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Belated 'bike to work' day

Penny farthing high wheeler in Ballston today
Penny farthing high wheeler in Ballston today
Maureen George

In Ballston this morning, the bike lanes were being used by bike-to-work enthusiasts. It wasn’t a special day, just the usual for the healthy crowd who enjoy biking to work. Last Friday was the scheduled day to celebrate the activity, but it was raining cats and dogs.

In Arlington, Virginia the urban dwellers can get around many ways: on foot, using the metro and bus system, as well as the amazingly accessible bike sharing system. The bike trails are everywhere.

If you want to learn more, check this out:

Here is news, Arlington County is counting bike traffic with a bikometer.

“How many bikes did the bikeometer count yesterday?

The Bikeometer in Rosslyn is the first in the United States that is not on the West Coast. It provides a highly visible, engaging and fun view of the volume of bike usage on the Custis Trail in Arlington. Ride past the Bikeometer and notice the daily bike count tick off another digit and acknowledge another car-free trip in Arlington County. The information displayed is real time and also includes month and year-to-date data.

Expect to see some big numbers as the year goes on since the Custis trail accommodates around half a million bike trips per year!

The Rosslyn Bikeometer is the first of it's kind on the East Coast and sixth in the United States, preceded by versions in Portland, Seattle and California. It highlights Arlington’s extensive bike and pedestrian automated counting program, which includes all the data from dozens of counters on trails and bike lanes throughout the County.

The Bikeometer is a fun feature in Rosslyn, but it’s also an important reminder that biking is a popular choice here in Arlington and an integral component of the transportation solution.

Look for the Rosslyn Bikeometer on the Custis Trail just west of the intersection with Lynn Street.”

Go to the link above to see the actual bike count.

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