Trail Riding Basics

Sunday, June 4, 2023, 10:00 AM

Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria


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WABA’s Trail Riding Basics class teaches you the skills you need to ride safely, confidently and considerately on our region’s many trails and multi-use paths.

In this class, we focus on practicing basic bike handling skills such as shifting, scanning, signaling, gradual braking and weaving. Instructors discuss the importance of trail etiquette while riding on a multi-use path and answer any questions that participants may have about trail riding for commuting or recreation.

At the end of class, we’ll go for a group trail ride, where participants put their newly acquired skills to the test. Have any questions? Email us at

Check out WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

This class is for you if:

You already know how to ride a bike but do not have much experience riding on trails

You have experience riding on trails, but would like to learn skills that will help improve your ride

You have recently taken a WABA Basic Skills Clinic

You have recently taken a WABA Learn to Ride class and were riding confidently with 2 pedals by the end of class

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • 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 Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • 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.

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Bikes must be in good working order. Interested in using a FREE Capital Bikeshare for this class? Email for more details.

Cost: $10.00 or FREE for WABA members! Sign up to become a member at

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for class 15 minutes before the start time. 

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services

Class Location

Ben Brenman Park Parking Lot

4800 Brenman Park Dr, Alexandria, VA 22304

The parking lot is next to the restroom building. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal shirts.

Parking: There is parking at this class location

Public Transportation: The closest bus stop is Duke St and Somervelle St (Stop ID: 4000110), which is a 0.3 mile walk to the class location. Use the Dash Bus website to check arrival times and plan your trip.