Quick Summary of Upcoming Events:
May 12 – Bike DC: Roads closed cyclovia — 1,000s of riders!CANCELLED DUE TO DC AND NPS PERMITTING DELAYS
May 17 — Bike to Work Day: group rides from Greenbelt to DC! Depart Greenbelt 7am Depart Lake Artemesia 7:20am (approx) Depart College Park 7:45am
May 18 — Chesapeake Tour de Cure: Easton MD (our team is “Proteus Herd”)
May 25 10am-2pm — Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Heritage Trails Area Bike Rally. Meet at Duvall Park (on Rhode Island Ave. just down the street from Proteus). Breakfast at 9:30am; lunch at Magruder Park.
May 26, 11am — Greenbelt Museum, Roosevelt Ride and Picnic. Meet in Old Greenbelt (farmers market area/lawn in front of the library and community center). Picnic on the lawn to follow.
May 27, 8:45am — Ladies beginner ride. Meet at Proteus at 8:45am or at Lake Artemesia main gate at roughly 9am or a little after.
June 1, 9am — Ride from Proteus to Tour de Fat, the biggest bike party around! (Phill leading, details forthcoming)
Tuesdays: 7:15pm Community Yoga
Thursdays: 7-9pm Potluck
Saturdays: 10am Group Rides
Sundays: Group rides — check for times and destinations (MTB, longer destination rides etc.)
NOTE — check our Facebook Page for updates (www.facebook.com/proteusbicycles)
We ride year round, usually one or two rides per weekend. Winter rides are usually 10am Saturdays and (sometimes) 10am or 12pm Sundays, although we don’t schedule as far in advance, so we can check the weather and pick the best day for a ride.
All Proteus rides tend to be sort of like informal social meetups, not competitive or racy. They are not supported by the shop, however, so please bring tools for changing flat tires, a Farecard or cellphone for if you have an unfixable mechanical problem or otherwise need to be bailed out on the road, food and water and gear for changes in weather, and please take personal responsibility for your own safety and obey all traffic laws and trail rules. We try to ride as a group, and no one is dropped or left behind. There are usually cookies (or at least fresh baked bread)… -Jeff
Upcoming events and rides (check back for weather updates in winter):
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm — Community Yoga. Nicole Horvath leads a yoga at Proteus on Tuesdays. Arrive at 7 so we can start promptly at 7:15. All are welcome. We have some mats and blocks in case you don’t have your own. Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes (sweats/yoga pants, t-shirt). I’ll heat up the store best I can, but it will not be “hot” yoga so wear layers to add/shed. There is no fee, but we will gladly accept a donation to pass on to charity. Our current charity is Miriam’s Kitchen www.miriamskitchen.org
Thursdays, 7pm-9pm — Community Potluck. On Thursdays, the shop is open late, and we host a potluck gathering. All are welcome, and you don’t need to bring anything, although food and beverage donations are always appreciated! It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and talk about bike stuff.
Saturday, May 11 — 1pm — 30-ish mile intermediate training ride in Beltsville.
Friday, May 17 — 7am. Bike to Work convoy from Greenbelt/College Park/Hyattsville to DC. We’ll meetup at the Greenbelt pitstop, at the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center, and we’ll be departing at 7am http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/greenbelt-pit-stop/ and taking this route http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2176630 (although we may split up and have a smaller group head straight downtown without hitting the College Park pitstop).
Saturday, May 18 — 5:30 departure for TdC! Proteus Herd convoy to Tour de Cure start in Easton. Details to follow.
Saturday, May, 25 — 10am-2pm (9:30 meetup/breakfast) Maryland Milestones/ATHA Rivers to Rockets Bike Rally. Maryland Milestones (aka Anacostia Trials Heritage Area) is hosting their annual Rivers to Rockets ride. We’ll start just down the street from Proteus at Duvall Park (by Rhode Island Ave), tour the scenic Anacostia Tributary trails, visit the Hyattsville Arts District, Magruder Park, and the Bladensburg marina, before heading back north via College Park and the scenic Paint Branch Trail. Here is the route:http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2115157
Meetup is at 9:30am, the ride starts at 10am, and lunch will be provided at Magruder Park. Here is the registration info (there is a fee): http://www.marylandmilestones.org/bike-rally PS, Laurie and I are leading this ride, and we’ll take a moderate, family friendly pace.
Sunday, May 26 — 11am Greenbelt Museum Roosevelt Ride and Picnic. Second, on the following day, Sunday May 26, the Greenbelt Museum is hosting its first ever “Roosevelt Ride”, starting at 11am. I don’t have the route, but I think it will be a very easy social ride around old Greenbelt with a picnic to follow. Here’s the link: http://greenbeltmuseum.org/2013/03/29/join-us-for-the-first-ever-roosevelt-ride/ Meetup is on the lawn in front of the Greenbelt library/community center, and picnic on the lawn after the ride! Retro outfits encouraged -Jeff
Monday, May 27 — 8:45am Laurie’s Ladies beginner ride Monday morning (Memorial day)! Meet at Proteus at 8:45 am or at the Lake Artemesia main gate about 9:00 – 9:05. We’ll head down from Proteus to Lake Artemesia, meet up to talk about bike handling and safety, then do a few laps around the Lake. Beginners can stop there or join the more experienced riders for a ride along the Northeast branch trail. We’ll be back at Proteus around 10:45. The weather is supposed to be beautiful!
Saturday, June 1 — 9am (approx) Tour de Fat! Ride to DC’s biggest bike party (led by Phill, details forthcoming)
Video from the Tim Johnson Ride on Washington, 2013
Typical Pastry Ride on the Anacostia Tributary Trails:
NEW — Video playlist (includes video directions to Proteus and clips from our recent shop rides etc.)
Bike directions to the shop:
-Cross 201 at Crescent Road; go straight across at the light and take the little trail up the to street by the Old Line Bank
Left on Ivy Lane and left on Cherrywood Lane to cross over the Beltway
Go through the Metro station, right inside and through the tunnel to the North College Park side
-After exiting the Metro area, take Lackawanna Street; go left on 50th Street, then right on Hollywood Road
-Cross Rhode Island Ave and go left on the outer road.
-Take a right and go up the hill on Erie Street to the shop (Route 1 at Erie Street)
From College Park:
Proteus is easy to access from either the College Park Trolley trail or the Paint Branch trail.
-From the Trolley trail, cross Greenbelt Road and University Blvd (bike lane, not a pleasant intersection) and continue on Rhode Island Ave (bike lane). Then cross to the outer road on the left (west) side up to Erie Street. Proteus is up the hill on Erie Street at Route 1.
-From the Paint Branch trail and the University of MD campus, just follow the trail north, past the Comcast Center, past the dog park, under University Blvd and around the golf course. After the golf course, take the wood bridge to the right and up the trail and alleyway to the intersection of Route 1 and Hollywood Road. Cross Route 1 at the light and go straight up the hill past the post office. Take a right the the first street and go back a couple blocks to Erie Street, then take a right to get back to Route 1 (the shop is at Route 1 and Erie Street).
From Hyattsville, Bladensburg:
-Take the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia.
-Take the Paint Branch under the train tracks, around to the right for a little ways along the track, then left alongside the playground. Turn right on the College Park Trolley trail (it merges with the Paint Branch trail for a little bit). Then you have a choice of taking the Paint Branch trail under Route 1 or going straight and staying on the trolley trail. Either way, see the directions above from College Park.
From downtown DC:
-I take the Met Branch Trail to Monroe Street Bridge (bike lane)
-Left at 12th (sharrows) and right at Newton (bike route)
-Left at 18th, and right at Varnum (bike routes)
-Cross Eastern Ave and the road becomes Arundel Road (bike route, bumpy road — beware unmarked speedbumps)
-Jog one block to the right at 34th street (otherwise you’d be on a one-way Allison Street going the wrong way)
-Left at 38th Street, over the bridge, and right on the NW branch trail
-Cross Rhode Island at the crosswalk/trail alongside Armentrout Road
-Down the ramp and up the NE Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia
-Pick up the Paint Branch Trail at Lake Artemesia and go under the CSX track.
-Take the College Park Trolley Trail/Rhode Island Ave (bike lane, sort of) across University Blvd (not a pleasant intersection)
-Cross left to the outer road alongside Rhode Island
-Left on Erie Street up the hill to the bike shop (Route 1 at Erie)