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. So much so, that 2018’s 20th anniversary edition saw almost 2,300 cyclists—a new record—meeting at dozens of locations throughout the Greater Baltimore region.
Bike to Work Day 2017 also 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 the largest in the region with nearly 350 people registered. Participants were able to demo the new Howard County Bikeshare and County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator Chris Eatough led cyclists on a ride around Lake Kittamaqundi. Regional sponsors MedStar Sports Medicine, Race Pace Bicycles, Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA), Bike MS, and Columbia Association were on hand to greet cyclists with giveaways, information, and bike maintenance. Local sponsors also joining in the fun were Princeton Sports, Whole Foods, Susan G. Komen Maryland, Marriott and the Howard County Police Department, while the Holy Crepes food truck fed the enthusiastic crowd.
Photos courtesy Howard County Public Information Office.
2017 Bike to Work Day Recap
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