On May 19, Loudoun bike commuters are about to get a lot more company.
In partnership with Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Loudoun is supporting Bike to Work Day, an initiative encouraging commuters to take their bicycles to work. This program not only promotes healthy living but helps reduce traffic in regions over-crowding the road system, event organizers said.
“It’s really a day to thank people for taking their cars off the road and trying biking as a viable alternative to get to work,” said Judy Galen of the Loudoun Commuter Services department.
There will be 85 Bike to Work Pit Stop events across the region, including two in Loudoun. The pit stops, located in Leesburg and Sterling, respectively, along the W & OD trail will have free food, drinks, prizes, giveaways, raffles and t-shirts on a first-come, first serve basis. Mechanics will also be on hand to make sure all riders have a smooth ride no matter where they travel.
The event has grown tremendously since it began in 2002, growing from just a few stops to dozens across the area, Galen said. She said many Loudoun residents have seen not only physical but emotional benefits at school and work by riding their bicycles. The county’s many multimodel transportation opportunities, including buses and in a few years the Metro rail system, make taking bicycles to work even easier, Galen said.
Nearly 500 total are expected to pass through at least one of Loudoun’s pit stops May 19. All participants are asked to register ahead of time.
Pit Stop information:
Location: Adjacent to the W&OD Trail, east of Route 28
Address: 183 Ruritan Road, Sterling, VA 20164
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am
Location: W&OD Trail at Raflo Park
Address: 345 Harrison St., SE
Pit Stop Time: 6:00 am to 9:00 am