May
19

Will You Bike to Work Tomorrow?

Friday, May 20, 2016 is Bike to Work Day.  This special day is set aside on the 3rd Friday of May each year when the warmer weather encourages people to ride their bikes.  The League of American Bicyclists cleverly helped start this day back in 1956.  This was back in the day when gas was cheap.  The American Bicyclists Organization had the foresight to envision how important other modes of transportation, like biking, would become. So, why should you bike to work or school?  Here are several compelling reasons.
  1. Biking can save time because it is faster than walking.
  2. Biking saves you money.  You will not need to spend money on public transportation or all the expenses that go into the purchase and up-keep of a car.
  3. Biking helps keep you healthy.  Do not have time to exercise?  Biking to and from work or school helps keep you fit.
  4. Public transportation may expose you to viruses and germs that can make you sick.  Biking exposes you to fresh air.  Need I say more?
  5. Biking helps sustain the environment.  According to the US Dept. of General Services (GSA), biking instead of “driving can cut down on your household emissions by at least 6%.” http://dgs.dc.gov/dgs-blog/19-bike-work-day-facts
  6. Biking helps reduce traffic congestion. According to the GSA, “[b]ikes are . . . up to 50% faster than cars during rush hour.” http://dgs.dc.gov/dgs-blog/19-bike-work-day-facts
  7. Biking helps reduce noise pollution.
  8. Biking helps improve bone health, especially for women.  Research from a university in Sweden found that middle-aged women who biked regularly were less likely to have wrist fractures.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22525983
  9. Men, do not feel left out. The website Bike Radar reports that Finnish researchers found that men who did moderate exercise for 30 minutes per day were half as likely to develop cancer. http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/30-reasons-to-take-up-cycling-23965/
  10. Biking to work can make you money.  The SFGate says that “[s]ince January, 2012, cyclist commuters in San Francisco have been entitled to a $20 per month tax-free reimbursement for bike-related expenses. This applies to workers who bike at least three days per week to the office. Qualifying expenses include bike repairs and storage expenses, according to the National Center for Transit Research.” http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/13-Reasons-You-Should-Ride-Your-Bike-To-Work-5093926.php
You can still bike if you do not own a bicycle.  There are Capital Bikeshare stations throughout DC. Click here for more information about bike share and the closest bike share to you.  

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Want to find out more about what is happening on Bike to Work Day in the DC metro area?  Click here. There will be 80 “pit stops” in the DC metro area you can go to tomorrow.   Click here to see where they are. According to the weather channel, tomorrow will be sunny and warm: a perfect day for a bike ride.  Enjoy!

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