Bike Routes in the Washington DC Area
Bicycling can be a dangerous activity. You are free
to follow these directions at your own risk. However, the administrators of this web site
can not be held responsible for any injuries, death, or damages while following these
suggested bicycle routes. Many route descriptions may be vague and most certainly do not
list all possible hazards. Also, many routes require on street riding in traffic lanes,
while others may require some off road terrain. You should be comfortable riding under
all types of conditions before attempting any of these routes.
- Best Rides - If you are visiting the DC Area for only a short stay, then I would suggest one of these great rides.
- After Work - Blow off some steam after work by riding these "close in" routes.
- Urban Escapes - Get away from the city and expore these great rides though the rural country side.
- All Terrain - These rides use both paved and unpaved roads and paths. All unpaved sections are non-technical,
which is a fancy way of saying they are easy.
- Asphalt Only - This list is for those skinny tire folks. All roads - no dirt, limited bike trails.
- Invasion Routes - Coming to DC by bicycle? Perhaps these routes will help get you here
- Complete List - Check out all the rides on this site
So, you've been up and down all the area's great bike trails dozens of times and now you're looking for something
different? Well, the Washington DC area has literally thousands of miles of "bike friendly" roads.
This section lists many bicycle rides though out the metro area.
The Quiet Country Roads near Poolesville, MD
New to Cycling? You might not feel confident about riding with cars, which is understandable.
Yes, it can be real intimidating at first. However, once you get going you will find a whole new world
you might not have known existed! Here are some suggestions to help get you out on the road:
- Join a bike club. There are dozens of bike clubs in the DC area, like
Potomac Pedalers, which offer group rides every weekend.
You can learn by riding with the pros, and they often have rides tailored for beginners.
- Organized bike events. These "pay-to-ride" events occur most weekends in the
spring and fall and can be a lot of fun. These rides often provide food, t-shirts, and SAG-Wagons
which will take you back to your car if you or or bike "poop" out. <grin>
- Know the Pitfalls - Cyclist worry about getting clobbered from behind.
However, most accidents happen at intersections.
This is one "Door Prize" you don't want to win!
- Use Hand Signals - You'd be amazed at how accommodating motorist can be when they actually know what
you plan to do. Three simple hand signals make everyone's life easier.
- Get a Mirror - I rode for years without one of these gizmos. Now, I won't even leave home without
my trusty handlebar mirror. It makes all the difference.