March 19, 2004
Bike-on-Rail Guide to Washington DC
Metro has signficantly relaxed Bike-on-Metro rules in recent years. There are no longer any blackout times, so you can ride at any time. However, Metro does request that you only board cars that can comfortably accomdate your bike. Bikes may also be restricted during special events where large crowds are anticpated.On the Train
Since 2001, bike are have been permitted in any car. Each Metro car has three sets of doors. Bicyclist are not permitted to use the center doors. Instead, board the train using the doors at either end of the car.
Once on board, move your bike to either end of the car so that it does not block the doors or the middle of the car. While the train is in motion, you must always keep one hand on your bike. Kick stand use is not permitted. Also, always keep both wheels on the floor.Per-Car Limits
Weekdays: Two Bikes per rail-car - One at each end
Weekends: Four Bikes per rail-car - Two at each end
Great Bike Stops on the Metro System
Here is a sample of Metro Stops which have nearby biking facilities.
Rosslyn is a fantastic stop for cyclists. The station is located very near the to the Mount Vernon and Custis Trailheads. It is also located just across the river from Washington DC's main Tourist Areas and Georgetown. The stop is located on Lynn Street, between Wilson and 19th. The Custis Trail begins two blocks north of the station elevator (just after the I-66 off-ramp). To reach the Mount Vernon Trail, hang a right on the Custis Trail, which will take you over the George Washington Parkway to the Roosevelt Island Parking Area. The Mount Vernon Trail begins here, crossing under the Roosevelt Bridge (do not follow the trail over the bridge, unless you wish to cross over to DC).
The next stop down from Rossyln, Arlington Cemetery is also a great access point to the Mount Vernon Trail. This secluded station also provides great access to Washington DC's National Mall area, using Memorial Bridge. However, this station always closes early (10pm Summer, 7pm Winter).
This stop is located on Connecticut Ave, near the intersection with 24th Street, NW. The Rock Creek Trail is easily accessed by following 24th Street / Shoreham Drive. To reach the station from the trail, look for tunnel near the zoo. The trail crosses Shoreham Drive just south of the tunnel, underneath the Taft Bridge. Follow Shoreham up the hill, which becomes 24th Street.
Just two block north of the very popular Capital Crescent and Georgetown Branch Trails. Bethesda is also known for its variety of restaurants (a great benefit after a long ride!).
This station is located right next to the Anacostia Branch Trail Network. This includes easy access to the Sligo Creek Trail, which makes a great autumn ride.
Located right next to the very popular W&OD Trail.
Located right next to the very popular W&OD Trail