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New Bike Corral at Zipcar

May 31st, 2014 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

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The 2nd on-street bike corral in Baltimore was created this week in Harbor East.  Outside Zipcar’s office at Aliceanna and S Caroline Street, the Harbor East style racks were installed by Department of Transportation’s Bridge Maintenance crews.

First of Many New Bike Racks Installed

February 24th, 2014 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

Smaltimore Bike RacksThe City of Baltimore Department of Transportation recently installed a plethora of new bike racks. These are the first of 500 racks that were purchased through a Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. Look for these new bike racks at

Penn Station Bike Parking Complete!

December 31st, 2013 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

The covered bike parking at Penn Station is now complete!

Penn Station Parking Complete

(Fate of plaza racks still unknown)

Controlled Access Bike Parking Opens Downtown

October 18th, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 1 comment

PABC Bike ParkingA 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.

Bike parking area includes a Fixit Stand with tools and air pump

Bike parking area includes a Fixit Stand with tools and air pump

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.


Bike Parking at Ravens Game

September 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

Full bike rack at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens trounce the Texans (Photo courtesy of Jan Hardesty)

Full bike rack at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens trounce the Texans (Photo courtesy of Jan Hardesty)

Bike Artscape This Weekend

July 15th, 2013 | Categories: Events, Parking | Post Comment

header-logo-homeIt’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

After the parade, and anytime during Artscape, park your bike at the free valet bike parking this year courtesy of  CHIPOTLELeave your bike and receive a free ‘buy one get one free’ entree card.

Be sure to stop by the Baltimore Bike Party tent at Oliver Street and Mt. Royal Avenue!

Bike Parking & Pump at Penn & Camden Stations

May 29th, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 3 comments

130523 Camden Station 014In addition to the new, covered bike parking at Penn and Camden Stations…


Photo by Jan Hardesty

public access bike pumps are also available

(Bike rack instructions available at Bikemore)

Downtown Crackdown on Bike Parking

May 23rd, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 8 comments

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.

imageThe 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.

Poor Bike Locking or Entrapment?

May 22nd, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 7 comments

Ridiculous Locking JobThis 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.

Bike Parking Restored at Inner Harbor

May 20th, 2013 | Categories: Parking | 3 comments

Harbor Amp RacksBike parking disappeared last year as part of the Jones Falls Trail construction.  This past week, new bike racks appeared just off the trail at the Inner Harbor amphitheater.



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