Baltimore Bike Party: Moonlit Madness!

Pull out your bike lights. Your neon. Your electroluminescent wires (you know, those old things), fun tire lights, and glowsticks. Or maybe even that werewolf “costume.” Whether it’s your bike or yomoonlit2u, it’s the time to be flashy and bright ‘cause it’s MOONLIT MADNESS Bike Party!

Not officially in step with Light City Baltimore because well, timing, we still decided to get into the spirit with this classic theme as we’re the week before the festival. This month’s ride will end at Mount Vernon Marketplace where all vendors will be open to us. Yum.

Like usual, meeting at St. Mary’s Park at 6, roll out at 7 p.m. The ride is Friday, March 25, last Friday of the month as usual.

All ages welcome. All wattage and lux accepted. Just bring your brilliant you on wheels. More information to come.

Ride, Respect, & Revelry,

Baltimore Bike Party

 

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“Broken Hearts Club” Ride Info

heartbike1A bike party for those with hearts: broken, non-broken, once-broken, never broken (if never broken- how’d you do that? Bottle it up and sell it, yo).

Grab your red and pink or a mourning outfit of the highest order and ride the last Friday of the month in celebration or protest of this late Valentine’s Day holla. Bonus points for dressing as a character of the 2001 rom-com “Broken Hearts Club.”

1. Here’s the route.
*It’s a little dark in Druid Hill Park so be sure to grab your lights for this one

2. Here’s the cue sheet!

3. 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. We’ll be ending at the Peabody Heights Brewery and will party till 11pm.  No outside alcohol is allowed in the brewery.

5. Locking up: Lock up your bike in the back parking lot and enter the brewery through the back door.  The parking lot gate complete with barbed wire will be lowered to keep our bikes locked in and safe at 9:15ish/once all of Bike Party rolls in. You can walk your bike through the tasting room to leave.

6. Photobooth: Come with your phones/cameras. Side A Photography will set up the photobooth  for you to take your own pics. Hashtag your best one with#bmorebikeparty and you could win a $40 gift card from Race Pace!

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

8. Check out what you need to bring here!

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Baltimore Bike Party: Broken Hearts Club 2/26/16

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A bike party for those with hearts: broken, non-broken, once-broken, never broken (if never broken- how’d you do that? Bottle it up and sell it, yo).

Grab your red and pink or a mourning outfit of the highest order and ride the last Friday of the month in celebration or protest of this late Valentine’s Day holla. Bonus points for dressing as a character of the 2001 rom-com “Broken Hearts Club.”

Like usual we meet at 6:30 at St. Mary’s Park, ride out at 7 p.m.

We’ll be ending at Peabody Heights Brewery, LLC for drink, dance, and a DIY photo booth where one lucky broken heart will win a gift certificate to Race Pace Bicycles.

Love always,
Baltimore Bike Party

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“Rep Your Galaxy!” Information

Star-Wars-vs-Star-Trek-860x44222Here is EVERYTHING you need to know for the January ride…

Wondering about pedaling through the streets of Baltimore a mere week after the historic blizzard? We were too… so we tried it! Read the below statement from Bike Party front lines (a.k.a.- the pre-ride):

“We rode earlier this week to tweak the route to make it as safe as possible. We’ve chosen streets that have been cleared of snow, aren’t particularly curvy so we don’t have to deal with turns, and are wide enough for Bike Party to be in one lane and keep the other lane open for cars wherever possible. Leaders will prioritize keeping the party together so we have safety in numbers. That being said if you do not feel comfortable riding, don’t do it! You can still get dressed up and join us at the Glass Grill for dancing, photoboothing, drinking, eating, and glass blowing!”

1. Route: This is our shortest route at 7.13 miles! Typically our routes are between 8 and 10, so even with all that sitting around last snow-filled weekend, you’ll survive this ride! On Eastern Ave, please stay in the rightmost lane when possible and watch your speed when going downhill under the bridge (you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about when you get there).https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/2/edit?mid=z2Ow5nIzrAqw.kPdeO1JlKJrw

2. Here’s the cue sheet! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ou4ypIVkTc293F0MbAj4Az41iXShYCvCS-cztBkjIjU/edit?ts=56a9116b#gid=1142786243

3. Getting Home Safely: At 10, 11, and 12 p.m. we’ll have Bike Party organizers lead mini Bike Party caravans back down Eastern to Patterson Park. Caravans will leave from the McFadden Art Glass parking lot.

4. 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!

5. We’ll be ending at the McFadden Art Glass and Glass Grill. Lock up (to your friends or the fence) inside the gated parking lot at McFadden Art Glass and check out the studio. Remember, for the winter months there will be no security guards, so bring a good lock and know how to use it. Drinks and food are located in the Glass Grill just through the yard.

6. Photobooth: Come with your phones/cameras. We’ll have the out of this world background, but we’re short a photographer this month. Hashtag it with #bmorebikeparty

7. We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean? Read THIS please https://baltimorebikeparty.com/2014/10/14/an-important-read/

8. Check out what you need to bring here!https://baltimorebikeparty.com/5wsh/what-to-bring/

P.S. We assume there are some NPR people in the crowd? Listen to Midday tomorrow on WYPR (88.1) to hear an interview with Bike Party leader Kim Lillig (spoiler alert- she’s talking about BP)! We think it’s around 12:30ish, but really, it’s probably all worth a listen.

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Baltimore Bike Party: Rep Your Galaxy!

startrekvsstarwarssizedAre you a Trekkie? A Browncoat? A Jedi or *gasp* a Sith Lord? Do you not know what any of those things are, but really dig “The Jetsons” or your milky way themed yoga pants? Maybe you have a stunning likeness to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Then rep your galaxy! Kick off 2016 with a space themed Bike Party ride around our little corner of earth.

On Friday, January 29, we’ll be meeting at St. Mary’s Park in Baltimore at 6:30 p.m., then riding out at 7 p.m. We’ll be going to the edge of the Baltimore universe by ending the ride at Glass Grill and McFadden Art Glass. The glass studio will be open till midnight for anyone who wants to watch or even blow their own glass project (more info on their website). It’s on the edge of Baltimore so we will have mini bike “caravans” leaving the end location periodically throughout the evening so riders can bike back to downtown with a group for added safety. Please note: The ride will be the same length as usual- around 9 “casually biked” miles.

The force is strong with Bike Party. Join. Do or do not, there is no try.

More details to come.

 

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Ugly Sweaters & Horrible Holiday Hats! – 12/18

christmassweater1Grab your warmest festive sweater and your most ridiculous holiday hat (and by ridiculous we mean amazing and life-changing) and come join us as we look to bring the year to a close with one last bike riding hurrah!

Here’s the route for this month!  And the cue sheet!

START: Meet as usual at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7 p.m. SHARP. Did you know that every month Seton Hill Community Association provides bathrooms for us? Head to the backside of the small building in the park.

*IMPORTANT* We will be going down 34th Street with all the holiday lights! As it may be crowded, get off and walk your bike down the block. Stop for a moment if you wish, we will be regrouping on the far east side of 34th in Wyman Park, but plan to roll out from the rest stop at 8:15 p.m., so don’t get left behind!

We will be ending this month at The Green Turtle in Locust Point for food, drinks, photos, and dancing! There will be NO drink ticket system, but you will need to use a flyer so we can get the proceeds from the night’s profits. We use whatever we raise to pay for permits, security, etc. for the summer after-parties. Either get a flyer posted at the bottom of this post (and do some incognito work or school printing) or we’ll be passing them out at the beginning, middle, and end of the ride. Please be sure to use upon checkout!

At the after-party, the best place to lock up to is the fence on the ball field along Whetstone Way (you will see it on your left just before reaching the Green Turtle). For the winter months, there will be NO BIKE SECURITY GUARDS. You are responsible for bringing a good lock and knowing how to use it. And, being wary of theft during stops.

As with last month, we will have our hoodies for sale at the after party for $15! A good gift for your favorite bike partier (even if that’s you!)!

Check out what you need to bring here!

We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. And more. Read THIS please.

Also, PLEASE NOTE- this is not on the last Friday of the month like usual. We gotta keep ya on your toes, ya see.

Here’s the flyer

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Pajamboree! – Friday 11/27

It’s safe to say there’s a lot of food (and drink) consumed on the most thankful day of the year. This is the opportunity to burn it off! Grab your finest PJ’s (not the birthday suit kind though—please) stuffed animal friends, favorite blankies, etc. and get ready to hit the streets for the November Bike Party.

START: Meet at 6:30 at St Mary’s Park in Seton Hill and roll out at 7 p.m. SHARP.

WHAT TO BRING: Check out what you need to bring here!

RULES: We will be riding under WEST COAST RULES, stopping at red lights. What does that mean?   DON’T BLOCK ONCOMING TRAFFIC. Read this.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR BIKE UNATTENDED. As many of you know, theft has been an issue at the rest stops. Be smart! Don’t leave your bike without locking it up! Also, there is no bike corral at the end of the ride, so be prepared.

AFTER PARTY: The after party is at Ottobar (2549 N Howard St.)! Before and during the ride we’ll be passing out FREE tickets- you’ll need to turn in those tickets when entering the bar, where you can purchase your drink(s) at the after party. Some local rock bands are playing— Purple Orange, Shadowplay, Freudian NipSlip,Slow Lights, and Jacob Panic— there will also be a photo booth in back, and we’re arranging for a few food trucks. Bring proper/non-expired ID, no outside alcohol can be brought into the bar, large bags will be subject to search, and riders may need to check bags if deemed too cumbersome.

VOLUNTEER: Check out the volunteer page (here: https://baltimorebikeparty.com/volunteer-info/ ) if interested in helping pass out tix, etc.

ROUTE: Here is the route.   Be sure to take a good look and know the turns!

PJ: It may be chilly right now, but temps are looking up for Friday. It’s going to be a clear beautiful night for a great ride. But, this is MD, so check the weather before you come and layer appropriately .

 

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