Cycling can ease feelings of stress, depression, or anxiety. Focusing on the road while you’re cycling helps develop concentration and awareness of the present moment. This may help take your focus away from the mental chatter of your day.
Cycling builds muscle, improves lung health, decreases heart disease and cancer risk, and strengthens your immune system.
Cycling improves your ability to retain information and concentrate. It also has been linked to long term brain health.
The average car commuter in the DC region emits 22lbs. of CO2 daily. The average cyclist emits 0lbs. of pollutants.
The DC metro area has one of the longest average commutes in the country. Skip the traffic & search for parking and get around faster by bike.
The average annual cost of owning and operating a car is $8,220, but it only costs $308 per year to maintain a bike.
May 3 to June 30, 2021
goDCgo invites you to join the growing bike movement and bike your way, whether it's for recreation, to run errands, and/or for commuting to and from the office. Traveling by bike is reliable, affordable, healthy, and allows you to social distance. Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the bike movement has picked up momentum as a popular and safe means of travel and exercise. By pledging to pedal, you will become part of the bike community while also discovering all the benefits it has to offer.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT & WIN
In the spirit of growing DC's bike community and pedaling toward a pandemic recovery, we encourage you to take the "Pledge to Pedal" and bike more instead of driving. As a thank you for your pledge, you’ll automatically be entered into our raffle for a chance to win one of our two amazing prizes: a free city bike or a bike gear package (a $500 bike gear gift card and bike tune-up gift-certificate)
Bonus Gift: The first 100 pledgers will receive a Capital Bikeshare membership.
I pledge to bike more instead of driving alone!
The first 100 pledgers will receive an annual Capital Bikeshare membership.
With over 150 miles of trails and bike lanes, DC is well on its way to becoming one of the most bike-friendly communities in the nation! In fact, over 18,000 (or 5%) of DC residents bike to work on a daily basis — tracking 5 straight years of increases in bicycle commuting. Here are some resources that can help bicyclists of every skill level navigate biking in the District.
Download goDCgo’s Activity Book and design the helmet on page 2. Share your creation on social media using hashtag #BikeYourWayDC and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card!
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 our beginner biking guide for all the information you need to learn how to confidently bike in the District.
Check out our experienced biking guide for all the information you need to keep building your bike skills and experience.
Experience DC on Two Wheels
Become a part of DC’s bike-friendly community! The 2021 bike map is colorful and easy-to-read, making it a perfect guide for new and experienced riders to venture out and experience DC by bike.GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD
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
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.
Let’s all Pedal for Wellness! We’ve got you covered with all the materials you should need to promote biking in DC. We put together some helpful marketing pieces for you to share and spread the word about bike culture throughout the workplace, neighborhood, social media, and beyond!
Listen to the sounds of DC while you ride with "Groove & Go" — a goDCgo playlist series featuring the DMV's very own local artists that you can enjoy while biking.*
*Please be advised that in the District, you can legally use ONE earbud/headphone while biking.
Group Bike Ride Events
Join goDCgo, We Ride DC, and the bike community for a group bike ride celebrating #PrideMonth on Saturday, June 26 at 11am! As we bike ride the Capital Pride Parade route, you’ll be able to visit and support DC’s queer-owned businesses along the way. Meet at Shaw-Howard U Metro. See you then!Register Now
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.
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!
The ultimate transport app that uses open data, mobile, and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free; particularly useful for bike and dock availability.
You’ll be able to get real-time information for all your mobility options anywhere and everywhere you go. Data is sorted by what’s most useful at the exact time and moment you open the app.
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 get you going on two wheels.
Helbiz is your new urban mobility partner. Simply tap to instantly unlock, ride, and leave your e-bike anywhere for the next person to use.
Web tool identifying bike parking locations throughout the Washington, DC region.
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.
Social network connecting runners and cyclists through the sports they love.
Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Get accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders. You can also easily find and grab the closest bikeshare.
Map specializing in bike shops, trail access, incidents and DC routes.
A membership with Capital Bikeshare offers 24/7 access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations in Washington, DC; Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, VA; and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, MD.
Residents who qualify for a state or federal assistance program may also be eligible to receive a $5 annual membership through Capital Bikeshare for All.
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