|Bike to Work Day
2006 Is Best Ever
NIH's observance of Bike to Work Day drew
the largest crowd in memory on May 19, when some 175 employees
pedaled up to the Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1 for snacks,
giveaways and a chance to win a new bike.
"It's awesome — we've got three to four times
the number of people who have showed up in the past," said CIT's
Jim Tomlin, a long-time member of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club.
In addition to the high price of gasoline, he cited three other
reasons for the large turnout: "Good weather, extensive publicity
by the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), and the tireless
efforts of Angela Atwood-Moore, president of the club."
To promote cycling as a commuter option, WABA offered
a Cannondale R500 bike for raffle; the bike sells for about $950.
Mark Headings of the Office of Budget in Bldg. 1 won the new wheels.
In addition to enjoying fruits, snacks, drinks,
T-shirts and biking accessories, participants had a chance to
meet and compare routes. Psychologist Samantha G. Smith of NIMH,
who works in Bldg. 10, is compiling a comprehensive list of showers
available to employees, and plans to share her results soon.
Patronizing the NIH observance of Bike to Work Day are (from
l) Dr. Paul Robbins, NCI; Dr. Nick Jakubovics, NIDCR;
Dr. Samantha Smith, NIMH; and Angela Atwood-Moore, NIH
Bicycle Commuter Club president.
Dr. Santhi Ganesh of NHGRI visits the plaza for a morning
At the official pit stop for Bike to Work Day — the Paul
Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1 — R&W Fitness Center
Director Bob Caldwell (c) signs up entrants, including NIAID’s
Paul Kennedy (r), for bike raffle.
Jim Tomlin of CIT, who occasionally cycles 19 miles from his
home in Olney, called the turnout the best ever in nearly a
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