Sightseeing in Old Town and DC with Electric Bikes
Pedego Alexandria, located in Old Town Alexandria, is adding a new kind of bike rental experience to the DC bike rental scene. The DMV offers a variety of bike share options for traveling short distances as well as bike tours for those looking to see the sights. However, Pedego Alexandria offers electric bike rentals making a self guided tour around Old Town Alexandria or DC really easy. The rental bikes (which you can also purchase) are electric which means you don’t have to work that hard to get around.
Pedego Alexandria invited us in to try the bikes and recommended a variety of routes for sightseeing. They told us that most people take the bikes into The District and we were one of the first people to ask for an Old Town route. We don’t get down to Old Town very often so since the shop is located there, we decided this was the perfect opportunity. Even if you know Old Town pretty well, it was helpful to hear about the hot spots in the context of a bike route. We loosely followed their suggestions but were also flexible as we went along. Plus, just because we didn’t pedal around DC doesn’t mean we didn’t get in a full afternoon of exploring. The bike rentals also come with a lock so you can stop and explore.
Exploring Old Town Alexandria with an Electric Bike Rental
Pedego Alexandria Store
First, we checked out our bikes for the day and practiced riding for a few minutes outside the store. The folks at the store gave us an informative tutorial before sending us on our way. The bikes are heavier than traditional bikes because of the motor so it takes a minute to get oriented. There are 7 gears so you can make the ride as easy or as challenging as you like. Plus, you can twist the handle on any gear to give yourself a boost from the motor. The bikes also stop very smoothly when you break so we weren’t too worried about overdoing it.
Jones Point Park and Lighthouse
The first stop on our adventure was Jones Point Park. Under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, you’ll find a public park with benches, basketball, and green space. The architecture from the bridge also makes a backdrop for interesting photos. Jones Point Park is also home to a lighthouse where you can find the very first boundary stone that marks the border of DC.
The George Washington Masonic Memorial
The George Washington Masonic Memorial is a true test for the electronic bikes. Perched on a large hill, you can zip to the top with help from the motor. This memorial is arguably one of the most recognizable memorials outside of The District, paying tribute to our first president, George Washington. You can stop for a tour of the inside or just take great photos outside.
Potomac Yard Park and Trail
An afternoon of bike riding meant a stop for food was a must. Per Pedego Alexandria’s recommendation, we stopped at Triple Craft for beers and burgers plus great views of the Potomac River. They have a variety of burgers, salads, and chicken fingers plus beer and spiked shakes. It’s a perfect spot for any kind of weather with both indoor and outdoor seating. Just be careful not to drink too much so you can pedal back! The entire route took us about 5 hours including about an hour at Triple Craft and time for pictures at each stop.
Pedego Alexandria is open year-round for bike rentals and bike purchases. Check them out to follow our day in Alexandria or ask them to help you discover your own route in the DMV. Other popular routes include the road to Mount Vernon and sightseeing on the National Mall.