Bike to Work Day 2009
Bike to Work Day 2009
Friday morning, May 15, 2009 (Times vary by location)
Bike to Work Day 2009, a free annual event co-sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The event promotes bicycling as an alternative to drive-alone commuting and is held each year to cap off National Bike to Work Week.
Thousands of area commuters are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day 2009, a celebration of bicycling as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally friendly way to get to work. Twenty-six “pit stops” will be set up throughout the region, featuring entertainment, raffle prizes, food, and drink. Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) co-sponsor the annual event to encourage bicycling as an alternative commuting option to solo driving. Bike to Work Day is a free event and open to all area commuters.
Free t-shirts will be available for the first 7,500 registrants who arrive at their chosen pit stop. For additional information on Bike To Work Day 2009 including event locations and registration details, visit the WABA website below.
Twenty-six local governments and area employers will host “pit stop” locations throughout the region: Downtown Washington D.C. (Freedom Plaza and Nationals Park), Maryland: Bethesda, Bowie (2), College Park, Frederick, Hyattsville, Indian Head, National Institutes of Health, North Bethesda, Rockville (2), Silver Spring, and White Oak. Virginia: Alexandria, Crystal City, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Leesburg, Reston, Rosslyn, Springfield, Sterling, Tysons Corner and Vienna.
U.S. Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA) and other elected officials and leaders (see extended list below) will join thousands of area bicyclists as they bike to work in an effort to reduce drive-alone commuting and improve air quality in the metropolitan Washington region.
Confirmed participants as of May 6
Frederick Transit Center
Silver Spring Discovery Communications
Fairfax City Downtown Vay Dyck Park
Reston Town Center
District of Columbia
D.C. Freedom Plaza
Last edited by Howard Hartman; 05-07-2009 at 07:19 AM.
Re: Bike to Work Day 2009
Bike to Work Day Draws Thousands Record
Number of Area Residents Register for Event
Thousands of bicyclists turned out to celebrate Bike to Work Day 2009 at locations in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Over 8,000 people signed up to participate in advance of the event, which set a new record for registrations.
The annual event, sponsored jointly by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, promotes bicycling as a healthy, low-cost and environmentally-friendly alternative to drive-alone commuting.
“Thank you for bicycling to work today for your health and for the environment,” D.C. Councilmember At-Large and COG President Phil Mendelson told participants assembled at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington D.C. “And thank you for making a statement by bicycling to work and showing that there are alternatives to driving.”
Several speakers at Freedom Plaza noted the participation of U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in this year’s Bike to Work Day celebration calling it a another positive sign that the new Obama Administration supports bicycling as an important means of transportation.
Including Freedom Plaza, bicyclists gathered at a total of 26 “pit stops” featuring entertainment, food, drinks, and raffles. The raffle prizes included commuter bags, bike locks, bicycles, and other bike-related gadgets and accessories. Experienced WABA volunteers helped lead "commuter convoys" from across the area to Freedom Plaza and other pit stop destinations. Convoy leaders assisted participants with safe riding and equipment tips as well as showing riders the best route to their destination.
For more information about WABA, visit www.waba.org. To learn more about Commuter Connections, visit www.commuterconnections.org.
Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is funded by the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Departments of Transportation as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation. Commuter Connections promotes bicycling to work and other alternatives to drive-alone commuting, and provides ridematching for carpools and vanpools and offers the free Guaranteed Ride Home program.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) creates a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
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