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10 Reasons to Participate in the 2021 DC Bike Ride

Get outdoors and enjoy Washington, DC’s iconic sights, sounds and tastes on this car-free 20-mile bike ride.

If you’re looking for fun activities in the District this spring, you’ve found a gem with DC Bike Ride, happening on Saturday, Sept. 25. With a family-friendly course, DC Bike Ride became the biggest celebration of cycling in DC by offering a unique experience to its participants. If you need further convincing, here are even more reasons to participate and then make sure to register.


Admission is free for kids ages 3-7, while youth under 18 get 50% off.

Even the smallest of bike riders can participate or ride along as the course weaves through the nation's capital.


You will experience DC’s stunning views and sites like never before.

The DC Bike Ride course cruises along the National Mall, allowing you to view stunning monuments and memorials on your own personal tour. The course begins in West Potomac Park and concludes in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building.


The event is the only closed-road, car-free bike ride in DC.

You and your fellow riders will have 20 miles of roads all to yourselves as you embark on the most epic journey through the District.


No bike? No problem.

The DC Bike Ride makes it easy for everyone to ride, offering bike rentals starting at $13. You can learn more about bike rentals by following @DCBikeRide on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Pedaling at your own pace is encouraged.

DC Bike Ride is about having fun. You can make your way through the course at your own speed.


There will be live music, food and beverages at the Finish Festival.

After your ride, enjoy stage performances at the Finish Festival, which will have beats and eats available for purchase. There will also be entertainment acts along the course!


Connect and meet with other fun-lovers in the area.

DC Bike Ride doubles as a social gathering. Meet your active cohorts and make plans for future adventures in and around the District.


Make lasting memories this September

DC Bike Ride offers you a memorable experience with friends and family, with unlimited photo opportunities along the way. Enjoy the ride and make quick stops at our sMile Marks.


The recreational ride is inclusive and convenient.

Besides rentals at an affordable price and discounted entry to several categories, registrants have access to special accommodation and parking deals. And if you're looking for bike gear, the DC Bike Ride Shop has all you need to perfectly suit up for the day.


The event benefits safer streets and local initiatives.

DC Bike Ride is proud to support our local community by donating its proceeds to various nonprofits’ initiatives. The event has contributed with $140,000+ over the past five years to organizations like the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Dreaming Out Loud and the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit to register today.

Traveling from out of town for DC Bike Ride? Find out more about hotel partners, as well as travel tips and information for the day of the ride.

There’s no shortage of spectacular in Washington, DC this spring. Discover more ways to make memories in the District.

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