New to Biking?
Has it been years since you’ve ridden a bike? If the answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place! Even if it hasn’t been years since you’ve ridden, sometimes it’s good to refresh your memory. Maybe you need an upgrade, or maybe you'd rather get a Capital Bikeshare membership. Whatever it is, we can help you.
Bikes are a great way to get you around town. They are also great for exercise as well as recreation. There are many different types of bikes to fit your unique needs, whether it's to ride to the grocery store, to work, or to California and back! This page will help get you started or help get you back into the swing of things...it's easier than you think!
Steps To Biking More Often
Step 1: Get a bike! If you already have a bike, make sure it's in good working condition. That means, no rust on the chain, smooth shifting, working brakes (make sure those brake pads aren't worn down), air in the tires and a bike that fits you is a plus. If you need to purchase a bike, new or used, here are some great local bike shops. If you're not quite ready to get a new bike - consider getting a Capital Bikeshare membership.
Step 2: Ride your bike. Anywhere. Ride it to your friends house, to the movies, around the block; ride it to the grocery store; ride out to West Virginia just for fun; ride laps around Hains Point. It doesn't matter where or how far you bike, just make sure to ride safely (be a PAL) and enjoy the ride! Click here to request a free Arlington County Bike map be mailed to you!
Step 3 (optional): Go to a bike class. If you don't feel comfortable riding your bike in traffic yet, we offer a bunch of different classes, both off and on-bike, that can get you feeling confident when you're out on two wheels. And if you don't know how to ride a bike - we got you covered. We also offer Learn to Ride classes for adults so you can be pedaling around town in no time! Need a helmet? You can purchase a Capital Bikeshare branded helmet at any Commuter Store!
Step 4: Make it a habit. The more you ride your bike, the easier it will be both physically and mentally. You won't forget your helmet, or your bike lock anymore. You'll feel better about climbing up that hill. You'll ride in the rain. It's ok if you don't too. Biking should be enjoyable so whatever you do, make sure biking still makes you happy! If you want to stay in touch with us and stay up to date on the latest bike rides and events happening around the regional, you can join our monthly email newsletter!