More Than 10,000 Area Cyclists Take Part in Bike to Work Day

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick is one of more than 10,000 Washington area cyclists pedaling their way to the office Friday as part of the 2013 edition of Bike to Work Day.

Organizers tout the day as a “clean, fun and healthy way to get to work” and so far Mother Nature is cooperating. Riders are being graced with partly sunny skies and a high near 80 degrees.

Patrick has been tweeting his ‘commute’ along the W&OD Trail. He told the newsroom he could get used to days like this.

Of course biking to work also has it’s draw backs. Patrick got bloodied from what he says was a “typical uncoordinated effort to clip-in.”

WMATA, in conjunction with Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, will host pit stops for participants at the West Hyattsville and Cheverly Metrorail stations where riders will be given t-shirts and other giveaways that morning.

Metro says that nearly every Metrorail station has a bike rack. Only the Arlington Cemetery station is without a space for cyclists to leave their ride.

Biking to work appears to be increasing in popularity around the region. Metro stations experienced a 3 percent increase in bike parking usage between 2011 and 2012, officials say. In all, more than 4,000 bike parking spaces are available at Metrorail stations.

In addition, Metro allows regular bicycles trains at all times with the exception of peak hours on weekdays from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Riders may carry on a folding bikes any time.

Every Metrobus has space for two bikes at all times.

More information is available on the official Bike to Work Day website.

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