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These puns might be wheelie terrible, but Bike to Work Day wasn’t!

May 24, 2017

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Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA employees’ smiles and dinging bells were in high gear on Friday May 19, 2017, as they celebrated Bike to Work Day in Washington, D.C.

Bike to Work Day is an annual event held in the spring across the United States that promotes bicycling as an option for commuting to work while also serving as an easy way to get a grip on personal fitness. This year employees at DOE/NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C., celebrated bike commuting on May 19.

Bicyclists of the Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA gathered outside the headquarters building to get pumped about cycling and celebrate bike commuting.

Many cyclists throughout the Washington region took advantage of various pit stops to celebrate the day. After gathering for Bike to Work Day, celebrated May 19 at DOE/NNSA headquarters, some riders coasted out together to visit the highly attended pit stop at Freedom Plaza.

As cyclists returned from the short trip to Freedom Plaza, Bike to Work Day participants at DOE/NNSA gathered for a short concluding celebration. Leaders thanked the event organizers, lauded the benefits of cycling to work, and reflected support for biking from DOE.

Bicycling is an efficient mode of transportation with a wide range of benefits, DOE’s Deputy Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, and Safety Andy Lawrence said. Starting with reducing traffic and energy consumption, the advantages build to a chain reaction for improved health and stress reduction.

Kara Podkaminer, right, cycling enthusiast and physical scientist in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, was central to organizing other cyclists for the celebration. She is an avid spokes-person for cycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work for DOE/NNSA employees.

The onsite fitness center opened for cycling DOE/NNSA employees freshen up after biking in. Representative Eric Campbell explained that for those who don’t tire of biking after the one-day celebration, the fitness center is available to employees every day.

Steve Goodrum, head of Stockpile Management in NNSA’s Defense Programs, bikes seven miles to the office every day. Naturally, he was outspoken about his excitement for Bike to Work Day, celebrated May 19 at DOE/NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Read more about Goodrum at this link.

Bike to Work Day on May 19 at DOE/NNSA headquarters near L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C., was open to cyclists of all ages and experience levels.