Last month, with the help of local volunteers, Baltimore City Department of Transportation documented morning and afternoon bike commuter traffic at four locations around the city. From 7:30 – 9:30 am and 4 – 6 pm, bikes were counted at Falls Road & Maryland Avenue, Guilford Avenue & Mt. Royal Avenue, Pratt Street & Market Place and Aliceanna Street & Boston Street. Parked bikes were also counted at Penn Station. In addition to overall bike traffic numbers, volunteers tracked direction of travel, helmet use and gender of cyclist.
- 3,025 bikes were counted at the above locations
- 29% of cyclists were women
- 63% of riders used helmets
- Highest count took place at Pratt & Market on Thursday, September 26 from 4-6pm with 264 cyclists
How does this compare to counts in the past?
This September’s weather conditions could not have been more perfect for biking. 60-70 degree temperatures in the morning were optimal for post-summer: cool enough not to sweat, warm enough not to need extra layers. The dry weather forecast for the week held true and no rain, snow or heavy fog occurred. Bike counts for May 2013 and September 2012 featured heavy rain, hail and thunderstorms which made for lower than average bike traffic. As the bike counts proved: Cyclists do not like to ride in inclement weather. Near perfect weather conditions occurred in September 2010, which provides a good basis for comparison to September 2013. When comparing these counts:
- Baltimore showed a 65% increase in bike traffic!
- Women ridership is up 45%
- Helmet use stayed flat at 63%. Helmet use has fluctuated between 63 and 65%. That’s not much of a fluctuation given the steady increase in overall traffic and varied weather conditions.
- Bicycle traffic has doubled at Guilford Avenue & Mt. Royal where the Jones Falls Trail and bike boulevard meet.
Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) invites you to meet and share information with other local cyclists, local and state officials/planners, and regional advocacy groups on issues relating to improving bicycling safety and accessibility in our community. We will focus this year on accessibility and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2013, 7pm at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Building 1, Parsons Auditorium, 11000 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723
Check-in/Registration (with sandwiches & cookies) begins at 6:30 pm ? Presentations/Discussion from 7:00 – 9:10 pm
6.30 Meet, Greet, Sign-In With Subway sandwiches, cookies and non-sugared, non-carbonated water
7.00 Greeting Chris Tsien
7.10 Keynote – Legislation Carol Silldorff, Bike Maryland
7.30 HoCo Bicycle Master Plan - Ben Pickar, Ho Co Dept Planning & Zoning • Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group
8.20 Connecting Columbia Jane Dembner, Columbia Association
8:40 Bike Rodeos Carl Peterson, Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program
9:00 Thank You Chris Tsien
Bicycling Advocates of Howard County is an advocacy coalition of local Howard County bicycling clubs. BAHC is a §501(c)4 tax-exempt organization.
On Thursday, October 17th, the Baltimore County Planning Commission hosted an open meeting in which citizens could recommend capital improvement projects. The Northeast Trail was one project that many citizens supported. The Northeast Trail, also known as the Perry Hall Trail, utilizes public right-of-way along Perry Hall Boulevard to create a trail from Indian Rock Park to Kenwood Avenue. From there the trail has potential to follow the BG&E right-of-way to Herring Run Park. This trail has been identified in the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board’s PlanIt 2035; a long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore metropolitan region as well as the City’s Bicycle Master Plan and the Eastern County Bicycle & Pedestrian Access Plan.
The Northeast Trail has 30% design plans complete from Silver Spring Road to Linover Park. 30% design plans include preliminary alignment, environmental features like wetlands and areas where bridges are needed. The plans were developed years ago by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. While the primary purpose of the trail would be recreation, there is great potential for this trail to be used for transportation: from the Perry Hall and Overlea neighborhoods to the White Marsh Town Center.
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!
If you spend time riding single tracks along the Little Gunpowder Falls, you know how well designed and maintained they are. This doesn’t happen by trail fairies swooping in at night and making it all happen. Trail work is done the good old fashioned way: Volunteers! Saturday’s supposed to pretty nice weather-wise. If you have the chance, why not chip in and lighten the load for everyone. Spend a couple hours making these great trails better and then go out for a ride. Trail work starts at 9 am!
If you’d like to hep out, email Peggy Perry and let her know you’re coming.
UPDATE: A shuttle van will run between Jerusalem Mill and the work site on Reynolds Rd. You can ride your bike to the work site from the mill or park at Kingsville Recreation fields on Franklinville Rd.
- 2 Volunteers check-in facilitators help Adam check volunteers in, and get orange flags on Ride Guides bicycles at St. Mary’s Park. (the mechanical ability to remove a q/r or nutted rear wheel is required) (6:45-7:30)
- 1 Pearlstone Park “Go to St. Mary’s Park” Volunteer, before catching up and rejoining the group. (7-7:30)
- 1 Union After Party Prep volunteer who is not riding to help an organizer and another volunteer to setup and decorate at Union Craft Brewery, at 1700 Union Ave. (7:30-9:45)
- 2 Sweepers to ride in the back and pass out cue sheets to partiers who have fallen behind, or have mechanical problems (mechanical skills not critically important) (7:30-9:45)
- 1 Police Ride Along to forego the ride and ride along in the police lieutenant’s vehicle and maintain telephone and Zello contact with the ride leaders and organizers. Will communicate instructions between the police and the ride (must have smart phone) (7:30-9:45)
Please bear in mind that we are still hashing out some details with the Union Craft Brewery people about these roles, and there may be some small tweaks and changes to the roles
Shift #1 (9:45-11)
- 6 Wristbanders/ID checkers to check IDs and wristband people over 21. Will receive instructions on how to check IDs. (must be at least 21 years old)
- 8 Tap Pourers/Beer Servers to work the taps and to serve beers. Some will be working the taps, some will be serving beers and taking tickets, to be determined later. (must be at least 21 years old)
Shift #2 (11-12 am: may run a little later)
- 2 Tap Pourers/Beer Servers to work the taps and to serve beers. As of now we are asking for 2 people, may expand to as many as 8 people. (must be 21 years old)
- 3 Trash Volunteers to help Adam and Union Craft Employees with cleanup. Will be provided with rubber gloves.
Morning After Cleanup: (Ideally volunteer for both parks, but we’ll take help from people who can only help at one)
- 2 St. Mary’s Park Cleanup Volunteers to help Anastasia and Adam make sure the park is cleaner than how we found it. Will be provided with rubber gloves, bags, and DONUTS! (9 am)
- 2 Rest Stop Cleanup Volunteers to Anastasia and Adam make sure the rest stop park is cleaner than how we found it the night before. (10:30 am)
A 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.
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.
On Saturday , October 19 at 9 a.m., County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Catonsville Councilman, Tom Quirk will cut the ribbon for the recently resurfaced 1 mile Catonsville Short Line Trail. We will be recognizing the efforts of our elected officials, donors, volunteers, board members and friends.
CYCLISTS NEEDED !!!! Catonsville Rail to Trail organizers want to have a large group of cyclists ride the 1-mile trail starting at 8 a.m. from the Western School of Technology. The ride passes through the Paradise neighborhood, follows the Short Line Trail to the new Frederick Road bridge construction over the Beltway, which will include bike lanes. The culmination is to arrive back at the start at 8:50 as the county officials are gathering; the goal is to impress them with our numbers! Total length of ride is only 3.7 miles. This is an easy, no drop ride and perfect for families and seniors.
Come out and celebrate this event! Refreshments from 7-Eleven of Catonsville. Plenty of parking in front of the school. (then hurry to New Greenmount West for the Family Bike Party)
Scheduled road rides should only be cancelled at the last minute. Case in point: Friday’s Towson Bike Mosey.
6:30 – Torrential rain, overloaded storm inlets
6:45 – Continued rain
6:55 – Arrived at meetup point, light showers
7:00 – No Rain (cue the Blind Melon)
The three folks that showed for the ride had a very leisure spin around Towson. The knobby tires came in handy for control on the slicker roads, ride down stairs and steep graded speed humps. Lighter attendance with a flexible route made for a slow, fun ride.