Arlington Drafthouse and Cinema will host a screening of Rising From Ashes this evening at 7:20 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Rising From Ashes , which has garnered critical acclaim from major publications and received awards at numerous independent film festivals, is described thusly:
Rising From Ashes is a joyous and uplifting independent film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected deeply by the genocide that tore the East African nation apart in 1994.Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jacques “Jock” Boyer moves to Rwanda in 2006 to help a group of struggling survivors of the genocide to pursue their dream of creating a national cycling team. Members of the fledgling team were children left orphaned by the genocide a decade earlier. Their pasts are painful. As they set out against impossible odds, both Boyer – fighting his own past demons – and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their pasts through remarkable achievements, both big and small.
Following a crash in Minneapolis that resulted in a cyclist’s death, this blog says it’s not about whether the cyclist was riding safely.
Harriet Tregoning did much to further better bike infrastructure in D.C. She’s also a devoted Brompton rider.
WABA bike ambassador Pete explains why giving cycling a voice (literally!) is a great thing.
Traffic signals give priority to cyclists in the Netherlands, of course.
Another driver drove on the W&OD Trail.If you haven’t already, please sign our petition to encourage the District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service to fix the Rock Creek Park Trail. Photo by Flickr user Joe in DC. Join our Flickr pool!
Tyson’s Corner Station is for the short term, slightly more hazardous to ride to because of road and building construction across the street from the station. The construction is specifically located at the intersection of ShopTysons Blvd and the Chain Bridge Rd entrance to the mall. There is a stop sign on ShopTysons Blvd for crossing the mall entrance that has very little visibility to oncoming traffic. In coming months, the construction will be completed and the route will be much safer. From the south, there is a great route from the Kilmer Middle School Neighborhood to the Tysons Corner Station. I use this route to get to the mall for shopping. There’s great bike parking in front of Gordon Biersch Brewery with easy access to the mall. A slight variant on the route listed above is from McLean High School to McLean Metro station. Magarity Road has quite a bit of traffic, but is not bad for cycling. The route is quite convenient.
Spring Hill Station has some routes that are easy and safe and some routes that are not at all recommended. From the west, Metro access from Wolf Trap National Park is a pleasant ride, though it has a few hills. Trap Road has a nice, multi-use trail that makes things much easier. The business park to the north comes from Freddie Mac, near Spring Hill Road around to Tysons Corner Mall. Jones Branch Drive is busy, but has a very wide shoulder. It was an easy ride to the metro. There is access to the Metro Station on both the south and north of Chain Bridge Road.
One of the routes that would be most useful to get to Spring Hill Station is from the north. Spring Hill Recreation Center and Park is a big part of the community. Unfortunately the roads between Spring Hill Rec Center and the metro are NOT safe for riding. The shoulders on Spring Hill Road are narrow and the traffic is heavy and moving quickly. We rode it safely at its lowest traffic time, but I wouldn’t recommend it to any but the most seasoned cyclists used to riding in high-traffic areas. Spring Hill Station has an easy route from the south and the Westbriar Elementary School neighborhood. There are a few sections of multi-use trails. I’m pleased to say that there are great cycling routes and great cycling facilities for these Metro stations! Happy riding! Pete