Hundreds Take Part In ‘Bike To Work Day’

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Friday marks the 20th anniversary of “Bike To Work Day,” as across the country and here in Maryland, tens of thousands participated.

Baltimore city officials are working to get even more people out on two wheels.

Before dawn at Penn Station, the regulars began literally, rolling in.

People like Shane Knudsen, who realized riding his bike to take the train is faster and more profitable than driving his car.

“But then I get to get work done, so I charge an hour’s worth of work everyday on the train,” Knudsen said.

Cyclists celebrated the 70 to 90 commuters and others who stopped by for “Bike to Work Day.”

Cyclists like Abbie Shoemaker.

“[Reporter: Give me your reasons why?] I ride because it feels great,” Shoemaker said. “Biking is the best way to get around town. and I like to commute, and go on fun rides, and mountain bike.”

At another “Bike to Work Day” event downtown, city leaders rolled up from all points to announce a big boost to the city’s bike share program.

The Downtown Partnership is subsidizing the cost of renting the bikes.

“It’s a $15 monthly pass, but right now, as soon as the mayor announces it, it’s going to be $3 a month for individuals on Food Stamps,” said Jay Decker.

There are a lot of reasons why people don’t ride to work: the distance, the need to freshen up at work, and of course, fear of cars.

 

To find out more about Bike To Work Day events throughout Maryland CLICK HERE.

For most people, the cost of using bike share is $2 a trip or $15 a month. Click here to see if you qualify for the subsidized plan.

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