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Great Day For A Ride: D.C. Comes Out For Bike To Work Day

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Bike to work day participants gather at a pit stop in Rosslyn.
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  Bike to work day participants gather at a pit stop in Rosslyn.

It's Bike to Work Day around the country, and the D.C. area is marking it with more than 60 pit stops around the city and surrounding suburbs to aid people on their commute. 

In Bethesda, several nonprofits are celebrating the installation of new bike racks near the Bethesda Metro station that can accommodate 100 bicycles. They're made from recycled matierals and funded by Honest Tea and Coca Cola, according to a representative from Bethesda Transportation Solutions. 

In D.C., the scene was already busy pre-8 a.m. at Unity Park in Adams Morgan as cyclists stopped to grab a banana, a cup of coffee or other breakfast from a pit stop there. 

Kabila Williams was one of them; she was on her way to Georgetown. She is an avid bicyclist, she said, but Bike to Work Day is a good opportunity to raise awareness.

"It's a great opportunity to get out and learn more about the bicycle community here in D.C.," she says. 

Hundreds of cyclists also stopped at the pit stop in Arlington's Gateway Park, which was offering bicyclists refreshment as well as the opportunity to win prizes in a trivia game. One young man took a chance and answered a question about Capital Bikeshare; his prize? A CaBi keychain. 

"Hundreds of people, with the new bike lanes in, it's fun, and it saves electricity and gas," said Rob Barlow, one of the cyclists in Rosslyn. "It's a pretty good thing." 

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