One of my favorite places for a short bike ride is the bike trail that circles the Lake Montebello reservoir in Northeast Baltimore. The lake is a mile and a third around and there is always a breeze, which keeps it relatively cool for biking and adds an element of resistance training on the back loop.
On any given night at the trail you will see Baltimore at its finest, with people of all ages exercising and enjoying the outdoors together. You will encounter cyclists of all abilities, from beginners on training wheels, to couples riding hybrids, to serious racers forming pace lines. You’ll see parents pushing strollers, roller skaters and even a scooter or two. There are walkers, some joggers and a few serious runners. There are even frisbee golfers and people who just like to wax their cars under the row of white pines that line Whitman Drive.
It’s a great place to train, to ride with friends, or to spend a quiet evening pedaling around a pretty lake while listening to music.