- (Photo: flickr/tvol)
About 12,700 people biked to work today for Bike to Work Day throughout the Washington metro region, according to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board's Commuter Connections. Commuter Connections hosts the event with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and offers 58 pit stops around the region. Apparently this year's number is close to 2,000 bike commuters more than last year. This morning's Bike to Work Day crowds certainly seem large enough from the photos, such as this Rosslyn pit stop shot from Arlington Commuter Services chief Chris Hamilton. Meanwhile, the League of American Bicyclists has chosen today to release new numbers touting the economic benefits of biking — the U.S. saves $4.6 billion a year due to its commuters who bike rather than drive, based on annual operating costs ($308 versus $8,220) associated with the two modes. Another relevant local milestone: Capital Bikeshare reached two million trips yesterday afternoon.
Here's a view from this morning's Bike to Work Day gatherings and travel in Alexandria, Virginia, and the District: