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Spring is here and it is a great time to get out your bikes and go riding!

Select the banner to register for Bike To Work Day 2021

Check out different routes & paths in the County to plan your Bike to Work Day
excursion on 
May 21, 2021 and you may win a prize! 
MCDOT Commuter Services Announces our new Bicycle Swag Bag Contest 
 
How to Participate  
  
Starting Monday, April 5 through Sunday, May 30, 2021, MCDOT Commuter Services will promote Bike To Work Day by featuring a different bike path/trail in Montgomery County each week. We’re asking bike riders to submit a favorite picture of themselves enjoying their ride along the featured trail to be entered into a weekly drawing.
 
Just take a selfie or have someone take a picture of you and your bike at that week's featured bike path/trail entrance sign or at your favorite place anywhere along the featured bike path or trail. Post your picture and tag us at @mococommuter (on Twitter or Instagramalong with the hashtag #MoCoBikes to be entered into that week's drawing for a Bicycle Swag Bag prize. 
No worries if you're not a social media user: you may also send your photos to us by email to commuter.services@montgomerycountymd.gov.
  
Participants grant MCDOT Commuter Services permission to publish photos on our social media accounts. 
 
Prize drawings will be held on Monday morning of the following week and winners will be notified via direct message on their Twitter/Instagram account. A consent form will be sent and your prize will be mailed to the address you provide. 
 
One entry per person per week.  
 
The contest is open to persons 18 years and older. 
 
Where and when appropriate, please remember to practice safe social distancing and wear your favorite face covering. 
 
Please wear a helmet while riding. 
 
Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @mococommuter 
 
Each week the featured bike path/trail will be announced on our Twitter and Instagram accounts.  
 
NOTE: To participate you must be a Montgomery County, Maryland resident or be an employee of a company located in Montgomery County, Maryland. 
 

Featured trails & paths for:

Week One (April 5 - April 11): Capital Crescent Trail

Week Two (April 12 - April 18): Sligo Creek Trail

Week Three (April 19 - April 25): Carl Henn Millennium Trail

Week Four (April 26 - May 2): Matthew Henson Trail

Week Five (May 3 - May 9): Bethesda Trolley Trail




















LOOK OUT Campaign:  To encourage more biking, scootering and walking, Montgomery County has initiated an effort to improve the facilities available for these active forms of transportation. New roadway markings are part of that. MCDOT initiated a campaign called "Look Out!" to provide more information on how to safely navigate the new infrastructure and markings being provided, whether you are a pedestrian, a cyclist or scooter rider, or driving an auto.

LOOK OUT for our innovative NEW pedestrian and bikeway infrastructure and learn how to safely navigate these traffic patterns and road markings in Montgomery County.

Go to:  https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-DIR/commuter/lookout.html



Have a bike? Need a bike?

COVID-19 has changed people’s day to day routines. People who typically rely on public transit are looking for other modes of transportation. This has resulted in many people turning to biking as a primary mode of of transportation. As the County expands activities through phased re-openings, more people - including both essential and non-essential workers - are in need of safe, reliable, and inexpensive travel to work and other places throughout the County.
     That’s why BikeMatchMoCo was created. This new, free service, enables people with extra, unused bicycles to connect with individuals who can use the bicycle for commuting or running errands.

     Have a bike or need a bike? Click below for information or to complete the registration form. Know someone without internet access? Contact us to be mailed a paper form: (240) 777-8380.

The Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan can be found HERE


 

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.
  • As of 2018, the only possible tax benefit of the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit is the deduction for costs associated with the benefit, which can be claimed by an employer (under Sec. 13304(c)(2) of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ). Any reimbursement given to employees under a Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit program is taxable as income to the employee. 
  • Ask CSS about biking amenities offered to employers.
  • Market your biking program.

Read Commuter Connections's  Bicycling to Work Guide, for more useful information about bicycle commuting.

Rules

  • 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

  • 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.  
  • 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.

Biking Resources

Bike Shops in Montgomery County
A list of local bike shops that perform repairs for riders and retail bike sales. Download the Word document or the PDF version. Or visit this map.

Bicycle Helmet Sizing Guide
There are many reasons to wear bike helmets, but the most important is to protect yourself and your head from a fatal injury. Head injuries are the most likely to cause fatalities due to damage to the brain. It's important that a helmet is properly fitted to protect your head. Use this Helmet Sizing Guide to help you get the correct fit.

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)

Bicycle Stress Map
Launched in April 2016, the map displays traffic stress in a way that helps the public make decisions about where to bicycle in the County so they feel safe and comfortable. In addition, the digital tool is helping Montgomery Planning understand the impediments to bicycling and where changes are most needed as they develop the Bicycle Master Plan. For more information on the Bicycle Master Plan, please visit  montgomeryplanning.org/planning/transportation/bicycle-planning/bicycle-master-plan/

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 Bikeways 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

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.