Greater Greater Washington

Bike to work tomorrow, tour DC and Arlington this weekend

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day. Bike to work!

I won't, since I'd probably take a nasty spill trying to bike down the stairs from my bedroom to my office (plus the handlebars and pedals would scuff up the walls), but I recommend it for the rest of you.

There are pit stops offering food, speeches, and more all across the region. Convoys will gather in a number of places and travel to Freedom Plaza in downtown DC.

Freedom Plaza will also host events to offically open the new Pennsylvania Ave bike lanes. Speakers include Mayor Fenty, Gabe Klein, Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Michael Brown, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, USDOT Undersecretary for Policy Roy Keinitz, FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, and others.

Metro is reminding folks that Metrobuses have bike racks and bikes are allowed on trains except at rush hour. (How about also allowing them on reverse commutes outside the core during rush?)

Sunday is Bike DC, a noncompetitive and family-friendly bike ride. This year it should be more accurately called Bike Arlington And Some Of DC, as most of the route is in Arlington. It's a great chance to bike on the GW Parkway as well as the new Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes.

This weekend is also WalkingTown and BikingTown DC, with 11 bike tours and over 100 walking tours of neighborhoods across the District.

Here's Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette on Bike to Work Day:

David Alpert is the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle. 

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You are missing an opportunity if you think Bike to Work Day isn't for you just because you work at home. I like to take a nice morning ride with a convoy down to Freedom Plaza, enjoy the food and festivities (and maybe win a raffle prize), then at 9 I ride back "to work", meaning I head home. Try it!

by paul on May 20, 2010 10:44 am • linkreport

I'm waiting for Bike Away From Work And Then Back Again Day to do that one.

by David Alpert on May 20, 2010 10:54 am • linkreport

If I may just add my annual reminder - wonderful if you take your bike to work, however if your job or your route is anywhere downtown south of Mass Ave, kindly keep your bikes of the sidewalk. thank you.

by Andy on May 20, 2010 1:14 pm • linkreport

Paul-- as my friend said, having a job is an essential part of Bike to Work day, otherwise you're just going for a ride during rush hour.

by Ben on May 20, 2010 1:28 pm • linkreport

Too bad I'll have to miss out. But as IMGoph can attest, biking to work here is more dangerous than it's worth. Nevermind that Friday mornings, we do PT at Andrews AFB...

by Froggie on May 20, 2010 1:37 pm • linkreport

Post blog says DDOT's not opening the Penn Ave bike lanes just yet. But it has a confusing sentence that seems to imply the current painted lanes are taking up too much space.

by Fritz on May 20, 2010 2:34 pm • linkreport

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