Tidbits from the morning bike commute: Union Jacks and bike lanes
- This week has definitely seen an uptick in the number of bicyclists I’ve seen on my morning (and yesterday’s evening) commutes. Well over 30 this morning, and almost 100 last night. As I passed the Wisconsin Avenue Exxon featuring $4.39/gal regular unleaded, I only expect those numbers to climb.
- The British, American, and DC flags lined the posts on Pennsylvania Avenue today, as Prime Minister Cameron arrives, and before he and POTUS head to Dayton for some March Madness action.
- Tried out the new bike lanes on NY Avenue, east of the White House from 15th to 13th (at least, that’s how far I rode, though I think they run longer). They’re a smooth-riding great addition, but I would put a continuation of the lanes onto H Street NW into my personal bike infrastructure wish list.
- This weekend marked my 250th Capital Bikeshare ride. It’s hard to quantify how much my quality of life has improved by becoming a regular cyclist, first on bikeshare and now primarily with my own bike. But one easy number is that I weigh almost 20 pounds less now than I did when I began riding in October 2010. That counts for a lot in my book.