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A new, secure, downtown bicycle facility has been built by the City of Baltimore through a collaboration between the Parking Authority of Baltimore City, the Department of Transportation and the Department of General Services’, Energy Office. The Energy Office utilized the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to help fund this project as a way to promote reduction of fuel consumption in the City of Baltimore.
Studies indicate that the longer parked bicycles are left unattended, the greater the chances they will be stolen. To encourage bicycle commuting, reduce driving and reduce bicycle theft during long-term parking (typically over 3 hours), the City of Baltimore created secure downtown bike parking. It is located on the ground level of the Lexington Street garage at 510 East Lexington Street near the corner of Gay Street.
Over 50 bicycles can be parked in the fenced area which is accessible only with a keycard pass. Users will be expected to use their own locks and only registered cyclists will have access to the area. A Fixit Stand is also available for on-site repairs. Anyone can register to use the secure bike parking area online or by calling by 443-573-2800. Applications will also be with the garage manager.
Membership registration will be coordinated by the Parking Authority of Baltimore City. Membership will cost $8 a month. Included in the price will be two days of car parking.
The total project cost approximately $27,000 including bicycle racks, fencing, bicycle repair stand with tools and air pump,control box, key cards and lighting.
It’s not just bike to Artscape this year. This year the organizers of Artscape have opened up the Art Car Parade to include bikes! Come out and celebrate Baltimore Bike Party-style along with the Baltimore Family Bike Party. Decorate your bikes for Saturday’s parade with tall-bikes, cruisers, recumbents, penny farthings, fuzzy bikes, bikes with lights, tin foil, horns, drum kits, the works! More information is available at the Facebook event page
Be sure to stop by the Baltimore Bike Party tent at Oliver Street and Mt. Royal Avenue!
public access bike pumps are also available
(Bike rack instructions available at Bikemore)
As noted in Bikemore’s recent post, an institutional crackdown on random bike parking is sweeping across downtown. The trend started in Harbor East with security patrol placing hard to remove stickers on seats of bikes locked to anything except a Harbor East approved bike rack. These stickers are known to have ruined a quality Brooks saddle. While bike parking availability has improved in Harbor East over the past year, the amount and location are still lacking given the number of bike trips that start and end in Harbor East.
The City of Baltimore’s Legal Department determined that most bicycles (excepted when parked in the road at a metered location) locked to fixtures within the public right-of-way are done so legally. Therefore, the stickers placed on bicycles are comparable to property damage and vandalism.
Stickers have also been placed on bicycles outside the Convention Center (left). With only two bike racks on the property, visitors to the Convention Center have little choice but to lock to other fixtures including the iron fence along Howard Street. With the Bike Party ending at Pratt Street Ale House, there quickly become NO OPTIONS for ‘legal’ bike parking on the south side of Pratt Street.
The latest incident occurred at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (OPACY). Yesterday “Baltimore Velo” Seth had a card attached to his bicycle indicating the Maryland Stadium Authority’s policies for bike parking. Security officers on golf carts indicated they will remove any bicycle not using the ‘official’ bike parking at Oriole Park.
For safety reasons, managing pedestrian flow and maintaining the aesthetics of the complex, the Stadium Authority will remove any bicycle secured to a sign, pole, gate, fence or other facility structure. The warning notices were initiated this year to better inform cyclists of the state regulations involving the operation and parking of bicycles at the complex. Notices are attached to any bicycle parked in violation and, depending on the location and condition, will be removed immediately to the Security Office without the benefit of the warning notice. To recover bicycles that are removed, see the security officer at the guard booth located outside Gate D (south side) for access to the Security Office.
The new rack additions at OPACY are needed, but if the O’s keep winning, more (and better) racks will be needed.
This gem of an Orbea Opal tri bike was parked outside City Hall. It was locked in a very poor fashion so either the owner “will only be a minute” or it’s a sting in the making. Either way, it’s another example of why bike theft is so prevalent in Baltimore.
According to flyers at Penn Station, new bike parking is coming next week. The new bike parking zone will be established within the current parking area for the disabled to the east of Penn Station’s main entrance. Only 3 parking spaces will be converted to bike parking, but with high density COVERED racks, more bikes can be parked there. These new racks were purchased by the Maryland Transit Administration through a grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program.
One rack from the plaza will be relocated there as well. All bike parking on the plaza (by the Man/Woman statue) will be removed shortly thereafter as part of the plaza redevelopment plan. All new racks will be in place before the older racks are removed. Please plan your parking accordingly.
The bike parking at the garage entrance will also experience an upgrade. The bike rack against the guard house will remain in place while the other racks will be replaced. These racks will be upgraded to high-density covered racks as well. Similar improvements will take place at Camden Station within the coming weeks.
It was a slow start for the new bike parking at Oriole Park this weekend. On Friday afternoon, under near perfect conditions for riding, the main bike corral only hosted a half dozen bikes. The corral was slightly obscured by news cameras and lights. Where the new corral is located, cyclists still have to walk 300 feet from the road to the bike parking (unless you ride through the adjacent parking lot). Maryland Stadium Authority personnel are enforcing a strict ‘no biking on stadium property’ rule. If riding on stadium property, staff will chase you down and distribute a stern reprimand.
The gates to the patio just outside the entrance were still full of bicycles. No matter what kind of bike parking improvements are made, cyclists will still lock to the fixed object closest to their destination. That’s just the way we roll.
Just in time for Opening Day, the Baltimore Orioles installed a new bike parking corral yesterday! The bike corral (which is in addition to the racks next to the Babe Ruth statue) will accommodate 100 bikes. It will also be supervised during Orioles home games (although the O’s and MSA encourage you to lock your bike.)
This corral, just outside Gate C on Maryland Square, can be accessed via Lee Street or the breezeway in the Warehouse near the Veterans Memorial.
You will also find bicycle racks in front of Dempsey’s Brew Pub, on the east side of the Warehouse, and at the Camden Yards MARC station
Special thanks to Jan Hardesty for the pictures
Go O’s !!!