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Suburban Bike Parties Offer Easy Routes


June 25th, 2014 | Categories: Events | 3 comments

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The Towson Mosey was less attended due to the World Cup match of the United States versus Portugal.  Starting at the Old Courthouse at Chesapeake and Washington, the mosey toured Towson University, Shepard Pratt (really, there’s cool architecture there), Rodgers Forge and Stoneleigh.  The easy ride followed quiet routes, hidden trails and allowed participants to get to know each other and catch up at the CVP to watch Portugal tie it up (NO!) Anyway, a good ride was had by all.  Thanks to Anne Greenbaum and Devan Tracy for organizing the event! Impromptu Perry Hall and Towson rides that happen almost every Sunday night.  Post below if interested…(Photos by Dup)

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MORE’s Patapsco Epic Coming August 10th


June 20th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

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The second in MORE’s Epic Series happens in our backyard!  The Patapsco Epic is the best way to explore the extensive trail system at Patapsco Valley while supporting MORE.  Choose from a kids’ ride, 25, 35 or 50 mile route. Wrap up your ride with a festival at the end.  Registration now open!


Bike Parties in Perry Hall and Towson


June 17th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

C3Palooza Hi Vis Bike Party

 

Quick Details:
What: Palooza Bike Party “Hi-Viz” Ride
Where: Meeting at the parking lot behind R&R Taqueria in Perry Hall (behind Honeygo Center Drive)
When: Meet at 6:30, ride at 7:00
Who: Anyone who can ride or be towed by a bike

Meet at the parking lot behind Libertore’s in Perry Hall at 6:30PM and the riding begins at 7:00PM. Ride will be approximately 7 miles around the flattest parts of Perry Hall . At a very casual pace, we’ll probably be in the saddle for a 60-90 minute ride. The ride will take a break and get Italian Ice and custard with more Palooza Party People at Rita’s in Perry Hall and then loop back to the start.

We’ll be following all the rules of the road, including red light stops, but the leaders will wait so we can all stay together. Most of the riding will be in the roadway, a safe option given our number of cyclists. Help will be available for flat tires or quick mechanical fixes, but be sure to check your tire pressure and carry what you need to fix a flat tire. Please wear a helmet.

Please email ryan (at) communitycc.net with any questions.  Details updated on the Facebook event page

 

and then on Sunday, June 22nd  TOWSON BIKE MOSEY  explores lore the hidden treasured roads of Towson for this monthly ~10ish mile casual ride. Don’t forget to wear bright clothing!  

and here’s the route Cue Sheet June 22 Towson Bike Mosey

 


Baltimore Area Candidate Survey Results Now Available!


June 13th, 2014 | Categories: People, Programs | Post Comment

Early voting opened yesterday in Maryland for the 2014 primary election. Primary election voting closes on Tuesday, June 24 to determine which candidate will represent their party in the general election to be held in November. Being a mid-term election, no presidential elections (and in this case Maryland U.S. Senators) are held, but other important offices are up for election including Governor, U.S. House of Representatives, the Maryland General Assembly (state senators and delegates) as well as Baltimore County Executive and Council.

Percentage TakenIn April, I invited candidates to share their views on bicycling in and around Baltimore through an online survey. Candidates, or their staff, had until the close of Bike Month, May 31st to complete the survey. As promised, those survey results are ready. While other offices, such as Attorney General, Comptroller, Sheriff and judges are open for election, the focus was on the executive and legislative races as these offices have a greater impact on biking conditions.

Of all 216 eligible candidates, 79 took the survey. That’s a 37% response rate. While there were only 6 mandatory questions, most completed the survey of 21 questions. Only one candidate for Governor, Anthony Brown, completed the survey.

Click here for the 2014 Baltimore Area Candidates Survey Results

Reading the Results:

  1. To offer a side by side comparison, the survey results are available as a MicroSoft Excel spreadsheet (*.xls)
  2. Each office is broken out by different tabs visible at the bottom of the sheet (Governor, U.S. House of Reps, State Senate, House of Delegates, Baltimore County Executive and Baltimore County Council)
  3. Across the top of each tab, the survey questions are listed in bold. A list of multiple choice answers are located on the 2nd row in italics. Where multiple choices questions offered “Select All That Apply” answers, these answers are grouped together with borders.
  4. On each tab, candidates are groups by their district. Scroll down through each tabs to see the candidates who have responded. Candidates who did not participate are listed at the bottom of each tab. There are many bike friendly candidates who did not participate.
  5. These survey results are for your use in helping share candidate’s views on bicycling. The survey will possibly be available  for the General Election in November. This blog currently does not endorse any particular candidate or party but provides this information as a service to the biking community.

Other interesting stats produced from survey responses:

Describe Yourself

Roadsharing

Bike Culture

 

Number One Issue


New Bike Corral at Zipcar


May 31st, 2014 | Categories: Parking | Post Comment

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The 2nd on-street bike corral in Baltimore was created this week in Harbor East.  Outside Zipcar’s office at Aliceanna and S Caroline Street, the Harbor East style racks were installed by Department of Transportation’s Bridge Maintenance crews.


Mtn Bikers Clean Up After Storms


May 5th, 2014 | Categories: People | Post Comment

Last weeks stormed left area trails soaked and damaged.  While MORE cleaned up trails in Patapsco Valley, GUMBO (above) cleaned up the trails along Little Gunpowder Falls

Last week’s storms left area trails soaked and damaged. While MORE and OLD LINE VELO cleaned up trails in Patapsco Valley, GUMBO (above) cleaned up the trails along Little Gunpowder Falls.


Kinetic Sculpture Gallery


May 5th, 2014 | Categories: Events, Unique Bikes | 1 comment

While there were fewer entries this year, they were no less inventive.  Here are a few of this year’s bikes from this year’s Kinetic Sculpture Race:

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The regular entry “Platypus” transformed into a Tiki bar


What’s Philly Got For Bikes?


May 2nd, 2014 | Categories: Infrastructure, People | 3 comments

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40+ bike shops, this one that caters to cargo bikes

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A laundry service that uses bikes because its cheaper than trucks

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Buffered bike lanes on residential streets where parking or travel lanes were converted

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Lots of green bike lanes (mostly buffered)

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Buffered bike lanes on major arterials where parking or a travel lanes were converted

 

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400 bicycle wayfinding signs around town for only $100,000

and coming soon:  BIKESHARE by Bcycle and Bicycle Transit Systems

Thanks to the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities
& Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for the guide


Baltimore County Disappoints Bike & Trail Advocates


April 28th, 2014 | Categories: People, Programs | 4 comments

Over the past two years, the Baltimore County Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) has made an effort to make the county a more walkable and bikeable community.  The committee is comprised of councilmatic citizen appointees as well as county agencies representatives from the Office of Planning and Departments of Public Works, Recreation & Parks and Health.  Created through legislation sponsored by Councilmen David Marks and Tom Quirk, the committee was instrumental in drafting the county’s Complete Streets policy, which recently won praise from Smart Growth America as one of the Top 10 CS policies of 2013.

Unfortunately, this has been the culmination of the committee’s success.  In recent months, the citizen appointees of the committee has faced a major stonewall from county officials.

At the March 11th meeting, the committee heard from the State Highway Administration on how the county could utilize state funds and services to create sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure and trails.  In priority funding areas, which cover most of the county inside the URDL, the only obligation for these projects was post-construction maintenance and to provide public notice of the projects.  Instead of taking the advantage of this opportunity, county officials offered only excuses as to why this could not be done.  Meanwhile, other jurisdictions like Montgomery County are developing world-class transportation trail systems with these same funds.

Following the March 11th committee meeting, the second public input meeting was held to hear what projects citizens would like to see implemented. Other suggestions were submitted to the county before and after the meeting.  The list of projects offered by Baltimore County residents included:

The April 22nd PBAC committee meeting featured the Office of Planning’s report on which projects to support.  The list of supported projects was developed by the Office of Planning after discussions with the Department of Public Works, which oversees roadway improvements and the County Executive’s office.  Of all the improvements offered by the community, only two were selected:

All other recommendations have been delayed indefinitely! The most startling indication of the county’s indifference to bicycle projects was the deferment of the Towson “Spokes” plan.   This project, which included road diets and utilizing excess pavement for bike lanes, was deferred due to the development taking place in and around Towson.  The county wanted to see how vehicular traffic would be affected by these improvements BEFORE adding any bicycle improvements.  By this inaction, the county is resigned to plan for more car traffic by NOT planning for or encouraging bicycle, pedestrian or transit traffic.

Citizen members of the committee were visibly agitated by the county’s decision.  Carol Silldorff, executive director of Bike Maryland, was first to express her frustration.  “This is not enough!  Baltimore County needs to support more of these projects as we’re falling farther behind other progressive communities.”

Kathy Schlabach  from the Office of Planning answered by stating, “There’s no budget for these projects.  The County Executive wants to put every available dollar towards schools.”

When asked who was staffing the bicycle program, Ms. Schlabach indicated she was the only staff and only at a fraction of her time.  She also indicated that there was ZERO LOCAL FUNDING FOR BIKE PROJECTS! The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bikeways Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program could potentially fund the vast majority of the projects suggested, especially if the available state and federal funding was combined to have state funds match the federal funds. However, for almost any project, the county would need to put up at least some local funding as a match and to devote some staff time to project coordination and outreach. Failing to do so leaves available money on the table for projects that have clear public support.

Ms. Silldorff also asked what else could be done for the county to support these projects.  Ms. Schlabach replied for committee members and the public to contact their council representatives to help fund these projects.

Laura Cook, the county executive’s appointee at large, made a motion to send a letter to the executive’s office asking for a budget item of $100,000 and a staff position to support these projects.  Committee members debated on the exact amount from less than $100,000 to $500,000.  Where other communities are dedicating millions of dollars a year toward improving walking and biking projects, Baltimore County squabbles over pennies.

5th District PBAC representative Allysha Lorber offered to produce a list of what other counties and jurisdictions are spending on bicycle & trail projects.  Ms. Schlabach then offered to take on that project and report to the committee at the next meeting in the fall.  Both Ms. Silldorff and Ms. Cook stated that the fall was too long to wait for these numbers.  Ultimately, the committee postponed the motion to wait on the report at September’s meeting.

Other ways the county is showing resistance to the national bicycle movement:


Bike Month Is Upon Us!


April 25th, 2014 | Categories: Events | Post Comment

bikemonthMay is Bike Month!  In Baltimore, that means the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Monument to Monument Ride, Bike To School Day, Bike To Work Day, Bike Jam, Ride of Silence and of course, Bike Party.  Check out the BIKE MONTH PAGE for event links & flyers.

More events in the works at Bike PartyBikemore, Bike Maryland and MORE


 

 


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