One day, twenty miles and zero cars. Heck, that sounds fantastic. I don’t live anywhere near DC, but I like the idea of cycling around all the monuments and sights that abound there. I think this would be well worth the trip, I might even try to encourage a contingent of us from Outdoor Revival to go (We’ll see what the boss says!)
If any of you did the Annual DC Bike Ride last year we’d love to hear from you. For the rest of us, here’s the information about the event.
Experience D.C. from a bike while riding on closed roads past monuments and landmarks
DC Bike Ride, the region’s premier scenic urban bike ride, will cruise through the District for the second time on May 14 as part of ongoing National Bike Month celebrations. Registration for the May 14 event is now open at http://www.dcbikeride.com, where registrants can take advantage of the early bird rates.
A perfect family-friendly activity on Mother’s Day, the recreational ride offers a unique car-free tour of our nation’s capital. Riders will pedal by some of the most-recognizable sites, including the Washington Monument, the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Participants will conclude their journey with a post-ride celebration on Pennsylvania Avenue near the United States Capitol. (The 2017 course can be found at dcbikeride.com/2017-course/).
“We are excited to announce the return of DC Bike Ride,” said Greg Bibb, Capital Sports Ventures chief executive officer. “This annual event is widely-popular amongst cycling enthusiasts, the active lifestyle community and families. The ride offers a unique opportunity to see some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic monuments at your own pace and in a car-free environment. DC Bike Ride celebrates life on two wheels, promotes street safety and allows participants from the region and beyond to enjoy a one-of-a-kind journey through the nation’s capital.”
The inaugural 2016 event hosted more than 7,000 riders. This year, DC Bike Ride expects approximately 10,000 riders to be in attendance as it grows into one of the leading recreational cycling events on the east coast.
“It is a pleasure to continue our support of the DC Bike Ride in its second year,” said Rita Costello, senior vice president of strategic marketing and communications at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. “Health and wellness is at the core of our mission so the DC Bike Ride is a natural fit for us. It’s a great way to get active and explore the historic sites of our nation’s capital in a safe and family-friendly environment.”
Washington, D.C. provides the perfect backdrop for the ride. The District was recently voted by Forbes as one of the “10 Most Bike-Friendly Cities In America,” and by Travel Channel as one of the “Top 10 Cycling Cities in US.” Ratings were based on metrics including bike lanes, hills, bike share programs and destinations and road connectivity.
“Events DC is thrilled to be a presenting partner of the 2017 DC Bike Ride,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment, and special events at Events DC. “This exceptional event allows local residents and visitors from around the country to come together and actively explore our nation’s capital in a manner that was nearly impossible before last year. The DC Bike Ride is truly a unique experience that combines the challenge of an endurance event with the more deliberate pace and perspective of traditional site-seeing tours.”
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is the primary benefactor of DC Bike Ride with a portion of the proceeds to benefit WABA’s street safety programs.
“WABA is so proud to partner with DC Bike Ride again in 2017. We’re proud that over 7,000 people participated last year and got to experience the sights and sounds of our city on two wheels,” stated Greg Billing, WABA’s executive director. “It’s a one-day event to celebrate biking – with a lasting impact. The proceeds of the ride support our work to make the streets safer year round. We see the DC Bike Ride becoming a defining bike experience in our region for years to come. Mark your calendars!”
JOIN DC BIKE RIDE:
Registration for DC Bike Ride presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Events DC is available starting January 12 and can be purchased by visiting DCBikeRide.com. Early bird pricing starts at $50. Regular pricing, starting at $60, begins on March 1. VIP registration and special group pricing is also available.
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