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Tomorrow: Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness Bicycle Ride

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The Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness Bicycle Ride will take place Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010 at 8:00 PM.

Photo by: Bike Baltimore (www.baltimorecommutes.com)

A group bike ride in Baltimore at night?  Cyclists looking for an alternative to the potentially-confrontational Critical Mass rides — but curious to see the city by bike at night and show the flag for city cycling — should check it out.

Tomorrow night’s Bob Moore Memorial Moonlight Madness Bicycle Ride – a group ride beginning at War Memorial Plaza at 8 p.m. – honors Bob Moore, one of Baltimore’s most passionate cyclists.  Moore died from pancreatic cancer in May at the age of 73.

“Bob Moore originally created the ride,” said Baltimore bike planner Nate Evans. He was “instrumental in getting the initial political attention on cycling around Baltimore:  starting the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (MBAC) & eventually getting the Bicycle Master Plan adopted.”

Moore, who averaged 58-plus miles a day, was “the most active bicycle advocate within the Baltimore Bicycle Club during the 90′s and up until his illness,” said Penny Troutner, who became friends with Bob in 1991, the year she opened her bicycle shop Light Street Cycles .

Troutner said she was the only person who responded to Bob’s ad about promoting bicycle advocacy. After she did, he biked over to her shop to meet her.

“When Bob created the ride, he started it at the Baltimore Youth Hostel to bring attention to it and encourage donations for their renovation project,” Troutner added.

According to Evans, the Bob Moore ride is one that gives group cycling a good name.  “As I try to sell ‘biking’ to Baltimore, the rebuttals always include: ‘How come cyclists don’t obey traffic signs & laws?’” said Evans. ” While Critical Mass can be fun, it does not promote road-sharing or encourage people to get out and ride . . .Tomorrow night’s Moonlight Madness Ride is a group ride through the city, but it is NOT a Critical Mass. We’ll take ONE LANE, we’ll have fun…”

The ride will still take place in spite of recent cycling incidents nor will the riders shy away from any particular location.  “…We’ll ride by areas of recent attacks on cyclists,” said Evans.  “We’ll ride in areas that most cyclists wouldn’t ride alone.”

The Bob Moore ride is open to anyone and cyclists should meet at War Memorial Plaza 8pm. Click here to RSVP.

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  • Barry Childress

    A brief general background on who is Bob Moore:

    Bob got reintroduced to the joys of bicycling by taking a class at AACC late in life. For him it was like discovering the fountain of youth and all the joys that life has to offer. For those of us who road with him you you could almost see a little boy emerge as he rode. After retiring he embarked on a cross country bike tour with not much more then a map and some camping supplies. For Bob life was a never ending adventure with something new and exciting around every corner. He considered everyone his freind, even the cars that honked at him, nothing could spoil the joy he experienced while cycling.

    Bob clearly understood how to make the advocacy triangle work by connecting people, government and advocacy organizations together. I believe his most successful endeavor was the Gwynns Falls Trail, he was on the trail council and was influential in getting funding for the trail to be built, he lead regular rides on the trail through the BBC and helped start the first Tour dem Parks, Hon ride with Penny, all to promote the trail and cycling.

    He brought the same energy to BYH and started the Moonlight Madness Rides to promote the Hostel and cycling in the City. There is not a spot in Maryland where you could drop Bob off and he could not find a bike route to the nearest scenic opportunity and the City was no different, from a bicycle there is something to see around every corner, something you are most likely to miss from the confines of a car. This is the spirit of Bob Moore, to live life with joy and not to miss the beauty it has to offer while making a freind or two or three along the way. And this is the spirit that lives on in the Moon Light Madness Ride.

  • Barry Childress

    A brief general background on who is Bob Moore:

    Bob got reintroduced to the joys of bicycling by taking a class at AACC late in life. For him it was like discovering the fountain of youth and all the joys that life has to offer. For those of us who road with him you you could almost see a little boy emerge as he rode. After retiring he embarked on a cross country bike tour with not much more then a map and some camping supplies. For Bob life was a never ending adventure with something new and exciting around every corner. He considered everyone his freind, even the cars that honked at him, nothing could spoil the joy he experienced while cycling.

    Bob clearly understood how to make the advocacy triangle work by connecting people, government and advocacy organizations together. I believe his most successful endeavor was the Gwynns Falls Trail, he was on the trail council and was influential in getting funding for the trail to be built, he lead regular rides on the trail through the BBC and helped start the first Tour dem Parks, Hon ride with Penny, all to promote the trail and cycling.

    He brought the same energy to BYH and started the Moonlight Madness Rides to promote the Hostel and cycling in the City. There is not a spot in Maryland where you could drop Bob off and he could not find a bike route to the nearest scenic opportunity and the City was no different, from a bicycle there is something to see around every corner, something you are most likely to miss from the confines of a car. This is the spirit of Bob Moore, to live life with joy and not to miss the beauty it has to offer while making a freind or two or three along the way. And this is the spirit that lives on in the Moon Light Madness Ride.

    • baltimorebrew

      Thanks, Barry.You win our Most Beautiful Comment Seen in the Brew in a Long Time Award . Thank you for this great portrait of Bob. I won't be able to come on the ride but I hope you all, along with Liam if he goes, send us your accounts of the evening. FS

  • baltimorebrew

    Thanks, Barry.You win our Most Beautiful Comment Seen in the Brew in a Long Time Award . Thank you for this great portrait of Bob. I won't be able to come on the ride but I hope you all, along with Liam if he goes, send us your accounts of the evening. FS

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