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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 take place on September 25, 2021. The ride begins at 8:00 AM EST. Riders must be in their start corrals prior to 7:45 AM EST. The Sibley Memorial Hospital Finish Festival will go until 12:30 PM EST.
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! DC Bike Ride will take place rain or shine.
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.
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.
No, registrations are NOT refundable. We have a no refund policy, which all registrants agree to during registration.
Registrants can request a ticket transfer, at no cost, to a new participant or future DC Bike Ride event.
PACKET PICKUP QUESTIONS
2021 DC Bike Ride Packet Pickup Party details:
When: September, 2021
Where: Location to be announced (Downtown DC).
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.
Those who select packet pickup must attend Packet Pickup Party, or send a proxy. More information 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. Just send us an email.
Packets will be sent out in waves. All packet-mailing registrants will receive their packets by September 20. VIP registrants get FREE packet mailing.
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].
Hotel partners will be announced soon.
Parking partners will be announced soon.
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 will be available soon.