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BikeAbout 2017

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Lake Elkhorn Park access

Patuxent Branch Trail

Columbia, MD 21045

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Columbia BikeAbout returns on

Saturday, September 23

Start location: Lake Elkhorn

Start time: riders must start between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

End time: riders must finish the course by 1 p.m.

Course length: Long route is about 10 miles and the short route is about 2 miles

Parking: Owen Brown Village Center

Registration: Online registration is open through 8am September 23, 2017. You can also fill out a paper register form the morning of the BikeAbout at the check-in desk until 9:30am.

Columbia Association’s (CA) annual BikeAbout will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, with riders setting off from the dock at Lake Elkhorn. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system.

Preregistration is not required but is encouraged. Columbia BikeAbout will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am. They are expected to complete the ride by 1pm. Following the ride, participants will have the opportunity to refuel and have fun at the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon.

This year’s route is 10 miles long and winds through the villages of Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. In celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday, the theme of this year’s BikeAbout is “Appreciate the past and imagine the future.” Along the route, riders will get the answer to why the community’s power lines are mostly underground and get the answers to oft-asked questions about Columbia’s eyebrow-raising street names. They will also visit gravesites that pre-date Columbia, discover the early attempts to manage stormwater and learn how technology has changed current practice.

To accommodate families with young children, a shorter ride is available around Lake Elkhorn with enjoyable activities and fun facts about Columbia.

An important aspect of Columbia’s design was preservation of the land. The topography, stream beds and heavily wooded areas were preserved as much as possible. Lakes were created and pathways built to make the natural environment accessible. Columbia BikeAbout is an easy way to explore the extensive 95-mile pathway system, which contributes to the high quality of life that defines Columbia.

Columbia Association also is seeking volunteers, needed to assist with traffic control, directions, registration, and act as guides at places of interest along the route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 8:30am and 2pm. Training and a free T-shirt will be provided. For more information, email Columbia.Archives@ColumbiaAssociation.org or call 410-715-6781.

Columbia BikeAbout is brought to you by Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Archives and Open Space Management Division.



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