Get the Tour du Port Discounted Rate Until this Sunday August 29th. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Order super cool custom socks, jerseys and wicking t-shirts now to pick up at the Tour!
Join thousands of riders at Baltimore’s Canton Waterfront Park to kick off the 17th Annual Tour du Port! Routes to ride: 12, 26, 40, 50 (half century route) and 62 mile option. The Tour routes travel through many historic neighborhoods, waterfront areas and scenic parks. This fully supported Tour includes refreshments at rest stops, map, SAG support and a post-ride celebration at the Tour’s end with lunch supplied by WHOLE FOODS MARKET Harbor East and Mount Washington locations, and live music! Tour du Port is One Less Car’s annual fundraiser – all fees go directly to advancing the programs and advocacy efforts of One Less Car, a non-profit organization dedicated to walking, bicycling and mass transit alternatives. OLC worked to get the 3 foot rule and 5 additional pro-bike, pedestrian and alternative transportation bills passed in 2010! You and your friends and family will have an unforgettable time! Click here to register and to view the new custom jersey, t-shirt and really cool socks available.
Tonight, August 27th, Critical Mass rides from the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon at 7pm. Helmets Please!
Tomorrow, August 28th, Free Bike Swap
Swap at The Hexagon from 12 to 5pm. Featuring demonstrations by Baltimore Bike Works, Twenty20 Cycling and Velocipede. Discuss the politics of biking with members of Red Emmas Cafe and Books Co-Op. Buy, sell and swap your used parts and bikes – there are no vendor fees and no entrance fees.
Monday, August 30th, Bike Bill Work Session and Vote
The Baltimore City Council’s Community Development Subcommittee will hold a work session & vote on three bike-related bills!
- 09-0175R Baltimore Police Department – Police and Cyclists
- 09-0430 Transit and Traffic – Bike Lanes
- 09-0431 City Streets – Bike-Safe Grates
The work and voting sessions are open to the public. Location - 4th Floor City Council Chambers in City Hall, Baltimore.
September 8th, MUSIC EVENT - Ben Sollee's Ditch The Van Tour!
An evening you will not forget! Hosted by One Less Car, doors open 7:30pm, 8:30 performance, 2640 (a cooperative events venue located at 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore). Sollee takes on his largest challenge yet as the Ditch the Van Tour 2010, is a transcontinental endeavor not reliant on the traditional modes of touring. Four regional tours, in which all touring members ride without the use of support vehicles, are linked together. The Ditch the Van Tour is about much more than going car-free though. Sure, it's a reaction to the massive carbon footprint that many tours leave behind (particularly the fleet of 53' trucks required to haul an elaborate U2 stage) and an awareness-raising project for the nation's elaborate series of Adventure Cycling-advocated bike highways and communities where bike infrastructure is lacking. However, Ben also sees the bike tour as an opportunity to acquaint himself with a myriad of towns and communities across our nation - a "beautiful limitation" he calls it - that can only present itself when you slow down the pace of life by traveling by bike rather than bus or plane, as Ben tells National Geographic in a recent interview. “I'll sum up (Ben Sollee’s) performance in one word: astounding.” “Sollee plays the cello like it’s more than just an orchestral instrument. He plays it like a rock star!” Learn more here. $10 fee.
- For a sample of Ben's live performance: A Change Is Gonna Come.
- For a multimedia perspective of the previous tours, check out Pedaling Against Poverty Vimeo Channel.
- For a little more of a preview of the upcoming tour, see article posted by National Geographic.
September 30 and October 1st - Cities For Cycling/One Less Car Fall Bicycle Forum in Baltimore
One Less Car has partnered with the Baltimore Department of Transportation/Bike Baltimore to host the National Association of City Transportation Officials Cities for Cycling (C4C) summit. The September 30th event is an important step toward a smart, clean and green commuter friendly Baltimore. Traditionally, the One Less Car Fall Forum is held prior to the start of the Maryland General Assembly session to bring together leadership, advocacy groups and the general public to discuss city, county and state bicycle advocacy and program opportunities. The September 30th Thursday Evening Forum will be interactive, educational, FREE, and open to the general public. It will include an array of bicycle infrastructure, advocacy initiatives and programs that have been successful in other cities with a Q&A session at the end. Friday, October 1st will include meeting opportunities followed by a bicycle tour of recently improved Baltimore bike facilities. Times and locations to be posted soon. Check out the OLC event calender for updates and additional events.