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Bike to Work Day Draws Hundreds
to Bethesda Event

Several hundred cyclists pedaled to the downtown Bethesda pit stop May 19, where they were treated to free refreshments, an entertaining DJ, speeches from dignitaries, and of course a commemorative 2023 Bike to Work Day t-shirt.
Check out the event photos here.
County Support: Officials from Montgomery County presented a proclamation from County Executive Marc Elrich celebrating Bike to Work Day. Of the 1,900 Bike to Work Day registrants countywide, 470 were from downtown Bethesda.
Wonderful Refreshments: Bethesda Bagels donated bagels, The Red Bandana Bakery provided pastries, and Silver supplied parfaits and coffee.
Golden Pedal: Mark Fernandez received the Bethesda Bicycle Commuter Spirit “Golden Pedal” Award. Read more about him below. (Thanks to BTS Marketing and Outreach Manager Brandan Stuckey for updating the award name for 2023 and coordinating with a trophy shop on the creative design!)
Didn’t Get Your Shirt? If you registered for Bike to Work Day but did not receive a t-shirt at the event, please feel free to stop by our Bethesda Urban Partnership office Wednesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to pick one up. We’re located at 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Lobby Level.
Thank You, Sponsors! We had 18 sponsors, who donated great prizes, food and beverages, or had a table at the downtown Bethesda pit stop, including (listed alphabetically):
Thank You, Volunteers and Speakers! A special thank you to the many volunteers and speakers who came out bright and early to support the event and cyclists.
Bike to Work Day Sponsor Spotlight
Each issue of our newsletter for the next few months will highlight several Bethesda Bike to Work Day pit stop table sponsors who were at the event. This month, we feature Griffin Cycle, WABA, Silver, and Bethesda Green.
Griffin Cycle
During the pit stop, Griffin Cycle donated a bike that was raffled off at the event and offered on-site bike maintenance checks. Sales Manager Mark Hallinger said the shortages that customers might have experienced during the pandemic are long gone. “Normalcy has returned,” he said. “We’re fully stocked with bikes for the whole family, for racing, and for commuters looking for e-bikes to help with longer distances.”
Privately owned and a longtime Bike to Work Day sponsor, Griffin has been in Bethesda for more than 50 years. “We’re Montgomery County’s oldest bike shop,” said Hallinger. “We offer bikes for sale and rental. We’re very good at gravel-bike outfitting for rides along the C&O Canal. And we offer weekly shop rides on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. — just call in advance to confirm.”
Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
“Bike to Work Day gets at the core of what WABA is about,” said Seth Grimes, WABA’s Maryland Organizer. “Our vision is a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around, to get to and from work, and for recreation and just about every other purpose. That's why the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) has turned to WABA as a partner in producing Bike to Work Day and why WABA is out at BTWD pit stops around the region.”
Grimes said Bethesda is an important location for WABA because of the community's embrace of bicycling. “We'll be there again very soon,” he added. “WABA is hosting a bicycling advocates happy hour on Wednesday, June 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at World of Beer, located at Bethesda and Wisconsin Avenues. We'll be joined by special guests Del. Marc Korman and Councilmember Andrew Friedson. All are invited to join us. RSVP at”
In addition to its role with Bike to Work Day, WABA teams up with BTS and Montgomery County Department of Transportation to offer adult bike classes.
New American Brasserie Bethesda hosted a table at the Bethesda Bike to Work Day event and donated parfaits and coffee, plus they had a fun prize wheel. "Silver has been an important sponsor for the Bethesda pit stop event since 2016," said BTS Director Kristen Blackmon. "One of the first questions we receive when people arrive at the early morning event is, 'Where's the coffee?' and we direct them to the Silver table for free coffee and snacks."
Silver is conveniently located on Woodmont Avenue next to the Capital Crescent Trail. They offer happy hour specials and events including half priced burgers, shakes and bottles of wine on certain weekdays. You can also set up your own event! Check out their website for details.
Bethesda Green
Bethesda Green
collaborates with BTS and Bethesda Urban Partnership on sustainability initiatives.
Bike to Work Day is a perfect fit with Bethesda Green’s mission of working to address environmental challenges locally by creating a sustainable, green community, built collaboratively through citizen engagement, environmental education, government partnership and innovative business development.
Last year, Bethesda Green, in partnership with One Montgomery Green were one of eighteen organizations to win the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize from the US Department of Energy. Next week, the team will be heading to Colorado to present on our progress and achievements through these funds, namely the Wheaton Sustainable Innovation Zone. Check out the video here.
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Del. Korman, Award Winner Mark Fernandez and BTS Staff Brandan Stuckey
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Del. Korman, Mark Fernandez and family

Mark Fernandez Wins Bike Spirit Award

Bethesda resident and employee Mark Fernandez received the Bethesda Bicycle Commuter Spirit “Golden Pedal” Award during the Bike to Work Day pit stop for his commitment to bike commuting in downtown Bethesda.
Mark was nominated by his employer, Bethesda-based property management company B.F. Saul.
“Mark is a devoted cyclist,” said B.F. Saul Vice President Terry Landers. “I admire that he cares about the environment, and he has been instrumental in providing valuable input in the improvements we've made to our cycling amenities. He has been helpful, too, when abandoned bikes needed to be removed, taking them on our behalf to be donated.”
Mark also assisted with the building improvements at the B.F. Saul property where Bethesda Urban Partnership is located. He made sure that showers and lockers were added to the bathrooms in the building. These have been a wonderful benefit to staff.
Mark has some safety advice for novice cyclists: “Spend the money on many quality flashing lights,” Mark said. “There is nothing like a strobe effect to get the motorist's attention.”
On a personal level, Mark has found biking to work to be very beneficial. “I am more relaxed behind the handlebars than behind the steering wheel,” he said.
Other benefits Mark cited include seeing more of his neighbors and his neighborhood, being able to do last-minute shopping, and actually getting home faster on his bike than in his car.
“Biking is only an option for some,” Mark noted, “but everyone can try it!”

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