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.