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Bike To Work

Benefits of Biking to Work
More Washington area commuters are finding that biking to work is an enjoyable and economical form of transportation. As Paul Ryan, a lawyer at Clark Construction in Bethesda says, you get fit, get fresh air, and burn off stress. Other benefits include:

  • Economic - It's inexpensive
  • Health - You can commute to work and stay in shape
    • A five-mile, one-way commute burns 300 calories round-trip for a 130-pound woman
  • Environment - More bikes mean less traffic congestion and less pollution

Click here to download our brochure "Biking to Bethesda."

To Bethesda from  Distance (miles) Time (minutes)
Cabin John 4.2 20
Chevy Chase 2.0 9
DC (Dupont Circle) 7.1 34
Friendship Heights 2.0 9
Glen Echo 3.7 18
Kensington 4.0 20
North Bethesda 4.5 22
Potomac 7.4 36
Rockville 7.8 37
Silver Spring 4.5 22
Takoma Park 6.0 29
Distances are approximate. Your exact starting point could lengthen or shorten your trip. Time is based on an average speed of 12mph. Distance is estimated by using the end destination: 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814


Getting Started

If you are thinking about trading in four wheels for two, here are some recommendations for getting started:

  • Try a practice run on the weekend
  • Find another person to ride with you
  • Begin gradually with just one day a week at first
  • Bike to the Metro or put your bike on a Ride On bus
  • Contact the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) at to help you find the best commuter route for you

You will need the appropriate equipment for bicycle commuting. Here is a list of the essentials:

  • Bike helmet
  • Lights
  • Horn/bell
  • Bicycle lock
  • Basic tool kit

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