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I bike to the office most work days; cold, hot, and in between. I live in Baltimore. It is about a 20 minute ride down the Maryland Avenue Cycle Track and through some side streets to Planning’s State Center headquarters on Preston Street. I can confirm without hesitation that the days I ride into work are more productive, and that my trips home far more enjoyable than the stop and go of rush hour traffic. I strongly encourage everyone to consider riding to work when they can, and what a better time to start than May 17, Bike to Work Day.
The League of American Cyclists started Bike to Work Day in 1956, and it has since spread to countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. Bike to Work Day promotes the healthy alternative of bike commuting, as well as its environmental benefits and safety awareness. Bike advocates and local governments will set up pit stops throughout your jurisdiction for bike commuters to stop, grab some water and snacks, and continue down the road toward improved health.
To learn more about Bike to Work Day in Central Maryland and how you can get involved, visit the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Bike to Work day page. If you are interested in statewide efforts to encourage biking, visit the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Bicycling and Walking Homepage.