Bike to Work Day – it’s the pits

BY MARY S. ELLSWORTH

Just in time for the 2013 Bike to Work Day, Takoma Park is issuing a city bike map. Free, hot-off-the-press copies will be one of the many items handed out at three Takoma Park Bike to Work Day pit stops.

Takoma Park bike riders will join the over 10,000 area commuters who are expected to be rolling to work on their bikes in the metropolitan area May 17. May is National Bike Month, and Friday, May 17 is Bike to Work Day.

Cruising the Metropolitan Bike Trail (MBT) together, Sheila (left) rides 3 miles to her work near Union Station, and Jane rides from  Takoma Park 8 miles each way, five days a week,  year around.

Cruising the Metropolitan Bike Trail (MBT) together, Sheila (left) rides 3 miles to her work near Union Station, and Jane rides from
Takoma Park 8 miles each way, five days a week, year around.

There will be over 70 pit stops in DC, Maryland and Virginia where bike commuters can pick up light refreshments, free t-shirts (for those who register), biking maps, prizes and other freebees. Takoma riders have a choice of 3 pit stops; Downtown/Old Takoma at the Gazebo; Sligo Creek Trail at New Hampshire Ave at the Sligo Creek Trail; and Takoma/Langley Crossroads at the Crossroads Professional Building.

In Silver Spring there are pit stops at Discovery Place on the corner of Georgia and Wayne Avenues, and at the Blairs Shopping Center, 8380 Colesville Road at the back entrance of the parking lot.

Daniel commutes five days a week, 7.5 miles each way, from the Flower Ave area to downtown DC.

Daniel commutes five days a week, 7.5 miles each way, from the Flower Ave area to downtown DC.

The Takoma Park Bike Commuters FaceBook page has been buzzing about Friday’s event over the past 2 weeks. In addition to the official morning Bike to Work Day events, local bicyclists are organizing a ‘Post-Work Pit Stop’ somewhere in town. Watch for a pack of parked bicycles at a local TP food establishment sometime after 5:00pm.

May is a perfect time for our community to recognize and celebrate all the benefits of bicycling, say bike enthusiasts. According to the national bike group PeopleForBikes, half of all trips Americans make are three miles or less—an easy biking distance. They say if more people in our community bike, even just once a week or once a month, we’ll all be better off (including those of us who don’t ride).

An avid cyclist, Eric Bond rides 7.5 miles daily from Takoma Park to downtown DC.

An avid cyclist, Eric rides 7.5 miles daily from Takoma Park to downtown DC.

The League of American Bicyclists note some of the many benefits of getting on a bike: bicycling keeps us healthy, carries us efficiently from point A to point B, saves us from high gas prices, and makes our air cleaner and our roads less congested. This month, dust off your bike and give two wheels a try.

Information and registration for Bike to Work Day here:

Washington Area Bicyclist Association – WABA

PeopleForBikes

1 Comment on "Bike to Work Day – it’s the pits"

  1. TJ Mathews | May 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm |

    “Watch for a pack of parked bicycles at a local TP food establishment sometime after 5:00pm.”

    We are meeting at Bread and Chocolate, Takoma Bistro. Sure hope to see some of our local elected officials there!

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