Tag: biking

After Recent Attacks, City’s Cyclists Call for Increased Security Along Jones Falls Trail

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Photo via Trip Advisor

A group repping Baltimore’s cyclists is petitioning the city for better security along the Jones Falls Trail following a bump in assaults on cyclists traveling a stretch of the path between Station North and Hampden.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Gifts For the Outdoor Enthusiast

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Welcome to the Baltimore Fishbowl Local Gift Guide series. We’ll be featuring ten themed items each week through the holidays. Let us help you find that special something for everyone on your list, while supporting local businesses, and getting out to shop in different parts of this diverse and thriving city.

When Will You Be Able to Bike From Baltimore to DC?

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BWI trail

Bike trails connecting cities are an increasingly popular trend–and yet, you still can’t ride your bike from Baltimore to D.C. (without having to negotiate traffic-heavy roads, that is).

Bill to Protect Baltimore Bikers Passes in House

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If you’ve biked Baltimore’s busy roads, you know that it can be scary out there for a cyclist. But new legislation working its way through state government will hopefully make things a little bit better.

Baltimore Just Got $2 Million for Bike, Pedestrian Projects

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Commuting by car is no fun. (It’s also not particularly good for your health, either.) Fortunately, Baltimore’s cyclists and pedestrians will soon have a more pleasant time navigating the city, thanks to $2 million in grants the city just received.

Baltimore Cyclist Killed on Cross-Country Charity Ride

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Photo of Jamie Roberts via 4kforcancer.org
Photo of Jamie Roberts via 4kforcancer.org

The 4K for Cancer ride is an amazing feat: groups of college students and other young adults pledge to bike across the country and raise money for cancer research through their efforts. Last year, 127 brave participants traveled across America, raising nearly $775,000 in the process.

Twenty-four year old Baltimorean Jamie Roberts, a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was partway through a ride from Baltimore to Portland, Oregon when she was struck and killed by a truck in Kentucky. Another rider was injured, but is expected to survive.

Maryland is the 7th Best State for Cyclists

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Photo of Baltimore Bike Party via Baltimore Velo
Photo of Baltimore Bike Party via Baltimore Velo

Looks like all that pro-bike activity in Baltimore and its surrounding areas is getting some nationwide attention: According to the League of American Bicyclists, Maryland is the 7th best state for cyclists. Last year, we didn’t even crack the top 10!

Will Cycle Tracks Help or Hurt Mt. Vernon Traffic?

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Photo of a cycle track in DC by ASLA via Bike Baltimore
Photo of a cycle track in DC by ASLA via Bike Baltimore

Baltimore City is finally getting serious about supporting cyclists: As the Baltimore Sun reports, in the next few months the city will see its first bike sharing program (Charm City Bikeshare), the installation of 500 new bike racks, and a whole bunch of new bike infrastructure programs.

One of the biggest game-changers could be the plan to install several miles worth of cycle tracks along Maryland Avenue and other major Mt. Vernon streets. (You can check out the proposed map below the jump.) Cycle tracks are different from regular old bike lanes in that there’s an actual physical buffer between parked cars and the bike lane. That means that cars can’t double park/swerve/otherwise intrude on bike lane space. An excellent idea, right?

But as anyone who’s driven through Mt. Vernon during rush hour could tell you, traffic there can get pretty miserable. And because it’s not really possible to widen the roads, one travel lane will be turned into a parking lane, while the space between the curb and the parked cars will become the cycle tracks.

Baltimore’s Bike Commuters Are in the Minority (For Now)

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Are you a Baltimorean who bikes to work? If so, you’re in the minority; between one and two percent of the city’s residents count themselves as bike commuters, according to the U.S. Census. That’s not a whole lot of people, but it still places Baltimore far ahead of cities like Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, and Dallas, where far fewer city dwellers use a bike to get to work.

Baltimore Gets a Little More Bike Friendly: Meet the City’s First Bike Parking Garage

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Here’s a conundrum: biking to work (or wherever else you have to go) is awesome, but sometimes bikes get stolen. I once had someone steal my beloved bike from in front of Penn Station, even though I’d used what I thought was a really tough lock.

The city’s new Controlled Access Bicycle Parking might’ve solved that problem. The parking lot at 510 E. Lexington Street (between Saratoga & Gay Streets) now has a special room earmarked for bicycles. Lock your bike to the rack and rest easy knowing that there’s a garage manager on patrol, and that the room is accessible only to those with an access card.

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