2018 Road Closures

Event Road Closure & Detour Information

On Saturday, May 19, drivers are encouraged to adjust travel time within and around the bike course.

  • DC Bike Ride will bring thousands of participants to DC, in addition to thousands of spectators, family, and friends.
  • To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, we encourage the public to be aware of the impacted roads in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.
  • The 20-mile DC Bike Ride course map can be seen HERE.
  • Join the festivities! DC residents are encouraged to visit the free Finish Festival in front of the US Capitol and along the National Mall on 3rd Street SW from Pennsylvania Ave and Independence Avenue, which will occur from 9:30AM to 12:30PM on May 19.

Road Closures

The route starts in Washington, DC in West Potomac Park, crosses through two of the city’s eight wards and ends on Maryland Avenue at 3rd Street SW. Event officials advise the public that temporary, intermittent street closings will be in effect on Saturday May 19, 2018. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will handle the alteration of traffic patterns and enforce moving violations. The bike ride is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 am; however some street closures will begin as early as 12:00 am for the Start and Finish Lines and festival area build out, and 6:30 am for the route closures. All streets affected by the 2018 DC Bike Ride are expected to be reopened at approximately 12:00 pm and the festival area expect to reopen by 5:00 pm. Metrorail will be running on a normal Saturday schedule. Some bus lines will be affected; WMATA will advise as to these bus route detours and delays.

Persons with unessential travel should avoid driving in all areas affected by the event. It is imperative that District residents review the ROUTE MAP and times of closures to confirm whether desired routes will be available, and to identify streets which may be used to get around the ride route and to other parts of the city.

Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Public safety officials are committed to reopening streets along the route as quickly as it is safe to do so.


  • Download a list of streets closed and closure times HERE.
  • Download our media advisory on street closures HERE.
  • Download our route map with suggested alternative streets and travel options HERE.

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