Bikes at the Library

Tour de DCPL, bicycling resources and more

Image of Library Bike Repair

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 | Tour de DCPL | Local Resources | Find it at the Library

National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month and we like to celebrate with bicycle themed programming at the library. Check our online calendar in May for bicycle story times, film screenings, repair workshops and our annual Tour de DCPL bike ride happening May 17! 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.

2014 #ReadRideDC 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 an online form that will be live in May.

Tour de DCPL Bike Ride

Tour de DCPL Group Photo 2013 Child on Bike with Book 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!

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.

The year 2014 marks our fifth Tour de DCPL and we have big things planned! Stay tuned for information about registration and check out the route for the May 17 Tour de DCPL V.

See below for information on past rides and links to route maps:

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

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, figure out how to put your bike on the bus, and learn about upcoming group classes or rides. 

Bike Shops, Co-ops and Free Clinics | Find information on bike shops, co-ops and farmer's market bike repair clinics around the city.

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. 

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

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!

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