Biking can be a wonderful way to explore the nation’s capital and the vibrant neighborhoods that surround it. With a temperate climate, relatively flat topography, and many miles of trails to explore you won’t be at a loss for cycling opportunities. Below we’ve listed some links to biking resources. We hope you will take advantage of the bike community here in Washington.
This link provides information on fun, free bike tours of the nation’s capital led by a knowledgeable Park Service ranger. Run over the weekends, tours range from the traditional “History of the Mall” to the quirky “Unexplored Tales of the City” and “Off the Beaten Path: Lonely and Overlooked Landmarks”.
For visitors, a bike rental and tour service that covers the more traditional famous government sites and historical monument routes.
The Capital Bikeshare system allows visitors and residents to check out bicycles for short-term use and return it to any of the over 300 stations in DC and the nearby Virginia and Maryland suburbs. After paying a fee to join for a day, three days, a month or a year, the first 30 minutes of each ride is free.
The Washington Area Bicycle Association is an amazing resource to both local bike enthusiasts and visitors looking for one-stop information. The site has downloadable bike maps, sponsored rides and tours, as well as information as diverse topics as gear swaps to honing your bike advocacy.
A local bike shop and resource center, the community business also sponsors groups ride each weekend for free- just show up! Check out their website for details on the weekly rides.