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John Crouch rides 1,600 to raise money for kids wheeelchairs

Biking in BaltimoreA nice heart worming story that started in Baltimore:
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Kickstarter: Druid Hill Park Passport: Discover; Enjoy; Learn; Be active!

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Druid Hill Park Passport 

When Baltimore Green Map created the tantalizing, informative Druid Hill Park Green Map, we set aside 5000 maps for this Passport project. Why? Because it's one thing to learn about a place by reading a map, but our goal is to have more people experience more aspects of the park, to visit it frequently, and ultimately become advocates for maintaining and improving it.  "Discover. Enjoy. Learn. Be active!" covers the sequence we hope to inspire. This Kickstarter will fund activity refinement, graphic design, and printing of 5000 passports

The Passport, accompanied by the DH map, will be a guide to this wonderful 745-acre park in the center of Baltimore, Maryland. It will contain 16 pages of activities to help you get to know the park through experiences around the themes: Nature, Exercise, History and Culture.  With each activity you will record the results, then bring the passport to the Conservatory to get it stamped. Actually observing, listening, walking, running, playing, relaxing at places throughout the park, then recording, composing, drawing, imitating, exerting, can you resist becoming a Druid Hill Park fan? Passport + map will be available for free at places and events in the park and by request.

Key to this project is our use of the international Green Map® icons to signify the resources in the park and to be the actual stamps. I started Baltimore Green Map as the local mapmaking affiliate of this international network. I wanted to "map the positives" here in Baltimore, the places that contribute to making this such an interesting and livable city. We look forward to sharing this project as a model for other Green Mappers, now active in 63 countries worldwide, mapping what makes communities livable and sustainable.

We are testing ideas now with Friends of Druid Hill Park members, park-enthusiast families, and willing neighbors to be sure the instructions are clear and the activities engaging. Our graphic designer, Elizabeth Gething, has created some fine sample pages! 

Our Incentives

The Passport is very much a collaborative project. Advocates and stewards of the park are pitching in to offer a wide variety of incentives.  You can choose rewards that highlight any of our themes - nature, exercise, history & culture - or just feel good that you are helping.  We will invite you to a celebration at the very wonderful Rawlings Conservatory when the Passport is completed, but will send it out if you cannot attend. 

Even if you don't live in Baltimore, you will love the map, created in collaboration with graphic designer Joanne Cooper Wingard. It was featured in the most recent Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial exhibit.

I'm grateful to my Passport partners - the Friends of Druid Hill Park, the Rawlings Conservatory staff, Disc Golfers, and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Department.  Huge thanks to Chris Hartlove who helped me create our video, to Harlan Brothers for use of his music, "Secret Song," and to you Kickstarters who help us complete this project!

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What is Baltimore Bike Party? [video]

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Come ride with all your friends the last Friday of every month.
Join the Baltimore Bike Party group here...

And join us for the June 80's ride here...

Thanks to Nate Evans for the additional shots!

All shot with a GoPro Hero HD

Music - Spitfire, Unison (Knife Party Remix)
- Airwolf Theme
-Matthew Wilder, Break My Stride

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Long-Term Bike Parking Downtown Baltimore Survey

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David Byrne on how biking builds a better a city – and growing up in Arbutus

Biking in BaltimoreFrom Baltimore Brew

Writer, musician and former MICA student and Talking Heads front-man David Byrne had a thoughtful piece on biking yesterday in The New York Times. The peg was New York’s bike-share program which is going to start with 420 stations in Manhattan, Long Island and Brooklyn and ultimately make 10,000 bikes available.

But then he goes on to discuss how bicycles help us with “learning to live with cities instead of in spite of them” and how the failure of urban transportation in Baltimore contributed to white flight and the downward spiral of the urban core. And he anchors the piece with his own recollections of growing up around here:

“I realized that bike travel had practical value a long time ago, when I was a kid, in Baltimore. I lived in Arbutus, which is on the outskirts, near the city line. There was public transportation, a bus line, but it was designed mostly to get people into the central city. It was useful for an occasional urban gawking adventure, but it was useless if I wanted to visit my friends. So I rode a bike to get to the nearby neighborhoods where they lived and where my high school was.


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Park Score - Baltimore #15

Biking in BaltimoreB' Spokes: Not that bad in the rankings but still we could use some more parks.
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Photo Essay: Bike Jam Session

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: I can't resist putting in a plug for Larry Black owner of Mount Airy Bicycle (performing a stunt.)]

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Laps around the Lake

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5-8p, at Lake Montebello and held each Tuesday through the end of August. Family-oriented program for leisurely rides or bike lessons for all ages. Adult and children’s bikes and helmets are available. You must have photo ID to borrow equipment. Rides are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
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Bmore Bike to Work Day

Biking in Baltimore[B' Spokes: It's worth noting this is the first I've seen Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on a bike. And I'll highlight a couple of new things as well.]

The turnout for Friday morning’s Bike to Work Day in Baltimore City broke all previous turnouts, with more than five-hundred Charm City bicycle commuters registering for the day and many more stopping at one of the elevent “pit stops” around the city for coffee, bagels and camaraderie. Free T-shirts, too.

Even Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake got into the action, riding to the pit stop at Baltimore Bicycle Works on Falls Road—a popular commuter route in the city.

“It’s my new thing,” said Rawlings-Blake of bicycling. Decked out in black exercise clothes, a silver helmet, and sunglasses, the mayor greeted and posed for photographs with local bike commuters while also shopping for some new gear. The mayor also noted several bike events coming up in the city—the annual Bike Jam this weekend at Patterson Park, Baltimore’s first Tweed Ride & Garden Party on May 26, and the annual Tour Dem Parks, Hon! ride in early June. “Making the city more pedestrian friendly and bicycle friendly is what today is all about,” Rawlings-Blake said. “That’s what keeps a city alive.”

The mayor and Baltimore bike czar Nate Evans, who also made a stop at Baltimore Bicycle Works, each noted that Baltimore City just put out a new bike map two weeks ago.

Bike to Work isn’t limited to the morning commute, either. Mother’s Federal Hill Grille served as the official, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Happy Hour spot this year—one free beverage guaranteed for all Bike to Work participants.
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Ciclovia briefly Amsterdam-ifies North Baltimore

Biking in BaltimoreBaltimore Brew's coverage:

My favorite quotes:
“Our mother never lets us ride on the road, we’re only allowed to ride on the sidewalk in our block,” said James, 12, of Medfield, as she stood on University Parkway and watched other cyclists whiz by in two directions.

“We almost went all the way to the Zoo!” said Chris James, 14. “We actually went somewhere.”

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