May Bike Party 5/29 – Prom!!

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hey folks, it’s that time of year again! Grab your tux, dress, date, and bike and come help spread the love in our wonderful city! This month we will be riding through the west side and ending at Lexington Market.

1) Here’s the route for this month!
Here’s the cue sheet!

2) We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please!!!!!

3) START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7pm SHARP. Every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us in the building in the park!

4) Check out what you need to bring here!

5) PARKING: We encourage everyone to BIKE to the event, but if you are coming from out of town, please park near the after party! You can park in the LEXINGTON MARKET GARAGE, which is the 2-story garage on Paca street across from the market! Other garages in the area *MAY* close early! From there, it’s a short 4 block ride up Paca to the starting point.

6) AFTER PARTY: We will be ending this month at Lexington Market! There will be lots of yummy food from market vendors as well as the usual beer, wine, dancing, photobooth, etc!

7) For those new to Bike Party, you must purchase TICKETS at the ticket table in order to get drinks! 1 ticket = 1 drink. Tickets are $4 each or 3 for $10. Cash is king. There is an ATM at the market (inside) or we can accept cards at the ticket table, but cash will get your tickets quicker!

8) In order to drink, you need a wrist band! There is no charge for these but be sure to bring your ID!

9) When you arrive at the after party, please PUT YOUR BIKE INSIDE THE CORRAL. Bikes locked up outside of the fenced-in lot are MUCH more vulnerable to theft! Read more about how to lock up here.

10) Don’t forget to dress your best to get crowned as prom royalty!

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HEY BIKE PARTIERS!

Baltimore Bike Party was started out of a strong love of this city, its wonderful places, and its beautiful people. While there is much to celebrate, we also recognize that Baltimore still faces numerous challenges. As most of you know, many fellow citizens are feeling pain, anger, and frustration in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, and protests have been organized around the city.

Out of respect for these efforts, you will notice that our route has changed slightly to avoid disrupting their work. Even still, there is a high probability that we will encounter protestors at some point during our event. We ask that our riders please be respectful of their voice, their right to assemble, and their vision for a better Baltimore. This doesn’t mean you have to wipe the smile off your face, but be aware of what is going on around you and be courteous and polite to everyone we see. Engage those around you in conversation and roll past conflict or confrontation. If we are kind, patient, and respectful of those we meet then we will have a great time.

Bike Party adores this city and we want to see it continue to grow into a stronger, better Baltimore. We recognize and respect the protest groups’ efforts to carry out this same vision and if you do feel moved to take part in the protests, we recommend checking out Baltimore Bloc for more information. Likewise, we ask that if you ride with us, please be respectful of Bike Party’s spirit of joy and positivity. There is plenty of room in this city for both, and both are essential.

Our love for Baltimore runs deep. This month marks Bike Party’s 3rd anniversary (it’s okay, you don’t have to buy us anything). We cannot express how much appreciation we have for everyone who has been on the rides, or high-fived us from the sidewalk, or hollered out their 2nd story window. We have never been more committed to this endeavor than we are right now and can’t wait to see all your shining pirate-y faces!

Read the post below for all the details on the ride!

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April PIRATES Bike P-AAAAAAR-ty Details!

1) Here’s the route for this month! https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z2Ow5nIzrAqw.kZMkIWzTWDwk
Here’s the cue sheet! https://www.facebook.com/groups/275878782500783/823025037786152/

2) We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please

3) START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7pm SHARP. Every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us in the building in the park!

4) Check out what you need to bring here!

5) PARKING: We encourage everyone to BIKE to the event, but if you are coming from out of town, consider parking near the after party and biking up to the start while it’s still light out! Please DO NOT PARK IN THE LOT at Little Havana; that is where the party is! Please park in the metered parking along Key Highway if parking near the after party.

6) AFTER PARTY: We will be ending this month at the lot NEXT to Little Havana! This is our first outdoor event for the season, so if you haven’t been before, expect food trucks, beer, wine, music, and the photobooth!

7) For those new to Bike Party, you must purchase TICKETS at the ticket table in order to get drinks! 1 ticket = 1 drink. Tickets are $4 each or 3 for $10. Little Havana, our gracious hosts this month, are asking that NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL be brought in this month, so heads up!

8) When you arrive at the after party, please PUT YOUR BIKE INSIDE THE CORRAL. Bikes locked up out on Key Highway are MUCH more vulnerable to theft! Read more about how to lock up here.

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9) AFTER-AFTER PARTY: We have to close down the event outside at 11pm, but if you want to keep partying, head around the corner and into Little Havana for more fun! Just remember, if you are locked in the corral, TAKE YOUR BIKES WITH YOU and lock them up out front of Little Havana, as our security will be gone before you are!

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April Bike P-AAAAARRR-ty: Pirates!

Hey Bike Partiers! Come out for our first-ever bike party where YOU decided the theme! Last month’s after-party voting overwhelmingly was in favor of, you guessed it, PIRATES! So grab that eye patch, bolt a cleat into that peg leg, and come out and join us!

Meet at St Mary’s Park at 6:30, roll out at 7pm!piratebike

We need a LOT of volunteers for this ride.  We keep shifts short so you can still enjoy the ride and after-party!  Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to have an after-party at all and what kind of Bike Party would that be?  So go on, click the link… you know you wanna give BBP some love :)

This month’s after-party will be hosted by Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina in their adjacent lot, right on the HAAAAAAAAARRRBOR!

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Lions n Tigers n Bikes, Oh My! – March Bike Party

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Hey Bike Partiers!

Strap on your best fur, scales, feathers, & fins for this month’s animal themed Bike Party!

1) Here’s the route for this month!
Here’s the cue sheet!

2) We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please.

3) START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7pm SHARP. Every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us in the building in the park. During the winter they are also selling hot cider and other goodies!

4) Check out what you need to bring here!

5) We will be ending this month at Mother’s Grille in Fed Hill this month! All ages are welcome but be sure to bring your ID to get in on all the fun!

6) We will have BIKE RACKS on the street BEHIND the bar, so be sure to follow those last 2 little turns on the cue sheet!

7) At the after party we will be selling Bike Party hoodies! $20 each! We’ll also have the donation canisters ready to vote for your favorite bike partier-nominated theme for next month!

8) Also… bring your cash so you can help Bike Party keep doing what we’re doing and to help choose next month’s theme! Look for the theme jars at the merch table. Whichever jar has the most money at the end of the night will be our theme for next month! The three themes up for vote are:

Pirates – Listen up ye Scallywag’s and Hornswaggler’s, it’s time to strap on your finest peg leg and eye patch, for the Bike Party is setting sail for the streets of Baltimore! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

Celebrities – Ever want to ride through the streets of Baltimore with Oprah? John Waters? Kim Kardashian? Now’s your chance!

Mediocre Heroes – Superheroes get all the credit… but what about those decent, hard-working heroes? So cape up and bike with us (you are saving the world of all those nasty car emissions after all).

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Februray 27th Ride: Box o’ Crayons

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Pick a color and deck yourself out head to toe to bike to face paint! Are you ready to rock out to some sweet local gypsy jazz?!

Join our February ride ending at the Ottobar where Bike Partiers get in FOR FREE to see Ultrafaux, Highland Hill Boys, and 99 1/2 Blues Band!!

1) Here’s the route for this month!
Here’s the cue sheet!

2) We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please.

3) START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7pm SHARP. Every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us in the building in the park. During the winter they are also selling hot cider and other goodies!

4) Check out what you need to bring here!

5) We will be ending this month at the Ottobar with gypsy jazz bands downstairs and DJs upstairs! Also the photo booth will be up and we’ll have food trucks parked outside, just for you! There are a few SPECIAL things you need to know: a) you need a ticket to get in. b) Bike Party got you a FREE ticket. c) get your ticket from one of our volunteers before or during the ride. d) downstairs is ALL AGES but upstairs is 21+ only.

6) The best place to lock up is to the fence around the parking lot next door! Remember a good lock as there will be no bike security guards! After locking up, you have to enter (with your ticket) at the SIDE DOOR.

7) We have checked out the route and all the roads are clear in the center, but as you know there is ice and snow all over the parking lanes, and occasionally patches in the street (especially in Hampden, go figure) so be careful! Fat tires, helmets, and color-matching elbow pads are encouraged!

If you can help us out and volunteer sign up here.

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January 30th Ride Info – Hipsters v. Lumberjacks

Grab your warmest flannel and your thickest beard for our January ride!

This month we will be ending at Anastasia’s in Fells Point! Brand new location for us and we couldn’t be more excited to bring all the normal bike party revelry there!  Here’s everything you need to know for this month’s ride:

1) Here’s the route for this month!
Here’s the cue sheet!

2) We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please!

3) START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7pm SHARP. Every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us in the building in the park. During the winter they are also selling hot cider and other goodies!

4) Check out what you need to bring here!

5) We will be ending this month at a brand new place for us called Anastasia’s in Fells Point! When you walk in the front door, make a left and head down the stairs to the basement for our own private space! There are many bars in Fells, but Anastasia’s will be where the party is with music, dancing, food and drink specials, and of course a portion of all the sales will come back to help Bike Party roll on!

6) As we arrive at the after party, there will be a lot of potentially slick and difficult cobble stones. Use caution and feel free to walk your bike the last block if necessary! Nothing ruins a great party like falling at the finish line!

7) The best place to lock up will be to the fence along the waterfront. Remember, for the winter months there will be no security guards, so bring a good lock and know how to use it.

8) As with last month, we will have our new hoodies (and some t-shirts) for sale at the after party!

We still need volunteers to help with the selling sweatshirts and next day clean-up! Check out this link to see all the opportunities!

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