Register for 2014′s Bike to Work Day

Bikes on bikes on bikes. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)
Bikes on bikes on bikes. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Given Tuesday’s all-day snowfall, not to mention temperatures that continue to hover in the 30s (uncle already!), it’s hard to remember it is spring.

But it is, and if it’s spring, it must be time for Bike to Work Day.

Registration has just opened for the annual event, which will be held May 16 (hopefully, it will have stopped snowing by then). It’s free, and this year as a bonus, the first 14,000 participants who register will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and be eligible for a bike raffle.

If you’ve ever thought you might be interested in hanging up your car keys or setting aside your SmarTrip card for two-wheeled transportation, this is the day to try it. As part of the event, there will be organized commuter convoys led by experienced cyclists.

Last year more than 14,000 area commuters participated.

“Bike to Work Day is a great way to enjoy bicycling as a healthy alternative to driving alone to work,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. By the way, Commuter Connections celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The event is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). Cyclists who participate will be able to stop at “pit-stops” during the event (79 in all) for free T-shirts, refreshments, entertainment, and other giveaways.

You can register for Bike to Work Day at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org or by calling 800-745-RIDE. They’re also on Twitter at @BikeToWorkDay.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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