Bike to Explore Day

Biking allows us to go places and see sights that are impossible for vehicles to reach. This is a day to use your bike to explore your block, your neighborhood, your city, and the amazing outdoor spaces all across the region. One of the best ways to explore is by biking on one of the many trails in the region. Know your Trail Basics and then get out to Explore our Regional Trails!

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If you’re biking to explore nature, maybe to identify some trees or go bird watching, some of our favorites are the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, the Sligo Creek Trail, or Mount Vernon Trail. You can see all our region’s trails—existing and planned—mapped out here. You might be surprised where you’ll find little pockets of nature in our region!

Register for Bike to Anywhere Week now to receive your BINGO card full of fun activities for both on and off the bike.

We love nature pictures at WABA and want to see where you explored! Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bike to Help Someone Who Needs It Day

Here at WABA, biking is not only about getting around, it’s about being a part of a community. This is a day set aside for doing something for someone else, whether that be running an errand, teaching them how to bike, or just spending quality time with them!

Volunteering is a great way to help others in your community. Did you know that volunteering (for WABA or any other mutual aid/charity/non-profit organization) can get you a FREE WABA membership? You can check out some organizations WABA staff really love here, all of which are on the front lines of pandemic support.

At WABA, we’re committed to being better community members, too. We publicly declared our support for Black Lives last summer, and continue to collect materials for ongoing, intentional antiracism education here. Join us in understanding how biking and bike advocacy play a role in an inclusive, safe community.

Register for Bike to Anywhere Week now and receive your BINGO card full of fun activities for both on and off the bike.

We want to see how you help someone in your community today. Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bike to Work Day

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Join WABA and Commuter Connections for the region’s 20th Anniversary Bike to Work Day. Even if you’ll still be working from home in May, get some fresh air by biking to a T-shirt Pickup Point (formerly known as pit stops) and then back home to work for the day. The first 15,000 who register and arrive at a pit stop by bike receive a FREE T-shirt. Staggered hours and a strict COVID policy will be in place.

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Important note: signing up for Bike to Anywhere Week does not register you for Bike to Work Day. They are separate events, and we’re excited to celebrate them both. 

Bike to “Adult” Day

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Going grocery shopping, stopping at the bank, picking up prescriptions…some errands are… unavoidable. Make “adulting” more bearable by using a bike to get there! Are you carrying something, like groceries, on your bike? Read about the best ways to carry items on your bike and, if you need to combine a bus or Metro ride with your trip, how biking and public transportation can go hand and hand. 

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Did you know that every WABA membership comes with a coupon for $15 off a bike tune-up at our participating bike shops? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for Bike Anywhere Week!

We want to see how you “adult” with your bike! Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bike to Play Day

How can you make play time more fun? Incorporate biking! Today is a day to bike to a playground, outdoor activity, recreation center, or a friend’s house (as long as it is COVID safe). If you’re interested in finding your own biking community, or making friends to bike with, here is more information on how to find other people to ride with!

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One of our favorite play activities to do outdoors is riding an ebike! Capital Bikeshare has ebikes available all over the region. Download the Capital Bikeshare app to find an ebike available near you, which you can rent in 30 minute increments for only $1 to unlock! Here is some information on how to get started on an ebike and how to safely ebike in a city

You know what else is fun? Bike tricks! Here is a two-part lesson (part 1, part 2) from our in-house expert on how to do a wheelie!

Did you know that WABA has youth education options to get the kiddos in your life riding? Sign up for Bike to Anywhere Week and join WABA today and help our programs reach further. 

We want to see your wheelie videos! Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bike to Learn Day

Bike to Learn Day

Today is the day to hop on your bike and learn something. This could come in many COVID-safe forms: biking to school, to a museum, to read a book, or to finally reading all the historical markers in your neighborhood. Or maybe you’re biking to learn how to ride confidently, to help a friend learn, or staying home to learn more online—you choose in which ways you can learn! Interested in reading more about bicycling? Here is a list of book suggestions!

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At WABA, we believe that it is important to learn about how the built environment—our streets, neighborhoods, and cities—around us benefits some communities over others. Communities of color suffer disproportionate burdens from inadequate transportation infrastructure and the direct effects of climate change. Visit waba.org/antiracism to find resources on how to promote justice with the changes to the transportation system that we seek to create. 

Or, if you want to learn a technical skill, did you know that our biking classes are free for all members? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for Bike Anywhere Week!

We want to know what you learned today! Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bike Tune-Up Day

Dust off your bikes and let’s get rolling! Keeping your bike tuned-up and safe to ride isn’t difficult, but if you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help! 

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For general biking resources, head on over to waba.og/tips. To get yourself ready to ride and your bike in tip top shape, I recommend  How to Fit a Bike, How to Fit a Helmet, and Biking during COVID-19. Here is a page of biking resources for new riders!

If you’re not a bike owner—and you don’t need to be one to participate!—Capital Bikeshare is a great, affordable option. Check out some videos we made with them to learn how the system works.

Have you heard about the ABC quick check? It is an easy-to-remember, fast way to make sure your bike is ready to go every time you ride. It helps you identify upfront things that could be inconvenient problems if they crop up while you’re riding. Good news— we have a video to teach you how to do an ABC quick check!

Did you know that every WABA membership comes with a coupon for $15 off a bike tune-up at our participating bike shops? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for Bike Anywhere Week!

Keep us updated with your bike tune-ups, preparation to ride, and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

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Bikeable, Walkable Workshop for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners

in early 2021, WABA hosted a Bikeable, Walkable Streets workshop for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. We explored some effective options for making streets more inclusive, how DC’s Department of Transportation moves forward street safety and redesign projects, how to participate in that process some tactics to get a good idea moving.

In the second half, a panel of past and current commissioners shared their experience and tips on workshopping ideas, building consensus among residents and stakeholders, and getting safe streets projects done.

Panelists

  • Salim Adofo – Commissioner 8C07
  • Monique Diop – Commissioner 8D04
  • Randy Downs – Former Commissioner 2B05
  • Erin Palmer – Commissioner 4B02

Questions? Email garrett.hennigan@waba.org. Click here to download the slides.

Youth Learn to Ride Class

Our Youth Learn to Ride class is fun, intuitive, and very successful! This class is for children aged 6-12* who have never ridden a bike before or have tried to learn and have not been successful. Our League certified instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session.

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All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class. 

*If your child falls outside of the 6-12 age range, or you don’t have your own bike or helmet, please email us at youth@waba.org.

Our approach is fun and intuitive, but it also requires hard work. Your child will be riding for two hours. We take breaks every hour. This class is for your child if:

  • They are between the ages of 6 and 12 years old 
  • Your child has never tried to learn how to ride a bike; or
  • They have tried to learn and have not been successful.

All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class.  

Please ensure that your child comes to class wearing comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. Please bring the following: water and snacks, and a mask. This class will be outdoors. Mask use is mandatory.

Only students who have reserved space in the class may attend. Unfortunately, walk-up students cannot be accommodated.

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. You can review WABA’s full guidelines for classes here.

  • 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.
  • Classes will be limited to 10 participants and 3 instructors.
  • All instructors and participants are required to wear face masks for the duration of the class.
  • 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.
  • All instructors and participants are required to maintain social distancing (6 ft apart) for the duration of the class
  • In the event of a minor injury (cuts or scrapes) participants will be provided with first aid supplies to treat themselves. If an individual is unable to treat themselves, or if a more serious injury occurs, WABA will call for an ambulance for additional medical care.
  • Parents will be asked to wait away from the class and not participate.

Youth Learn to Ride Class

Our Youth Learn to Ride class is fun, intuitive, and very successful! This class is for children aged 6-12* who have never ridden a bike before or have tried to learn and have not been successful. Our League certified instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session.

register

All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class. 

*If your child falls outside of the 6-12 age range, or you don’t have your own bike or helmet, please email us at youth@waba.org.

Our approach is fun and intuitive, but it also requires hard work. Your child will be riding for two hours. We take breaks every hour. This class is for your child if:

  • They are between the ages of 6 and 12 years old 
  • Your child has never tried to learn how to ride a bike; or
  • They have tried to learn and have not been successful.

All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class.  

Please ensure that your child comes to class wearing comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. Please bring the following: water and snacks, and a mask. This class will be outdoors. Mask use is mandatory.

Only students who have reserved space in the class may attend. Unfortunately, walk-up students cannot be accommodated.

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. You can review WABA’s full guidelines for classes here.

  • 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.
  • Classes will be limited to 10 participants and 3 instructors.
  • All instructors and participants are required to wear face masks for the duration of the class.
  • 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.
  • All instructors and participants are required to maintain social distancing (6 ft apart) for the duration of the class
  • In the event of a minor injury (cuts or scrapes) participants will be provided with first aid supplies to treat themselves. If an individual is unable to treat themselves, or if a more serious injury occurs, WABA will call for an ambulance for additional medical care.
  • Parents will be asked to wait away from the class and not participate.