Over 18,000 (or 5%) of DC residents bike to work on a daily basis. DC ranks #1 for bike commuting by state.
DC has over 140 miles of trails and bike lanes.
The average car commuter in the DC region drives 34 miles and emits 22 pounds of CO2 daily. The average cyclist, regardless of distance biked, emits zero pounds of pollutants.
Cars are used for 75% of trips under one mile. Imagine how different the city would look if those became bike trips instead.
Capital Bikeshare has over 500 stations and more than 4,000 red bikes across five jurisdictions.
The average annual cost of operating a car is $8,220, but it only costs $308 per year to maintain a bike.
According to Bicycling Magazine’s scale, DC scored 32/40 for safety, 23/30 for friendliness, 15/20 for energy, and 8/10 for culture.
Offered for all skill levels, join a certified Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) instructor teaching biking for transportation, fun and fitness.
Download the Pocket Guide to DC Bike Laws to review the rights and responsibilities of cyclists on DC streets.
From commuter amenities to protected bike lanes, learn more about how to help improve bicycling in the Washington, DC area.
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For more than a decade, the District has been building a citywide network of on-street bike lanes, signed routes and other bicycle facilities. These efforts are successful in not only attracting a rapidly-growing number of cyclists, but also making streets safer for all users—drivers, pedestrians, transit riders and cyclists. moveDC is a collaborative effort led by DDOT to develop a bold and implementation-focused vision for DC’s transportation future. Continued expansion of the bike network, bike parking and the bikeshare program are moveDC priorities that will help ensure a safe and convenient bicycling environment in the District for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Learn more about moveDC’s bike element.
The 2005 Bicycle Master Plan establishes fourteen core recommendations in three goal areas to improve bicycle transportation in the District:
GOAL 1: MORE AND BETTER BIKE FACILITIES
GOAL 2: MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY POLICIES
GOAL 3: MORE BICYCLE-RELATE EDUCATION, PROMOTION AND ENFORCEMENT
A link in the national shore-to-shore American Discovery Trail, this trail provides miles of uninterrupted trails along the tributaries of the Anacostia River.
An established recreational greenway following the route of the old Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad from Glen Burnie to Annapolis.
A 12.5-mile scenic trail that encircles BWI Airport property and connects hikers, bicyclists, walkers and joggers to community resources, public transportation and area attractions.
Rails-To-Trails converted the old Georgetown Branch of the C&O Railroad from a railroad bed to this paved trail with gentle gradients.
This noise-protected trails runs along I-66 in Arlington County and is accessible 24-hours a day and lit at night.
An East/West running trail that follows Four Mile Run, linking the W&OD Trail and the Mt. Vernon Trail.
A scenic, recreational route through Henson Creek Stream Valley Park in southern Prince George’s County.
An eight-mile linear park and trail running parallel to Metro’s Red Line from Union Station in DC to Silver Spring, Maryland, connecting to the Capital Crescent Trail.
An 18.5 mile path along the Potomac River, parallel to the George Washington Parkway, connecting to the Custis and Washington & Old Dominion trails.
This popular 18-mile asphalt trail runs from Lake Needwood in Montgomery County into DC.
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Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around metro DC by bike. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites and tools to help you find your way.
A robust, interactive transit map that shows metropolitan DC’s complete bike network. From bike-friendly roads to dirt paths and trails, this handy tool will help you get going on two wheels.
Web tool helping you find safer bike routes.
Ride Report tracks your miles, maps your routes and awards ride streaks for your daily errands and commutes.
Map specializing in bike shops, trail access, incidents and DC routes.
Search bike routes submitted by other cyclists.
Allows you to view all station locations and the number of available bikes and docks, purchase a pass, unlock a bike, and ride right away!
Social network connecting runners and cyclists through the sports they love.
Web tool identifying bike parking locations throughout the Washington, DC region.
Continuous automatic counter to detect and record bicycle volumes in the DC area.
A membership with Capital Bikeshare offers 24/7 access to thousands of bike at hundreds of stations in Washington, DC; Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax, VA and Montgomery County, MD.