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Thousands Ride In Annual Washington - Arlington Community Bike Ride

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Valet workers parked hundreds of bikes in Crystal City as riders took in displays from bike advocacy groups in the Metro region.
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By Peter Granitz

Bike Week culminates today with thousands of bikers of all skill levels riding a 20-mile route from Washington to Crystal City.

Bike D.C. usually takes place in the fall so this is the first year it’s coincided with Bike Week. Race organizers estimate 4,000 riders rode today...many for the first time.

Upper Marlboro resident Charnette Chapman rode with her family. She bought a bike in April hoping to get back into riding. She admits, the hills are a bit daunting, but riding with so many others is good motivation to ride this summer.

"People would ride by and say hi, encourage you," she says. "So that’s actually a plus."

Chapman says she’s not able to bike to work because of where she lives, but would certainly consider bike commuting in the future. That’s exactly what organizers are hoping for.

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