NIH Bike to Work Day is May 20th

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC) and the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS). The NIH will host one of the 107 pit stops in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, supported by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA). Join us – rain or shine – in this national celebration of bicycling as an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, fun and healthy way to commute to work.

Registration for this event is free. Enter your employer as “MD Montgomery Co National Institutes of Health Bldg 1” and help NIH defend our proud title as the employer with the most Bike to Work Day participants. The NIH is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse any prizes associated with the event.

At the NIH pit stop, NIH staff who register by Mon., May 9th  and ride a bicycle while wearing a helmet, can pick up a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt (while supplies last). Also, keep in mind that Metro allows bicycles during rush hour. Combining bicycling and Metro is another excellent choice. Anyone who rides a bicycle to Metro is still participating in Bike to Work Day. Given current gas prices and the ongoing construction on campus, this will be a perfect day to try a new form of transportation, even if you only ride for a small portion of your trip.

Get inspired by our own former NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, a fellow bike commuter and learn about the benefits of biking to work.

If you have never commuted by bicycle to NIH and are not sure how to begin, please explore the “Commuting” link on the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club website. You can connect with local bikers who are happy to help and even ride along with new bikers. Learn tips on topics ranging from purchasing a bicycle to favorite NIH commuting routes.

For additional info about Bike to Work Day or the NIH Bicycle Program, please contact Sean Cullinane at 301-496-5050.

Sign language interpreting and CART services are available upon request to participate in this event. Individuals needing either of these services and/or other reasonable accommodations should contact Sean Cullinane at 301-496-5050. Requests should be made at least five days in advance. To access Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), call 711.

To learn more about NIH-sponsored events that support your financial, social, career, physical and community well-being, check out the DATS Wellness website.

You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter for more information about services that can assist you with balancing work and family, making healthy food choices, as well as other programs and employee services to improve your wellbeing. The DATS manages many NIH LISTSERVs that may also be of interest to you.