2013 Bike to Work Day Draws Record Crowds
Monday, May 20, 2013
Posted by: Mark Alpert
The 2013 Bike to Work Day attracted a record-breaking turnout from both seasoned bicycle commuters and first-time participants.
More than 14,500 people had registered to participate in Bike to Work Day throughout the Washington, D.C., region. That’s up from about 12,000 participants last year.
Alex Baca, communications coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, said this year’s event broke registration records.
"I think, between the beautiful weather and the momentum for biking here, there was a good turnout,” she said.
While it’s hard to track how many people start biking to work regularly after taking part in Bike to Work Day, Baca said her group hears from people who say they intend to use their bikes more when they realize they won’t be the only cyclists out on the road.
There were more than 70 "Pit Stop" locations throughout the metropolitan are. These have grown over the years from merely a place to grab a cup of coffee, to a full-fledged party. The Rockville, MD, Falls Grove Pit Stop (pictured below) is a prime example. There was a DJ; mechanical support; lots of free food items from local merchants including smoothies, cakes, coffee, donuts, bananas; speeches by local politicians; door prizes; free water bottles, t-shirts; and more.
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