Bike to Work Day was Friday,
June 1st (date change)
Howard County’s pit stop was from 7am – 9am at Whole Foods in Columbia.
Bike to Work Day, observed nationally on the third Friday in May, is a time to celebrate the bicycle as a fun and healthy transportation mode. It’s an opportunity for novice cyclists to try two-wheeled commuting and a chance for veteran riders to share fellowship.
Baltimore’s Bike to Work celebration began very modestly with a handful of riders gathering at the Inner Harbor, sharing coffee, pastries, and experiences. From that humble beginning, the event has grown steadily each year and covers the Central Maryland region.
Postponed two weeks due to severe weather, Bike to Work Day 2018 featured the participation of many of the region’s employers, both large and small. Several hosted pit stops, places where riders could grab a bite, have a drink, and talk with other cyclists of their love of two-wheeling. Many organizations encouraged employees to bike by offering incentives such as free meals, relaxed dress codes, and contests that offered valuable prizes.
Howard County’s pit stop at Whole Foods Market in Columbia was one the largest in the region. Over 200 cyclists and supporters showed up on our rescheduled date as well as Race Pace Bicycles, Howard County Recreation and Parks, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland, Downtown Columbia Partnership, Susan G. Komen Maryland, Patapsco Valley Heritage Area and the Holy Crepes food truck were on hand to greet cyclists with giveaways, information, and bike maintenance.. Local sponsors included Columbia Association, The Howard Hughes Corporation, MedStar Health, and Merriweather Post Pavilion. Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for hosting.
Congratulations to Joy Evans, winner of a Trek FX2.
Photo credit: Sara Ann O’Leary, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Interested in getting involved? Contact Allison Calkins with questions or for more information.