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