Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Sep 15 2012 - BikeAbout in Columbia, Md. (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Amy Pickwick
Participants:Amy Pickwick, Pam Parks, Angela, Ali Badii, Rebecca Herberson, James Herberson, Rinaldo Miorini, Donna H

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Write Up:

Eight members of the MOC joined the over 400 registered bike riders for a 15-mile at-your-own pace bike ride through the various pathways that make up Columbia.  This annual BikeAbout event is presented by the Columbia Archives, and is made up of hundreds of volunteers, and was extremely well organized.

The temperature during the ride was the upper 70's with beautiful sunny skies.  Just the right temperature for a bike ride.  We started out around 9:50 am. (staggered start time from 9:30 to 10:30 am for the event as a whole) and wrapped up around 12:20 pm.  We completed the 15.05 miles in 2:27 hours.

We had a couple of minor crashes (into fellow BikeAbout attendees), but all in all, we got everyone back to the finish line ok.

This year's ride routed us through Columbia Villages: Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Town Center, and Wilde Lake, four of the ten villages that make up Columbia.  We rode through some gorgeous areas of Columbia, including nearby ponds, lakes, streams, wooded areas, historic sites, on the Rt. 29 overpass, under several tunnels, up mild hills, and down just as many.  We followed well-marked bright pink arrows to keep us on the path, and volunteers and law enforcement helped us with the few road crossings.  Many times, we had the opportunity to take breaks and learn about the history of the areas we were passing through, from volunteers and/or signage.  Once, we rode through some rolling hills lined with messages about how you can help Columbia stay green and what the Columbia Association is doing for its part...that was one of the highlights of the route.

The focus for this years' event was on:

  • Blandair Regional Park – Phase 1 is open – what’s next?
  • Woodlawn Slave Quarters – CA's sensitive restoration helps interpret Howard County history
  • Oakland Ridge Industrial Park – Columbia's first industrial area has become a hidden marketplace
  • Thunder Hill street – from "Sleeping Dog Lane" to "Soaring Hill" – the story behind the street names
  • Jackson Pond – from farm pond, to experimental storm water retention, to neighborhood amenity
  • Symphony Woods and Downtown Redevelopment – past, present and future


A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that put this event together (including the route setup) and/or volunteered at it.  The entire MOC group was having rave reviews and said this could not have been pulled off without all those great people.

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