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Press Release

Release Date: Sep 28, 2010

Crystal City Gets Car-Free

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2010
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430


Crystal City Gets Car-Free

Awards Recognize Crystal City’s Alternative Transportation Options

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) proudly announces the receipt of two new awards honoring the organization's commitment to transportation alternatives. The Crystal City BID was named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) by the League of American Bicyclists, and received the Pioneer Award from Arlington’s Car-Free Diet.

“With the VRE, Blue and Yellow Metro lines, Metro Bus stops, access to bike paths, slug lines, walkable streets, and interior concourses, Crystal City offers employees, residents, and guests convenient alternatives to single occupancy driving,” said Crystal City BID President / CEO Angela Fox. “We focus heavily on enhancing and marketing these assets through creative partnerships and strategic investments.”

By naming the Crystal City BID a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business, the League of American Bicyclists recognizes their best practices and innovations in bicycle friendliness at the workplace and throughout the community. The Crystal City BID has formed partnerships to offer bicycle commuters shower memberships at the local Sport & Health Club, opened the Revolution Cycles City Hub (a bicycle accessory and rental shop with next-generation bike rental program), and launched Capital Bikeshare in the Crystal City area with 114 bicycles and 14 stations. In addition, the Crystal City BID has sponsored the Washington Area Bicyclists Association’s (WABA) Bike to Work Day and the Air Force Cycling Classic for the past four years, and Bike DC for the past two years. These investments add to the existing bike assets, furthering area appeal to local cyclists.

Arlington’s Car-Free Diet Pioneer Award acknowledges the steps that the Crystal City BID has made to encourage individuals to leave cars at home when coming to Crystal City. The organization creates maps, signs, and stickers to guide event attendees to and from the Crystal City Metro Station. The Crystal City BID partners with WABA to provide a bike valet at events. In addition, the Crystal City BID directs guests to nearby bike racks, bus stops, and Capital Bikeshare locations. These actions are working; at the Crystal City BID’s most recent event, Vintage Crystal, over 60 percent of attendees used alternative forms of transportation.

By bringing fun cultural events and programs to a transit oriented location, the Crystal City BID is reducing vehicle trips and improving quality of life for area residents, workers, and guests. These awards testify to the success that the Crystal City BID has had, while encouraging continuation of these efforts into the future.

Visit www.crystalcity.org for additional details on the area’s accessible assets and burgeoning bicycle culture and to register for upcoming events.