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ITEM #8. National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board . April 15, 2009. Bike to Work Day. Coincides with National Bike to Work week Event celebrates bicycling to work as a viable commute option Started by Washington Area Bicyclist Association as a District of Columbia event

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bike to work day
Bike to Work Day
  • Coincides with National Bike to Work week
  • Event celebrates bicycling to work as a viable commute option
  • Started by Washington Area Bicyclist Association as a District of Columbia event
  • 1998 Commuter Connections rolled out regional event
  • Participation has increase dramatically from several hundred to 7,000
bike to work day event survey
Bike to Work Day Event Survey
  • Purpose of survey was to identify the experience of event participants
  • Assess use of bicycles for commute travel before and after event
  • Results used in July 2005 - June 2008 Transportation Emission Reduction Measure
  • Administered via e-mail to 6,600 event participants
  • COG received 2,411 completed questionnaires
    • 37% response rate

TERM EVALUATION PROJECT - May 2007

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Bike to Work Day Event Survey
  • Bike to Work Day event increases bicycle commuting
    • 21% of survey respondents never commuted by bicycle before participating in annual event
  • Bike to Work Day event expands the frequency of bicycle commuting
    • 12% of survey respondents who commuted by bicycle previous to event started bicycling more after participating

TERM EVALUATION PROJECT - May 2007

bike to work day 2009
Bike to Work Day 2009
  • Friday May 15, 2009
  • Goal for 2009 - 10% increase to 7,700
  • Proclamation at April 2009 TPB Meeting
  • 26 “pit stop” celebrations throughout region
  • Partnering with Washington Nationals to added new “pit stop” at ballpark
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Bike to Work Day 2009
  • Free and open to all commuters in the National Capital Region
  • Register at www.waba.org
  • Participants receive free T-shirts, refreshments, and a chance to win free donated bicycles
employer focus
Employer Focus
  • Event encourages business community to support bicycle-friendly culture (bike racks, showers/lockers)
  • Bicyclists collectively work for over 1,000 different employers throughout region
  • Bicycling to work benefits employers through reduced parking overhead
  • Better employee health and fitness – lowering absenteeism and health care costs
  • Employer Challenge luncheon
support for bicyclists
Support for Bicyclists
  • WABA formed Commuter Convoys led by experienced bicyclists
    • helps empower commuters to try bicycling
  • Free Bike to Work guides available from Commuter Connections
  • Free Confident City Cycling classes offered by Washington Area Bicyclist Association
  • New Bike Path Finder by Commuter Connections
  • Bicycling covered through Commuter Connections’ Guaranteed Ride Home program
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