Sept 12, 13, 26

The 50 States Ride Series

Sept 12, 13, 26 — Washington, DC

Ride Tags: DC / Long Ride / Members / Short Ride /

A roughly painted representation of the elevation chart from the 50 States ride surrounds a box with the number 51 in it.

The 2020 50 States Ride Series is over.

Thank you to all who supported WABA by purchasing a ride registration or Solo 50 States Ride Kit.

WABA’s next fundraising ride will be the 2020 Cider Ride. Visit waba.org/ciderride for dates and details— we will update the page as information is available.


Ride Information

The 2020 50 States Ride Series brings you 3 opportunities to explore Washington, DC by bike. 

  • Challenge yourself to bike all 50 of the state-named avenues in DC on the 50 States Classic (September 26)

Past events:

  • Riders found public art on the 15-mile DC Murals Ride (September 12). In collaboration with Murals DC.
  • Riders explored historic neighborhoods and learn how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways on the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride (September 13). In collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll get a great ride through the District.


DC Murals Ride (75 available)

This ride happened already.

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  • 15 miles 
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • Start/finish location: Anacostia Park 

Bike past some of the vibrant murals celebrating DC’s landmarks, historical figures, and neighborhoods— including some of the new statehood murals.

Members: $55

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $75

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 12
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start/finish line, a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

“A Right to the City” Ride (125 available)

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  • 30 miles 
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020
  • Start/finish location: Anacostia Community Museum

Explore 5 historic DC neighborhoods on this ride in collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum and the “A Right to the City” digital exhibit. On this 30 mile ride, you’ll earn how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways.

Members: $ 65

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $85

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 13
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start line and one additional pit stop 
  • a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

50 States Classic (375 available)

This ride happened already.

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  • 60 miles 
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Start/finish location: participant chooses at registration (Anacostia Park OR Lincoln Park OR Malcolm X Park OR Fort Reno OR Fort Slocum)

For a bicyclist looking for a challenge: explore the entire District on a challenging ride that takes you on all 50 of the state-named avenues. This bucket-list ride is unique to DC and explores every corner of the city.

Members: $ 75

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $95

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 26
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start line and four additional pit stops, 
  • a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

REGISTER FOR THE 60-MILE 50 STATES CLASSIC


50 States Solo Ride Kit 

These are no longer available for purchase.

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Don’t want to join a group ride? No problem— you can still do the 50 States Ride. 

Digital Kit: $25

Includes:

  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the DC Murals Ride (emailed to you September 14)
  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the “A Right to the City” Ride (emailed to you September 22)
  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the 50 States Classic (emailed to you September 28)

Fanny Pack Club: $55

Includes:

  • Digital Kit, plus a 50 States Ride fanny pack with paper cue sheets, hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar, mailed to your door. Note: We will get ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can. Depending on when you purchase your 50 States Solo Ride Kit, you will receive it in late September to late October. Thank you for your patience! 

PURCHASE A RIDE KIT


Route Maps:

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s 50 States Ride Routes routes! The 2020 ride routes will be different, but they will be similar in terms of difficulty and distance. Registrants will receive digital ride routes for this year’s event the week of the ride.


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COVID-19 Notice

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. This means:

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA for a refund. 
  • WABA requires participants to wear face masks in accordance with CDC and jurisdictional mask guidelines at all in-person events:
    • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
    • Masks must be secured below the chin. 
    • Participants should sanitize their hands before and after touching their mask or face area. 
    • For more details, read the full CDC mask guidelines. 
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. 
  • Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • WABA will enforce physical distancing at in-person events. (See individual event guidelines for details).

If you choose to attend an in-person WABA event: you have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name and you will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

COVID-19 Precautions during the 2020 50 States Ride Series

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2020 50 States Ride: 

Smaller events.

Instead of one big ride on a single day, the 2020 50 States Ride will take place over 3 days in September: 

  • September 12: 15-mile DC Murals Ride
  • September 13: 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride
  • September 26: 60-mile 50 States Classic 

Designated check-in times. 

At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 25 people per 45 minute slot, ensuring that there are no more than 30 individuals (staff and participants) at one site at any given time. 

Registration will have a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities:

  • 75 registrants for the 15-mile DC Murals Ride
  • 125 registrants for the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride
  • 375 registrants for the 60-mile 50 States Classic. 

Registration for each ride will close the week before the ride.

There will be NO on-site registration for this event. At check-in, participants will be required to show proof of registration on their phone. 

Mask enforcement. 

All ride and staff participants will wear masks covering their nose and mouth while at ride sites, in compliance with Mayor Bowser’s mask order for Washington, DC and CDC guidelines for proper mask use.

WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Masks may not be removed until they exit the pit stop area. 

Masks may not be removed for eating or drinking in check-in and pit stop areas— participants must consume snacks and water outside of the main pit stop area, maintaining 6 feet from fellow participants who aren’t in their household. 

We have a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use (i.e., not wearing a mask, wearing a mask that does not cover both the mouth and nose or is not secured below the chin, pulling up part of a shirt over the face instead of a mask, etc.)

Physical distancing enforcement. 

Check-in and pit stops will have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 

Check-in and snack lines will have “6 feet” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another.

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others not in their households.

No-contact stops. 

At check-in, participants and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance and wear face masks covering their nose and mouth as per our mask and physical distancing policies. 

Participants will collect their check-in packets from the check-in table one at a time and then exit the check-in area.

At pit stops, all snacks will be pre-packaged, single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the check-in area. 

WABA staff will have basic first aid materials available to participants at each check-in and pit stop site, but will not render first aid to individuals. In case of an emergency, WABA staff will call 911 unless the participant can call their own emergency contact to pick them up. 

No ride marshals or ride support. 

All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. There will be no ride marshals and no support vehicle available during any of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series.

In light of this, participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

If a participant needs assistance with routing, is confused about where to check-in for their ride, or has another non-emergency issue, they can call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist them. The WABA Hotline number will be provided in check-in packets at the ride. 

No post-ride celebration. 

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration. 

However, we encourage you to celebrate your ride on your own, and hope you’ll join the virtual afterparty on Twitter and Instagram by sharing photos of your ride @WABADC with #50states. 

Solo ride option

Don’t feel comfortable joining a group event? No problem— you can still participate in the 2020 50 States Ride. We have Solo 50 States Ride Kits available for purchase so you can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released after the date of the group ride for that route. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

This year, WABA is splitting our annual 50 States Ride into three smaller events on three separate Saturdays:

Saturday, September 12: the 15-mile DC Murals Ride(new this year, in collaboration with Murals DC)

Sunday, September 13: the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride (new this year, in collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum

Saturday, September 26: the 60-mile 50 States Ride (our annual classic!)

We are splitting the event up to cut down on the number of people gathering at one place and one time, in keeping with our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19.

Don’t feel comfortable joining a group event? No problem— you can still participate in the 2020 50 States Ride. We have Solo 50 States Ride Kits available for purchase so you can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released after the date of the group ride for that route. 

When and where does this event take place?

The 15-mile DC Murals Ridewill take place on Saturday, September 12. 

  • The start location is Anacostia Park (1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington DC, 20020). 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will begin between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. 

The 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride will take place on Sunday, September 13. 

  • The start location is the Anacostia Community Museum (901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020). 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will begin between 8:00 am and 12 pm.

The 60-mile 50 States Ride will take place on Saturday, September 26. 

  • Participants will choose a start location at registration, and will start and finish the ride at one of these locations: Anacostia Park OR Lincoln Park OR Malcolm X Park OR Fort Reno Park OR Fort Slocum Park. 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will beginaps between 7:30 and 9:30 am. 

If you have registered for a ride, your check-in location address and time are in your confirmation email. 

If you did not receive a confirmation email, email Anna at events@waba.org.

I selected a check-in time/location but now I want to change it.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org. If registration for the ride is still open, it is possible (but NOT guaranteed) that we will be able to move you. 

Can I check-in at a time/location other than the time/location in my confirmation email?

No. You will have to show your confirmation email to gain admittance to check-in on the day of the ride. If you are at the wrong location or too early or too late, you will not be able to check in to the ride. 

Why are you being so strict about check-in times and locations this year? 

Making sure we have an accurate registration list and knowledge of who will arrive where at what time is part of our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19. It is also necessary in the case of contact tracing after the event.

Why are there a limited number of registration slots?

For these rides, participants select specific check-in windows, so we can make sure there aren’t too many people at check-in at one time. This is so we can ensure appropriate space for physical distancing. 

We can only have 25 people per check in slot, which means registration has a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities:

  • 75 registrants for the 15-mile DC Murals Ride on September 12
  • 125 registrants for the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride on September 13
  • 375 registrants for the 60-mile 50 States Classic on September 26

The check in slot I wanted is full and I can’t register.

Sorry about that, but registration is first come, first serve. Please select a different slot. 

The ride I want to register for is full and I can’t register. 

I’m sorry. The registration cap is firm. 

However, you can still access the ride route by purchasing a 50 States Solo Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and route files for all 3 of the ride routes in the 50 States Ride Series so you can ride the route another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

Is there a wait list for the ride?

No. Registration will close when registration reaches its limit.

Can I register onsite the day of the ride?

No. There is no onsite registration for any of these 3 rides. 

I purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

  • You will receive the 15-mile DC Murals Ride route on September 13.
  • You will receive the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride route on September 20.
  • You will receive the 60-mile 50 States Classic route on September 27. 

If the date has passed and you still don’t have your route file, please email Anna at events@waba.org.

I purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit option that includes ride swag mailed to me. Where is my ride swag?

We are getting ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can. Depending on when you purchased your 50 States Solo Ride Kit, you will receive it in late September to late October. Thank you for your patience! 

If you registered for one of the three in-person rides, you will receive your ride swag at check-in. 

Do you think it is safe to hold a group bike ride during COVID-19?

The health and safety of our community is WABA’s top priority. WABA leadership and staff have worked to put together a set of policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, including limiting the size of the event; requiring masks; ensuring there is space for physical distancing at event sites; and making check-in and pit-stops no-contact. We have also eliminated all indoor elements of the event apart from restrooms (including, unfortunately, the afterparty).

Is WABA requiring staff to work at this event? 

Safety policies and procedures were developed in a collaborative staff working group and approved by WABA’s leadership. This includes a measure that staff are not required to work at any in-person events, period, during COVID-19. 

The staff who are working at the 50 States Ride Series have opted in.

What precautions are you taking to mitigate risk from COVID-19 during this event?

You can read our full policies and procedures for this event in the Safety notice on this webpage (see above). Still have questions? Please email Anna at events@waba.org.

Do I have to be a WABA member to register for this ride? 

No. There is a member and a non-member rate for each of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series. The non-member rate includes an annual WABA membership! 

When I enter my email into the membership lookup box, it says I am not a member. But I am!

Sorry about that! Please email Hannah at membership@waba.org and she’ll help you get that cleared up so you can register for the ride.

What is your refund policy?

Because this is a fundraiser there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event— except in case of illness.

If you are feeling sick or have symptoms of an illness, do not come to the event. Email events@waba.org and let Anna know you cannot come because you are sick, and we will process your refund. 

Obviously, this is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. Please keep in mind that all proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

All individuals must register separately for the ride. You can only register one person at a time. You must provide a valid email address for every registration. 

I want to register a child or person who does not have their own email address.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle on a WABA ride wears a helmet while riding. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. 

Participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

Will there be ride marshals?

No. There are no ride marshals on any of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series.

In case of emergency, call 911. 

If a participant needs assistance with routing, is confused about where to check-in for their ride, or has another non-emergency issue during the ride, they can call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist them. 

The WABA Hotline number will be provided in check-in packets at the ride. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

If you registered for an in-person ride, you will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email the week of your ride. 

If you purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit, the digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive, and provide multiple options for routing. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or, if you are participating in an in-person ride, the cue sheet you receive in your check-in packet. 

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, we ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users. When you are on this ride, you are a representative of WABA. We ask you to:

  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs. 
  • Always yield to pedestrians. 
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Communicate verbally with other riders. 
  • Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other users and slow down.

Will you feed me?

For the DC Murals Ride, the “A Right to the City” Ride, and the 50 States Ride:

  • Participants will receive Clif bars in their check-in packets.
  • Additional snacks and water will be available to participants on the 15-mile DC Murals Ride at the finish line.
  • The 30-Mile “A Right to the City Ride” passes through one pit stop where single-serving, pre-packaged snacks and water will be available. 
  • The 60-mile 50 States Ride passes through four pit stops. 

Pit stop location and timing will be in the Ride Prep Guide you receive in your email the week before your ride, and in the cue sheet you receive at check-in.

For the 50 States Solo Ride Kits: 

You use the cue sheets to do this ride on your own. There are no pit stops or support for riders who purchase 50 States Solo Ride Kits.

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop.

Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Can I leave my lock at check-in and pick it up at the finish line?

No. Sorry. We usually provide this service at our Signature Events, but this year it simply does not fit with best practices for mitigating risks of COVID-19. 

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.

We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at events@waba.org.