A map of the inaugural D.C. Bike Ride. (Courtesy of D.C. Bike Ride)

As many as 8,000 cyclists are out this Sunday morning for a tour of some of Washington’s most famous sites as part of the first D.C. Bike Ride.

Organizers said the rain didn’t deter cyclists from joining the ride, which covers 17-plus miles and offers a unique car-free tour of the nation’s capital. Riders are cruising past some of the city’s top destinations, including the Washington Monument, the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Participants will conclude their journey around noon with a celebration near the Capitol.

If you are driving downtown, be aware of the rolling street closures on the course of the recreational ride (See map above). Traffic disruptions are expected through noon, with some of the streets near the Mall affected. See this full list of closures.

For now, here’s a look at some of this morning’s images from Twitterverse:

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Vision Zero, the city’s campaign to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in the District.