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I joined Arlington, Virginia families for my first-ever kidical mass. October’s ride had a Halloween theme, so the kids dressed up, and we biked down Jackson St, a road in the Ashton Heights neighborhood that is known for several haunted houses. Here are a few photos from the bike ride:

Halloween 2013 Arlington Kidical Mass
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A Spooky Bike Ride for Kids

Drag queens have gone mainstream. What was once a small event in a gay neighborhood has transformed into an annual mass-media spectacle. The High Heel Race is the signature event of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, and now attracts people from all over the city. Here are a few of the photos from the event:

2013 High Heel Race
Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd
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Drag Invasion of Dupont Circle

Just weeks after leaving his post as secretary of transportation in the Obama administration, Ray LaHood came to Arlington, Virginia to talk about the future of transportation in America. He was brought here by Mobility Lab, which held the event at the Arlington campus of George Mason University. LaHood’s vision is for a “people first” approach to transportation planning, advocating for “bikeshare, transit, streetcars, walking and biking paths,” and “safe routes to school.” Photos from the event:

Ray LaHood at Mobility Lab in GMU
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The Armed Forces Retirement Home offers an unlikely setting for an annual bike race. The DCCX Cyclocross Race attracts hundreds of cyclists came from all over the East Coast to Washington, DC. The race was almost cancelled due to the October government shutdown. The sprawling course included dirt hills, steps, and other obstacles. Spectators got to sit in the middle of the action, with surprise appearances by drummers and later a mariachi band. Here are photos from the event:

2013 DCCX
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2013 DCCX Cyclocross Race

Graveyards are the perfect setting for Halloween events, and privately-owned Congressional Cemetery is the place to be in October. Last Saturday it was the setting for the annual Dead Man’s Run, a 5K race that starts and ends in the cemetery, extending out to RFK Stadium. Volunteers dressed up and haunted the tombs. Here are photos from the 2013 event:

2013 Dead Man's Run
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One of Washington, DC’s oddest Halloween traditions, the annual Miss Adams Morgan Pageant brings a cavalcade of drag queens to the Washington Hilton ballroom. The show is hilarious and goofy, but the audience competes for the most outrageous costumes, making intermission just as entertaining as the pageant itself.

The lobby is packed with contestants, their supporters, and various attendees dressed to kill. Here are some photos from the event:


Ab Fab: Patsy and Edina
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A bike race in a parking garage? That’s the annual Diamond Derby. An office building in Crystal City was cleared of cars and turned into an obstacle course for cyclists. Bales of hay were piled in the middle of the course, giving the contestants a chance to prove how quickly they can dismount their bikes, clear the haystacks, and get back on course. Many of the cyclists dressed up for the occasion in fun costumes, as you can see in these photos:


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Bikeability is a key component of livable cities, and the best cities have the best group bike rides. Themed rides are like themed parties; they’re a great way to attract riders and make a long bike ride festive and memorable. I’ve seen tweed rides, seersucker rides, full-moon rides and more, but it’s hard to top a naked bike ride. The one in Philadelphia, only five years old, is apparently the 2nd-largest in the nation. I took a folding bike on Amtrak to join the ride and tour Philly while surrounded by naked bicyclists.

2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride
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2013 Philly Naked Bike Ride

You know what’s wrong with the Olympics? They happen only once every four years, and they never take place in my backyard. Luckily, Washington, DC has its own version, the Summer Games, the eponymous annual event from local drag queen Summer Camp. The 2013 version was modeled after Game of Thrones, and dubbed the Summer Game of Thrones, with a medieval theme.

2013 Summer Games
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Summer Games in Meridian Hill Park

I still have to explain what Tour de Fat is. No, it is not fat people on tour. It’s New Belgium Brewing‘s celebration of beer and bikes, named after their Fat Tire ale. We had a beautiful and surprisingly hot day in Yards Park. Washington, DC’s bike community came out, many in goofy costumes, for the games and the bands. Oh, and the beer. The performance schedule promised the best for last, and indeed delivered, with a giant inflatable albino squid taking the stage, followed by an appearance by the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, who was promptly captured in between giant pieces of chocolate and a graham cracker. Photos below.

2013 Tour de Fat
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2013 Tour de Fat