Monday, May 14, 2012

Bike to Work Week

Vienna Patch posted an article on Bike to Work Week in this area. It's not too late to register for one of 9 Fairfax pit stops:
In Fairfax County, the celebration week, which falls in the middle of Bike Month and shortly after the inaugural National Bike to School Day, comes at a time when county officials are wrestling with how to implement infrastructure and public outreach programs with no operating budget; it is looking to neighboring Arlington County — which also hosts Bike to Work week events — as a model.
Data from the American Community Survey shows Washington, D.C., as one of the country's 70 largest bicycling cities, with 3.1 percent of the total worker population reporting they bike to work — a statistic six times greater than the national average of .5 percent.
The League attributes the "bicycle friendly" cities' successes, in part, to the degree in which it promotes bicycling through education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and engineering.
A new report on the region's bicycling trends out of The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State shows Fairfax at the bottom of many categories, including the percentage of car-free households, at 4 percent, and percentage increase in bike commuting.

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