Get Ready to Ride: Bike to Work Day Registration is Now Open!

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Provided by Prince William County Communications Office

Mark your calendars because Bike to Work Day is returning on May 17! Every May, the Prince William County Department of Transportation, or PWCDOT, partners with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Commuter Connections Program to hold Bike to Work Day. This free event encourages commuters across the region to leave their cars at home and experience the benefits of biking to work.

“The goal of the program is to increase awareness of opportunities to reduce single-occupancy vehicle commuting, and therefore, reduce carbon emissions,” said Prince William County Department of Transportation (PWCDOT) Principal Planner Bryce Barrett. “The event also encourages other alternatives, such as teleworking, walking or transit usage.”

Participants can plan their route to join the festivities at any of the nine “pit stops” throughout the greater Prince William area to receive free giveaways, food and beverages, while supplies last. The “pit stops” will be located at the following locations:

  • City of Manassas VRE Station at 9451 West Street
  • City of Manassas Park VRE Station at 9300 Manassas Drive
  • Simpson Community Center at 17757 Main Street in Dumfries
  • Kelly Leadership Center at 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas
  • George Mason University at 10900 University Blvd. in Manassas
  • Rippon Landing VRE Station at 15511 Farm Creek Drive in Woodbridge
  • Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center at 13025 Chinn Park Drive in Woodbridge
  • Tackett’s Mill at 2241 Tackett’s Mill Drive in Woodbridge
  • Woodbridge VRE Station at 1040 Express Way

As a bonus, the first 16,000 registered participants from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. region will receive a free T-shirt, and all riders will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a new bicycle. And while supplies last, PWCDOT will also provide free water bottles at the nine pitstop locations listed above. Additionally, the county is sponsoring an additional raffle for participants at the same pitstop locations listed above for a chance to win one of two bikes, tune-up services, and accessories redeemable at A-1 Cycling.

Those who commute using Omniride, VRE and/or metro can check out the OmniRide Bicycle Guide at omniride.com/ridesharing/omnirides-bicycle-guide/. The guide includes information about commuter lot bike amenities and how employers in the county can become a bike-friendly workplace.

“Bike to Work Day is an exciting event because it helps people realize there are greener, healthier alternatives to the traditional single occupancy vehicle commuting,” Barrett said. “The event raises awareness, gives residents access to information and resources, and connects them to a like-minded community.  Bike riding empowers residents to not only feel good about incorporating a healthy alternative into their daily routine, but also have an impact on the environment.”

Prince William County has been observing Bike to Work Day since 2011.

“Last year, 226 riders registered to ride in Prince William County,” said Barrett. “We want to have even more registered this year!”

For more information and registration, visit biketoworkmetrodc.org.

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