U.S. cyclocross legend Tim Johnson will lead his Ride on Washington through College Park on its way from Boston to the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.
Local riders are invited to join the group for a pitstop at in College Park, followed by a group ride to Washington, D.C. The shop will host a reception for local riders starting at noon. The long-distance riders are expected to arrive at about 1 p.m., and we will set off for D.C. as a group at 1:30 p.m.
The ride to DC will highlight local bike trails, including the Anacostia Tributary trails in Maryland, the Metropolitan Branch trail in D.C., the 15th Street Bikeway, and the Pennsylvania Ave. median bike lanes.
We will pass by the White House and arrive at the U.S. Capitol grounds at approximately 3 p.m. There will be reception near the reflecting pool at 3rd street from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Finale to D.C. ride will take a moderate pace and there will be experienced riders to help guide first timers in the group. The course is mostly on paved trails, quiet residential streets, and bike lanes. Riders are welcome to join the ride along the way. Metro stops are alongside the route in several locations and Capital Bikeshare stands can be found near the Brookland/CUA Metro station, along R Street NW, and along 15th Street NW. (Note, full-size bikes are not allowed on Metro trains during rush hour, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.)
For riders heading back to College Park, the group from Proteus will return at about 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. and arrive at the shop around 5 p.m. The total round-trip ride distance from College Park is about 30 miles.
The full itinerary for the day is as follows:
- 10:30 a.m.: Leave Hampton Inn & Suites Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD
- 1 p.m.: Arrive at in College Park (15 miles from finish)
- 1:30: Leave Proteus Bicycles
- 2:15: Arrive at CaBi station at 12th and Newton St.
- 2:30: Florida and R streets, NW
- 2:40: 15th and P streets, NW
- 2:45: White House (Lafayette Park)
- 2:55: 14th and D streets NW (Penn. Ave median cycletrack)
- 3 p.m.: Arrive at finish location at 3rd St. SW between Madison and Jefferson Drives, just west of the Capitol Reflecting pool
- 3:30: Finish ceremony concludes
- 3:30 or 4 p.m.: College Park group heads back to Proteus Bicycles shop
- 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Arrive at Proteus
The approximate route map for the ride from Baltimore is available here.
On March 16, more than 25 participants will begin the challenging, 500-mile ride from Boston to Washington, D.C., as part of Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington, raising funds for the Bikes Belong Foundation. Sponsored by SRAM and Volkswagen, the second annual event hopes to raise $100,000 and build awareness around the health and environmental benefits of bicycling.