Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 7th, 2008 at 10:58 am
This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.
The eighth annual National Bike Summit came to a close today with the traditional bike ride around the Capitol.
100+ riders were guided along by staff from the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) and were treated to a handlebars-eye view of bicycling conditions on the city streets, residential boulevards, and multi-use paths in and around Capitol Hill.
We carried our bikes over broken bikeways, dueled and dodged several big trucks, rambled through posh, tree-lined Capitol Hill neighborhoods, pedaled high above the Anacostia River mere feet from freeway traffic, enjoyed a smooth spin along the riverfront and ended at the pool in front of the Capitol building.
Faces in the crowd included Dirt Rag Magazine founder Maurice Tierney, IMBA’s executive director Mike Van Abel, League of American Bicyclists president Andy Clarke, Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership director/juggernaut Deb Hubsmith, and several folks from the Oregon contingent.