August, 2012 Archives

Local drag queen Summer Camp celebrated her fifth year of the “Summer Games,” a series of goofy contests inspired by the Olympics. Instead of Queen Elizabeth opening the London Games, we got Summer Camp wearing the flag of the United Kingdom. The Games were sponsored by Shearon Van Riggins, an amalgation of local DJs Aaron Riggins and Shea Van Horn.

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Olympic Games in Meridian Hill Park

One of the interesting abandoned places in Washington is the East Campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital. When WABA hosted a bike carnival there, I got a chance to tour the empty campus. The city is branding this large tract as St Elizabeths East, breaking it into 18 distinct parcels. My favorite building was south of the Maple Quadrangle, with a courtyard facing the street that was so overgrown with old trees and underbrush that it reminded me of Angkor Wat. The buildings remained closed, but you could explore the covered brick walkways, filled with garbage. If done right, this area could become a jewel in the city.

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Ghost Town in Southeast D.C.

One of the best bike rides from Washington is riding along the Potomac River to Great Falls. Reaching the Virginia side of Great Falls can be a challenge for cyclists from DC, but the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center on the Maryland side offers the same views and is a straightforward journey. The Visitor Center lies smack in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal starts in Georgetown, taking you from the city to the countryside. My teenage nephew Greg was in town, so with his help I’ve documented our bike trip, taken on a Monday in late July (mixing in some shots from other days).

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Washington’s Capital Bikeshare system continues to grow, adding new stations and setting new ridership records. I took a look at their recently-released data for the second quarter of 2012.

The above chart shows daily CaBi checkouts for April, May and June. The totals for casual riders (those using 1- or 3-day memberships) are shown in pink, set atop the total for registered riders (those with monthly or annual memberships), shown in orange. Weekends are given a grey background. Notice the extreme dip in ridership on Sunday, April 22, when ridership plunged from the quarterly average of 6,295 trips to only 1,027. I overlayed the barometric pressure (via Weather Underground), showing the pressure’s biggest drop was also on the 22nd, indicating a big storm (and indeed, that day got 1.27 inches of rain). » Continue Reading…