Bicycle commuters on Bike to Work Day- May 18

May is National Bike Month – Reston Town Center hosts a lot of biking events throughout the year, but in May, we host a pit stop for National Bike To Work Day presented by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. This event has more than 12,000 participants who commit to biking to and from work on May 18 with 49 pit stops around the Washington D.C. area.

These pit stops are where all the fun happens – we had 350 cyclists at our stop this year. The morning started off with a complimentary high-energy breakfast supplied by several of Reston’s favorite food suppliers, including Community Canteen. Pit stops usually have raffle prizes, food, drink, free tee-shirts and more. It’s also where you can meet up with an experienced commuter convoy if you’re not a pro at navigating the best bike route to work. The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center was also there to give riders a complimentary bike safety check before the convoy rolled out.

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off

Congressman Connolly addresses the Bike to Work Day crowd in the Pavilion before they ride off.

Bike to Work Day is a great event for people to use as a dry to start biking to work – see how long it takes, what your energy levels are the rest of the day and find the best route all while experiencing the biking community in the D.C. area.

Aside from being fun, biking to work has a lot of perks for you and the environment: it gives you a great workout – cardio and strength if you happen upon some hills – and saves you money on gas and car upkeep. According to a Forbes article this month, “The average annual operating cost of a bicycle is $308, compared to $8,220 for the average car.” That means bicyclists in the U.S. save $4.6 billion a year. Biking instead of driving is becoming an epidemic in the U.S. and the number of bicycle commuters has increased 40% from 2000 to 2010.

Saving gas and money also means saving the environment. If you ride your bike 10 miles to work every week, you are saving 418 grams of carbon monoxide from the air, reducing your carbon footprint. With all these benefits to biking over driving, we’ll be expecting even higher numbers next year at our pit stop and hope to see you there!

And here are some of the best biking trails in the DC area to get you started. Happy biking!