At 7 o'clock this morning, Ray Bahr began ringing the bell on his bicycle and announcing where he was about to go.
"Baltimore, Irvington, Pigtown," he called out repeatedly.
Six bicyclists joined Bahr, a 50-year-old program manager for stormwater management at the Maryland Department of the Environment, in the driveway of the Catonsville fire station on Frederick Road, as they set off for a group ride. The route took the riders into the city along Frederick Road and the Gwynns Falls Trail.
The ride was part of Bike to Work Day, a national movement to promote bicycling as an alternative to using a car for commuting.
Riders included Susie Kantt, a...