For Immediate Release:
Contact: Greg Billing, WABA
Tel: 202.518.0524 x 201
On May 20th Thousands of Area Bicycle Commuters Will Celebrate Bike to Work Day
May 20 is Bike to Work Day, an annual celebration of bicycling as a way to commute to work in the DC region. This Friday, up to 2,000 cyclists will ride in, some in commuter convoys from the suburbs, to Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. for a rally from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Speakers at Freedom Plaza will include federal and District representatives, including :
Federal Speakers: Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, Transportation Undersecretary Roy Kienitz;
District of Columbia Speakers: Police Chief Cathy Lanier, Transportation Director Terry Bellamy, Planning Director Harriet Tregoning, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, and Members of the Council of the District of Columbia.
Bike to Work Day is celebrated nationwide each May to raise awareness of how bicycling eases road congestion, reduces fuel consumption, and provides important health benefits for cyclists. In addition to the rally at Freedom Plaza, 49 pit stops across the region in Maryland, Virginia, and the District will be offering free food, prizes, and commuter bike convoys that lead cyclists to work.
Media can check in with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) at the VIP tent next to the stage at Freedom Plaza. Shane Farthing, WABA’s Executive Director, will be available for media interviews.
Where: Freedom Plaza., 14th & E Streets, NW.
When: 8 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20
Who: Up to 2,000 bicycle commuters
About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Established in 1972, WABA is a local non-profit dedicated to creating a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling. For more information about the Washington Area Bicyclist Association visit http://www.waba.org or call 202-518-0524.