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We invite your business or organization to sponsor Bike to Work Day. Reach thousands of people in the Baltimore region and show them that your business is working to help reduce traffic congestion, enhance health, and improve the environment. It’s easy, just download and complete the sponsorship form, and send it and a check to the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. Remember you’re your donation is tax-deductible.

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For more information:
Russ Ulrich
rulrich@baltometro.org
410-732-9575

 

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) is excited to celebrate the 20th annual Bike to Work Day in the Baltimore region on
Friday, May 18, 2018.
The celebration will feature hundreds of cyclists at nearly 40 events throughout the region.

Check back in February 2018 to see a list of events!  

Organize a Bike to Work Day Event!  

If you would like to organize a Bike to Work Day event at your workplace or in your community, please contact Russ Ulrich at rulrich@baltometro.org or 410-732-9575. 

Volunteers wanted to lead convoys!

As part of this event, seasoned commuters step up to lead convoys of riders to locations around the Baltimore area and beyond. It’s a great way to learn more about route planning and bicycle safety, while getting to meet others who enjoy biking to work.

If you'd like to volunteer let us know @  b2w@baltometro.org or comments@baltometro.org.  

Why Bike To Work Day?

Bike to Work Day is an event celebrated across the United States each May to encourage and celebrate bicycling to work and promote public awareness of bicycling and bicycle safety.

Locally, B2WD promotes a “clean commute” and is part of the region's Clean Commute Initiative, which begins in April. Late Spring is the start of the ground-level ozone season when we hear about Code Red and Orange Ozone Action Days. On those days, the air is dangerous to breathe – especially for the young and for the elderly. Emissions from single occupancy vehicles contribute significantly to our region's dangerous ozone levels. Bike commuting can improve the air we breathe.    Read 5 reasons why employers should love bicycle commuters 

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man with bikeThe single most important (and cheapest!) accessory that a bicycle commuter will want is a pants guard, aka ankle strap.

This handy device is worn wrapped around your pants near your ankle and keeps your pants from brushing against the chain and getting covered in black grease. If you’re without an ankle strap, you can always just tuck your pants into your socks.

Cyclists who plan to commute in all weather may want to consider fenders. They’ll help keep you from getting splashed as you ride in the rain or snow and keep you considerably dryer and cleaner.

Other useful accessories include a basket or rack of some sort to help carry your lunch or that loaf of bread you pick up on your way home. A water bottle holder is also handy so you can stay hydrated on your ride. A good thermos will help folks who are used to taking a mug of coffee from home in the mornings.

Here are some other items that may help with maintenance, safety, and comfort:

  • A portable tire pump
  • A patch kit and spare tube (especially if you have far to travel)
  • A rear view mirror – some attach to a helmet, some attach to the handle bars
  • A bell – not as loud as a car horn, but nice for warning pedestrians or giving a friendly hello

For more information:
Russ Ulrich, rulrich@baltometro.org, 410-732-9575

Regular maintenance is important to your safety as well as the long life of your bicycle. Maintenance isn't just a yearly tune-up. It means inspecting your bike every time you take it out for a ride. Listed below are quick checks to perform before heading out. See also the League of American Bicyclists bicycle maintenance page.

Bike wheelTires
Inflate tires to the rate pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. Look for any damage to the tire such as cuts, bulges, or tears. Remove small bits of glass, nails, etc. Replace the tire if it is damaged.

Brakes
Check your brake pads for wear. Most newer bikes have ridged brake pads, replace the pads if the ridges are entirely worn down. Check your brake pad adjustments, they should hit the rim, not rub against the tire or dive into the spokes. Check your hand brakes, they should travel at least 1 inch between the bar and lever when applied.

Check your cranks and chain
Your crank bolts should be tight. Check your chain for signs of wear. Grease your chain–first with your bike upside down, take hold of your chain with a cloth. Pedal and run the cloth lightly over the chain to remove dirt. Then, keep pedaling and apply a thin layer of chain grease. Excess grease will attract more dirt. If your chain skips on your cassette you might need an adjustment.
Bicycle Spokes

Check your quick releases
Your hubs should be tight in the frame and the quick release should engage at 90 degrees. Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it. Inspect your brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged if you have removed your wheel.

Take it out for a ride
Check to make sure the brakes and gears are working properly. If your bike won’t stay in gear or can’t shift to a low or high gear, get it checked out. Inspect your bike for any loose or broken parts, replace or fix them. You might even try picking your bike up and shaking it to see if anything sounds loose.

Winter Bike Care

  • Rims - When wet, brake pads grip aluminum rims better than they do steel.
  • Tires - Fat tires have better traction. Tires less than 1 1/4 inch wide work better on wet streets when under-inflated. Use tires with a deep tread pattern.
  • WinterSalt Damage - With lots of winter riding, occasionally wipe your frame, rims, spokes, and derailleurs, and lube your chain. Use a toothbrush for hard-to reach parts.
  • Fenders - They beat almost anything to keep you dry on wet pavement. The newest plastic ones are inexpensive and light, but can break if installed wrong.
  • Bearing Damage - After biking in wet weather put your bike indoors so bearings can dry.
  • Brakes - Grime builds up on brake pads, making them squeak or scratch your rims. Run a rag between each pad and the rim, like shining a shoe. Occasionally remove the wheel and check pads for wear.

Note: If the vocabulary used on this page leaves you scratching your head you might consider taking a basic bike repair workshop. One great resource is REI; check the calendar of events at their Timonium location to see when the next one is scheduled.

For more information:
Russ Ulrich, rulrich@baltometro.org, 410-732-9575

Many of us have gotten used to the dry, warm, clean comfort of our automobiles. Those who choose to commute by bicycle don’t have to sacrifice those comforts, with a little advance planning.

Bike to work wearWhat to Wear

Many cyclists choose to bike to work in their work clothes. Unless it is extremely hot or raining, this is a viable option. You can ride slowly to avoid working up a sweat.

Other cyclists choose to ride in workout clothes and bring a change of clothing with them in a bag (you can even get a garment bag made to fit on bicycles).

You may also choose to drive to work one day and bring several changes of clothes to the office for the days you bike.

When choosing an outfit to bike in, make sure you take into account the day’s weather forecast. Layering is important during the cooler months, since you will start off cold and get warmer on your ride. Proper rain and cold weather gear is also key, if you plan to bike every day.

Bike comfortIf you will be riding long distances to work, you might consider buying padded bike gloves and/or padded bike shorts to increase your comfort.

If you will be riding at night, light colored and reflective clothing will help motorists see you.

And, of course, you’re never fully dressed without your helmet!

For more information:
Russ Ulrich, rulrich@baltometro.org, 410-732-9575

Traffic and Parking

Who hasn’t been stuck in a traffic jam trying to come into or leave downtown Baltimore, Annapolis and other activity centers? And, unless you rent a parking space by the month, it is likely that you’ve experienced the frustration of circling like a shark in the hopes of finding a place to leave your car. Bicycle commuting can help alleviate traffic congestion.

Mother roller-blading alongside child on bikeFinancial Savings

It costs over $3,000 a year to own, operate and maintain a motor vehicle! Paying for gas, parking and regular oil changes really adds up. On the other hand, bicycle commuting is practically free. You’ll probably need a yearly tune-up for about $50. If you’re in the market for a bicycle, keep in mind that you don’t have to drop a lot of money on a fancy new bicycle. Top of the line bicycles are great for racing or taking on tough mountain trails. Be realistic about what you’ll be using your bike for and exactly what kind of bike you’ll need.


Personal Health and Wellness

Surveys show must of us don't get enough exercise. Physical inactivity and being overweight are two of the leading causes of death and disease in Central Maryland. The rise in prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity that compounds our risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes II, and stroke is epidemic.

A disproportionate health burden for stroke, diabetes and heart disease exists in Baltimore City. About 10,000 deaths and $200 million in hospitalization costs occurred in 1999 alone. In the greater Baltimore region that year, poor diet and inactive lifestyles contributed to more than 25,000 deaths and $560 million in health care costs.

It can be tough to squeeze in a workout at the end of a long day when you find yourself exhausted with a to-do list a mile long. Bicycle commuting is one way to work exercise into your daily routine. Instead of sitting in a car, you’re pedaling across town on your own power, getting a low-impact cardiovascular workout while your colleagues are just stuck in traffic.

If you’re concerned that you’re not in shape enough to begin commuting by bicycle consider driving part way to work and parking at a park-and-ride or alternating bicycling one way and taking the bus the other way. You’ll be in shape in no time!

Bicycle commuting can also eliminate the stress felt while sitting in traffic. You’ll feel more relaxed and refreshed in the morning ready to make a great start. And in the evenings bicycling home will provide you with some needed personal time to unwind before facing family or roommates.

Cyclist in wooded areaA Cleaner Environment

Every summer, our region lives with unhealthy air days, when air quality is so poor that people are asked not to drive their cars to work. The pollution that cars produce causes ground level ozone or smog. Smog can cause burning eyes, make it difficult to breathe or even trigger asthma attacks.

Bicycle commuting helps by cutting down on the number of trips made by cars and therefore the amount of pollution released from cars.

For more information:
Russ Ulrich, rulrich@baltometro.org, 410-732-9575