Outgrowing its traditional gathering ground at the Washington Monument, the Baltimore Bike Party launches from Pearlstone Park this month — tonight, actually. The park sits on West Preston Street, between Howard and Cathredral — or for the less map-inclined, between the train station at MICA and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Not far from the old spot. Same time: meet at 7 p.m., roll at 7:30 sharp.
Every last-Friday-of-every-month Bike Party brings a different theme, and the Moonlight Madness — clear skies are forecast this evening — ride was originally an annual event started by Bob Moore, a longtime bicycle advocate instrumental in bringing trails, bike lanes and bicycle-friendly legislation to the city and state. As the Baltimore Bike Party puts it on this month's Facebook page: "Sadly, Bob has passed but with help of Baltimore Bicycle Club and Bike Party's adoption, the ride has lived on and is bigger than ever!"
Folks are encouraged to decorate their bikes, and themselves, with every imaginable sort of illumination and "Light up the Night."
This month's ride around town heads east, spins around Lake Montebello, and wraps up at the Lakeside Pavilion in Druid Hill Park with after-party food trucks from Busia's Kitchen, Cruisin Cafe, El Cuervo, Karlita's, Kooper's Chowhound, The Smoking Swine and Miss Twist ice cream. Per usual, DJ Ro will handle the turntables and there will be a photo booth from Anneka Photography.
The route for this month's ride can be found here.
Alas, because of a last-minute permitting snafu, beer will not be sold at the after-party, according to a recent Bike Party post. Just a head's up.