A couple of options for organized bike rides this Saturday
1. Canal and Cupcakes!
In partnership with WABA's groundbreaking "Women & Bikes" program, Kidical Mass DC is hosting an easy, co-ed, family-friendly bike ride from Capitol Hill to Georgetown with tasty treats at the end.
At 10:00am on Saturday, September 28, we'll gather at Stanton Park in the heart of Capitol Hill and take an easy, no-drop ride through the Mall to the Lincoln Memorial and then up to the Georgetown Waterfront Park. At the Park, kids can run around and we'll have ample space to park our bikes. Then all you have to do is enjoy the scenery--we'll fetch cupcakes from the famous Sprinkles bakery and bring them to you!
Lunch is up to you--pack a picnic, pick something up in Georgetown, or just make your cupcake your lunch. We won't judge.
Accompanying us on this ride will be Andrea Adleman, a member of WABA's Women & Bikes program whose award-winning article on cupcakes helped document the ongoing popularity of cupcakes in DC. Got cupcake questions? Andrea's your go-to expert.
After lunch, anyone who's interested can take a quick trip to to the canal to see the vestiges of the old lock system that enabled boats to navigate canals over uneven ground--and see where the C&O Canal Towpath Trail begins. Click here to RSVP and order your cupcakes. Kid-friendly mini-cupcakes are $2 each; regular cupcakes are $3. You must respond bynoon on Thursday, September 26 in order to be assured a cupcake! We'll pick up some extras for the last-minute types, but responding by the deadline is the only way to be guaranteed a cupcake in your preferred flavor.
2. Stream Restoration in Wards 7 & 8 Bike Tour
Observe the state of the District's streams on this tour of Wards 7 and 8. Through visits to three streams (Oxon Run, Pope Branch, and Watts Branch), you’ll come to understand the causes of environmental degradation to them; learn about the constraints and limits to restoration efforts; and see what a successful urban stream restoration project looks like.
We’ll be biking on heavily trafficked roadways and it will be a hilly ride. The class is best-suited for experienced urban riders.
You like bikes. You like community gardens. Well then, you have to join us this Sunday, September 29th, 12-3 pm, for the Ward 6 Community Garden Bike Tour. We’ve got dozens and dozens of great community gardens throughout our neighborhoods (too many to see in one tour!).
For this Ward 6 ride, leaders from each garden visited will talk about their garden space and share their stories! This exciting Ward 6 ride is in partnership with the BicycleSPACE City Explorer’s program.
Hey D.C. riders! Come see all the beautiful sights Richmond has to offer. We’re just
100-miles down the road, and we guarantee you’ll become a big fan of RVA. Want to see eight
different area jurisdictions on one bike trip? Need an event where you and all your friends can
participate regardless of cycling ability? Look no further, the MARTIN’S Tour of Richmond is
The Gran Fondo event offers beautiful views on three different course lengths including a
full 102-mile option, and a shorter 59-mile or 29-mile distance. Expert cyclists and casual riders
are all encouraged to participate. Last year we had just under 1,000 riders experience the Tour,
and this year we want to double that!
The first wave of the 102-mile distance leaves at 6:00 a.m., while the final wave for the
29-mile choice departs at 12:30 p.m. All riders finish at the Richmond Raceway Complex for
a Victory Lap and big ole’ BBQ party complete with live music! Let’s pack the streets of the
Richmond region! To register online and for more information visit www.sportsbackers.org/
Hey NOVA cyclists, join Sports Backers as we take you on an illuminated night-time ride in the
heart of downtown Richmond. Make the short 100-mile trip to see us for a night of competitive
and casual cycling down historic Monument Avenue, Bryan Park and other memorable areas.
Ride alongside 3,500 other participants decked out in crazy lights and costumes. Two
distances are offered with a Full Moon (17-mile) course and a Half Moon (8-mile) option,
making it the perfect event for all the bikers in your family. At the finish line a pizza, ice cream,
and Blue Moon (for those over 21) filled celebration awaits you! We’ve got live music and we’ll
hand out prizes for Best Costume and Tackiest Lights!
The BP Oil Spill inspired one local resident to start biking everywhere."You know, I never anticipated the payoff in, like, mood regulation," Wohler says. "I'm so happy all the time. You know, the thinking like, 'It's 4 o'clock, I'm going to be stuck in traffic, I wanted to go to the gym...' I don't have any of that."
Cyclist sets up sting to catch bike theif. Not sure if he did. But he did recover his stolen bike. [While I'm not sure this guy stole the bike, even if you believe his story he HAD to strongly suspect it was stolen - or how did the crackhead get a $4000 bike? That's only one rung below stealing. Feeding the beast.] Also, beagels.
The Full Moon will be out this week and we are excited to announce another Full Moon Outing-- a continuation of the series of rides and picnics we have been hosting this summer.
And this time, the torches are lit, the theme is set... We're having a Luau you won't soon forget! Dress code is Kitschy Tourist (we want to see some great Jimmy Buffett impressions!) Put on your wildest Hawaiian shorts and shades or rainbow ensembles and join us for a Luau Ride & Party!
The ride will be departing from our shop at 8pm. Before the ride leaves, we will be handing out glow sticks and leis for all riders so show up early and get further kitted out. Thus outfitted, we will ride through the city winding our way to Kingman Island, a tranquil hideaway on the Anacostia River.
Once at Kingman Island we will be treated to hula dancers and fire knife throwers from Aloha Island Revue who will be also teaching hula lessons to all comers.
The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is still looking for volunteers for documentation project counts Thursday July 11th (5-7pm) and SaturdayJuly 13th (12-2pm). Go to their webpage for additional information: www.bicycle.alexandria.va.us/
Surprise! Bike share in NYC is a big success. Though ABC got a little confused on the facts in DC. "Washington D.C. began its program in 2008 with 120 bikes and 10 stations. It has expanded to 1,800 bikes and more than 200 stations." And despite trippling bike parking in Boston, it can't keep up with demand.
I did the Arlington Loop for the first time in a long time. I love the new bike signage along the Custis Trail and all the bike-specific lights. It really is harder to run one of those than a regular light. But the first ramp on the MVT at the airport (going south) is looking pretty bad in the south direction. Also, one of the crosswalks on the Bluemont trail isn't marked on the road, but probably should be.
Washington Times is in favor of Congress intervening to end DC's use of speed cameras, although they don't really give a reason to oppose them other than that the tickets go to the owner of the car instead of the drive and some sense of 'greed'. "An apoplectic Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s delegate in Congress, rallied the usual crowd of the green bicycle-riding elites, who hate every car but their own, with an unusual personal attack on her colleague, which hardly befits a congresswoman with neither a vote nor a sense of congressional collegiality. “If either Representative Bentivolio or his staff has received such a ticket, then they should pay it, unless he thinks that members of Congress who by law are already exempt from most ticket violations here should be excused,” she says."
New pedicab rules take effect next week in NYC. In a sense this is a sign of success. Pedicabs have been prevalent enough and in operation long enough to catch the eye of the government. And there are probably some good, common-sense regulations that can help make the business stronger in the long run.