Bike Month and Beyond

Bike Month and Beyond

Enjoy bike-related events, resources and more

 Tour de DCPL logo

Events | Library Resources | Archival Collections | Local Partner Resources

DC Public Library supports bicycling culture and infrastructure in Washington, D.C. by offering bike repair workshops, library-themed group rides, and bike-related programming! Each year we partner with local organizations to increase access to bicycles, promote bicycle safety, and encourage D.C. residents to get out and ride. In addition, reading and biking are fun activities for the whole family -- books and bikes are a perfect combination! 


Photo of teen on bike in front of Anacostia Neighborhood LibraryDC Public Library is planning a variety of events for National Bike Month, including another Tour de DCPL! The 2021 tour will be held on Saturday, May 22, and because of the need to practice social distancing, it will be a self-guided tour: plan your own route and visit as many of our library locations as you want. Check our Tour de DCPL page for information on this year's Tour and to explore route maps and photos from past rides.

The Library's bicycling partners will also be holding bike repair clinics throughout the year. Trained mechanics will help you fix your flat tires, calibrate your brakes and gears, and adjust your bike for greater comfort and safety. Watch this space for more information, and check out our calendar for the full listing of National Bike Month programming.

Library Resources

You'll find hundreds of bike-related books, ebooks and e-audiobooks in our collections. Do you want to learn about bicycle maintenance? Are you thinking of embarking upon a long-distance tour by bike or looking for fun local rides? Or do you want to read interesting stories of cyclists and their achievements? Read all about it with your library card, including recommended books on epic bicycle journeys from our shelves. 

Books for Children

Books for Teens

Books for Adults

Magazines Available on Overdrive

Title details for Bicycling by Hearst - Available Cycling Plus - Magazine Get into Road Cycling - Magazine Treadlie Magazine - Magazine Ultimate Guide to Bicycle maintenance & upgrades - Magazine Bicycling - Ride your way lean - Magazine

Ebooks Available on Overdrive

Outpedaling the Big C - ebook Lands of Lost Borders - ebook Epic Bike Rides of the Americas - ebook Revolutions - ebook Rail-Trail Hall of Fame - ebook Bicycle Diaries - ebook
Hello, Bicycle - ebook Full Tilt - ebook The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle - ebook Ten Points - Audiobook Building the Cycling City - ebook On Bicycles - ebook
How Cycling Can Save the World - ebook Pedal It! - ebook Dragon Bike - ebook Bicycling the Lewis and Clark Trail - ebook The Price of Gold - ebook Emmanuel's Dream - ebook

Selected Films on Bicycles and Bicycling on Kanopy 

Afghan Cycles - Afghan Women Fighting for Independence by Riding Bicycles Aftermass - Bicycling In A Post-Critical Mass Portland Murder of Couriers - A Bike Messenger Documentary Power to the Pedals - Bike Culture We Are Traffic/Return Of The Scorcher Unreal - Mountain Biking Around the World
Personal Gold - An Underdog Olympic Women's Cycling Team Story Clean Spirit - Doping & Cycling with Team Argos-Shimano Klunkerz - A Film About Mountain Biking Bikes Vs. Cars - Bikes As a Tool For Positive Change To the Moon - A Cross Country Bike Ride for Change One Day in April - Collegiate Cycling Competition

Selected Films on Bicycles and Bicycling on Access Video 

Cycling Shorts: Short Documentaries About Bicycles Still We Ride! Video thumbnail for 138667
Bicycles! (the fourth episode of the series Inside the Factory)
Half The Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women's Professional Cycling Poster Rising from Ashes Poster
i_yellforcadel_mini.jpg 100% Woman Poster DVD Cover i_hellonwheels.jpg DVD Cover
Best American Biking Treks: Globe Trekker
Image result for 3089 miles across america

Explore Digitized Archival Collections on DigDC

Bicycle Route Map 
Stuart Johnson, 1896 Washingtoniana Map Collection

League of American Wheelmen, 1884 
Historic Image Collection

Portrait of Seward Beale 
Kets Kemethy Photo Art Gallery, Card Mounted Photograph Collection


Local Partner Resources

Gearin’ Up Bicycles trains youth from underserved communities to become bicycle mechanics and encourages cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation. The shop is currently accepting bikes for walk-in repairs and donations and hosting weekend bike sales. 

The Bike House Cooperative is hosting online bike repair demos and has some great resources on their website, such as a guide to purchasing your first bike as an adult.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association arranges online workshops, reading groups, forums for community discussion about bicycle infrastructure, and much more. Check out its resources page for tips on basic bike maintenance, buying a new bike, and more.

goDCgo has a suite of resources available for DC residents. Check out their blog and guidelines on social distancing while exercising on our local trails.