Rental FAQs

Rental FAQs

Where can I ride in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia?

Washington, DC’s most popular monuments and memorials are easily accessible by bike and you’ll find that a bicycle is the perfect vehicle for touring and sightseeing. You can visit monuments and memorials by riding safely on paths, trails and sidewalks. If you’re looking for a longer ride the area boasts an extensive network of scenic bike paths. Staff favorites include the Capital Crescent Trail and C&O Canal, the Mount Vernon and Curtis Trails, Rock Creek Park and the W&OD Trail. Our staff is happy to help you find your way!

Do I need to reserve a rental bike?

To guarantee your bikes, we offer reservations for most equipment.  We recommend reservations for customers needing kids’ equipment and for parties of 5 riders or more. Reserve for as little as 2 hours or for the entire day; To keep a bike overnight, please let us know when you pick up. Reservations are accepted until 7:30 AM the same day and we accommodate customers on a walk-up basis all day.  We are available during business hours at 202.842.2453 to assist you with your reservation.  Please send email inquiries to

What type of bike should I rent?

We have a wide range of bicycles from single speed cruisers perfect for a casual ride around downtown Washington, DC to road bikes for long distance rides on paved trails and roads. Our most popular bike is a 24-speed comfort bicycle — a good all-around performer for touring the monuments and memorials.

How does your rental pricing work?

Our rental pricing is flexible and designed to meet your needs. Equipment is rented on an hourly, daily and 24 hour basis.  Longer rental durations are deeply discounted.  Reservations may be made for hourly and daily rentals.  Any time exceeding the reservation duration will be prorated at our standard rates.   For walk-up customers, charges are calculated and determined when equipment is returned. The minimum rate (a 2 hour rate) is used when you return your equipment within two hours of your start time.  The day rate applies to rentals of more than five hours in one business day. And, for just $10 more, you can keep the equipment overnight for a full 24 hours. See our rental page for specific prices.

What’s included in the rental price?

With every Bike and Roll DC rental, you’ll receive a keyed U-lock, a handlebar bag or rack, a local map, and a helmet.  Tire changing kids are available by request.   Our friendly and amazing staff will be able to provide touring tips, suggest routes and answer any other questions you might have. Bottled water is available for purchase for just $2.

How do I lock my bike when I want to walk around or visit a museum?

We provide you with a keyed U-lock. Bikes should be locked to bike racks or other immoveable objects. If you are stopping on federal property it is important to ask where you can lock your bike. The handlebar bags should either be detached and taken with you or emptied and left open.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Washington, DC and Virginia law requires individuals aged 16 and under to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle; we strongly recommend that all of our participants wear a helmet. Wearing a properly fitted helmet reduces head injuries by 85%. We require participants under 18 to wear a helmet.

What is the difference between those red bikes and Bike and Roll DC?

Bike and Roll DC rentals have the visitor in mind! With the largest selection of rental bikes in the region, our wide array of equipment will meet the needs of young passengers, large groups and serious cyclists alike. Bike and Roll DC offers reservations, charges no daily membership fees, and costs LESS the longer you keep our bikes! You will have no worries about bike docks when visiting memorials, museums, and grabbing a bit to eat.  With every Bike and Roll rental, you’ll receive a keyed U-lock, a handlebar bag, a rear rack, a local map, and a helmet. Our on-site customer service is always ready to provide directions, all types of touring tips and help you out in a pinch.