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Events roundup: Precocious pedaling, Potomac Yard, trees, and transit

This week is jam-packed with engaging events to keep you entertained throughout the dog days of summer. Participate in a grown-up science project. Attend the groundbreaking for the Crystal City/Potomac Yard Transitway and take the kiddies on a bike ride through Alexandria. With so much to do, why stay inside?

Photo by Colville-Andersen on Flickr.

Kidically Arlandria: Join the family biking party this Sunday, July 20 from 11:00 am to noon (followed by an optional group lunch after the ride) as Kidical Mass takes you and your kids on a bicycle tour through Alexandria!

The tour will pass through the exploding soon-to-be-exploding Potomac Yard retail corridor, around the leafy neighborhoods of Del Ray and through Arlington, before returning to the playground behind the Harris Teeter at the Eclipse in Potomac Yard. Ride will start from this location as well. Roll-out at 11:15am, but come early to play!

Groundbreaking new transitway: Come attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the region's first dedicated bus transitway on Friday, July 18, 9:00 am at 33rd Street and Crystal Drive in Arlington. This innovative system will provide faster, more reliable bus service along the Route 1 corridor through Crystal City and Potomac Yard. Learn more about the benefits of BRT in Arlington and Alexandria at this historic event!

Grown-up science projects: Ever wanted to participate in a study? Need some encouragement? Casey Trees will be offering restaurant gift cards to participants in a study which attempts to monitor the accuracy of data collection. Their goal is to standardize urban forest monitoring across the US and abroad, in an effort to improve urban life.

More information about volunteer requirements and a general study overview are here. The studies will take place Thursday, July 17th from 6-9 pm and Saturday, July 19th from 9 am to noon at 3030 12th Street NW.

Tacos and transit: Next Wednesday, June 23 at Paladar Latin Kitchen in Rockville, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Friends of White Flint, and Communities for Transit will be holding a rapid transit happy hour Besides noshing on latin food and $5 margaritas and mojitos at happy hour, learn the latest news about Rapid Transit in Montgomery County and how you can get involved. Connect with fellow allies, volunteers, and supporters.

Ride the Silver Line! Saturday, June July 26 is opening day for the Silver Line. The first train will leave Wiehle Avenue at noon, and you can get there by bike, car, foot, or Fairfax Connector bus. A group from Greater Greater Washington will ride to East Falls Church, then head back and stop at each of the new Tysons Corner stations along the way. Hope to see you there!

Nick Ruiz is a communications intern for the Coalition for Smarter Growth and an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, where he studies business. He loves all things urban planning (especially transit) and hopes to get a master's degree in the field. Nick currently lives in College Park. 
Aimee Custis is a wonk, communicator, and professional advocate at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Her writing represents her own views, though they're often aligned with her employer's. Weekends, you'll find Aimee at home in Dupont Circle or practicing her other love, wedding photography


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Nick and Amie,

The kid ride sounds fun!

Don't mean to be a downer, but the "exploding retail" part is a bit confusing. For sure, PY is booming with the new park, the soon new Transitway, and all the residential building, but the new retail is yet to come, no?

There is a great set of restaurants north of PY, that is for sure!

by Jay Roberts on Jul 15, 2014 3:34 pm • linkreport

Jay --

Fair enough! We'll let this be a lesson to Nick (our awesome communications intern who's just started writing the events roundup in the past few weeks, you might've noticed) that people really do read what we write here!

I've adjusted the post - good eye for detail... for everything except how to spell my name! I won't hold it against you. ;-)

by Aimee Custis on Jul 15, 2014 4:17 pm • linkreport

I had to check my calendar to see what month it is.

by selxic on Jul 15, 2014 4:35 pm • linkreport

DO you mean "Saturday, _July_ 26 is opening day for the Silver Line. "?

by Lucre on Jul 15, 2014 4:45 pm • linkreport

This is a great blog and I read it every day, but people nit pick EVERYTHING. Sheesh.

by Paul on Jul 15, 2014 4:52 pm • linkreport


by David Alpert on Jul 15, 2014 5:06 pm • linkreport

The Tacos and transit date also, DA.

by selxic on Jul 15, 2014 6:20 pm • linkreport

Thanks Aimee,

I meant it in good spirit! Sorry about misspelling your name :-)

by Jay Roberts on Jul 15, 2014 7:17 pm • linkreport

"Come attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the region's first dedicated bus transitway"

But just the day before you featured the Potomac Yard Transitway which is almost set to open on the Alexandria stretch of Route 1.

by nashpaul on Jul 16, 2014 11:56 pm • linkreport

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