Experience DC on Two Wheels: The DC Cycling Guide

Ready to Cycle?

Plenty of people visit Washington, D.C., each year, and many of them hop on tour buses and public transportation to travel between monuments and museums. There are other options for getting around, however, some of which provide a little bit of exercise in addition to breathtaking views.

Cycling through the nation’s capital immerses you in it, enabling you to feel fresh air as you move from place to place, experience mild terrain changes, see many cultures and lifestyles, visit more monuments and museums (without the hassle of parking), and truly enjoy being in the moment.

We want to put a guide together to share with our new and future residentsand visitors who enjoy getting around on two wheels.

Bike Shops in Washington, D.C.

BicycleSPACE — Voted the “Best Bike Shop” and “Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed” in the 2018 City Paper Best of D.C.  edition every year since 2012, BicycleSPACE is known for its knowledge, urban brands, weekly rides, and classes. It boasts several shop locations, including in Adams Morgan, Downtown, and Ivy City.

District Hardware and Bike — The “one shop that has it all,” District Hardware has been giving D.C. residents and visitors a convenient retail experience for nearly 50 years. It offers a full-service bike shop, hardware store, and café, providing everything from mechanics and parts to beer and coffee.

City Bikes — Serving D.C. since 1988, City Bikes provides a wide range of products and full-service options. It has several locations, too, including in Adams Morgan, Capitol Hill, Rockville, and Tenleytown.

Conte’s Bike Shop — This family-owned and operated shop offers bikes and accessories from well-known brands. It has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Best Bicycle Retailers” in the U.S. several times.

Two ladies enjoying a bike ride in Washington, DC

The Bike Rack

Offering fittings, repair, maintenance, custom builds, and more, The Bike Rack ensures you have everything you need before you hit the D.C.-area roads. It is also the only local shop to include free lifetime adjustments for bikes purchased in the store.

Must-See Spots When Traveling by Bike

There are so many monuments, museums, theaters, galleries, restaurants, parks, and other sights (and sites) to see in the Washington, D.C., area. It can be a little overwhelming deciding where to start, but these options might help you start to map your trip:

  • Art — Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, National Gallery of Art, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Government buildings — White House, Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Embassy Row
  • Monuments — National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Peace Monument, war memorials
  • Museums — Smithsonian Museums, Heurich House, The Phillips Collection, African American Civil War, Newseum, Octagon Museum
  • Parks — Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park, President’s Park, Farragut Square, Soapstone Valley Park, Rock Creek Park, Georgetown Waterfront Park, East Potomac Park, National Zoo

Tips When Traveling by Bike

Whether you’ve biked D.C. a hundred times or just a few, here are a few tips to make your trip fun, safe, and exciting:

  • Charge your phone and camera batteries, and bring backup batteries or chargers, just in case.
  • Wear the right footwear. It’s a relatively flat city, but athletic shoes work best.
  • Make use of trails and bike lanes to avoid heavy street and sidewalk traffic.
  • Carry a physical map of D.C. to help you navigate.
  • Bike with friends or make some new ones through a D.C. cycling Meetup.
  • Go at varying times of day — D.C. in the morning light is very different from D.C. at night.
  • Bring a helmet (for safety, of course), and wear colors that stand out.
  • Carry a backpack for all your gear, snacks, water, clothing layers, money, camera, and more.

Are you interested in learning more about living and working in the Washington, D.C. area? Give DARO Apartments a call to discuss your needs today.

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