Ok, so maybe busting the myths of biking around the city didn’t convince you, and you need yet another reason to get out there on your bike. Well, here’s one: join the We Love DC/Trail Voice Team and get $5 off registration at Bike DC! Bike DC is WABA’s annual fundraising ride that allows you to bike around the city on 19 miles of car-free streets on May 23rd. Get ready for a great bike ride around the city and fun finish line festivities out in Crystal City with our team. Register today using our team code DCC250 on page 2 of registration, and we’ll keep you posted on team details!
If you didn’t know it from Bike DC or Bike-to-Work Day or the other bike-related events in the city, May is National Bike Month. And in honor of National Bike Month, we’ve got some bicycling myths to bust. I’m a recent convert to commuting by bike, and now I love cycling around the city. But there are lots of myths out there about the safety and legality of cycling in the city. Is DC a bike-friendly city? Is it legal to ride on sidewalks in the District? And how does one go about starting to bike to work?
Just a heads up that two major DC bike events are coming up next month, so get your bike out of storage and sign up now for these two events:
Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 21: Registration is open for this commuting event that features 35 regional pit stops with free t-shirts, food and drink, and raffles. Worried about biking in traffic? Join a Commuter Convoy so you’ve got company on the ride in.
Bike DC – Sunday, May 23: Register now for this 19-mile recreational ride through the streets of DC. Pedal down Pennsylvania Avenue or the GW Parkway without having to worry about cars, as the route is closed to traffic during the event. Then wrap up your ride with Finish Line Festivities out in Crystal City.
Tony Kornheiser may hate us, but cyclists should get excited about three major biking events coming this spring:
WABA has announced that Bike to Work Day will be May 21 this year, so get excited for pit stops and commuter convoys on your way to work!
Bike DC, the annual event in which major DC and Arlington roads are closed to cars to allow cyclists to rule the road, will be held two days later on May 23.
Finally, the Air Force Classic Crystal City Ride will close streets in Crystal City on June 13, so cyclists of all abilities can bike around Arlington on car-free streets.
Next week we are going to have my two favorite celebrations of bicycle power in Washington DC:
First up, we have Car Free Day on Monday, September 22, where people from around the world celebrate a day free from the shackles of the automobile. Around here, we have many options to be Car Free DC, and I choose the bicycle.
Next, you can choose to join me in taking over the city next Saturday, September 27th, with the return of Bike DC – a noncompetitive, community bike ride through 17 car-free miles of Washington, DC. Organized by WABA, it’s an amazing experience – entire city streets filled with bicycles. This year both Pennsylvania Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue will be bike-only. But be careful how enthusiastic you get – Bike DC was how I became a triathlete.
Either way I dare say you should join me in a pedal-powered city of cycling!