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BIKE OUT & VOTE!

Sure, its a little chilly this morning but don’t let that keep you away from the polls! I’m fortunate to have the day off (which is relative since I will end up doing work later on today) so after some morning coffee I pedaled over to my polling place and cast my ballot. By biking, I was able to avoid many of the last minute vote solicitors that positioned themselves strategically between the parking lot & school entrance.  (I did pedal back to say ‘hello’ to my friends out there with steaming coffee in gloved hands)  Thanks to an old galvanized bike rack, I had the closest parking spot the entrance.

As an unaffiliated/independent voter, I only get to vote ONCE every other year so when I am permitted to vote, I jump at the chance!  This is a critical year in determining the direction our country will take for the next 2 years.  Just as important, the results from today will determine the direction our state and counties  take for the next FOUR years.  Today you have the opportunity to determine which direction it will be!

GET OUT AND VOTE!

Wanna Be on TV?

If you missed your chance to get on most local TV stations at Friday’s celebration, don’t worry.  Here’s another chance!

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be at the corner of President & Fleet Streets for Fox 45′s  “Morning Show.”  We’ll highlight the new bike lanes on President St. and some of our recent biking accomplishments in Baltimore.  Along with Joel Smith, we’ll do 1-3 minute segments, 3-4 times an hour, starting at 7AM! 

Join us, ride by and holler or just bring us breakfast! 
The more folks we have on bikes, the better!  Thanks for your help & hope to see you tomorrow!

BIKE CELEBRATION in BALTIMORE

Tomorrow, Friday, October 8th, Baltimore celebrates three major bicycle accomplishments:  new bike lanes, new bike legislation and the Bicycle Friendly Community award.

This public event will be held at Katyn Circle (President & Aliceanna Sts.) at 11 am!  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will showcase new bike lanes on President Streets and sign two of the bike bills into law; mandating bike safe grates on all city contracts and a $75 fine for parking in bike lanes.  

The Mayor will also accept the bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke.  This award recognizes Baltimore’s efforts in improving cycling conditions and encouraging more people to get on bikes!

Please come out and show your support for Baltimore’s biking acoomplishments!

2010 Tour du Port

A crisp October morning made for a great setting to this year’s Tour du Port. About 2100 cyclists enjoyed a leisure bike ride around Baltimore’s waterfront starting at Canton Park.

Thanks to Carol Silldorff, ONE LESS CAR and all the volunteers and sponsors for putting together the ride!

Tour du Port 2010

Tour du Port, Baltimore’s largest bike ride, is on October 3rd! Over 2000 people attended from over 8 states last year so sign up now and be part of the fun! The bike routes (12-63 miles) travel through Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and scenic parks. This fully supported bike tour includes rest stops with refreshments, maps, SAG support and a post-ride celebration with lunch supplied by Whole Foods Market and live music!

REGISTER NOW AT ONE LESS CAR

One Less Car promotes bike safety, infrastructure, & education along with pedestrian initiatives which produce a better community where you can safely live , work  & play!  Register for the ride and you will be supporting bike and walker safety, sidewalks, bike lanes, carpooling, teleworking and more!   Tour mechandise is also available from One Less Car!

Charm City Garden Tours

Artscape Weekend, Pt 1

Artscape is B’more’s Mardi Gras.  As a B’more lifer, that’s how I describe it.   The largest free arts festival in the nation has represented the artistian community of the mid-Atlantic for more that a quarter century.  The past two years, it has recognized the Baltimore bike culture.

Mark Counselman is a local bike activist who spent many years in Chicago.  There he was active in the cycling community and learned the tricks of trade.  When bike parking at Artscape was announced last year, Mark stepped up and applied the skills he learned in Chi’town.  In 2009, Artscape’s bike parking hosted about 700 participants.  It was PACKED!  This year, Mark worked with BOPA to expand the bike parking INTO Maryland Avenue.  Big thanks go out to Mark for helping supply area cyclists with a place to park during Artscape. 

As started under former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s Friday Ride, it’s been an tradition to take a bike ride through Artscape before it opened.  Seven of us started out from City Hall, through the JFA parking lot and almost out to Fallsway when ride faithful Gary was hit head-on by a motorist making a wide right into the parking lot.  Gary and the motorist were fine, but Gary’s rim was history.  The police responded and filled out a report in a very professional manner.  When the officer asked, “Why would you ride bikes in the city?”  the answers were plentiful: 

“Because we live here” 

“It’s fun” 

“I love it.” 

“Baltimore’s a great place to ride”

Besides, you can’t bike through Artscape in a car.

BICYCLES AT ARTSCAPE

After a very successful introductory year, Bike Parking at this weekend’s Artscape is back and bigger than before.  We are adding 10 bike racks, which will accommodate 50-70 additional bikes.  Park your bike at Maryland Ave. at Mt. Royal Ave. and receive a souvenir button as a thank you for their green efforts.

(but wait, there’s more)

Local frame builders Chris Bishop, John Hollands, Tommy Nash, and Tom Palermo will at Baltimore Bicycle Works to show off their artisan hand-crafted bicycle frames and provide a brazing demonstration at 3pm on Saturday, July 17th.

Come out and enjoy America’s largest free arts festival, park your bike, thank the bike parking volunteers & support Baltimore’s bicycle industry!

TriPark Ride

Saturday’s TriPark Festival was a great opportunity for the community to celebrate their parks, hear some live music and find out how to live a more healthy lifestyle!  I was on-hand to promote sustainable, active transportation by bike.  Recreation and Parks provided “the cruisers” for free use around Lake Montebello – a nice, easy, flat track for cyclists and pedestrians.

In the heat of the day, I embarked on bike ride through the area with 6 other participants.  We started out to Stadium Place taking Lakeside, returning on 35th and circled the lake.  After crossing Harford Rd, we dropped down to the Herring Run Trail where the temperatures also dropped a good 10 degrees.  The casual speed of the ride allowed us to talk and get to know each other without getting winded.   Reaching Belair Rd, we traced out tracks back to the festival. 

On the way, I was talking with Steve who thought this ride would have 30 or so people.  I thought the same, but I was glad to get a few beginners on two wheels and help others re-discover the joy of biking.

Thanks to Leanna Wetmore of the Belair-Edison Neighborhoods for the opportunity, Justin Isbell for covering the table and leading the ride home and to Pam Jackson for saving the tent for going in the drink.

Baltimore Bicycle Alliance Events

The Baltimore Bicycle Alliance has 2 events next week

The BBA Development Committee meets Tuesday, June 22 (6:30 pm) at the Knott Foundation (3904 Hickory Ave in Hampden) to firm up the vision and organization of the Alliance

On Thursday, June 24 BBA’s hosting a fundraising Happy Hour at Shucker’s in Fells Pt (1629 Thames St) from 6pm – 8pm