goDCgo is starting the summer off with a bang and encouraging DC residents to get on two wheels! From May through June, we will be hosting bike popup events, a group bike ride, and giving away tons of fun prized to those that pledge to go by bike this summer. We’re giving away gift cards to Conte’s Bikeshop, bike repair kits, bike lights, bike locks, helmets, and raffling off 50 annual Capital Bikeshare memberships and 6 bicycles!
Explore all of our incentives, events, and bike resources below to learn the benefits of biking around the District and start your summer off right – on two wheels!
Take the Pledge to Pedal to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Conte’s Bikeshop gift card,
Capital Bikeshare Annual Membership (a $95 value), or a FREE Bicycle!
Biking Basics for Beginners
Have you recently learned how to ride a bike or haven’t ridden in a long time? goDCgo is here for you! To get started, we want to build up your biking confidence by starting with the basics before turning this into a habit. Discover biking resources and tips for beginner-level riders and find the bike route for you!
Tips for Experienced Riders
As an avid cyclist, you already know the many benefits of riding a bike like saving time, money, and boosting your health and mood. But one thing you can never be is too safe! Brush up on bike laws in the District, keep up with bike maintenance, and learn about DC’s growing bike infrastructure.
With over 165 miles of bike lanes and trails, there’s much to discover as a DC bike commuter! Here are some resources that can help bicyclists of every skill level.
A comprehensive guide to exploring DC by bike featuring maps, trails, safety tips, best practices, and more.
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 DC metro area.
Check out the latest bike facts and stats illustrating DDOT’s progress on bike infrastructure.
Take a WABA city cycling class to build your biking confidence.
Need help navigating? Review the North-South and East-West crosstown bike route maps for help getting across DC by bike.
EXPERIENCE DC ON TWO WHEELS
Explore all the bike-friendliness Washington, DC has to offer. The map is colorful and easy-to-read, making it a perfect guide for experienced and new riders to venture out and experience DC by bike.
DC bike maps can be picked up in person at a variety of DC bike shops and at Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) events. Businesses, residents, visitors, and commuters can request a complimentary copy mailed to them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than a decade, the District has been building a citywide network of bike lanes, signed routes, and other bicycle facilities. These efforts are successful in not only attracting a rapidly-growing number of bicyclists, but also making streets safer for all users —drivers, pedestrians, transit riders, and bicyclists.
moveDC 2021 is the long-range transportation plan for the District of Columbia. Under Mayor Bowser’s leadership, moveDC 2021 establishes goals, policies, strategies, and metrics for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to invest in transportation facilities and programs that address the needs of Washingtonians across all eight wards.
Continued expansion of the bike network, bike parking, and the Capital Bikeshare program are moveDC 2021 priorities that will help ensure a safe and convenient bicycling environment in the District for everyone. As part of the plan, DDOT plans to install 20 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2022 and 1,000 bike racks per year over the next 3 years.
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
Learn more about DDOT’s Long-range Bike Master Plan Learn about progress made on DDOT’s Long-range Bike Master Plan
The backbone of the Anacostia Riverfront in DC, connecting residents, visitors, and communities to the river, one another, and numerous commercial and recreational destinations.
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.
Join the Bike Community
One of the most important benefits of biking is the community and comradery it creates. Between bike groups and community bike rides, biking is a great way to make friends and get to know the District. Whether you’re a fitness junkie, a history enthusiast, or want to ride for a worthy cause, DC is home to a variety of bike groups that may be of interest. To get started connecting with the biking community, read our National Bike Month blog that highlights bike groups in the District.
Stop by one of goDCgo bike events. In June, we’re hosting two bike popups and a group bike ride to help District residents get on two wheels! At these events we’re giving away Capital Bikeshare memberships, bike repair kits, 2023 Bike maps, other cycling resources and so much more! Stop by to check it out.
In partnership with WABA, learn proper helmet and seating fit, biking tips for everyday ride, and biking through DC’s infrastructure.
Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Saturday, June 17 2023
On-site bike repair tune-ups (first come, first service, limited availability), helpful bike maintenance instructions, and takeaway bike maintenance tips.
Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park
Saturday, June 24, 2023
GLOW BY BIKE: GROUP BIKE RIDE
This GLOW-themed group bike ride is a chance to get involved in the biking community. Glow-in-the-dark wheel lights will be provided for participants at a first come, first service basis while supplies last.
Kramers Book Store
Friday, June 30, 2023