7:00 AM07:00

10th Annual Bike Maryland Larry's Ride

This is our state-wide bicycle advocacy organization Bike Maryland's annual fundraiser. Larry's Ride is named for Larry Bensky, who was struck by a car and killed while bicycling on Butler Road, near Falls Road, in Baltimore County. The ride will start from Oregon Ridge Park at 7am. Distances of 16, 26, 38, 62 miles will be available. Details and registration:

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8:30 AM08:30

11th Annual Bike HoCo Ride

Note to those already registered who have downloaded routes. Routes have changed. See NEWS page.

Bike HoCo will hold its 11th annual Fall ride and annual fundraiser on Saturday October 12th. Start will again be from APL Softball field parking lot off Sanner Road. Registration/check-in is at 8:30am and rides start at 9am. We will have 63, 42, 34 and 26 mile cue sheets available - reststops for the longer 2 rides will be at the Glenwood Community Center of Rt 97. We are asking for a $5 or more donation to support our advocacy efforts including bicycle safety training at HC schools. More details and registration at:

See more detail on the NEWS page.

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9:00 AM09:00

Columbia Archives BikeAbout

19th Annual Columbia Archives BikeAbout

This a family friendly, free, fun and informative tour spotlighting Columbia’s history and the connectivity of its pathway system. This year, the ride will be held on a well-marked, family-friendly easy six-mile route that begins and ends at Long Reach Village Center. Rides will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am and complete the ride by noon. More details at:

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6:30 PM18:30

County Executive Budget Hearing

Need Bicyclists to Attend

County Executive Budget Hearing Tuesday March 5th

In his State of the County address this week, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball committed to making complete streets “a priority to promote our vision of a true multi-modal transportation system, beginning with more bike lanes." He indicated he had " listened and took the comments seriously as dozens of cyclists came in their full bike gear, advocating for streets that provide safe access to users. I will make Complete Streets a priority to promote our vision of a true multi-modal transportation system, beginning with more bike lanes."

This public promise to prioritize better biking and walking is in clear response to your advocacy and attendance at last Budget Hearing in December and CE Listening Sessions!  
Read more about the speech in the Howard County Times: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ph-cf-ho-ball-county-0228-story.html
Now it’s more important than ever to show support for safer and easier biking and walking in Howard County by joining us at next week’s budget hearing on March 5. Come and hear testimony in support of the increase funding for bicycling infrastructure and then stay if you can for a complete streets learning session.

What: Budgeting Hearing & Complete Streets Learning Session
When: Tuesday, March 5, 6:45 – 8:45 p.m.
Where: George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Md. 21043. We will meet in the lobby, then enter the hearing room as a group and leave to a separate room as a group. 

At our complete streets learning session, we’ll discuss:

  • What are complete streets and how do they help all kinds of travelers?

  • What will it take for the county to start building more complete streets?

  • What is a complete streets policy?

  • How can we show support and get a complete streets policy passed here?

Come, learn and share any priorities, ideas or thoughts you may have!

RSVP at: https://secure.everyaction.com/XaBZ0dkir02tiiBVp_xDZA2

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8:00 AM08:00

Maryland Bike Symposium

2019 Bike Maryland Symposium - 2/19/19

Save the Date 

The 2019 Bike Maryland Symposium is on Tuesday February 19th in Annapolis

This is a free event,  your chance to meet your legislators, listen to some great speakers and participate in Maryland cycling advocacy discussions.

Mark your calendars.  Agenda details will be forthcoming.

Support Bike Maryland

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7:00 PM19:00

BikeHoward Open House 2019


  • Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway


  • 7PM to 9PM on January 15 (drop in any time)

What’s Happening?

  • Learn about completed and current projects

  • Discussed planned and potential projects

  • Provide input and feedback to County staff

How Can I Learn More?

  • Email transportation@howardcountymd.gov

  • Call (410) 313-4312

  • Attend on the 15th

  • Check out the BikeHoward page: https://bikehoward.com/

BikeHoward, the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan, provides guidance for improvements for transportation and recreational bicycling, both on-street and off-street. Recommendations are provided in the general areas of infrastructure improvements, policy and programs.

The Howard County Council adopted BikeHoward in April 2016. The Office of Transportation was the lead agency administering the planning process, and the plan was developed with extensive input from the community, as well as many related agencies, in particular the Departments of Planning and Zoning, Public Works and Recreation and Parks. A variety of methods were used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops, an online survey, and availability of an interactive online map.

Bicycle Master Plan Goals & Objectives

  • Identify and develop countywide system of bicycle facilities to foster connectivity within and between the following: villages, communities and neighborhoods throughout the County, as well as neighboring cities and counties, parks and recreation centers, schools and educational institutions, commercial and employment centers, and regional and local transit facilities.

  • Facilitate recreational and transportation trips by bicycle in the County and improve safety for all types of bicyclists.

  • Recommend County policies that will support bicycling, including bikeway facility design.

  • Build public support for implementation of the Plan.

The approved version of Bike Howard is presented below. You can view the Plan on-line, print it or download it. You can magnify and zoom in on the detail in the maps and the Plan by using your mouse wheel with the PDF menus View/Zoom and then Dynamic Zoom.

Please provide feedback here or send any comments to Albert Guiney Engel, at aengel@howardcountymd.gov or Howard County Government, Office of Transportation, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21043.

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to Jun 18

Testify for bike lanes June 12 and June 18

Do you live or cycle in Oakland Mills or Hickory Ridge? Weigh in now!

We have exciting news for those living and/or riding in Oakland Mills and Hickory Ridge Villages! The county is seeking input on installing new bike lanes and shared use pathways in the area (as envisioned in BikeHoward, the county’s bicycle master plan). County officials will be discussing the proposed bike lanes with the local village boards later this month.
We encourage residents of these villages and those who ride through them to show your support by either:

  1. Attending the village meeting below; AND/OR
  2. Sending an email to transportation@howardcountymd.gov Your email does not need to be long. A few sentences that confirm your support for the new bike lanes and expresses your desire for safer, more accessible, places to bike in your community would be good.

Village meeting details:
Oakland Mills Community Association
June 12th, 7:00 PM at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Maryland 21045

  • The Howard County Department of Public Works expects to resurface Lightning View Road during the coming year. BikeHoward, the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan, calls for climbing lanes (one-directional bike lanes in the uphill direction) along Lightning View Road.
  • County Office of Transportation staff will discuss this proposal at the June 12th Village Board meeting.

Hickory Ridge Community Association
June 18th, 7:30 PM at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044

  • BikeHoward calls for bike lanes along Hickory Ridge Road, which is expected to be resurfaced during FY2019.
  • BikeHoward calls for construction of a shared-use pathway from the intersection of Broken Land Parkway to an existing Columbia Association pathway that connects to Sebring Drive. The Office of Transportation intends to begin developing concepts for this pathway during FY2019.
  • The ongoing Howard Community College connector project will include a new shared-use pathway traversing the College’s campus from the Downtown Columbia Trail to Hickory Ridge Road, and a new crossing of Hickory Ridge Road south of the College.
  • County Office of Transportation staff will discuss these proposals at the June 18th Village Board meeting.

Thanks for your help in making Howard County a more walkable and bikeable place to live!

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to Jun 13

Vounteers Needed

Vounteers Needed for 2018 Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

Columbia Association and Howard County’s Office of Transportation need volunteers to help count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians on pathways in Columbia and on-street locations along Route 1.  
The counts will be held between Thursday, May 31 and Thursday June 13 in two hour increments. This information will give CA and the Howard County Government a better understanding of the number and the demographics of people who walk and cycle along these routes, validating the impact of past improvements and informing future infrastructure investments. 
Please click here to sign-up to volunteer. We will be accepting volunteer registrations until Monday, May 21. Selecting more than one date and time is welcome and encouraged. The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get the count locations you desire!   
Your confirmed time slot and more information on the counting process, including the date(s) and time(s) of the bicycle and pedestrian count training will be sent by email on Thursday, May 24. A training session will be offered for new Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program volunteers on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30-7:30pm at Columbia Association Headquarters (6310 Hillside Court, Columbia).  
If you have any questions or need assistance completing the volunteer sign-up form, please contact Jessica Bellah at Jessica.Bellah@Columbia Association.org or 410-715-3166.

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1:00 PM13:00

Open Streets is Happening May 5!

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Bring your bikes & walking shoes
Experience a reimagined Tamar Dr. at Open Streets Howard County!

See how better street design and projects like the Bikeway can make getting around easier, safer and more comfortable for everyone.

Don’t miss this FREE family-friendly event in Long Reach!

1 – 4 P.M.
Event route starts at Long Reach High School and extends down Tamar Dr. to St John Baptist Church in Columbia, MD.

pop-up bike & pedestrian facility demos • live music • food trucks • steel drum lessons • inflatable obstacle course • Zumba class • bike rentals • arts & crafts • hip-hop dance instruction •  fitness activities •  bikeshare demos… and more!

Stay up to date with the latest event details on the Facebook event page:

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Stop Swap and Save
9:00 AM09:00

Stop Swap and Save

  • Carroll County Agricultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Don't miss the STOP, SWAP AND SAVE! Our 21st annual event takes place on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. The East Coast’s largest indoor bicycle swap meet and consumer bike expo. If you’ve never made it to the SWAP before, don’t miss out in 2018!

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7:00 AM07:00

Howard County Biketoberfest Cyclocross Race

Howard County Biketoberfest Cross is held on the grounds of the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, this is an active farm as well as museum. The course runs over tar and chip road, grass sections, skirts planted fields and flows through the woods. Most of the course is contained within a unique natural bowl-shaped amphitheater which provides a unprecedented spectator experience.

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7:00 AM07:00

Larry’s Ride - Bike Maryland’s Beautiful Beast

On Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, Larry Bensky was struck by a car and killed while bicycling on Butler Road, near Falls Road, in Baltimore County.

Larry left behind two daughters, a wife and a tremendous group of family and friends. He is missed by all.

Please help us raise awareness of cyclists, remember Larry and bring attention to the need for increased driver awareness on our roads in Maryland. Larry’s Ride will be held in northern Baltimore County. Riders have the choice between four rural and challenging routes through beautiful Maryland countryside and an invitation to the post-ride celebration a grilled lunch with music, craft beer, and a full afternoon of socializing.

Registration is now open for Larry’s Ride.  There are a limited number of registrations available, register now while there are still spots open.

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8:30 AM08:30

9th Annual Bike HoCo All-Club Ride

Time again to join other Howard County bicyclists and cycling clubs on BAHC's 9th Annual Bike HoCo (All-Club) Ride. Enjoy a GREAT Fall ride (63/45/34/26 mile routes) and post-ride social (beer/soft drinks). Start location will be at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory adjacent to the softball field on Sanner Road; check-in starts at 8:30 am

We will need volunteers to help run check-in, staff rest stop, and prep/clean up area after the social. If you can volunteer, please contact: president@bikehoco.org

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9:30 AM09:30

Columbia BikeAbout

Columbia Association’s (CA) annual BikeAbout will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, with riders setting off from the dock at Lake Elkhorn. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system.

Preregistration is not required but is encouraged via this webpage. Columbia BikeAbout will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am. They are expected to complete the ride by 1pm. Following the ride, participants will have the opportunity to refuel and have fun at the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon.

This year’s route is 10 miles long and winds through the villages of Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. In celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday, the theme of this year’s BikeAbout is “Appreciate the past and imagine the future.” Along the route, riders will get the answer to why the community’s power lines are mostly underground and get the answers to oft-asked questions about Columbia’s eyebrow-raising street names. They will also visit gravesites that pre-date Columbia, discover the early attempts to manage stormwater and learn how technology has changed current practice.

To accommodate families with young children, a shorter ride is available around Lake Elkhorn with enjoyable activities and fun facts about Columbia.

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to Sep 17

Patapsco Trail Fest

Patapsco Trail Fest was created to unite all of Patapsco’s user groups. We want PVSP Trail Fest to truly benefit the users of the park with great events for all disciplines. Mountain biking, Trail Running, Hiking, Camping and many other events are all included within the weekend! Check out all of the races and activities we will be hosting, and come join us September 15-17!

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7:00 AM07:00

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Welcome to the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, previously named the "Best Women's Event in the Mid-Atlantic" by Competitor Magazine, and the largest event of its kind in the country. 

This inspirational event is about empowering women toward a healthy lifestyle, and celebrating your unique grace as your journey toward the finish line. You are an Iron Girl! 

Charity Beneficiary

The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon benefits the Ulman Cancer Foundation for Young Adults which is a non- profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer.

Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at both he local and the national level to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive. 

Read more: Columbia Triathlon http://www.irongirl.com/Events/Columbia_Triathlon.htm#ixzz4mEb3aSTG

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6:30 AM06:30

Columbia Association Kids Triathlon

The Columbia Association Kids Triathlon presented by Mini Cow Tri continues its rich history as one of the largest and longest-running youth triathlons in Maryland

  • USA Triathlon Sanctioned youth triathlon
  • Graduated distances based on age
  • 7–15 year-olds (born in 2002–2010)
  • Check in Saturday, rack and race Sunday
  • Pool swim, rolling bike course, flat run course
  • Finisher medals, 24 age group awards, door prize
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7:00 AM07:00

12th Annual Donna Sunderdick Columbia Pedal & Paddle

What: A 45-mile supported trip through all 10 Columbia villages to all 23
Columbia Association pools. Riders must swim one (1) lap at each pool (so it’s not all 45 miles at one “sitting”). We provide directions and rest stops along the way. You supply the rest.

In memory of one of OMHS’ favorite teachers and support a worthwhile endeavor (the charity was Ms. Sunderdick’s choice). (Plus riding to all of the pools is just a perfectly silly thing to do!)

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