“It’s a party downtown!” effused a young woman coasting up to a Takoma Park Bike to Work Day pit stop. Though it was only 9: 15 am, she was on her return bicycle trip from downtown DC, her first bike to work. Only, it wasn’t a work day, so after enjoying the scene of bicyclists streaming into the District, she turned her bike around and rode home, stopping at the pit stop where she began her morning. She’ll be biking to work regularly now, she said.
The Carroll Avenue pit stop, was staffed by Bruce Sawtelle, Takoma Bicycle’s owner, city staff members Roz Grigsby and Nick Kalargyros, and volunteers Lucy Neher, Sarah Dotson, and others.
Scott Williams, League of American Bicyclists membership director manned a small table stocked with his organization’s handouts – including small day-glo bicycle-shaped pins.
Free pastries, bottled water, coffee, the new Takoma Park bike map, booklets, flyers, and information sheets crowded all the table space. A steady flow of bicyclists stopped by to browse, chat, and partake of the free offerings.
Sam Ginsberg enjoyed a muffin as he relaxed in his private rickshaw. Daniel Ginsberg, his driver and father, was on the way to Sam’s day care. Sam saw his mother bicycling to work and wanted to emulate her – but now, said his father, he was more interested in muffins.
“Eek” the pedal-powered winner of Baltimore’s recent Kinetic Sculpture Race was on hand. Takoma Park’s Kurt Lawson is the owner/builder of the 4-person vehicle, designed to be driven on road, sand, and water. The giant tricycle which first appeared in town at the Grant Ave. Market loomed in the background.