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Scenic Biking by the Bay in Annapolis

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:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-on-the-waterfront-annapolis

Final Details

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!

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  • Helen

    Great day with spectacular view!

    May 20, 2014

  • Christina L.

    Thanks Jake-great day!

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • Jim P.

      Yes thanks Jake for getting us VA folks over for the great bay views ... your hills wore me out :-)

      May 19, 2014

  • Bobbe

    WOW! Scenic bay ride with so many 'AHHH' moments along the way! Nothing beats ending the day at Sam's.....continuing the fun with everyone ....waterfront at the tiki bar! Thank you JAKE...have we told you yet we are happy you moved to Annapolis!? :)

    3 · May 19, 2014

    • Jake

      My former neighbors in Falls Church are thankful for my move too. hehe...

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • Sandra Zeiser P.

    Beautiful scenic ride by the bay followed by good food and fun at Sam's afterwords. Thanks Jake for organizing a great day!

    May 18, 2014

  • Gloria

    This is such a great ride. Just enough (unexpected) hills to be good exercise. The views are spectacular. It's really fun to ride through and pick out our dream homes. When you can't afford it, you can afford to be picky ;-) Another wonderful day in Annapolis. THANK YOU JAKE for all you do.

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • Rori

    Fun day! Thank you Jake!

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first SHR event and had a great time!

    May 18, 2014

  • Ron

    One of the nicest places to bike in Annapolis for views of the Bay. Always good catching up with the regulars and meeting new people. Another Fun meetup organized by Rev. Jake.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Jake

    Biking along the water in Bay Ridge is always great with such nice scenery and views of the Bay. Today was excellent and we had good weather too. Good fun at Sam's afterward. Thanks to all who attended.

    3 · May 18, 2014

  • Renee

    Fun day!!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Peggy

    Beautiful ride today . Very scenic and lovely home along the waterfront.
    Sams was a perfect way to end this day.
    met some new people and I was able to catch up with some friends.
    Thanks Jake your Meet Ups are the best !

    May 17, 2014

  • Tammy-Lynn

    Gorgeous day to be out riding in such a beautiful neighborhood. The after party was great - good seeing everyone. Thanks Jake.

    May 17, 2014

  • Cindy

    Beautiful day to bike with spectacular views of the bay. Gorgeous homes, fun people, another great Jake event. Sam's is the perfect place for the post party.Thank you Jake.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Gina

    Thanks Jake. Great ride today.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Linda

    Beautiful scenery! We had to cut out early due to a broken bike. Sorry we couldn't stay for the whole event.

    May 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride! Thank you, Jake! So nice to meet everyone!!

    May 17, 2014

  • Bill

    I really wanted to do this, and have been trying to work it in, but will not be able to join you this time - just too much still on my plate after being gone a month. But I'm ready for future adventures - and kayaking now that I finally own one! :-)

    May 17, 2014

  • Jean

    Great memories. That may have been my first SHR event last year. I recall having fun and knowing that it was a group I wanted to party with whenever possible. Glad we are doing it again this year!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Ron

      This was also one of my first events and I too, have great memories. Should be another FUN day!

      May 17, 2014

    • Gina

      Looking forward to the ride. It was great fun last year.

      May 17, 2014

  • Tammy-Lynn

    Will try to catch up at Sam's later in the day!

    May 17, 2014

  • Tatyana

    I wish all of you the lovely sunny day to ride! I am trying to train my dog follow my bike. Wish me good luck, pls!

    May 16, 2014

  • Jean

    This was a great ride last year. Fun day and into the evening. I won't be able to join this year, but for those who make it -- enjoy!

    May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jean! This is Natasha - your biking buddy from the Kinetic Ride. I can't make this ride on Sat. & I"m planning on doing the same ride on Sunday aound 12:30. Let me know if you would be interested in joining me.

      May 14, 2014

    • Tatyana

      Hi Natasha, I have a question. You name sound as Russian, am i right?

      May 16, 2014

  • Jake

    The weather will be perfect. See everyone tomorrow!

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know if anyone is unable to join the group for this ride on Sat. You can join me on Sunday(5/18) around 12:30. I will be doing the same ride & I'd love the company!

    May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Haven't biked since last year. will do a warm-up this week to see if my "bumm" can handle it. back at'cha. don't sell out yet!

    May 13, 2014

  • Laura

    Anyone have a tandem? ;)

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bummed that I have to miss this fabulous ride.
    I hope you guys do it again soon.

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sad - my horseback riding meetup got changed to this date so because I've paid for it - means it wins out on what to do on 17 May. Enjoy your ride - it looks lovely

    March 28, 2014

  • Bill

    I've biked a lot of this and great place to go! But I can't believe that three months in advance and already conflicts - that is the day of the SERC open house - another great event, but only one day a year!

    February 19, 2014

    • Bill

      I just went to send that link - it is Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and about a mile down Muddy Creek Road. You can canoe and Kayak and hike there. One day a year (May 17th this year) is an open house with lots of activities. Maybe make that a meetup and move the bike ride? Open House link is: http://www.serc.si.ed...­

      February 19, 2014

    • Jake

      Bill, I don't think "family day" is a good time for SHR to visit SERC. ;-) I'll check it out myself sometime to see if it would work for another event. Thanks for letting me know about SERC.

      February 19, 2014

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