|More Than 70 Pit Stops Will Host Bike to Work Day Participants on Friday, May 17
Washington, D.C. – Over a dozen new “pit stop” celebrations have been added for this year’s Bike to Work Day (BTWD) festivities on Friday, May 17, bringing the total number of locations to 72. More than 12,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the Washington metropolitan region’s annual event, dropping by their favorite pit stops. Conveniently located for both long and short distance commuters at points along popular commute routes across the region, BTWD pit stops offer cyclists fresh breakfast items, beverages, and chances to great win prizes, including Jamis bicycles. Registration and information about BTWD is available at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. Free Bike to Work Day t-shirts are reserved for the first 12,000 who register and who attend one of the pit stop locations.
“Our goal is to demonstrate that bicycling to work can be a realistic, fun and environmentally-friendly option for everyone --even for those with long commutes,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “We encourage commuters to use this opportunity to take advantage of the amenities available and use their bicycles for the portion of their commute they may travel alone by car, or bike to transit.”
This year, for BTWD participants who prefer to celebrate on their way home, there are two afternoon pit stops: one at Columbia Heights Plaza, in Washington, DC: and the other at East Falls Church in Arlington, VA. Both pit stops will be open from 4pm to 7 pm.
With multiple options for commuters that live too far to travel by bicycle altogether, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is hosting two pit stops at Metrorail stations in Maryland -- one at the Cheverly Station and the other at the West Hyattsville Station. Participants will receive Metro maps and brochures as well as on-site demonstrations on how to use the Metrobus bike racks. Cyclists will even be able to practice using the bus bicycle racks for themselves.
This year, the Georgetown Business Improvement District is hosting a new pit stop at the Georgetown Waterfront Park area, at the end of the Capital Crescent Trail. Participants can join this celebration where there will be a bike tech tent, music, raffles and food from local Georgetown eateries. The full list of new pit stops are:
In the District:
Cheverly Metro Station
Rockville - Twinbrook
Rockville – Tower Oaks/Wootton
Silver Spring – East/West Hwy
West Hyattsville Metro Station
East Falls Church
Merrifield Mosaic District
Mt. Vernon - Collingwood Park
Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) encourage commuters in the Washington metropolitan region to register now and enjoy bicycling as a healthy, environmentally-friendly and low-cost alternative to driving alone to work. Registration and event details including pit stop locations are at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.
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Commuter Connections, www.commuterconnections.org is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, www.mwcog.org. Commuter Connections promotes bicycling to work, transit and other alternatives to drive alone commuting, and provides ridematching for carpools and vanpools, and offers the free Guaranteed Ride Home program. Commuter Connections, is funded by the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and U.S. Departments of Transportation.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association, www.waba.org, creates a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
Release Date: May 9, 2013
Contact: Anne Marie Corbalis and Steven Kania
Phone: 845-855-7077 and 202-962-3249