Thursday, June 4, 2009

Reston Bike to Work Day

We are finally getting around to posting info about Bike to Work Day. Once again a record number of cyclists, more than 8,000, signed up to participate in the DC area. At least three Fairfax County Board of Supervisors rode to events around the county: Lee District Supervisor McKay, Springfield District Supervisor Herrity and Hunter Mill District Supervisor Hudgins.

FABB helped organize the Reston event that attracted a record 411 cyclists this year. Supervisor Hudgins presented the U.S. Geological Survey with a commemorative plaque for having the most Reston Bike to Work Day participants every year since 2002. Matt Larsen, Associate Director for Water, and Kerie Hitt, hydrologist, bike commuter, and FABB secretary received the award on behalf of the USGS.

The Reston office of SoftwareAG located near the W&OD Trail received the Bike-Friendly Business award for promoting bike commuting by providing a changing facility, showers, lockers, and a special indoor bike room for storing bicycles.

Professional photographer Peter Klosky of the Reston Bike Club took some great photos of the event.

Reston Bike to Work Day is organized by the Reston Town Center Association, Reston Association, Reston Bike Club, Friends of the W&OD Trail, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling with the help of many local sponsors including Great Harvest Bread Co., Whole Foods Market, A-1 Cycling, Starbucks Coffee, Mon Ami Gabi, VDOT, and The Bike Lane.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Paul Dorn, Bike Commuter

Since May is Bike Month and next Friday is Bike to Work Day, I thought a bike commuting post was in order. EcoVelo is a bike blog that I check on a regular basis: "This site is the public expression of our personal commitment to reduce our impact on the environment by employing bicycles as our primary mode of transport."

A recent post features information about Paul Dorn, a bike commuter, author of The Bike to Work Guide: What You Need to Know to Save Gas, Go Green, Get Fit, and creator of a website devoted to bike commuting. There's also a link to a recent interview with Paul.

Bike to Work Day is a great time to celebrate bike commuting and for first time bike commuters to learn that it's an inexpensive, non-polluting, and (usually) fun way to get to work. Be sure to register for your local pit stop at WABA. This year, if you are multimodal and take your bike on the bus as part of your commute, you ride for free.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rack n' Ride on Bike to Work Day

On Bike to Work Day this year, Friday, May 15, if you decide to use a Fairfax Connector bus as part of your bike commute, you can ride for free. The promotion is being sponsored by Fairfax County Department of Transportation and applies to all Fairfax Connector buses. From the County Bike to Work Day news release:
If a commute is too long or too challenging, riders are invited to "rack n’ ride"—load their bikes onto a Connector bus's bicycle rack that day—and ride for free. See information on how to use the front-mount bike racks.
Using the bus is a good way to overcome some of the major obstacles to bike commuting in the county. The best way to find out which bus to ride and when is the WMATA Trip Planner. Enter your origin, destination, and time of travel and it will provide info about available public transportation options. The promotion does not apply to Metro buses, only Fairfax Connector buses (Trip Planner includes Connector bus routes and schedules in their application).

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