This weekend, there were FOUR (count ‘em) opportunities to ride your bike in a social setting. Critical Mass rode Friday night and Saturday was the (first annual?) B’more Spooky Halloween Bike Ride. Despite conflicting reports of what time the ride actually started, we had a good turn out of 40-50 riders. (Please always check the SOCIALIZR page for accurate info and to help me gauge how many people to account for.)
After being gently heckled by the plaza locals on being members of the Village People, we took the right lane on Fayette and made our first stop at Poe’s Grave. The gate was open & the area well lite which made for a nice start. We continued out W. Lexington and passed a few parties to Poe’s house, then up Carrollton to Lafayette and over to Greenmount Cemetery (I tried getting after hours access, but all the workers there live no where close so it wasn’t happening). Through Oliver and Broadway East we rode to Baltimore Cemetery, the old American Brewery Building and Collington Square. There were no “Eastside v Westside” basketball games, but a nice of town. Down Patterson Park Ave we went to the Lantern Parade. From there, the remaining cyclists went our own way to continue the Halloween festivities.
Sunday morning, the 2nd annual Roland Avenue Cyclovia took place courtesy of the Roland Park Civic League. I took a leisure spin down Roland. It was cool watching the neighborhood come out and enjoy the temporary park: lots of families with kids on lil bikes, dog walkers, speedsters, parishioners, skateboarders, a penny farthing and girl scout cookies for sale.
Sunday night, 80 registered racers participated in Halloween! The Alley Cat race. Glad to hear everyone made it back safe. Look for a Spring 2011 race!