Scenes From National Bike to Work Day

Fifty years ago the League of American Bicyclists organized the first Bike to Work Day. Today, more than 500 events were held across the country to encourage people to “bike the drive,” as they say. More than 41 million Americans have participated in National Bike to Work Week at least once, according to a 2002 study by the National Sporting Goods Association. Here are a few scenes from today’s rides.

The Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia's Bike to Work Day with Mayor Michael Nutter (second from left) and U.S. Congressmen Chaka Fattah (second from right) from the Art Museum steps to City Hall. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/slabbers/##BasSlabbers/Flickr##
The wax Abraham Lincoln at D.C.'s Bike to Work Day was a kind of creepy, if inspired, addition. (That's Mayor Vincent Gray sitting next to him in the pedicab.) Photo: Jeff Miller, ##http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/##Alliance for Biking and Walking##
A young participant in NYC's Bike to Work Day on the West Side Greenway. Photo courtesy of ##http://transalt.org/##Transportation Alternatives##, which signed up 260 new members today.

Transylvania University President Owen Williams leads the Bike to Work Day ride in Lexington, KY. Photo: ##http://twitpic.com/505myl##Transy/Twitter##
Mayor Dwight Jones led the Bike to Work Day ride in Richmond, VA. Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/richmondonthejames/##Phil Riggan/Flickr##
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee led his Commuter Convoy on the Panhandle bike path during the city's own Bike to Work Day last week. Photo: Volker Neumann/##http://www.sfbike.org/?2011photos##SFBike##
FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff and USDOT Under Secretary for Policy Roy Kienitz at D.C.'s Bike to Work Day rally at Freedom Plaza. Photo: ##http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/05/b2wday.html##Fast Lane##

Got a story from Bike to Work Day in your town? Share it with us in the comments.

  • m to the i

     Got any pictures of any officials from nyc biking to work on bike to work day?!

  • Alex

    Great. Here in The Netherlands we even have highways with bicycle lanes. Ofcourse we pay a lot more for gas and cars, but using a bike as transport is good for your health and enviroment. And its free and no parkingproblem! !! Even ministers use a bike to go to the parlement in The Hague.
    Greetings from the Netherlands, Alex

  • Anonymous

    Folks in other cities, were your Bike-to-Work days co-sponsored by AAA?  Here in DC, ours was–despite the fact that the Mid-Atlantic chapter here has been vociferously anti-bike.  And sadly, any hope that this represented a shift in policy was dispelled by a conversation with their representative.  They were simply there to give out tchochkes and spruce up their image, with no apparent plan to change their use of members’ dues to oppose transportation funding going to bike infrastructure.

  • Bob Davis

    After all, it is the American Automobile Assn., so what should we expect?  That said, it was about 20 years ago that I was most surprised to see the Automobile Club of Southern Calif (part of AAA since the Model T days) recommending the Blue Line light rail trains for members attending an event in downtown Los Angeles.