If you didn’t know that May 19 was National Bike to Work Day, I’m sorry to say you missed quite an event! A small group of our colleagues joined the other nearly 19,000 metropolitan Washington area commuters to participate in one of the nation’s largest Bike to Work Day events.
While we come from a variety of areas, we agreed to meet up on the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail. We cycled together as a group from where we had to leave the trail to get on the street and ride to the office. The more experienced cyclists helped those of us with less experience riding in traffic to feel confident and safe on the intimidating Gallows Road full of cars whooshing by. We made a pit stop at the official Bike to Work Day stop in Tysons Corner and collected our t-shirts and swag before riding to the office. We arrived just a few minutes before 9 a.m.
I love to ride my bike, but usually I ride alone. That day, I discovered how much I enjoyed the comradery of riding with a group of people I know. MCI USA provided a wonderful (and healthy) lunch for the cyclists, and over the course of the meal while we were sharing stories and talking about a variety of topics, I was struck by how much fun I was having. It was great to spend time with some colleagues I usually don’t work with because we’re on different clients or projects. Everyone who participated agreed they enjoyed the experience and would like to do it again. Maybe we can all participate in other organized rides and try to utilize even more sustainable ways to get around our communities!
Here’s what they had to say about their experience:
“I felt like I was ‘stopping to smell the roses’ for once in my life instead of the normal morning race to shave a few minutes off of my commute.” —Michelle Spencer
“It was so much fun to participate in the Bike to Work Day! It allowed us to really work together as a team, support each other, and bond with different people from around the office. 10/10 would participate again!” —Adri Mundy
“Great to ride in a group—you get to see a different side of your co-workers.” —Stuart Hales
“Had a wonderful morning biking to work alongside colleagues! Thanks to everyone who helped organize the event for encouraging a little early morning teamwork and fun!” —Caroline White
I hope you’ll join us next year!
CAE, Vice President, AM&C