Tips for Riding during a Transit Shutdown

In Washington DC, the Metro transit system spent 24 hours on a shutdown. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association just published a set of tips for how to ride during the shutdown. Though these tips are specifically for DC residents, there’s still plenty of good info for bike commuters everywhere:

Metrorail is closing Wednesday for 24 hours to take care of some things.

Here are some tips if you’re considering biking instead:

For new or newish riders:

  1. Take it easy, give yourself a little more time than you think you need.
  2. We have a number of good resources here.
  3. Ask for help! People who bike to work LOVE to talk about it. You probably have a co-worker who would be thrilled to help you find a good route and maybe even meet up and ride with you.
  4. Google maps bike directions are pretty reliable.

For regular riders:

  1. Slow down. Chill out. Expect more people on the trails and in the bike lanes. Be nice to them!
  2. Be helpful! See a flat tire or a someone looking baffled at a map? Stop and offer to help!

For Everyone:

  1. There will probably be a lot of extra grumpy drivers on the road. Be careful, be patient, be polite.
  2. It’s gonna be lovely in the morning but it looks like there’s a chance of rain in the evening, so stuff a raincoat in your bag.
  3. Have a blast!

Originally published by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

By Colin Browne