May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 17 is Bike to Work Day. Commuter Connections, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) and local governments including Fairfax County will host one of the nation's largest Bike to Work Day events. The annual celebration is held every spring to increase awareness and expose people to the benefits of bicycling to work or to transit - good for you, your pocketbook, the environment and more!
This year, there are 115 pit stops around the region. Fairfax County has 28 pit stops, 14 of which are new in 2019. To participate in the traditional Bike to Work Day (swing by a pit stop for your T-shirt, refreshments and giveaways), register at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/.
Fairfax County also recognizes that not everyone can ride on Bike to Work Day, or has a commute that goes by a Pit Stop. Fairfax County residents can still be a part of Bike to Work Day through the following options:
Read on to find out how you can become involved as a participant, employer host or volunteer!
Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail (CCT)
This 40-mile long trail is the primary north/south trail in the Fairfax County, passing through landscapes ranging from remote woods, stream valleys and rolling hills to battlefields and developed parks. The trail varies from wide, paved sections to natural surface sections more appropriate for mountain bikers. The trail crosses many of the county’s main east/west roads. Where space is limited, the trail follows roadside trails or sidewalks. Maps of each section are available online or through the Park Authority’s trails office.
Fairfax County Parkway Trail (FCPT)
This 31-mile trail is a flat, well-marked, north/south multi-use trail that runs alongside the Fairfax County Parkway, Burke Centre Parkway, Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Loisdale Road. It stretches from Richmond Highway near Fort Belvoir to Leesburg Pike in Herndon. The FCPT connects with the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail just north of the Sunset Hills Road in Reston, the Braddock Road Trail in Lewis Park and the Route 123 Trail near Burke. It overlaps with the Cross County Trail west of the Rolling Road interchange in West Springfield.
East Coat Greenway (ECG)
This trail is the nation’s most ambitious long-distance trail. It is a continuous, traffic-free route suitable for bikers of all abilities and ages. From Washington, D.C., the trail enters Fairfax County along the Mount Vernon Trail.
Mount Vernon Trail (MVT)
This 18-mile paved trail stretches from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It connects with several other regional trails, including the Potomac Heritage Trail, Custis Trail, Rock Creek Trail, Four Mile Run Trails and Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail. The trail is mostly flat and follows a scenic course along the Potomac River. The trail is open for recreation year-round from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., though commuters may use the trail any time.
U.S. Bicycle Route 1
The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a developing national network of bicycle routes connecting urban and rural communities via signed roads and trails. U.S. Bicycle Route 1 is a cross-country bicycle route that will run from Florida to Maine. The current alignment of US Bike Route 1 in Virginia follows a similar path as the East Coast Greenway. It is approximately 274 miles long and traverses 21 Virginia localities, including 14 counties, three independent cities and four incorporated towns.
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park
This 45-mile paved trail follows the former railbed of the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, and runs through Northern Virginia’s urban heartland all the way into the Virginia countryside. W&OD Trail hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. between Shirlington to the western border of Herndon. Beyond that, the trail closes at dusk.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Linking the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny river basins, the evolving Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network lies within a corridor rich in historic pathways and waterways. You can travel this historic corridor today — on foot, bicycle, horse or by boat — exploring contrasting landscapes between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Plateau.
The benefits of being a bicycle-friendly business include a healthier workforce, lower healthcare costs and a positive recruitment message; a greener environment and less-congested roads; and recognition opportunities. From facilities and policies to promotion and rewards, creating a bicycle culture starts with strong planning. FCDOT's Bike Fairfax Program have assembled a Business Toolkit to host a successful Bike to Work Day event and help grow bicycle commuting all year round.
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