Love the City You're With Southwest Baltimore Bike Tour
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About The Event
Calling all Baltimoreans and other curious travelers. See Baltimore's greatest attractions by bike with MIxolo. This is our second tour of Southwest Baltimore and we've added some new stops in our cultural mecca of unique people and eclectic neighborhoods. Every city has its struggles, but it's up to us to love our city through the best and worst of times. If not us, who?
With Mixolo, plus ones are welcome, but never required. We're solo-friendly! You'll connect with your fellow riders and engage with our gracious, solo-friendly hosts in Southwest Baltimore who are preparing for your arrival during our tour. All skill levels are welcome. We'll be easy ridin,' stoppin,' eatin' and greetin" like old neighbors. See Baltimore. See other people.
On our "Love the City You're With" tours we want you to "Act like a tourist, and think like a resident" as we take a guided ride through Sowebo and soon, other neighborhoods in our beloved Beta city. Our events are not just for Baltimoreans, but our faithful "tourists," from near and far who love this city or just want to get to know it better.
The neighborhoods in this oft-overlooked area of the city are steeped in history, cultural diversity and still supporting unique small businesses that make you feel like you have stepped into a welcoming home.
No bike? NO problem. We'll make sure you have access to a rental. Indicate your preference when you check out.
Who will be our guide?
Our returning tour guide will be the "Queen of the Bike Tour Guides" in Baltimore and beyond, the endearing Penny Troutner, former owner of Light Street Cycles located in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Federal Hill. Her contributions to Baltimore's cultural landscape are too numerous to account for here. She knows her history and she is ready to share her love for Baltimore with our riders.
What will we see and do?
Our solo-friendly hosts in Southwest Baltimore are ready to welcome you into their "homes."
We'll meet in the unique (like every Baltimore 'hood) Union Square neighborhood of Sowebo where we'll gear up with our bikes and agree on some essentials on bike use and safety while riding as a group.
Culinary Architecture will be the first stop on our tour because "First we eat, then we do everything else," according to pre-eminent American Food Writer, Mary Frances K. Fisher. Culinary Architecture Marketplace and Caterer uses only the freshest of ingredients in their delicious food, always handmade in small batches.
There are so many great National Historic Landmarks and treasures in Sowebo! We'll take in the majestic B&O Railroad Museum, home to early 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock and other artifacts, and do a ride-up to the grounds of Mount Clare, Maryland's first museum house, built in 1760 by Charles Carroll, Barrister, a distant cousin of the signer of the Declaration of Independence. You'll have to brace yourself for the view of the city from Carroll Park where the house currently stands. Selfies strongly encouraged.
This year's tour will include a visit to the Irish Railroad Workers' Museum for a guided tour. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived.
We'll take a walk back in history to the Arraber's Stables managed by the Arrabler Preservation Society. "Arabbing" has a complicated history, born of necessity and convenience. This street trade began in the early 19th century and was later dominated by African American men following the Civil Wa. Their carts were once a common sight on the streets of Baltimore.
We'll visit and lunch at the impressive, two-story 17K + square feet Hollins Market in Pigtown/Washington Village the oldest public market in Baltimore City, built in 1877 and once a supply stop for nearby Civil War Soldiers. Many consider Hollins Market the heart of Sowebo.
We'll also visit a site and monument to a darker period in our history that we must not overlook. A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. - Marcus Garvey
Because what's old is sometimes made new, post-tour, all who are interested may gather at the "homebrewery," Suspended Brewing in Pigtown for refreshments and a recap of our amazing day.
How do I participate?
Tickets for the event are limited and must be purchased in advance. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability before the ride in order to participate fully. We strongly encourage the use of bike helmets, but they are not required for participation. Bike locks are essential due to frequent stops. We have arranged for limited security at all stops, but please, play it safe.
With great hosts like the B&O Railroad Museum, opening their doors early for our adventurous solo for a complimentary tour, we are able to offer this unparalleled 4 hour+ tour for just $60/person. Water, food (breakfast) and entry fees/donations for all other guided tours are all included. Lunch will be self-pay.
Plan to BYOB, (bring your own bike), or let us know if you would like a referral for a rental when you register. We will attempt to coordinate a drop-off and pickup of your rented bike at Union Square, depending on the availability of our participating bike shops. Payment arrangements can be made directly with the bike shops. Easy!
What skill level is required for the tour?
Bike skills leave something to be desired? NO worries. We'll have a few experts on hand to give you some tips for your riding safety and pleasure.
Electronically-assisted bikes are a great option for those who may want a bit more power for the trek and are available for rental from select area bike stores, however, our ride is meandering at best.
The bike is simply the means by which we will explore our city. Our total trip for the Mixolo tour will be approximately 5 miles. We'll make many stops along the way. It's not a race, but a fun pace for all.
What's the schedule?
This schedule is confirmed at the time of this listing, however, may subject to change if faced with uncontrollable circumstances around traffic patterns and access issues.
7:30 AM Riders/ticket holders should arrive at Union Square Park, our official starting point.
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Check-in at Union Square Park. Our Mixolo tour guide and two "safety" cyclists (who will accompany us for the ride) will provide a brief intro on navigation and safety tips. Maps will be provided at this stop.
8:15 AM Depart Union Square Park for the first stop, Culinary Architecture, 767 WASHINGTON BLVD, BALTIMORE MD 21230, for coffee, juice, light breakfast snacks. (Distance: 1 mile)
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Outdoor gathering at Culinary Architecture's (CA) back patio space for breakfast, juice, coffee.
9:20 AM Depart CA for B&O Railroad Museum 901 W PRATT STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21223 for a pre-opening tour. (Distance from CA: ½ mile)
9:30 AM B&O Railroad Museum (B&0) tour. 30-minute self-guided tour.
10:15 AM Depart B & O for Carroll Park and Mount Clare Museum House, 1500 WASHINGTON BLVD, BALTIMORE, MD 21230 (Distance: 1.8 miles) Prepared to be awed by the beautiful view of the city from the high-point of picturesque Carroll Park.
10:45 AM Depart Mount Clare for the Irish Musem, 920 Lemmon Street, Baltimore, MD 21223
11:15 AM Irish Railroad Worker's Museum - 30 minute guided tour.
11:45 PM Depart the Irish Museum for Hollins Market, 26 S Arlington Ave., Baltimore, MD 21223
12:00 PM 30-minute walking tour examining the Hollins Market footprint and a guided tour of the storied Arabbers Stables.
12:30 PM Hollins Market Lunch (self-pay). If there are closures for the market construction planned, we will select a local restaurant for lunch near the market.
1:00 PM The official tour ends You may follow one of our cyclist escorts back to Union Square where we started or follow your Mixolo host to Suspended Brewery* on Washington Blvd for an informal gathering. First beer is on Mixolo!
Distance from Hollins Market to Union Square Park, our starting point - .5 miles
*Suspended Brewery gathering is self-pay and voluntary and not a Mixolo-branded event. Distance from Hollins Market to Suspended Brewery, 912 WASHINGTON BLVD 21230 - .6 miles.
Distance from Suspended Brewery to Union Square Park, our starting point. - .8 miles
On the day of the tour, our guide will incorporate logistics for best navigation and sight-seeing opportunities along the route. You will receive the final map a few days before the event begins and on the day of the tour.
What about getting there - and parking?:
We encourage you to consider public transportation options with bike accommodations if they are available to you. We will keep you posted on arrangements we are able to make. Union Square is a residential neighborhood with limited street parking, but Saturdays are usually quite fluid.
How do I become a member and attend this event with Mixolo?
Mixolo membership is free and easy. All adults 18+ are welcome regardless of relationship status. When you register for this event here on the web, we will ask for basic identifying information that will automatically qualify you as a member and subscriber.
Our events are now offered in the Mixolo mobile app available on Google Play or Apple iTunes for download. The use of MIXCHAT, our messaging platform in the app, for connecting with members after you meet at an event is currently available only with purchases that originate in the app.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to participate in the event?
Minimum age requirements for MIxolo events are generally 18 and over. Attendees under 21 will not be served alcoholic beverages. Please be prepared to show identification for proof of age.
How may I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are refundable up to 14 days before the event. We cannot accept refunds after October 12, 2019, as Mixolo will remain obligated to the hosts this scheduled event for a confirmed number of attendees and pre-purchased tickets.
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