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Waterfront Promenade essentially complete

Biking in Baltimoreby ROBBIE WHELAN - Daily Record

With the opening of a stretch of red cobblestones in front of the new Ritz-Carlton Residences, city residents now have access to more than six miles of almost uninterrupted waterfront public space around Baltimore’s harbor.

The Baltimore Waterfront Promenade, which begins in the shadow of the First Mariner Bancorp Tower in Canton and ends just before the Baltimore Museum of Industry in South Baltimore, has been in the works since the mid-1980s, when a series of urban renewal ordinances passed by City Council sought to extend the Inner Harbor’s pedestrian access to other parts of the harbor.

Each new piece of legislation, starting with the Inner Harbor Urban Renewal Plan and most recently including the Key Highway Urban Renewal Plan, has stipulated that all private development by the harbor must agree to an easement placed on 20 to 30 feet of public-access promenade space along the water.

Late last month, the city approved an easement for the section of promenade in front of the newly opened Ritz, which effectively completes the connection between the Inner Harbor and HarborView, a luxury condominium and townhome development.

“The idea, just generally, going way back is that after the Inner Harbor happened, and was successful, the thinking was to extend the promenade to the east and south into the neighborhoods, because we thought public access to the waterfront was a paramount idea and something we’d like to achieve,” said Robert M. Quilter, an architect with the city’s planning department and coordinator of the promenade project.

Quilter said that the key to ensuring waterfront access to the public is to legislate it.

Easement requirements are usually built into urban renewal plans, but if a development is not located within an urban renewal area, then the city ties the easement to an agreement called a Planned Unit Development.

Under a PUD agreement, which must be approved by the city, various zoning uses such as residential, commercial and retail can be grouped together on one property. Hale Properties’ Canton Crossing and Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse’s Tide Point projects are examples of developments built outside of urban renewal areas for which an easement was a contingency for PUD approval.

“The thing about the easements is, we realized that what had happened up to [the 1980s] was that everything that happened was on city-owned land,” Quilter said. “The promenades that were done at Harbor East were also on city land, but when you get to Fells Point and Canton and Key Highway, that was on private land so it became clear that [we] needed this easement mechanism to guarantee public access.”
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On a recent bicycle ride around the harbor from Canton to Locust Point, The Daily Record found that, save for four spots, the promenade is a continuous loop along the water.

They were a break in the brick-paved path behind the Captain James restaurant in Canton, the areas around the construction sites at Harbor Point and Harbor East’s Legg Mason/Four Seasons project, and a small fenced-off portion of Henderson’s Wharf in Fells Point.

In each of these cases, a quick detour, with minimal time spent contending with street traffic, returned the rider to the waterfront in just a few minutes.
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Going to the store

Biking in the Metro AreaBike riders are paying customers when they can park securely.

It's not even two miles to go to the local grocery store. But I don't do it on my bike. I like my bike, I like riding it. It is a low end road bike that I put a rack on, and have both a trunk bag and a large pannier (side bag). So I should be able to use it for shopping.

But I don't because I don't want it damaged or stolen. Maybe I got away cheap spending under $1,000 for a road bike, but I don't like leaving it unattended.

I thought that maybe Trader Joe's (Owings Mills) would be more progressive, and asked the "Captain" about bringing the bike in. He said no, (and has had several requests) so I asked about getting a bike rack out front. I was told that the landlord was against the idea, and was told that I could call First Washington Realty at 703 442-4323. Ginny Brown is who I was told to ask for.

If you have a retail business, why not install a bike rack and have it in a visible and safe location? If you really want a good image, have a water cooler inside like Race Pace in Owings Mills does. Free ice water was the foundation for Wall Drug in South Dakota. They offer it now as they did in the '30s and are a huge business, especially by the standards of Wall, South Dakota.
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Eldridge mention of ICC bikeway

Biking in Maryland[From MoBike-]

Here's a bit from Steve Eldridge's "Sprawl and Crawl" blog about the ICC bike path:

<a href="http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2008/08/getting-it-wron.html">http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2008/08/getting-it-wron.html</a>;

I think he misses the mark in putting all the blame on county planners when the state's original plan didn't include the bikeway except for 7 miles. If there was a bait &amp; switch, it was 3 years ago by the state. But the sentiment is absolutely correct.

Here's the relevant part:

&lt;&lt;The latest travesty involves a road or a highway that has been on the planning books for something like 50 years and construction on it just recently got underway. Anyone living in this region would have to be hiding under a rock to have not heard about all of the controversy the Intercounty Connector (ICC) has brought. State officials say they went above and beyond to make sure that the highway used all of the latest construction innovations to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment. Yet, the current group of planners and elected nincompoops is now planning to eliminate the hiker/biker trail that was one of the centerpieces of the &quot;green&quot; aspect of this highway. They now say that the inclusion of six to eight feet of hiker/biker path will require them to do bad things to the environment. What a crock of box turtle dung. They can build a highway that is 75 or so feet wide but can't build an extra couple feet of paved space for self-powered, two-wheeled vehicles we tend to call &quot;bicycles?&quot; Talk about another bait and switch.

I have supported the building of the ICC because the county and the region just don't have enough east/west arteries. I felt like the state had done a good job to mitigate many if not every single one of the environmental concerns. I also felt like they were using many of the new construction techniques in areas of environmental concern. But actions such as the proposal to eliminate promised accoutrements make me very suspicious about the sincerity of the intentions from the start.&gt;&gt;
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RennFest Sun 8/31

Looking for local rides(ers)Bike rider at sunrise
A relaxed pace ride (~10mph) to RennFest
I am riding with a couple of ladies who have never done this type of ride before (one did do it last weekend which is where the picture came from) and anyone is welcome to join us.

I am riding out and back sometime after lunch (back at a faster pace hopefully) but there may be two slots available to be driven back (email to confirm.)

Tentative schedule (and ~miles one way)
4:30 AM Leaving Pikesville (50)
5:00 AM Leaving Mt Washington (45)
5:30 AM Leaving Hampden (40)
6:00 AM Leaving Inner Harbor (35)
7:00 AM BWI Trail (25)
7:30 AM B&A Trail/Marley Station Mall (20)
9:00 AM Annapolis (5)
9:30 AM RennFest
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Drivers should get off their high horse

Biking ElsewhereRegarding a handful of letters about what bicyclists should do, should wear for safety, how they should behave on roads, licenses they should get and even what taxes they should pay, I respectfully submit the following: Get your own automotive house in order before demanding the cycling-should-do list!

That being said, let's review the list of things drivers should and shouldn't do. You should stop at all red lights and stop signs. You should yield to pedestrians who wish to cross the street. You shouldn't get all liquored up and go out driving only to crash into other parked cars, vans carrying families, pedestrians, trees or large bodies of water.

You should remind yourselves that motor vehicle accidents still top most lists as the leading cause of accidental death. You should pay more attention to the road and stop applying makeup, eating, texting, reading, fiddling with the radio or reaching into the backseat. Perhaps if you were watching the road, checking your blind spots, scanning for hazards, anticipating problems and generally being a truly responsible motor vehicle operator, then those pesky, difficult-to-see cyclists would be more visible.

You should behave so that the term &quot;road-rage&quot; will never be applied to you. As you sit alone in traffic, you should consider car-pooling, taking the bus, a shorter commute or even riding a bike. Perhaps you should investigate the true costs of driving, such as the social costs associated with sprawl-type development, the medical costs of soaring childhood obesity rates and the cost of military spending in oil-rich regions of the world.
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Baltimore Bikes - Our NEW PSA on YouTube

Biking in BaltimoreBrought to you by Baltimore Department Of Transportation and TV25. Special thanks goes to Cassandra Vaughn-Fox and Chris Lamartina for their work!
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Fall Tree & Shrub Sale

Health & EnvironmentWe are excited to announce the launch of our first annual Fall Tree &amp; Shrub Sale.

If you did not know, fall is the best time to plant a tree! We are taking orders

NOW though September 19

for 15 species of native trees and shrubs; pick up is on Saturday, October 4. Our trees and shrubs are one year old and come in easy-to-transport three gallon plastic containers. They are hardy, drought-tolerant and will establish themselves quickly. The cost is $45 per tree/shrub. (Community greening organizations and watershed associations receive promotional pricing of $35.)

We are also offering a Tree Planting &amp; Care Workshop on October 7 at 6:30pm. Learn basic care and maintenance from a nursery professional. The cost is $5 with the purchase of a tree.

Call Jessica Walbridge at 410-448-5663, ext. 115 to sign up.

Please visit our website for more information or to place an order:
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REI Timonium Clinics and Events

Biking in Baltimore * Intro to Mountain Biking (Outing) 8/31/2008 9:00 AM
* Discover the Hidden Treasures of Baltimore by Bicycle (or Foot) 9/10/2008 7:00 PM
* Bike Maintenance 101 9/17/2008 7:00 PM
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A Different Kind of Bike Tour

Biking ElsewhereHigh gas prices and growing environmental concerns are making more home buyers interested in bicycle-friendly neighborhoods. Seeing a market, some real-estate agents have traded their suits for spandex and are leading clients from house to house on two wheels instead of four.
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I had a really neat one today.

Biking Elsewhere[From Bike Forums:]

While riding thru a downtown area, with very light traffic. I was in the right hand lane of a 4 lane street, about 4' off the car doors. A young (considering my 62) woman came roaring up behind me, layed on the horn, and yelled something profane at me as she passed. I almost yelled back, but she went by too quickly.

The really cool part, was that she failed to recognize the bicycle cop next to her in the other lane, waiting to turn left....

He flipped on his go fast lights, and siren, (color me surprised!)and pulled her over about a block down the street, when she caught the next red - and then stopped me too as I rode by. He just wanted my name and phone number as a witness, to add to her summons for aggressive driving.....

We do have a fair sized contingent of bicycle cops in the town where I frequently ride, see them on the trails, parks, and downtown areas frequently. They always wave, and exchange pleasantries.

That had to be the coolest thing I ever saw happen!!!!!!!

I sure hope I get to go to court!!!!!!!

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