Press Releases That Make Me Laugh: “Ride Metro to Bike to Work Day”

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The title of this press release, “Ride Metro to Bike to Work Day”, from WMATA cracked me up. It makes sense when you read the full press release though:

Metro encourages riders to bike to Metrobus, Metrorail

Metro encourages bicyclists to ride their bikes and take Metrobus or Metrorail to work on “Bike to Work Day,” this Friday, May 21. The event is sponsored by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and promotes bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.

Bicyclists who ride to a Metrobus stop and take the bus to work can secure their bikes on racks on the front of any bus. Information on how to use the racks is available at

Many Metrorail stations have facilities for bicycle storage so bicyclists can ride their bicycle to a station, leave it there, and take Metrorail or Metrobus. Storage facilities include free racks or lockers for rent, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Metro currently has about 1,600 bicycle racks and an additional 1,300 lockers spread throughout the Metrorail system at most of the 86 Metrorail stations. Bicycles are welcome in the Metrorail system anytime except during weekday rush hours, from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Metro is working with its regional partners to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to Metrorail stations throughout the transit system. Earlier this month, Metro and the District of Columbia celebrated the completion of the first segment of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), an eight-mile multi-use trail that will run from Union Station to Silver Spring, Md. When fully completed, the trail will provide direct access to seven Metrorail stations along the Red Line.

In addition, Metro is nearing completion of a study to identify Metrorail stations where improved pathways could attract more people to bike or walk to a station. The study evaluates existing and projected bicycle and pedestrian demand and access to stations, and facilities to improve bicycle storage, such as key swipe-card entry bicycle cages in parking lots and double-deck parking for bicycles.

Metro has identified $9 million in bicycle investment needs between 2011 and 2020 as part of its capital needs inventory, and will be working with its regional partners to identify ways to fund them.

For more information about Metro’s Bike ‘N Ride Program, visit

11 Comment

  • ah

    Waiting for the AAA one — I will drive my bike to work using my bike rack.

  • Use metro and your bike bike to get to work! (except during weekday rush hours, from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.)

    • The release is talking about leaving or locking your bikes at metro stops. It is totaly insane to consider having bikes on the metro during rush hour. Some day when the Metro Direcor catches the Leprecon and gets a bag of gold and silver then the system can buy all those special cars for the end of the train reserved for people with bikes, stroller, wheelchairs, large suitcases and so on.

  • I do not understand why you find this humorous. Bluntly I am totally confused by this posting.

  • What doesn’t make sense is why we’re still paying for communications consultants with product this poor.

  • I’m not about to ride my bike to the CH metro and leave it locked there all day while I’m at work. Any regular reader of PoP can tell you that it’s not likely to be there waiting for me when I get back.

    • this PoP reader can tell you that i did indeed do that for a good stretch of time, and the bike was waiting every day when i got back.

      not to turn this into another “your bike will immediately get stolen anywhere you leave it” thread, but i used the cheap bike/expensive lock 1-2 punch.

      recall the advice for escaping a bear attack: you don’t have to be faster than the bear…just faster than any of your friends who are running away at the same time. same deal applies for the bike: you just have have to have a tougher lock and a crappier bike.

  • SouthwestDC

    The people in my office had a good laugh when HQ emailed this out. They’d all get flattened biking in on 295 or 395! Unfortunately, like metro commuting, bike commuting is not a realistic option for most people in the DC area.

    • SouthwestDC

      Meant to say they had a good laugh when the original Bike to Work announcement was sent out. Even biking to the metro station, taking the metro, and walking half an hour to the office would be a major journey.

  • Consider: Metro as transit provider and transit includes bikes. There should be bike tunnels alongside the rail complete with AC and cafe/shops, WMATA bikes returned to strategic start of day locations at the end of the day by the always empty buses and trains heading out of the core into the nearby suburbs. Think how many bike mechanics metro would have to hire!

    But, nearly every friend I’ve had here in DC for the last 20 years has had major majory bike injury, big time, and the first person I met when I moved here lost her brother to a bike/metrobus accident. So, be safe out there on those wild DC streets and please autodrivers, take it easy and stop texting all the time for ^&*(^ sake….

    Shirt color this year? Bright yellow…

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