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History, community along the bike path

The Baltimore Sun

For the past seven years, the Chamblee family has spent at least one Saturday riding bikes leisurely through Columbia, participating in the Columbia Association's BikeAbout.

"It's a fun way to get out and see a lot of people," said Jeff Chamblee of Columbia. "We like the sense of community."

Chamblee and his wife, Deborah, have watched their children, Rebecca, 9, and Ben, 6, grow with the event, switching from two tag-along bicycles to one, as Rebecca is now old enough to ride by herself.

The family will be out again Saturday for the BikeAbout at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

The free event is a 13-mile ride along a marked route highlighting Columbia's history. Riders of all ages can begin between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The route and places of interest change every year, said event organizer Barbara Kellner.

Kellner, who works for the Columbia Archives, was one of the original architects of the event, creating it to spread knowledge of Columbia history.

An "interpreter" is placed at each stop along the way, providing riders with information about the historical location.

This year, the ride will pass through Columbia's villages of Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. Featured stops include an old spring house on the Dasher family farm and the Woodlawn Slave Quarters.

Kellner said the event drew about 300 riders last year and hopes to see a few more this year.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available on the Columbia Association's Web site, Forms also are available at Columbia Association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle and the Columbia Archives, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, and at Columbia Association sports facilities. In case of rain, call 410-715-3103.

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