Could there be a better way to travel to a baseball game?
In time for Friday's home opener, the Orioles have added more bicycle parking at Camden Yards, including a new bike corral that can accomodate up to 100 bikes. The corral, outside Gate C on Maryland Square, can be accessed via Lee Street or the breezeway in the Camden Yard warehouse near the Veterans Memorial.
There's also two bike racks (added in mid-season last year) next to the Babe Ruth statute as well as bike parking in front of Dempsey's Brew Pub on the east side of the warehouse and at the Camden Yards MARC Station, which is expected to be upgraded this year.
Jan Hardesty, a public information officer with the Maryland Stadium Authority, said both the O's and the Maryland Stadium Authority received numerous requests to increase bicycle parking at the ballpark.
"Bicycling to the park (as did overall attendance) saw a real uptick last year," Hardesty said in an email to Bike Shorts. "The City is adding new racks at the Camden Yards MARC/light rail station, too."
Hardesty added that the O's and Maryland Stadium Authority "look forward to the day when Baltimore gets a bike-share vendor and we can offer a station here at the Yards (like the Nats enjoy)."
Hardesty also noted that the Gwynn Falls Trail goes right through the stadium campus and that new segments of the Jones Fall Trail are expected to be open by June 1. Also, "the bike-friendly" light rail system connects to the Jones Falls Trail, BWI and B & A bike trails.
Lots of ways to bike to the ballpark and ditch the cost — and headache — of parking. And hey, you never know who you'll meet along the way, some of the O's have been known to bike to the ballpark in the past...