The Bike Maryland RecRide Bicycle Tour Sunday, May 20th!

Bike Maryland

The May 20th Bike Maryland RecRide will start and finish at the incredibly exciting BikeJam event in Patterson Park, Baltimore!


REGISTER HERE - registration is limited to 500 cyclists - First 200 registrants receive a free t-shirt!

Two scenic RecRide bicycle tours give you a close-up view of beautiful Charm City on May 20th.

The Lolly Pop Ride: 12 Miles
Flat with a few rollers! Travels past the community gardens, farmer's market, on the Fallsway and the new Guilford Avenue bike lanes, continues along the Jones Falls into the Clipper Mill neighborhood and then into Druid Hill Park (rest stop with refreshments), along the zoo periphery, around the lake and back to Patterson Park for the celebration!
The Parks Ride: 30 miles
Rolling with hills! This route takes you on a lovely tour of Baltimore's beautiful parks before returning to BikeJam at Patterson Park. Includes Druid Hill Park rest stop for refreshments.
Join the celebration at the end of the RecRide - stay in Patterson Park and celebrate as BikeJam 2012 plays host to Pro Bicycle Championships. International caliber pro-racers and local racers compete for cash and prizes all day. Enjoy food vendors, beer, kid's activities, live music and the super-fast BikeJam 2012 pro bicycle races! Enjoy the fun at the Bike and Health Expo.
Proceeds support Bike Maryland!

Register HERE



April 25 in Columbia, MD - An event you don't want to miss! The Path Forward - Cycling Innovations from Across the US.

A revolution is occurring across the country and it’s a good thing! Cycling is on the rise and more and more communities are making investments to make cycling easier and safer. Join the Columbia Association (CA) and Jennifer Toole, lead consultant for Connecting Columbia and founder of Toole Design Group, who will speak about innovative communities across the US and how they are making way for bicycling. Toole is a nationally-recognized leader in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. Bike Maryland is a co-host of this important event!
Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please RSVP here. This event is part of CA’s Community Building Speakers’ Series, which hosts thought-provoking speakers that stimulate us to discuss, engage and build our sense of community. If you have any questions, please contact Scott Templin or 410-715-3166

Bike Maryland got you 3 feet and we are working to strengthen the existing 3 foot law!

In one of the first U.S. studies of its kind, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that bike lanes in Baltimore improve cyclist safety, in a paper published in the Journal Accident Analysis and Prevention on March 27, 2012.  Read the full paper here. Bike Maryland thanks Dr. David Love for initiating and completing this important study.
The study looked at drivers’ behavior around cyclists on roads with and without bike lanes, and the good news is that drivers pass significantly wider when cyclists are in bike lanes. The bad news is that on roads without bike lanes, drivers had trouble sharing the road with cyclists, which often violated a state law aimed at making cycling safer.  In 2010, with the support of Bike Maryland, Maryland passed what is known as the “3-foot law,” which requires that drivers must pass cyclists by three feet or more. The study authors found that one in six motor vehicle passes in Baltimore, or about 17 percent, violated the 3-foot law.
Researcher David Love, PhD, says that, “As cyclists, we knew the 3-foot law was not being followed, and we wanted to quantify the problem. Now, for the first time, we have baseline data to inform future transportation and planning efforts.”
Violations to the 3-foot law were virtually non-existent on streets with bike lanes.  Love notes, “we need to find ways to separate car traffic from bike traffic, and bike lanes are one way to do that.”
The study was conducted by a team of six Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff and students who routinely commute to work or school by bicycle. The authors attached video cameras to their bicycles, recording commutes in the Fall of 2011. By translating video footage into data, the study authors documented experiences that others in Baltimore have reported only anecdotally.
Researcher Jared Margulies says, “many cyclists feel safer in bike lanes, and our data indicates that drivers do give cyclists more room when bike lanes are present.”
The study was sponsored in part by Bike Maryland as we support research to assess motorist compliance with the law.  

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by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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