Whether you’ve never ridden a bike before or it’s been a while, goDCgo is here for you! Biking has many benefits like saving you both time and money, and it’s good for your health as well as the environment. Our nation’s capital makes it easy with over 165 miles of bike lanes and trails for you to get your roll on. To get started, we want to build up your biking confidence by starting with the basics before turning this into a habit. Riding a bike is a great way to engage in physical activity while practicing safe social distancing.
Learn to Ride
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a non-profit organization that educates children, adults, and motorists about biking as a transportation option and how to safely bike in the DC metro area. They also advocate for better biking infrastructure and healthier environment in the DC metro area.
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Find good routes. Some of the best bike routes are hidden from street traffic. You can try a practice run on a weekend, or you can try biking to the nearest Metro station or bus stop if you want to become a multi-modal commuter!
Sharrows are street markings that serve as reminders to road users that bicyclists have rights to the lanes on these routes. Sharrows are often placed on routes that see more bike traffic or on streets that are too narrow for drivers to pass bicyclists safely as reminders.
Bike lanes provide a dedicated space for bicyclists on the roadway. Without a lack of physical barriers, however, cyclists still must be wary of riding in the “door zone,” the 3 to 5-foot area along parked cars, double-parked vehicles, road debris, and turning vehicles. Parking in bike lanes is illegal in DC.
Cycletracks are protected bike lanes. Some provide physical barriers from other road-users and effectively form an on-street bike path.
Wayfinding encompasses things such as street signs placed throughout the region to direct bicyclists to trails, paths, and other amenities.
Bike boxes give priority to bicyclists at intersections by providing a designated space to queue up in front of cars. Bike boxes improve the visibility of bicyclists and can help prevent right-hook collisions.
(photo courtesy of WABA)
Mixing zones are merging areas. Traffic that is turning at intersections must yield to bicyclists just like they would with another automobile and enter the mixing zone. Sometimes this means the vehicle may need to wait in the bike lane at the intersection before turning. This is perfectly fine as long as the driver yields to bicyclists.
Designed for bikes and scooters, corrals are an efficient use of on-street bike parking. They transform a parking space or sidewalk area into bike parking.
Find the bike route for you! We teamed up with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to customize the best local routes for beginner cyclists.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is low-stress with few intersections and limited interactions with cars making it an easy starter trail. Riders can choose between three segments:
A local favorite, Rock Creek Trail has scenic riverside trails and shared, multi-use paths that take you through DC’s most iconic sights and the natural oasis that is Rock Creek Park. Riders can choose between two trail segments:
Join the Bike Forum
Try using the online Washington Area Bike Forum to find a ride buddy. You can look for riding buddies, ask questions about commuting and route selection, and discuss bicycle safety, advocacy, and so much more. The community on the forum is helpful, knowledgeable, and open to riders of all ability levels.
The District of Columbia has over 100 miles of bike lanes and more than 60 miles of trails to discover, providing bicyclists with lots of space to get around town. For added security and confidence, there are 24 miles of protected bike lanes, so even the most novice of bicyclists can feel safer riding throughout the city. And there's more where that came from! The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) plans to install an additional 20 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of this year, ten of which are already completed.
While it's always important to practice proper bike etiquette and follow the rules of the road, there are even more safety precautions that bicyclists should know since the COVID-19 pandemic. goDCgo encourages you to be a "roll model" for others and use your best biking judgement. That means staying alert, maintaining safe speeds, keeping right and passing left, standing aside if standing still, and being courteous and considerate when sharing the road. Review more of the bike safety tips so you're properly prepared for your next ride and beyond.
In honor of this year's Black History Month, goDCgo wants to shine a spotlight on some of the African American leaders and professionals who help shape transportation in the District today. From city infrastructure, sustainable transportation promotions, transit operations, vehicle management, road safety, bike education, and much more, they're involved in nearly every aspect of DC's transportation systems and make a strong impact on the commute options that we use every day including Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail, and even personal bike riding experiences.
Season's greetings bicyclists! Now that it’s officially fall, we know the change in weather can present some challenges, but we want to keep you on two wheels year round. With a little planning and a positive attitude, the cool fall season presents an ideal time to take bike rides. In fact, there are several benefits to riding a bike during the fall and winter seasons:
Planning a trip to visit the District? Get the true DC experience by learning about the available transportation options to navigate the city with ease. Our Program Director, Danelle Carey, planned a weeklong stay in the District with a goal to have a car-free experience. During her stay, she was able to get to meetings, events, and visit iconic sites using bikeshare, scooters, and public transit. However, she discovered some details that can help visitors like you avoid the hassles and inconveniences that she experienced. To help you happily explore DC, we've outlined some travel tips below.
While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there's even more coming in the fall! We're getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There's a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.
As of Saturday, May 1, Washington, DC has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Please be advised that designated walk-up sites are for first vaccination doses ONLY. After you receive your first dose, you still need to make an appointment to get your second dose. The walk-up sites are available in addition to pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are administering the vaccines throughout the District. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.
Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the District has experienced a decline in traffic due to many of us working from home. However, there's evidence that people may actually be driving more for non-commute trips. Many individuals have shifted to driving outside of work for recreation and to run errands, visit stores, workout at the gym, go out to eat, etc., leading to an increase in personal vehicle trips. And as people start returning to workplaces, our commute choice plays an integral role in helping to mitigate traffic congestion. goDCgo encourages you to do your part and travel sustainably by foot, bike, bus, scooter, Metro, or rideshare.
Additionally, being able to telework has major implications for the environment, because in the U.S., transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gases. So, if you have the option to work remotely, you can help fight climate change and improve the air quality in DC and beyond.
Our nation's capital boasts a number of sustainable transportation options including public transit and active modes like biking, walking, and scooting. This makes it easy to get around, no matter the mode you choose. In fact, Washington, DC ranks the 4th most transit-friendly city, 7th most walkable city, and 9th most bike-friendly city in the U.S.!
Black History Month is nationally observed every February to recognize the great contributions of African Americans in US history -- past, present, and future. This year, goDCgo is celebrating Black History Month in a new way by highlighting some of the black-owned businesses in the District and how to get to their storefront locations using sustainable transportation.
This new year brings a welcomed spirit of new beginnings and the perfect opportunity to rethink your commute. Will you be returning to the office full-time or a few days a week? Have you considered resuming your pre-pandemic commute? Are you exploring other travel options for getting to work? You should ask yourself these questions, among others, when considering the commute that best meets your needs.