This is a lovely ride through the Bay Ridge community that's a regular event for our SHR group. The views are fantastic, the homes by the water are impressive, and the roads are peaceful and mostly flat. The entire area is simply a beautiful place for biking, and it's just a short drive from Eastport and downtown Annapolis.
Directions to the Meetup Spot
Don't trust your GPS because it will probably take you through the crowded streets of central Annapolis. Here's a much better and faster way to our meetup point at Peninsula Park.
From Rt 50/301, take Exit 22 onto Artis T. Allen Blvd (Rt 665). As you exit, keep going straight past the signs for Riva Rd and Rt 2 (Solomons Island Rd). Going straight will keep you on the main road which changes its name after the traffic light to Forest Dr. Continue going straight for three miles on Forest Dr as it becomes Bay Ridge Rd after passing Quiet Waters Park.
Continue on Bay Ridge Rd until you pass the traffic light for Arundel on the Bay Rd and the Bru-Mar Garden Center. The public parking area where we'll meet is on Bay Ridge Rd at Peninsula Park, about 100 yds beyond the intersection. If the lot is full, there are additional parking areas on the other side of the playing fields.
See the Google Meetup map above for details.
Biking Through Bay Ridge
From our meetup point at Peninsula Park, we'll head right on Bay Ridge Rd using the dedicated bike lane. Bay Ridge is a 2-lane road with marked bike lanes on both sides. It's not very busy since the road leads to the end of the peninsula.
After a mile or so, we'll enter the Bay Ridge community. Our route will then head towards the shoreline avenues of Bay Drive and River Drive which follow the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. We'll also explore Lake Drive and the interior avenues of the Bay Ridge community to get some quality biking miles through this scenic area.
During our ride, we'll get excellent views of the Bay Bridge, the Annapolis skyline, small beaches with boats, and wide expanses of the Chesapeake Bay itself. There's very little traffic because the Bay Ridge neighborhood streets are mostly used by residents.
This is not a really long ride, but it's the best biking route featuring the unique beauty of Annapolis where it faces the Bay. The total ride distance will be approximately 14 miles, depending on how many side streets we take. It's suitable for all bikes and riders.
Post-Ride at Sam's on the Waterfront
After our ride, we can head over to Sam's restaurant at Chesapeake Harbor. It's located off Edgewood Rd just one mile from our meetup point. Chesapeake Harbor is a gated community, so you'll need to stop at the gate, tell them you're going to Sam's, and they'll show you the way.
Sam's has a nice outdoor waterside bar on the dock that's perfect for post-ride refreshments. Anyone is welcome to join us there around 4:00 pm or so. Check it out:
We'll need good biking weather for this event. A little rain won't stop us, but we won't ride in excessive heat or miserable conditions. I'll post an update and send out an email by 10:00 am on Saturday if we need to change plans or cancel. Call Jake at[masked] with any questions.
I hope to see you there!