Bike to Work Day 2014

BIKE TO WORK DAY 2014

Biking to work is a great way to reduce air and water pollution and get some exercise. MDE is again participating in Bike to Work Day – and we urge you to join in as well.

Workplaces throughout Maryland will be encouraging their employees to leave their cars behind this Friday, May 16, and pedal to work instead.

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Bike to Work Day is celebrated across the United States each May – which is Clean Commute Month. Late spring marks the start of the ground-level ozone season, when we hear about Code Red and Orange Ozone Action Days. On those days, the air is dangerous to breathe – especially for the young and for the elderly. Emissions from single occupancy vehicles contribute significantly to our region’s sometimes-dangerous ozone levels. Bike commuting can improve the air we breathe. It can also reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

“Replacing the car with alternative forms of transportation helps to reduce your carbon footprint, conserve energy, save money, reduce air pollution, get exercise and set an example for others,” MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers said while encouraging MDE employees to participate in Bike to Work Day.

Baltimore City Hall and in Baltimore, Annapolis, White Marsh, Towson, Bel Air, Columbia, Westminster  and other locations. For more information on the Baltimore region’s 17th annual Bike to Work Day and to register for events go to Bike2WorkCentralMaryland.com. You can also follow @Bike2WorkCentMD on Twitter or like @Bike2WorkCentralMD on Facebook.

Events are also planned in the Washington area, from Indian Head in Charles County to Frederick, along with many spots in between.  Go to biketoworkmetrodc.org for more information and to register for Washington-area events. You can follow @BikeToWorkDay on Twitter or on Facebook.

MDE employees are again joining in. They will ride in convoys from rallies in Catonsville and at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore to MDE’s Montgomery Park headquarters on Washington Boulevard.

Locally, B2WD promotes a “clean commute” and is part of the region’s Clean Commute Initiative, which begins in April.

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