They’re in good physical shape, they lessen the road traffic, they’re good citizens for the planet, they wear colorful gear and friendly smiles, and once a year they gather to be appreciated and commune as one.
We’re talking “Bike to Work Day.” Cyclists across the region spent some time at one of the 58 pit tops for free food and repairs, music, advocacy grouping, and comradeship.
Under blue skies, Alexandria’s Old Town hosted hundreds in Market Square. Allysa Krupp, an avid biker observed that the event has come a long way, remembering that ten or so years ago there were just a few booths and sparse attendance.
According to one of the Old Town organizers, 306 signed up this year. The City also added Carlyle and the Mark Center.
Looking fit and trim, Margaret Wohler of Del Ray wore a t-shirt that says, “I lost 2,000 pounds in one day.”
“For my own personal transportation,” she said, “I haven’t driven in two years.”
The DC-based company which began in September 2010 and currently has more than 1,000 red rentals, will install six bike stations this summer in Old Town, with more to come. The stations are mobile, and will be moved as usage patterns are gathered.
Organizers of the event said 12,000 riders signed up, double the number from six years ago. The numbers who bike to work is still small (3.1) but also continues to rise.
All in all, a great day. If you're a driver, you can do your part by sharing the road with cyclists.
They're good people!