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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Biking boom prompts a wave of non-pedaling adults to sign up for lessons [Washington Post] Check out Yay Bikes! for classes!


When they were kids, they could only watch as their friends pedaled off. In college, they saw other students go ten-speeding around campus. As grown-up Washingtonians, increasingly surrounded by bike lanes, bike commuters and bike-share stations, they have stood aside as a city zips by on two wheels.
And so, a few decades later than most, 13 adults gathered last week in Alexandria to take care of some unfinished childhood business: learning to ride a bicycle.
“D.C. has become such a bike town; it’s everywhere,” said Chris, a 29-year-old staffer at a child advocacy group in the District. He stills bears the scars of his disastrous first attempt to learn at age 7: a small one on his ankle and an enduring one on his self-esteem.
“I got my foot caught somehow and went down,” said Chris, who asked not to be identified by his last name because he doesn’t want to be known as one of the few adults who never navigated such a basic rite of passage. “Everyone knows how to ride a bike. It’s embarrassing.”

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