Bust out your superhero capes, dust off your magic wands: it’s time to celebrate Halloween, bike-style! Join us on Saturday, October 25 for a bike ride, costume contest, and cider-and-doughnuts party hosted by Capitol Hill Bikes.
We’ll do the ride as a progressively-advancing bike train with meetups in Columbia Heights, Brookland, Eckington, and Capitol Hill. First meetup is at 10:00 am at Columbia Heights Plaza.
The celebrity judge for our costume contest will be none other than Gear Prudence, the Washington City Paper’s tongue-in-cheek bicycle advice guru. Prizes -- generously supplied by Capitol Hill Bikes -- will be awarded for best bike-based costume, as well as other categories that we will probably make up on the spot. :-)
Read below for more details.
When: Saturday, October 25.
Where: First meetup is at Columbia Heights Plaza at 10:00am*
- Metropolitan Branch Trail @ R Street NE, 10:30am
- Stanton Park, Capitol Hill, 10:45am
- Arrival and par-tay: 11:00am
Route & Distance: Full distance from Columbia Heights: 6 miles (almost all downhill). Click here for route map.
Difficulty level: Intermediate (suitable for parents; kids who can climb short hills and have been riding independently in traffic for 6months+).
Party: Generously hosted by Capitol Hill Bikes. Cider and doughnuts will be provided. Use this form to RSVP and to let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
Please consider patronizing Capitol Hill Bikes in thanks for their support.
Costume Contest: There will be prizes! Bring us your best store-bought or DIY Halloween costumes. Bonus points if they incorporate bikes or bike equipment!
Many thanks to:
Capitol Hill Bikes for hosting the party & providing prizes for the contest
Brian McEntee, aka @sharrowsDC and Gear Prudence, for generously donating his Saturday morning to our ride.
*we’ve had requests from some of our Columbia Heights friends for route suggestions for getting down to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. This ride will incorporate an easy route that incorporates on-street bike infrastructure. We’ll also discuss and map out some other options for getting from Columbia Heights to points in Northeast.