Bike to Work Day 2013 has been a wonderful success. The final total of registrants came from 14,577, considerably more than last year’s 12,000. We’ve heard great things from WABA members and supporters all over the region about their commutes—and we welcomed many new members to the fold. Thanks so much for joining us for the year’s biggest and best celebration of getting to work on two wheels.
Did you tweet, Instagram, or otherwise record your Bike to Work Day experience? Keep tagging those insights with #btwd13 so that we can see them! If you wrote up your ride, send us a link. We’d love to direct people to it. And if you took photos, upload them to our Flickr group!
For those of you looking for a return stop, consider the Bike From Work Day stop in Columbia Heights’ civic plaza, from 4-7 p.m. And keep sending us your photos!
I used bike to work day to start to bike to work every day. So far I'm doing ok on that goal. I have two observations from my few days of biking in DC. My first observation is that DC really has done a great job of setting out space for cyclists on the road. I used to bike a lot in my teens and twenties, living in Ottawa Canada. I pretty much stopped after moving to Toronto because the roads were too darn dangerous. On my ride into downtown from Takoma on Friday I was so happy to find so many well marked bike lanes, I never felt any nervousness of being crowded out on the road. My second observation has to do with my fellow cyclists on the road; I was dismayed to find so many of them had atrocious habits. At nearly every red light I stopped at almost all the other cyclists would run the red light. This is terrible behaviour, and undermines the efforts to advocate for cyclists place on the road. Perhaps next years bike campaign should be "bike to work safely day" instead of the no holds barred bike to work I am seeing out there on the streets.
I biked to work in Crystal City near the Long Bridge Park. Is there a trail that goes directly there? I find that path in Crystal City by the waterfall to be too scary because of the narrow paths. Which is to say, I'm afraid of the bike riders who barrel through.