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Couple makes biking a business

by RL Policar

Like a lot of Bethesda couples, Stephen and Janna Marks commute to work in downtown Washington each day.

But they don’t spend their time in a corporate office, or on Capitol Hill — though they do provide great views of the landmark.

Since the couple took over a Washington, D.C., bicycle tour company several years ago, they’ve been in the business of fun — providing it for others and in turn having it themselves.

‘‘So many people in this area work in the government or the defense industry,” said Janna Marks. ‘‘People say to us, ‘Oh wow, you own your own business.’ It’s something different.”

In 2002, Stephen and Janna Marks, both 41, took over Bike the Sites, a 10-year-old business that provides guided bike tours of the District’s national monuments and bike, scooter and wheelchair rentals.

Stephen’s friend who had previously owned the business decided to sell and head west to Seattle.‘‘He asked me if I wanted it and I said yes,” Stephen said. ‘‘Then I asked Janna.”

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One Response to “Couple makes biking a business”

  1. Shanyn Money says:

    No contact information to send a direct email to you. Why not a review of the ultimate commuter bike, the Breezer Uptown?

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