Over 60 people braved the February winds this weekend to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with us. Everyone was in good spirits as the group made a tour of Lincoln-inspired DC landmarks. Our meeting point, the Lincoln Memorial, was abuzz with activity early on a Saturday morning, and a large group of cyclists made for a perfect photo opportunity for one group of excited foreign tourists. The group headed into Northwest to visit the recently-opened-to-the-public Lincoln’s Cottage at Soldier Home, where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. The ride then continued into Northeast (and over several thigh-burning hills) to visit Fort Lincoln, a site once used during the Civil War to defend the nation’s capital. The last pit stop at Lincoln Park (see group photo to the right) turned into a longer wait than some had anticipated due to one cyclist’s flat tire, but if one flat is the biggest issue on an urban group ride like this, let’s call it a success!
Overall, we received a positive sentiment from the people who saw the ride go by: “Are you doing a bike marathon?” “It’s too early to be out on your bikes!” “Bike on!” Many in the group also commented on how they visited parts of the District that they had never before been on by bike, and hopefully many will go back by bike.
Thanks to the Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation for their support of our cycling efforts, as well as to the marshals who volunteered their time to make sure everyone got back to the White House safely. Look for future rides like this from us, and let us know if you have any suggestions.