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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 2021 DC Bike Ride will took place on September 25, 2021. Stay tuned as the date for the 2022 DC Bike Ride will be announced soon!

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

The 2021 ride will consist of 20-miles of DC roadways, crossing the Potomac River towards Virginia before returning to the District.

Yes! Every ride has its own Official Event Guide. Click HERE to access the 2021 Official DC Bike Ride Event Guide for reference.

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, or tandem bike, in a bike trailer or in a bike cargo. A parent or guardian must accompany youth riders in the age group of 8-17.

DC Bike Ride welcomes class 1, 2 and 3 e-bikes. Class 1 and 3 e-bikes have a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling. Class 2 e-bikes have a throttle. If you participate with a class 2 e-bike, you are not allowed to exclusively use the motor to propel the e-bike for an extended period of time without pedaling.

Regardless of the pedal assist of the e-bike, the maximum speed of all e-bikes during our event cannot exceed 18 mph.

Please note that the motor of the e-bike cannot be more than 750 watts.

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 7:45 AM EST 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.


Email your name or order number to [email protected]. We’re happy to resend your confirmation email.

When searching on your inbox, search for subject line “DC Bike Ride: Your Order Confirmation” or emails from “[email protected]”, and please, be sure to check your junk/spam folder for the email.

To find your order number, search for “Order Confirmation from DC Bike Ride” in your email inbox. Our emails are sent from [email protected]. And don’t forget to check your spam folder as well. Your order number will be at the bottom of your confirmation email (see below).

All participants must sign the DC Bike Ride Participant Waiver to get their Rider Identification Kit.

The main participant of each order (the purchaser) sign their waiver during registration, while the remaining attendees will receive an email with a link to access and sign their waiver. The email address is provided by the purchaser during the registration process.

We have recently updated our waiver signature process, removing the need for click-and-drag. All you need to do now is to type your full name on the waiver signature line and you are all set.

Yes! You can only upgrade a Standard Registration to a VIP or Rent & Ride. Just email us.

Registrations are transferable, but NOT refundable. The deadline to transfer your DC Bike Ride 2021 registration expired on 8/20.

No, registrations are NOT refundable. We have a no refund policy, which all registrants agree to during registration.


2021 DC Bike Ride Packet Pickup Party details:

Thursday, 9/23 from 3PM-7PM
Friday, 9/24 from 11AM-7PM

📍 District Pier at the Wharf
101 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024

If you have a Rent & Ride registration, your bike and helmet will be available for pickup between 5:30 and 7:45 am, at 3rd St Sw, between Madison Dr and Pennsylvania Ave NW. 

Rentals Pickup takes place at the Finish area so you can easily drop off your bike and helmet once you finish the ride. Finish and Start areas are less than 2 miles apart, and we will have volunteers leading the way between venues.

No, packets won’t be available for pick-up the morning of the ride. Registrants can choose between packet pickup and packet mailing as their shipping option during registration.

Packets will be sent out in waves. All packet-mailing registrants will receive their packets by September 20. VIP registrants get FREE packet mailing. Those who select packet pickup must attend Packet Pickup Party, or send a proxy (more about packet pickup and what your proxy needs is HERE).

Packet mailing can also be added to your order until September 10, 12:00 PM EST.

  • To add packet mailing, you need to purchase an add packet mailing ticket, available at the top of this page: Due to browser differences, it is best to copy and paste the above link into an Incognito Window.
  • Please, add 01 (one) Add Packet Mailing ticket for every registration in your original order before proceeding to checkout.
  • The packet mailing fee is $10 for the first packet and $8 per additional packet and charged per ticket. Please, note that even though the price is set at FREE, once you continue to checkout and reach the shipping option, you will select packet mailing, which will add the packet mailing fee to your cart.


The ride ends at the Sibley Memorial Hospital Finish Festival, 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! The Finish Festival will take place from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST and follow social distancing guidelines for a safe experience for all.

Food and beverage options will be available for purchase. VIP Riders will receive a catered lunch in the VIP lounge (included with the VIP registration). Vendors interested in participating can email us at [email protected].


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.

More information about the DC Bike Ride Volunteer Program is available here.

You can purchase DC Bike Ride merchandise during registration, at Packet Pickup and Ride Day, or at the Official Online Store.