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Bike-ability

When I lived in Washington DC almost 15 years ago, I loved riding the train. It remains a good way to get around the city. But now, it’s also really possible to ride a bicycle. I was impressed that bike racks were so easy to find. Because, it’s great to encourage folks to ride, but if they don’t have anyplace to lock up, then what’s the point? I was pleased to see bike racks all over the city. Here are a few pictures from Capitol Hill. Some of the roads around the House and Senate buildings are closed to cars. But pedestrians and cyclists can get through. And the bike racks were often full.

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The Capitol building is covered in scaffolding. And there is a huge bike rack, just out front.

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And this cool looking bike rental place was just outside the Union Station doors.

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Museum of the American Indian: Bike rack at the front door. They really were everywhere!

As I rode around Capitol Hill, past many of the monuments and museums, I remembered being dragged from place to place, as a small child. When my kids are a bit bigger and we make the DC trip, we will definitely be on bikes. It was a great way to see the sights! Here we are at the White House. Once we got all gathered up, I think there were about 100 people on bicycles waving to the President. IMG_0680 We rode right down the center of Pennsylvania Ave, where there was a bike lane going both ways. I was amazed to see this very busy, very wide road with such a creative way to incorporate bicycles safely. Don’t worry Poplar. It looks like there could even be creative solutions for you!

Women’s Bike Chat TODAY, March 15, 2 p.m.

I just returned from the National Bike Summit. So for this month’s Women’s Bike Chat, we’ll take a Coffee Shop ride, and I’ll report on the Summit there. Meet us at the Bike Gate, at 2:00 p.m.

Still working around the Shop

We have made a lot of progress on our new workshop. And we’re almost ready to get back to wrenching on bikes. But there is still a bit more to do. We’d love to have you join us! Work nights are open to all because we can use all the help we can get!! You can drop in for a little while or stay the whole time. Join us! Mondays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

And the Plans for Spring continue…

IMG_0012You can now read about our Spring classes and start planning for which ones you might take. Some of them are even already listed on the calendar! We’ll have sign-up information, soon.

Women’s Bike Chat to Read Bikenomics

In April, the Women’s Bike Chat will read Elly Blue’s Bikenomics. It’s not too early to pick up your copy! You can buy it online (and we’ll send it to you!) or you can grab a copy the next time you’re at Revolutions. screen_shot_20150107_at_4.49.10_pm From the Publisher:

Bikenomics provides a surprising and compelling new perspective on the way we get around and on how we spend our money, as families and as a society. The book starts with a look at Americans’ real transportation costs, and moves on to examine the current civic costs of our transportation system. Blue tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. The multifaceted North American bicycle movement is revealed, with its contradictions, challenges, successes, and visions.

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