Officials estimate that 12,700 people biked to work around the Washington region Friday, a new record for the annual Bike to Work Day.
With perfect weather — not too hot, clear skies — the event attracted nearly double the number of riders that it did five years ago. It also had 2,000 more riders than last year. Friday’s Bike to Work day featured 58 pit stops around the region for cyclists to fuel up on food and drinks or check out their bikes.
“Commuters throughout the metropolitan area are looking for ways to make their commutes easier and less costly. Bicycling to work is one of the options that can improve the daily commute,” said Nicholas Ramfos, who leads Commuter Connections that sponsored the ride. ”The dramatic growth of this event is an indicator that area commuters view bicycling as a viable commute alternative that can fit into their daily routine.”
Biking has been surging locally, with new bike lanes around the District and the addition of Capital Bikeshare. The bikesharing program with its distinctive red bikes in the District and Arlington logged 2 million trips this week, less than two years after launching. It will soon be expanding into Montgomery County and other communities are considering stations, too.