Today was Bike To Work Day here in DC, as well as in many other locales around the United States. Thousands of cyclists descended upon downtown DC this morning, both as a sign of solidarity and to pick up freebies: t-shirts, water bottles, bagels, bananas and coffee.

Amazingly, motorists in downtown accepted the myriad intruders into their usual steel cage mix. And equally amazing was the fact that most of the cyclists were on good behavior: obeying posted signs, signaling turns and stops, and riding predictably.

For one fleeting moment, cycling was an accepted mode of personal transport in the District.

If only that could be a more everyday occurrence.