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Four Arlington Stops for Bike to Work Day Tomorrow

by ARLnow.com — May 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm 1,953 21 Comments

Tomorrow, May 18, is Bike to Work Day in the D.C. area. Arlington will be participating with four different “pit stops” for bike commuters around the county.

Bike to Work Day was created in 1956 to encourage commuters to try riding their bike to work as a healthy alternative to sitting in traffic. In metro D.C., participation has ballooned from a few hundred riders to 11,000 last year.

Arlington County is hosting three pit stops tomorrow: Rosslyn (Rosslyn Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway), Ballston (FreshBikes Bike Shop, 3924 Wilson Blvd) and Crystal City (Crystal City Water Park, 1750 Crystal Drive).

The Rosslyn and Ballston stops will open at 6:30 a.m. and will feature DJ entertainment and roving unicyclists. The Crystal City stop will open at 7:00 a.m. All three stops will remain open through 9:00 a.m. and will offer free food, beverages, prizes and giveaways.

A fourth pit stop will be held tomorrow afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. along the W&OD Trail at Washington Blvd & Lee Highway. The stop is sponsored by the new Tri360 bike shop in East Falls Church.

Tomorrow’s weather is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high of 76 degrees.

  • CW

    Oh god, I completely forgot tomorrow is going to be crazy bike day. Everyone be careful out there.

    • J

      Dear Lord, give me strength to survive tomorrow’s commute. I like the idea of bikers commuting, but so many newbies at once is always a little scary.

  • cyclist

    Every day is crazy bike day in Arlington.

    • CW

      As a daily bike commuter I know, but tomorrow is the day when everyone dusts off their ancient Huffies, straps styrofoam coolers to their heads, and bombs down clarendon boulevard blowing through red lights while talking on the phone.

      • craig

        LOL

      • cyclist

        Yeah, I know what you mean. Actually, there were only a few of those types I saw today. On BTW Day, I think most of the newbies find convoys and follow more experienced riders who are on their best behavior.

        • CW

          Honestly I hardly saw an increase in cyclists today as compared to any other similarly beautiful day. I came in closer to 9 though, so maybe the bulk of the crowd had passed.

  • Ra

    Well if I still worked in Rosslyn I’d be on it, but the commute to Herndon is hellish by bike.

    • Suburban Not Urban

      But Ra you are only supposed to work at places within spitting distance of your home – and that goes for eating, entertaining and travelling to too.

      • cyclist

        Nobody said that everyone had to do that.

    • CW

      The ride to Herndon is fun, albeit a bit tedious with all the at-grade crossings.

  • billj

    I work from home… This gives me an excuse to go for a morning ride :)

    • BlueSkies

      Billj, wouldn’t that be biking *from* work? (An even better idea, every day!)

  • Not Car-Free Diet

    How are you going to ride bike after Friday Happy Hour after a few drinks and taking back someone you met at the bar?. I am sticking with a cab.

  • John Andre

    Seems it has been less than a year since the last Bike to Work Day. Is ArlingtonCounty planning one every month or whatever?

    • cyclist

      It hasn’t been less than a year.

      • sim city

        And Arlington doesn’t plan them — WABA does. It’s a region-wide event.

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