‘Bike to Work Day’, Friday, May 19

‘Bike to Work Day’, Friday, May 19

Serious bicyclists last summer on MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac. All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet.

Serious bicyclists last summer on MacArthur Boulevard in Potomac. All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet. Almanac file photo

National Bike to Work Day will be held on Friday, May 19, and the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will sponsor seven pit stops throughout the County as part of the Washington Region’s participation in the event. Registration for the free event is now open. The first 15,000 bicyclists to register and participate will get a free t-shirt and will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a new bike. https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/register

Bike to Work Day is held annually across the nation on the third Friday of May to celebrate bicycling as a fun, healthy and climate friendly way to get to work.

Refreshments, music and local vendor displays will add to the atmosphere at pit stops throughout the morning of May 19. There will be free raffle prizes and a grand prize raffle of a new bike at each of the seven MCDOT-sponsored pit stops. Residents biking to work, as well as leisure riders, are encouraged to participate.

In addition to the seven pit stops sponsored by MCDOT, there will be six Bike to Work Day pit stops in the County operated by other organizations.

“Today, we offer more bike paths, dedicated lanes, as well as opportunities to transport a bike on RideOn, MetroBus and Metrorail, than ever before,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Biking to your job or to run errands is a healthy form of transportation that does not produce pollution or add cars to the road. I encourage everyone to join us on Bike to Work Day and consider biking as a transportation alternative this summer.” 

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. All riders are encouraged to wear a helmet. 

MCDOT-sponsored pit stops will be at the following locations:

Other pit stops within Montgomery County will include:

“This is a great time for residents to get out and enjoy the County’s bikeway network,” said MCDOT Director Chris Conklin. “We have over 100 miles of bike lanes, with over eight miles of protected bike lanes, and that network is growing. We will be bringing forward some dynamic bikeway plans for community input soon.”

Additional pit stops will be located throughout the Washington region. For more information and a full list of regional pit stops, or to register, visit https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.