|Biking Benefits||Biking Resources||Biking Maps|
|Bike to Work Day||Walking Benefits||Employer Amenities|
The big day is coming! Thousands will show their support for bicycle commuting all over Montgomery County and the Washington, D.C. metro area at Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 19.
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.
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.
- A 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. http://www.rideonbus.com/
- All 1,450 buses in the region, including Ride On and Metrobus are equipped with racks to carry 2 bikes each. http://www.rideonbus.com/, www.waba.org
- There is no extra fee for bringing a bike on a bus or on Metrorail.
- Bikes are not allowed on Metrorail, Monday-Friday, 7-10am and 4-7pm (rush hours)
- Please see Metro's Bike 'N Ride Bicycle Program page for WMATA's rules regarding bicycles.
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.
Montgomery Bike Advocates (MOBIKE)
Montgomery Bicycle Action Group (MCBAG)
For more information on Montgomery County Bicycle Planners and Maps, please call 240-777-7200
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Ask CSS about amenities that employers may provide, such as bike racks or lockers, or free walking shoes.