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DC Bike Ride is a closed-road, car-free bike ride that traverses 20 miles of DC streets past monuments and memorials. DC Bike Ride is a non-competitive scenic bike ride that culminates with a Finish Festival in front of the U.S. Capitol. Event proceeds benefit community partners workings towards safer streets for all and growing our bicycle community.


The 2019 DC Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

The ride begins at 8:00am. Riders must be in their start corrals prior to 7:45am. The post-ride Finish Festival will go until 12:30pm.

The 2019 ride will consist 20-miles of DC roadways, crossing the Potomac River for a rest stop in Virginia before returning to the District.

The Start Line is at West Potomac Park (near the MLK Memorial at 121 West Basin Drive SW, Washington, DC).

The Ride Finish and the Finish Festival are between the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Mall (301 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC).

For directions and travel information, click HERE.

Yes! We will release the 2019 Official Event Guide the week of DC Bike Ride. Click HERE for the 2018 Official DC Bike Ride Event Guide.

Children must be 3 years or older to participate. Children in the age group of 3-7 are FREE and must ride on a child bike seat, tagalong bike, tandem bike, in a bike trailer or in a bike cargo. Youth riders in the age group of 8-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Yes! Registrations are transferable, but NOT refundable. If you would like to transfer, please follow email us. Note: there is a $10 transfer fee imposed on the new rider.

No, registrations are not refundable. We have a no refund policy that agreed to during registration.

Registrations are transferable for a $10 transfer fee. See the above questions for more details. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

We have partnered with Ticket Guardian to offer registration insurance. Protect your purchases from unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from attending this event. Already registered and want to add registration insurance? Click here.

Email [email protected] or call us at (888) 521-3227. We’re happy to resend your confirmation email. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder for the email.

Pedal-assist bicycles are allowed. E-bikes with a throttle or that can be powered by motor only are *not* allowed.

No, all riders must begin at the Start Line. The event is a closed-course due to public safety officers regulating the street closures in order to provide a car-free experience for registrants. Please arrive before 7:45am to get situated in your corral.

No, we work closely with police and traffic enforcement to create the rolling closure to provide registrants with the car-free ride. The road opens back up after the last rider. The course is not designed to be ridden more than once.

You choose which corral you would like to be in based on your biking ability and preference. Corrals are self-seeded or self-designated based on your riding experience. All registrants select advanced, intermediate or beginner during registration. For reference: advanced is  about 14mph-18mph; intermediate is about 10mph-14mph; and beginner is about 6mph-10mph. All riders must maintain a 6mph and no riders can go faster than 18mph.


2019 DC Bike Ride Packet Pickup Party Details:

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 3pm to 7pm; Friday, May 17, 2019 from 11am to 7pm
Where: Watergate 600 – 600 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

No. You must attend Packet Pickup, or send a proxy to Packet Pickup. More information about packet mailing and what your proxy needs is HERE.


The ride ends at the DC Bike Ride Finish Festival! The festival is open to all participants and spectators and will be located on 3rd St SW between the U.S. Capitol Building and the National Mall (301 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC). The Finish Festival is free and open to the public, so please invite those who didn’t participate to meet you after the ride and join in on the fun! The Finish Festival will take place from 9:30am to 12:30pm and details on the entertainment lineup can be found HERE.

Food and beverage options will be available for purchase. We partner with some of DC’s most popular and delicious food trucks for the festival. VIP Riders will receive a catered lunch in the VIP tent that comes with their VIP registration.


Yes, we do! Please visit our parking page HERE for information on planning parking ahead of time at a surface lot or garage near the start and finish, as well as directions for driving to the start area.

We have partnered with Marriott Hotels to offer two hotel partner locations with discounted rates to choose from for those traveling to the event from out of town. Click HERE for information on our hotel partners.

Please visit our parking page for information on planning parking ahead of time at a surface lot or garage near the start and finish, as well as directions for driving to the start area.

Absolutely! We have volunteer roles available at Packet Pickup and at the ride (the Start, Finish and out on the course)! All volunteers receive a Ride Crew t-shirt, snacks and drinks. Volunteer signs ups for the 2019 event have not yet begun.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Volunteer Interest email list to receive an email when volunteer sign ups for DC Bike Ride 2019 open.

You can purchase DC Bike Ride merchandise during registration or at the Official Online Store.