MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Disaster Relief Trials Bike Competition

Published on September 13, 2019

Arlington County's Department of Public Safety Communications & Emergency Management is excited to host a second year of the Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) on Saturday, Sept. 14, a one-of-a-kind bicycle competition created to teach people how their bicycles can be a resource during an emergency.

Beginning and ending at Gateway Park, the competition simulates a large-scale disaster, blocking roadways and challenging participants to use bikes to transport emergency supplies, critical messages and (simulated) medicine throughout the County while traversing obstacles, such as barriers and water crossings. Points are awarded to participants for the total weight of supplies transported back to the finish, as well as successfully completing emergency preparedness challenges throughout the course.

New to this year's event is a Finish Festival at Gateway Park, held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants, observers, family members and community members can enjoy free swag, food trucks, lawn games and a "Kiddie DRT" course, while learning about emergency preparedness, bicycle maintenance and fitness activities.

What: Disaster Relief Trials Bike Competition

Where: Gateway Park (Rosslyn, VA)

When: Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Who: William Flagler, Deputy Director Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management, and Michelle Cragle from Bike Arlington will be on-site

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