DC Public Library’s Tour de DCPL is in its tenth year! This free, no-drop bike ride is a great way to learn about the DC Public Library system and some of the history of the District, as well as a great time to tour the city with other library-loving bicyclists (or bicycle-loving library supporters).
Highlights for me this year were the temporary location of their makerspace, the Fab Test Lab, their DC history archives, Washingtoniana, and their bike bookmobile (aka the Library Takeout, or Library on the Go-Go). And a special guest appearance by my friend, Mr. T in DC!
WABA was there this year to lend a hand with making sure the ride went smoothly. And the DC Library staff did an excellent job in managing traffic as well. It’s always a pleasure to see David, Maggie, Bobbie, Tammeric, and the other staff on these rides.
I’ve been doing this ride every year since 2014*, and I’ve now been to every branch library except for two.** I was asked what year was my favorite ride– I’m hard-pressed to think of an answer, since I’ve enjoyed them all.
The Flickr set is here.
*I’m not sure why I didn’t blog about it last year, but I did take photos.
**Georgetown and Chevy Chase– I somehow missed those on previous rides.
I went to three pit stops this year. The first was at my local, where I saw Sam from Friday Coffee Club, my next door neighbor, a good friend of mine and riding pal from work, and finally was properly introduced to a gentleman whom I pass by every day on my commute. I love the biking community.
The other two stops were a bonus– just riding the trail and enjoying the spring morning. I’m not feeling like doing work today.
More photos on Flickr.
Yeah, it’s been a while. The last WABA ride I did was in 2015, and it was the Vasa ride. When I heard that this year would be the last time they would offer the ride, I decided to sign up to give it the last hurrah.
I come back to the Tour de DCPL every year because I think libraries are important to highlight, and because the route always changes. Really, you should do this ride. You get to explore different parts of DC and you get to visit libraries. What’s not to like?
Ack! It’s been three years since I last participated in coffeeneuring! Where has the time gone?
My theme, like last time, is teaneuring. Quite by accident, most of the drinks were cold because it was unseasonably warm where I live. And I took full advantage of the new rule which allowed for trips anytime during the week!
Let’s get to it!
I wanted to take a sneak peek of the newly completed part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail near Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens before the official opening tomorrow. It was a warm and gorgeous day– perfect for riding. There were already groups on the trail even as crews were putting the finishing touches.
It’s a beautiful trail. There is plenty of signage, although I would have liked to have seen one closer to home. It is simply fantastic to ride along the water and wetlands. The new segment that goes through the Kenilworth area has a bridge that follows the river. It reminded me a little of the Big Slackwater area of the C&O Canal.
I’m looking forward to using this trail as a commuting route, which will be helpful when WMATA’s SafeTrack comes to the area.
Here is my Flickr set.
This is my third year doing the Tour de DCPL. This ride continues to have appeal for me because it’s a ride that highlights libraries in the area, and the locations change every year.
This year, we went to a couple of libraries outside the DC Public Library system, in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. We started at the Takoma Park (DC) branch, the oldest in the DCPL system. We then made our way to the Juanita E. Thornton Shepherd Park library, and received a special police escort to the Takoma Park (MD) Library in the town’s community center. We took the scenic Sligo Creek Trail over to the newly built Silver Spring Library.
The tour went on to the Chevy Chase and Tenley-Friendship libraries, but unfortunately, I had some pressing matters at home to take care of, so I cut out early and made my way back home.
I took pictures on Instagram, and my Flickr set is here. As always, many thanks to the DC Public Library staff for organizing this ride.