Bike to Work Day 2017 is Friday, May 19. Most pit stops run from 6:30am-9am, but be sure to double check before you leave as opening times vary.
Register to receive your free t-shirt at your designated pit stop. You’ll also be able to pick up other giveaways, free coffee and food, as well as fun games. Plus, your favorite ATP staff members will be volunteering and helping out BikeArlington at the Rosslyn, Ballston, Columbia Pike and Shirlington pit stops.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, here are three more reasons to participate in Bike to Work Day.
1. Great for new riders
If you’ve never biked to work before, Bike to Work Day is the perfect time to try it out. With literally thousands of other bike riders on the trails, bike lanes and streets, you won’t be alone on your ride to work. You can go as slow or as fast as you want, wear your work clothes or ride in spandex, throw on a backpack or put your things in a basket – Bike to Work Day is judgement-free!
New riders can also check out organized Bicycle Convoys, where groups of riders bike together to one of the many pit stops. Be sure to check out great resources from ATP, BikeArlington and the Bike to Work Day website.
Not sure you’re ready to ride your bike to work or need some help getting back on the saddle? BikeArlington and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association have teamed up to offer classes to residents who need some training. Whether you’re completely new to biking or just looking to improve your confidence, check out the classes to figure out what works best for you.
2. Gain a new perspective
For many people, Bike to Work Day is the first time they will bike to work. It’s also the first time many people have been on a bike since they were a kid. Biking as a form of transportation is not anywhere near as popular as transit or driving, but it is the only form that is both free and healthy.
Biking to work also gives people the chance to see what it’s like to be the person on the pedals. Seeing a different perspective in terms of how you get around will help everyone share the streets. At the end of the day, we all just want to get to work quickly and safely no matter our mode choice.
3. Champions credit
Employers, commercial properties, multi-family residential buildings and schools can all earn credit in ATP’s Champions program by promoting and/or participating in Bike to Work Day. You can distribute this flyer to employees and tenants and encourage people to register. You can even host your own Bike to Work Day event, such as free breakfast for bike riders. Contact your ATP rep to learn how you get earn last-minute Champions credit for Bike to Work Day!
Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com for Arlington Transportation Partners