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Bike DC is a causal ride through DC and Arlington on closed roads. The ride traversed several roads normally closed to bicycles including the E St expressway, 66, and the GW Parkway.
The weather cooperated with the event; it was warm and sunny. However, it increased the crowds a bit (not crowded). I also witnessed my first traffic jam caused by bicycles as the riders were funneled onto the GW Parkway.
I’ve written an adaptation of the 12 days of Christmas to describe what I saw throughout the ride:
- 12 Beach Cruisers
- 11 Folding bikes
- 10 Recumbents
- 9 Tandems
- 8 Aero-bars
- 7 Fanny packs
- 6 Helmet-less
- 5 PINK TOWNIES
- 4 Fixed gears
- 3 Cargo Bikes
- 2 Unicycles
- A dude on an Elliptigo
It doesn’t really fit in the song, but it’s notable. There were 0 cars and 0 rollerbladers. I had to make a serious mental adjustment toride home with traffic.
It’s shocking how big the roads are without cars on them.
My favorite crew from last year was there: TEAM USA!
I have the pleasure of biking to work most days. However, for many people bike to work day is the the first time they’ve ridden to work. For many of those people, bike to work day helps make cycle commuting a lasting habit.
Welcome new bike commuters.
Today was a great day to ride. I rode the whole 15 St cycle track, turned onto the Penn Ave bike lanes, and hit up the Freedom Plaza pit stop. It doesn’t get better than that. See you out there again sometime.
Also, since it was such a nice day, I snapped some pictures. All of my pictures are on Picasa.
As of today, Spring is officially here. Not because the weatherman said so or that it’s actually going to stay warm out. Today is Opening Day.
Nationals’ games are a good way to spend an evening outside chatting and reminiscing about how the time you caught a foul ball. However, getting to and from the stadium can be a hassle.
Parking is expensive and the traffic can be bumper to bumper. The metro can be packed like a can of sardines.
Why not bike?
In fact, the Nationals make biking an easy option. In addition to the 250 bicycle racks near the stadium the Washington Nationals also have a free bike valet.
For the convenience of our bicycling fans, Nationals Park offers a FREE bike valet located in Red Garage C at the corner of N & 1st Street, SE. Access to the valet is on N Street just left of the entrance.
The valet will be accepting bikes two hours before game time and will close 1 hour after the last inning.
The tricky part of a route for most people will be crossing the Mall and the Southwest Freeway. I’d recommend 7th St to M St SW or 3rd St to Independence to New Jersey Ave SE.
If you need a route suggestion, let me know in the comments.
Yes. To turn your bike left, you steer right first. It’s a slight movement, but that quick turn in the opposite direction leans your body into the turn.
Counter steering is one of my favorite things about bicycles. This video uses motorcycles and bikes to explain the concept.
For a more in-depth explanation, read Bicycle Physics.
This weekend I learned you can only sell bicycle stuff while wearing a cycling cap.
And you have to purchase gear while rep-ing you team.
And this kid is a champion.
It got cold again. I’m going to have to drag out some winter gear again. Also going on this weekend is the Mt. Pleasant bike swap on Saturday March 26 from 12 – 2 PM in Lamont Plaza.
From the listing on Craigslist:
DC Bike Swap 2011
Saturday March 26th, Noon till 2pm.
We will be setting up in Lamont Plaza in Mount Pleasant DC. (Mount Pleasant Street and Lamont Street across from Heller’s bakery)
There are no costs or overhead.
There will be mechanics and others to assist your shopping. Feel free to bring bikes, tools, parts, accessories, bike art, food, books, movies, BIKE ART,etc.
(Tables and blankets are great for display).
Tell your friends, come get brunch, volunteer for the Farmers Market Bike Clinic Coops (Bloomingdale, Glover Park, 14th and U, Mount Pleasant), The Bike House, DDOT’s Bike Ambassador or any other DC bike programs. Learn about Cabi, DC’s bikeshare (Biggest in the nation). Learn about local bike shops, great rides, etc.