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Old 03-18-2011, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Herndon
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I'm new to Federal Hill and I'm looking for a nice bike ride I can do from the city. I'm fine using my bike to get around the city but I'd like a relaxing, recreational ride where I'm not fighting cars the entire time.

Gwynns Falls Trail looks like a good ride but my girlfriend is freaked that it goes through west Baltimore. She knows Baltimore a lot better than I do so I'm hesitant. I might try it on my own but I don't want to get jacked. We tried the part of the trail that goes south from M&T and it was about the ugliest scenery possible. We turned around when it got too ghetto for a couple of white people on nice bikes with dorky helmets.

How is Gwynns Falls Trail heading west? Any other rides?
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Don't be scared. I do this ride all the time from end to end. It's fine. Take the side trail to Dickeyville - it's a place like no other in Baltimore. When you get to Leakin Park make sure you stop by the Carrie Murray Nature Center and explore the grounds of the Crimea estate. Very cool stuff.

Try the Jones Falls Trail also. You can also ride the light rail to Glen Burnie and ride the B&A trail to Annapolis.

By the way, you might be just a little bit too nervous about being white and about things looking "ghetto." I know you live in Federal Hill and all but hey, this city is like 2/3s black and rather poor. So you might see things that you make you uncomfortable from time to time. Deal with it.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Herndon
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Thanks for the info.

I don't mind being uncomfortable but I do mind being unsafe. There are places where I would not want to be dropped off with a $1000 bike and standing out like a sore thumb in exercise gear with a helmet.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Thanks for the info.

I don't mind being uncomfortable but I do mind being unsafe. There are places where I would not want to be dropped off with a $1000 bike and standing out like a sore thumb in exercise gear with a helmet.
I get that and I apologize for being defensive. But it's a pretty popular trail - you won't exactly stick out like a "sore thumb." I bet you'll see a lot of other riders if you go tomorrow since the weather is supposed to be nice.

Remember, you can ride faster than someone who is just standing there.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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I rode this trail last summer from Dickeyville to downtown -- did not see another soul the entire ride. Admittedly, you come out on some of the more down and out streets on the west side. Since the City cut funding for Parks Service, you won't find any Park workers anywhere on the trail. I plan to bike it again this Spring but, I will admit to being a bit uneasy. I guess the history of Leakin Park is hard to shake.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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If you feel more comfortable in a group.. check out one of the local cycle shops and join a "club" and participate on a group ride. The City Parks and Rec also sponsors group rides through the various trails and scheduled times. Just like in any park, you should be mindful of your surroundings...carry mace if you want to feel a little more protected. Riders I spoke to often times go in the mornings and on Sundays... I guess would be thugs are asleep then
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Bodymore, Murderland
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I get that and I apologize for being defensive. But it's a pretty popular trail - you won't exactly stick out like a "sore thumb." I bet you'll see a lot of other riders if you go tomorrow since the weather is supposed to be nice.

Remember, you can ride faster than someone who is just standing there.
He can't outrun a bullet, even on a bike.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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He can't outrun a bullet, even on a bike.

Most of these thugs cant aim much less hit a moving target... Anyone want to test my theory....
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Bodymore, Murderland
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Most of these thugs cant aim much less hit a moving target... Anyone want to test my theory....
I'll have to respectfully decline!
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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I ride the Gwynns Falls trail daily from Dickeyville and I feel safe. There are a group of people who are on the trail everyday and it's a great ride. I envy those who start from downtown and ride up to Dickeyville, you have a downhill ride home. We struggle a little somedays on the hill after Leon Day Park.
One thing I would suggest is buying a good set of puncture resistant tires and caring a patch kit and pump.
Have fun riding!
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