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Bike to Work Day, 2008

2008 May 13

About the author: Aaron Ferster is the science writer-editor for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. He rides to work on the Capital Crescent Trail.

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photo of Aaron Ferster and his bikeWhen I tell people one of the best parts of my job is the commute, they immediately think I must dislike my work. Actually, I have a great job. It’s just that I love my commute. I’m one of a handful of EPA employees hooked on commuting by bike.

The best part of bicycle commuting is that it’s fun; it is also good for the environment and my health. Bicycling reduces pollution and my carbon footprint. I get twice-daily workouts pedaling right past the gas pump and their ever-increasing prices. I have a bike locker at the Metro for those days when the weather or my schedule conspire to prevent me from tackling the trip all the way from Rockville, MD, where I live, to EPA in downtown Washington, DC. Leaving my car at home saves me some $95.00 a month in Metro parking alone.

For days when I can ride all the way to work, I’m treated to fresh air, bird songs instead of honking, and a great view overlooking the Potomac River from the Capital Crescent Trail. I share the skinny strip of pavement with lots of fellow bike commuters, plenty of early-morning dog walkers, and the occasional box turtle or deer.

Friday, May 16th is my favorite day of the year: Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day is held in cities across the country every May (National Bike Month) as a way of enticing people to give bike commuting a try and to promote bicycling as a green, healthy, and fun alternative to driving.

Here in Washington, DC the event combines my two favorite things: bicycles and free coffee. Morning convoys gather from across the metropolitan area to join together in ever-increasing numbers as they ride toward Freedom Plaza downtown (conveniently located just across from EPA headquarters). Freedom Plaza is the annual site of Bike to Work Day festivities, including speeches, music, free tee-shirts, raffles, and refreshments featuring bagels, energy bars, bananas, and—oh goodie!—hot, fresh coffee.

On Friday, May 16th, consider giving Bike to Work Day a try (May 15 in some cities like San Francisco). It could very well turn out to be your favorite work day of the year.

P.S. Tell us why you are or aren’t biking to work.

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12 Responses leave one →
  1. Jonathan Shradar permalink
    May 14, 2008

    Great post Aaron. You do have a great trail to ride in on! I rode to work consistently in a previous job and am looking forward to getting back in the habit, starting Friday!

  2. Andy B from Jersey permalink
    May 16, 2008

    I made a real point to ride today despite the heavy rain here in New Jersey. I love to ride to work every day but I almost paid for the “privilege” with my life this morning by an impatient paratransit driver from home town. Last night it was a Mercedes driver illegally passing cars on the right who hoked at me even though I was nearly doing 20 in a 25mph zone. This is the main reason why more people don’t ride and I can’t blame them. I continue to ride simply because I refuse to have my liberties taken from me and I enjoy it too much.

  3. driver indir permalink
    April 10, 2010

    what a great resource thanks.

  4. Maxolip permalink
    July 8, 2010

    The best part of bicycle commuting is that it’s fun; it is also good for the environment and my health. Bicycling reduces pollution and my carbon footprint.a great resource thanks.

  5. Martk permalink
    December 23, 2010

    Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! Its always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! Im sure you had fun writing this article.

  6. James Vella permalink
    October 25, 2011

    The best part of bicycle commuting is that it’s fun; it is also good for the environment and my health. Bicycling reduces pollution and my carbon footprint.a great resource thanks. and it also burn calores

  7. Zoe Griggs permalink
    October 25, 2011

    Biking is a good exercise. The advantages are at less financial cost to the user as well as society. It is very efficient and effective mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances.

  8. Nikki shelto permalink
    October 25, 2011

    Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. Don’t ignore this message or else you’ll be missen half of your life. Do exercise regularly and have a healthy diet. That is why now i am gathering friends to join me of my daily biking. It helps me to burn my fats!

  9. Thomas Jensen permalink
    October 25, 2011

    Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states. Lean a time for exercise so that you can gain a good health. Don’t ignore this message please. Be responsible to your health. One of the best exercise i have enjoy now is the biking. Every morning i spent 3 hours of biking with my friends so try biking!

  10. Anonymous permalink
    January 15, 2012

    Biking is a good exercise. The advantages are at less financial cost to the user as well as society. It is very efficient and effective mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances.

  11. suziiiie permalink
    January 15, 2012

    The best part of bicycle commuting is that it’s fun; it is also good for the environment and my health. Bicycling reduces pollution and my carbon footprint.a great resource thanks. and it also burn calores

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