Bikers went out of their way to check in for National Bike to Work Day this morning even with the unseasonably hot temperatures heading up to the low 80’s. The pit stops in Rockville were stationed at Rockville Town Square, Fallsgrove, and Twinbrook.
In Town Square Dawson’s Market hosted the festivities in their parking lot on North Washington Street. Participants could check in if they pre-registered or sign in to be counted. Prizes from a pair of socks to a new bike were raffled.
In addition to transit and environmental oriented booths, Christ Episcopal School, Crossfit, and Earthtreks greeted bikers.
At the City of Rockville table, Oleg Kotov, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator thought his first Bike to Work Day was “great and a lot of fun.”
Bike to Work Day is organized at the regional level by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The event was planned through the Bike to Work Day Steering Committee which meets at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) from September to May.
Bike to Work Metro DC touts the benefits to biking. It’s cheaper to purchase and maintain a bicycle and a federal tax benefit for commuters allows participating employers to provide $20 per month to cover bicycling related expenses. It’s healthier and allows riders to keep shape by commuting. It’s a viable and practical form of transportation. It’s better for the environment since there are less pollutants and traffic congestion caused by automobiles.