Bike to Work Day is organized at the regional level by Commuter Connections (COG) and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). Event planning occurs through the Bike to Work Day Steering Committee which meets at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) in Washington, D.C. from September to May.
For more than 50 years, COG has helped develop solutions to issues of regional importance. COG is an independent, nonprofit 501 c(3) association, with a membership of 300 elected officials from 24 local governments, the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures, and U.S. Congress. Every month, more than 1,500 officials and experts connect through COG to share information and develop solutions to the region’s challenges.
Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at COG. Commuter Connections promotes bicycling to work, ridesharing and other alternatives to drive alone commuting, and provides ridematching for carpools and vanpools and offers the free Guaranteed Ride Home program (available to bicycle commuters). Commuter Connections is funded by the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and U.S. Departments of Transportation.
At the local pit stop level, Bike to Work Day is hosted by a variety of organizations including local municipalities, city and county governments, non-profit entities, private-sector companies, federal government agencies, U.S. military, Business Improvement Districts, and even private citizen volunteers. They all have one common goal for this event; to increase awareness and participation in bicycling as a method of transportation to work instead of driving alone.
Each year a Bike to Work Day Proclamation takes place at the Transportation Planning Board meeting held at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.