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Other Transportation Options

This post is a combined effort between Hannah Fischer and Claudia Guidi. Thanks to both!


In the previous post, we took at look a public transportation options in Washington, D.C. In this post, we will be taking a look at other transportation options for getting around Washington, D.C., including via bikes, taxis, ride sharing services — and even Segways and pedicabs!

Bicycles
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“Smartly dressed couple seated on an 1886-model bicycle for two,” United States National Archives, at https://goo.gl/c3X67N.

Biking can be a great way to see the city and avoid traffic jams at the same time. Washington, D.C. was the first U.S. jurisdiction to launch a bicycle sharing program in 2008. Since that time, the largest bike sharing program, now called Capital Bikeshare, has taken off, and the program is now owned by various local governments. Find out more about how it works, a station map, and pricing at its website.

You can also rent bicycles by the day (rather than by the half hour, as is the case with most Capitol Bikeshare rentals). BikeWashington.org has a list of resources to help you do that. In addition, guests at one of the conference hotels, the Capitol Hill Hotel, have access to that hotel’s own bike program.

No matter where you get your bicycle, you can turn to Washington D.C.’s Department of Transportation page to check for information on bike paths (as of 2015), bicycle and pedestrian safety, and bicycle laws.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association also has information on bicycle routes, including apps that may help you find your preferred path. They also have pages on key points of bicycle laws in the area, biking visibly, and on what to do if your bike is stolen.

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“Bike race on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.,” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection, at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2011632658/.

Do you want to bring your bike onto Metro? Here are the rules for bringing your bike onto Metro rail and the rules for bringing your bike onto a Metro bus.

If you’re serious about biking and want to get out of the city, here is a webpage with the local longer-distance bike paths.

DC also offers many options for tours on buses, Segways, and even pedicabs, particularly in and around the National Mall area.

Taxis and Ride sharing Options
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“Heated Taxi Cab,” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection, at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/hec2013010061/.

Washington, D.C. also has many options for taxi and ride sharing services. The D.C. government Department of For-Hire Vehicles has this list of for-hire vehicles that can be dispatched either via phone or digitally via your smartphone. In addition, this AboutTravel.com page has information on taxis in D.C. (including pricing information).

Taxis in D.C. now mostly have a red-and-grey pattern; you are allowed to hail them from the street, and you should tip the driver at the end of the ride. By contrast, ride sharing vehicles will not have a standard look; they must be hailed using your smartphone device; and the tip is usually included in the price.

Let us know if you have any questions about transportation in the comment box below — or if there are any modes of transportation we didn’t cover that you would like to use (hot air balloons?).

The Librarian of Congress

This guest post was written by Jennifer Manning, a Senior Research Librarian at the Congressional Research Service who has been very active on the planning committee for the IFLAPRE conferences. Thanks for sharing your research into this topic, Jennifer!


You will be visiting the Library of Congress during a rare period of leadership transition. Since the establishment of the Library in 1800, there have only been THIRTEEN Librarians of Congress. The Librarian of Congress is nominated by the President, then confirmed by the Senate. Until this year, the position was a lifetime appointment. However, a new law makes the Librarian job a 10-year term (although renewable).

The 13th Librarian of Congress retired in September 2015 after 27 years of service. Since then, we have been led by Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao.

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“About the Librarian,” Library of Congress website, at https://www.loc.gov/about/about-the-librarian/.

David began his career at the Library in the Congressional Research Service, and also served as Law Librarian of Congress.

On July 13, the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress.

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“Press Kit for Carla Hayden 14th Librarian of Congress,” Library of Congress website, at http://www.loc.gov/pressroom/kits/name/Carla-Hayden-14th-Librarian-of-Congress

Dr. Hayden heads the library system in nearby Baltimore, Maryland, and is a past president of the American Library Association. She will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress. She is also the second professionally trained librarian to serve.

Dr. Hayden will be sworn into office at a date to be determined.

The 13th Librarian of Congress was sworn in in 1987 in the Great Hall of the Library, by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. President Reagan made a short speech and many Members of Congress were in attendance.

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“Billington Swearing In Ceremony,” Library of Congress website, at https://goo.gl/ocjzeR.

The 12th Librarian of Congress was sworn in in 1975, also in the Great Hall, by the Speaker of the House.

President Ford spoke, and again, many Members of Congress attended.