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Hello! I’m Erin and I’m hoping we get to see a lot of each other.

See, I just arrived here last week from Chicago, IL. Lucky for me, my new job as Events & Outreach Coordinator with BikeArlington has me doing all the things I normally like to do when getting to know a city—namely attending a lot of community events, talking to people and riding my bike. And it’s great to being doing this in Arlington County, with a group of folks dedicated to helping more people bike more often.

Riding the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route.

What I most love about biking is that it’s not just one thing. It’s not just about commuting, racing, bike sharing, running errands, recreation or traveling—but it can be any of those things, if you want it to be. And BikeArlington and I are here to help make it easier.

I started biking regularly to skip the train commute to downtown Chicago. But I kept with it because of the way it expanded my sense of the city and connected me to community. In my first season of biking, I learned more about the city and how it works than I had in the previous years combined.

I got hooked. And I kept finding more things that biking could do for me—

  • It kept me warm in the winter, liberating me from the subzero bus wait.
  • It blew my sense of adventure wide open, as I took my bike down the pacific coast and led a cross-country bike trip to raise money for affordable housing with Bike & Build.
  • It helped me feel like I belonged in a Chinese city as I made friends and explored beyond the places considered normal.
  • It powered an entire stage worth of entertainment and helped fund solar panels for schools at my last job with Climate Cycle.

And it brought me to Arlington to hang out with all of you.  Which is pretty great. The BikeArlington team and I have exciting plans we’d like you to be a part of— so be sure check www.bikearlington.com and follow us on twitter and facebook so you don’t miss out.

See you soon,

Erin

And if you made it this far, the Windy City nickname for Chicago is of decidedly disputed origin. I side with the Chicago Historical Society and the Chicago Public Library, who cite the boasts and long-windedness of local politicians for the moniker. The nickname became popular as Second City politicians tried to woo organizers of the 1893 World’s Fair, puffing a lot of hot air in the process.

Photo courtesy of PeopleForBikes.

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