May is National Bike Month, and that means plenty of chances to promote and celebrate the notion of pedaling to and from work.

There are many different ways to take part in National Bike Month, and a wide range of groups both nationally and locally are getting in on the action.

Here’s what you need to know.

National Bike to Work Day is May 18 - Everyone is encouraged to ride their bike to work on this day. Locally, you can register for the event and then if you ride to any of 100 pit stops during the day, you can get a free t-shirt and be entered to win a new bike. Learn more.

Bike to School Day is May 9 - Young people are encouraged to bike to school if they can on this day, and there are already more than 2,300 schools registered to take part. There are 27 registered Bike to School events in the District of Columbia, along with 35 in Maryland and 241 in Virginia.

Look for Bike Cars on MARC - The regional rail service currently offers special cars for full bikes during its weekend service and is considering adding them for weekday service on the Penn Line. For now, look for them to be added on trains for National Bike to Work Day on the 18th.

There’s This Thing Called the National Bike Challenge - National Bike Month was founded by the League of American Bicyclists, and they are challenging people to form teams and then earn points for every mile you ride during the month. You can sign up here.

The DC Bike Ride is May 19 - EventsDC is hosting this 20-mile recreational ride on car-free streets from 8:30-12:30 p.m. The route takes riders past many monuments and finishes not far from the U.S. Capitol, where there will be a Finish Festival with food and Go-Go music. Register here and see photos of last year’s ride.

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