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Cyclists brave the rain to celebrate Bike-to-Work Day

This post has been updated.

Not the best day for biking to work, but many folks still braved the wind and rain showers to take part in Bike-to-Work Day.

Volunteers were just as hearty, staffing pit stops around the region to greet participants.

In Montgomery County, County Executive Isaiah Leggett announced that participation in the Capital Bikeshare program nearly doubled from March to April. The number of trips that started in  Montgomery County increased from 1,630 in March to 3,182 in April. Since Montgomery County's Capital Bikeshare program began in Sept. 2013, more than 11,500 trips have been taken. The total number of trips since the program began in September 2013 through April 2014 is 11,533.

In Gaithersburg, city officials said more than 30 bicyclists stopped by the city's Bike to Work Day stop at the corner of Great Seneca Highway and Orchard Ridge Drive. The hearty commuters were treated to free t-shirts, food and drinks. Note: Officials will be handing out T-shirts in the same spot on May 19 (Monday) between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to any Bike to Work Day participant who cycles by the area.

If you missed out on today's festivities, you have another shot later this month. Organizers in the District are inviting folks to ride May 23.

— Commuter Connections (@BikeToWorkDay) May 16, 2014

While Maryland officials rescheduled their Bike-to-Work Day for the end of the month.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.



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