Coming down from central NYS with my wife and two kids. Have never brought the kids down there, and I haven't been to D.C. in many years (over a decade).
I think we will be staying somewhere near the zoo (but we're open, in planning stages), and will want to do a lot of exploring with the kids.
Should we plan to bring bikes? The kids (11 and 13) are good for 15 to 20 miles of easy riding in a day, the more stops the better! But neither the kids more my wife have done much riding in traffic. What will we find in terms of bike lanes and paths, and bike friendliness for getting around the city? I'm ok sheparding them around our village side streets when I have to, but most of their riding is on the more country type roads around here.
And - theft? I'm assuming it's more of a problem there than where I live (Endicott, NY) -- so I'll probably look at picking up some new locks before we go.
Appreciate any comments, and if there are resources online for riding in D.C. that you could direct me to that would be great. THank you.