WABA’s 2011 Summer Line-up

It’s been four months since we launched our East of the Anacostia Program to engage and encourage cyclists and cycling east of the river.  Up to this point we’ve focused on getting more people on bikes by providing free bicycle repairs and holding a contest to provide bikes and Capital Bikeshare memberships. We will still be working with The Bike House to provide repairs throughout the summer, but we have completed the contest, delivered the bikes, repaired 150 residents’ bikes,  and now we’re ready to ride. We have tweaked our event schedule–traditionally slower in July and August as we regroup before the 50 States Ride–to provide opportunities for the cyclists and families we have recently met during our East of the Anacostia Program to hit the roads and trails with our WABA members and cyclists from all parts of the region. We hope you will join us!

Marvin Gaye Park Ride

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 3PM

Join WABA for a family-friendly bike ride along the Watts Branch corridor in celebration of summer and our beloved Marvin Gaye Park Trail. We’ll begin this leisurely 3 mile ride at the Deanwood Metro Station, just blocks away from the trail-head, and traverse across the scenic bike path.  We’ll stop along the way, point out area attractions, and finish up at the Watts Branch playground.

For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

Yards Park Ride Friday, August 12th, 2011

Over the river and through DC’s neighborhoods to Yards Park we go!  Riders of all ages and skill level are encouraged to join us for Yards Park’s  “Bike to the Concert Night”.  Meet up with WABA for a leisurely 2.5 mile ride beginning at the Anacostia Metro Station.  We’ll enjoy an evening of live music by QuietFire, DC’s soulful funk band, dancing and a variety of food and drinks. This event is free and all riders who attend by bike will receive free lemonade! For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

Oxon Run Ride Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Bring out the family and Join WABA for a group ride along the Oxon Run Park Trail. We’ll begin our 3 mile loop at the Congress Heights Metro Station, just blocks away from the trail-head and make our way across the area’s flat, scenic bike path nestled in the Oxon Run community.  Come have some fun, explore the city and meet your fellow WABA members and staff! For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Gear up for the most unique and challenging bike ride in DC! This 60+ mile ride is for cyclists experienced and comfortable with riding through the city streets with traffic. The 50 States ride covers all 50 state streets in all 8 Wards in search of the District of Columbia’s statehood. Often been referred to as “brutal,” “insane,” and “engrossing.”  For those interested in a less intense, but equally enjoyable ride, our 13 colonies ride is for you! Ride on all the streets named for every one of the 13 original colonies. This ride is a little under 15 miles and is also for cyclists who are comfortable with riding on city streets with traffic. Last year over 500 participants conquered the 50 states. Will you be one of them? For more information and to register* please visit the event page. *registration will be capped at 500.  Don’t delay- register today!

Other Area Events

City Bikes East of the River Ride

The City Bikes crew hosts a mountain bike ride to Fort Dupont, every tuesday night and a Wednesday night road ride (sock and beer prizes for fastest climb up Oxon Hill and fastest flat sprint)! Meet at Capitol Hill location at 6pm for both rides.

BicycleSPACE’s “The Hills of Anacostia Ride”

Meet up with the BicycleSPACE every Saturday from 8 to 10 AM for a ride through the hills of South East DC. Check out their website for other reoccurring rides in the area.

Black Women Bike: DC

Check out their Facebook group and join the ladies for rides throughout DC–often on the third Saturday of the month.

Kidical Mass DC

DC’s first kid-centric ride group organizes events at least once a month. Visit their website and stay tuned for event details on a possible “East of the River Ride” in September.