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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 !!!
A special event was not needed to illustrate the need for designated bike parking at Brewer’s Art; but it didn’t hurt either. Bikemore and Brewer’s Art invited riders Friday evening to come hang out in hopes of making the case for Saris’ Bike Corral Photo Contest. Even if you couldn’t make it Friday, you can still help. Just visit the Saris’ Facebook page and ‘Vote’ for Mount Vernon/Brewer’s Art Bike Corral.
The bikes came in slower at 5 pm (Note the brick sidewalk which makes traditional bike rack placement very difficult)
By 5:30, there was nowhere to lock a bike
and an hour later, there was this! (as photographed by Brian O’Doherty)
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 TWO winning teams in Baltimore, the Maryland Stadium Authority is packing more fans in the stands. With the crowded bike parking at Oriole Park, the Stadium Authority anticipates the trend continuing well into football season. The bicycle parking area is located on the southeast corner of M&T Bank Stadium along the Gwynns Falls Trail, between gates B & C. Below is a map showing the designated bike parking location and possible locations for directional signage based upon where the most improperly parked bikes for Ravens games.
Help the Maryland Stadium Authority plan the directional signs to the bike parking! If you’re biking to see the Ravens, where are you coming from? Where would signs to the bike parking help? Post away below!
A couple months ago, a blue Peugeot bike was locked to a sign post at the corner of Pleasant Street and the JFX off ramp. Around the Farmers Market area and along Fallsway, many bikes are locked up to sign posts as there’s limited bike parking at the market and none at Health Care for the Homeless.
As time passed, the bike lost weight. First the front wheel disappeared. Then the back wheel and brakes, followed by the derailleur. A mid-grade kryptonite lock kept the frame in place, until it finally disappeared over the weekend.
The best way to save the 10 bucks on car parking at the Baltimore Ravens free open practice at M&T Bank Stadium (and park closer to the gates)