Bike to Work Day 2011
Today is National Bike to Work Day, an annual event that encourages commuters to forego cars, buses and trains, and instead ride their bicycles to work. Organizations throughout Pennsylvania provided bicyclists with information, hydration stations, and events to support this initiative. National Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity for people throughout the country to build some additional exercise into their routines, reduce pollution, and make new friends. I am pleased that a number of people in my Washington, DC office participated this year. I recently met with a large group of cyclists from Pennsylvania who were visiting Washington, D.C. for a summit to support bicycling. I enjoyed learning from them about the progress happening in the state to expand opportunities for safe bicycling transportation and recreation.
In Pennsylvania, biking and hiking trails are increasing in popularity, and more than 150 different trails exist that contribute to a multimodal transportation network. In fact, people can now bike all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC on trails. In the past, I have supported federal programs for the development of bicycling routes and look forward to working on this issue in the 112th Congress. A day on the bike has many benefits including bettering physical health and experiencing the outdoors. Whether enjoying the solitude or recreating with friends, people feel refreshed after spending time on the bike.