Did you know May is National Bike month? I sure didn’t. But I have been watching for news about a new bike event since I first read about it in the March Washingtonian. Then the Sunday before last I was at the Dupont Circle Market and saw a table set up for DCBikeRide and went by to talk with the people manning the table. They were very nice and true cyclists. We talked cycling for a bit and I confirmed that, of course, they would be riding in the streets for the event. So I invited them to send me a brief message for this post and I’ve put it below.
DC Bike Ride–Sunday, May 22
“Come celebrate National Bike Month and ride through the city completely traffic-free. Are you looking for an exciting, new way to explore our nation’s capital with the famliy? Our friends at DCBR have put together a perfect day for a bike ride.
“Join the inaugural DCBR on Sunday, May 22. The 17-mile recreational ride is open to riders ages 3+ and offers a scenic view of the District’s most iconic monuments. Ride starts at 8 AM and you will be able to cruise at your own pace on a car-free course, perfect for the kiddos! After the ride, at the Finish Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, enjoy musical performances by DC Questlove (from the Tonight show starring Jimmy Fallon!), White Ford Bronco, and more! Additionally, the DCBR Finish Festival will have a Kids Zone with fun activities for all ages, a post-ride yoga session, the REI Village, yummy food trucks, and other awesome activities.
“DON’T HAVE A BIKE?
“Families who do not have bikes, or are unable to transport bikes to D.C.should check out information about bike rentals through DCBR’s official partner, Bike and Roll DC.
“MORE INFO AT DCBIKERIDE.COM.
And now returning to me again: Sounds like fun and the Washingtonian article said it was expected to attract about 8,000 participants. The 17 mile course will be closed to other traffic during the ride. So enjoy!
Bike to Work Day–Friday, May 20
Of course the annual Bike to Work day is the Friday just preceding. So cyclists can make a weekend of it.
Once again I challenge those biking to work on that day to do it obeying all traffic laws–ride in the direction of traffic, stop at red lights and stop signs and obey all other traffic signs. And ride in the streets both where you must (in the CBD) and elsewhere because the pedestrians navigating the sidewalks will appreciate it. And have a great time.
Bike Month in NYC
The cyclists in NYC have already started their events. First, on April 30, hundreds of cyclists had their bikes blessed at St. John the Divine Church in Manhattan. Then Sunday about 32,000 cyclists took to the streets for the 39th Annual Bike New York 5 Boro Bike Tour, the largest charitable bike ride in the country.
For all of us, pedestrians(who don’t have a special month, sadly) and cyclists, enjoy the spring weather once the rain stops and remember STAY ALERT! DON’T GET HURT!