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DC Bike to Work Day(5 posts)

DC Bike to Work Daylampshade
May 2, 2003 4:40 AM
This morning in Washington, DC the Washington Area Bicycle Association (www.waba.org) and some local environmental and commuter groups sponsored "DC Bike to Work Day." They set up little festival type gatherings in public parks around the area from 7am-9am. I stopped by the one in Rosslyn, VA and it was really well done. They had a band, raffles, free breakfast, t-shirts, and acivism info set up. One of the best parts was seeing all the different types of cyclists that participated. There were hard core commuters on old Schwinns with racks, fenders, and lights; casual riders on hybrids, racers in full team kits on fancy euro-bikes, and messengers on fixies just to name a few. It was a great way to begin a Friday.
Anyone else participate?
Commuted by bike. Didn't attend a rally ...Humma Hah
May 2, 2003 5:46 AM
... There's something odd about biking to work but actually attending a bike rally instead!

Fox 5 held a bike/car race this morning, a two-leg run that crossed considerable distance at rush-hour, ending at one of those rallys. The bikes won both legs, ending up 6 minutes ahead.
Stopped at the Rosslyn site and downtown.djg
May 2, 2003 9:16 AM
Rosslyn is right on my usual route, so it was no hassle at all. Plus free grub and smoothies. I agree that they did a nice job.

Not sure how I'm going to sneak the free t-shirts into the house--the collection has become an issue.
re: DC Bike to Work DayFattrax
May 2, 2003 11:02 AM
I hit the Crystal City pitstop since I work around there. Heard some good music while chopping on jalapeno bagels. Smallish turnout. Did anyone go to the main rally at Freedom Plaza?
Generally, bikes beat cars to work in DCHopi4
May 2, 2003 12:36 PM
The Fox 5 story that Humma Hah posted caught my eye, and reaffirmed my general experience. I live in Alexandria, and take the GW Parkway into DC. If I start between 8:00 to 9:00, and take Washington St thru Old Town, alternating b/w the HOV lane or sidewalk, I will pass cars. When the weather's inclement, the catch is even larger.

The car folks, esp the BMW/SUV/Merc/Lexus crowd gets increasingly frustrated as I come through, gassing at lights, taking the HOV lane though a single driver, etc. Some folks get positively apoplectic at the end of Old Town, during the last series of lights before the Parkway opens up, hugging the right curb, not knowing that there's a slide back onto the sidewalk (nice try). You really only have to gas it if you commit to the HOV lane, in respect for the cars, which won't be going too much faster anyway.. You will still pass cars by merely ambling effortlessly along.

A couple of guestimate figures. On a particularly cold, windy and rainy day (Belgian classics weather) I guessed passing 300 cars. At $20K/car, that's $6,000,000 not including property tax, insurance, gas, maintenance, parking ($12/day) - passed by a $1,500 bike, which includes physical and spiritual wellness, nature, and wind, and no NOx, SOx, or CO2 emissions (except for what comes out of one's mouth). Oh yeah, and I get to work earlier, and after my shower refreshed. and if I've had a tough day at work, I hammer the pedals, so I'm clear when I get home to the children.

Not everyone can bike to work, but we would benefit if those who able-bodied, (especially those running on treadmills or pedalling in the health club) would consider biking to work.

I've only mentioned a few of the common-sensical aspects bike commuting. I'd like to hear what ideas folks have to encourage and convince others to do it.

Thanks