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Bike to Work Day Walking Benefits Employer Amenities

 


Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 20, 2016!

 The big day has come and gone. Thousands showed their support for bicycle commuting all over Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C. metro area at Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20th.

Thank you to all who chose to ride on Bike To Work Day 2016! Thank you to all our staff, volunteers and sponsors who made our pit stops a success this year!

Speaking of pit stops! You can view photos from this year's Bike To Work Day pit stops in BethesdaFriendship HeightsNorth Bethesda-NRCRockville FallsgroveRockville Town Center and Silver Spring-Discovery.


The Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan can be found here for viewing or downloading.


 

Walking To Work
Biking and walking to work are healthy ways to make your daily commute. These cost even less than driving or taking transit and get you in shape! They also reduce pollution and congestion, enhancing our quality of life. Some employers offer incentives to employees who bike or walk to work - like bike repairs or free walking shoes. Let our marketing specialist, serving your location, talk to your employer on your behalf. And remember -  Ride On and  Metrobus have bike racks, so you can bike or walk part way and transit the rest.

For more information, contact us at 240-773-BWTW (2989) or email us at  mcdot.CommuterServices@montgomerycountymd.gov.

 

Biking Benefits

Good for employees.

  • Costs less than driving or taking transit.
  • Burns calories and gets you in shape!
  • Strengthens lower back. Keeps mind young.
  • Energizes you for the day ahead; then work off the stress at the end of your day.
  • Reduces pollution and congestion, enhancing quality of life.

Good for employers.

  • Reduces health care costs
  • Decreases absenteeism and turnover
  • Increases productivity
  • Reduces parking costs

What employers can do.

  • Appoint a bike coordinator.
  • Provide bike parking, lockers, racks, showers and changing facilities.
  • Provide incentives.
  • Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefit (IRS Tax Code 132(f)) allows for employers to give a subsidy of $20 a month to employees who commute to work by bicycle.
  • Ask CSS about biking amenities offered to employers.
  • Market your biking program.

Visit  Commuter Connections's  Bicycling to Work Web page, for more useful information about bicycle commuting.

Rules

  • summary of bicycling traffic rules for the Washington area can be found on the Commuter Connections Web site..
  • Take a class in effective cycling. Call WABA, 202-628-2500.
  • Always wear a helmet and use lights at night.
  • Commute with a co-worker.
  • Practice trail etiquette
  • Outfit your bike and yourself properly.

Benefit from Mass Transit

Biking Resources

Montgomery County Bikeway Program

Commuter Services partners with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections to get you rolling. For everything you want to know about biking to work, visit Commuter Connections'  Bicycling page and the Washington Area Bicylists Association's  Bike Commuting page.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association
733 15th Street, Suite 1030
Washington, DC 20005
waba@waba.org
202-628-2500

League of American Bicyclists
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20006
www.bikeleague.org
202-822-1333

Montgomery Bike Advocates (MOBIKE)

Bike Maryland

Montgomery Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG)

For more information on Montgomery County Bicycle Planners and Maps, please call 240-777-7200

Biking Maps

White Oak & Vicinity Bicycle and Pedestrian Map

This map features bike and pedestrian routes, public transportation option, commuter services, safety tips and other helpful resources in the White Oak Vicinity. To request free copies  click here or  download the electronic version.

Silver Spring Bikeways Map

This easy to use map features bike and pedestrian routes serving the many dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations in downtown Silver Spring.  To request free copies  click here or  download the electronic version.

Montgomery County Bikeways Map Viewer

District of Columbia Bicycle Maps

Maryland Bicycling Maps

Capital Crescent  Trail Map

Metropolitan Branch Trail

Commuter Connections

Washington, DC Region Bike Map available from  Amazon.com

WABA's Bicycle Maps Online! The Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program is an interactive bicycle route mapping guide that provides detailed maps online and commuter information. Use it to find the most popular bike trails or the most convenient routes to your destination in the Washington area. The maps show all the area bike trails and bike shops, and will eventually show the best commuter routes.

Map of Proposed ICC Project Bike Paths

Bike to Work Day

On the 3rd Friday of May each year, nearly a thousand happy cyclists pedal to work in Montgomery County for the Annual Bike To Work Day celebration.  "Pit Stop" events offered early morning camaraderie, enthusiasm, and refreshments for all participants.  Montgomery County had seven "pit stops."  There were prize drawings for bicycles and many other valuable prizes for participants.

Cyclists at the various pit stops are frequently cheered on by dignitaries which include State and Local Elected Officials, the Montgomery County Executive and County Council Members.

Awards presented at the various pit stops included those for the "Longest Distance Commuted by Bike," and the "Most Committed Bicycle Commuter."  The City of Rockville held its first Commuter Cup Challenge, a pit stop-to-pit stop race between a bicycle and a city-owned vehicle.  The bicycle won!

Walking Benefits

Consider walking to work from your home or, if that’s not possible, from a transit stop. You’ll breathe better, be calmer, and return to your assignments with renewed vigor and enthusiasm for life.

Employer Amenities

Ask CSS about amenities that employers may provide, such as bike racks or lockers, or free walking shoes.

 

 

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