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My wife and I are considering a visit to DC soon, at the end of May. Being transportation cyclists, we are comfortable moving around in traffic in our hometown, Portland OR. My query is .. and this is for folks who actually LIVE or WORK in DC and are transportation cyclists.. not wanting the thread to de-volve into suburban vs city bashing ( you know who you are.. ).

Would a middle age couple from drinkwater PDX be able to safely and easily cycle in DC to see the touristy stuff and perhaps a little more extended look around too? or are we smarter sticking to transit and walking?

can anyone shed a little light? i can also be reached at jgadamski at excite dot com

many thanks.
 

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You shouldn't have a lot of problems riding in DC. Like any city you will need to bring locks.

Actually, cycling IMHO is by far the best way to get around DC. Lots and lots of MUTs that are a great way to get around (except after work and weekends).

Check out the "Commuting and Touring" forum here, there are lots of DC riders who post pic of riding in the city.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=165442
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=164744
http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=159625
 

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If you like biking in cities you'll be fine. IMO, you should spend a day walking around the memorials museums and other sights between Capitol Hill and Georgetown. Otherwise, you're fine to get around by bike.
 

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I think the DC area is under rated for cycling. There are plenty of MUTs and traffic is so tied up and slow, bicycling is the best way to get around. It does take nerves of steel to negotiate the traffic circles amongst all the cars, but I've never had problems mixing it up with the cagers.

Bring your lights. Highly recommended is a night time tour of the monuments by bike.
 
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