View Full Version : What commuter clan do you belong to?

Brendan von Buckingham
01-19-2010, 12:51 PM
After 15 years of bike commuting, I've moved residences and work places enough to observe different cycling habits between different groups of cyclists. There are small differences between trail commuters, bike lane commuters and vehicularist on-roaders. How you get into DC (if you do) is also a tribal marker.

So what clans are you in?

Key, Roosevelt, Memorial, Chain or Mason?

Custis, WO&D, Mount Vernon or on-road?

Chris Eatough
01-26-2010, 11:27 AM
I bike commute Silver Spring to Rosslyn, via Georgetown.
Capital Crescent Trail. Straight, minimal interuptions, and fast.
Cross Potomac on Key Bridge.
What clan does that put me in?

I also bike into DC quite often from Rosslyn, and take whichever bridge drops me off nearest where I'm heading.
Usually Key Bridge or Arlington Memorial.

Brendan von Buckingham
01-26-2010, 02:11 PM
Outlier Clan. You ruined my whole concept on the second post. Thanks alot ;-)

Tim Kelley
01-26-2010, 02:46 PM
I live in Ballston and commute on the road to Rosslyn.

If I am heading into the north western part of DC (or into MoCo for a training ride) I may use the Key Bridge and cut through Georgetown but if I am going to the Mall or points further east I will take the Mt. Vernon trail to the Memorial Bridge...

01-27-2010, 06:35 PM
I'm in the W&OD to Custis clan and then about 1 mile on roads. Pretty short commte, only 5.5 miles.

Brendan von Buckingham
01-29-2010, 07:24 AM
The whole clan concept struck me when my office relocated from North Capitol Street to 14th Street NW. All of a sudden I got to observe the huge bike numbers using the 14th Street bike lane coming down the hill from Columbia Heights in the morning.

As a group, I found their behavior and traits alot different from those I saw for road and Custis Trail users. The most notable 14th Street trait is shoaling: at a red light with cyclists already waiting, new arriving cyclists go right to the front of the pack. I don't really see that amongst my clan of road commuters.

Mark Blacknell
02-02-2010, 01:35 PM
I used to be a Roosevelt Bridger, back in my GW days. Our numbers were much much smaller, then. Now I'm a Memorial Bridger, and probably not even that. I work in Arlington now, but head out across Memorial for the Hains Point fun at lunch 3-4 times a week in season.

Roosevelt - very practical, very transit oriented. In at 8:30, out at 6p.

Memorial - either on his/her way somewhere fast, or an early departing .gov'er.

02-22-2010, 06:17 PM
First post here. I do the reverse commute from Courthouse to McLean.
I take the streets to the Custis at Glebe and Washington, then hope on the W&OD to Gallows and up into Tysons.

Been commuting by bike for 4 years, averaging about 4 days a week.

02-23-2010, 12:40 PM
I'm a tribe tramp for sure. I start in Falls Church and I end near the White House.

My winter tribe is usually fairly direct, Back streets --> WOD --> Custis --> Roosevelt.

Spring summer and fall routes can involve anything from the C&O to Cap Croissant to Rock Creek, to Mount Vernon, to National Harbor, etc. I get bored with the same stuff day in/ day out.

Last year I did 3 commutes that used White's Ferry and one that went through Occoquan and came up the Fairfax Cross County trail.

02-23-2010, 06:27 PM
I seem to bridge the clans depending on the weather and how far I want to ride. When the trails are clear I tend to ride a combination of the W&OD, 4 Mile Run and MV Trails. Since the December snowstorm I have been a VC commuter along Washington/Wilson/Clarendon Blvds.