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Tour dem Parks, Hon! is Sunday, June 8th, 2014. This annual bike ride through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods offers a close-up view of regional parks like Carroll, Patterson, Clifton and Druid Hill, as well as some quietly tucked away gems. Participants choose from 4 routes: 14 miles (the family ride on the Gwynn’s Falls Trail), 25 miles, 35 miles, or a metric century (64 miles). All rides start and end in Carroll Park.
Proceeds support Baltimore’s parks, as well as environmental, “friends of parks”, and cycling groups. Tour dem Parks, Hon! is fully supported with rest stops and ends with a jazz barbeque. Visit the new website and register today!
The long-planned Downtown Bike Network for Baltimore will be unveiled next Tuesday, February 4th from 5-7 pm at the Enoch Pratt Central Library on Cathedral Street. Not only will plans for Baltimore’s first cycletrack for Maryland Avenue and Cathedral Street (above) be presented, but also the long awaited connection for the Jones Falls Trail at Madison Street (below). More details available on the Facebook event page.
With abnormally cold weather lately, biking around Baltimore requires a little more prep. You almost have to dress like a ninja to protect against this bitter cold and let a some air out of your tires to get a little more traction
The great thing about the holidays is less traffic to contend with. Fewer cars mean fewer close calls and a little more road space for group rides. So Christmas Eve morning is a good time for an urban mountain bike ride. This has been Phil Kennedy’s tradition for 10 years. Starting at 7 am from the edge of Rodgers Forge, this annual ride winds through the city for about 30 miles, spreading Christmas cheer along the way. With colder temps, ugly Christmas sweaters are an acceptable apparel.
This signal-optional ride with occasional salmoning is more easily done with knobby tires. Crossing the Melrose Avenue bridge, riding down the Roland Avenue median and hoping on the Stony Run trail, the group of 9 hit some usual Baltimore spots: Druid Lake, Graffiti Alley & Mt. Vernon Place. Riding down the stairs at Washington Monument is no problem for fat tires. Circling through the Westside and out to Bond Street wharf for the 1st break. Climbing up Caroline Street for another break at the corner of Greenmount and Chase (Google it), then over to Oliver to check out the future pump track site and try out some of the local obstacles. No Christmas ride is complete without a stop at 34th Street, then to check out the newer section of the Jones Falls Trail. Returning to the country, take Roland Heights Ave & Evans Chapel for an easier climb out of the valley. This ride is a very cool way to kick off the holidays!
On Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, the 10th Annual Phil Kennedy Urban Ride tours the city. Stage at 7:00am on Bellona Avenue at Cloister Gate Drive between Charles Street and Stevenson Lane. Ride returns to the starting point around 11:00 am.
Mountain bikes are recommended! You never know what steps we will race down or ledges we will jump off of. Exploring the city with knobby tires provides many options! Pace is casual, mood is festive.
The first ride is the annual Pajama Mountain Bike Ride on the trails of the Little Gunpowder Falls. Start at the “hillbilly beach” on Guyton Road just south of the intersection with Bottom Road. Parking is available along Bottom Road or at the Harford Road trailhead. Dress warmly in your pajamas at hit the trails at 9 am.
The Pajama Ride has been cancelled due to pending weather and thawing conditions. Sometimes the most responsible mountain bike ride is the one not taken.
The Baltimore Family Bike Party is headed back to Hampden and Wyman Park for a hilly and festive evening ride featuring a playground, a cruise down the Avenue, and a visit to the famous Miracle on 34th Street. As always, everyone is welcome from toddlers in bike seats or trailer to kids on two wheels to join the monthly family-friendly rides. Meetup at the Beech Avenue Playground (3510 Beech Avenue) on the western side of Wyman Park at 4pm. Remember: Bring lights, dress warm, bring friends. Details on the Facebook event page
It’s a good thing the bike party doesn’t have a complex. Some participants were overheard saying “Oh look at the baby bike party” and “Look how small the bike party is.” The chiller temps, Thanksgiving holiday and ‘winter mode’ operating rules kept the crowds small. Decked out in their finest sleepwear, the bike party left St. Mary’s Park in clusters heading to Druid Hill for the first stop; through Remington and Mt. Vernon and around Union Square. Don’t let the organization fool ya: The smaller bike party operating as a group of vehicular cyclists works surprisingly well.
Bundle up in your PJs and ride the Baltimore Bike Party at St. Mary’s Park 7 pm. The bike party operates in “winter mode” from November thru March. Check out the revised rules on the website or just ride like a vehicular cyclist. Either way, be safe and have fun.