Bike to Market Tip #1: Carrying Groceries by Bike

What's Bike to Market?

Bike to Market mixes two important aspects of a thriving sustainable city: sustainable transportation and local fresh food. This spring and summer we're partnering with the Maryland Farmer's Market Association to make it easier than ever to ride your bike to the market — demonstrating the ease of doing daily activities on bike, the value of supporting local growers, and of course, the joy you can have doing it!

We'll have three Bike to Market events, each at a different farmers markets. At each we'll provide free bike valet so you can safely and easily leave your bike while you shop, and have giveaways and a raffle for anyone who rides. And we'll be sharing our favorite tips and ideas along the way! 

First up — we'll be biking to the... 

Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar (JFX)
May 7th, 7am - 12:00pm

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar is the city’s vibrant hub for a truly local and supportive experience. Drawing crowds in the thousands, bringing together vendors and customers from all over the state, launching small businesses, and providing good local food for the community, all make for an amazing Sunday morning in Downtown Baltimore.

And if you're coming from the North, a group ride to the market will be leaving from Charmington's at 9:30am! Perfect for folks newer to city riding or those just interested in traveling as a pack, and no need to RSVP — just show up! 


How do I carry groceries on my bike?

The best set up for carrying groceries depends on your bike, how far your riding, how much you're carrying, and personal preference. Here are a few of our favorite tips and trips for carrying groceries on our bikes.

 
 Messenger bags and backpacks, that one you probably already have in your closet, work well for short trips and smaller loads.

Messenger bags and backpacks, that one you probably already have in your closet, work well for short trips and smaller loads.

 Bungee chords or a net can help make sure you don't lose any veggies if you hit a bump in the road.

Bungee chords or a net can help make sure you don't lose any veggies if you hit a bump in the road.

 Panniers and rear racks are great for larger and heavier loads, and for those times you get caught in the rain.

Panniers and rear racks are great for larger and heavier loads, and for those times you get caught in the rain.

 You can use front baskets with or without a front rack, depending on what kind of basket it is, and they're perfect for carrying small loads.

You can use front baskets with or without a front rack, depending on what kind of basket it is, and they're perfect for carrying small loads.

 Baskets that attach to a back rack are the perfect size for reusable grocery bags, and they usually fold down so you can always keep them on your bike. 

Baskets that attach to a back rack are the perfect size for reusable grocery bags, and they usually fold down so you can always keep them on your bike. 



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