Pump Tires Instead of Gas on Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day

Just add water: Riders recharge at a pit stop in Vienna. The plan is to have more than 70 such stops available throughout the metro area on May 17. (TrailVoice via Flickr)

I’ve read that bicycling has become much more popular in the past decade, and I’ve seen no visual evidence to doubt this. It’s healthy, fun and a cheap, clean way to get around in the city and (some) suburbs.

If you rent in the city or a nearby suburb, you can likely participate in Bike to Work Day.

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On May 17, “Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invites you to join over 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.”

So we parroted each other a bit there; it doesn’t make biking any less clean, fun and healthy. If you do any significant amount of biking – particularly uphill or at a vigorous pace, even for short bursts – watch the pounds melt off. Most good things in life don’t come easy, believe me, I know.

In the larger scheme, May is actually designated National Bike Month, with May 13-17 being Bike to Work Week. The event is sponsored by The League of American Cyclists. National Bike Month has been recognized since 1956.

There will be pit stops along the way for riders, who have the option of riding solo, with friends or in a convoy. There are six such stops pretty close to McPherson Square for renters in need. Through the site, you can even try to find a fellow biker. Not all riders will be super-close to a pit stop, but those are the breaks. For experienced, in-shape riders, this should not be a problem.

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Those pit stops will have food, drink, raffles and speakers. Some will also have entertainment, though I’m not sure how long you’ll want to stay. I thought the point of this was to bike … to work?

Anyway, if you want the free T-shirt they’re giving out, you’ll have to choose a pit stop when you register. Actually, to receive that T-shirt you’ll have to show up at your designated pit stop in person. The site further claims they’ll only be available for the first 12,000 registrants, so get on this now and bike to work on the 17th!

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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