More than 500 people in Loudoun County are expected to take part in Bike to Work Day, which is scheduled rain or shine for May 18.
Registration is already open for the annual event, which is coordinated regionally by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. to register, visit biketoworkmetrodc.org or call 800-745-7433.
Loudoun County will host two pit-stop celebrations, where registrants can pick-up free T-shirts, receive giveaways, enjoy refreshments and win prizes. The Loudoun County pit stops are adjacent to the Washington and Old Dominion Trail at two locations:
- Leesburg at Raflo Park on Harrison Street, open from 6 to 9 a.m.
- Sterling, just east of Route 28, at Ruritan Road behind Orbital ATK from 6:30 to 9 a.m.
The local festivities are planned by Loudoun County Commuter Services. More information and a link to register, is available at loudoun.gov/biketowork or by contacting local coordinator Judy Galen at 703-737-8044 or Judy.Galen@loudoun.gov.
Cycling is a healthy, quiet, clean, economical, and fun way to get to work. Thousands of DC area commuters bike to work every day.
Cheaper – Purchasing and maintaining a bicycle costs far less than driving to work. And a federal tax benefit for commuters allows participating employers to provide $20 per month to cover bicycling related expenses.
Healthier – Cycling allows you to stay in shape while you commute. Arrive invigorated and work off some pounds at the same time, then work off the day’s stress on the way home.
Viable Transportation – Bicycles are a practical form of transportation to and from work one or more days a week. With the right gear you can even bike all year round. If you don’t own a bicycle use Capital Bikeshare if there’s a station near your home and near your workplace.
Better Environment – Bicycling to work means less pollutants and traffic congestion caused by automobiles. According to Clean Air Partners, each year cars and trucks travel more than 38 billion miles on the roads, accounting for 30 percent to 40 percent of the ozone-causing pollutants.