Bike to Work Day May 18
Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
May 9, 2007
Fairfax County to Participate
in Bike to Work Day May 18
Many in Fairfax County will celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18, by pedaling to workplaces throughout the county. At its last meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May 18 as Bike to Work Day in the county and encouraged residents to participate as an effective means to improve air quality, reduce traffic and conserve energy. May is National Bike Month to promote bicycling for transportation and recreation.
There will be six pit stops set up in Fairfax County. The county's Department of Transportation will sponsor two — one at Fairfax Corner (6:30-8:30 a.m.) and another at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station (6:30-8:30 a.m.). The other four pit stop locations are Reston Town Center (6:30-9 a.m.); Vienna (6:30-8:30 a.m. at Whole Foods, 143 Maple Avenue East); University Mall (6-10 a.m. at Braddock Road and Route 123); and Tysons Corner (6:30-9 a.m. at Booz Allen Hamilton, 8283 Greensboro Drive, McLean). Each pit stop will offer snacks, entertainment, speakers and chances to win bicycles and other prizes. Last year close to 1,000 people attended Bike to Work Day pit stops in Fairfax County.
"Bike to Work Day is an opportunity to encourage people to think about bicycling as a commuting option," said Charlie Strunk, bicycle program coordinator for Fairfax County. "Bicycling can help reduce the number of cars on the road, which can reduce greenhouse gases as well as congestion. Bicycling has added benefits of providing exercise and fresh air to participants, and it's cheaper than driving. By fall 2007, all Fairfax Connector buses will be equipped with bike racks, to give cyclists even greater travel opportunities."
Bike to Work Day is organized by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). Participants who register at the WABA Web site, www.waba.org, before May 11 will get a T-shirt and be eligible for prizes. People without bicycles can join too; information is available at the WABA Web site for those who need to borrow a bike for the day. To find the most convenient bicycle route, contact the Fairfax County Bicycle Program at 703-324-BIKE, TTY 711, or WABA at 202-518-0524, TTY 711.
Media inquiries about Fairfax County's participation in Bike to Work Day should go to Mary Mulrenan, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, at 703-324-1204, TTY 703-324-1102.
For more news and information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.