Frequently Asked Questions

 
When is Bike to Work Day?
Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 15, 2015.

How much does it cost to register for Bike to Work Day?

Nothing, Bike to Work Day is 100% completely free.

Are helmets required?

Although helmets are not required, they are strongly recommended.

Can I go to more than one pit stop?

Yes, you can definitely go to more than one pit stop!  During registration, you will be asked to choose one pit stop.  The pit stop you registered for is where you must pick up your free t-shirt.  The pit stop manager will have a list with your name on it.  It is not transferable.  We encourage you to visit other pit stops to enjoy the entertainment, food, drinks and the company of other bicyclists.

What will be happening at the pit stops?

Each pit stop is different!  They will all have food, drinks, raffles, speakers and some have entertainment and much more. You will also pick up your free t-shirt at the pit stop you choose during registration.  For details on each pit stop, you may contact the pit stop manager listed on the Bike to Work Day pit stop.

What are the commuter convoys?

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association organizes more than 20 commuter convoys led by experienced bicycle commuters.  They all have different start locations.  Many end in downtown DC but not all.  The convoy leaders start promptly from the starting location, so please arrive early or on time.  Feel free to join the convoy en route if it’s more convenient.   Convoy routes and leader contact information are posted on the Bike to Work Day website.

Where do the commuter convoys start and end?

Each commuter convoy starts at a different location, many but not all will end in downtown D.C.   All of the commuter convoys information is posted on the Bike to Work Day website.  If you have questions about the convoy, please email the convoy leader directly.

What if it rains?

Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event! All pit stops will be open regardless of the weather. It’s strongly encouraged to pack rain gear, just in case. To claim your free T-shirt you must attend the pit stop you registered for, and be one of the first 14,000 to register.

Here are some tips for cycling in the rain

What happens if my bike breaks down or I get a flat tire?

There isn’t support staff or volunteers to assist participants due to any mechanical issues.  Please have your bike serviced and all repairs made prior to Bike to Work Day.  During your commute, please carry all necessary repair tools and supplies such as an extra inner tube, air pump, multi-tool and we strongly suggest packing rain gear too (just in case!).

This is my first Bike to Work Day, what do I do?

Register first.  Bike to Work Day is a free event for everyone commuting to work on a bicycle on Friday May 15th. Registration is required to receive you free t-shirt (limited to the first 14,000 registered).  On Bike to Work Day, there will be over 80 local pit stops throughout the region.  Each pit stop will have free food, drinks, raffles and much more.  The pit stop you have chosen during registration will be the place you pick up your free t-shirt. We also suggest riding to work with a commuter convoy or with a friend.

In preparing for Bike to Work Day, it is suggested to plan your route to work and test ride it before the event perhaps on a weekend.  Google Maps offers directions for bicyclists. Make sure to have your bike serviced at a bike shop and all necessary repairs made well in advance.  If you are not confident about riding on the road, please take a bicycle safety class with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, visit www.waba.org.

 I don’t have an email account, how do I register?

A working email account is required for registration.  Organizers for Bike to Work Day send updates to participants about the event via email.  Google and Yahoo offer free email services.

 Can I get a free t-shirt if I registered after the deadline for t-shirts?

No.  There are a limited number of t-shirts available for the first 14,000 participants who register.  Sometimes pit stops have extra t-shirts available after the event but we cannot guarantee free t-shirts to anyone who registers after the 14,000 max is reached.

 Do I still need to register for Bike to Work Day if the limited free t-shirts are gone?

Yes.  There are raffles at local pit stops in addition to a regional raffle. There are several bicycles being awarded as grand prizes. Other raffle items may include bike lights, bike locks, bags, helmets, and other bike accessories.  Only registered participants are eligible to win raffle prizes.

   What time do the pit stops open? Close?

Pit stops opening and closing times vary and a few pit stops are having late afternoon/evening events.  The most up-to-date opening and closing times are listed on the Bike to Work Day website.  If you have questions about an individual pit stop, please contact the pit stop manager listed on the Bike to Work Day Website.

  Where do I register for Bike to Work Day?

All registration is online on the Bike to Work Day website.  Click “Free Register Click Here” on the homepage and complete the online form.  You should receive an email confirmation when you have successfully registered.

 Do I have to be an experienced rider to participate?

Bike to Work Day is open to riders of all ability levels.  It is a great opportunity for new and beginning riders to try bicycle commuting for the first time.  Over a thousand bicyclists who will be participating this year have never commuted by bike before.  There are many great resources for first time riders.  Commuter convoys are small group rides lead by an experienced volunteer commuter.  The Washington Area Bicyclist Forum is a great place to connect with other riders for to find a riding buddy.  The pit stops are a great place to rest and relax and retool during your commute. Finally, there are over 14,000 cyclists commuting to work by bicycle on Bike to Work Day making the roads safer for bicyclists.

 Where do I find a buddy to ride with on Bike to Work Day?

The Washington Area Bicyclist Forum is an online forum and the place to connect with other area bicyclists.  You can look for riding buddies, ask questions about commuting and route selection, and discuss bicycle safety, advocacy and so much more.  The community on the forum is helpful, knowledgeable and open to riders of all ability levels. The online forums are a partnership between the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, goDCgo and BikeArlington.