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Here are the Street Closures for Saturday’s DC Bike Ride

From a press release:

“The 3rd Annual DC Bike Ride presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Events DC will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, with an 8 a.m. start time and 12 p.m. finish time. This half-day event includes a 20-mile bike ride and finish festival celebration. The route starts in West Potomac Park, SW, crosses through two of the city’s eight wards and ends on Maryland Avenue at 3rd Street, SW.

Event officials advise the public that temporary, intermittent street closings will be in effect on Saturday May 19, 2018.

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will handle the alteration of traffic patterns and enforce moving violations. The bike ride is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 am; however some street closures will begin as early as 12:00 am for the start/finish lines festival area build out, and 6:30 am for the route closures. All streets affected by the 2018 DC Bike Ride are expected to be reopened at approximately 12:00 pm and the festival area by 5:00 pm. Metrorail will be running on a normal Saturday schedule. Some bus lines will be affected; WMATA will advise as to these bus route detours and delays.

Persons with unessential travel should avoid driving in all areas affected by the event. It is imperative that District residents review the route map and times of closures to confirm whether desired routes will be available, and to identify streets, which may be used to get around the ride route and to other parts of the city.

Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Public safety officials are committed to reopening streets along the route as quickly as it is safe to do so. For more information, please visit

More info on the ride: DC Bike Ride – May 19 – (PDF)

DC Bike Ride Route “Turn by Turn” Directions:

• START on Ohio Drive SW (West Potomac Park)
• Continue south on Ohio Drive around Haines Point
• Stay right to continue on Ohio Drive at intersection of E. Basin Dr SW
• LEFT on Maine Ave SW (counter flow lanes)
• Continue west on Maine Ave and merge into Independence Ave SW at Kutz Bridge
• Continue west on Independence Ave SW (counter flow lanes)
• Merge onto Ohio Dr SW at 23rd St SW
• Continue on Ohio Dr and merge into Rock Creek Pkwy
• Continue north on Rock Creek Pkwy toward Virginia Avenue (counter flow lanes)
• Continue south on Rock Creek Pkwy (counter flow lanes)
• Turn left onto Potomac River Frwy
• Continue north on Potomac River Frwy
• Merge left on Whitehurst Frwy exit ramp (counter flow lanes)
• Continue west on Whitehurst Frwy toward M St/Canal Rd
• Turnaround on bike ramp south of Canal Rd/M St
• Continue east on Whitehurst Frwy
• Exit Whitehurst Frwy toward Potomac River Frwy (counter flow lanes)
• Continue south on Potomac River Frwy
• Exit left toward E St Expressway
• Continue east on E St Expressway (westbound lanes)
• RIGHT on 20th St NW
• RIGHT on E St NW (eastbound lanes)
• Exit left toward Potomac River Frwy
• Continue down ramp to Potomac River Frwy
• Merge into Rock Creek Pkwy

• Merge into Ohio Dr SW (counter flow lanes)
• Merge into Independence Ave SW at 23rd St NW
• Continue east on Independence Ave SW
• RIGHT on 14th St SW (counter flow lanes)
• Continue south on 14th St and merge into HOV lanes from 14th St bridge
• Continue south on 14th St bridge into Virginia
• Enter Virginia
• Exit 395 HOV lanes to S. Eads St
• RIGHT on S. Eads St
• RIGHT onto ramp to 395 HOV lanes
• Exit Virginia
• Continue north in HOV across 14th St Bridge (in counter flow lanes)
• LEFT on Independence Ave SW
• LEFT on Raoul Wallenberg Pl
• LEFT on Maine Ave SW (counter flow lanes)
• Continue east on Maine Ave
• Merge onto 9th Street Tunnel/395 South off-ramp (counter flow)
• Continue straight into the 9th Street Tunnel (D Street partition)
• RIGHT on D Street SW
• LEFT on 7th St SW
• RIGHT on Independence Ave SW
• Continue east on Independence Ave SW
• LEFT on Maryland Ave SW
• FINISH in the 300 block of Maryland Ave SW”

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