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Bike Riders Gear Up For Spring

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By Peter Granitz

Sonya Cednik moved from Los Angeles to Washington two months ago and says she knows the basics of bike maintenance.

Saturday she swung by the Bike House Co-Op for its first free clinic of the year. Outside of a coffee shop in Petworth, volunteer mechanics tune up people’s bikes, and offer one on one tutorials.

Cednik says tightening her brakes isn’t too difficult, but likes the assurance.

"I just didn’t have the tools," she says. "And it’s always nice to have extra advice [on] how to make it better. They were friendly and offered new brake pads if I needed."

The Washington Area Bicyclists Association is also preparing for the spring. Executive Director Eric Gilliand says he supports the D.C. Department of Transportation’s aggressive agenda for things like a new network of bike lanes downtown.

"In addition to adding facilities like doubling the mileage of bike lanes, they’re actually calling for a doubling of people actually commuting to work by bike," says Gilliand.

Gilliand says he’s pushing for the mayor’s budget to set aside money for DDOT’s plans.

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