When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C. region during Bike Month’s main event. (See more photos here.)
According to BikeArlington, this year more than 2,900 people registered for pit stops in Arlington, a new record for the county’s commuters. Rosslyn, where several key trails join together at the Key Bridge path into the District, drew more than a third of those participants. Across the entire D.C. area, 18,700 commuters registered, making it the largest in its 16-year history.
Broadly, Bike to Work Day is an important reminder of the inclusivity of biking. Stop by any pit stop, and you’ll see every kind of bike, ridden by riders both new and veteran. Several of us at Mobility Lab and our sister programs had the pleasure of joining BikeArlington, a sponsor and organizer of Bike to Work Day in Arlington, at the Rosslyn and Columbia Pike pit stops this morning, and got to take in the crowds. Whether someone rides every day, or just once a year, the pit stops create a place for riders to share tips, learn new things, and be part of a community that supports sustainable – and fun – transportation choices.
And Bike to Work Day isn’t over yet. There are still afternoon stops in Rosslyn and Shirlington in Arlington, and in Southwest, Columbia Heights, West End, and Riggs Park in the District.
Did you participate in Bike to Work Day for your commute today? How did your ride go? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter at @MobilityLabTeam.
Photo at top: Sam Kittner for BikeArlington; www.kittner.com