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    Default Crystal City Bike to Work Week 2015

    For the 5th year the Crystal City BID will be hosting Bike to Work Week in the Crystal City Water Park from May 11-15. We will be onsite from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM each morning giving out free coffee and breakfast treats to all the riders. There will also be mechanics onsite Wed-Fri for any quick adjustments. Due to the growth of the program each year we have gone from the top 50 to the top 100 riders of the week will receive a Crystal City Cycling Jersey. Sign up online, or stop by and register onsite. We look forward to seeing you out there.

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    Lightbulb Can Crystal City Bike to Work Week start earlier for resident commuters?

    Quote Originally Posted by jpetty1 View Post
    For the 5th year the Crystal City BID will be hosting Bike to Work Week in the Crystal City Water Park from May 11-15. We will be onsite from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM each morning giving out free coffee and breakfast treats to all the riders. There will also be mechanics onsite Wed-Fri for any quick adjustments. Due to the growth of the program each year we have gone from the top 50 to the top 100 riders of the week will receive a Crystal City Cycling Jersey. Sign up online, or stop by and register onsite. We look forward to seeing you out there.
    I think it's great that Crystal City is doing this. It just stinks for Crystal City residents who don't work in the area. I live in Crystal City and I like it a lot, but I leave between 6 and 6:30 so I can make it in to work with enough time to eat, shower and get to my desk by 8:30. Is there any way that BID would be able to open earlier to catch Crystal City bike commuters who bike out rather than bike in? The neighborhood is already significantly better for those employed in the area with mid-day activities and the majority of businesses closing between 5 and 6 (ex: I've never seen the corner bakery cafe open before, and it's directly below my apartment building). Please do more for Crystal City residents as well as Crystal City employers.

    Thank you!

    A Crystal City resident and avid cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    I live in Crystal City and I like it a lot, but I leave between 6 and 6:30 so I can make it in to work with enough time to eat, shower and get to my desk by 8:30. Is there any way that BID would be able to open earlier to catch Crystal City bike commuters who bike out rather than bike in? The neighborhood is already significantly better for those employed in the area with mid-day activities and the majority of businesses closing between 5 and 6 (ex: I've never seen the corner bakery cafe open before, and it's directly below my apartment building). Please do more for Crystal City residents as well as Crystal City employers.
    +1 to this.

    Even though I do not live in Crystal City, I live pretty close by (Fairlington) and would love to be able to do the bike to work week there. However, I have an early job (my shift starts at 7). It would be awesome if they could open things up at 6 for the early birds.

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    Yay! I moved to Alexandria and now can incorporate this into my commute--I was really jealous last year seeing all the photos everyone shared.

    I may even bike over on my telework day just for the coffee and bagels...

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    Food and coffee every morning? Ha, I will make it there, especially since my conference finishes up a solid two weeks beforehand this year rather than the week beforehand.

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    A chance to win a jersey? And free food. Heck yeah, I'll be there every day around 7:10am. Look for the guy who keeps getting fatter as the week progresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    I think it's great that Crystal City is doing this. It just stinks for Crystal City residents who don't work in the area. I live in Crystal City and I like it a lot, but I leave between 6 and 6:30 so I can make it in to work with enough time to eat, shower and get to my desk by 8:30. Is there any way that BID would be able to open earlier to catch Crystal City bike commuters who bike out rather than bike in? The neighborhood is already significantly better for those employed in the area with mid-day activities and the majority of businesses closing between 5 and 6 (ex: I've never seen the corner bakery cafe open before, and it's directly below my apartment building). Please do more for Crystal City residents as well as Crystal City employers.

    Thank you!

    A Crystal City resident and avid cyclist.
    Thanks for speaking up. I won't be stopping either. I leave Del Ray by ~6:20 to get to Suitland by 7:30. It's like all the Friday coffee clubs around here starting at 730-8am. Do people even work on Fridays or what?

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    Sorry you will miss it I feel your pain, having missed BTWD for 8 years because my shift started at 5 a.m. I feel lucky to be working later hours now.
    I expect its tricky to find BTWD volunteers to work so early, since were all so sleep-deprived. Actually its probably a challenge to find volunteers for the late shift, too, since weve all got to get to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz View Post
    It just stinks for Crystal City residents who don't work in the area.
    Alas, it stinks for all of us who don't work in the area, whether or not we live there. I really wish there were more than just the one location that had a week long pit stop. But I do understand it's hard to get volunteers/swag/prizes/etc.

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    The Crystal City BID runs the week-long bike promotion. Other BIDs in the region could do something similar. I know that in Arlington, there are also BIDs in Rosslyn and in Ballston. There are nine BIDs in DC. I don't know if there are BIDs or Community Improvement Districts in Alexandria, Fairfax or Maryland.

    Residents or workers in those BID areas could contact the local BID and suggest that they follow CCBID's lead. A week-long promotion might not make sense in some areas, but it could in others, such as Downtown DC or the Golden Triangle (Connecticut Ave., Dupont Circle, Farragut Square, Pennsylvania Ave., K St NW).

    http://dslbd.dc.gov/service/business...districts-bids

    While many or most of the BIDs are bike-friendly, I don't think any of them are quite as supportive of cycling as the CCBID is (the 1st Capital Bikeshare stations, Air Force Ass'n Cycling Classic/Challenge Ride, Phoenix Derby, Wednesday Night Spins, Bike to Work Week).
    Last edited by PotomacCyclist; 04-22-2015 at 12:51 PM.

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