Bicyclists in Bethesda take a break on Bike to Work Day.
It's a bright, sunny morning on the corner of Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues in Bethesda. At around 8 a.m., there were 50 to 60 cyclists clustered together there, forming a whole sea of bright colors and spandex -- but bicycling advocates are quick to highlight that Bike to Work Day isn't just for avid cyclists.
And the crowd in Bethesda was equally full of people wearing slacks and jeans. That's part of the message the Washington Area Bicycling Association wants to promote: that it's not just for the hardcore cyclists who want to send an environmental message about easing traffic congestion.
Jonathan Sirovatka, who wearing a button-down shirt and slacks and taking a break on his bike at the Bethesda pit stop says he rides to work to relieve stress. A lot of people don't think their workplaces will accommodate them, but all he had to do was ask, he says.
Participant Laura McClafferty says the purpose of Bike to Work Day is to encourage others.
"It's not hard to do, plenty of people do it," she says. "There are a lot of good roads. It's a heckuva lot cheaper than gas, and the wear and tear of parking downtown."
Unfortunately, the event also raises issues on safety -- D.C. Fire and EMS reported a minor accident between at cyclist and a car at the corner of 18th and Columbia in Adams Morgan.