After a month-long hiatus for some crucial repairs and maintenance, Baltimore Bike Share is returning this weekend.
Don’t get excited. It’s still way too early in the season for a bike ride that covers the city and all of our amazing parks. But it’s not too early to register and to start preparing for one of the loveliest ways to spend a June day. Tour Dem Parks, Hon is offering an early bird registration special between now and March 31st. That means adults who register now can ride for only $35 (saving $15) and youth can ride for $20.
Ain’t no party like a Baltimore Bike Party. Or is there? Only one way to find out. This Friday (and every last Friday of the month) you can hop on your favorite two-wheeled chariot and head down to join in the fun wherever it may lead. Each Bike Party starts at the same spot, but ends at a new location. One thing you can always be sure of is that it will always be a blast and there will always be plenty of partying to go around– that’s food, music, beer, food, and of course the enthusiastic company of your fellow cyclists.
Most weeks, Lee Daugherty wakes up and heads to Johns Hopkins where she’s on faculty and conducts research on disaster planning. But next week, her days will be spent a little differently. Daugherty, along with 10 teammates, will be riding all the way across the state of Maryland — a total of 365 miles — to raise money for charity projects in Malawi and Cambodia. “We’re willing to do something a little crazy,” Daugherty says. “Because that’s how important it is.”
Sometimes, the internet is really cool. Take, for example, these maps — or are they paintings? — by Baltimore resident Michael Wallace. Fusing GPS technology, detailed city maps, his bike, and a sense of whimsy, Wallace creates what Nate Berg, writing in the Atlantic Cities blog, calls “a city-scaled and semi-crude Etch-a-Sketch drawing [with] Wallace [as] the pinpoint drawing the line.” Except that, unlike Etch-a-Sketch art, Wallace’s “drawings” are often miles wide, and take a few hours to complete.
So far, Wallace has come up with 120 ride/drawings, most of them through his Southeast Baltimore neighborhoods. Some highlights have included sailboats, trains, monsters, and a level of Donkey Kong. Baltimore’s gridded layout makes some of the more complex drawings a challenge, but he’s learned how to shape lines by taking turns at either wide or narrow angles. Patterson Park’s wide open spaces also help with the creative process. Still, Wallace — a middle school teacher by day — knows he must look a little kooky to other cyclists, since he ends up having to do a lot of zigging, zagging, and doubling back.
Once school is out this summer, Wallace will have more time to devote to completing his next batch of rides. He’s got several already sketched out, including one with an ambitious Crocodile Hunter-theme. Check out some of Wallace’s other inventive bike sketches below:
Ciclovia, (pronounced: seek-low-VEE-uh) how I do love thee! You are one of the most fun events that take place in Baltimore all year, and you take place just feet from my door.
I do not have to get in car to reach you, ciclovia. In fact, I MUST not get in a car to reach you. Cars are not allowed on your streets, ciclovia. Feet, bikes, trikes, scooters, skates, unicycles, wagons only are allowed. No motorized vehicles of any sort for you, ciclovia. You are clean and green.
And this spring, ciclovia, you take place on a Saturday, NOT on a Sunday: Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m. What a civilized hour.