Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bicycles, Babes and Businesses

Ward 7's Veronica Davis galvanized over 60 women to join Black Women Bike and from this meetup a vocal voting biking constituency has emerged. The biker babes possess the power to create a commuter-friendly bike culture East of the River.

With Black Women Bike and WABA (Washington Area Bike Association) working side by side to push biking legislation for East of the River, residents won't have to depend on WMATA's temperamental schedule to get across the river or to transfer between Southeast DC neighborhoods.

East Bay California bears a similar resemblance to neighborhoods East of the Anacostia River. While visiting the University of California-Berkeley, I rented a bike from "The Bike Station", a mixed-use bicycling business designed to rent, fix, and sell bicycles.

The staff are friendly and offer bike services to students, tourists and commuters. They work collaboratively with the East Bay Bicycle Coalition to educate riders about safe and efficient bicycling in downtown Berkeley.

Jim explains how the Bike Station functions.

Indeed, biking from Berkeley to Oakland was very easy and getting to the BART was simple. Berkeley and Oakland can offer Southeast DC some great ideas on how to design an urban and high commuting culture while creating business opportunities for neighborhoods East of the Anacostia River.

If you are interested in opening up a Bike Station East of the Anacostia visit:
110 W. Ocean Blvd. Ste. 19
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 572-BIKE
(562) 733-0106

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