Boston, MA– If you can prove that you rode a bike to work (with a helmet, a bike, or a Bluebike key), you’ll get free admission to this year’s Bike to Work Festival at City Hall Plaza tomorrow morning from 7am to 9am. The mayor’s office says that the annual festival “is our way of saying, ‘Thanks for riding your bike today.’”  

Breakfast and coffee will be provided at the event which features a cycling expo in an open tent. Free registration is encouraged. Exhibitors will be demonstrating products and offering information about their organizations’ bike friendly efforts.

There are a number of bike convoys scheduled for tomorrow that you can join for your ride into the city. Whether you’re new to bike commuting and are looking for someone else to lead the way, or if you’re an experienced city cyclist looking to meet other bike commuters, you’re welcome to join in at any of the scheduled stops on the posted routes, which all end up at City Plaza tomorrow morning.

In honor of National Bike to Work Day, Boston’s publicly-owned bike share service Bluebikes is offering free bike rentals all day on Friday May 17. To get the free ride, download the Bluebikes app, select “Adventure Pass”, and enter the code BIKE2WORK at checkout. Bluebikes has 2,200 bikes at 210 stations located throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. More bikes and stations are being added this year, with Everett. Check out the system map for bikes near you, or download the app.

Kathy Klinger, chief marketing officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, said: “We’re hoping ‘Free Ride Day’ will encourage more people to try out Bluebikes for the first time. During the first year of our partnership with Bluebikes, we saw a tremendous increase in ridership, which is exciting. Once people try it, they’re hooked.”

May is National Bike Month, and this past week has been National Bike Week. The American Bike League reports that 40% of driving trips are under two miles, which makes biking a practical, fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly alternative. Cities all over the country now host annual Bike to Work events to raise awareness of the benefits of biking.