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Bike Ride To Close Major Streets Saturday Morning

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The Whitehurst Freeway, as viewed from the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, will be car-free for one morning.
Stephanie Kaye
The Whitehurst Freeway, as viewed from the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, will be car-free for one morning.

A number of major roads will be open to bicycles only tomorrow morning for the Washington and Arlington Community Bike Ride.

Imagine, no traffic on the Whitehurst Freeway or the GW Parkway. Those are just a couple of the "forbidden roads" on the community ride map, says event organizer Rick Bauman. "For the people who are already avid bicyclists it gives them the opportunity to go out and say, 'Wow, here we get some stretches of road we normally drool over,'" says Bauman.

But the ride's not just for spandex-clad bike pros. Bauman hopes people new to biking and worried about traffic will try it out. "This is your chance, with the streets closed to motorized traffic, to get out there and really see what biking around Washington can be and how special it is."

Online registration is open until midnight tonight. You can also sign up tomorrow morning before the ride, at Pennsylvania Avenue & 10th Streets Northwest.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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