2017 Bike Month Events
Celebrating National Bike Month
National Bike Month is filled with events to celebrate the many reasons to ride: exercise and good health, a cleaner environment, cheaper commutes, camaraderie and fun. It also features local, national and global programs to encourage biking - whether you are a daily commuter, recreational rider or trying it for the first time - during May and all year long. So grab your bike, pump up your tires and join your neighbors and co-workers to bike to work, school, shopping or recreation. Remember to join in and share the fun, while earning rewards and even winning prizes along the way.
May 1-September 30: National Bike Challenge
Get rewarded for bicycling! The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of people who enjoy biking for transportation or recreation, including mountain biking. The free website allows you to log your rides while challenging yourself, your colleagues, and your community to ride more. You can join the challenge as an individual, a team or an organization to compete against others for bragging rights and prizes. The scoring methodology rewards frequent riding over long distances to allow beginner riders to compete with seasoned sport cyclists. The Challenge runs every year from May 1 until September 30. Use #NBC17 and #bikefairfax to connect with fellow local participants on social media and to encourage others to join.
May 5-7: Bike to Worship Days
Fairfax County residents are encouraged to bike to their church, mosque, temple, satsang, synagogue, or any other place of worship during Bike to Worship Days, May 5-7.
May 10: National Bike to School Day
On May 10, thousands of students, parents, teachers and communities across the nation will participate in National Bike to School Day (BTSD). Like International Walk to School Day in October, BTSD is an event that highlights the importance of bicycling as a fun, healthy and safe way to get to school and around town. Participating in National Bike to School Day and hosting an event is a great way to teach safe bicycling skills and encourage biking on a regular basis.
May 14: CycloFemme/Global Women's Cycling Day
Each year on Mother’s Day, self-led bike rides around the globe unite riders of all genders, ages, ethnicities and bicycle preferences. Register your ride of any length, type and size and include your friends, your team or your event. Share photos and videos with the hashtag #cyclofemme and #bikefairfax.
May 14-20: Try Biking Week
Dump the pump and try biking everywhere for a week, May 14-20, 2017! Before you ride, plan the most comfortable route for your skill level. Use the Fairfax County Bike Map or an online bike route finding service such as Google Maps or carfreeatoz.com. If you are not yet comfortable riding in traffic, chose trails and quiet neighborhood streets to get around. While you are out, enter the bike photo contest to share the fun (use #trybiking and #bikefairfax) and win prizes! (see below)
May 14-20: Bike Photo Contest
Post photos of your adventures on two wheels in Fairfax County between May 14 and May 20 on social media using #trybiking and #bikefairfax to win! There is no limit to the number of photos an individual can submit. Be creative with your entries: capture kids and adults on all kinds of bicycles on any kind of bikeway such as roads, bike lanes, trails, singletrack, etc. This is a great opportunity to submit photos of your favorite rides and destinations to ride to throughout Fairfax County! Entrants must not submit photos that infringe on the rights of any other photographer or person; please be sure you have permission to use someone’s image before posting. Contest is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age. Participants can post their photos on Twitter (tag @ffxconnector), Facebook (tag /fairfaxconnector) or Instagram (tag @fairfaxcounty) and with the hashtags #trybiking and #bikefairfax. Winning entries will be announced on May 26, 2017.
May 19: National Bike to Work Day
Join thousands of other bicyclists, environmentalists and exercise enthusiasts for Bike to Work Day throughout the National Capital Area on Friday, May 19, 2017. The event will be held rain or shine! Come out and meet other riders, learn about bike services and resources in the community, grab a free giveaway or two, and start your day by putting the pedal to the metal - bicycle style. Learn more, download promotional materials and register early for a free event T-shirt. Need help inspiring your employees or fellow coworkers to participate? Download our Bike to Work Day Business Toolkit. Share your photos using #BTWD2017 and #bikefairfax.
2017 Pit stop locations in or near Fairfax County:
- Burke VRE Station, 10399 Premier Court in Burke (near the train platform), 6:30-8:30 a.m.
- Fair Lakes Center, 12961 Fair Lakes Center Drive in Fairfax (in front of Noodles & Co.), 6-9 a.m.
- City of Fairfax, North Street & Old Lee Highway (on the Old Town Square), 6-9 a.m.
- Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax, 6:30-9 a.m.
- City of Falls Church, W&OD Trail and Little Falls Street, 6:30-9 a.m.
- Fort Belvoir, Mt Vernon Memorial Highway & Mt Vernon Road (just before the gate), 7-9 a.m. and11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
- Town of Herndon, Lynn & Elden Streets, just off the W&OD trail (on the Town Hall Green), 5:30-10 a.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. (No registration required for the afternoon event)
- Mosaic District, 2910 District Avenue in Fairfax (Strawberry Park), 6:30-9 a.m.
Mt. Vernon –
Collingwood Park, West Boulevard near Chadwick Ave in
(just off the Mt. Vernon Trail; enter park from West Blvd.), 6:30-8:30 a.m.
- Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, 1862 Wiehle Avenue in Reston (on the Plaza), 6:30-9:30 a.m.
- Springfield/Metro Park at Walker Lane, Walker Ln & Metro Park Dr in Franconia, 6:30-8:30 a.m.
- Tysons Corner, 1861 International Drive in McLean (in front of Capital Grille), 6:30- 10 a.m.
- Town of Vienna, 144 Maple Avenue East (on the Town Green just off the W&OD Trail), 6:30-8:30 a.m.
May 24-28: Bike to Market Days
With nearly a dozen Farmer’s Markets in Fairfax County, there’s likely a market near you. From May 24 and May 28, try buying local and then taking your produce home by bike – an environmentally-friendly experience all the way around!
May 29: Bike to BBQ
If your Memorial Day plans include a barbeque get together, then wconsider leaving the car at home and biking there instead. You will work up an appetite before the feast and work off some calories afterwards!
June 3: National Trails Day
On June 3, pump up your bike tires and hit one of Fairfax County’s
many paved or unpaved trails! National Trails
Day is a great opportunity to meet new people in your area and
share a fun experience on a local trail. Share your adventure with the
nation using #NationalTrailsDay and #bikefairfax.
June 2-4: National Bike Travel Weekend
Bike Travel Weekend encompasses family trips, girls’ weekends, adventure rides or solo journeys on a road, paved path, or mountain bike trail. Register for the chance to win prizes and share your experiences June 2 through June 4 using #biketravelweekend and #bikefairfax.