May Is Bike Month
        Cycling season is in full swing now that May is here to close out spring.

Trails: Bike Month is the perfect time to stretch your legs toward those pedals and enjoy the great trails available in Montgomery County. You can even win prizes for biking the trails. Read the "RIde for Prizes" section for details!

Pliking: Combine your ride with community service by pedaling to a park cleanup event. Or plan to do some “pliking” — the biking variant of plogging — somewhere along your route.

Ride Smart

The League of American Bicyclists offers a collection of short videos to help you learn trail etiquette, bike maintenance, proper helmet fit and more — great to watch before you head out for a ride.

Classes: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association offers classes and tips, too. Check out WABA’s programs, resources and tricks for keeping your ride fun.

Ride Safe

Helmets: Always wear a helmet. And if it’s more than a few years old, consider a new one. Head-protection technology has made advancements.
Choose one that’s highly rated.

Watch for Hazards: Do you know the latest bike lane markings and signals? Follow Montgomery County’s advice: LOOK OUT for each other. Spot a pothole? Help keep other cyclists safe by reporting it so the County can fix it.

Ride for Effect

Cycling is more than an enjoyable form of recreation. It’s also an eco-friendly transportation choice that helps reduce traffic and even keeps harmful emissions out of the air.

Green Impacts: Calculate your two-wheeled environmental impact to see how biking helps the earth.

Exercise Impacts: Curious how far you rode or how many calories you burned? There are calculators for that, too.

Ride for Prizes

The Montgomery County Swag Bag contest is back this year!  Ride County trails to win a swag bag of prizes. The contest will run from May 1 through May 28. Here's a link to the contest rules. Please tag @MCDOTNow on FB, Twitter, and Instagram, and include #MoCoBikes. You can also email to
Bike to Work Day DC Website

Bike to Work Day Is Almost Here!

Mark Your Calendar: Bike to Work Day 2022 is Friday, May 20, with local pit stop events around the DMV region from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Times of some pit stops vary, so check the event website before heading out.)

Please Register: To be eligible for a t-shirt, food, coffee & water, cycling info, and the free prize raffle, you need to register before May 20. (Registration also helps event planners — including us here at BTS — know how many cyclists are participating this year.)

Downtown Bethesda Pit Stop Details

Location: Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues

Time: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Earth Month Challenge Winners 

(Drum Roll, Please)

Congratulations to the entrants who accepted our Earth Month Challenge! They peered at each of the six images in our collage of photos, then ventured a guess about their exact downtown Bethesda location. BTS randomly selected winners.
Curious about the correct answers? Here they are!
1. Ourisman Honda wall on the Capital Crescent Trail.
2. Tree sculpture at Maizon on Arlington Road.
3. Mural on side of the parking garage at Woodmont Avenue and Battery Lane.
4. Mural at the Bethesda Metro Station.
5. Bethesda Circulator bench on Arlington Road near the library.
6. New bike lane on Bethesda Avenue near the Capital Crescent Trail.

Here are our six eagle-eyed winners: Neil T, Sharon C, David S, Sue-Jane H, Nicole R, and Beth B.
Winners will be contacted about their prizes. Each will receive a $100 Bethesda Bucks e-gift card!

Weed Warriors
Help make the downtown Bethesda sidewalks and your Walk to Work weed free! Details can be found here.

Please Take the Self-driving Vehicle Survey
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is exploring the future of travel in our state, which includes understanding the opportunities and challenges around new transportation innovations such as self-driving vehicles, also called autonomous vehicles. Details can be found here.

Discover County Bike Events or Attend a Meeting
Check out the MCDOT calendar for up coming events and meetings:

Metro News

Metro details plans on transition to a zero-emission bus fleet. Check out a summary here. |  (301) 656-0868
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