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The Scoop on Bike to Work Day in Georgetown

New this year: A 'Bike from Work Day' happy hour hosted by Maimaison.

Bike to Work Day is next Friday, May 16. Patch archive photo
Bike to Work Day is next Friday, May 16. Patch archive photo

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) will host two (of the many dozens) of pit stop locations Friday, May 16 during the DC region’s Bike to Work Day.  

Last year, more than 400 cyclists participated in Georgetown’s first ever Bike to Work Day at K Street and Wisconsin Avenue.  

This year, the BID is expanding to two pit stop locations: 

  • K Street and Wisconsin Avenue at the Georgetown Waterfront Park fountains
  • Meigs Park at Pennsylvania Avenue at 28th Street, NW  

Both locations will provide bike commuters with a scenic pit stop, bike tech support, music, free T-shirts for registered riders, refreshments from local Georgetown cafes and bakeries as well as plenty of bike-friendly swag.  

The Georgetown BID invites people to register for either Georgetown Pit Stop at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.   

Also new this year is a “Bike from Work Day” happy hour hosted by Malmaison from 4 – 7 p.m. at 3401 K Street, NW.  Registration is free at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/georgetowns-bike-from-work-day-happy-hour-tickets-10820104223.

“Georgetown continues to be a hub of bicycling activity, with the Capital Crescent, C & O, Rock Creek & Potomac trails all connecting in Georgetown," said Will Handsfield, the BID’s Transportation Director.  

There are four bike shops within the commercial district, and five Capital Bikeshare stations for locals and tourists to use. 

“This year, DDOT will complete the M Street Cycletrack into Georgetown, and install additional bicycle way finding signs," Handsfield noted. "With our second bike to work day pit stop at Meigs Park, we hope to host even more cyclists as they travel to, from, or through Georgetown.”

The Georgetown Business Improvement District is partnering with several local Georgetown bicycle shops including: 

  • Cycle Life
  • Bicycle Pro Shop
  • Revolution Cycles

The shops will provide riders with on-the-ground tech support and tips, plus plenty of bike swag and prizes. Enjoy complimentary coffee, baked goods, and breakfast treats at the Georgetown Pit Stops’ refreshment stations, which will feature goodies from Georgetown establishments including Baked and Wired, Dean and DeLuca, Malmaison, and Farmers Fishers Bakers. Check out the video from last year’s Georgetown Bike to Work Day here.

In the Metropolitan Washington region, Bike to Work Day has grown from a small group of a few hundred cyclists in 2001 to over 14,000 participants in 2013. Founded in the Washington, DC region by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the event boasts over 79 pit stops in the region.

 

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