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How to Stay Warm and Dry at Bike DC

I see Arlington biking enthusiast Paul DeMaio is offering some good advice on the CommuterPageBlog for people participating in Saturday's BikeDC.

The forecast, he notes, is not so swell: high of 48 degrees with rain very likely. So Paul advises on riding attire, with an emphasis on the waterproof. That includes jacket, pants and gloves. He says he got a pair of waterproof pants at Filene's for $15.

-- Contact lenses beat glasses, because rain beads on glasses.
-- A scarf solves the problem of a cold neck. (Though if it was me, I'd be afraid of doing an Isadora Duncan. But Paul probably doesn't mean a long scarf.)

You bikers have any other advice for fellow riders?

See some more details about the event in The Weekend and Beyond below.

Here are some new details from John Lisle at the District Department of Transportation about the street closings involved:

DC
-- 10th Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Avenue will be closed from 6 to 10:30 a.m.
-- Constitution Avenue NW between 9th and 12th streets will be closed from 6 to 10 a.m.

These streets will be closed from 7 to about 10 a.m:
-- Constitution Avenue from 9th Street NW to 2nd Street and Maryland Avenue NE eastbound.
-- Maryland Avenue NE from 2nd Street to 1st Street.
-- Constitution Avenue NE westbound from 1st Street to 15th Street.
-- 15th Street NW from Constitution Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue.

These streets will be closed from 7 to about 10:30 a.m.:
-- Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 15th to 21st streets.
-- 21st Street NW from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts Avenue.
-- Massachusetts Avenue NW westbound from 21st to 34th streets.
-- 30th Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue to Fulton Street.
-- Fulton Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue to 34th Street.
-- Klingle Road NW from 32nd to 34th Street.
-- Woodley Road NW from 32nd to 34th Street.
-- 21st Street NW from Massachusetts Avenue to K Street.
-- K Street, Whitehurst Freeway westbound from 21st Street NW to the Key Bridge.

The Key Bridge into Virginia will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m.

Arlington
The George Washington Parkway northbound from Key Bridge to the Chain Bridge exit will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m.

These streets will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to about noon:
-- North Lynn Street from the GW Parkway northbound on-ramp to Wilson Boulevard.
-- Wilson Boulevard northbound from North Lynn Street to Jefferson Davis Highway.
-- Jefferson Davis Highway northbound from Wilson Boulevard to 15th Street South.
-- North Marshall Drive from Route 110 to the Marine Corps Memorial.
-- Washington Boulevard from Route 110 to Columbia Pike.
-- Columbia Pike from Route 27 to the Air Force Memorial.

15th Street South from Route 1 to Crystal Drive southbound will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Crystal Drive from 15th to 20th Street will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. (That's where the event finishes.)

By Robert Thomson  |  October 16, 2009; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  Biking  | Tags: Bike DC, Dr. Gridlock  
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