|Bike to Work Day 2014 Registration Opens Marking the Start of Spring
Registration for the metropolitan region’s Bike to Work Day 2014 has opened, punctuating the end of a long cold, winter. The first 14,000 participants who register for this free event at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org become eligible for a bicycle raffle and will receive a free t-shirt commemorating this year’s celebration, held on Friday, May 16, 2014.
“Bike to Work Day is a great way to enjoy bicycling as a healthy alternative to driving alone to work. New and experienced cyclists are welcome to participate—the event also offers organized convoys led by more experienced cyclists,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “More cyclists join Bike to Work Day each year—and this year, as we celebrate Commuter Connections’ 40th anniversary, we hope to set a new record.”
Bike to Work Day is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). Participating cyclists visit pit-stops during the event for free T-shirts, refreshments, entertainment, and other giveaways—and this year will add more than a half-dozen new pit stops, swelling the number to 79 in the region. Last year over 14,000 area commuters participated.
Sponsors play an important role in supporting Bike to Work Day, and this year’s major sponsors include: Marriott International, REI, ICF International, BicycleSPACE, Bike Arlington, Capital Bikeshare, City of Alexandria, Twinbrook Urban by Nature, and Whole Foods Market.
Commuter Connections and WABA encourage 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 the "Bicycling to Work in the Washington Area" available through Commuter Connections at: www.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: www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/join-a-convoy
• Brush up on cycling skills: Participate in a Commuting Seminar or Confident City Cycling Classes to learn how to safely share the road with cars, other bikes, and pedestrians: http://www.waba.org/education/adult.php.
Free registration for Bike to Work Day is at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org or by calling 800-745-RIDE.
Follow Commuter Connections on Twitter at @BikeToWorkDay
Release Date: Mar 26, 2014
Contact: Matt Kroneberger