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Old 10-23-09, 08:27 AM   #1
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Baltimore is closing Roland Ave to traffic this Sunday

If you are riding this Sunday try and spin through this area. If this is successful it may mean bigger biking events(Ciclovia) in the future. Details below

October 25th: Roland Park Sunday Streets (Ciclovia)!

Roland Park to test City's "Sunday Streets" Program: October 25, 2009. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 25, the southbound lanes of Roland Avenue will be temporarily closed to automobile traffic between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane to allow cyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders safe access to the street. A goal is to have students and other volunteers trained and deployed as safety officers. If successful, a larger Sunday Streets Program will be organized in March 2010, connecting Roland Park, Lake Montebello and Druid Hill Park (the “lake to lake” pilot route).

Ciclovia is a Spanish term meaning "bike path" and has been used to refer to events that temporarily close a street to cars for use by bicyclists and pedestrians. Sponsored by the Roland Park Civic League, Roland Avenue will be transformed into a temporary park between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway. For information or to volunteer contact Mike.

Please come and show your support for returning public space back to the public for just one day a week. Baltimore City will have automated counters up so your participation will be counted! If successful it will get bigger and better for 2010! Bike, skate, jog, run or drive to Roland Ave between Northern Ave and Cold Spring Lane between 8 AM and 1 PM this Sunday or join in one of Baltimore Bicycling Clubs bike rides to the event (non members are free to join in the ride).

Final details are being worked out by the Civic League’s Sustainability Committee, the Office of the Mayor, Department of Transportation and Baltimore Police Department under the leadership of Councilwomen Mary Pat Clarke and Sharon Green Middleton. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and One Less Car are providing additional support. On Sunday morning, Princeton Sports and Joe’s Bike Shop will have mechanics on hand to check bikes, make minor repairs and inform the public about bike safety.

Ride #1 - Pace: Casual - Distance 10 miles - Time 10 A.M. (arrive early to leave at designated time.)
Ride Start: The Conservatory in Druid Hill Park
Directions: I-83 South, exit 7 west to merge onto Druid Park Lake Dr, 1 mile turn right on Gwynns Falls Pkwy, take next right at T intersection, Conservatory on left, parking on right.

Ride #2 - Pace 13-15mph avg - Distance 25 miles - Time 10 A.M. (arrive early to leave at designated time.)
Ride Start: Whole Foods in the historic Mt. Washington Mill in the Forge Building circa 1890/1937
Directions: I-83 South, exit 10 east on Northern Pkwy, left on Falls Road, second light make a left on Smith Ave (Mt. Washington Mill) follow road till it veers right, keep going to the far north end of the lot.

For more information about the above Baltimore Bicycling Club rides contact Barry Childress 410-764-3225.
Note: Helmets are required on all club rides and please make sure to follow the rules of the road.
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Old 10-23-09, 08:22 PM   #2
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Thanks Charlie!
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That sounds like fun. I wish I could attend, but I'll be working right next to the start of Ride #2
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