Biking in Washington DC: A Guide to Bicycling the Capital Region

Things to Know about Biking in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia

A row of bikes docked at a station for Capital bike share

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Washington, DC is a great city to explore by bike with 40 miles of bike lanes and more than 800 miles of biking trails throughout the metropolitan region. While the traffic around the nation's capital has gotten more congested in recent years, the capital region has become more bike-friendly than ever before. 

Guided Bike Tours, Bike Rentals & Bike Sharing

Taking a guided tour with Bike and Roll is a fun way to visit Washington, DC's most famous sights. Three-hour tours of the city are offered daily from March through November. If you prefer to explore at your own pace, pick up a bike and a map and plot out your own adventure. If you live or work in the city or are planning an extended stay, you can sign up for DC's Capital BikeShare self-service bike rental program. Riders can pick up and return a bike to multiple locations throughout the region. Bikestation at Union Station offers secure bike parking in addition to changing rooms, lockers, bike rental, bike repair and retail sales. Bike rentals are available through several vendors in Washington DC: Big Wheel Bikes (Georgetown), Bikes to Borrow (Adams Morgan) ,  Fletchers Boat House (C & O Canal), and Revolution Cycles (Georgetown). 

Bike Trails

Hundreds of miles of bike trails in the Washington DC metro area make bicycling a popular activity for local residents and visitors. Trails wind past scenic locations and must-see landmarks, including the Kennedy Center, Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and Old Town Alexandria. See a guide to the best bike trails in the Washington DC area.

Bike Valets

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provides bike valet services for major events in the Washington DC area including the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Taste of Georgetown and more. The bike valet is free and keeps your bike safe under the supervision of an attendant.

Commuting Around Washington DC By Bike

Bicycling is a healthy, economical and environmentally friendly way to get to work. Commuter Connectionshas a bike commuting guide providing information on planning your route, bikes and transit, the Guaranteed Ride Home program and much more.

Annual Biking Events

Biking events are becoming very popular in the Washington DC area. Bicycling is a wonderful way to improve your health and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Some bike events raise money for Washington, DC area charities, while others just offer a day of fun and activity. See a guide to bike events in the Washington DC area.

Washington DC Area Bicycling Clubs