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 or changes to convoys until close of business Friday, May 4.

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.

Convoy leaders will leave promptly according to their start time, so please arrive at the start location for your convoy 10-15 minutes early.

#1 Shady Grove to Pike and Rose

Start Location: Shady Grove Metro Station
Start Time: 7:00 AM

Stops at: Rockville Metro & Twinbrook Metro

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.

 

#2 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 7:45 AM. 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: 7:30 AM 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.

 

#3 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.

 

 

#4 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.

 

#5 Chevy Chase to Freedom Plaza

Start Location: Chevy Chase Bus Turnaround

Start TIme: 7:00 AM

Convoy Leader: Steve Seelig , hal.ninek@verizon.net

More Info: We are continuing a tradition of having a convoy on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 18, 2018, of cycling downtown via Connecticut Avenue to Freedom Plaza. This year, it would be great if we can get a lot more participation from those who are actively seeking a protected bike lane along this route. Critical mass is important to help impress upon DDOT the urgent need for this infrastructure.

We have invited Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who has been a great advocate for this improvement, so let’s show her that her constituents really want and need this improvement. This ride should be doable by most every cyclist. If you are daunted by heading back up the hill, consider that Metro permits you to take your bike home between 10am and 4pm, and that you can take the L2 bus from Farragut Square using the front bike rack to retrace our route back up Connecticut Avenue.

Here are the details:

  • 7am – Meet at the Bus Turnaround just South of Chevy Chase Circle
  • 7:10am – Start the ride down Connecticut
  • 7:15am – Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Firehouse at Everett Street
  • 7:18am – Stop briefly to pick up more riders at the Intelsat Building at Van Ness
  • 7:20am – Stop briefly at the Cleveland Park Metro to pick up more riders
  • 7:25am – Stop for 5 minutes Wave at the Adams Morgan pit stop – grab some swag
  • 7:30am – Push on down Ontario Street and cut over to 17th Street toward Lafeyette Square
  • 7:40am or thereabouts – Arrive at Freedom Plaza

If you have any questions, please email me at hal.ninek@verizon.net or call 202-236-3328

 

 

#6 Kemp Mill to Pike and Rose

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

 

#7 U Street to Freedom Plaza 

Start Location: Reeves Center, 14th & U St NW (by the bikeshare station)
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Convoy Leader: James Tsai, jttsai@gmail.com

More Info: We’ll start at the Reeves Center at 14th and U NW and then head south on 14th Street and then follow the bike lane down to 15th to then swing back over to Freedom Plaza. This will be great for those new to biking and still learning or getting comfortable with commuter biking in the city. Please let me know of any questions!

 

#8 Hyattsville to Freedom Plaza

Start Location: Magruder Park in Hyattsville, MD

Start Time: 7:15 AM

Convoy Leader: Dan Behrend, danbehrend@gmail.com

More Info: This convoy will begin at Magruder Park in Hyattsville and take the Metropolitan Branch Trail and E St to Freedom Plaza

 

#9 Greenbelt/College Park to Freedom Plaza

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.

 

#10 Frederick-Hood College to City Hall to MARC Station

Start Location: Frederick-Hood College

Start Time: 6:30 AM

Stops at: City Hall

Convoy Leader: Tim Davis, tdavis@cityoffrederick.com

More Info: Leave Hood College via front entrance and travel northbound to Baughmans Lane.  Turn left on Baughmans Lane to the Rock Creek Trail. Turn left on the Rock Creek Trail and follow it to Bentz Street.  Turn left on Church Street, first stop on your left at City Hall. Continue east on Church Street from City Hall to East Street.  From East Street turn left into the Transit Center.

 

#11 Capitol Heights to Freedom Plaza

Start Location: Maryland Park Bicycles

Start Time: 6:30 AM

Convoy Leader: Kevin Ware, kevin_ware@hotmail.com

 

#12 Crystal City to Suitland Federal Center

Start Location: Crystal City Water Park

Start Time: 7:00 AM

Convoy Leader: Javier Gomez, javier.gomez@census.gov

 

#13 Oxon Hill Park and Ride to Freedom Plaza

Start Location: Oxon Hill Park and Ride

Start Time: 6:45 AM

Stops at: Oxon Hill/National Harbor & Market Square in Alexandria

Convoy Leader: Jim and Jane Hudnall, jimhudnall@gmail.com

More Info: We will leave at 6:45 am from the Oxon Hill Park and Ride Lot for a 12-mile ride to Freedom Plaza. We will go down the trail next to National Blvd and stop at the Oxon Hill/National Harbor pit stop long enough for a snack and to get Bike to Work Day t-shirts. We will continue on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail to Alexandra, stop briefly at Alexandria’s Market Square pit stop before continuing on the Mount Vernon Trail, and then cross the 14th Street Bridge into DC.

 

#14 Kelly Leadership Center Pit Stop to Prince William County Schools Aquatics Center Out-N-Back

Start Location: KLC Pit Stop

Stops at: PWCS Aquatics Center

Start TIme: 8:00 AM

Convoy Leader: Beth Tomanek, tomanekea@pwcs.edu

More Info: Convoy departs at 8 am from the KLC Pit Stop to the PWCS Aquatics Center and back. This is an easy 3 mile ride for any rider on Ride to Work Day. There will also be 3 wheeled adult bikes and demonstration bikes and helmets available for those that want to “get back on” a bike a rekindle your love of biking!

#15 Takoma Park to FDA/White Oak

Start Location: Corner of Carroll Ave and Laurel Ave in downtown Takoma Park
Start Time: 7:30 AM

Convoy Leader: Joe Mcgill, joseph.mcgill@fda.hhs.gov

More Info: Meet at the Corner of Carroll Ave and Laurel Ave in downtown
Takoma Park, near the Roscoe the Rooster statue. The route will mainly
follow Sligo Creek Parkway and some quiet residential roads. Depending
on group preferences, the section on Columbia Pike can be done on the
road or sidewalk. The ride will end in front of building 2 where there
will be snacks and refreshments.

#16 Alexandria (Kingstowne & Rose Hill areas) to Foggy Bottom

Start Location: 6700 S Van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22315
Start Time: 7:00 AM

Stops at: Old Town Alexandria Pit Stop

Convoy Leader: Luis Prudencio, luisprudencio@gmail.com

More Info: This convoy will meet at the BP Gas Station on South Van Dorn St in Kingstowne, from there, will go towards Rose Hill then Eisenhower Avenue, Old Town Alexandria (Pit Stop), Mount Vernon Trail into DC, final stop will be Foggy Bottom but those going to Freedom Plaza, Crystal City or Pentagon could join us for most of the route.

#17 Falls Church Pit Stop to Tyson’s Corner Pit Stop

Start Location: Falls Church Pit Stop at W&OD and Little Falls St.
Start Time: 7:30 AM

Convoy Leader: Eric von Eckartsberg, evoneck@gmail.com

More Info: We’ll take the W&OD out from Falls Church to Sandburg Rd. then follow back roads up to Gallows, use on-road lane or paved bike path to Kidwell Dr., then Towers Crescent to path on Rt. 7 to the pit stop at Capital Grille.  If preferred, can take Gallows all the way across Rt. 7 as an alternate. Mix of bike path, back roads, and a few busier sections on road.

#18 Silver Spring/Discovery Place to Bethesda

Start Location: Silver Spring Discovery Plaza
Start Time: 8:00 AM

Stops at: Silver Spring Metro, Candy Cane Park

Convoy Leader: Brendan Jacobs, brendan.d.jacobs@gmail.com

More Info: Meet at the Discovery Pit Stop at Georgia & Wayne. This convoy swings by the Silver Spring Metro around 8:05, and Candy Cane Park at Beach and Leland about 8:30. We will continue towards Bethesda via Leland, Pomander, and Shepherd. That section is hilly so make sure you are familiar with the lowest gear on your bike. We will all stick together and walk if needed. This is a very picturesque route that takes you past some of the nicest neighborhoods in our area. I’m happy to answer any questions along the way including ones on bike commuting and the various WABA-recommended routes between Silver Spring and Bethesda. Looking forward to BTWD!

#19 Bethesda to Freedom Plaza

Start Location: Woodmont & Bethesda 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.

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