Bike to Work Day 2015––Join more than 14,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a fun, healthy, and environmentally-friendly way to get to work. A record-breaking number of cyclists are expected to participate again this year so register soon at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org
Friday, May 15, starting at various early-morning times depending on location.
Locate specific start/end times for all pit stops at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org
Register for free and visit one of 79 regional pit stops throughout Washington, D.C., and surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia; receive refreshments, and be entered in raffles for new bicycles. Cyclists must register for one pit stop but are welcome to visit any of the 79 pit stops along their way to work. Free event T-shirts will be available at pit stops for the first 14,000 registrants who attend.
Bicycle commuter convoys - led by experienced bicycle commuters - will travel throughout the region. All levels of cyclists are welcome to join the convoys.
Bicycling to work is a healthy and cost-effective alternative to drive-alone commuting. Join Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association on Friday, May 15, for Bike to Work Day 2015. Ride with thousands of cyclists, new and experienced, and enjoy a healthy commute that helps improve traffic congestion and air quality in the metropolitan Washington region. There will be free T-shirts, food, beverages, and prizes for registrants who attend.
For registration information and event details, visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org
Washington, D.C. – Registration for the metropolitan Washington region’s Bike to Work Day 2015 has opened, and if this past year’s success is any indication of what is to come, participation in the annual event to be held Friday, May 15, 2015, is expected to increase once again. Co-organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), the annual event draws residents from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia in support of cycling as a healthy, green commuting option that reduces car emissions, and has a positive impact on the environment.
Registration for the 2015 event is free and easy to complete online atwww.biketoworkmetrodc.org. The first 14,000 registrants who attend an official pit stop will receive a free event t-shirt. All registrants will be entered into a raffle to win one of many donated bicycles. Bike to Work Day launched in the Washington area in 2001 with just a few hundred registrants and has grown every year since, to nearly 17,000.
“It’s exciting to see how Bike to Work Day has grown and been supported by the residents, businesses, and organizations in the region. We’re hopeful that the event will continue to grow in popularity and expose new riders to the benefits of cycling,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “Ten percent of Bike to Work Day participants reported that they started cycling to work after participating in their first event, and more than 20 percent say cycling is now a regular part of their commutes.”
A total of 79 pit stops will be set up across the region to share support amongst event participants. Refreshments and giveaways will also be available at the pit stops while supplies last.
Regional sponsors play an important role in supporting Bike to Work Day, and this year’s major sponsors include: Marriott International, ICF International, BicycleSPACE, Bike Arlington, the City of Alexandria, The JBG Companies, KIND Healthy Snacks, Earth Justice, 495|95 Express Lanes, and REI.
Commuter Connections and WABA encourage both new and experienced bicyclists to prepare for the event by utilizing the resources found on the following websites:
- Learn more about bike commuting: For tips on bicycling to work, check out A Commuters Guide to Bicycling available through Commuter Connections atwww.commuterconnections.org/commuters/bicycling/
- Ride with others in a commuter convoy: Commuter convoys on Bike to Work Day will be led by experienced bicycle commuters, and many routes are available. Find a convoy near you at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/first-time-rider-info/4606-2/
- Brush up on cycling skills: Participate in a City Cycling Class to learn how to safely share the road with cars, other bikes, and pedestrians:http://www.waba.org/adult-education/
Free registration for Bike to Work Day is available at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org or by calling 800-745-RIDE.