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Cat and Aladdin Go Down Under!

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Our Marketing Director recently travelled to Australia and New Zealand for business, and was kind enough to bring a plus one in the form of her favorite (plush) camel! Let's take a gander at the photo diary Aladdin kept during his trip...

 

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Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat Summer Adventure

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Looking for THE perfect family-friendly summer adventure? Well, look no further! Our stupendously fun Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat package will have the whole family grinning (and spinning!) all day long.

Enjoy some breakfast and coffee in Old Town, then arrive at the Alexandria Waterfront by 11am to pick up your gear for the ride. Peddle down the magnificently beautiful Mount Vernon Trail, where you'll glide over marsh land, past winding hills and water views to our first President's estate.

Lock your bikes up outside Mount Vernon, and spend the day marveling at the lush grounds, adorable farm animals, and beautifully maintained mansion. Catch the boat by 4pm and take the adventure to the water aboard the Potomac Riverboat Company's Miss Christin. Enjoy a fun (and funny!) narrated boat cruise back to Old Town Alexandria, where you'll be dropped off at 5:30pm.

Hungry after all that summer fun? Swing by Virtue Feed & Grain for a delicious meal (we recommend the Chesapeake crab cakes!) ... and maybe a grown up beverage for the adults in the group. 

Long live summer!

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Announcing Smithsonian National Mall Tours

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Bike and Roll DC is excited to announce the launch of a fifth location: Smithsonian® National Mall Tours launching from the
National Museum of American History! Bike and Roll has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to provide the only Segway tours to depart directly from the National Mall.

Tour-goers will ride beside history with our Smithsonian Highlights by Segway! Prepared in consultation with Smithsonian experts, this premiere Segway tour highlights the architecture, art, culture, and history of Washington, DC's National Mall and many of Smithsonian's famed museums. Hear the many stories behind DC's landmarks and most famous national treasures on this guided tour.

Covering over 1,000 acres of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, this is DC's only tour that departs directly from the Mall at the National Museum of American History. Must be at least 16 years old to participate. (Min. weight 100lbs, max 260lbs.)

Click here for the official press release!

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Tag us with #BikeandRoll!

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Come on, don't be shy... we're all taking them... (selfies that is!)

I do it, you do it, we all do it! Selfies happen, people. Especially on our bike and Segway tours, and we want to see them!

After your tour, tag your best photos with #BikeandRoll so we can get a good look (and maybe even turn you into a quasi-celebrity by reposting them on our various social media channels!) You can also search for all things Bike and Roll related by using #BikeandRoll... since we know you want to keep up with what your favorite tour company is doing!

Check out these awesome pics from tour-goers who used our hashtag, loud and proud!

 

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Keep Cool with DC Cool

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Summer heat's got you feeling beat? Well, don't fret (or sweat)— our DC Cool bike rentals are the perfect antidote to Washington's trademark summer scorchers.

Seriously though, think about it... why walk around in this blasted heat and humidity when you can glide through it on two wheels? Biking offers a breeze that feels like free AC on hot summer days, and you get to your destination in less than half the time it would take to walk!

Still not sold? We've got a few things that might sweeten the deal for you! All of our DC Cool retro-chic bike rentals come with a bottled water and a This Bar Saves Lives snack so you can cool down and refuel after biking the sites.

We've said it once and we'll say it again: keep cool with DC Cool, folks!

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Happy Independence Day!

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Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

We hope you and yours have an absolutely splendid fourth of July filled with fun, sun, family, good food, and of course fireworks!

All three of our DC locations will be open for rentals only today from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Happy Fourth, everyone!

 

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Top 5 July 4th Activities in DC

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USA! USA! USA!

Phew- now that we've gotten that out of our system (yes, we are in World Cup mode), we'd like to share with you some of our favorite picks for Fourth of July activities in good ole' Washington!

1. Washington, DC's Independence Day Parade
A terrific daytime celebration, the July 4th Parade starts around 11:45am, and travels down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. This patriotic parade will include a variety of bands, drum corps, floats, balloons, and hundreds of happy spectators- you should be one of them!

2. Visit the National Archives
Looking for a splendid way to celebrate America's birthday? Visit the National Archives to see where it all began! From 10am-5:30pm on July 4th, the Archives will be open (for free!) to the public and displaying our nation's most important preserved documents, along with a special ceremony and many family-friendly activities.

3. A Capitol Fourth Concert
What could be better than Fireworks in DC? Fireworks AND an amazing concert! A Capitol Fourth is an annual event that takes place on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Performers this year will include Frankie Valli, John Williams, and Patti Labelle- talk about a star spangled Birthday!

4. Fireworks on the National Mall
The main event! Launched from the Reflecting Pool area, this spectacle is not to be missed. Arrive early to get through security and stake out some spots around the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. (And start practicing your "oohs" and "ahhs" now!)

5. Explore Some Off-the-Mall Spots
Bike and Roll DC's tours will be closed for Independence Day, but you can still rent a bike at any of our DC locations (open 9am-5pm) and cruise around some lesser-visited neighborhoods (or the top 10 FREE sites) and trails to celebrate all of the things that make DC so... well... DC!

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Top 5 Things We Love South of the Mall

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As most all of you know by this point, our new National Mall tour center is located in L'Enfant Plaza (which is undergoing a serious revitalization these days!) Read up on our very favorite things about the new neighborhood we call home.

1. The Waterfront
With prime real estate on the Potomac River, the Southwest Waterfront is definitely worth a visit (or two, or ten...). There you'll see the oldest continuously operating fish market in the whole United States in the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Nearby you'll also find the Gangplank Marina, which houses hundreds of boats and outdoor dining to boot.

2. Nationals Park
Arguably the most popular destination in Southeast DC, Nationals Park is located along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard area of Washington. It is home to our fabulous Nationals baseball team, but also boasts a wide array of culinary treats for game-goers. Flying Dog beer and a Ben's chili dog, anyone? Yeah, we thought so.

3. Food trucks
Granted, food trucks are the rage all over the DC area, but we're especially fond of the variety and volume of trucks that set up shop daily in L'Enfant Plaza. Check out Food Truck Fiesta before grabbing a bite and then head over to a nearby park (or the Mall!) to enjoy your sure-to-be-amazing dish.

4. L'Enfant Plaza's Face Lift
Major progress is being made in the Southwest neighborhood as a whole these days, but especially in our neck of the woods at L'Enfant Plaza. The new outdoor atrium is officially open, which leads to an underground shopping and dining center. With new stores and restaurants popping up all the time, this is sure to be a major SW destination!

5. Hains Point
What better way to spend your lunch break than with a quick bike ride? This is how many Washingtonian professionals spend their midday respites at Hains Point. Ride around the East Potomac Park and head back to your office happy and recharged- Bike and Roll DC approved!

 

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Ride with Pride!

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A few Bike and Roll-ers ventured out on our super spiffy DC Cool bikes for the first annual DC Bike Party Pride Ride (in association with Capital Pride). Take a gander at all the pride-filled fun that was had!

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These Bikes Save Lives

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One of the things we love most about being a young give-back company is that we get to work with a lot of other companies who are doing amazing things. That's why it's been so fun to be working with Bike and Roll DC​, and such an honor ​for our bars to be ​included ​with each of their​
"DC ​Cool" bike rentals!

We think it's pretty cool that we get to give life-saving food to children in need around the world, and to have Bike and Roll DC promote that cause through the cool people around Washington riding their cool bikes is just... well... cool!

We've had similar partnerships with other great companies like People Water, Out of Print, and now with Bike and Roll DC. We're learning that not only is there a place for companies that do good and give back, but it's becoming the cool way to do business.

​- Todd Grinnell, Co-Founder, This Bar Saves Live​s

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Top 5 Memorial Day Weekend Activities in DC

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Capital Wheel Grand Opening
They planned this pretty well, huh? Opening just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Capital Observation Wheel will run daily through summer from 10am-11pm. Ticket prices start at $11.25.

Rolling Thunder Rally
Departing from the Pentagon at noon on Sunday the 25th, this annual ride raises awareness for better veteran benefits and POW/MIA issues. Thousands of motorcyclists will ride (and rumble!) over the river into Washington, DC. for a musical tribute.

DC Cool Bikes
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a ride around the memorials on a retro-inspired bike that happens to be red, white and blue? Our DC Cool bikes will take you around our nation's capital in true cycle-chic style— they even include a water bottle and This Bar Saves Lives snack! Ride on.

Memorial Day Concert
Celebrate the holiday with some live tunes. The National Memorial Day Concert will be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8pm. And the cherry on top: it's FREE!

Memorial Day Parade
The main event! This annual occasion is the highlight of the holiday weekend. Beginning at 2pm on Monday the 26th, this patriotic parade includes marching bands and veterans from all 50 states. Start practicing your "USA!" chants now!

 

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Bike to Work Day this Friday, May 16th!

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It's that time of year again!

Bike to Work Day is this Friday, and boy, do we have reason to celebrate! This annual nation-wide event (created by the League of American Bicyclists) is all about bringing awareness to the many healthy benefits of bike commuting.

Want to ride on Friday? Excellent! First, you should register here and select a pit stop location (there are 79 to choose from!). Pit stops will be offering complimentary refreshments, entertainment, and raffle prizes for registered riders. And, if you want to say hello to some bonafide Bike and Roll-ers, stop by the Freedom Plaza pit stop between 7am-9am for a free safety check from our oh-so-skilled fleet manager!

Don't have your own bike? No worries, we can help you out! Rent an overnight Trek Comfort Hybrid from our Downtown DC or Union Station locations and get a $5 off discount with code "BTWD"!

We sure look forward to seeing a lot more two-wheeled friends out and about this Friday... ride on!

 

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DC Cool Bikes Now Available (with This Bar Saves Lives snack!)

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What's cooler than cool? DC Cool.

Washington's new creative ad campaign, run by Destination DC, aims to capture the essence of our capital's innate energy by highlighting local hot spots and off-the-beaten path must-see's to potential visitors.

Running for all of 2014, this campaign was inspired in large part by the new "American Cool" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. This exhibit examines the very nature of what it means to be "cool," using several legendary celebrity figures' portraits to illustrate the point— think Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Billie Holiday, Jay-Z, Kurt Cobain, etc. Pretty, well, cool... right?

Keeping in line with this concept, we'll be offering our interpretation of DC (and American) "Cool" in the form of awesomely retro chic bikes available for rent at our new Downtown DC location.

Our DC Cool bike is the epitome of cycling in style; these babies come equipped with supple leather seats, hammered aluminum fenders, and front baskets as an homage to the golden age of cycling. They'll even be named after 12 of the celebrities from the "American Cool" exhibit, so don't be surprised when you spot Jimi Hendrix riding around the Lincoln Memorial!

And to make things even cooler yet, we'll also be including a This Bar Saves Lives snack bar (the company we raved about here) and a bottle of water with every full day rental. These beautiful bikes will go for $11/hr and are available on a walk-up first come, first served basis.

::Snaps fingers and scats for extra cool-ness::

 

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Top 5 Things We're Looking Forward to in May

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Happy May, everyone! Looks like Spring is finally here to stay (fingers crossed and knock on wood...)

Here's a roundup of the top 5 events we're looking forward to this May!

Bike Month
May is one of our very favorite months—and not only because of the glorious weather. May marks National Bike Month, a cycle-centric celebration sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. All month long there will be many bike-friendly ways to take part, including Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. We'll be representing yet again at Freedom Plaza in DC for this year's Bike to Work Day, so make sure you stop by to say hello!

DC Cool Bikes
New to our Downtown DC location this month are our much buzzed about DC Cool bikes. Named after celebrities from the National Portrait Gallery's American Cool exhibit, these retro-chic beauties are truly oh-so-cool! So cool, in fact, that full day rentals include a This Bar Saves Lives snack and bottled water. Ya dig?

Reopening of the Washington Monument
A moment three years in the making! Our beautiful Washington Monument will officially reopen to the public with a ceremony on May 12th to include a special appearance by Al Roker. Public tours of the Monument will recommence shortly after the ceremony ends.

Tour de Fat
The fantastical fete that is Tour de Fat is returning once again to Yards Park in DC on May 31. Family-friendly and celebrating all things biking, Tour de Fat includes a bike parade followed by all day silly celebrations.

Capital Wheel Opening
Take in the vista that is Washington, DC from the gondola of an enormous observation wheel! Set to open this month, the Capital Wheel is located in National Harbor and stands at 180 feet tall. Once open, the wheel will operate year-round from 10am-10pm.

 

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Try our new "Segway Experience"!

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Always wanted to try one of those new-fangled personal transporter contraptions (otherwise known as the Segway)? Now's your chance!

Bike and Roll DC will be offering a new ride—the Segway Experience—that gives visitors and locals the opportunity to take a Segway out for a spin. Less of a tour, and more of a ride, the Segway Experience allows riders to try out our machines while gliding around beautiful Washington, DC. This ride is 1.5 hours and departs daily at 4:00pm. (Some restrictions do apply.)

And, for a limited time only (4/25-4/27), get $5 off this new ride with code: "Try a Seg"!

 

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New Downtown DC Location Open Tomorrow!

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Hooray- it's here!

We are so (so, so, so!) excited to announce that our rental location in downtown DC is officially opening tomorrow for the season! This fantastically positioned location is outside the MLK Library at 901 G Street NW. Easily accessed by all metro lines, this location is open from 9:00am-6:00pm daily, now through early December.

Reservations are now available from Saturday moving forward. We have a wide variety of equipment for you to choose from and will soon be offering our specialty (read: totally awesome) "DC Cool" retro chic bikes starting in May. This location is credit card only.

Basically, we have a lot of cool things happening here at Bike and Roll and we're looking forward to welcoming you and your guests at our new locations!

 

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Presidential Sighting

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SPOTTED: the Nationals' Racing Presidents make an appearance on guide Rob Pitingolo's tour on Saturday!

Those tour-goers look starstruck, huh? (We would be too!)

 

 

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Peak Bloom Weekend at Bike and Roll DC

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It's finally here! (Spring that is... oh, and peak bloom too!)

We are busy blossom worker bees over here, but couldn't be more thrilled about peak bloom weekend here in Washington, DC. The blossoms have bloomed, and the spring weather couldn't be nicer! It truly is quite the sight to see.

And, if you'd like to see the blossoms by bike or Segway, we still have (just a couple!) spots available for today and over the weekend on our tours. Same goes for bike rentals- act fast and you can still get a chance to peruse the petals on two wheels! Click here to book. Or feel free to call us at (202) 842-2453 with any questions.

We hope all of you have a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful cherry trees this weekend, whether on a bike, Segway, or on foot!

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Top 5 April Events in DC

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Here we go! It may not have felt very springy recently, but rest assured, warm weather will come eventually! And, maybe if I list the top 5 events we're looking forward to in April, it will come even faster...

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Through April 13, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has plenty left in store for DC visitors and locals alike. On April 5, spectators can enjoy a beautiful spring fireworks display. The finale parade takes place on April 12 from 10am-12pm. And, of course, our Blossoms by Bike and Segway into Spring tours are available daily throughout the festival!

Smithsonian's Jazz Appreciation Month
Running through April, the Smithsonian Institution will be honoring Jazz Appreciation Month with a variety of special events. Check out this list of workshops, concerts, and activities you can take part in to celebrate the jazzy occassion.

Nationals Opening Day
Hey, batter, batter, swing! Washingtonians rejoice as the Nationals kick off their opening day on April 4, taking on the Atlanta Braves at 1:05pm. You may even want to stop by the stadium just for the awesome food choices (don't worry, we won't tell.) Hooray for spring!

Bike and Roll Opens Downtown DC Rental Location
As you may have heard, Bike and Roll DC will be opening up shop in downtown this April— a brand new rentals only location will pop up outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in just a few short weeks! Look for our standard (aka amazing) rentals, along with a few special edition, retro chic "DC Cool" bikes.

Earth Day Celebrations
Boy, are we glad we live in a green-friendly city! Earth Day activities abound in the DC metro area— from a full day event complete with entertainment and giveaways at Union Station to National Mall and National Zoo celebrations, you won't be short on fun things to do April 22!

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Bike and Roll Opening a NEW Downtown DC Location

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Surprise!

2014 is certainly shaping up to be the year of big announcements for us! And here comes another one, hot off the presses: we are oh-so-excited to announce that we will be opening a brand new downtown DC location at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, located at 901 G Street NW. The new location will offer a variety of bike rentals (including kids' equipment) in an outdoor setting on the G Street exterior of the library. Phew, now that was a tough secret to keep!

An official historic landmark (cool, right?), the MLK Library is located on G Street between 9th and 10th streets NW. A quick 3.5 blocks from the National Mall, this central location is easily accessed by both Metro Center and Gallery Place stations, which collectively service all metro lines.

We think this spot is a pretty perfect gateway to both the National Mall and a variety of DC's notable neighborhoods. Our new downtown DC location will be well positioned as a departure point to explore anywhere and everywhere in the city!

Along with our standard rental equipment, limited edition specialty/retro-chic bikes (just wait until you see 'em!) will be offered here in line with the city's new "DC Cool" campaign. Opening in April, all sales at this location will be credit card only.

So head downtown next month to see our new digs and rent some bikes!

 

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