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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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ITEM #8

National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board

April 15, 2009


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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


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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



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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


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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


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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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