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Contact: Barbara Herron, 410-732-9564

   

TIRED OF PUMPING IRON? PAYING AT THE PUMP?

Pump Those Bike Pedals Instead on Bike to Work Day

BALTIMORE, MD (April 30, 2013) - How would you like to get a great workout AND save money on your daily commute, all at the same time? All you need to do is ride your bike to work. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council is sponsoring the 16th annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17, with convoys for those who prefer to ride in a group, and rally points with snacks and prizes for participants.

 

The first Bike to Work Day, in 1997, attracted just five cyclists, who met in the Inner Harbor area. Last year, about 1,200 cyclists participated in convoys and rallies in Baltimore City and every county in the region, and at least that many riders are expected this year. This year's rallies are planned for:

 

Location
Rally Point
Annapolis
  • City Dock
Baltimore City
  • Baltimore Bicycle Works
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Brooklyn
  • Harbor East
  • Inner Harbor
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Joe's Bike Shop, Mt. Washington
  • McHenry Row, Locust Point
  • MD State Highway Administration
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
Bel Air
  • Harford County Govt. Admin. Bldg.
Catonsville
  • Catonsville Fire House
Columbia
  • The Mall in Columbia
Towson
  • Towson Courthouse
Westminster
  • Carroll County Office Building
White Marsh
  • IKEA 

In addition, Northrop Grumman and NSA are planning rallies for their employees.

 

As part of Bike to Work Day, seasoned cyclists will lead convoys of bike commuters along preferred travel routes. It's a great way to learn more about route planning and bicycle safety, while meeting others who enjoy biking to work. Here's a list of the 2013 Convoys, as of the end of April:

 

 

Jurisdiction
Route
Baltimore City
  • Camden Yards to Carroll Park
  • Federal Hill to Carroll Park
  • Highlandtown to McHenry Row
  • Medfield to McHenry Row
Baltimore County
  • Catonsville to BWI Area
  • Catonsville to Carroll Park & Inner Harbor
  • Catonsville to Ft. Detrick in Frederick
  • Catonsville to Greenbelt/Beltsville
  • Catonsville to Relay Elementary School
  • CCBC Essex to IKEA White Marsh

More convoys may be added. Visit www.bike2workcentralmd.com for the latest information.

Bike to Work Day is celebrated across the United States on the third Friday of each May to encourage and celebrate bicycling to work and promote public awareness of bicycling and bicycle safety.

Cyclists need to remember that bicycles are considered vehicles, and are required to ride on the right with traffic and obey traffic signals, including stop signs. Motorists are required by law to allow 3' when passing a bicycle, and should watch for bicycles when making turns and opening car doors. And neither cyclists nor drivers should text or talk on a cell phone when their vehicle is in motion.

Locally, B2WD promotes a "clean commute" and is part of the region's Clean Commute Initiative, which begins in April. Late Spring is the start of the ground-level ozone season, when we hear about Code Red and Orange Ozone Action Days. On those days, the air is dangerous to breathe - especially for the young and for the elderly. Emissions from single occupancy vehicles contribute significantly to our region's dangerous ozone levels. Bike commuting can improve the air we breathe.

Register for Bike to Work Day and stay up-to-date with other great bike events from around the Baltimore region at www.bike2workcentralmd.com.
You can also sign up to get the Bike Ped Beacon e-newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information, contact Russ Ulrich at rulrich@baltometro.org or 410-732-9575.

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 Barbara Herron  

 Communications Officer   410-732-9564

 bherron@baltometro.org   

 

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