Join the DowntownDC BID for Bike to Work Day, May 19

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

By Ebony P. Walton

Switch gears and bike to work on May 19 for Bike to Work Day 2017. Join the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) on Freedom Plaza from 7-9am for the largest pit stop in the District and win prizes. 

Cyclists at Freedom Plaza (13th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue) can commemorate the occasion at the DowntownDC photo station or win prizes from BicycleSPACE, which will also be performing bike safety checks. Attendees can grab complimentary fruit, KIND bars, enter to win prizes from Carmine's (425 7th Street), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Avenue), and pre-registered cyclists can pick up their free Bike to Work Day t-shirt.

[Click here to register for the DowntownDC BID pit stop to get your shirt.]

Guests will also have access on Freedom Plaza to bike-related demonstrations, including a DC Circulator bus facilitated by goDCgo, which will be parked at the plaza to allow bikers to practice loading and unloading their bike from the bus' front bike rack.  

A stage will be set up for guest speakers throughout the two-hour event, where attendees will hear from federal and local officials as well as other cycling advocates. Attendees will also get to enjoy our Bike to Work Day DJ, Lance Reynolds of WPFW 89.3FM House of Soul.

Each year, thousands of cyclists across the region participate in this annual event celebrating bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to commute. Hosts across the D.C. region offer cyclists 83 pit stops where you can end your commute, pick up your free t-shirt, and experience a variety of events, refreshments and more.

The BID, formed in 1997, has helped implement protected bike lanes, including on Pennsylvania Avenue and the 15th Street cycletrack and has invested in bike parking. Between 2012 and 2016, the BID doubled the number of bike parking spaces in DowntownDC to 2,500. The DowntownDC BID also remains home to the first bikeshare program in the United States—what today is known as Capital Bikeshare.

Bike to Work Day 2017 (#BTWD2017) is brought to you by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections, the regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).  

For more information on Bike to Work Day, visit www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.

Interested in volunteering for Bike to Work Day? 

Please help us make BTWD 2017 a success!   Click here for more information and to sign up for the Freedom Plaza pit stop.