Growing Pains

Last week wasn’t the best week to be a cyclist in Baltimore, but this week is already proving to be better with the help of the media. With some good old fashion press and Web 2.0, Baltimore cyclists have jumped into an honest conversation about local riding conditions. While most of the feedback was negative in nature, it really helped me do my job better.

Thanks to Liam Quigley & Baltimore Brew for giving a rider’s perspective on bike routes in central Baltimore. The comments on the article were incredibly helpful and pointed out a life lesson that I learned 12 years ago when I had the chance fulfill a life-long dream and hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

People from all walks of life and corners of the earth come to Georgia each spring to put one foot in front of the other until you summit Katahdin. A common theme on the trail is “Hike Your Own Hike!” What that means is that in those 2,168 miles, no two people are going to walk the trail in the same way.

So it is with biking – no two cyclists are going to ride the same way which definitely makes my job a little challenging at times. (Some like Charles, others Calvert, most like Guilford but many have their doubts.) There are even folks that did my job for me. The other week, a bike lane appeared around the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon.

THANKS GUERRILLA BIKE LANE! (Click the picture for the video)

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