- Spring is officially here, but I wouldn’t know it from this morning’s temperature. Even with gloves on, my freezing thumbs give the weater a thumbs down.
- Passing by Metro Center, I saw and heard a brass quintet playing a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila, which reminded me that this city needs more street musicians. I’m not always a fan of an unregulated free market, but I do think that street performance is an area in which competition causes individual performers to build and practice their talents. As it is, the limited number of performers (and the few/none allowed in Metro stations and on the National Mall) are paid primarily by passersby who are feeling charitable, with little regard to talent level. I am a big fan of informal philanthropy, but I also think that good music brightens up my day, and I’d like to reward that.
- I played Cat-6 tag with a guy on what looked like a very expensive bike, with a very squeaky chain. Yipes!
- I would love to know how many bicyclists ride on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Park each day. I think it is probably much higher than most people would guess.
- Good luck to everyone in getting your entire day’s work done this morning, before the NCAA tournament starts at noon. Regardless of the weather, these are the most wonderful four days of the sports year!
daniniowa said: I think that should be the real purpose of Bike to Work is getting new cyclists out there! For many of us on her, we don’t need a special day for it.
I agree with you on the primary purpose of Bike to Work Day, Dan, but I think it’s important to have “strength in numbers” and show anyone who is considering bike commuting that it’s not only accessible, but more common than they think.
The bigger problem for DC is that (for at least the second straight year), the day is being held on a Friday, when many workers in the area either flex or telework. And pending the future of the sequester, others just might be furloughed that day, limiting the number of potential riders.