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NOTE:  Reprinted with permission from the Baltimore Family Bike Party

Where do I start?

There are a number of helpful resources to help you learn more about biking with children. Here are a few of our favorites.

Where can I find a bike seat or trailer?

  • Baltimore Bicycle Works and Light Street Cycles both now stock iBert seats.
  • REI Timonium and REI Columbia both carry Yepp bike seats.
  • Race Pace Bicycles carries Burley trailers and accessories in all stores, and we stock Croozer brand trailer/jogger/stroller all-in-one (at their Baltimore location). They also stock the the Topeak rear mount baby seat and the iBert Safety Seat.

Where can I find a balance bike?

Where can I find a cargo bike?

What other family-friendly bike rides or trails can I find in Baltimore?

  • Don’t have a bike of your own? Check out Ride Around the Reservoir in Druid Hill Park! Sponsored by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, this ride offers bikes and helmets for all ages and sizes and BCRP employees are available to help teach beginners. A $5 donation is suggested to help maintain equipment and photo ID required to borrow equipment. Rides are every Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Druid Hill Reservoir across from the basketball courts.
  • Looking for something for older kids? Old Line Velo organizes regular group ridesincluding weekday evening rides for “Novice” road and mountain bikers. These rides may not be best for riders with small children but may be a great opportunity to bike with teens.
  • Can’t get enough family rides? Take a look at Kidical Mass DC or find more family rides across the country on the Kidical Mass website.
  • Want to get away from cars for a while? Baltimore Spokes has a helpful collection of local bike trail maps and Welcome to Baltimore, Hon! highlights a few of the most popular options including the Baltimore and Annapolis, Gwynns Falls and Northern Central Railroad Trail.