Bike to Work Day Grows in Popularity

Posted: May 15, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

Tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day should be an easy sell for many people. As gas prices continue to set records on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis, even the sky can’t limit how high prices will go this summer.

So if you haven’t discovered it already, there’s no better time than tomorrow to use one of the cheapest forms of transportation: something with two wheels and two pedals that boasts more miles per gallon than any car in town.

This year’s Bike to Work Day will feature the third annual “pit stop” at University Mall, hosted by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA). The pit stop is one of many located throughout the Washington, D.C., region. Each stop offers free breakfast food, entertainment, speaker presentations, T-shirts and prize giveaways to registrants.

“People are realizing that biking is an easy and fun alternative to sitting in traffic and paying for costly gasoline,” says David Hartford, coordinator of the University Mall pit stop and co-owner of Oasis Bike Works. “The first year we got 40 [people registered for the pit stop] at University Mall. The second year we hit 80. But this year, at the current rate, we’re expecting more than 150 registrants.”

To register for free at a specific pit stop closest to your home or office, go to the WABA web site.

Mason’s efforts to become more biker friendly are happening on several fronts. All new roads built in and around campus will be outfitted with bike lanes. And the Fairfax Campus just added 70 new bikes racks, with more on the way.

Last month, Mason held its first Bike to Mason Day in celebration of Earth Day. Approximately 230 people participated. During the event, 39 bikes were donated and $475 was raised to support the Bikes for the World program.

Mason has also created a bike advisory committee of faculty, staff and students who are bike enthusiasts. The committee meets every semester to discuss the progress around campus and how bike lanes and routes could be improved. The committee is suggesting that Mason add more covered bike racks, bike paths and easier access to showers and locker room facilities for bikers.

For more information and tips on biking to work go to the “Bicycling to Work in the Washington Area” guide. The WABA site also offers maps of bike trails and detailed commuting routes.

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