View Full Version : TJROW Finale April 28: Proteus to the US Capitol

04-22-2013, 07:44 AM
This week marks the start of Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington! They start from Boston on Wednesday and ride from Baltimore to DC on Sunday. Like last year, there is going to be a stop at Proteus on the way into town and a final parade into downtown DC. and on to the US Capitol. Ask anyone who showed up for last year's ride, it is a very cool event to be part of.
Richard Fries and Pete Webber on last year's ride

Here's TJROW's Schedule for the whole ride with information: http://rideonwashington.org/route-and-schedule/

If you want to ride the entire day from Baltimore to DC, they ask that you raise $500 for Bikes Belong in order to partake. The link is on the schedule page linked above.

If you want to ride from Proteus downtown, then please just show up and ride! No need to raise funds. Definitely take some time and contribute to the ride. Bikes Belong is an AWESOME organization that fights daily to make the US a better place to ride a bicycle. These folks do brilliant things and you can be a big part of that. Please donate to one of these folks. Having ridden last year, I can tell you that EVERY donation brings a big mental boost.

Here's the list of riders. Please donate! http://rideonwashington.org/for-riders/


Baltimore Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites 101 S. President St
Depart time: 10:30am
Layover at Proteus Bikes in College Park: 9217 Baltimore Ave College Park, MD 20740
Proteus Meet Time: The TJROW folks will likely arrive between 12:30 and 1pm.
Proteus Depart Time: Around 1:30pm
Route: 16 miles using local paths, bike routes and cycletracks. http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2389144 We'll have some signs up to help guide along the route. Cue Sheets will also be handed out at Proteus.
Post-Ride Meet-up: 3pm at Boloco, 1028 19th St. NW, Washington, DC

I'll be marking the course from Proteus to the US Capitol on Friday afternoon. There's a limit to how much I can do... especially as we get closer to downtown. I'll put up signs with arrows and "TJROW" on them. Hopefully that with the cue sheets will help people get into downton.

Greenbelt is recruiting some locals who know the route to help keep folks together and on track. If you're interested in helping out in that capacity, please IM Greenbelt and/or me to pitch in.

I hope you can make it out for this ride! It is a cool event.

Please ask any questions you might have.


04-22-2013, 07:47 AM
This is the same day as Kill Bill Century, so I won't be able to be there in person. I'll be there in spirit, though.

04-22-2013, 08:14 AM
2728Like last year, we'll have snacks and drinks for the riders. Greenbelt promises to make his giant chocolate chip oatmeal raisin walnut cookies. We'll also have PB&J, and perhaps some Feed Zone portables or fried rice from the FZ cookbook. This was an absolutely awesome experience last year, so please consider joining the ride somewhere along the way. Alas, I have to man (woman) the shop so won't be riding -- Laurie

04-22-2013, 08:19 AM
I plan to be at the ABCs of Family Biking that day, so I won't make it, but I did it last year, and it was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend it if you can do it.

04-22-2013, 09:20 AM
Some photos from last year's ride:

And some video:


04-22-2013, 09:22 AM
I plan to be at the ABCs of Family Biking that day, so I won't make it, but I did it last year, and it was a lot of fun. Definitely recommend it if you can do it.

I tried to get them to change the route to go past the ABCs fest, but maybe we could meet up anyways? I suspect we'll be getting to the Capitol reflecting pool area about 2:45pm. -Jeff

04-22-2013, 09:37 AM
We'll probably be heading straight home after ABCs - my younger daughter will need a nap.

04-22-2013, 11:18 AM
I did this final leg last year and it was truly awesome to be involved with the biking community. I'm out of town this weekend but I encourage everyone to join the ride and/or support the group.

Rod Smith
04-22-2013, 06:44 PM
Good for them! I'll happily throw in a few dollars, join the ride from Proteus to DC, and help with guiding.

04-22-2013, 07:24 PM
We'll also be at the ABCs of Family Biking. I think we'll be at the Capitol to see the riders come in.

04-22-2013, 07:28 PM
Good for them! I'll happily throw in a few dollars, join the ride from Proteus to DC, and help with guiding.
Thanks Rod!

04-23-2013, 09:23 AM
For those coming out on Sunday to meet the TRJOW cyclists and join the ride to DC, here are bike directions out to Proteus from DC:

From downtown DC:

-I take the Met Branch Trail to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
-Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
-Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
-Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road — beware unmarked speedbumps)
-Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you’d be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
-Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
-Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road
-Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
-Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
-Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
-Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
-Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)

Here's a ride map from Capitol Hill to Proteus via this route (most direct, low traffic route, off main roads): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2395080

And here's what the route looks like (at least the last bit from the NE Branch trail):


04-23-2013, 09:25 AM
Probably the easiest way to get out to the reception is to take the Green Line Metro (open to bikes on Sundays), and then ride over (about a mile):


04-24-2013, 08:21 PM
OK, here's a flyer that you're welcome to pass around to bike shops, ride clubs etc.

04-26-2013, 07:55 PM
Thanks Pete!

04-28-2013, 12:57 AM
I saw these signs today coming back from College Park. ;)

04-28-2013, 06:32 PM
some photos from the Proteus Pitstop. Jeremy Powers chilling, TJ riding out from the shop. Good day!

04-28-2013, 08:52 PM
Thanks y'all for doing a great job supporting the ride! Looks like a great day. I heard they really liked the Proteus stop!

04-29-2013, 06:24 AM
Actual speed


04-29-2013, 08:42 AM
Actual pro video: