Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will help celebrate the start of National Bike Month tonight with a 5 p.m. kickoff ride around Lake Montebello.
Organized by the Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Public Works, "Laps Around the Lake" is free and open to the public. Bikes are available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
From May through August, Lake Montebello will host rides around the lake from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Druid Hill Park will host similar rides on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The League of American Bicyclists recognizes May as National Bike Month, which includes National Bike to School Day May 8 and National Bike to Work Week from May 13-17. National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17. The share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
Upcoming bike events in the Baltimore area this month include the not-to-be-missed, 15th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, hosted by American the American Visionary Arts Museum, this Saturday, May 4; the Monument to Monument ride this Sunday, May 5; Bike Maryland's Rec Ride — part of Patterson Park's annual Bike Jam — May 19; and the May edition of the Baltimore Bike Party, May 31. The Baltimore Family Bike Party also organizes a ride each month.
The Baltimore Bicyling Club, which hosts recreational rides every weekend (and many weekdays) in Baltimore County and beyond, also gets out to the 31st Annual Kent County Spring Fling, May 24-27.