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City Bikes founder and CEO Charlie McCormick, 60, dies

Published May 19, 2023

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer Charlie McCormick, the founder and CEO of City Bikes in D.C., died of natural causes on May 11 while camping in a remote spot overlooking the Potomac River in Poolesville, Maryland.

He was 60.

For more than 30 years, McCormick ran City Bikes. Along with the sister store ElectriCity Bikes in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, both are temporarily closed following news of his death.

"The staff of City Bikes are devastated by the loss," according to a Thursday City Bikes Facebook post. "Charlie touched so many lives in a positive way."

McCormick started his first bike shop in 1987 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, focusing on commuter bikes and repairs. He was also instrumental in the launch of the Capital's Bike To Work Day ride and was a board member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

Born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, McCormick is survived by his mother Marga Dieter and sisters Cam McCormick and Sam McCormick.

No services have been scheduled at this time. To receive an update, click here. Read the obituary here.

A memorial celebration will take place at Rock Creek Park in Washington on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a possible bike ride to follow. For more information, email

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