Our Premiere "Love the City You're With" Baltimore Bike Tour
Take advantage of our beloved beta city by bike. Our inaugural excursion will take place in historically and culturally rich Southwest Baltimore. See the beautiful you might be missing.
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Calling all Baltimoreans and other curious travelers. See Baltimore's greatest attractions by bike with MIxolo.
For our Mixolo bike tour in our beloved beta city, we want you to "Act like a tourist, and think like a resident" as we take a guided ride through Southwest Baltimore.
On our inaugural "Love the City You're With" tour, 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. No plus-one required.
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.
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. It takes more than that one new and shiny neighborhood for a city to thrive. When our city thrives, we all thrive.
Who else is involved?
The Mixolo community is partnering with the dynamic Southwest Partnership, made up of the seven culturally distinct, yet inextricably connected, neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore and the Southwest Baltimore Athletic community organization.
These organizations, along with our hosts, are aiming to elevate the urban experience for the better. A perfect fit for Mixolo as we promote the city where we launched. Baltimore deserves some love - from its own. Our event is 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.
Our tour guide will be the "Queen of the Bike Tour Guides" in Baltimore and beyond, the endearing Penny Troutner, owner of Light Street Cycles located in the South Baltimore neighborhood of Federal Hill. Fresh off her dedicated work for Baltimore's now iconic Light City festival, 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 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.
We'll tour two National Historic Landmarks! We'll take in the majestic B&O Railroad Museum, home to early 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock and other artifacts, and 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.
We'll visit and do 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. Zella's Pizza and Primo Chicken will provide our lunch fare with options to satisfy a few of the food-isms.
Many consider Hollins Market the heart of SOWEBO, another name for Southwest Baltimore. We'll take in an exhibit curated by UMBC students which chronicles much of the history of SOWEBO and Baltimore through newspapers. And we'll take a walk back in history to notable landmarks in the vicinity.
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 shiny new "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 and first 5 hour+ tour for just $60/person. Water, food and tours are all included.
Our tour was formerly billed as a Bikeshare rental tour, however, we were unable to fulfill that due to challenges with the City's participation.
So, 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.
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.
7:30AM Riders/ticket holders should arrive at Union Square Park, our official starting point.
7:30AM - 8:00AM 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.
8:15AM Depart Union Square Park for first stop, Culinary Architecture, 767 WASHINGTON BLVD, BALTIMORE MD 21230, for coffee, juice, light breakfast snacks. (Distance: 1 mile)
8:30AM - 9:15AM Outdoor gathering at Culinary Architecture's (CA) back patio space for breakfast, juice, coffee.
9:20AM Depart CA for B&O Railroad Museum 901 W PRATT STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21223 for a pre-opening tour. (Distance from CA: ½ mile)
9:30AM B&O Railroad Museum (B&0) tour. 30-minute guided tour.
10:10AM Depart B & O for Carroll Park and Mount Clare Museum House (in photo), 1500 WASHINGTON BLVD, BALTIMORE, MD 21230 (Distance: 1.8 miles) Cover a few sightseeing options, historical landmarks and the beautiful view from picturesque Carroll Park.
10:45AM Mount Clare Museum House tour. 30 minutes.
11:20 AM Depart Mount Clare for Hollins Market, 26 S. ARLINGTON AVENUE, BALTIMORE, 21223
11:45AM - 12:15AM 30-minute lunch and independent viewing of Hollins Market and their UMBC "History through Newspapers" exhibit.
12:25 - 1:00PM Depart Hollins Market for a 35-minute walking tour examining the Hollins Market footprint with stops including the Irish Museum and the storied Arabbers Stable.
1:00PM Tour ends at Hollins Market. You may follow one of our cyclist escorts back to Union Square where we started or follow your Mixolo host to Suspended Brewery for an informal gathering.
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.
Link to Draft Google Map:
What about getting there - and parking?:
We are still working out parking details. but we encourage you to use public transportation and/or ride share options. We will keep you posted on arrangements we are able to make. Union Square is a residential neighborhood with limited street parking.
How do I become a member and attend this event with Mixolo?
Membership is free. Mixolo will soon debut a multi-platform app. We do not yet have a formal login and profile option on our current pre-app Web/Mobile site. When you register for this event, we will ask for basic identifying information that will automatically qualify you as an early adopter member and subscriber.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter 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 21 days before the event. We cannot accept refunds 21 days before the event 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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