This past Friday, the D.C. area celebrated Bike to Work Day. We had perfect sunny weather and only a hint of cool air in the morning so lots and lots of people (over 12,000, according to some reports) took advantage of the bike holiday. I don’t know how those numbers compare to the regular commute crowd, but it seems reasonable to say that a sponsored Bike to Work Day draws a lot more people than a regular bike to work day.
Felkerino and I signed up for the Rosslyn stop and had a great time. I even passed Congressman Jim Moran who was riding to Rosslyn via the Mount Vernon Trail.
We saw some familiar faces, met some new people, including Mary Lauran, and connected with people we’d previously only interacted with through Twitter.
Rootchopper, blogger and member of the #bikeDC crew, wrote up a nice post of the Rosslyn stop in which both Felkerino and I are prominently featured. Thanks, Rootchopper!
Pete B., #bikeDC flickrazzi member and regular #FridayCoffeeClub attendee, also made the Bike to Work Day rounds and his photos are here.
One of my highlights from Bike to Work Day was passing this gentleman, who was wearing Spam shorts and riding a high wheeler.
I wasn’t the only one who thought the high wheeler was cool. Felkerino fell in love. Sorry, Felkerino, the Dining Room Bike Shop isn’t big enough for that. The high wheeler’s owner, whose name I did not catch, said he’d ridden the bike as far as 100 kilometers in one go.
After spending some time in Rosslyn eating bananas and picking up a couple of blinkie lights, we jetted off to Swings to see who had shown up for #FridayCoffeeClub. The Bike to Work Day edition of #FridayCoffeeClub was definitely a more fluid affair than normal, as many coffee clubbers wove both Bike to Work Day and #FridayCoffeeClub into their morning.
Some people grabbed coffee and headed off to a pit stop. Others, like me, hit the pit stop first and then happened by Swings for a cup. Still others fit #FridayCoffeeClub in between their Bike to Work Day world tours.
Girl on a Bike made it to #FridayCoffeeClub. It was great to see her after her recent completion of the Policy Unity Tour. She’s got the tan lines to prove it. Well done, Kate!
John R. of the porta-john blog, also managed to find time for a cup of java at #FridayCoffeeClub amid final day prep for his wedding. Big congratulations, John!
As I made my way over to the office, I
ran into met the well-known Joel Gwadz of the Gwadzilla blog. Fortunately for me, he had his DSLR and was able to get a couple of shots of Felkerino and me as we crossed through the White House Plaza. Thanks, Joel!
It was a festive and fun day full of sun, bikes, coffee, swag, and #bikeDC buddies. To see even more of the morning, my full set of pics is here.
Bike to Work Day + #bikeDC + #FridayCoffeeClub = True Love Always!