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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