Fun-filled Bike to Work Day

Friday, April 19, 2013

By Desiree

Gear up for Bike to Work Day, taking place on Friday, May 17. Hurry, free T-shirts are limited to the first 12,000 cyclists who register online, so sign up now! This year’s Downtown pit stop is at Freedom Plaza (14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue) from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Bike to Work Day is a part of the DowntownDC ecoDistrict program, as it celebrates and promotes bicycling as a sustainable and healthy transportation mode. The event is supported by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections, the regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

On May 17, Freedom Plaza will be one of 72 pit stops for bikers throughout the region. Prizes, food, drinks, and more will be available at each location. Don’t have a bike? Capital Bikeshare will have staff on hand to accommodate requests for extra bikes at the 14th and D streets bike station. And Bike and Roll Washington DC (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue) will offer complimentary and comfy hybrid bike rentals to locals for the occasion. 

To reserve a bike from Bike and Roll (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue), call 202-842-2453, or send an email to with the following information: a name(s), local address, phone number, your height, desired pick-up location (in Downtown DC or Alexandria only). Early pick up is available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Day-of pick up begins at 7 a.m. Bring a photo ID and credit card.  Your card will not be charged as long as the bike is returned by 5:45 on May 17. If you want to keep the bike longer, let Bike and Roll know when you arrive to pick up the bike.

Interested in volunteering for Bike to Work Day? Send an email to