Bike to Work Day was originated by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and is a part of Bike-to-Work Week, which is in turn part of National Bike Month. In Frederick and all of metro-D.C., Bike to Work Day is held this year on Friday, May 17th. You, dear reader, can join us simply by clicking here to register: www.biketoworkmetrodc.org
As in years past, there will be a “ceremonial” ride in Frederick that spans approximately 4.4 miles, starting at Hood College’s Alumnae Hall at 6:45 a.m., then picking up riders from Ft. Detrick at 7th Street and Lee Place, turning right on 7th Street to use the newly designated bike lanes. From there, riders will turn right on to East Street, continuing to S. 2nd Street where they’ll turn right to continue to Court St. to City Hall, arriving to pick up Mayor McClement, several Aldermen, and countless other bicycle enthusiasts. After making sure everyone is in the caravan, the group will then continue east on Church St. toward East Street, where they’ll turn right and continue south to the Frederick Transit Center for celebration including lots of coffee, donuts, and other goodies.
All registered participants will receive a t-shirt and water bottle along with other give-aways, as well as a chance to win a bike donated by The Bicycle Escape.
If you can’t join the crowd for the ceremonial ride, don’t let that stop you from joining in the fun! You can ride your bike over to the Transit Center (officially known as Frederick’s “Pit Stop”) to grab your FREE coffee/breakfast and other goodies and then hit the road to cycle to your workplace. See if you can encourage a group of your co-workers to join you and make a party of it. Don’t forget that we make it simple for you to ride your bike to any bus stop, load the bicycle onto the front of the bus, and be on your way in no time. It takes less than a minute to unload a bicycle from the bus rack when you disembark, and then you can cycle the rest of the way to your destination. What could be easier than that?
On the fence about cycling to work? Not sure your bike is up to the trip? Need a helmet, lock, or other gear? Keep an eye on The Confident Commuter blog for further information about a pre-event party being scheduled for Friday, May 10 at The Bicycle Exchange and The Frederick Wine Shop at Clemson Corner. MaryLynn Hinde, our organizer extraordinaire, is still in the process of ironing out details, but there will be refreshments, advice about bike mechanics, and an opportunity to meet other Bike To Work Day riders a week before the big ride. We want this to be a positive experience and possibly a gateway to more people in Frederick riding their bikes to work more often, especially in the nicer weather. Cycling saves money (buying and maintaining a bike costs far less than buying and maintaining a car!), helps you get in or stay in shape, and eliminates the need for costly gym memberships.
We hope to see you on two wheels very soon!