Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Baltimore, MD +/- ~100 miles
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Originally Posted by PDXJeff
No stolen bike story had ever made me smile. I love the woman at 1:58. That seems like a cool program that could work in a lot of places.
Awesome that the police donated bikes (probably once stolen, ironically). What's the relationship like between Baltimore PD and cyclists?
There is a heart warming side to the story that makes you smile. A lot of people are really upset with the bike thieves and would probably do something not so pleasant to a rider of a blue Trek beach cruiser bike.
The program is really cool, to rent a bike the park asks for a $2 donation. So people that just want to see if they can still ride a bike generally skip the donation just to give bike riding a whirl. Even people who can't complete the 1.5 mile circuit come back with a huge smile and you know they are going to come back and challenge themselves to do a bit better.
Currently there is no relationship between the police and cyclists but we are working on trying to change that. Several years back the police came down really hard on sidewalk riding and as a result they were ordered to leave us alone.