Over 350 bicyclists rode to the Reston Town Center this morning to celebrate Bike to Work Day. They were treated to free breakfast from Community Canteen, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Whole Foods Market. The Bike Lane was on hand to check out cyclists' bikes, and owner Anne Mader displayed photos and video from previous events. The Reston Bike Club, Friends of the W&OD Trail, Reston Association, the Y, LINK, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling had information tables and free items for cyclists.
Liz Badley of Reston Association introduced Congressman Gerry Connolly, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, and RA President Ken Knueven who addressed the crowd at 8 a.m. They all noted the importance of bicycling as a transportation option. Knueven rode from his home in the Lake Anne area.
My wife Kerie and I left our home at around 5:30 a.m. to ride to the Pavilion and to help set up for the event. Our three-mile ride took around 20 minutes, and we passed several other cyclists, even at that time in the morning. The weather was near perfect, resulting in record numbers of people riding in the DC area.
Bike to Work Day is held each year to encourage commuters to leave their car at home and bicycle to work. Many people find that it's an enjoyable, healthy way to get to work. Short trips by car are the least efficient and generate the most pollution and are easily taken by bike. No special clothing is needed either; just hop on the bike and go. Why not start out next week by riding to work, school, or for other short trips?