With both sadness and excitement, today marks the last day of Bike Month! Over the past 31 days, we’ve had fun pushing bike culture in Baltimore to a new level. We’ve seen our bike commuting numbers continue to climb and set a new participation record for Bike To Work Day. With events planned for riders of all experiences, we’ve seen the smiles of those finding their balance for the first time and the competitiveness of seasoned riders going ‘one more time up that hill.’
This past weekend, Bike Maryland’s Bike Ambassador Program teamed up with DOT’s Safe Routes to School & Safety City program to teach kids bike skills at Bike Jam. The Kids Bike Rodeo helped dozens of kids with fitting helmets, checking brakes and leading them through a coned course.
Sunday morning, 14 riders met at Falls Rd and Bellemore Ave to tackle the Bellemore Hill “Time Your Climb” Competition. For those that don’t know Bellemore, this mile-long route climbs almost straight up out of the Jones Falls Valley from Mt. Washington to Roland Avenue. The fastest time for this climb was an impressive 2 minutes 56 seconds! (I’ll post the other times this week.) Thanks to Joe & Katie for hosting this event!
I can not thank all the volunteers, organizers and everyone else who pitched in to make our first Bike Month such a success! We couldn’t have done it without you! It’s been great for me to finally put faces with names and see so many more people get involved in biking around our fair city.
Big time shout out to Paul Day, our marketing coordinator, who made Bike Month run like a top! We’ll be posting winners of the Bike Month Challenge soon and announcing tomorrow how we’re celebrating the end of Bike Month.
Don’t forget the Ladies Ride is rescheduled for tomorrow evening; meeting at the World Trade Center at 6:30.