Ride Your Bike to Work on May 18

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Provided by Prince William County

In the 2010 Bike to Work Day, there was one pit stop in Prince William County. This year, there will be 10 pit stops for the Friday, May 18 event, where people can stop for refreshments, maybe pick up a T-shirt or just rest for a bit as they bike to work or a nearby transit station.

George Phillips, a transportation planner with the Prince William Planning Department, said interest in Bike to Work Day, a regional event, has been “growing every year” since it started with 63 registered riders in Prince William County. In 2017, rider registration in the county stood at 208.

Phillips said biking around the county has gotten easier over the years. The Prince William County Department of Transportation has been putting sidewalks and trails alongside new roads during construction for some time. “It’s getting easier. I think as facilities are built and put in place, we’ll see more people using bikes. Now we have enough trails where people can bike to work.”

While most people don’t bike to points as far away as Washington, D.C., they might easily be able to bike to a train station. Pit stops are set up this year at the Woodbridge, Rippon, Manassas and Manassas Park Virginia Railway Express stations to encourage people to consider the possibilities, Phillips said. “We are looking to be multi-modal. We’re all about transit, pedestrian and biking facilities, and certain trains allow bikes on board.”

The main goal of the free event, which is sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, is to raise awareness. “It’s all about encouraging people to bike more and to know where they can bike.”

There are other reasons to promote Bike to Work Day, Phillips said. “One, it reduces congestion. Two, it helps the environment, and three, it’s good for you to ride a bike.”

Following are this year’s pit stops and times:

Pit Stop Name: Dumfries
Location: Dumfries Town Hall – Community Center
Address: 17755 Main Street, Dumfries
Pit Stop Time: 7:30-9:30 a. m.
Contact: Danny Cosner, runrman7@aol.com, 703-221-1921

Pit Stop Name: Haymarket

Location: Haymarket Bicycles

Address: 4414 Costello Way, Haymarket

Pit Stop Time: 6:00-9:30 a. m.

Contact: Jared Neiter, jarednieters@gmail.com, 703-754–1911

Pit Stop Name: Manassas-George Mason

Address: Freedom Center Blvd. & University Blvd., Manassas
Location: Southwest corner of the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center
Pit Stop Time: 6:30-9:30 a. m.
Contact: Rick Holt, rholt.pwc@gmail.com, 703-677-7934

Pit Stop Name: Manassas-Kelly Leadership Center

Location: Kelly Leadership Center Parking lot
Address: Intersection of Rt. 234 and bike trail
Pit Stop Time: 6:00-9:30 a. m.
Contact: JoEllen Suter, suterje@pwcs.edu, 703-304-6256

Pit Stop Name: Manassas Park

Location: Slightly south of Manassas Drive-Digital Drive

Pit Stop Time: 6:00-9:00 a. m.

Contact: Marce Foster, Palisades.mgr@pacapts.com, 571-719-6992

Pit Stop Name: Manassas VRE Pit Stop

Location: Manassas VRE Station
(Train Depot side adjacent to track, near Battle Street)
Address: 9431 West St., Manassas

Pit Stop Time:  6:00-9:00 a. m.
Contact: Melissa Williams, melissa@historicmanassasinc.org, 703-361-6599, ext. 101

Pit Stop Name: Woodbridge – Chinn

Location: Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center Parking lot
(near the Prince William Parkway bike trail)
Address: 100 meters South of Troupe St. & Chinn Park Dr. intersection
Pit Stop Time:  6:00-9:00 a. m.
Contact: Dan Pittman, Dpittman@pwcgov.org, 703-730-1056

Pit Stop Name: Rippon Landing VRE

Location: Rippon Landing VRE station, parking area
Address: 15511 Farm Creek Dr. Woodbridge
Pit Stop Time:  6:00-9:00 a. m.
Contact: Josh Kuprion, jkuprio@rei.com, 703-583-1938

Pit Stop Name: Woodbridge VRE

Location: Woodbridge VRE Station
Address: 1040 Express Way
Pit Stop Time:  6:00-9:00 a. m.
Contact: Supervisor Frank Principi’s Office, FPrincipi@pwcgov.org, 703-792-4646

Pit Stop Name: Woodbridge – Tackett’s Mill

Location: Tackett’s Mill Drive and Minnieville Road, Woodbridge

Pit Stop Time: 6:30-8:30 a. m.

Contact: Supervisor Ruth Anderson’s office,  Kelsey Dolt, kdolt@pwcgov.org, 703-792-4136

Find more information and register at the Bike to Work Day website.


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