The D.C. area’s 2019 Bike to Work Day is just a month away. On May 17, thousands of riders are anticipated to pedal to work as part of the free, annual event—now in its nineteenth year.

Launched in 2001, the regional Bike to Work Day features food, prizes, bike tune-ups, and dozens of pit stops. This year’s event is scheduled to happen during National Bike to Work Week and has a goal of netting 19,000 registrants, according to its organizers. The event is set to occur rain or shine and 115 pit stops across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are planned.

As an agenda item from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’s (MWCOG) put it, Bike to Work Day is designed “to increase public awareness of the viability of bicycle commuting in the Washington region [and to] encourage the business community and other regional decision-makers to support increased bicycle commuting through bicycle-friendly policies and initiatives.”

Registration is open and the first 20,000 registrants who end up participating in the event will get a free t-shirt, the organizers note.

Read the full report from Curbed – Washington D.C.

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