Bicycle Convoys

Listed below are Bike to Work Day commuter convoys. All bicyclists are welcome to join one of the free convoys and there’s no need to sign up for one. If you have questions about a specific convoy or it’s route, feel free to email the Convoy Leader directly. If you would like to lead a convoy and wish for it to be listed below, please email events@waba.org. We will be accepting new convoys/changes to convoys until one week prior to the event, close of business on Friday, May 12th.

Each Bike to Work Day convoy is led by experienced bicycle commuters. Convoys start and end throughout the region and often include popular employment centers, pit stops, and trails. Check out the map below to see if there’s one traveling by your area or to your pit stop. Many of the Commuter Convoys end at the Freedom Plaza pit stop in downtown, D.C. If you would like to join a convoy, either meet the convoy group at the start location at the start time, or you can meet up with them along their route and join the group as they pedal on by, and of course you may leave the convoy anywhere along the route to suit your convenience.


Click to view 2017 Bike to Work Day Commuter Convoys in a larger map.

All Bike to Work Day Convoys below are in the process of being updated. Convoy leaders will leave promptly according to their start time, so please arrive at the start location for your convoy 10-15 minutes early.

Click on convoy name links below for maps and/or cue sheets of the route. As Bike To Work Day approaches, keep your eye on this page for the most up to date convoy information. This page reflects all real-time convoy information and updates.

#1 Vienna to Freedom Plaza Pit Stop
Start Location: Vienna Town Green
Start Time: 6:30 am
Convoy Leader: Ross Ruske, rrruske@aol.com
More Info: This convoy will pass by the W&OD Trail and Lee Hwy intersection, the East Falls Church Metro Station, the Custis Trail at Fairfax Drive Ballston Connector and the Rosslyn pit stop, and participants can join the convoy at these locations too.

#2 Bethesda to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Bethesda at Woodmont Aves
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Jennifer Longsworth, wheelinjen@aol.com
More Info: The convoy will pass by the Capital Crescent Trail at Mass Ave and the Georgetown Waterfront at the House of Sweden, and can pick up additional riders there.

#3 Silver Spring to Freedom Plaza Pit Stop
Start Location: Discovery Plaza, Silver Spring
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Rich Monastersky, rich.monastersky@gmail.com
More Info: Convoy goes from Silver Spring down to 14th St NW, ending at Freedom Plaza

#4 Greenbelt/College Park to Freedom Plaza Pit Stop
Start Location: Greenbelt Aquatic Center
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Jeff Lemieux, jlemieux256@gmail.com
More Info: After starting in Greenbelt, the convoy will swing by the College Park pit stop to pick up additional riders. The convoy may include an “express” group that does not stop in College Park, and it will also likely include a group that spurs off toward Dupont on R Street from the Met Branch Trail. This convoy may make brief stops at Magruder Park in Hyattsville and/or the Edgewood pit stop on the Met Branch Trail. Check out an awesome video of the route from a prior year convoy here. Note that the convoy will depart from College Park pit stop promptly at 7:30am.

#5 Shady Grove to Rockville Metro to Twinbrook Metro to Pike and Rose
Start Location: Shady Grove Metro Station
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Steve Smith, stephen.smith@nrc.gov
More Info: Meet at the Shady Grove Metro bike racks on the east side. This convoy swings by the Rockville Metro around 7:25am, and the Twinbrook Metro lot around 7:35am, and can pick up additional riders there.

#6 Capitol Heights to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Marlyand Park Bicycles
Start Time: 6:30 am
Convoy Leader: Kevin Ware, kevin_ware@hotmail.com

#7 Laurel to Suitland Federal Center
Start Location: Park and Ride on Old Sandy Spring Road at intersection with Van Dusen Road (just off MD 198)
Start Time: 6:00 am
Convoy Leader: Michael Ratcliffe, michael.r.ratcliffe@census.gov

#8 Southwest Waterfront to Suitland Federal Center
Start Location: SW Duck Pond, intersection of 6th St. SW and Eye St. SW
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Convoy Leader: Ashley Edwards, ashley.edwards@census.gov
More Info: This convoy will begin at the SW Duck Pond, cross over the South Capitol St Bridge, roll through Anacostia Park, climb Massachusetts Ave, and end at the Suitland Federal Center.

#9 Kemp Mill to North Bethesda/White Flint
Start Location: Kemp Mill Shopping center. Parking lot next to the park.
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Jeff Poretsky, jeff.poretsky@gmail.com

#10 Glenn Dale to Freedom Plaza Pit Stop
Start Location: Trail Head of the WB&A trail (WBA trail and MD-450)
Start Time: 6:00 am
Convoy Leader: Jim Titus, jtitus@risingsea.net

#11 Rockville Town Center, MD to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Rockville Town Center Pit Stop
Start Time:  7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Ryan Heitz, ryan.heitz@gmail.com

#12  Frederick-Hood College to City Hall to the MARC Station/Frederick Pit Stop
Start Location: Alumnae Hall, Hood College
Start Time: 6:30 am
Convoy Leader: Tim Davis, tdavis@cityoffrederick.com
More Info: The convoy will leave at 6:45am, head out to Rosemont Ave northbound, turn right on Lee Place to 7th St (by Fort Detrick), use the 7th Street bike lane down to East Street and ride East to 2nd (using new shared lanes on East) follow 2nd St to Court and stop at City Hall (7:00-7:05am). Head east on Church to East Street, turning right to the MARC Station on the left (7:15-7:20am). Ride is approximately 4.4 miles and utilizes bike lanes on 7th St. and shared lanes on East St.

#13 U St to Carlyle (via Freedom Plaza and Old Town)
Start Location: Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, 2000 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Start Time: 8am
Convoy Leader: James Tsai, jttsai@gmail.com
More Info: This is a reverse commute ride from U St to Old Town Alexandria via the Freedom Square pit stop. Enjoy a view of the Potomac on the Mt. Vernon Trail as we head to Old Town Alexandria. Take the Yellow Line back home with your bike (after 7pm!) or bike back!

#14 Alexandria to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: 6700 S Van Dorn Street, Alexandria, 22315 (This is by the BP gas station, close to Wal-Mart on Kingstowne Blvd.)
Start Time: 6:45 AM
Convoy Leader: Luis Prudencio, luisprudencio@gmail.com
More Info: Convoy stops at Old Town Alexandria pit stop (will arrive around 7:45 am).

#15 Takoma Park to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Carroll Avenue & Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Convoy Leader: Spencer Clark, spencerwclark@gmail.com
More Info: We’ll plan to leave at 7:00am from Takoma Park and arrive downtown around 7:45am. This convoy follows a beginner-friendly 6.2 mile route from Old Takoma to downtown DC, via 3rd St, Kansas Ave & 11th St NW. While completely on-road, there are bike lanes or calm residential streets for almost the entire route. No stops are planned, though riders are welcome to join as we pass through Takoma DC (meet @ 3rd & Sheridan, ~7:10am), Petworth (meet in front of Library at Kansas & Georgia, ~7:20am) & Columbia Heights (meet by Trolley Turnaround Park, 11th & Monroe, ~7:25am), and we’ll also pass by the new Shaw pit stop (meet there around ~7:35am).

There will also be a second convoy, led by Stacy Gilbert, leaving at 7:30am and following the same route. The timings are as follows: 7:30am departure, 3rd and Sheridan at 7:40am, Petworth at 7:50am, Columbia Heights at 8am, Shaw pit stop at 8:10am. Email Stacy to RSVP if interested: stg2243@yahoo.com.

#16 Columbia Pike/Penrose Square to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Columbia Pike/Penrose Square Pit Stop (meet by the water fountain)
Start Time: 8:15 AM
Convoy Leader: Lori Bowes, lrbowes2@yahoo.com
More Info: Route picks up the trail alongside Route 50, goes past the Netherlands Carillon, and then travels over Memorial Bridge and along the Reflecting Pool, ending at the Washington Monument. Riders can then continue on to Freedom Plaza if they desire.

Convoy #16 cancelled. Sorry!

#17 Ellicott City to Gaithersburg
Start Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, Catonsville, MD
Start Time: 5:30 AM
Convoy Leader: Jerry Sadler, jerry.e.sadler@gmail.com
More Info: The convoy will travel through Ellicott City, Columbia, Clarksville, Sandy Spring, Redland and on to Gaithersburg. For the most part, the roads are relatively low traffic secondary roads and residential streets. Some sidewalks will be used in high traffic areas near Gaithersburg. We can pick up riders along the way, email the leader so we know to look for you. This is about a 3 hr ride, with one 10 minute break halfway.

#18 Franconia-Springfield Metro Park at Walker Lane to Crystal City Water Park
Start Location: Franconia-Springfield Metro Park
Start Time: 7:15 am
Convoy Leader: Andrea Noseck, aknoseck@hotmail.com
More Info: This convoy will leave the Franconia-Springfield/Metro Park at Walker Lane Pit Stop at 7:15am, pass close to Alexandria – Carlyle Pit Stop, and end at the Crystal City Water Park Pit Stop. The route is about 12.5 miles, so please be able to ride that distance.

#19 Alexandria to Navy Yard
Start Location: Potomac Yard Trail at E Braddock Rd (across the street from 7/11)
Start Time: 8:00 am
Convoy Leader: Zack DesJardins, zacharydesjardins@gmail.com
More Info: This convoy will follow the Mt Vernon Trail, cross the 14th St Bridge, follow the Maine Ave sidewalk and short street section, and then the I St bicycle lanes. The ride ends at Navy Yard pit stop. The ride is 8 miles, takes about 40-50 minutes, and is suitable for novice riders. The convoy will pass the Four Mile Run Trail (Arlington) and the Crystal City connector trail so participants can join there too.

#20 Chevy Chase Circle to Freedom Plaza
Start Location: Chevy Chase Bus Turnaround
Start Time: 7:00 am
Convoy Leader: Steve Seelig, hal.ninek@verizon.net
More Info: This convoy will leave from the Chevy Chase Circle bus turnaround and head down Connecticut Avenue, turn left onto Calvert Street where we will stop briefly at the Adams Morgan pitstop at Columbia Road and 18th Street. We’ll then head downtown to Freedom Plaza where we can join the big party and get our T shirts.

#21 Pleasant Plains to Farragut Square
Start Location: Fairmont St/Georgia Ave NW Bikeshare station
Start Time: 8:00 am
Convoy Leader: Aysha Cohen, Aysha.Cohen@uli.org
More Info: This convoy will start in Pleasant Plains and end at the Farragut Square pit stop for swag. We’ll be leaving around 8:00am.

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