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Bike To Work Day Festivities Around Reston

by RestonNow.com May 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm 12 Comments

You have just a little over a week to get that bike all fixed up and ready, because Bike To Work Day is coming up around the D.C. Metro area next Friday, May 18.

More than 100 pit stops are planned from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. throughout the area, including one in Reston and one in nearby Herndon.

The Reston pit stop will be held at the Plaza at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station, at 1862 Wiehle Avenue.

For those who take the W&OD Trail, a pit stop is planned in Herndon right by the trail entrance at the corner of Lynn and Elden streets.

The first 20,000 people who register ahead of time can pick up a free Bike To Work Day 2018 t-shirt at one of the pit stops, as well as enter drawings for new bicycles and other prizes.

Nervous about riding your bike during the busy rush hour by yourself? Anyone is welcome to join a bicycle convoy to ride together with others going in the same direction as you. A list of local convoys is available online, and there is no need to sign up in advance. You can join up with a convoy at any point along their path.

You can also find individual “bike buddies” through a number of local cycling groups.

For more information, visit the Bike To Work Day Metro D.C. website, or for questions about the Reston pit stop, call or email Ashleigh from the Reston Association at [email protected] or 703-435-6577.

File Photo: Bike To Work Day 2017 in Reston

  • Drive By Critic

    There is some measure of safety in numbers, especially in heavier traffic conditions, otherwise there would be no need for bike convoys and bike buddies. And a manned pit stop could be useful on every bike route. But the need for such accommodations only underscores the utter impracticability of personal bicycles as a means of effective commuting, particularly in the burbs where distances can be great and traffic/weather conditions unpredictable. Street improvements must include at-grade separation of pedestrians, bicycles and motorized bikes (mopeds) and larger vehicles. How can we plan (and more importantly, pay for) this infrastructure? And will anyone actually use it? A single bike-to-work-or-school day makes us all feel good but also highlights the task ahead.

    • cRAzy

      Agree that bike commuting is generally impractical, as is bike shopping (how much groceries can you handle?) and other purposeful activities. Yet Northern Virginia transpo authorities, including Fairfax County, are devoting substantial sums of extremely limited tax funds to biking infrastructure. As a result, traffic is and will become even worse in Reston and elsewhere across the county and region.

      It’s just another Board of Supervisors waste of money, mis-begotten priorities, and political kabuki.

      • JoeInReston

        Agree with both posts. A car is much more than a transportation device to get from point A to point B.
        – It maintains a comfortable temperature
        – It keeps you dry
        – It doesn’t require a helmet to use
        (Summary of last three bullets: you won’t be drenched in sweat, you won’t be dirty from wet conditions, your hair won’t be totally frizzled, you won’t require a separate set of clothes after you have reached your destination)
        – It carries all your stuff
        – It carries all your stuff you don’t need on your person while you are at your destination
        – It carries other passengers
        – It gets you from point A to B regardless of your physical health
        – It protects you from other cars (better than a bike)

        • The Constitutionalist

          Uhm…

          Biking is superior to all other methods of transportation, okay?

          You’re just mad because you choose to not better yourself and you don’t have the time before or after work to do something to stop global warming by traveling in a clean, green, and efficient way.

          Don’t take your anti-bike bigotry out on me and my spandex-clad booty (which is more uncomfortable on the jewels than it looks, by the way) because you don’t like that you have to share a whole lane of the road with someone who ignores all the traffic laws – they don’t apply to cyclists like us because sometimes we are pedestrians and other times we are vehicles. It’s a gray area that I made up just for me.

          Stop getting your man-panties in a bunch because you don’t enjoy not being able to safely pass me as I hog the whole lane and refuse to get closer to the curb to allow faster traffic to pass. Slow down and just enjoy the time consuming drive through scenic Reston and definitely don’t even think about staring at these bouncing, chiseled glutes. It’s 2018 and that’s sexual assault, hate speech, racist against cyclists, and it worst of all, cultural appropriation.

          What, you somehow think that because you pay money, completely based on the value of your vehicle and not its weight, or miles driven, or how your specific vehicle affects the road, just to maintain these roads you shouldn’t have to share with me, a complete freeloader?

          Ha! The best part is, even though us cyclists are the statistical minority, and we don’t contribute in any way unless we also own a car, because we are so vocal about our safety, and because cycling is the transportation of the future and we have to future proof the surrounding area, the county will make you conform to my needs.

          So you better check yourself guy, and give me at least 10 feet, before I have an irreconcilable breakdown and make a police complaint about you and your reckless driving.

          • JoeInReston

            You reminded me of another..

            – traveling by car does not require the wearing of form fitting shorts

          • The Constitutionalist

            Or clothes below the waist at all…

          • Drive By Critic

            You forgot about white middle class drivers who commit the sin of “intersectionality”.
            The greatest offense of all…
            I have no freakin’ idea what that is exactly, but I heard about it on NPR so it must be a thing?

          • The Constitutionalist

            You’re right, thanks for reminding me. But you should know that reminding someone of something like that is a microaggression. You have a lot of soul searching to do.

          • JQPublic

            So much hate. One day a year people decide to ride their bike to work and it’s still too much. Did your mommy and daddy not buy you a bike as a kid?

          • The Constitutionalist

            I think you said it yourself. One. Day. A. Year.

            The superior form of transportation.

          • JQPublic

            Let me rephrase – celebrate en masse one day a year.

    • 30yearsinreston

      More Hudgins planning
      She excels at it
      Besides, repainting a few lines gets the developers off the hook

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