Friday is Bike to Work Day, the annual event that encourages people to forgo the usual car trip or Metro ride in exchange for a two-wheeled commute to work.

A cyclist waits at the intersection of 15th Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW. (Stephen Weigand)

The event, now in its 11th year, is designed to promote traffic- and pollution-reduction as well as exercise.

But if helping the environment while improving one’s health isn’t enough to get people out of cars, Commuter Connections is also offering a day-long program of food, entertainment and prizes at 58 pit stops throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Commuter Connections offers tips for first-time riders as well as seasoned cyclists interested in participating.

And Dr. Gridlock’s Robert Thomson shared this advice for drivers who see an influx of bikes on the roads this Friday.

Tell us: Will you participate in Bike to Work Day?