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Vol. LVIII, No. 12
June 16, 2006

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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.

Middle left:
Dr. Santhi Ganesh of NHGRI visits the plaza for a morning snack.

Middle right:
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 decade.

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