20 March 2009

A More Bike Friendly Baltimore

On-Street Bike Parking Open In Charles Village

VIDEO EXTRA -- Mayor Dixon loves riding bikes, check out the strange ending

(top, Mayor Sheila Dixon pedals from City Hall to Charles Village, below, Dixon announces new on-street bike parking)

Story, photos and video by A.F. James MacArthur, Managing Editor (EARLY DRAFT -- photos and video coming soon, see note below)

Mayor Sheila Dixon along with government and elected officials proudly launched a series of bicycling events today to help resident take advantage of resources available in the city. The Mayor was joined by Transportation Director Al Foxx and local sustainability advocates and exercise enthusiasts, including member of the group One Less Car.

An existing car parking space was converted to accommodate parking for 10 to 12 bicycles. The move is intended to unclutter sidewalks, while at the same time improve pedestrian safety and increase bicycle security by emphasizing visibility.

The Mayor, an avid cyclist, said "The development of this bike facility is a small step toward making Baltimore a healthier, more bike friendly and sustainable city. Citizens no longer have to be concerned about having a place to park when riding their bikes."

Without any notes, Dixon rattled off the names of numerous local merchants in the Charles Village area, adding she knows the stores because she likes the area, and shops there regularly because buying locally is good for the economy.

Mayor Dixon also said there are plans to create more on-street bike parking throughout other communities in Baltimore.

More information on upcoming bicycle and fitness events can be found at www.BeFitBaltimore.com The Baltimore Spectator, in partnership with the Mayor's office will also highlight and promote a number of the events.
A life long bicyclist, A.F. James MacArthur used to pedal up to 300 miles a week. As a pre-teen, MacArthur trained for triathlons long before they become commonly known and a household word. MacArthur once trained to bike across the United States. These days due to crushing work load, MacArthur bemoans his steadily expanding waistline and longs to spend more time on his bike, hopefully one day joining in with Mayor Dixon on her weekly ride.

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