In celebration of the fact that May is National Bike Month, inhabitants of the DC metro area are encouraged to participate in the annual Bike to Work Day. Started in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, Bike to Work Day is an effort to get commuters across the nation to try out a healthy and safe alternative to driving. Biking cuts down on pollution and also encourages physical fitness. Last year over 12,000 people took part in this event throughout the Metropolitan Washington region. This year, the event will be held on Friday, May 17th. There are also 70 pit stops around the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area where riders can take a break and enjoy refreshments, food, and prizes. The closest pit stop to Southwest will be located at Canal Park at 2nd St and M St SE.
For Southwest residents who want to partake in the festivities but don’t own bicycles, there are nine Capital Bikeshare stations in Southwest between, including stations at 4th and M St SW, The Wharf, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Air and Space Museum.
For more information, check out http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/.