Against all odds (and some meteorologists' warnings), a number of committed local bicycle commuters participated in Bike to Work Day last Friday despite the terrible weather.
Bike to Work Day is an annual national event encouraging people to use their bicycles for transportation instead of only recreation. It is designed to raise awareness of cycling as a healthy, clean, and fun alternative to driving and introduce new people to the joys of bicycle commuting. In the greater Washington D.C. area, local groups and municipalities organized 79 separate pit stops and had more than 10,000 cyclists register to participate. The City of Rockville alone hosted two stops at Fallsgrove and Rockville Town Center, while local businesses hosted stops at Tower Oaks and the Twinbrook areas. Rockville has hosted Bike to Work Day for several years and actually won a friendly competition last year with the City of Frederick over which municipality had the largest percentage increase in registrations over the year before.
While this year's torrential rain and potential for flash floods put a damper on many cyclists' plans, some brave individuals still made an appearance. The four stops in Rockville generally had about a quarter of the registered cyclists show up, for a total of 111 participants. These wet but enthusiastic cyclists were grateful for the warm coffee and smiles offered by volunteers at the pitstops, making for a small but still encouraging event.
However, not everyone had the ability to be out in those conditions. If you were signed up to participate at a Rockville pitstop and weren't able to, you can still pick up your t-shirt and water bottle at Commuter Services in the County Executive Office Building at 101 Monroe Street, 10th floor, Rockville during normal business hours.
With any luck, Bike to Work Day next year should have much more welcoming weather and even more cyclists joining in. If you'd like to find out more about cycling in Rockville in the meantime, check out the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee's webpage
, Facebook page
, and Meetup group
for lists of our community rides.