Sweet Ride Kits

Let WABA send you on a Sweet Ride on Northern Virginia trails!


How does it work?

Sweet Ride Kits are available for purchase—see below.

Every Ride Kit includes PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide by email, so you can ride as soon as you’re ready.

Some kits include exclusive swag mailed to your door! If you purchase a Baby Sweet, Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest, or Bespoke Ride Kit you choose, we’ll mail you a package of exclusive ride swag. Mailings begin the first week of July and continue through August.

Where do I ride?

All registration levels include cue sheets and route files for FIVE ride routes (6 mile, 10 mile, 16 mile, 28 mile, and 45 mile) connected by Northern Virginia trails, so you can ride all summer long.

All the ride routes start and end at The Grounds in Crystal City, but you can hop on and off the routes wherever you want. 

Pack a picnic — these routes take you to destinations in Arlington and Alexandria where you’ll want to stop and take in the sunshine, like Teddy Roosevelt Island, Columbia Island, Glen Carlyn Park, and more.

We are grateful for your support.

While we’re disappointed we can’t celebrate the second Sweet Ride in person, we want to celebrate in spirit. In addition to getting you some great custom swag that won’t be sold again, your Sweet Ride Kit purchase supports WABA and better biking across the region.

Public Health Note

* These rides are meant to be done solo or with members of your household. Please be sure to follow guidelines for physical distancing, and stay home if you are sick. WABA will make reasonable efforts to communicate changes under COVID-19 restrictions, but may not provide an update to registrants with every change to local government policies and recommendations.


Ride Kits

The 2020 Sweet Ride Cotton Cap, available as part of the Sweetest and Bespoke Ride Kits!

Digital Kit — $10

Simple and sweet! This package will come to your email, and includes:

  • PDF cue sheet with five ride routes 
  • Digital route files (GPX, TCX, Ride with GPS) and maps 
  • PDF Ride Prep Guide, including guidelines for biking during COVID-19

Baby Sweet Ride Kit—$25

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Exclusive Sweet Ride spoke card

Sweet Ride Kit — $50

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Paper cue sheets with maps and directions for five ride routes
  • Exclusive Sweet Ride spoke card 
  • Blue and white gingham Sweet Ride bandana
  • WABA patch kit
  • Single-serving lemonade packet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Voucher for a free chicken, sandwich, wrap, or pita from Nando’s Peri Peri 
  • Voucher for a 32 oz crowler of Port City Brewing Co’s Beach Drive Golden Ale

Sweeter Ride Kit — $95 (while supplies last!)

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet Ride Kit

PLUS

  • Gift card for specialty drink from Commonwealth Joe (fuel your ride!)
  • Gift card for a milkshake from Good Stuff Eatery (cool down after a hot day in the sun!) 
  • Gift card to Los Tios Grill (good food and cold drinks…what could be better? )

Sweetest Ride Kit — $150 (while supplies last!)

Mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet and Sweeter Ride Kits

PLUS

  • Cotton Sweet Ride cycle cap

Bespoke Ride Kit—$250 (while supplies last!)

Mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet, Sweeter, and Sweetest Ride Kits

PLUS

  • A bespoke route designed for by WABA’s Event Coordinator, customized to your desired start location and comfort level
  • A 30-minute call to discuss the route map and cues and how to prepare for your ride

Note: want a bespoke ride route designed especially for you… but not the other things that come with the Bespoke Ride Kit? Email events@waba.org to add a bespoke ride route to any level Ride Kit for $100.


Get your kit!


Thank you to these awesome sponsors!

Port City Brewing Logo
Nandos Logo


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

Because COVID-19 crisis means we cannot gather in person, WABA is offering Sweet Ride Kits: an alternative to a group ride so you can take a sweet summer ride on your own or with members of your household. We’ll be selling kits all summer so you can take the ride anytime, but some will sell out. 

Kits include ride routes, swag, and other goodies (differing based on registration level).

All Sweet Ride Kits include PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and a Ride Prep Guide. Some include physical items mailed to your door!

When does the ride take place?

There is no set date or time for this ride; you do it on your own time, any time after you register! 

You will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide by email when you purchase your Ride Kit, and can do the ride whenever you’d like after that. 

Sweet Ride Kits are for sale until August 31.

Our Baby Sweet Ride, Sweet Ride, Sweeter Rider, Sweetest Ride, and Bespoke Ride Kits include physical items mailed to your door. We will mail Ride Kits starting the first week of July, and then weekly through July and August. The last mailing will be the week of August 30 or when Ride Kits sell out. 

When will I receive my Ride Kit?

The date you receive your Ride Kit will vary based on when you purchase it.

We will mail out ride packages starting the first week of July. We are a small team being careful about social distancing, so thank you for your patience!

Kits will be mailed at the beginning of the week every week through July and August. The last mailing will be the week of August 30 or when Ride Kits sell out. 

You will receive the digital items (PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide) when you purchase your Ride Kit, so you can start enjoying the ride routes as soon as you purchase your Ride Kit, even if your physical package hasn’t arrived yet.

If you have purchased a Ride Kit and have not received the digital items, or if you’d like to check on the status of your Ride Kit, check your spam folder and then email events@waba.org.

Can I upgrade my Ride Kit?

Sure thing— email Anna at events@waba.org, and she’ll make it happen.

Where does the ride take place?

All of the ride routes included with Sweet Ride Kits begin and end at The Grounds in Crystal City (1102 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202)

Do I have to be a WABA member to purchase a Sweet Ride Kit?

Nope! But we hope you’ll consider becoming one at waba.org/join.

Is it ok to go for a bike ride during COVID-19?

So far throughout the COVID-19 crisis, bicycling has been  included in lists of allowable recreation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.  

WABA will make reasonable efforts to communicate changes under COVID-19 restrictions, but may not provide an update to registrants with every change to local government policies and recommendations.

If you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please stay inside. 

If you go for a ride, please be vigilant about observing social distancing guidelines. When biking, leave a lot of room for passing, stop 6 ft behind others at intersections, and plan to ride more slowly than you usually might. See our blog post about Biking during COVID-19 for more details.

What is your refund/transfer policy?

Because this is a fundraiser there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event. 

All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Don’t know much about our work? Read about our latest projects on our blog, and follow along on Twitter @WABADC.

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

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. When you purchase a Sweet Ride Kit, you receive several different ride routes you can do solo or with members of your household.

There is no set date or time for this ride; you do it on your own time, any time after you purchase your Sweet Ride Kit. 

There are no ride marshals, pit stops, or emergency support staff to assist with this activity. 

This means:

  • In case of an emergency, call 911.
  • There are no bathrooms or venues involved in this ride.
  • There is no food provided on this ride; please bring your own snacks and water. (Some of our ride packages do include vouchers for food items at businesses near the ride route start/end point!)

This ride is meant for individuals or people from the same household. Please follow developing CDC recommendations and guidelines from local jurisdictions, and do not gather in groups in private or public space.

Where can I find information about the routes?

You will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email after you purchase your Sweet Ride Kit. Some Kits also include paper cue sheets and maps, which will be mailed to you.

If you are curious about where the routes go and would like to get an idea before you purchase a Ride Kit, you can check out last year’s Sweet Ride routes here.

The Sweet Ride Kit routes won’t be identical to the 2019 Sweet Ride Routes, but there will be similar options in terms of distance and difficulty.

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or (if your package comes with one) on the cue sheet you received from WABA in your Ride Kit.

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?

No. You should bring snacks and water to keep yourself fueled on your ride. Some of our ride packages do include vouchers for food items at businesses near the ride route start/end point!). Keep in mind that many businesses (and bathrooms) might be closed or operating through curbside pickup. 

Will there be marshals?

No. There are no ride marshals, pit stops, or emergency support staff to assist with this activity. 

In case of an emergency on the ride, please call 911.

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.

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.We are happy to help! Email your question to events@waba.org.

Meet this year’s Winners of the WABA Awards (and vote for more!)

2019 was a heck of a year for bicycling in the region. We’ve seen new protected bike lanes, Capital Bikeshare expansions, trail-improvements…and more!

At the 2019 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on February 26th, the WABA community will honor the winners of the Choice Awards, voted on and awarded by you!

You can vote on Best Improvement: Maryland; Best Improvement: Virginia; Best Improvement: DC; and Best Social Ride here — and RSVP for the BCAs so you don’t miss the awards.

Vote RSVP

At the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards, we also recognize winners of the 2019 WABA Awards, honoring individuals whose dedicated work for better bicycling has made our community stronger, our streets safer, and brought us closer to our vision of a region where everyone can get where they’re going on a bike.

These awards are selected by WABA’s board and staff. 

Winners of the 2019 WABA Awards:


2019 WABA Super Volunteer Award 

Monica Morin, for her dedication to selling merchandise at WABA events, showing up to volunteer nights, making year-end phone calls, and overall being an incredible cheerleader for WABA everywhere she goes.


2019 WABA Public Leadership Award 

Emily Dalphy, for her work as an innovative public servant who listens responsively to community needs, and going above and beyond in supporting communities who need safe streets now. 


2019 Community Advocate Awards

Sean Neal, for his leadership organizing the site visit at South Capitol Street to demonstrate the need for safe crossing at Xenia Street— a much-needed safety improvement.

George Tobias, for his leadership encouraging elected officials to attend the Ward 8 Traffic Safety Meetings, where we organized around the need for safer routes to school, better sidewalks, and speed control in Ward 8 neighborhoods. 


2019 Trail Champion Award

Ravi Ganvir, for his work moving countless trails, walking and biking projects around the District forward this past year, including the Arboretum Bridge and Trail.


2019 Heart and Soul Award

Christy Kwan and Faith Cole-Hall, for their leadership in establishing the DC chapter of Families for Safe Streets, giving our community a place to support one another, remember and grieve those lost to traffic violence, and organize for action. 


2019 Vision Zero Award

Evan Glass, for his leadership on issues facing vulnerable road users across Montgomery County— including hosting a Vision Zero town hall and meaningfully engaging with Maryland State Highway and Montgomery County DOT.


2019 Youth Leadership Award

Amir Goodman, Oliver Krupa, and Siddharth Kravetz, for their courage in giving testimony at the DC Council Vision Zero hearing last October. 


2019 Educator of the Year Award

Carol Ann Pisciotta, for her enthusiasm and leadership in making the youth bicycle education pilot at Excel Beyond the Bell at Oakview Elementary a reality. 


2019 Biking for All Award

Fionnuala Quin for her leadership as a champion of bike and pedestrian education, including her work to implement traffic gardens at DC and Alexandria elementary schools. 

Congratulations to all of these champions of safer streets— and thank you for all of your work in 2019. 

Don’t forget to vote for your picks in the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards— and RSVP for the event to join in celebrating all we accomplished together in 2019.

Vote RSVP

2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

The 2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is over—thanks for coming.

Need more WABA in your life?Register for the Sprouts Ride on Sunday, April 26.


Join WABA, the board, staff, and members as we share our 2020 plans, hear from you, and celebrate some of the people who’ve made our region better for biking.

Voting is closed! See you on Wednesday!


Register

Registration is now closed! But, you can still come to the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and register at the door. See you there!

The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, 2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. There is some bicycle parking available at the Hill Center, and more at Eastern Market Metro Station.

5:30-6:30 PM: Member Meeting / WABA Expo

WABA members: meet and ratify the new Board of Directors and learn about WABA’s plans and vision for the rest of 2020 and beyond. This once-a-year meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the Board and make your voice heard as an essential part of WABA’s work and community. 

If you’re not a member, you can attend the WABA Expo at the same time, in the same location: meet WABA staff, hear how our advocacy works, and learn how your volunteerism, participation, and donations make a difference in the work for better bicycling in our region. 

6:30-7:30 PM: Reception 

Mingle over light snacks and drinks — members, your first round is on WABA! 

7:30-9 PM: Bicyclists’ Choice Awards 

Celebrate the people and places that make our region such a great place to ride a bike! 


Vote!


Volunteer

That “WOW WOW BIKE LANE” feeling

Last week, when I turned into the bike lane on 5th St NW to ride around McMillan Reservoir, I noticed something: a new string of flex posts. The painted bike lane suddenly was a protected bike lane. Instead of being a place where I felt begrudgingly permitted, 5th Street was a place I felt welcome. And you know what? That feeling was AWESOME. I actually shouted into the wind: WOW WOW WOW!

I hope you know the feeling I’m talking about— the joy and delight of a great place to ride. Will you make a donation to WABA today and invest in a future where you get that WOW WOW WOW BIKE LANE feeling all the time?

Riding our bikes shouldn’t be stressful! Everywhere we ride we should have designated space for us that’s separated from car traffic, whether it’s by concrete, or plastic, or old railroad ties, or very sturdy potted plants. Because when I’m riding in a protected bike lane I feel safer, and I suspect you do too. I feel seen. I feel like not only can I ride my bike to get around—I’m invited to ride. 

WABA wants streets where everyone feels invited to ride a bike—where feeling safe, and seen, and welcome on a bike are built into the very design of every road. But we can’t make that future happen without your financial support today.

Will you give today to join the fight for better, safer places to ride?

The icing on the donut: Cider Ride 2019

It’s been a great fall for WABA: Open Streets, progress on Long Bridge, more than 60 people showing up to testify for safer streets at the Vision Zero Hearing. Plus, the Presidents rode Capital Bikeshare bikes in the Nats’ World Series victory parade. Then, to put the icing on the cake donut: Cider Ride!

November 2nd dawned cool and clear — a little chilly for standing around, but good temps for a bike ride! Almost 500 bicyclists gathered at Dance Place to check in, get their Cider Ride carabiner mugs, and fill their water bottles, before setting off on WABA’s last ride of 2019.

The cider was hot, the pies were enormous, and our ride marshals looked glamorous in brand-new (!) marshal vests.

Spiffy new marshal vests!

Bicyclists of all ages enjoyed donuts at Proteus Bikes and our new pit stop at Bladensburg Waterfront Park before continuing their ride, and riders on the 55-mile Honeycrisp route took a loop around the Patuxent Research Refuge before resting at the 30 mile mark at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

A rider and their 2019 Cider Ride mug at Buddy Attick Park.

Staff and volunteers were ready with pie as participants rolled into the post-ride celebration at Brookland’s Dew Drop Inn,  where music, food, and drink kept the party going late into the afternoon.

So much pie. Which isn’t a terrible problem to have.

Thanks to everyone who came out for Cider Ride! I hope we’ll see you December 18th at our WABA Member Holiday Party at Franklin Hall. You can check out more photos from Cider Ride below— but first, thanks again to all our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors:

Find a gallery of photos from Cider Ride 2019 below:

What’s the best part of Cider Ride?

Those two 70-degree days last week was all it took to get me fully in the mood for fall. And it’s not just me: all of a sudden pumpkin-spice everything is everywhere, and decorative gourds are popping up on every block. 

But for WABA, the autumn equinox means one thing: Cider Ride!

Sign up for Cider Ride!

Cider Ride, one WABA staff member remarked, is “everything good about fall in a bike ride.” 

What does that mean? 

It means apple pie and donuts. It means hot cider and heavier layers. And, most importantly, it means winding along gorgeous Prince George’s County trails transformed by autumn.

Seriously – it’s not an exaggeration. Look at these views:

Fall foliage at Lake Artemesia in Prince George’s County. You can’t beat it.

What makes Cider Ride even better is that it has something for everybody. Three routes (the 55-mile Honeycrisp, the 30-mile McIntosh, and the 10-mile Candy Apple route) means you can get out on your bike for a while whether you feel like riding for two hours or six. 

We’ll have fall treats at the pit stops on every route — plus, hot cider (and a commemorative WABA Cider Ride mug to drink it from) to warm you up while you take a break. A leisurely ride through the woods or a fast-paced tour of the trails – the pace is up to you! 

A canopy of autumn’s best colors – experience it on your bike!

So whether you’re itching to tackle the Honeycrisp route on your road bike, hoping to snap a perfect fall Instagram shot as you catch your breath on McIntosh, or planning to hitch a trailer with 3 kids on the back of your bike for the Candy Apple ride, we can’t wait to go on a bike ride with you. 

Because really, that’s the best part about Cider Ride — spending a crisp fall morning outside with friends. I hope I see you there!

Register today!

Sunshine and PB&Js: 50 States 2019 Recap

Hundreds of bicyclists came out on Saturday, September 7th for WABA’s annual 50 States Ride. We saw a burley-bound baby along for the Route 66 Ride, a couple tackling the 50 States in matching jerseys, and 13 Colonies riders rolling out together by the dozen from Walter Pierce Park. Whether this was your first 50 States Ride or your tenth: it was awesome to see you all bright and early to celebrate bicycling in D.C. 

The day was clear and warm— a great day for a bike ride! Volunteer-made PBJs kept bellies full and pedals pumping at our Eastern Market pit stop, and the WABA Boutique at the Mellow Mushroom post-ride celebration had plenty of shirts, socks, and jerseys for sale so riders could show their WABA pride. Thanks to the sunshine, the roofdeck filled up quickly, and 18th Street felt even more festive than usual as rider after rider rolled up to the finish line looking for their hard-earned pizza and beer.

Thank you so much to all of you who came out for the ride. Like all of WABA’s signature events, the 50 States Ride is a fundraising event. Your registration fees fund WABA’s mission of making sure there are safe, accessible places to bicycle across the region. We’re grateful for your support, and I hope I’ll see you at our next signature event, Cider Ride, on November 2.

Check out the photos below for a glimpse of the 2019 50 States Ride —but first, one last thank you to the sponsors whose support made the 50 States Ride possible:

Meet the Riders: WABA in the Wild 2019

We’re packing up and heading out of town—this October 11-14, eleven WABA supporters will be riding the entire length of the C&O Canal Towpath to raise awareness about WABA’s work. 

In the weeks before the ride, Pamela, Randall, Sarah, Stephanie, Rocio, Bradly, Tom, Peter, Bryan, Henning, and Jamie will each fundraise $1000 support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach for better bicycling in our region.

Click a rider’s photo to see their personal fundraising page and learn more about the experiences that turned them into bicyclists and advocates—and fundraisers. 

Visit the WABA in the Wild page to learn more about this adventure! Interested in coming along for the ride next year? Email events@waba.org

Stephanie Kaufman

“Biking gives me the freedom to go where I want without contributing to traffic or air pollution. It’s my small way of doing my bit to address climate change…”

Tom McCann

“In recent years riding in DC has improved significantly thanks in part to the Washington Area Bicycling Association (WABA). Today, riding in Washington is safer, more accessible, and more fun for me and Madeleine who is learning to ride her own bike….”

Sarah Phillips

“WABA’s activities and advocacy in the region, from city cycling classes and info on what to do after a crash to great events like Bike to Work day and the fall Cider Ride, remind me every day that there’s a great cycling community out there!”

Rocio Paul

“I don’t want anyone to be afraid of riding a bike next to cars or running into dangerous road conditions. Let’s not wait for accidents to happen to take action…”

Randall Meyers

“WABA In The Wild combines two of my core values: working with great people to do great things and enjoying our planet through biking…”

Peter Mathers

“This October 11-14 I’ll be bicycling from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown to raise awareness for WABA’s 40 year history of successful advocacy in the D.C. region…”

Henning Schulzrinne

“The DC area is blessed with a good biking infrastructure compared to many other metro areas and an active biking community, but this doesn’t happen by accident – it requires long-term advocacy with local authorities, outreach and education…”

Bradly Winans

“Bicycling can change lives in big and small ways. On a personal level, it’s an inexpensive, active and enjoyable form of transportation for me everyday on my way to and from work. I feel healthy and happy every time I sit in my saddle knowing I’m benefiting my body as well as the environment!”

Jamie Buss

“Join me on a bicycling and fundraising journey as I bike 184.5 miles on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath — and raise money for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association along the way!”

Pamela Sutherland

“I believe in the cause of better bicycling. That’s why I’m going on WABA in the Wild. Will you support me and WABA by donating to my campaign and helping me raise $1000 by October 11, 2019?”

Bryan McCann

“I believe in the cause of better bicycling. That’s why I’m going on WABA in the Wild. Will you support me and WABA by donating to my campaign and helping me raise $1000 by October 11, 2019?”

Top Three Reasons to do WABA in the Wild

We’ve run four WABA in the Wild trips since we started to do the trip, back in 2016. Going into number five, we thought it may be a good time to reflect on what makes the trip awesome by talking to some of the people who would know best—the folks that were there!

After you do WABA in the Wild, you suddenly have 20 new bike friends that you spent an amazing weekend with! You can opt into an online group—WABA in the Wild Alumni—where you can keep in touch with them, plan rides or other get-togethers, and more. We asked this group: “Looking back at the experience of your trip, what were the best things about WABA in the Wild?”

Here’s what they said:

1. Getting to know the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

The C&O Canal is incredibly scenic.

“The C&O Canal is truly a marvel to ride along. There is so much natural beauty and fascinating engineering to take in every mile.”

WABA in the Wild is a three day, 184.5 mile ride from Cumberland to Georgetown on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath.

Construction of the C&O Canal began in 1828 and was completed in 1850 to transport coal from the Allegheny mountains to port cities. Now, as part of a National Historical Park, the towpath is an incredible chance to take in the transportation history of the early United States, with wildlife and greenery surrounding us on all sides.

2. Meals prepared campside by WABA staff and volunteers.

Can’t beat a good campfire meal!

“Food prepared by the staff—each meal was great.  I especially enjoyed the veggie chili the first night…along with the spaghetti and meatballs! I never knew I could eat so much!”

We know that 184.5 miles calls for calories. So from breakfast when you wake up in camp, to pit stops stocked with lunch and snacks, to dinner cooked campside, WABA will make sure you’re fueled up and ready to go. Who knows—there might even be s’mores by the campfire. 

3. All of it! 

2018 WABA in the Wild riders and staff at mile zero in Georgetown.

“Looking back on the experience…it was all of it that was the best. The people I rode with, the adventure, the WABA staff…I look back on the experience and I think, I did that. And I was able to support the work that WABA does. It really doesn’t get much better than that.” 

WABA in the Wild is a supported ride, which means staff and volunteers will be with you every step of the way. In the weeks leading up to the weekend, we’ll have a meeting and practice ride where you can get up to speed on details of the weekend and meet the other bicycling advocates who will be on WABA in the Wild. We’ll work with you to develop a fundraising plan and strategy so you can meet your $1000 fundraising goal. And we’ll transport you, your bike, and your gear to Cumberland, Maryland; set up pit stops as we pedal our way to Georgetown; and be available to cheer and support you all weekend. All you need to do is enjoy the ride.

Register for WABA in the Wild

WABA in the Wild is made possible by these generous supporters:

Bronze Sponsor:

Meet Anna McCormally, our new Events Coordinator

I remember my first time riding my bike in the city. It was 2013, my first year in DC. I got off the Metro at McPherson Square Metro and rode north on 14th Street to Columbia Heights.  It was a little scary, but I felt powerful and free, alert to my surroundings, present in my body…and completely hooked on bicycles! Since then, whether I’m exploring the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail with a friend, training for a race on Beach Drive, or just enjoying the sun on my morning commute, my bike has gotten me wherever I need to go. 

My first experience with WABA was as a participant in the 2014 50 States Ride. Group rides are a great way to  build community, explore the city, and grow your confidence on a bicycle, and I can’t wait to share the 50 States Rides and WABA’s other signature rides with you in my role as events coordinator. We’ll buckle our helmets, hop in the saddle, and celebrate the work that WABA’s advocates, members, and supporters are doing to make the DC area safe, fun, and accessible to bicyclists.

Want more details about one of WABA’s signature rides?  Interested in volunteering to create an awesome experience for your friends and neighbors? Feeling unsure which of our rides is right for your level of bicycling?  I’d love to talk about that and anything else related to WABA events. Drop me a line at anna.mccormally@waba.org. I can’t wait to go on a bike ride with you.