Bicycle races – err, routes – are coming your way. Came. Whatever.

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courtesy of ‘Kevin H.’

Let’s get the obligatory Queen link out of the way shall we?

Over eight thousand of you picked up Capital Bikeshare memberships from Living Social so we’re assuming some of you might want to actually, y’know, ride somewhere – particularly with the weather improving notably. Here’s two great resources for you:

One, the local organization Rails to Trails has a great site called TrailLink. You can simply retrieve all the DC trails or you can venture out into Maryland or Virginia. The C&O is lovely and runs through a lot of great places to stop along the way. Make it out to Loudoun and you can get a sandwich at Wegmans to hold you over till we get one in the city. Or the Whole Foods in Vienna – we won’t tell.

If TrailLink’s minor registration requirement rubs you the wrong way or you’re looking to take a more practical and less scenic trip you can actually use Google Maps for cycling. This feature actually went in a year ago and it does some interesting things to try to keep you in bike lanes and avoid heavy traffic areas. They talk a little about it in this announcement here and it’s interesting reading even if you’re not a mega-nerd. I found it outright fascinating. *harrumph*

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


6 thoughts on “Bicycle races – err, routes – are coming your way. Came. Whatever.

  1. Capitol Bike Share/alta bicycles denies health insurance to employees who ride bikes for the job.


    i quit my job today and i am so happy not to be working for a bunch of incompetent people anymore. when i was hired in november i was a full time employee with benefits and an option to have health insurance after a set amount of time. starting feb. Alta bikes, who is the mother company of Capitol Bike Share, changed thier policy and made me and all of the people in my position a part time employee with out benefits. i/we was also denied any buy in on the health plan they ues for full time employees. then a week or so later, they gave back everything TO ONLY THREE of the 8 people effected and called them managers. the rest were paid the amount of PTO they were alotted for the year (i had around 27 hours) and no longer allowed to work a 40 hour week capping out at 32hrs.
    THIS ONLY HAPPENED TO EMPLOYEES WHO RIDE BIKES FOR THE JOB!!!. the employees who drive vans (rebalancing the system), and station technitions were NOT affected by this change in policy(about 13 to 15 employees not affected). they all still have a full timer with insurance and benefits.

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  3. If you currently have pre-existing conditions like me that have prevented you from being able to qualify for health insurance for at least six months you will have coverage options under new health care. Check “Penny Health Insurance” to find how to get quality insurance for dollars.

  4. There are a handful of resources for cyclists in DC. DDOT has some maps with bike lanes and there are a couple of sites with links to trail maps. I’ve been working a new website for DC cyclists that compiles some of this info: