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Bike to Work Day is Tomorrow

by Ethan Rothstein — May 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm 904 0

Bicycles at the Bike to Work Day pit stop in RosslynArlington County will be participating in the area’s annual Bike to Work Day tomorrow, with water stations and promotions along the county’s trails to encourage using alternative means to commute.

There will be six “pit stops” in Arlington tomorrow — five during the morning commute and one in the afternoon — that have music, free food and beverages, giveaways and bicycle vendors. According to BikeArlington, more than 10,000 people participated in the event last year.

“Arlington County celebrates biking every day,” Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a press release. “The County is a great place to get around by bike with more than one hundred miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes and designated bike routes. Even if you don’t own a bike, Capital Bikeshare is a convenient option with 69 stations in Arlington and more throughout the region.”

The event will be held rain or shine, but those biking might want to pack a poncho just in case: the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for this afternoon into tomorrow morning, and forecasts are calling for a 100 percent chance of rain.

Below are the times and locations for Arlington’s pit stops tomorrow. You can register to participate online:

  • Rosslyn (Rosslyn Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway — 6:30-9:00 a.m.)
  • Ballston (FreshBikes Bike Shop, 3924 Wilson Blvd — 6:30-9:00 a.m.)
  • Crystal City (Crystal City Water Park, 1750 Crystal Drive — 7:00-9:00 a.m.)
  • Columbia Pike Penrose Square (2503 Columbia Pike — 6:30-9:00 a.m.)
  • East Falls Church Metro Station – Morning (2001 N. Sycamore Street — 6:30-9:30 a.m.)
  • East Falls Church – Afternoon (Tri360 Bike Shop: W&OD Trail at Washington Blvd and Lee Highway — 4:00- 7:00 p.m.)

Bike to Work Day is a part of National Bike Month, and, in honor of the month, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is offering free classes this weekend, hoping to educate those less confident in their cycling abilities so they become bike commuters. The classes will be held at the Arlington Central Library parking deck (1015 N. Quincy Street) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also announced this month: Capital Bikeshare is now selling daily, monthly and annual memberships at Arlington Commuter Stores, and those buying memberships can use their keys the same day.

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