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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 2020 DC Bike Ride has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 DC Bike Ride will take place on May 15, 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.
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 7:45 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.
We’ll request the main participant of each order (the purchaser) to sign their waiver during registration. 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.
After reading the DC Bike Ride 2020 Participant Waiver, scroll the page all the way to the bottom where you’ll find a white box. Click and drag the mouse cursor over the white box to write your signature. Once you’re done, click on “submit”. You are all set.
No, registrations are NOT refundable. We have a no refund policy, which all registrants agree to during registration.
Registrants can opt for ticket transfer or ticket insurance. Registrations are transferable for an $8.50 transfer charge (+ processing fees). See the above questions for more details.
We have partnered with Protecht 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? Email us.
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DC Bike Ride referral program offers a full registration refund to participants who bring friends to the ride, and a 10% discount on each friend registration.
On your confirmation page, you will see our referral program offer. Click on “Let’s do it!” and choose which friends to send your 10% off promo code – you can enter email addresses or select friends from your Facebook list.
Your friends will receive a message with your special promo code. To get your refund, 5 friends must click on “Check it out!” and use the code when registering for DC Bike Ride.
Note: We’re only able to count referrals that follow the steps above. All refunds will be processed after the event day.
PACKET PICKUP QUESTIONS
2021 DC Bike Ride Packet Pickup Party details:
When: Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST.
Friday, May 14, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST.
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 May 1, 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 November 12. 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 details on the entertainment lineup can be found HERE.
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].
We have partnered with Washington Hilton Hotel, and The Mayflower Hotel to provide you with accommodation options for those traveling to DC for the Ride. Click HERE to book your room.
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the DC Bike Ride Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.
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.
CLICK HERE for more information on DC Bike Ride Volunteer Program.
After closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic over the past several weeks,
and in compliance with the recommendations of the CDC, local health officials and public
safety authorities, the 2020 DC Bike Ride in-person event has been canceled.
For updates on the impacts of the COVID-19 on the 2020 DC Bike Ride, click here.