Tour de DCPL VI

Bike book display.
Many kudos to the folks at the DC Public Library for putting together this ride during National Bike Month every year. The Tour de DCPL is a social bike ride that makes stops at selected library branches to promote both bicycling and the various neighborhoods within the system. This year, the tour highlighted a few locations in the Northwest Quadrant.

Start point at MLK Library.
We started at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, the central branch. While bicyclists flocked to the registration table outside the entrance, other folks were lined up and waiting to enter the library. It was an interesting juxtaposition of groups.

This year, we were honored with a police escort. Members of the bike unit from the District’s 2nd ward rode with the group, and they were kind enough to stop traffic at various points in our route to allow us to safely cross.

Stop 1: West End interim at Watergate.
Our first stop on the route was the West End Branch, which is temporarily located within the Watergate complex while renovations at their original location are being completed. The interim branch itself just recently re-opened after the Watergate garage had collapsed.

Stop 2: Abner Cloud House.
A quick jaunt on the Capital Crescent Trail led us to the Abner Cloud House, near the Fletcher Boat House and the C & O Canal. A couple of members from the Colonial Dames of America gave us a tour of this historic mill house.

Stop 3: Palisades branch library.
Our next library branch tour was at the Palisades Library. It was starting to get pretty hot outside, so I sat in the shade for a little bit. I had a nice conversation with a gentleman debating the pros and cons of fixed vs. geared bikes.

Stop 4: Cleveland Park branch library.
After some hill climbing and a missed turn (oops), we arrived at the Cleveland Park branch. We took a breather while a guest speaker, the librarian from the National Zoo (or “zoobrarian,” as she called herself) talked about her experiences.

Stop 5: Mt. Pleasant branch library.
Our last stop was at the Mt. Pleasant Branch, which was recently renovated. I had a pleasant chat with David, one of the DC Public librarians, and his friend after the ride.

Members of the DCPL Bike Committee and the Ward 2 bike police.
Thanks to the DC Public Library staff, the police bike unit, the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library, and the DC Public Library Foundation for a great ride!

2 thoughts on “Tour de DCPL VI

  1. Rats, I seem to miss this every year! Why is all the cool stuff on the same weekend in May? Looks like a really great tour, thanks for the recap.

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