Day Bike Tour faqs
Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required for our D.C. bike tours but are highly recommended to guarantee that there will be space on the tour. If you have children in your group, if you are booking a large group (8 or more), or if you are looking to book a night tour, reservations are strongly recommended.
Where is the meeting point?
All bike tours begin at our office, located at 502 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, near the intersection of 23rd and E Street in Columbia Plaza.
What's the closest Subway (metro) station?
Washington, DC has one of the world's safest and most efficient subways, known affectionately as the METRO. The Foggy Bottom Metro Station is just a short walk from our office. Simply exit the Foggy Bottom Station, take a right and walk down three blocks. Just after you pass Virginia Avenue, we will be in Columbia Plaza on the right side of the street (across from a huge round circular building that looks like an air filter!)
Is there parking available near the office?
There is a parking garage in Columbia Plaza (the building we are located in). It is operated by PMI Parking and you can find more info about parking in that garage by clicking here. Note the address of the parking garage (2400 Virginia Ave NW) is slightly different than our address (502 23rd St NW), but they are in the same building. There is also street parking available near our office, but be sure to check the meters as they may restrict the parking time to 2 hours. Or, they may not allow parking during certain hours. Though parking is available, we always encourage our guests to use the METRO to avoid street closures, heavy traffic and difficulty finding parking.
What is your cancellation policy?
We offer 100% refunds on all tours if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. We do not offer refunds for any reason once we are within 72 hours of the scheduled tour.
How long do the tours last?
All of our bike tours last approximiatly 3 hours.
Are the tours cancelled in case of rain?
No, our tours run rain or shine. We have ponchos available for anyone that needs them in our office. They are only $1 and we gladly will buy them back from you if you don't use them during your tour. We encourage all guests to take a look at the forecasted weather and plan how you dress accordingly.
Do we go inside the museums and monuments?
Unfortunately, we cannot enter the museums due to time constraints on the Day and Night Bike Tour. Besides, there's always some people that want 10 minutes in the Smithsonians and others that want 3 hours. We do reserve time to walk around some memorials on tour (for example, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial). Our bike tours are designed to enjoy the city from a broad perspective so that's what we're going to do!
Are Capital City Bike Tours appropriate for children?
Absolutely! We have tons of families as we're a great family activity. You can view our bikes here, but we offer 4 options for children depending on their age, size, and riding ability:
- For children under 18 months of age or 45lbs (20kg), we have baby seats that can be attached to the back of a bike.
- For children children weighing up to 65lbs (30kg), we have trailers that can be left open or zipped up to fully enclose the passenger.
- For children up to 12 years old or 100lbs (45kg), we have 2 wheeled tandem trailers. The passenger sits on a seat and can pedal or coast. All riders over 100lbs (45kg) must ride their own bicycle. We have various smaller sized mountain bikes for those able to ride on their own, and of course, our regular beach cruisers for children big enough to ride them.
- Unfortunately, we do not have any adult tricycles or bikes with training wheels for adults that may be less confident in their riding ability. If possible, please let us know if you would like one of our tandems, trailers, baby seats, or child bikes in advance that you'd like to reserve either a child seat or trailer. Please Note: All child bikes use hand brakes. There are no pedal breaks available.
Do your tours ride in the streets?
For some parts, but most of our tour is on the National Mall or on large bike/pedestrian paths. We carefully designed tour routes with safety as the top priority. Whether on the street, bike lane, or pedestrian path, you always have a tour guide who is an expert and safely maneuvering your group around the city.
Do I HAVE to wear a helmet?
Yes. Your safety is top priority for us and studies have shown that helmets can reduce head injuries by at least 85%. Therefore, we do require all riders to wear helmets on our tours.
What is provided with the tour?
Along with one of our phenominal tour guides, every guest will recieve a bike, helmet, and a bottle of water. Additional waters are available for purchase in our office for $1 and we also have a water bottle filling station that is available to use for free.
What makes you different from some of the other tours in town?
First, for our bike tours, we keep it simple. One tour will bring you from the Capitol, to the Lincoln Memorial and everything in between. No need to pay for two separate tours to see half and half, or to force yourself to see just one side of the Mall. Also, if you are looking to decide between a bike-share or taking a tour with Capital City Bike Tours. Consider that the bike shares are designed for commuters. You need to pay both a membership and usage fees designed for short uses. Not only do you get a licensed tour guide to tell you about the sites (for usually the price of a three hour bikeshare rental), but you also get the ability to rent your bike after the tour to explore on your own. Our bike rentals are priced so you rent for an entire day without breaking the bank. We also give you a helmet and lock so you lock your bike nearly anywhere without having to look for a bike share booth. Overall, Capital City Bike Tours wants to make sure you get the most value out of your bike rental or tour without breaking the bank.
Whats the difference between the Day Bike and Night Bike Tours?
The difference is day and night! Our day time bike tour will take you to the White House, U.S. Capitol Building, the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial and everything in between. Our night bike tour will go to the Lincoln, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials then around the Tidal Basin to check out the Martin Luther King, Franklin Roosevelt, and Jefferson Memorials. The night bike tour is a perfect mix of biking around our beautiful city and walking around the memorials, where the day bike is scheduled to maximize the number of sites visited while still keeping a leasure pace. Note, the night bike tour will NOT visit the White House or U.S. Capitol Building.