Photo: Brian O'Doherty
The bicycle rack manufacturer Saris is offering to donate a free bike corral to the location with strongest need and most compelling public support.
In Baltimore, bicycle advocates are making the case — and well — for the sidewalk near Mount Vernon’s Brewer’s Art. The brewpub has long been a popular destination for Baltimore’s commuter bicycling community (see above photo), as well as others, of course. It’s routinely rated among the best bars in the country by Esquire magazine.
Entries to the Saris contest are being accepted through March 29, with three finalists to be selected for final voting between April 1 and April 5.
According to the contest’s Facebook page, where you can vote now — in the primary, so to speak — “entries with public support are more likely to make it to the final round.”
The good news: The Mount Vernon/Brewer’s Art entry is leading the early voting ahead of entries from Concord, MA, Newton, MA, Cuban Pete’s restaurant in Montclair, NJ, and Anchorage, AK, among others.
As the pitch for the Mount Vernon/Brewer's Art bike corral notes, sidewalks in the historic neighborhood are typically narrow, making bicycle parking challenging. They also note that the corral would also serve local residents as well as nearby places of work, bars, restaurants and other destinations. And, would help encourage bicycling as a welcomed part Baltimore’s urban culture.
More photos from a recent Happy Hour gathering of bicyclists at the Brewer's Art can be found here.