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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 2023 DC Bike Ride will take place on September 9, 2023. Registration opens on February 1, 2023.
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 2023 ride will consist of 20-miles of DC roadways, crossing the Potomac River towards Virginia before returning to the District.
Yes! DC Bike Ride will take place rain or shine.
We will publish the DC Bike Ride 2023 Official Event Guide 15 days before the event.
Click HERE to access the 2022 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.
Visit the Registration Portal to log into your account and make edits to your DC Bike Ride order. You can change attendees’ information, upgrade your registration type, and transfer your ticket to a friend or future event.
Visit the Registration Portal and log into your account to access the receipt and tickets for your DC Bike Ride orders.
You can find your confirmation email in your inbox. Search for DC Bike Ride: Your Order Confirmation or emails from [email protected] to locate the confirmation email and don’t forget to check your junk/spam folder as well. If you can’t find your confirmation email, send us your name or order number to [email protected]. We’re happy to resend your confirmation 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) signs 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.
Riders can also access the waiver link in the Registration Portal. Access your account, select the DCBR order with waiver signature pending, and click on sign waiver. To sign the waiver, type your full name on the waiver signature line and you are all set.
Yes! You can upgrade a Standard Registration to a VIP, Rent & Ride, Standard + T-shirt or Standard + Jersey until July 31.
Visit the Registration Portal to log into your account and select your DC Bike Ride order. Click on change, and then, on upgrade tickets. You can upgrade the ticket type of one or all riders within your order. Click on edit next to the ticket selected and choose your new registration type. After that, proceed to checkout to complete the process.
Registrations are transferable, but NOT refundable. The deadline to transfer your DC Bike Ride 2022 registration is July 31. To transfer your DC Bike Ride registration, visit the Registration Portal, log into your account and make edits to your DC Bike Ride order. You can change attendees’ information, upgrade your registration type, and transfer your ticket to a friend or future event.
No, registrations are NOT refundable. We have a no refund policy, which all registrants agree to during registration. You can transfer your registration to a new attendee or future event, at no cost, by July 31.
Visit the Registration Portal and log into your account to make edits to your DC Bike Ride order.
PACKET AND RENTAL PICKUP QUESTIONS
2023 DC Bike Ride Packet Pickup Party details:
Thursday, 9/7 from 3PM-7PM
Friday, 9/8 from 11AM-7PM
Location will be announced during summer.
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 (less than 10 minutes), and volunteers will show 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 end of August. VIP and Standard + Jersey 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).
The ride ends near the U.S. Capitol Building, on 3rd Street SW, where the Sibley Memorial Hospital Finish Festival takes place.
The Finish Festival is free and open to the public, so please invite those who won’t ride with you to hang out after the ride! The Finish Festival will take place from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST and offer music, food trucks, and more. Enjoy fun-filled activities with our presenting partners CareFirst and Events DC, and visit the Sibley Memorial Hospital photo booth to share your #MilesAndSmiles.
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].