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Sunday: Tour Dem Parks, Hon!

12th annual ride cruises through city's biggest parks as well as smaller gems.

By Ron Cassie | June 2, 2014, 12:25 pm

Outside World

Sunday: Tour Dem Parks, Hon!

12th annual ride cruises through city's biggest parks as well as smaller gems.

By Ron Cassie | June 2, 2014, 12:25 pm

Maybe we're biased at Bike Shorts because we like bicycling and parks, so for us, this weekend's annual Tour Dem Parks, Hon! event is Baltimore's "can't miss" ride.

This year's recreational ride, per usual, offers something for everyone, including a 14-mile family ride on the Gwynn Falls Trail, and longer treks of 25, 36, and 64 miles. The popular, 36-mile "Le Grand Tour" hits all the city's major parks, including Patterson Park, Druid Hill Park, Herring Run Park, and Leakin Park—as well as Fort McHenry. All rides start and end in Carroll Park, include snack and rest stops, and wrap up with a BBQ lunch and live jazz.

Proceeds support Baltimore City's parks, and local environmental, "friends of parks," and bicycling groups.

Last year's ride attracted more 1,100 registrants online and more than 1,300 riders overall, including walk-ups. Online registration ends Thursday, so hurry, because official Tour Dem Parks, Hon! ride T-shirts may sell out. So far, the weather looks good this weekend. There may be rain Sunday night, but with an early start, we think we'll be okay...




Meet The Author
Ron Cassie is a senior editor for Baltimore, where he covers the environment, education, medicine, politics, and city life


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