The 3-Minute Interview: Cycling advocate Greg Billing

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Billing coordinates infrastructure and trail advocacy for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

How does the D.C. area measure up to other places when it comes to bicycling?

Washington, D.C., is No. 4 in the country for most bikeable cities, as rated by Bicycling magazine. We are behind Portland, [Ore.], Minneapolis and Boulder, [Colo.]. So we are doing very well. And that can be attributed to the increasing number of bike lanes, bicycling paths and cycle tracks.

What is a cycle track?

These are the next generation of bike facilities in the county. D.C. is leading the country in the installation of green lane projects. These are regular bike lanes but instead of riding next to cars, you are riding completely separated from traffic.

How does that work?

On 15th Street, for instance, you have a sidewalk and you bike in the space between that and the parked cars. They are made for people who are not riding right now because they are not comfortable riding next to traffic.

What kind of bike do you have?

I have a fleet of bikes. They are kind of like a pair of shoes. You have your casual afternoon bike ride, your road bike for long weekend rides, a mountain bike that can go out and get dirty and my commuter bike.

Do you bike to work?

I do bike to work every day. ... I bike from Mount Pleasant to Adams Morgan. But I'm often out of the office and going to meetings, so having a bike is a great way to get around town.

What do you do when it's raining?

Well, it depends on how hard it's raining. But you put on rain gear and if it is really raining, that's a day to take your bike on the bus, or leave your bike at home and ride the bus.

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