National Bike to Work Day will be held on Friday, May 20, and Montgomery County intends to be fully involved once again. Registration for the event is now open. The first 15,000 bicyclists who register and participate will get a free T-shirt and are automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a new bike.
The event is held across the nation on the third Friday of May to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work. Bike riders in Montgomery County can stop by one of the six pit stops sponsored by the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) for refreshments, to listen to music and visit local vendor displays during varying times on May 20. There will be free raffle prizes throughout the morning and a grand prize raffle of a new bike at each MCDOT-sponsored pit stop. Teleworkers and leisure riders are encouraged to participate.
“This event brings awareness to the importance of biking as a great alternate mode of transportation,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “It’s a healthy and fun way to travel and it is good for our environment. Biking can help expand mobility in the County while reducing carbon emissions. I encourage residents to give it a try—even for a short trip.”
The Metropolitan Council of Government’s Commuter Connections, a network of transportation organizations in which MCDOT participates, and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are the co-organizers of Washington Region’s Bike to Work Day event. All participants should visit the Find Your Pit Stop Map to plan a route in advance. https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/find-your-pit-stop
MCDOT-sponsored pit stops will be at the following locations:
Montgomery County has over 100 miles of bike lanes, with over five miles of protected bike lanes, and that network is growing, said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin.
All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet.