Two Wheeled Diplomacy: Celebrating Bike to Work Day

May 16, 2014
Ambassador Kenney Tours Sukhothai Historical Park With Students on Bicycles

Today, Friday, May 16th, is Bike to Work Day.  Why support biking?  Commuting by bike is good for the planet and good for us -- it reduces air pollution, traffic, commuting costs, and carbon emissions, and of course, burns calories at the same time.

The Department is home to a flock of bicyclists that pedal to work, wearing everything from suits to spandex to reflective vests.  In fact, the League of American Bicyclists has recognized our bike culture, and named the State Department a “Bicycle Friendly Business.”  The Department supports bike commuters through providing bike repair subsidies, showers for bike commuters at our headquarters, and a bike share program. 

American embassies and consulates around the world are also encouraging biking.  The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, for example, co-sponsored a Sunday bike ride in October 2013 to celebrate Bangkok’s bike share program.  Ambassador Kristie Kenney and the Bangkok Governor led a group of more than 100 Embassy, city government, and local cyclists through city streets.  Over the past few years, Embassy Yaounde launched a bike share program for employees so that they can explore, Embassy Canberra traded in its cars for bikes to participate in versions of Bike to Work Day down under, and in 2011, Ambassador Nay led a trans-Suriname bike ride to promote environmental responsibility.

Here in D.C., the Department has celebrated Bike to Work Day for five years, setting up a “Pit Stop” with coffee and snacks for bike commuters outside the 21st Street entrance of Department headquarters, and leading a “Fun Ride” at noon around the National Mall.  It’s a great way for people to try biking in the city, get tips from fellow bike commuters, and get some fresh air.  Mico Miller, the Bike to Work Day coordinator and a bike enthusiast, says that a favorite outcome of the event is the number of State Department employees who then decide to commute by bike on a regular basis.  
 
So join us on today by biking to work -- rain or shine!
 
New to biking? Learn about how to commute by bike at the Washington Area Bicycling Association website. Questions about the Fun Ride? Email Sustainability@state.gov.
 
About the Author: Caroline D'Angelo serves as a Eco-Mangement Analyst at the Department of State.

 

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Kizi H.
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New York, USA
May 18, 2014
I like your information, I have the same friends and interests to work by bicycle every day. Saturday and Sunday we rode farther away, sometimes hundreds of kilometers. We are people who love cycling. Thank post..!

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