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Release Date: May 5, 2011

Crystal City Expands Accessibility Two Wheels At a Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2011
CONTACT: Angela Fox, afox@crystalcity.org, 703-412-9430


Crystal City Expands Accessibility Two Wheels At a Time
Award Winning Programs Highlight Area’s Bike-ability

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – April was a busy month in Crystal City! The Power Purge & Shred wrapped up spring-cleaning, 5K Fridays hit the ground running, and this week’s Fit Week kicked off a season of being fit and healthy. Now May will spin during National Bicycle Month. With the expanding Capital Bikeshare system, Revolution Cycles City Hub’s innovative bike-lease program and accessory shop, Sport & Health shower memberships, new bicycle lanes and “sharrows,” direct access to the regional trail network, and increasingly popular bike events, Crystal City embodies a complete and diverse array of cycling options and assets.

“Warmer temperatures combine with fun bicycle events and substantial infrastructure investments to further define Crystal City as the region’s cycling HUB,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Two wheels get you where you want to go in Crystal City and beyond, in a way that is fit, healthy, and green."

The Capital Bikeshare system puts 110 bicycles and 14 stations at the front door of Crystal City employees, residents, and guests allowing them to tap into a two-wheeled transit network that extends to the District of Columbia, making it the largest bikeshare system in the United States.

Revolution Cycles City Hub continues to offer a unique bike-lease program, Access Bike, which focuses on longer, fitness-oriented and all-day recreational rides for area residents, employees, and hotel guests. Monthly lunchtime Hub Spins provide an opportunity to go for a test ride, while all cyclists can take advantage of the City Hub for repair services and accessories.

Those considering cycle commuting are welcome to participate in Crystal City’s Bike to Work Week May 16th to the 20th. Each year, the Crystal City BID hosts a pit stop during the Washington Area Bicyclists Association’s (WABA) annual Bike to Work Day (May 20th). This year, the Crystal City BID has expanded the concept to encourage commuting for five straight days. The week long pit stop in the Crystal City Water Park will offer breakfast snacks from Corner Bakery, repairs by Revolution Cycles City Hub, and a free shower at Sport & Health. Those commuting warriors that ride each day will also be rewarded with a custom Crystal City cycling jersey and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize from Revolution Cycles.

The Air Force Cycling Classic presented by Boeing returns for its fifth year on June 12th with professional racing and the increasingly popular Crystal Ride Community challenge, which offers riders a chance to complete 8 laps of the 12.5 km car-free course for a full 100 km within 3.5 hours. Professional cyclists then take to the 1 km criterium course for an action-packed race. In conjunction with the Clarendon Cup held the previous day, the weekend of cycling events in Arlington represents one of the largest events for professional cycling in the country with most of the nation’s highest ranked racers expected to be in attendance.

On the eve of the Air Force Cycling Classic, WABA will hold their annual summer fundraiser, BikeFest, in the former food court in the Crystal City Shops @ 1750 on Saturday, June 11th from 8 PM to Midnight. Featuring live music and dancing, sideshows, carnival-cycle games, the event will culminate with the 2011 Bike Build Contest, where area bicycle shops are challenged to make custom bikes armed only with $250, recycled parts, and serious creativity. Visit www.waba.org for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Recognized by the American League of Bicyclists as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business, Crystal City can meet any cyclist’s needs, whether an avid or occasional commuter, a serious competitor, a race enthusiast, or strictly a recreational rider. Visit www.crystalcity.org for additional details on the area’s “Bike Culture” assets and to register for upcoming events.

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The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.