WHEREAS, bicycle commuting is an effective means to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and conserve energy; and
WHEREAS, bicycle commuting benefits both employees and employers through better health and fitness and reduced commuting and parking costs; and
WHEREAS, Arlington County is home to an expansive bicycle network, including some of the region’s most popular bicycle trails; and
WHEREAS, Arlington has a growing population of cyclists who are actively involved in shaping county, regional and national transportation and community policies; and
WHEREAS, the week of May 11th is National Bike to Work Week, which promotes bicycling as a viable means of transportation to and from work;
WHEREAS, the National Capital Regional Transportation Planning Board has proclaimed May 15, 2015 to be Bike to Work Day throughout the Washington metropolitan region, of which Arlington is a part;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Hughes Hynes, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2015, as BIKE TO WORK DAY in Arlington County, and urge all residents to support and participate in this and other activities that contribute to the health of the community and the environment.