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Celebrating Bike Month on I-66

Katie Thompson
Katie Thompson May 18, 2021 Katie is a Business Development Manager for Commute66 and Vanpool Connect programs at Arlington Transportation Partners. While living in a rural area meant that she completely relied on a vehicle, Katie has loved the financial freedom and independence she has gained by committing to a car-free lifestyle after moving to DC in 2017.

ATP Takeaway: Bike Month is here and Bike-To-Work Day, May 21, is this Friday. Commute66 is celebrating biking with a focus on Capital Bikeshare Membership, information on nearby trails, and Bike-to-Work Day activities around I-66 that you can participate in!

National Bike Month is a chance to celebrate cycling, encourage first timers to explore this way of movement, and inspire others to discover their neighborhoods by bike. Biking is a low-impact form of movement that helps you travel around the region while enjoying some fresh air, reduce your health care costs, increase your productivity, and reduce traffic congestion.

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Capital Bikeshare Membership

When I first moved to the Northern Virginia area in 2017, I immediately looked to Capital Bikeshare to provide me with a better idea to see if biking was the right choice for me and my daily commute.

With multiple stations around Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland, it was very easy to make short and long trips with very little planning. Pulling up the Capital Bikeshare Map was all I needed to do to view the numerous stations around me and the path I was taking.

Plus, this provided me with the time and experience to get comfortable with riding a bike in a new city and to explore which bike was best for me with the help of local bike shop. Now, Capital Bikeshare provides e-bikes to riders, making it even easier for those who are new to biking.

Capital Bikeshare is also affordable as it provides the first 30-mintues of your trip for free and the Capital Bikeshare for All program offers a $5 annual membership for residents of the seven Capital Bikeshare membership jurisdictions who qualify for certain state or federal assistance programs. 

Trails Along I-66

For those who are living within the I-66 corridor there are numerous safe, paved trails for you to enjoy that are separated from vehicles. Some of these trails include: W&OD Trail, Custis Trail (part of the Arlington loop), and numerous paved trails.

All of these trails and paths are considered easy paths according to Bike Arlington’s Comfort Map meaning that they are paved, separated from vehicular traffic, and little to no intense inclines.

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops

Bike to Work Day will take place on Friday, May 21.

Whether you are working from home or commuting to the office, Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to explore your area through a new mode and enjoy the warmer weather while also exercising. There are several pit stops along I-66 this year.

Register today to and bike to a pit stop near you on Friday, May 21 to receive your free BTWD t-shirt and the chance to snag some other fun giveaways. 

Below are the list of pit stops along I-66:

  • Mosaic Strawberry in Fairfax, VA
  • Vienna Town Green
  • Oakton at Oak Marr RECenter
  • Fairfax City Downtown
  • Tyson Corner Center
  • McLean MITRE Corporation
  • Arlington – Lee Highway near the Lyon Village Shopping Center

To find you pitstop, explore the DC Metro’s Bike to Work Day website, here.

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Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com for Arlington Transportation Partners

Tags: Bike to Work Day, Bike, Capital Bikeshare, Commute66, I-66

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