Be one of the first 20,000 to register for Bike to Work Day and attend one of 100 DMV pit stops, and you’ll get a free t-shirt and refreshments! But that’s not all: you’ll also be entered into a raffle for a brand new bike and other cool prizes.
Friday, May 18, is Bike to Work Day D.C.!
Did you know there are now over 100 miles of bike lanes and trails in the DMV (including popular routes like the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail)? Those bike-friendly lanes lent to ranking Washington, D.C., third in the nation for the number of its commuters who bike to work (a whopping 13,000 per day!).
Washington, D.C., Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association hope to boost that number even higher by hosting the DMV’s Bike to Work Day. Each year on this day, thousands of DMV cyclists grab their briefcases and pedal their hearts out. If you register to attend one of the 100 pit stops all over (and I do mean, ALL OVER) the DMV, you’ll automatically get a t-shirt, free drinks, snacks, and a raffle entry.
How It Works
The first step in Bike to Work Day participation is to choose a pit stop. The 100 pit stops are widespread across the DMV, even extending as far as Charles County and Frederick, Maryland, and Loudoun County, Virginia. Click on the links for each pit stop to find out the times that pit stop will be open. Most will be open in the mornings (e.g., 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.) but some, like Gaithersburg, University of Maryland, and Columbia Heights, will be after work (4–7 p.m.). Still others, like Edmonston, The Wharf/Southwest Waterfront, and Herndon pit stops, will be open both in the morning and afternoon. Pit stops in the past have offered DJ entertainment, free water bottles (and other swag), power drinks, bagels, fruit cups, pastries, coffee, water, and more!
The individual links will give you the exact address of the pit stops as well as a contact email and phone number for the pit stop organizer, in case you have any questions. You’re welcome to go to more than one pit stop, but you have to register with a chosen pit stop, and that’s where you’ll pick up your free t-shirt and where your name is entered into the raffle. (Raffle prizes include several new bikes as grand prizes, as well as smaller prizes like bike lights, bike locks, bags, helmets, and other bike accessories).
After you decide on a pit stop, go here to register — only the first 20,000 registrants will be eligible for the t-shirt and prizes!
Biking Options and Info
Since there’s safety in numbers, if you’re more comfortable biking to work in a pack on Bike to Work Day, meet up with a commuter convoy. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association organizes the convoys, and they’re led by experienced bicycle commuters. They all have different start locations with specific departure times, and many end in downtown D.C., but not all. Convoy routes and maps can be found here.
If you’re a lone wolf who wants to take to the open road all by your lonesome, make sure you plan your route, get your bike serviced at a bike shop, and make all necessary repairs well in advance. If you’re not confident about riding on the road, you can always take a bicycle safety class with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.
Need a Bike?
Bike and Roll offers four locations in and around Washington, D.C. – National Mall at L’Enfant Plaza, Union Station, the National Museum of American History, and on the Mount Vernon Trail in Alexandria.
Or pick up a bike at one of the hundreds of Capital Bikeshare stations in the District, Arlington, Alexandria, Montgomery County, and Fairfax County.
Time’s a wastin,’ so get on over to the official Bike to Work Day website and be one of the first lucky 20,000 riders to register!
Have you ever participated in Bike to Work Day? Are you a regular bike commuter? Tell us all about it in the comments!