The District of Columbia Bar, known informally as the DC Bar, recently republished an article that celebrates Washington, DC, as a cycling city. Written by bar member Peter Andersen, the article cites the following reasons why, in the author’s opinion, the nation’s capital stands alone as the best city in the United States for biking.
1. Bike-friendly accommodations: Washington, DC, holds the distinction as the first city in the US to establish a bike-share program. Originally known as SmartBike and since renamed Capital Bikeshare, the program allows individuals to rent bikes from more than 350 stations across the region. Cyclists also benefit from the city’s protected bike lanes, including one along Pennsylvania Avenue.
2. Diverse views: Cyclists can pedal through the capital while enjoying views of historical landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. For those interested in natural sights, the region offers extensive trails and views of the Potomac River.
3. Ample company: According to census data, Washington, DC, has a higher percentage of bike commuters than all but two other US cities. Many of these cyclists gather on Twitter, where they use the hashtag #bikedc to share tips and advocate for issues pertinent to the DC cycling community.