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Dirt
05-20-2011, 07:09 AM
Thought I'd start a thread to see how everyone fared today.

I saw the normal band of early morning folks today. Maybe there were a few more faces. With the sun coming out, I think we'll get a good turnout for the day.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2484/5739814084_30b890efed_b.jpg
Rosslyn Pit Stop during set-up.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2261/5739823104_d4753ef190_b.jpg
Freedom Plaza Pit Stop being set up.

Have a great day.

Pete

chris_s
05-20-2011, 07:50 AM
It was my first Bike to Work Day - just started bike commuting last month. There wasn't a pit stop on my normal commute, so I went out of my way a bit to hit the Alexandria Market Square pit stop which had the added bonus of putting me on the Mt Vernon Trail for the first time - very pretty. All in all, a great morning commute, except for witnessing the absolute last thing I wanted to see on Bike to Work Day: a fellow biker being carted off in an ambulance by paramedics. About 7am, under the Route 1 bridge on Four Mile Run trail. :( Hope he's ok.

eminva
05-20-2011, 07:56 AM
Hooray for Bike to Work Day! Thanks WABA!

I think I saw more people than ever cycling in today. There were a couple of dozen on the W&OD waiting to cross Gallows by the time the light changed. Come out everyday, people!

Was surprised to see a new pit stop at Dunn Loring (should have stopped because they appeared to have reflective vests and mine has fallen apart, oh well, can always get one at the Home Depot). There was also an impromptu pit stop at Falls Church (by the Lodge Hall near the Arlington/Falls Church county line).

The Rosslyn pit stop, as always, was tops, with best food and swag. And huge turnout at about 7:45. Plus entertainment! A stunt cycling show.

Didn't go to Freedom Plaza -- Farragut Square was hosting its first ever pit stop so I registered there to support my own neighborhood. They had a steady stream of customers, too. Thought about going over to Freedom Plaza from there, but how many breakfasts can one eat?

Thanks again to WABA, Bike Arlington and everyone for making this great event happen.

Liz

eminva
05-20-2011, 07:59 AM
I forgot to say, thanks Pete, for the photographs. A picture speaks a thousand words.

Chris, congrats on the bike commuting and I hope that other cyclist is okay, too.

Liz

Dirt
05-20-2011, 08:05 AM
So many thanks to the Bike Arlington and WABA folks that make this happen. The volunteers ROCK!!!!

My only disappointment is that the Swiss Embassy didn't have a tent in Freedom Plaza this year. They are always one of my favorite things about BTWD. I will survive.

Nice to see AAA sponsoring a tent.

Awesome Chris_S for your first bike to work day. The pit stops are fun, so I'm glad you went out of your way. :D

Liz: Cool to hear that the Farragut Square pit stop went well. I'll add that one to my route next year.

txgoonie
05-20-2011, 08:19 AM
All in all, a great morning commute, except for witnessing the absolute last thing I wanted to see on Bike to Work Day: a fellow biker being carted off in an ambulance by paramedics. About 7am, under the Route 1 bridge on Four Mile Run trail. :( Hope he's ok.

I saw the EMTs going down there with a stretcher and was sincerely hoping that's not what it was:( Didn't wanna be a looky-loo or somehow in the way, so I took the alternate street route. Hope all is okay.

Crystal City Pit Stop. Props to the CC BID for upping the ante and being out there all week.

http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa462/txgoonie/IMG_0225.jpg

http://i1199.photobucket.com/albums/aa462/txgoonie/IMG_0226.jpg

Dirt
05-20-2011, 08:29 AM
Went back out to Freedom Plaza now that there are humans there. Very cool to see so many folks packed into the plaza. The great thing was that the speeches were really short because the wind blew the fountain across the stage getting anyone speaking soaking wet. WOOHOOO! ;)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5739968812_23ca2f8767_b.jpg
Freedom Plaza in full swing.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3620/5739427395_1abae6e3eb_b.jpg
The obligatory People for Bikes photo. Bikes Belong!!!!

If you're not familiar with this organization, please take time to check out the web site and sign the pledge!!!
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/

Love,

Pete

jrenaut
05-20-2011, 08:32 AM
I didn't see the Bikeshare corral they promised at Freedom Plaza, so I kept going on to work. I did walk through, though, and it was pretty amazing how many people were there. I was a bit late this morning due to daycare drop-off drama, and there were very few bikes still on 14th St NW. Capital Bikeshare did a great job keeping the stations stocked up north, though. Most days there's no chance I could find a bike in Columbia Heights as late as I did today.

skreaminquadz
05-20-2011, 08:45 AM
I stopped off at the Conte's stop in Ballston. Pretty good turnout. Although Freedom Plaza is the place to be.

Pete - what happened to your crank, chain, spokes... Heck, how did you ride that thing in ; )

Dirt
05-20-2011, 08:49 AM
Pete - what happened to your crank, chain, spokes... Heck, how did you ride that thing in ; )
I got skillzes like you've never seen before. :D

Dirt
05-20-2011, 08:50 AM
I didn't see the Bikeshare corral they promised at Freedom Plaza, so I kept going on to work.
I know there's a station 1/2 block south on 14th St. I didn't see one at the Plaza though.

Brock
05-20-2011, 09:09 AM
I swung by BicycleSPACE on my way to Freedom Plaza, then grabbed breakfast at my local stop, NoMa - I work from home, so on Bike to Work Day I just go make a big circle.

My favorite part: saw a tall bike here in NoMa. I'm not sure where he was going, but I'll bet that's not his daily ride.

CasualBiker2011
05-20-2011, 09:30 AM
My first BTWD! My office just moved to a new space right off the W&OD and I've been talking about riding to work, but never did. My goal is 2-3 days a week. I loved it today, everyone was smiling. I stopped at the pit stop in Merrifield and made out like a bandit! Water bottles, coupons and breakfast. About a dozen folks waiting at the Gallows Road crossing, more than I've seen on a nice weekend. Great fun!

jrenaut
05-20-2011, 09:37 AM
I know there's a station 1/2 block south on 14th St. I didn't see one at the Plaza though.

That's probably what I was looking for. I guess I didn't read the website carefully enough, and thought there was going to be something right at Freedom Plaza.

RESTONTODC
05-20-2011, 10:01 AM
I stopped by the Vienna stop and happy to see Susan from FABB. Since Iím living in Fairfax, I really excited to see FABB is taking off.

The new Merrifield stop has Virginia Hot Lane tent. They said they build new bridges for cyclists. Theyíre giving out some free stuff than Vienna.

The Rosslyn stop always rocks. Bike Arlington is doing a great job.

At the Freedom Plaza, Mayor Vincent Gray said he wants the DC to become Gold level next year. Itís great that heís supporting this effort.

Canít wait to ride home

Rick

Dirt
05-20-2011, 10:04 AM
Canít wait to ride home
I might not wait to ride home. Hahaha. Might just have to leave after lunch today. ;) I need a nap.

Woody
05-20-2011, 10:26 AM
FOUND: Illuminite jacket

Tim Kelley
05-20-2011, 11:49 AM
Here are a few highlights from Rosslyn: http://www.commuterpageblog.com/2011/05/bike-to-work-day-2011-rosslyn-photo-recap.html

JustinW
05-20-2011, 11:53 AM
Stopped @ the Conte's pitstop / Ballston - just down the street from work. Lots of bikers there @ 8:30-ish, lots of happy and agreeable staff to distribute goodies to the boys and girls, and even the Chik-Fil-a (?) cow suit dude. Plus coffee and bagels from Java Shack. Jay Fisette was pressing the flesh and aiming for biking cred. Compared to previous years, the range of ages of attendees was notable (makes me not feel *so* old anymore). Great event, and really nice to see even more folks out on bikes than usual. Barvo WABA + BikeArlington!

WillStewart
05-20-2011, 12:16 PM
Stopped @ the Conte's pitstop / Ballston - just down the street from work. Lots of bikers there @ 8:30-ish, lots of happy and agreeable staff to distribute goodies to the boys and girls, and even the Chik-Fil-a (?) cow suit dude. Plus coffee and bagels from Java Shack. Jay Fisette was pressing the flesh and aiming for biking cred. Compared to previous years, the range of ages of attendees was notable (makes me not feel *so* old anymore). Great event, and really nice to see even more folks out on bikes than usual. Barvo WABA + BikeArlington!

I registered for the Ballston stop and took a quick look at the map, which made it look like it was at the Ballston Commons Mall. Rode around and never found it. Came back and zoomed in on the map and Conte's it was indeed (I was 1/2 a block away at one point, didn't look South).

I'd bet they'd get 3-4 times as many people if they set up the pit stop close to the Ballston Metro.

skreaminquadz
05-20-2011, 12:17 PM
My first BTWD! My office just moved to a new space right off the W&OD and I've been talking about riding to work, but never did. My goal is 2-3 days a week. I loved it today, everyone was smiling. I stopped at the pit stop in Merrifield and made out like a bandit! Water bottles, coupons and breakfast. About a dozen folks waiting at the Gallows Road crossing, more than I've seen on a nice weekend. Great fun!

Awesome - and welcome. It's great to read posts like this. Enjoy the ride home!

PotomacCyclist
05-20-2011, 12:23 PM
I swung by BicycleSPACE on my way to Freedom Plaza, then grabbed breakfast at my local stop, NoMa - I work from home, so on Bike to Work Day I just go make a big circle.

My favorite part: saw a tall bike here in NoMa. I'm not sure where he was going, but I'll bet that's not his daily ride.
Do you mean the penny-farthing guy? I saw him riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail last summer. Apparently he rode that bike at the Air Force Cycling Classic-Crystal Ride last year. It's possible that it really is his daily ride.

PotomacCyclist
05-20-2011, 12:29 PM
I saw the EMTs going down there with a stretcher and was sincerely hoping that's not what it was:( Didn't wanna be a looky-loo or somehow in the way, so I took the alternate street route. Hope all is okay.

Crystal City Pit Stop. Props to the CC BID for upping the ante and being out there all week.
Any idea when we find out who won those free bike jerseys? The top 50 riders this week get a Crystal Ride bike jersey. I missed one day so I'm a little worried that I dropped out of the top 50. (I don't even know how often I'll wear the jersey, but I still wouldn't mind winning one. Hey, I get competitive about these things.)

A lot more people there today than on the other days this week. I took advantage of the bike mechanics tent and had the derailleur cables on my mountain bike adjusted.

It would be interesting to have something like this once a month during the spring and summer.

Greenbelt
05-20-2011, 01:23 PM
Bike to work day 2011:

http://www.vimeo.com/24019241

DaveK
05-20-2011, 01:38 PM
Do you mean the penny-farthing guy? I saw him riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail last summer. Apparently he rode that bike at the Air Force Cycling Classic-Crystal Ride last year. It's possible that it really is his daily ride.

There's a p-far often locked up in our garage bike room at my office. Not going to name names but I'll bet it's the very same. I've also been behind someone on the CCT riding a p-far on his cell phone.

Brock
05-20-2011, 01:57 PM
Do you mean the penny-farthing guy? I saw him riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail last summer. Apparently he rode that bike at the Air Force Cycling Classic-Crystal Ride last year. It's possible that it really is his daily ride.

Nope, more like this: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2ClsUlay59Q/TSUV85HUnNI/AAAAAAAABkQ/--87S7Fyxkw/s1600/tall-bike.jpg&imgrefurl=http://pinatavalentines.blogspot.com/2011/01/what-up-with-that-gigantor-bike-edition.html&usg=__cswhqmOqtb-8FmWl4Fx5I82fM0A=&h=339&w=275&sz=26&hl=en&start=0&sig2=ZzERltI1lkKHarUQ6z_m5A&zoom=1&tbnid=HoOHEmiwfsGO4M:&tbnh=154&tbnw=125&ei=d7nWTcT9HsrpgAfd3cmnBw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtall%2Bbike%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26 sa%3DX%26biw%3D1232%26bih%3D683%26tbm%3Disch%26prm d%3Divns&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=810&vpy=283&dur=2147&hovh=249&hovw=202&tx=99&ty=90&sqi=2&page=1&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:0

txgoonie
05-20-2011, 03:33 PM
Any idea when we find out who won those free bike jerseys? The top 50 riders this week get a Crystal Ride bike jersey. I missed one day so I'm a little worried that I dropped out of the top 50. (I don't even know how often I'll wear the jersey, but I still wouldn't mind winning one. Hey, I get competitive about these things.)

A lot more people there today than on the other days this week. I took advantage of the bike mechanics tent and had the derailleur cables on my mountain bike adjusted.

It would be interesting to have something like this once a month during the spring and summer.

Nice idea!

As far as the jerseys go, I too missed the first day. (Even though I did ride in that day, I took the street route, which doesn't cross the Waterpark, and I just plain forgot about it.) Anyway, I talked to the CC dudes and got the impression there weren't that many people there on Monday, maybe 20. So, you very well may still be in the money if you hit 4 days.

Justin Antos
05-20-2011, 03:59 PM
Great video! I was the guy who walked by with a cup of coffee and an unnecessarily-skeptical look at 3:48. I blame the lack of caffeine up to that point. nice setup!

JimF22003
05-20-2011, 04:58 PM
I hit the pitstop in Tysons about 7:30 this morning. I actually had to go a little "extra" to get to it, since my office is right where Gallows crosses Rt 7. I haven't ridden on Int'l Drive before, especially during rush hour, so that was an adventure... Only a couple of other riders were there when i got there, but the folks at the booths were all great. I even won a prize, which was a choice from the box o' goodies. I picked up another inner tube. Can't get enough of those :)

Riley Casey
05-20-2011, 08:55 PM
Greenbelt makes me feel really unhappy about not taking at least a few seconds of iPhone video at the Silver Spring pit stop at the Discovery Plaza. Everyone there was in such a great mood. Smiles everywhere, people singing along with the DJ, a mom getting some adjustments done to her daughters bike by the folks from Silver Cycles. Whole Foods giving away fruit and power bars without any sort of mega advertising presence ( shocking ). Lots of bikes, lots of energy, a much higher turn out women compared to last year it seemed ( not a scientific sampling ). A larger commuter bike presence as compared to road & tour bikes at least for the 15 minute window I was there. My office fronts on the street that the CCT exits on to at the Silver Spring end and the number of riders was much higher in the afternoon. A great BTWD.

winlock
05-21-2011, 08:59 AM
I need to share a sobering story from bike to work day. My wife and I were heading out for dinner in Fairfax around 7pm last night, when we witnessed a truck literally run over a cyclist. The cyclist was going west on Rte 236, and the truck pulled out from a side street near Burke Station Rd without seeing him, possibly because he was on his phone. We were first on the scene before the ambulance arrived and it was terrible. The young man in his 20's was screaming in pain from the tire tracks on his back, and we tried to keep him still. There were bits of his purple bike to work shirt rubbed into the pavement. We are hopeful that he will recover, since he could move his legs and remained conscious. However it was beyond sobering, as we have contemplated biking to work many times. As a civil engineer, I am going to renew my efforts to create safe bike lanes, and hopefully can still find the courage to get out there on my bike. Drivers please wake up and realize the life and death responsibility here.

eminva
05-23-2011, 09:27 AM
I am very sorry to hear this news. I do hope the cyclist is able to recover from his injuries. What a sad coda to an otherwise good day. I appreciate that you will be a witness for the challenges that bicyclists face in your profession.

Liz

Mark Blacknell
05-24-2011, 07:42 AM
Winlock, I want to offer a belated thanks to you for coming to the aid of your fellow man. A lot of people find that sort of thing too much to deal with, and find reasons to pass on by. I haven't heard any additional information about the result of the crash, but I do know that Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (http://vienna.patch.com/articles/bicyclist-hit-at-community-center-crosswalk) are aware of the incident, and trying to find out more. I do think it's great that this is inspiring you to get more involved with bike advocacy, and suggest getting in touch with the folks at FABB.

KLizotte
05-24-2011, 08:18 PM
Does anyone know the status of the cyclist that was hit on route 236 in Fairfax last Friday (Bike to work day)? Haven't found anything online.

Joe Chapline
05-26-2011, 07:41 AM
Does anyone know the status of the cyclist that was hit on route 236 in Fairfax last Friday (Bike to work day)? Haven't found anything online.

Article in Fairfax City Patch yesterday: http://fairfaxcity.patch.com/articles/ice-cream-truck-runs-over-cyclist-on-bike-to-work-day

acc
05-26-2011, 10:30 AM
Thank you for posting the link, I have been concerned about the cyclist and am greatly relieved to know his injuries are not life threatening.

I am grateful WABA, FABB, and the League of American Bicyclists exist. Through them I found bike safety classes and took them. I would have gotten into a lot more trouble without those classes. The instructors were professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. You cannot ask a stupid question in their classes, trust me, I've tried. I showed up at the first one without a clue about fitting a helmet, inflating a tire, or understanding hand signals. They were very patient and gave intelligent explanations without making me feel stupid. I appreciated that.

The other aspect of riding that helped me stay safe has been riding with other people through the Potomac Pedalers. They have a new website and are easy to find online. There is a ride for everyone regardless of skill level or experience. I was very nervous about riding with them the first time. I did not think they would be very accepting of a middle-aged woman who hadn't ridden a bike in 30 years. They were great, taught me so many things about biking and are terrific people to get to know.

Keep riding, be safe, have fun.
ann

KLizotte
06-01-2011, 01:38 PM
Thanks for the accident update link. Hard to tell exactly what happened but it certainly sounds like an awful accident. And to think the driver must encounter kids all the time!