So: for those of you who noticed our beautiful new photo at the top of the page – well done. Bonus points for being one of those people who always sees the ten things that are different between the two photos in the newspaper. You are a rockstar! And welcome to May, which is a month of many great things, including the Kentucky Derby, Kara finishing grad school, and ….National Bike Month!
In honor of this, here are a few resources for those of you who want to get out, ride around, and enjoy the weather.
First off, if you’re looking to start bike commuting – I highly recommend it. I started riding to work about a year ago and love it. In many parts of D.C. (and other cities that have a lot of traffic…..) biking is faster than driving, cheaper than parking, and significantly less stressful than dealing with whatever hoopla and surprises metro has cooked up to make your morning commute interesting. For tips and advice, commutebybike.com is a great place to begin. Plenty of articles, gear reviews, and information to gear you up and get you on your way!
For those of you who live in the D.C. area, here are a few more resources for celebrating this month of biking awesomeness:
Arlington County publishes an entire map of bike trails and roads with bike lanes throughout the county to make your ride much better. This means you can pick the streets where you won’t be contending with cars, or ride on trails that are specifically made for biking rather than mixing in with traffic. A similar map is published for the downtown Washington, D.C. area here, with a specific commuter map that shows the best routes for those looking to ride to work.
If you’re just wanting to try out a ride around the city on a pretty day, Ryan aka TheGreenLight has already chatted a bit about DC’s Capital Bikeshare Program. It’s a great way to get started riding, or just use a bike for short-term without having to worry about shelling out for something you won’t use every day or for maintenance (spare inner tubes, checking your brakes, or putting air in the tires….) Check it out here. Or tell your friends about it so they’ll stop borrowing your bike.
Finally, if you’re in D.C. and want to celebrate national bike month, Washingtonian Magazine has compiled a list of events, rides, and other bike-related goodness going on for the rest of May. Enjoy!
And remember: be safe, bike sober, and always, wear a helmet. It’s what the cool kids do.