the bike party transitions at Pratt Street Ale House
Before you get your turkey, family, friends and football on tomorrow, take a little spin on the trails of Patapsco for the Annual Thanksgiving Day Mountain Bike ride.
There will be two rides starting from the Rolling Road Park n Ride on Thanksgiving morning. The fast ride will leave at 7:00 AM and meet back at the start in plenty of time for the 9:00 AM BIG GROUP RIDE. And, plan on getting to the big ride early (8:15/:30) to enjoy a coffee and breakfast snack sponsored by RACE PACE BICYCLES.
Where: Rolling Road Park n Ride Trailhead – HERE: http://goo.gl/maps/0kOgs
7:00 AM – HOT LAP
8:15/:30 AM – RACE PACE BICYCLES sponsored Coffee and Turkey snacks!!!!
9:00 AM – BIG RIDE – Casual pace, looping through the local Avalon trails.
Not to be outdone by all the increased bike parking at Oriole Park, the Baltimore Ravens have provided new bike racks at M&T Bank Stadium. The purple ‘schoolyard’ rack was installed last week outside the GATE C on the southeast corner. The next chance to use the new rack is Sunday, December 2nd, when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Both Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium have experienced an increase in bicycle traffic. Not only has the Maryland Stadium Authority installed bike racks, but the sports teams are doing the same!
Baltimore cyclists now have an official spot to tailgate!
With reconstruction along Washington Boulevard between Monroe Street and Carroll Park Golf Course, the Gwynns Falls Trail has been detoured over the past few months. The trail is now open with a fresh new asphalt surface in front of Montgomery Park; no more need to cross Washington Blvd and back. Even as the trail is open, use caution when travelling the area. Along the edge of the trail on the southerly side of the railroad tracks. utility adjustments are being made. A manhole was stolen from an electrical vault leaving a ‘pothole’ in the trail. Construction crews have placed a barrel on top of the vault, but barrels tend to move frequently in Baltimore.
If you’re heading outbound (south along Washington Blvd), mind the slight drop-off around the inlet on the right side of the trail. There’s still plenty of space to safety navigate the area; even with on-coming traffic.
As you transition from the trail to the parking lot at the Carroll Park Golf Course, there’s a bollard being replaced. Watch for the exposed bolts in the center of the trail.
Join D Center Baltimore, Bikemore, and the Baltimore Department of Transportation, Planning Division, for a design conversation and charrette about how cyclists in Baltimore navigate our streets, how we can improve street designs for differently skilled cyclists, and how to encourage cycling in Baltimore.
The evening will feature a design charrette to create user-generated information that will help inform Baltimore’s Bicycle Master Plan. Afterward, a representative from the Planning Division will lead a facilitated discussion and feedback session about improving the city’s cycling infrastructure.
This is an official Bicycle Master Plan design charrette, so it will be a great opportunity to share your ideas, comments, and concerns about cycling in Baltimore! Join the conversation on Tuesday, November 13 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at The Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.). Check out the Facebook event