Are you tired of sitting in traffic every day on your commute? Do you wish there was a way to work physical activity into your workday? Well the answer is here! This Friday, May 16th, is Bike to Work Day in the DC metro area as well as in many other cities around the US.
Whether you are an avid cyclist or just a beginner, you can register to join others and bike to work. If you register, you can get a free t-shirt and enjoy the many pit stops set up around the city to make the ride more fun. There will be food, drinks, raffles, and more at each pit stop!
There are many benefits of biking to work. Not only does it save you money due to not filling up your tank, but it also reduces your carbon footprint, and most importantly improves your health and wellbeing. Biking is low impact and does not put as much strain your muscles and joints, it also increases your heart health and improves muscle strength. In addition, it is one of the best ways to reduce your risk for chronic diseases, so hop on your bike this week and give it a spin!
For more information about and to register for Bike to Work Week in DC, check out biketoworkmetrodc.org. If there are no Bike to Work events scheduled in your area, consider organizing your own Bike to Work Day at your office.
Did You Know?
- Cars and trucks drive more than 38 billion miles on the road every year.
- Cars and trucks account for 30-40% of the ozone-causing pollutant.
- A recent DC survey showed that 17% of people never bike commuted before Bike to Work, 10% started riding to work after the event, and 22% started riding more often.
- For information on bike safety, visit the website nhtsa.gov/Bicycles
Tips to Stay Safe on your Bike!
- ALWAYS wear a helmet! In the DC area, it is the law for people under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while bicycling, but it is important for everyone to wear one in order to your risk for head injuries.
- Bicyclists are required to follow all the rules of the road just like drivers, so obey traffic signals and signs and never ride against the traffic.
- Use bike lanes when they are available. This will keep you safe and lower your risk of getting hit by a vehicle.
- When it is dark outside, it is important to use a headlight and reflector light on your bicycle so that cars and other people can see you.