May is National Bike Month, and there are many ways to participate in the District and surrounding area! Many D.C. residents commute to work by bike, frequenting the city's ever growing number of bike lanes and the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs from Silver Spring directly to Union Station. Others enjoy the many bike trails the area has to offer such as the Mt. Vernon Trail, the Capital Crescent Trail, and the C&O Canal Trail.
Biking is also a great way to see the D.C. sights and monuments! Grab a bike and loop around the National Mall, or go over to Hains Point or the White House. Biking is excellent exercise and an environmentally-friendly and affordable way to get around the city.
This month, get involved in the local bike scene and get riding! Here are some ideas to get started:
- Join WABA. WABA is an organization that works to create a safe and friendly bike environment, advocates for better bicycling conditions and transit options, and creates educational programs for children and adults about safe riding and sustainability.
- Participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. Pit stops will be set up in various cycling routes throughout the city offering free coffee and prizes.
- Check out your local bike shop! Many bike shops offer a full calendar of events, including group rides for riders of all skill levels as well as maintenance and safety classes. Some shops and bike-loving organizations (such as DC Bike Party) will offer themed social rides for people to get together and ride casually. Try BicycleSPACE or the Bike Rack in Downtown DC or Takoma Bicycle in Takoma Park, MD.
- Get to know some of the neighborhood libraries on the Tour de DCPL on June 8. Meet at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library at 9 a.m. and ride by five branches throughout the morning!
The library has a number of great resources for experienced cyclists and first-time riders. Learn how to maintain and repair your own bike, or find some great rides in the D.C. region! With the right tools, you'll find that biking is fun, great exercise, and an easy way to get around town. Happy Bike Month and happy riding!