Download the New Bethesda Circulator App 

The Circulator app is now live and available to download.
Easy to Use

  • To download the app, go to your smartphone’s app store and search for “Ride Pingo.” (It should have an orange icon with an arrow pointing to the right.) Or, simply click one of these links:
    Apple App Store
    Google Play

  • Download the app, then click “Open.”
  • Click on “Get Started” and enter your name, email and cell number, then verify with a code.
  • Select "Track Bethesda Circulator" and the route with buses will start to appear.

Why the New App?
You’ve been wanting real-time transportation info in the palm of your hand — and we heard you. The Circulator operator has been working with app developer Pingo to develop an all-new mobile app that shows you exactly where Bethesda Circulator buses are at any given moment.

To Bethesda…and Beyond

The new app has a trip-planning feature that will also connect you with other transit systems’ schedules, including Ride On and Metro. So, enjoy the journey!

Working for You
We’d love to hear about your experience with the new app. Email your feedback to
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Bike to Work Day Is May 19

You can feel it all over: a springtime buzz that keeps building in anticipation of a chance for some great cycling. Lean into that energy and register right now for Bike to Work Day 2023, which will be here before you know it on Friday, May 19.

Please Register (It’s Quick and Easy)
Step one is picking your pit stop location. It’s the first question on the registration form, because it enables the organizers of that pit stop event to know how many participants they should expect, so they’ll have the right amount of refreshments, free t-shirts, and other goodies on hand.
Location, Location, Location
Where: The downtown Bethesda pit stop will be on Woodmont Avenue in the outdoor seating area near Bethesda Avenue and the Capital Crescent Trail.
It will run from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Late risers might still squeak in up till 9 a.m.)

Sponsorships Available
Are you an employer, restaurant or shop interested in some great visibility? Consider being a sponsor by donating prizes (or providing funds so BTS can purchase prizes).

Nominate a Deserving Bike Commuter
  Each year at the Bethesda pit stop, we bestow the Bike Commuter Spirit Award on someone  who’s really lived into cycling as a commute mode.
  You’re invited to nominate a coworker for this award — and both you and the nominee could win prizes. 

  Help promote the award and the event in your office by sharing this flyer with your coworkers.

Contact Brandan Stuckey at (301) 656-0686 ext. 129 or And check out Montgomery County’s Bike to Work Day news release for more info.
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April Is Earth Month

Watch for Us
BTS will be out and about at Earth Month events around downtown Bethesda to celebrate and provide sustainable transportation information. To schedule BTS at your building’s Earth Month or Earth Day event, just contact Allison Kemp in our office at 301-656-0868 ext. 121 or

Earth Month Challenge
How well do you know downtown Bethesda? Your local knowledge could win you a $100 Bethesda Bucks gift card!
BTS has a fun challenge each April to see if you can answer some simple questions about this great place. The answers are pretty easy to find.
The theme of this year’s challenge is built around the Bethesda Circulator bus. So, you might have to hop on a Circulator or check out our new app to answer these questions. (We also posted the challenge questions on our website.)

Three Challenge Questions
1. What are the images on the two Artistic Poetry Benches at the Circulator stops on Battery Lane?
2. How many buses are on the Circulator route at the same time?

3. How many seats are on a Circulator bus?

Simply email your answers to Kristen Blackmon at for a chance to win a $100 Bethesda Bucks gift card!
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BTS Advisory Committee Member Kevin Finn

BTS Advisory Committee Welcomes Kevin Finn

If BTS had a Dean’s List, Kevin Finn would likely be on it, just as he was throughout all four years of college at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia — where he graduated magna cum laude in December 2015 with a BS in civil engineering.
You could almost say the Maryland native’s campus life, even more than his education, put him on a path that would lead to service on the BTS Advisory Committee.
Getting around Virginia Tech mostly involved walking and biking, a lifestyle vastly different from the car dependence he had known in his hometown of Damascus out in Montgomery County’s northern exurbs.
Enamored With Bethesda
Kevin’s Advisory Committee service, as a residential representative, just began in February. However, he has been volunteering with Bethesda Urban Partnership for a year, helping with a bike skills class, promoting Car Free Day, assisting with public transit marketing and more, ever since moving to Bethesda in April 2022.
Actually, his exact move-in date was April 1, but it’s safe to say he feels settling in Bethesda is the least foolish thing he’s ever done.
After college, he had tried out a few other cities, including Louisville, Kentucky, and Rochester, New York. But when he moved back to Montgomery County he quickly got hooked on Bethesda life.
“Seeing all that there is, between the streeteries and Woodmont, and then obviously being right on the Capital Crescent Trail, I was just kind of enamored with what makes Bethesda a great place to live,” Kevin said. “You can live here, you can work here, you can exercise here.”
Positive Choices
He loves being able to get anywhere he needs to go in Bethesda in 10 or 15 minutes whether on foot or by bicycle.
“As a civil engineer, it’s nice knowing that the built environment here was made with conscious choices,” Kevin added, “and I want those conscious choices to be not just about promoting business but also about promoting healthy lifestyles outside of work.”
He works at NIH, where he does design and construction management for hospital and lab spaces on campus, and usually pedals there on his hardtail bike.
His free time might find him enjoying one of downtown Bethesda’s great restaurants or heading off down the Capital Crescent Trail along the Potomac to the National Mall.
He also volunteers on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Emerging Professionals Committee, as well as the Urban Land Institute’s UrbanPlan program.
Looking Ahead
During his service on the Advisory Committee, Kevin said he’s especially interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the laws and processes that established BUP and BTS. He hopes to use his background in proposal writing and contract management to help BTS earn grant funding for transportation projects that help keep downtown Bethesda flourishing.
“I’ve never really been involved before in my community,” said Kevin, “and it just feels like I’m being pulled in that direction. So, however I can help the organization, I want to be of service.” |  (301) 656-0868
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