Harford Bike to Work Day registration open

Annual rally will be held May 18 in Bel Air


Harford County and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council are celebrating May as Clean Commute Month and May 18 as Bike to Work Day.

County Executive David Craig urges everyone to bike to work or try biking for fun, fitness or transportation. The growing event has launched a new website and has now opened online registration. Participating cyclists should register at http://www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com.

The Bike to Work Day Rally will be held, rain or shine, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Harford County Government Administration Building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air.

The rally, hosted by Harford County Government, promotes riding a bicycle as a fun, viable, low-cost commuting option. This event is free but registration is required.

The rally will feature appearances by special guests and dignitaries, local radio station WXCY 103.7 emceeing, a bicycle parade through downtown Bel Air, giveaways and a sponsors area.

Those who register and attend will receive a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt, refreshments and the chance to win giveaways from sponsors.

For those who wish to participate and cycle into the rally, but do not wish to ride alone, there are bicycle convoys available with experienced cyclists leading the way.

For cyclists looking to tap into their competitive side, the Cycle Smackdown is once again being held.

This event is a friendly, yet spirited competition, between Harford County businesses and organizations, as employees from various sized companies compete against each other to get the most number of registrants to bike to work.

Last year's winners were Ecotone, Inc. for the small company category, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and SAIC tied for the large company category. Blue Dot Services of Maryland received an honorable mention for the large company.

A number of online resources for cyclists are available courtesy of Harford Commuter Assistance Rideshare and Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

Want to ride with others in a Commuter Convoy? Commuter convoys are available to join with on Bike to Work Day, offering both new and experienced cyclists a safe way to travel. Convoys are led by experienced bicycle commuters, and planned routes are in place, including ones from Joppatowne, Abingdon, and Havre de Grace. For more information visit http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/bike2work.

Want to brush up on cycling skills and learn how to ride safely? Visit http://www.baltometro.org/commuter-options/bicycle to learn about all the things needed for safe cycling.

Want to learn how to keep your bike in top condition? Visit http://www.baltometro.org/commuter-options/bike-maintenance-tips for handy tips from the experts in keeping your bike in top condition.

Want to support BTWD? For more information on becoming a sponsor, call 1-800-924-8646 or e-mail Alan Doran at asdoran@harfordcountymd.gov.

Ready to get involved locally and want to learn more? Visit http://www.baltometro.org/commuter-options/bike-and-pedestrian-resources to learn about the local and state organizations or government agencies, as well as national organizations that serve as a clearinghouse for information on bicycle and pedestrian-related topics.

Bike in good company and register for Bike to Work Day 2012 at http://www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com or by calling 1-800-924-8646.

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