Bike to Work Day Beckons on May 16

If you hate traffic, love the environment and want to get a little exercise on your commute to work, mark your calendar for Bike to Work Day

Just four percent of D.C.-area commuters walked or biked to work in 2013, according to data from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Here's your chance to up that percentage a little.

On May 16, everyone in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are encouraged to leave the cars at home and ride to work on two wheels.

More than 14,000 people participated in last year's event, and the event has grown in size every year since its inception in 2001.

Bike to Work Day features 79 pit stops around the area that will provide refreshments to weary cyclists. Registered attendees can get free T-shirts and have the chance to win other prizes at these pit stops. 

Participants can join free bike convoys led by experienced cyclists for a more communal experience, with designated pick-up points along each convoy route where anyone can join in the fun. 

If you're looking for a biking buddy, check out the Washington Area Bike Forum. Maybe you'll meet your cycle soulmate. 

You can register for perks like free T-shirts and prizes at Bike to Work Day's website. The event is sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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