Bikes at the Library

Bikes at the Library

Tour de DCPL, bicycling resources and more

Child on Bike with Book

Love riding your bike and the DC Public Library too? You are not alone - Washington, D.C. is a city filled with both book and bike lovers. Bookmark this page to find information on local bicycling resources and upcoming programs at the library - including our annual library bike ride, the Tour de DCPL

National Bike Month Events | Tour de DCPL Annual Bike Ride
 Find it at the Library | Local Resources 

National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and we like to celebrate with bicycle themed programming at the library. Remember to participate in Bike to Work Day and check with your neighborhood schools to see if they are participating in Bike to School Day.

Bike Month Partners
Thanks to our great 2014 community partners! We had wonderful programs with a wide range of bike shops and organizations. 

Bike League LogoBike House LogoBlack Women Bike Logo
Capitol Hill Bikes LogoCity Bikes LogoTakoma Bicycle Logo
DC State Fair LogoAnacostia Waterfront Initiative LogoWashington Area Bicyclist Association logo

View all National Bike Month library programs here.

Event Highlights

#ReadRideDC Contest

Read Ride DC Online Contest

Do you bike to your neighborhood library? Whether you're headed to pick up books, go to great programs, or just use a study room, take a second to snap a photo of you and your bike at the library or reading around town.

Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadRideDC and you could win prizes all month long. You can also submit your photo through this online form.

Tour de DCPL Bike Ride

Library Staff

The DC Public Library system is undergoing major change, with renovated and rebuilt libraries sprouting up throughout the ​​city. Library staff discovered a great way to explore these  transformations -- by bike! The Tour de DCPL library bike ride was born in 2010. Every year, a group of library staff, advocates and community members put on their bike helmets to help the DC Public Library promote environmentally friendly transportation and explore how our libraries connect with the communities they serve. 

Stay tuned for information on Tour de DCPL VI - coming in 2015. 
See below for information on past rides and links to route maps:

2014 Tour de DCPL V: Route | Photos
2013 Tour de DCPL IV:
Route | Photos
2012 Tour de DCPL III: Route | Photos
2011 Tour de DCPL II: Route
2010 Tour de DCPL: Route | Photos

Find it at the library

Get your bike fix through books and films found in the DC Public Library collection - in print and online. 
Here are a few to start with and for more suggestions check out our Bike and Books Pinterest Board and LibGuide!

The enlightened cyclist : commuter angst, dangerous drivers, and other obstacles on the path to two-wheeled transcendence /Bicycle Diaries by David ByrneWhere to Bike DCThe Bicycle Thief

The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence 
by BikeSnobNYC
796.6 B59

Bicycle Diaries 
by David Byrne
796.64 B995
eBook available for download

Where to Bike DC 
by Matt Wittmer 
798.6409 W832

The Bicycle Thief
a film by Vittorio de Sica
available for download


Local Resources

Washington Area Bicycling Association | Your one-stop location for all things bicycle in the DC Metro region. Read up on D.C. bike laws, find your closest bike shop, figure out how to put your bike on the bus, and learn about upcoming group classes or rides. 

The Bike House | The Bike House is a community-based bicycle repair cooperative in DC. Their mission is to build a place where all people can learn about, work on, and enjoy bikes!

DC Bicycle Advisory Council | The DC BAC is a group of bicyclists appointed by DC Council to advise the government on issues relevant to the cycling community.

goDCgo | From the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT): Your No. 1 resource for transportation information and options to make getting into and around the District easier than ever. Learn about Capital Bikeshare - the nation's premier bike sharing service. 

DDOT Bicycle Program | Learn about bicycling infrastructure in the city from the DC Department of Transportation and check out their great online bike maps.

WashCycle | D.C. cycling advocacy blog with links to many rider tools and resources.