Imagine this: it’s a cool morning, the sun is rising higher and the wind is rushing past your ears. You roll by cars stopped in traffic and turn onto a tree-lined path. The air smells great and you feel alive! As you get closer to town you join-up with other 2-wheeled riders at a pit stop for free snacks, beverages and a few laughs. Now ask yourself: is this better than sitting in commuter traffic, or what?
Turn this daydream into reality on Friday, May 20th, as Montgomery County and the Washington region recognizes Bike To Work Day. This day celebrates biking and helps commuters find car-alternative and healthy ways to get to work. Its fun, free and you can get prizes for participating!
Registering for Bike to Work Day is easy and can be done online. All you have to do is choose a pit stop to visit on your way to work. There you will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, and have access to healthy snacks, coffee and other beverages from event sponsors like Whole Foods and Starbucks.
If you’re looking to meet other cyclists in the region, consider signing up for a Bicycle Convoy. On Bike to Work Day, 17 convoys will meet at select locations and participants will bike a route together. 5 convoys are leaving from Montgomery County including Silver Spring, Bethesda, Takoma Park, Rockville and even one from Shady Grove that winds its way through local metro stops and ends at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Registering for Bike To Work Day also ensures that you will have a chance to win raffle prizes. Local sponsors have supplied items such as bike gloves, locks and even new bicycles for the raffle. Be sure to register at the pit stop you plan to visit so you get a raffle ticket!
The best part of Bike to Work Day are the pit stops. There are 83 pit stops in the DC region and 12 are in Montgomery County. The Pit Stops offer chances at raffles, prizes and giveaways. Further, you can meet and talk with organizations can help you stay on the road. For instance, if you’re unsure about proper bike maintenance, staff from local bike shops will be on hand and to provide bike check-ups and make sure your wheels are rolling safely. And, you will also have a chance to register your wheels with the Montgomery County Police. The county’s bicycle registration program helps to find and reclaim stolen bikes.
The Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand to talk about environmental issues at the Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Rockville and Fallsgrove pit stops. Stop by our tables and say hi!
So, what are you waiting for? Pump up those tires, grease the chain and get ready to bike to work Friday, May 20th!