Sunday marked the beginning of Bike to Work Week, a part of Bike Month, which was started to promote bicycling and bicycle safety and will culminate in Bike to Work Day this Friday.
The Cycle Trade Association first established American Bike Month, then the League of American Bicyclists changed May to Bike Month in 1956.
"Bike to work moth was started to promote bicycling for transportation and recreation," said Caroly Szczepanski, the Director of Communications at the League of American Bicyclists.
On Bike to Work Day, this Friday, there will be 58 pit stops in the Washington, D.C., area to provide bikers with refreshments, free t-shirts and give-aways.
One of the pit stops will be in Hyattsville's Magruder Park.
"Bicycling has many personal benefits in physical and emotional health,"said Carol Silldorff, Bike Maryland's executive director. "It's good for the heart and obesity and it's really good for the environment. It reduces the carbon footprint."
A map of pit stops is available here: http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/bike-to-work-day-pit-stops/
Bike Maryland has compiled a list of bicycling events in the state at: http://bikemd.org/page.php?id=281