Thousands of Riders Roll Out on Bike to Work Day

Rolling convoys treked in from points around and outside the city

By Natalie Lopez
|  Friday, May 18, 2012  |  Updated 10:18 PM EDT
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Almost 12,000 people signed up for the annual bike to work day. News4's Tom Sherwood reports.

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Almost 12,000 people signed up for the annual bike to work day. News4's Tom Sherwood reports.

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Almost 12,000 cyclists officially signed up on Bike to Work Day Friday -- far more than past years.

Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invited area residents to the popular free, non-profit event open to all commuters in the Washington area.

Convoys of cyclists teamed up to ride in together from points around and outside the city, including Falls Church, College Park, South Arlington and Silver Spring.

The riders were showing their support of bicycling to work as a clean, fun and healthy was to get to work.

The festivities were packed with free giveaways and raffle prizes. Morning and afternoon pit stops offered fuel for the ride.

D.C. Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy participated with his adult trike.

D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, who regularly bikes to the Council, said bikes are no longer alternative transportation, becoming more mainstream.

In 2011, Bike to Work Day brought out almost 11,000 area residents on their bikes.


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