Monday, May 21, 2012
Bike commuters stopped by City Hall on Friday for bagels, coffee, a tune-up and a T-shirt.
Not a car was parked on the west edge of the City Hall lot on Friday morning. Instead, the area bustled with cyclists, enjoying breakfast from Bagel Place and MOM's Organic Market, and tune-up services provided by REI in College Park. It was College Park's pit stop for national Bike to Work Day. Senior Planner Elisa Vitale said that 124 cyclists had registered ahead of time to visit City Hall along their bike commute to work. College Park was one of 58 pits stops in the region planned for national Bike to Work Day, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. The pit stop was a joint project between the city and the University of Maryland. Do you have photos from the College Park Bike to Work Day pit stop? Add them to the gallery!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Tell us what you see at the Bike to Work pit stops this morning.
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Friday, May 18, 2012
With three Bike to Work Day pit stops in three neighboring Patch towns this morning, we decided to compare and contrast the scenes at College Park, Greenbelt and Hyattsville. After your commute, tell us about what you saw. If you stopped at the College Park, Greenbelt or Hyattsville events this morning, tell us in the poll below. Send the link to your fellow bike commuting neighbors, too, and ask them to participate in the poll. Share photos that you took, and tell us in the caption at which pit stop they were taken. Tell us in the comments, how big was your pit stop crowd? Were you impressed with the turnout? The refreshments? The prizes? Pit Stop Information:
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Growing participation in city's Bike to Work Day pit stop could be sign of more cycling commuters in the city, organizer says.
Friday morning, more than 100 cyclists are expected to pedal their way to City Hall to celebrate two-wheel commuting with refreshments, camaraderie, and for some, a group ride into Washington, D.C. Senior Planner Elisa Vitale estimates that participation in the city’s annual Bike to Work Day pit stop has tripled over seven years from about 50 to 150—evidence, she thinks, that bicycling to work is a growing trend. “I think biking is getting more popular, and you see it in the news more, and [with] the cost of gas … I think more and more people are looking at cycling as an option,” she said. She might be right. U.S. Census Bureau statistics show a 40 percent growth between 2000 and 2010 in the percentage of American workers who use a bicycle…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Advocates for bike safety and bike-friendly communities are cycling from Boston to D.C. for the National Bike Summit. They'll stop at Proteus along the way.
Hundreds of cyclists are expected to convene for the National Bike Summit on Capitol Hill Tuesday to lobby Congress to fund bike safety initiatives. But first, some attendees, including a few national superstars in the sport of cycling, will make a pit stop in a 500-mile journey, right at College Park’s own Proteus Bicycles. Six-time cyclocross world champion Tim Johnson is leading a group of 20 cyclists from Boston to D.C. in the Ride on Washington, to raise awareness about bike safety initiatives and to raise money for the Bikes Belong Foundation. The group hopes to pick up riders along the route over five days. When they arrive at Proteus at 1 p.m. Tuesday, shop owner Jill DiMauro will have food and beverages ready. “I thought it was …