Tour de DCPL

Tour de DCPL

A free bicycle tour of DC Public Libraries

Library staff discovered a great way to explore the ongoing transformations at the DC Public Libraryby bike! 

The Tour de DCPL was born in 2010, a free community bike ride that visits several of our 26 library locationsEvery year, to celebrate National Bike Month, a group of library staff, advocates and community members strap on their bike helmets to help the DC Public Library promote environmentally friendly transportation and explore how our libraries connect with the communities they serve. 

The 10th Annual Tour de DCPL will take place on Sunday, May 19 and will visit: Tenley-Friendship, Washingtoniana, Cleveland Park, Mount Pleasant, Petworth, the Fab Test Lab & Passport Acceptance Office, Shaw and Northwest One Neighborhood Libraries. The ride will explore the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibit “A Right to the City”, which has satellite installations at five DC Public Libraries throughout 2019. Check out the planned route, approximately 10 miles, on this Google Map (this route is subject to change).

Tour de DCPL is a NO DROP RIDE and designated bike marshals will ensure the group sticks together. Please arrive at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library by 12:30 p.m. to check-in and sign a waiver. Participants under 18 years old will need a parent/guardian signature at the time of check-in. The ride will depart at 1 p.m. Snacks and water will be provided along the route. All riders must provide their own helmet.

Register here for this free ride!

Check out DC Public Library’s other National Bike Month activities at dclibrary.org/bike. Thank you to the DC Public Library Federation of Friends for supporting this ride. Want to support bike programs at DC Public Library? Click here to make your contribution to the DC Public Library Foundation in support of the many great programs like this one hosted at DC Public Libraries.

Please send an email with any questions. 

See below for photos from past rides and links to route maps:

2018 Tour de DCPL IX: Route  
2017 Tour de DCPL VIII: Route

2016 Tour de DCPL VII: Route
2015 Tour de DCPL VI: Route | Photos 
2014 Tour de DCPL V:
Route | Photos

2013 Tour de DCPL IV: Route | Photos
2012 Tour de DCPL III: Route | Photos
2011 Tour de DCPL II: Route
2010 Tour de DCPL: Route | Photos