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Thinking of a Master Plan  //   Saturday - January 21, 2006

Wednesday night a couple of our guys attended the Baltimore Bicycling Master Plan public meeting. A master plan is something Mobtown sorely needs. While high class Washington DC is overflowing with cycling routes, blue collar Baltimore doesn't have jack. A city this size that only has two bike paths is pathetic, especially when only one of them is a useful transportation route and it's not even that great. Combine that with a public transportation system that sucks too and you see why the car is the preferred method of transportation for most people. Unless you are an experienced cyclist, I imagine you would be scared to death to try to ride most places downtown. So, a serious cycling plan is long over due.

I haven't had a chance to read over this yet, so it remains to be seen if this addresses the important issues or has any good solutions. I'm waiting for a report back from our boys too for their impressions of the planning meeting. But, the fact that this document exists and something is in the works is at least a positive start. Below are links to the plan and contact info for comment:

Master Plan (pdf file)

Master Plan Appendix (pdf file)

Comment period ends 2/1/06

Send comments to:
carley.francis@baltimorecity.gov
or
fred.shoken@baltimorecity.gov
(Include Name, address and phone number when writing.)

- riderx

Changes  //   Friday - January 20, 2006

So, some may have noticed posting frequency has slowed a bit here and you may have even been wondering why. I've been keeping details somewhat under wraps, but now is time to let you in on the secret: We are packing up and moving about an hour west to the City of Frederick that sits at the foothills of the Appalacian Mountains. While the current abode is located one mile from the best trails in Baltimore, we'll now be right next to the best trails in the state of MD. You've seen pictures here and read the trail reports: rocks, rocks, and more rocks with lots of hills. I'll be a little further from the trailhead, but still within riding distance (6 miles) and right down the street from the local brew pub.

As far as riding goes, well, it's been raining a lot again and we've been hitting the road. I can't remember the last time we were able to hit the dirt on a Wednesday ride. These week we changed it up and made our way out to Frisco Burrito in Columbia. They recently redid the place and now have a serious beer menu that we liberally sampled. The rep for Victor Beer was on location that night and hooked us up with a round of the Golden Monkey belgian style tripple. At 9% and served in a pint glass, it was a big finish to the evenings libations.

On Saturday we had a pretty good ride, wandering south into Anne Arundel county, did about 45 miles with a few interrruptions. Jay wasn't having the best day with two flats and a stripped fixed cog. Luckily he had the flip-flop option to save the day. With a fierce headwind for the second half of the ride, it felt like much longer ride than it really was.

The road can be fun but I need dirt. Here's hoping the weather cooperates this week.

- riderx

 

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