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Instead of a blog post, tweeting from the Bike Symposium hosted by Bike Maryland was much easier and instantaneous.
Catch what you missed at on Twitter #BikeSym
As the state transportation bike & ped plan is now complete, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the final draft of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, developed to enhance recreation areas and services on State lands. The plan was devised using public input gathered during a random telephone survey, an online survey and through four regional stakeholder meetings.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is pleased to announce the release of the Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The final Plan can be accessed here.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan supports the Maryland Transportation Plan, or “MTP”, and other key statewide planning efforts. This Plan updates the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan adopted in 2002 and, going forward, will be updated every five years.
MDOT thanks all participants for their contributions to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. We look forward to continuing to work together with all partners to improve walking and biking in Maryland, using this Plan as a foundation.
1. Join a local bike advocacy group – C’mon what’s $25 a year? Whether it’s Bikemore, MORE, or Bike Maryland, your membership funds along with hundreds of others add up to fund full time advocacy positions which in turn creates a more bike-friendlier environment for everyone.
2. Participate in a local fundraiser ride – Whether its Tour dem Parks, Patapsco 100 or Tour du Port, these rides help fund many other bike events throughout the year. Even though more competitive in nature, the Charm City Cyclocross also qualifies here.
3. Request a bike rack – Now that Baltimore City Department of Transportation has bike racks in stock, let them know where you’d like to legitimately park your bike. Email the city’s new bike & pedestrian planner Caitlin Doolin or post on Social Cyclist to file a request
4. Bike commute or semi-bike commute at least once – So you live 15 miles from your office, drive a little closer and ride in. Try it first on a weekend, just to test the routes. If you need route suggestions, post questions below.
5. Attend the ABW Winning Campaign or the Bike Symposium
6. Take a non-riding friend for a bike ride There are few things more rewarding than seeing a friend discover the joy of riding. Besides the whole exercise/zero emissions thing, its the ‘fun factor’ that can’t be overstated.
7.Set a personal biking goal and do it! Biking across the U.S. isn’t for everyone, but if that’s your goal, then do it! Consider a mileage goal for the year, biking to a destination, participating in a bike race, or trying a new type of riding (mountain, road, distance, touring, cyclocross, etc.). If you need help meeting goals, Strava can help.
8. Attend the Maryland Avenue Cycletrack public meeting, February 4th.
9. Go for a slow bike ride Not every ride needs to have a purpose. Go for a ride as slow as possible and just have fun! A beach cruiser would probably be best suited for this ride.
10. Take a spin class The winter is the best time of year to do a spin class. Not only will you get a decent workout, but also awaken different muscle groups to improve your overall riding. Spin classes are available at local gyms, rec centers and the YMCA.
11. Volunteer for non-riding bike event like bike counts, assist with any of the events listed in #1 above, table for any of the organizations in #3 above or for Rides Around the Reservoir or Laps Around the Lake. The Baltimore Family Bike Party can always use shepherding help as the parents are typically tending to their children.
12. Ride the Kinetic Sculpture Race, this year held on May 3, because no Baltimore Bike Year is complete without it.
Happy New Year! Pedal On Safely!
It might not be an official ‘cyclovia’ but the Department of Public Works opens Loch Raven Drive to people every Sunday afternoon. Just by closing two gates, the drive becomes accessible to walkers, cyclists, dogwalkers, rollerbladers and skateboarders. While there is no immediate economic benefits for businesses along this cyclovia and most users must drive to the starting points, this open street does allow people to enjoy the autumn colors. This area also becomes a great place to teach kids how to ride. The wide pavement, absence of motor traffic and (mostly) gentle rolling hills create the ideal location for new cyclists.
Adopting bicycles in urban centers as a transport option has shown to improve human health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower one’s carbon footprint. However, cities investing in bicycle infrastructure face numerous challenges, such as the high risk for bicycle-related injuries if adequate infrastructure and planning is not implemented.
To address safety concerns, researchers Sauleh Siddiqui, Kavi Bhalla, and David Love will use a mathematical framework to quantify and analyze health impacts in Baltimore’s transport settings, while also drawing on knowledge of local government officials and the Baltimore bicycle community. The broader aim for this research is to develop a framework to tackle general urban infrastructure so that cities as a whole benefit from safe, attractive and comfortable transportation, including bicyclists, pedestrians, drivers, commuters and residents in general.
The Making Baltimore Bicycle Friendly project is led by a research team at Johns Hopkins and is sponsored by the Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute (E2SHI) of Johns Hopkins University. Each volunteer will receive a gift! Counts will take place NEXT WEEK on Oct 29 – Oct 31 at 10 locations across central Baltimore. Sign up today to help out!
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation will close the Waterfront Promenade Bicycle Access survey on Friday, October 18th. Let DOT know how you feel about bikes on the promenade. The survey will be incorporated into the final report with recommendations on how to safely improve bicycle access to the Waterfront Promenade.
Morgan State University is developing a bicycle master plan. Community input is critical to the success of every bike plan. Stop by MSU’s Student Center on Wednesday, October 9th to share your thoughts!
The Charm City Pedal Mill is looking for someone fun, outgoing and responsible to join their team of drivers!
1) A fun and outgoing personality to interact with the tours
2) Flexible hours
3) Weekend availability
4) 21 and over
1) Bike knowledge
2) Familiarity with the Fells Point neighborhood
If you are interested in applying or learning more, please email Charm City Pedal Mill!
In June the New York Times published this interactive map with a few helpful hints on cycling around NYC with the hopes that users would add their info to it. The map now has over 6,000 comments noting everything from gorgeous locations to rougher terrain you might want to avoid. There isn’t a Baltimore shortcut squeezed between the NYC and DC links, but you can add a location and see what people have already added to Charm City streets.
Speaking of riding a bike in NYC, here’s Louis CK riding a CitiBike from @romeroromero’s Instagram. If Louis CK is out there somewhere riding a bike and you’re not…