Bike to Work Day is this Friday! There will be pit stops all over DC and beyond with giveaways, food, and drink for anyone who is riding into work. A few of them are even hosting pit stops during the evening commute.
For experienced riders and frequent commuters, be courteous to your fellow riders – many will be attempting to ride into work for the first time. We have to encourage bicycle commuting by making it fun and as stress-free as possible for everyone. Yes, the trails and bike lanes will be more crowded than usual, but it’s Friday. Take it easy.
First time riders, make sure you map out your route beforehand. I often use Google Maps’ bicycling directions but your coworkers may have some suggested routes too. Bicycle maps from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are also available here. And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re lost. Many cyclists will stop for you and get you back on your way.
To stay safe on the road or trails, be predictable. Signal your turns and remember to also look behind you before passing someone.
While it may be too late for the free t-shirts, go ahead and register at the Bike to Work Day Metro DC website. This will help ensure a more accurate count of riders and help for planning purposes.
Finally, it’ll be in the 70s this Friday. Perfect cycling weather – go ride!