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National Bike to Work Day, did you?
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vbgirloffroad
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 Posted: Sat May 19th, 2007 01:50 am

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National Bike to Work Day was today. Did you participate? What were the responses like in other areas?

Thanks to your help from a few months ago on deciding which bike rack to choose, my office got a bike rack installed just in time for National Bike to Work Day. Today was the start of my bike commuting for the rest of the year, and the start for a few coworkers as well. Sometimes we all need that extra inspiration to get started and seeing the support of the Bike to Work Day participants and organizers surely did it for a lot of us.

In the Washington DC area the turnout was likely record proportion. According to one regular commuter, he counted at least 200!!!! riders in a 4 mile stretch where he usually encounters 10 or 20! I can't even imagine the trail congestion further east, close to DC.

At my community pitstop we had free breakfast from Great Harvest and coffee from Greenberry's as well as local advocacy groups ranging from bike support, being green, community, and health groups. A few local businesses were on board as well and donated prizes for the raffles. I love my DOT-hazard-cone-orange velcro straps, but honest I don't know what they are for.

How was your National Bike to Work Day?

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 Posted: Mon May 21st, 2007 07:34 pm

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Yes !  I've never really 'got' the concept of awareness weeks before, but this time "bike to work week" was the kick in the pants that I needed to remember how much more FUN and RELAXING it is to bike commute instead of drive.  By the end of the week, on actual bike-to-work-day, I'd managed to make several colleagues feel guilty about driving & they biked in on Friday too ... and they agree that it rocks & will be taking advantage of the "free exercise" more often over the next few months.

In our community, the festivities centered around
  • a ribbon cutting ceremony for new (and badly needed) bike lanes,
  • a restaurant showcase/tasting event, giveaways, etc.,
  • ground breaking for added sections of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway, which will connect rail and other trails in several communities to form an integrated network, and
  • the Ride of Silence
Pretty low key compared to other communities and past years, but still...anything that promotes recreational cycling and awareness of cyclists on the road is a very welcome effort!

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 Posted: Mon May 21st, 2007 08:47 pm

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Yes!  I am also in the DC area. I ride from Alexandria (whose pit stop had a nice selection of fruit and organic energy bars and bagels and coffee), 15 miles each way.  I make the trip 2-3 times per week (with about a 1 month hiatus when the weather was extra yucky over the winter).

There did seem to be a few more bike commuters out Friday morning.  I was hoping to convince a few more people from my work to make the trip.  I thought the "I'm due to have a baby in 4 weeks and I'm still making the trip 2-3 times per week, I think you should be able to do it once a year!" claim would have some weight, but no luck.  Only the regulars.

I didn't go to the main event on Freedom Plaza this year, but it sounds like it was a great success. 

http://washcycle.typepad.com/home/2007/05/btwd_2007.html

Mindy

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 Posted: Tue May 22nd, 2007 07:01 pm

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vbgirloffroad wrote: I love my DOT-hazard-cone-orange velcro straps, but honest I don't know what they are for.


are they to hold your pant leg and keep it from getting caught in the gears?

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 Posted: Tue May 22nd, 2007 07:12 pm

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In order to bike to work I would have to have a job and seeing as I'm taking my time finidng one, well...

But, Bike to Work day is big in the Bay Area.  I heard tales of a waffle breakfast at the Oakland Courthouse for commuters and of people who took the day off from work so they could bike around to all of the different support stations in their area. 

Ha!

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 Posted: Thu May 24th, 2007 03:40 am

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Ahhaaaa. The velcro straps for the pant legs of the non lycra-clad commuters. Yes I guess that could work. I always used to just do that funny fold-and-roll of the ankle cuff that used to be fashionable in the late 80s.

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 Posted: Thu May 24th, 2007 04:29 am

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I biked to work (Utah), 26 miles on a dirt road, through construction, past cows, slinking by loose horses, on a rigid SS!

Not something I'll do often, but it was fun, and we got half the office to do it so it was bonding. :)

Didn't have the pant-leg issue though - we all left clothes at the office to change into, and  luckily wore our normal bike gear. Nice 80's fold though!


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