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Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Cyclists hit the road for Bike to Work day

8:35 A.M. Update:

A Ride On bus drove into a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Wheaton this morning, according to the Montgomery County Police Department. The restaurant is located at 12145 Georgia Avenue, according to police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti. This accident is blocking one northbound lane of Georgia Avenue at this spot, right outside the Wheaton Metro station.

The bus was occupied, but Innocenti was unable to confirm the number of passengers or if there were any injuries. The accident was reported to the police shortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.

The Post’s Steve Overly was on the scene and took photos, which you can see at Post Now.

As a reminder for everybody today: It is Bike to Work Day, which means the roads will be filled with more cyclists than usual. Be careful and safe out there.

8:10 A.M. Update:

The vehicle fire on westbound I-66 after Lee Highway is now just blocking the right shoulder.

The accident on the inner loop of the Beltway is now just blocking the shoulder to the south of the Braddock Road exit.

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway after the New Hampshire Avenue exit is blocking one of the shoulders.

7:55 A.M. Update:

An accident on northbound Georgia Avenue at Urbana Drive is blocking one northbound lane near the Glenmont Metro station.

There’s an accident on the inner loop of the Beltway, blocking the right lane south of the Braddock Road exit.

The vehicle fire on westbound I-66 in Centreville after Lee Highway is blocking the right center lane, right lane and right shoulder.

7:30 A.M. Update:

A vehicle fire on westbound I-66 in Centreville after Lee Highway is blocking the right lane and right shoulder. If you’re heading in that direction, expect delays approaching and immediately after Lee Highway.

7:10 A.M. Update:

A cyclist was struck at 18th Street and Columbia Road in Northwest Washington, according to the D.C. Fire Department. Drivers and cyclists, please be careful today.

6: 50 A.M. Update:

I-95 North is backed up near Lorton Road and again approaching the Springfield Interchange.

I-66 East is congested as you get close to Nutley Street.

6:30 A.M. Update:

Traffic on the inner loop of the Beltway is backed up around the Dulles Toll Road right now.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! Be ready to expect a lot of cyclists on the roads this morning due to Bike to Work Day. And just in time for this, the morning weather should be clearer than the last few mornings, according to the Capital Weather Gang .There’s still the outside chance of a shower, with more stormy weather possible this afternoon.

We’ll be keeping tabs on any headaches, issues or problems we hear about on the roads this morning. Let us know anything you see out there — tell us in the comments below or via Twitter (@DrGridlock).

And remember, whether you’re driving, walking or joining your fellow cyclists, be careful out there.

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