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Judd
03-09-2017, 05:56 PM
Bike to Work Day Registration is now open. It's May 19th this year.


http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/

fxbooks
03-10-2017, 09:32 PM
I am so bummed we will be out of town this year. 2016 was my first ever Bike to Work day, and I was really looking forward to this year. Darn kid graduating from college! Maybe I should skip that...OK, maybe not.

cvcalhoun
03-10-2017, 10:42 PM
I'm registered!

consularrider
03-22-2017, 04:27 AM
Anyone else interested in a Tour de Pitstops?

Sunyata
03-22-2017, 07:13 AM
Anyone else interested in a Tour de Pitstops?

I would like to hit up Crystal City before rolling to Falls Church for my volunteer duty there. If the Shirlington stop opens at 6:30, I may hit that one, too.

Bike to "Work" Day... Ha!

bobco85
03-22-2017, 07:29 AM
Anyone else interested in a Tour de Pitstops?
Yes, and I've already planned my route! This year, I plan to do:

Home (Alexandria) -> Del Ray (registered) -> Shirlington -> Crystal City -> Georgetown Waterfront -> Rosslyn -> Ballston (if I can make it in time) -> Work (Ballston)

The tricky part about doing multiple pit stops is that you have to manage the times that each will be open (e.g., Del Ray opens at 6, Shirlington opens at 6:30, Crystal City opens at 7, and Georgetown Waterfront opens at 7:30, so I chose that order), so that makes route-planning more complex. Also, it means waking up EXTRA early and having made arrangements for a late arrival to work. Also, if you're visiting multiple pit stops, don't take very much swag so that there will be more for others.

FYI for those planning multi-stop rides, here's what I did in previous years. It might help you with planning your routes.

2016: Home (Alexandria) -> Oxon Hill (National Harbor) -> Old Town Alexandria -> Carlyle -> Del Ray -> Shirlington -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2015: Home (Arlington) -> Shirlington (new that year) -> Penrose Square -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2014: Home (Arlington) -> Rosslyn -> East Falls Church -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2013: Home (Arlington) -> Rosslyn -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
Here's a playlist of the videos I made for each year's BTWD: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIwZLzKYvhjqJt8JNys2pg3KKitk9K-ns


Bike to Work Day is an always exciting and enjoyable event, and it's well-worth waking up early.

Judd
03-22-2017, 08:43 AM
Anyone else interested in a Tour de Pitstops?

I am. I was thinking about taking the day off work so that I could celebrate bike commuter Christmas more thoroughly.

consularrider
03-22-2017, 08:51 AM
I am. I was thinking about taking the day off work so that I could celebrate bike commuter Christmas more thoroughly.

yeah, I'm taking the whole week off. :p

bentbike33
03-22-2017, 09:06 AM
I am. I was thinking about taking the day off work so that I could celebrate bike commuter Christmas more thoroughly.

Guy I used to work with rode to work every day all year except Bike-to-Work Day. "Too many amateurs," he said.

streetsmarts
03-22-2017, 10:24 AM
I am. I was thinking about taking the day off work so that I could celebrate bike commuter Christmas more thoroughly.
I was also thinking of taking the day off. Maybe a bike fun Club ride after all the pitstops???


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Sunyata
03-22-2017, 12:32 PM
I was also thinking of taking the day off. Maybe a bike fun Club ride after all the pitstops???


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If I end up skipping Dirt Fest this year, I would be down for a Bicycle Fun Club ride after the pit stops. I always take BTWD off from work because of Dirt Fest, but it is conflicting with Kanza training (this will be my last big ride weekend before my taper) this year.

streetsmarts
03-22-2017, 12:39 PM
Yes, and I've already planned my route! This year, I plan to do:

Home (Alexandria) -> Del Ray (registered) -> Shirlington -> Crystal City -> Georgetown Waterfront -> Rosslyn -> Ballston (if I can make it in time) -> Work (Ballston)

The tricky part about doing multiple pit stops is that you have to manage the times that each will be open (e.g., Del Ray opens at 6, Shirlington opens at 6:30, Crystal City opens at 7, and Georgetown Waterfront opens at 7:30, so I chose that order), so that makes route-planning more complex. Also, it means waking up EXTRA early and having made arrangements for a late arrival to work. Also, if you're visiting multiple pit stops, don't take very much swag so that there will be more for others.

FYI for those planning multi-stop rides, here's what I did in previous years. It might help you with planning your routes.

2016: Home (Alexandria) -> Oxon Hill (National Harbor) -> Old Town Alexandria -> Carlyle -> Del Ray -> Shirlington -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2015: Home (Arlington) -> Shirlington (new that year) -> Penrose Square -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2014: Home (Arlington) -> Rosslyn -> East Falls Church -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
2013: Home (Arlington) -> Rosslyn -> Ballston -> Work (Ballston)
Here's a playlist of the videos I made for each year's BTWD: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIwZLzKYvhjqJt8JNys2pg3KKitk9K-ns


Bike to Work Day is an always exciting and enjoyable event, and it's well-worth waking up early.
Your route this year sounds good. I have only been to the Old Town pit stop before. Sounds like fun!!

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Judd
03-22-2017, 01:21 PM
I was also thinking of taking the day off. Maybe a bike fun Club ride after all the pitstops???





This can probably be arranged.

Emm
03-22-2017, 01:36 PM
Depending on how my Department runs the budget cycle, I am hoping to take the day off and hit up as many pit stops as I can. I would happily join for a fun club ride after! I'm a fan of Crystal City and Rosslyn especially. I always get the best swag there. I want to check our Shirlington this year too since Best Buns is delicious, and they'll hopefully help sponsor it again.

I hope Arlington does another BTWD happy hour. The one last year was fun, and I love my commemorative glass.

cvcalhoun
03-22-2017, 02:03 PM
Last year, I managed Naval Support Activity Bethesda > National Institutes of Health Bldg One > Rockville Town Center > Rockville Twinbrook > Bethesda > Friendship Heights > GoldenTriangle Farragut Square > National Geographic Society. And then Columbia Heights in the afternoon. Alas, this year, I actually need to get to work!

lordofthemark
03-22-2017, 02:38 PM
Last year I did Shirlington>CrystalCity>CanalPark, which I kind of like because its my actual commute. I might try to do Shirlington>Penrose>CrystalCity>CanalPark.

The idea of taking the day off has some appeal, though I still have the nagging idea that this is, you know BiketoWorkDay.

streetsmarts
03-22-2017, 03:27 PM
Details , details.

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Judd
03-22-2017, 09:44 PM
Last year I did Shirlington>CrystalCity>CanalPark, which I kind of like because its my actual commute. I might try to do Shirlington>Penrose>CrystalCity>CanalPark.

The idea of taking the day off has some appeal, though I still have the nagging idea that this is, you know BiketoWorkDay.

The Penrose stop was pretty lame last year, which is a shame since it's half a mile from my apartment.

I did Penrose > Crystal City > National Geographic last year. Crystal City was my favorite since it was the culmination of BTWW and lots of my friends were there. The Nat Geo stop was good too. Lots of activities going on there and they had a raffle.

Bob James
04-03-2017, 04:47 PM
So the consensus is not to bike to work, on bike to work day?

ginacico
04-03-2017, 05:20 PM
So the consensus is not to bike to work, on bike to work day?

People actually work on BTWD?

I'll be biking to work very early so I can man the tables at the NatGeo pit stop. Hopefully the Crystal City stop will be open along the way, to check off a point for BTWW. Probably won't get to my desk until afternoon sometime.

kwarkentien
04-09-2017, 09:23 PM
New District Brewing had a PM stop last year that I went to. That way, I was able to drive to/from work in Columbia, get on my bike and ride to NDBC. It was a fine stop with beer and Bike Arlington swag. I'll do that again if it's an option.


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mello yello
04-26-2017, 05:08 PM
I confirmed with Mike that New District Brewing will be doing the PM pit stop again this year, so you'll have that to look forward to.

I registered for BTWD at a (new?) pit stop on my way to either Union Station or the Anacostia Trail - Twining! I'm sad to miss the Crystal City week and the big Rosslyn party this year.

Sunyata
04-27-2017, 07:09 AM
I am. I was thinking about taking the day off work so that I could celebrate bike commuter Christmas more thoroughly.

Okay, it is official, I will be in town this weekend. We should plan a Bicycle Fun Club "Bike Commuter Christmas" party. :cool:

Preferably not TOO many miles (less than 70?), since I will be doing a 150 mile gravel ride the next day. :D

streetsmarts
05-09-2017, 11:15 AM
This can probably be arranged.

What would you take as bribes to organize such a ride on BTW Day? If you don't, maybe I will. How about morning - tour de pitstops? after that - kayak somewhere on the Potomac and lunch (I can figure out this part).... Afternoon ..more pitstops?:cool:

komorebi
05-09-2017, 11:52 AM
Some of us actually have to (gasp!) work on Bike to Work Day, but this year I'm going to try to hit 6 pit stops before going to the office. Tentative plan: Del Ray around 6:00 a.m. > Old Town around 6:30 a.m. > Carlyle in time for the 7:00 a.m. raffle > Shirlington > Crystal City > Freedom Plaza. If anyone wants to convoy, let me know.

lordofthemark
05-09-2017, 12:20 PM
Some of us actually have to (gasp!) work on Bike to Work Day, but this year I'm going to try to hit 6 pit stops before going to the office. Tentative plan: Del Ray around 6:00 a.m. > Old Town around 6:30 a.m. > Carlyle in time for the 7:00 a.m. raffle > Shirlington > Crystal City > Freedom Plaza. If anyone wants to convoy, let me know.

I should be able to go faster than I did last year, but since I want to be at Canal Park before 9, I will probably want to hit Shirlington earlier, and thus will skip the Alexandria pit stops (also maybe shame at not volunteering? :confused: ) But if I am making good time I would head to Freedom Plaza, as I have never been there on BTWD. So Shirlington>CC>Freedom Plaza>Canal Park

Edit: Looking back, it looks like I had plenty of time, got to Canal Park by 8:15, and that was with not heading out till 6:41. I really should be able to head out earlier. If I get out early enough, then I will go to Del Ray.

Birru
05-15-2017, 12:12 PM
Does anyone know the protocol for switching registration from one pitstop location to a different one?

Emm
05-15-2017, 01:03 PM
Does anyone know the protocol for switching registration from one pitstop location to a different one?

Outside of a few pit stops (like Del Ray), many of them don't check your name--they just hand you t-shirts and gear when you walk up. I think last year every pit stop I went to kept trying to hand me t-shirts and other gear outside of Del Ray. So if you can't change it, don't worry as long as you aren't trying to go to Del Ray or another weirdly strict pit stop.

Or just register for a different stop using an alternate email address. I'm guessing that works too if there's no formal process to change your stop.

Tim Kelley
05-15-2017, 01:18 PM
Does anyone know the protocol for switching registration from one pitstop location to a different one?

Email Nick Russo at Waba. He'll do it.

Nick Russo <nick.russo@waba.org>

Birru
05-15-2017, 05:27 PM
Email Nick Russo at Waba. He'll do it.

Nick Russo <nick.russo@waba.org>

Thanks! That was easy.