Greater Springfield area commuters have a great opportunity to ditch the traffic and congestion they experience in their cars and ride their bikes to work May 18 on Bike to Work Day (BTWD).
Starting at 6:30 a.m., area bicyclists can gather at one of two local BTWD pit stops. The Burke Pit Stop will be hosted at the Burke VRE Station near the train platform. The Springfield/Metro Park Pit Stop is located at the gazebo on Walker Lane.
At each pit stop, bicyclists on their way to work will find health-conscious refreshments and giveaways, friendly smiles, and lots of encouragement.
Some Bike to Work Day participants will combine their trip with rail or bus while others will join a caravan of bicyclists all the way to DC. Long-distance cyclists looking for company can find a convoy or a ride buddy on the BTWD website.
Register online at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. The first 11,000 registered participants get a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt. Last year, over 10,000 bicyclists took part in the ride and this year promises to be bigger and better.
Sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclists Association, BYWF is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, enjoy the network of bike trails in our area, meet fellow bicyclists, and make a difference reducing road congestion and air pollution, even if for just one day.