Post-Hains Point 100

Megan Jones spent the Sunday before Christmas spinning her wheels. In the cold. For hours. On purpose.

Megan Jones wants more women out there on the roads with her. Nothing against you guys, but she’d like to see more women enjoying the exercise, the fun, the benefits of biking. So she hatched the "Hains Point 100" idea. 

She decided she would ride the Hains Point loop over and over again, until she hit mile 100. For every mile she rode, she’d raise cash for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's Women & Bikes program. 

Megan talked to me about her effort (see the video here). And there’s a great account on the blog Chasingmailboxes.

By the time I caught up with Megan, she had more than 90 people signed up to donate or ride alongside her for at least a portion of her ride.  While there, I met folks I knew by their Twitter handles and blogroll titles. It was nice to meet “Rootchopper” and @girlonabikedc among others. 

I also met Jocelyn Herrington, a commuter who helps illustrate that cyclists aren’t just cyclists, and drivers aren’t just drivers. Even cyclists who don’t own their own cars often pick up a Zipcar or a Car2Go.

To get from Charles County, MD to Arlington County, VA each day, Herrington’s devised a very interesting multi-modal commute. She lives in Waldorf, MD and commutes to Rosslyn, VA to work. Instead of suffering through the gridlock, she decided to break up her ride. So she drives to National Harbor where she parks, then takes the Wilson Bridge to the Mt Vernon Trail on in to Rosslyn. And she loves it. 

Guy alert: I also met Denis Chazelle, President of ZAdventures and the guy who put the MOCO Epic mountain bike ride together in yes, Montgomery County. I asked him if Montgomery County is becoming more bike-friendly. He said, yes, for mountain biking, but that it has a way to go in terms of on-road biking.