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Commuters Encouraged to Ride to Work During Bike Day Friday

by RestonNow.com — May 15, 2017 at 11:30 am 4 Comments

Thousands of area commuters will ride to work Friday during Bike to Work Day, and those in Reston are invited to a “pit stop” to get refreshments, gear and more.

The event is open to all area commuters, who are encouraged to meet up with neighbors and co-workers at one of 85 pit stops across the region, including 13 in Fairfax CountyFree registration is required for the pit stops, which enters attendees into local and regional raffles and guarantees a Bike to Work Day T-shirt.

Reston’s pit stop will be located on the plaza level at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. More than 500 local bike commuters are expected to participate at the local stop, according to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

The regional event is organized by Commuter Connections, a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments that promotes bicycling to work, ridesharing and other alternatives to driving. More than 17,500 bicyclists are expected to register across the D.C. area.

“Each year, Bike to Work Day attracts commuters who choose to bike to work for the very first time, and after the event, 10 percent of them continue to bike to work an average of 1.4 days per week,” said Nicholas Ramfos, director of Commuter Connections, in a statement. “That’s an impressive conversion rate and it’s why we are committed to making every Bike to Work Day bigger and better than the one before it.”

File photo courtesy Fairfax County

  • Mike M

    So, this is that crazy day where you see parents herding their kids on bikes through the intersection of Hunter Mill and Sunrise Valley at rush hour?

    • Guest

      Your sentiments are right on target, Mike.
      Only a miniscule number of regular commuting trips to and from work or school are routinely accomplished in north Virginia suburban communities. Bicycling is simply not a practical means of mass transport for most ppl on a daily basis. And it isn’t just a matter of providing rental bike stations, bike lanes and bike paths, either. Bikes are a great means of recreation, exercise and (sometimes) short trips for those willing to engage the inevitable traffic and pedestrian conflicts. For better or worse, we are not built up for mass cycling, even urban areas have struggled with this. Solutions are few, and ultimately very expensive.

  • Greg

    Not a single biker in that lane. Imagine that!

    • The Constitutionalist

      There probably won’t be during Bike to Work Day either.

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