Thousands Bike to Work

Thousands ditched their cars and hopped a bike

By Nancy Norman
|  Saturday, May 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:16 PM EDT
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Bike to Work Day was a big hit in the area, with its nature trails and dedicated bicycle lanes.

Bike to Work Day was a big hit in the area, with its nature trails and dedicated bicycle lanes.

Thousands of commuters in the Metro area ditched their cars on Friday and hopped onto their bicycles and pedaled to work.

Cycling is great exercise, which is why many said they like to bike to work, but there are other reasons Bike to Work Day is gaining popularity by the year.

With the extensive system of trails and dedicated bicycle lanes, biking to work has become easier in the Washington area, and it's even more appealing when you ride past gas stations with fuel prices as high as they are. Plus, you are subtracting from your carbon footprint on the environment. 

There were seasoned riders on Friday for National Bike Day.  And novices.  If the beautiful weather wasn't enough of an incentive, there were pit stops around the area offering free bicycle maintenance and snacks.

The District has new dedicated bicycle lanes they hoped to open for the event .  But they are  tweaking the lanes for safety. The lanes will open soon.

This is prime bike riding weather. So ditch your car and cycle to work even if it's not National Bike to Work Day.

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