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Bike to Work Day Draws Record Numbers

by Borderstan.com May 21, 2012 at 11:00 am 2 Comments

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Friday's Bike to Work Day brought out a record number of riders last Friday. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

If you noticed more bikers out and about last Friday morning, the cause may have been more than just the beautiful spring weather.

The Washington Examiner notes that Friday marked annual Bike to Work Day, and DC officials estimate that 12,700 people participated. This number sets a new record for the event, with twice as many riders as it had five years ago.

“The dramatic growth of this event is an indicator that area commuters view bicycling as a viable commute alternative that can fit into their daily routine,” said Nicholas Ramfos, of sponsor Commuter Connections (do you think he actually talks like that?).

The popularity of biking in the District should come as no surprise to our readers, who have seen use of Capital Bikeshare surge in the two years since its launch. According to TBD.com, Capital Bikeshare has logged a grand total of two million total trips to date.

As long as they stay off the sidewalks, bike away!

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Comments (2)

  1. Yes, stay off the sidewalks. I am a biker, but do not understand why bike share is set up on the sidewalk with no fence to force people to exit the bike share area to the street. I suppose it will take someone getting seriously hurt, and the District being sued, to see this common sense change made.

  2. Had to get in that last second “stay of the sidewalks” dig, eh?

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