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For the third year in a row, Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) will partner with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to encourage base staff members to “Bike to Work” on May 18.

Bike to Work Day promotes bicycling as an alternative method of travel that’s clean, fun and healthy.

“Studies show between 18 to 20 percent of people in the Washington D.C. area live within five miles of their workplace,” said Ryan Emery, transportation coordinator for NSAB. “With that being said, this is a great opportunity for everyone living in the area to try riding a bike to work that morning.”

A recent commuter survey conducted by NSAB revealed that less than three percent of base staff members regularly ride a bike to work.

Besides the physical benefits, there are more advantages to consider when planning your commute.

“We are not only promoting a healthy living, but we are also encouraging everyone to consider using different modes of transportation when coming to work,” said Dwight Jackson, intramural sports manager for NSAB. “If you are riding your bike, then you don’t have to worry about morning traffic and parking when you arrive. It’s a great way to start your day.”

While last year’s event brought more than 100 participants, organizers are hoping more people come out.

“Our goal is to get more than 150 people registered for the event,” said Emery. “Registration is open right now. Bike to Work Day will provide participants with more than 50 region-wide pit stops. MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) has sponsored a pit stop on base, located at the south gate from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. At the pit stop, we will provide participants with T-shirts, music and refreshments.”

For interested participants, Emery said there are a few things to be completed prior to the event.

“Registration is important,” he said. “After registering, everyone should plan out their route. There are a lot of trails, unfamiliar to most people, running out of Washington D.C. to Bethesda that can make their ride quicker and easier. The third thing would be to try and find some friends to ride with you.”

Emery also noted all participants should enjoy the ride to work, but plan to follow basic bicycle safety guidelines including wearing a helmet and reflective clothing and riding responsibly.

For more information and to register for Bike to Work Day, go to www.Biketoworkmetrodc.org.