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Meet Kendall: Marketing & Social Media Manager

Hello, I’m Kendall! I’m new here.

What’s important for you to know is that I have assumed the duties of the Marketing and Social Media Manager as of a month ago. What is not quite as important for you to know is that I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, graduated from The University of Virginia, and have worked everywhere from dog walking to political campaigns. All that aside, the most important thing for you to know is this: I am a klutz. My earliest gravity-induced incident that I can remember was at age three where I fell and whapped my head against a glass table. The fall resulted in a small scar above my left eye and has been my excuse for being inept at math. On any day, my legs are covered with medallions of bruises due to coffee table related impacts. I trip on level sidewalks, crash into open cabinet doors, and should write an apology letter to my pinky toes. As a result, I am the Clara Barton of scrape soothing and your most reliable Band-Aid dealer.

Long story short: bull in a china shop? Think elephant.

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Cherry Blossoms 2019!

In honor of Women’s History Month and the release of the Peak Bloom dates for the Cherry Blossom Festival, here is a #tbt to the ladies who started it all.

After arriving back to Washington, DC from her first visit to Japan, Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (first female board member of the National Geographic Society) was so enamored by the Cherry Blossom trees there that she suggested that some be planted along the reclaimed land by the Potomac River.  It took her 24 years before the idea finally took root. In 1909, Scidmore decided to raise money to buy some cherry trees and donate them to the District. Mainly out of formality, Scidmore wrote a letter to First Lady Helen Herron Taft and she enthusiastically responded back taking up the task of acquiring the trees.  On August 30, 1909, the Embassy of Japan informed the U.S. State Department that on behalf of Mayor Yukio Ozaki, the city of Tokyo intended to donate 2000 cherry trees to the U.S. to be planted along the Potomac as a symbol of the growing and continued friendship between the U.S. and Japan. Unfortunately, when they arrived the trees were infested with insects and nematodes, so they sadly had to be burned.  Another donation of 3,020 trees were shipped over on February 14, 1912. On March 27th, First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two of these trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. These two trees still stand today at the end of 17th Street SW! 

Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore

Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore

Helen Herron Taft, 1909.

Helen Herron Taft, 1909.

 

You can see these breathtaking trees in full bloom on our Blossoms by Bike tour! The National Park Service projects Cherry Blossom 2019 peak bloom dates to be April 3rd to April 6th. Book now to take in the beauty of the blossoms and more on our two-hour tour, the official bike tour of the National Cherry Blossom Festival!
This special ride showcases the famous Japanese cherry trees, their history and the amazing sea of pink and white blossoms. Book now for the best dates! http://bit.ly/BlossomsByBike

Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom

Tour Guide Connor’s Christmas on Wheels Favorites

We asked our awesome tour guides what their favorite Christmas on Wheels tour stops were.  They were super enthusiastic with their responses because, well, they just love Christmas in D.C.!

Next up is Tour Guide Connor!

 

Q: How long have you been a guide at Bike and Roll?

A: I’ve been a tour guide with Bike and Roll since August 2018. 

Q: What is your favorite stop on the Christmas tour and why?

A: The Willard! The tree in the lobby and the gingerbread sculpture always put me in the Christmas spirit, and the hot chocolate is the best I’ve ever had. 

Q: Why do love being a tour guide here?

A: I meet people from all over the world and show them the amazing city I get to call home. Plus, riding Segways is really fun. 

Pictures courtesy of Willard InterContinental DC Instagram 

Tour Guide Rebecca’s Christmas on Wheels Favorites

We asked our awesome tour guides what their favorite Christmas on Wheels tour stops were.  They were super enthusiastic with their responses because, well, they just love Christmas in D.C.!

Next up is Tour Guide Rebecca!

Q: How long have you been a guide at Bike and Roll?

A: I have been a tour guide with Bike and Roll since March and I love it! 

Q: What is your favorite stop on the Christmas tour and why?

A: My absolute favorite stop on the Christmas tour is the Willard Hotel for hot chocolate! It is the perfect Christmas snack to help stay warm on the tour!  

Q: Why do love being a tour guide here?

A: I love being a Bike and Roll guide because I get to meet so many fun people from around the country and world on my tours! I love asking my riders what else they are doing on their trip to DC and offering suggestions for places to eat or things to visit. 

Tour Guide Bill’s Christmas on Wheels Favorites

We asked our awesome tour guides what their favorite Christmas on Wheels tour stops were.  They were super enthusiastic with their responses because, well, they just love Christmas in D.C.!

We start with Tour Guide Bill!

Q: How long have you been a guide at Bike and Roll?

A: I’ve been a tour guide with Bike and Roll for 5 years. 

Q: What is your favorite stop on the Christmas tour and why?

A: I love seeing the Capitol Tree brought in each year, it’s just a majestic setting for a tree.  You also can’t beat the holiday decorations at the Willard. 

Q: Why do love being a tour guide here?

A: After 5 years of Segway tours, it’s still fun meeting great people and sharing tidbits about things here in the Nation’s Capital. 

Willard Christmas Decorations

Capitol Christmas Tree “DUSK” By: S N LONG

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Christmas on Pennsylvania Avenue

Pennsylvania Avenue gets all dressed up for Christmas and it’s truly a sight to be seen.  That’s why it’s another one of our favorite Christmas on Wheels tour highlights.

Pennsylvania Avenue is a street that connects the White House and the Capitol Building and is referred to as “America’s Main Street”.  You will find the Canadian Embassy, National Archives Building, Old Post Office Pavilion, and more.

During the Christmas season, Pennsylvania Avenue is festive and cheerful with outdoor markets and Christmas lights.

Don’t miss out on experiencing Washington, DC at its most magical.  Book a Christmas on Wheels tour with us now!

 

 

 

The Capitol Christmas Tree

Bike and Roll DC’s “Christmas on Wheels” Bicycle and Segway Tours begin December 5th and we can hardly wait! 

One of our favorite stops on the tour is the Capitol Christmas tree.  This year, the Capitol Christmas tree is a Noble fir from Willamette National Forest in Oregon.

The 75-foot-tall tree will be lit on December 5th at 5 p.m. by the speaker of the House and will be decorated with handmade ornaments from people who live in Oregon.

“DUSK” By: S N LONG

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and our tour guides are looking forward to spending the holiday season with you! Make your reservations now for our Christmas on Wheels tour to experience the Capitol Christmas Tree and so much more.

Third Annual Christmas on Wheels Tour

Announcing Bike and Roll DC’s 3rd Annual Christmas on Wheels Tour!

Bike and Roll DC will again be offering Washington’s only Christmas tour by bike and Segway, aptly named “Christmas on Wheels,” the tour and rental company announced today.  Christmas on Wheels will be offered every Saturday and Sunday beginning December 2nd through December 17th.   Tour highlights include the holiday showcase at the U.S. Botanic Garden, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, hotel and Embassy decorations, the National Christmas Tree, festive treats and more!

“For fifteen seasons, Bike and Roll DC has provided Washington visitors and locals alike with one of the most unique ways to experience the city’s profound history, culture and beauty,” said Stephen Marks, Managing Member of Bike and Roll DC.  “We are very excited to continue the tradition of showcasing our nation’s capital at its most magical with our third annual Christmas on Wheels tour.  This is the only tour of its kind in Washington and we can’t wait to help deliver the spirit of the season to even more people this year!”

Similar to Bike and Roll’s signature “Monuments” and “Capital Sites” tours, Christmas on Wheels will be led by professionally trained guides and filled with historical anecdotes—of the festive variety—as riders arrive at each tour stop. Families and children of all ages are welcome on the bike tour, trailer tandems and B​urleys are available for younger children. Riders must be 16 for the Segway tour. Guests will have multiple photo opportunities throughout the tour. Complimentary water and festive end of tour treats will also be provided.

​​Some helpful tips from Bike and Roll DC:

  •         Reserve your spot in advance! There are a very limited number of spots available for each tour, so Bike and Roll DC strongly recommends making reservations as soon as possible.  
  •         Reservations can be made online at www.bikeandrolldc.com by clicking the “RESERVE NOW” button and selecting your preferred date for Christmas on Wheels, under “Guided Tours.” Reservations can also be made over the phone by calling 202.842.2453.
  •         Christmas on Wheels will run on December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th. More spots may be opened based on demand. Private tours are available any day (advance reservation required, additional fees apply.)
  •         All tours are 2.5 hours.  Segway tours are from 3:30 PM-6:00 PM.  Bike tours are from 4:00 PM-6:30 PM.  
  •         The cost for the bike tour is $39 for adults and $34 for children 12 and under and $64 per person for the Segway tour.  
  •         Dress warm!  Although riding from site to site is a warmer option than walking, DC temperatures in December can be unpredictable, so be sure to dress in layers.  Bike and Roll will have gloves for sale for a nominal charge.   

Union Station 8 Year Anniversary!

Celebrating 8 Years of Bike and Roll DC-Union Station!

 

8 years ago this week, our Union Station location opened it’s proverbial glass helmet to the public!  Since that fateful October day in 2009, we’ve rented countless bikes to visitors from near and far, been a go-to repair and service shop for the #BIKEDC community…and added lots of Five Star Fun to one of the country’s biggest train stations.
In celebration of 8 wheely great years, we’re running an anniversary special all October long! Receive $8 off full-day bike rentals and $2 off hourly rentals through October 31st. Use the code “UNION8” when reserving a bike online, for walk-up rentals, mention the code in person.
Check out some of our favorite #throwback photos from our first week in business at Union Station below:

5 Ways to Celebrate Fall in DC

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, Fall is officially right around the corner! Fall in DC is one of our favorite times of year to ride around the city—our tours are the perfect way to see the beautiful fall colors along the National Mall and Tidal Basin. If you’re looking for just the right activity to segue *pun intended* from summer to fall, be sure to reserve your tour today. DC is also abuzz with lots of fun activities for the whole family–all autumn long! Take a look at our list of 5 ways to celebrate fall in DC!

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