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Tuesday, October 06 2015 @ 06:33 PM UTC

Gwynne's Falls Trail

Gwynne's Falls Trail is officially open.

Secretary Flanagan, May O'Malley, the head of Rails to Trails were all there--and Congressman Ben Cardin (our next Senator?) took his bike for the 10-mile ride before the ceremony.

Take a spare inner tube and pump just in case there have been reports of lots og glass on the trail.

The official site is at

The Northern Chesapeake trail

The Northern Chesapeake trail from Easton-Lewes is getting started. Easton already has five miles. The state is giving AA the go-ahead to get started planning a trail along the light rail line from BWI to Harbor Hospital, i.e., connect with Gwynne\'s Falls trail


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Bike Paths-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has begun the first-ever nationwide survey of trail use to help to create analytical models that can accurately
* Measure how effectively trail systems have connected and could further connect urban areas
* Factor and forecast the demand for, and potential use of, new trail connections
* Assess the impact of trail use on regional tourism and economic development, as well as dollars saved in relation to transportation and health care.

Take the survey online:

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Improve the Jones Falls Trai

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: I'm concerned because the funding process does not allow for cheep but needed improvements. In a way the whole system is stacked against this, as really expensive projects seem to be preferred over the more economical ones, it would not be a Capital Improvement if it was cheep right? So where is the budget and planing process for things like this? I have no idea.]

1) The Jones Falls Trail starts right out front of the Visitors Center, but how would you know? Make it easy to find information about the Jones Falls Trail at the Baltimore Visitors Center.
2) Help separate pedestrians and bicyclists where the trail follows the harbor.
3) Don’t allow parking in the trail.
4) When the trail doesn’t look like a trail, more and better wayfinding is needed.
5) Keep the trail on the east side of the Fallsway.
6) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
7) Combat the ugliness and improve the crosswalks.
8) The blazes are great, but….
9) Add signage at Penn Station.

[More in parts two and three.]
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Grand History Trail could connect local cyclists to paths throughout the region

Bike PathsVia Baltimore Sun

"It came from a napkin," he recalled. "We were sitting around at the Rail Trail Authority and we looked at our trail, and we knew about the C&O Canal and we knew about our study, and we said, 'You know, this could be a loop.' I knew about the success of the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects to Cumberland, which connects to the C&O Canal. You can go from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., on a Rail Trail, and I thought, 'This is a perfect idea to move forward on.' So we have been moving forward."
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Jogger to pay $300K for making U-turn in front of cyclist

Bike Paths[B' Spokes: Despite the dangers that headphone jogging zombies pose on cyclists you will never see signs posted admonishing joggers to obey necessary or even arbitrary rules like you see for cyclists and only cyclists on our trails. :/ ]
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Loch Raven mountain biking agreement

Bike PathsA new stewardship agreement between the city of Baltimore, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts) and the International Mountain Bike Association promises improved mountain bike access to the watershed. (Baltimore Sun Video)

[B' Spokes: A bit dated but good news that this is finally getting some traction.]
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Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day

Bike PathsUPDATE: Do to the weather forecast, this event has been rescheduled Sunday, June 28th.


Via Department of Natural Resources

As part of Emmitsburg's Community Heritage Day, the Grand Opening of 15 miles of new mountain biking trails will occur this Saturday (June 27th) at 9am at Rainbow Lake. Free giveaways and a group rides will occur after the 9am ribbon cutting.

At Noon, Bike Maryland will sponsor a Bike Safety Rodeo in Community Park. This is free and bikes and helmets will be available for participants.

The Frederick Bicycle Coalition will lead a free five mile road ride and a one mile fun ride. The Frederick County Sheriff's office will be escorting the road ride.

Games, food, music, a parade and fireworks round out the day.

Many other fun events will occur in Town as well, including free admission to the Community Pool all day.

Please visit WWW. for more information.
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OC to add bike routes through resort

Bike PathsVia Delmarva Now

“The bike routes are being planned so that they avoid busy sections of Ocean City, such as Coastal Highway or Baltimore Avenue,” said Town

Kayla and Lucas Baier, two Ocean City residents who currently attend college at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and George Washington University, respectively, were particularly excited about the prospect of adding bike paths that will run the length of the island.
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Bikers want to get moving on new trail

Bike PathsA group of mountain bikers wants to build the county's first mountain bike trail in Crownsville.
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C and O Canal Invites Feedback on Proposal to Increase and Expand Entrance and Other Fees Park-wide

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Chesapeake &Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) in compliance with a nation-wide review on updating entrance fees is inviting the public to comment on proposed entrance and other fee increases. Fees collected at the park are critical to the park's operation, and 100%of the fees collected at the C&O Canal are invested in park projects that improve facilities and experiences for park visitors.

In a memo dated September 5, 2014, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, authorized park superintendents to begin a civic engagement process associated with increasing entrance fees within units of the National Park System. In an effort to standardize entrance fees, the 131 units that charge entrance fees have been placed in one of four categories based on size, complexity of operations and typical visitation patterns. To arrive at greater consistency around the Service, parks have been asked to bring their fees into compliance with others within their category.C&O Canal is in Category 1. Other similar parks within Category 1 in this region include: Antietam National Battlefield;Fort Washington Park;Great Falls Park, Virginia;Harpers Ferry National Historical Park;Manassas National Battlefield Park, and Prince William Forest Park.

C&O Canal's current park entrance fee has been in place since 2002. The only location in the park where an entrance fee is charged is at the Great Falls Tavern area off of MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac, MD. The park proposes to expand entrance fee collection to all areas of the park outside of the District of Columbia and to implement a parking fee at Fletchers Cove. As part of this fee expansion, the park proposes to discontinue the reciprocal agreement currently in place with Great Falls Park, Virginia, which allows visitors to purchase a day pass or annual pass that is valid at both the C&O Canal and Great Falls Park, VA entrance stations.

The park also proposes to extend the daily pass effective dates from three days to seven days to better align with popular recreational activities, such as cycling the 184.5 mile towpath.

The proposed entrance/parking fees that would become effective no sooner than May 1, 2015 are as follows:

Park Annual Pass:

·Current: $20 Great Falls, MD only

·Proposed: $30 park-wide outside of the District of Columbia

Per Vehicle Pass:

·Current: $5/vehicle for 3 days Great Falls, MD only


oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near Canal towpath mile 22)

§$15 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$5 in 2015 for 7 days

§$15 in 2017 for 7 days

Per Person Pass:

·Current: $3/person for 3 days Great Falls, MD only


oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near towpath mile 22)

§$7 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$3 in 2015 for 7 days

§$7 in 2017 for 7 days

Motorcycle Pass:

·Current:$5 for 3 days Great Falls, MD only


oDistrict of Columbia line to Seneca Creek(near towpath mile 22)

§$10 for 7 days

oWest of Seneca Creek to Cumberland, MD

§$5 in 2015 for 7 days

§$10 in 2017 for 7 days

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the park. In addition, the park offers at least six fee-free days per year.

C&O Canal NHP is also proposing to increase or institute fees for campgrounds, picnic pavilions and parking at Fletchers Cove. Comparability studies have been completed to determine rates. The proposals are as follows:

Drive-In Campgrounds:

·Single Site Rate: Current: $10 per night, Proposed $20 per night

·Group Site Rate: Current $20 per night, Proposed $40 per night

Hiker-Biker Camping Sites: Current: No Charge, Proposed $20 per night

Picnic Pavilion: Carderock Pavilion

·Monday-Thursday: Current $150 per day, Proposed $250 per day

·Friday-Sunday &Holidays: Current $250 per day, Proposed $350 per day

Parking: Fletchers Cove - There is currently no parking charge;however, the option to establish a parking charge is being evaluated and proposed for comment.

"We are committed to keeping the park affordable and providing visitors with the best possible experiences," Superintendent Kevin Brandt said. "Fee revenue is absolutely critical to the park operation, and we ask for the public's feedback and support. National Parks are still one of America's best bargains. I don't know of anything a family can do for 7 days for just $15. The entrance fee provides full access to the park including: the historic towpath;more than 17 miles of backcountry trails;numerous visitor centers and interpretive programs and access to the Potomac River. The park is a popular place where people come to recreate, to learn, to be challenged physically and to be inspired and renewed;however, the park cannot run itself for free, and our fee revenue is essential to providing for public safety, recreation and resource protection."
Entrance fees have supported a wide range of projects that improved park conditions and visitor experience including: restoration of the Great Falls Tavern, Western Maryland Railroad Lift Bridge, Lockhouse 44, Ferry Hill Plantation and Hancock Visitor Centers;new picnic tables, grills and fire rings for campgrounds throughout park;developing and installing exhibits in visitor centers such as Great Falls and Ferry Hill Plantation;repairing park wells and hand pumps;removing trees from the canal, installation of a water fountain in Williamsport;restoration of historic lockhouses;improving ADA accessibility at park comfort stations, repairing replica canal boats used in interpretive and education programs, and rehabilitation of the CCC era restroom in Great Falls into a space for the free Bike Loaner program. Additional revenue raised by a fee increase could be used to restore additional historic structures such as Swains Lockhouse;Conococheague, Tonoloway and Seneca Creek aqueducts expand the park's ability to maintain the towpath;improve campground safety by establishing campground host sites at drive-in campgrounds;restore water in the canal between Lock 5 and Anglers;extend the re-watered section of the canal in Hancock;preservation work on the Paw Paw Tunnel;improve river access at Fletchers Cove and Dam #4, and increase interpretive and educational programming park-wide.

The C&O Canal is a strong economic engine for the area. In 2013, the C&O Canal hosted nearly 5 million visitors who contributed more than $80 million to the local economy and supported more than 1,000 jobs related to tourism.

To provide comments on the proposed fee increases, go to: public has the opportunity to comment on the increases for a 48-day period ending on February 22, 2015. Written comments should be provided through this website.
Interested citizens are invited to discuss the proposed fee increases at public meetings to be held in various locations around the park as follows:

January 21, 2015, at the Brunswick City Hall, Council Meeting Room, 1 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716 from 6:30-8:00 PM

January 27, 2015, at C&O Canal Park Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 from 6:30-8:00 PM

January 29, 2015, at Canal Place, 13 Canal St, 2nd floor, Cumberland, MD 21502 from 6:30-8:00 PM

February 5, 2015, at Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave, Glen Echo, MD 20812 from 7:00-8:30 PM

Following the comment period and public meetings, feedback will determine how, or if, a fee increase would be implemented.
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MET Transfers Land to Baltimore County at Robert E. Lee Park

Bike PathsThe Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) transferred an 18-acre property to Baltimore County for low impact recreational use as part of Robert E. Lee Park. In turn, the county has agreed to place a conservation easement on the property to ensure that it will not be developed, and will continue to provide plant and wildlife habitat, water quality benefits, and public recreation.

MET originally acquired the property as a gift from local philanthropist Mary Catherine Bunting, who saw the importance of keeping the land adjacent to the Jones Falls in a natural state. MET accepted Bunting’s gift along with the condition that when transferred to another owner, a conservation easement limiting its use and development would be granted back to MET.

The property, which is to the north of the county-managed 415-acre Robert E. Lee Park, follows along a former railroad bed and borders the Jones Falls as it flows along Falls Road. The easement protects woodland habitat, water quality, the scenic view from the road, and allows for passive public recreation such as hiking and birding.

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