Bicycling experts in Northern Virginia ready to work for you

Welcome Northern Virginia’s newest League Cycling Instructors (LCis)!

Let’s have a round of applause for the people of Northern Virginia! Not just because they’re great (though they are), but because there are now 12 new, dedicated, and excited citizen-educators across the NoVa communities ready to work with bicyclists and pedestrians. In April, committed bicyclists and community leaders from Fairfax, Herndon, Aldie, Alexandria, Burke, Dunn Loring, Arlington, and Reston spent a long weekend (25 hours) with WABA’s education staff to earn their certification as League of American Bicyclists’ League Cycling Instructors. The main focus of the seminar is teacher training, providing skills and tools for public speaking, lesson design, student engagement, and more—all in the context of bicycling and riding on streets. Part of the time was spent inside where everyone could craft and practice teaching. Then, the education continued outside where folks practiced teaching bike skills and leading group rides. Prior to participating in the LCI seminar, the instructor group attended two trainings in Arlington where the focus was on pedestrian safety. These community members are now well-versed in both pedestrian and bicyclist education. They are eager to share their knowledge and talents with the larger Northern Virginia community! But they need your help to discover and connect with opportunities for bike education and advocacy. So, if you’re planning a pedestrian or bicyclist-focused event in the near future, then you should reach out and put these eager folks to work in the community!

They’re an eager bunch – and they can’t wait to work with you!

This seminar was made possible through the partnership of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the generous donation of meeting and parking lot space by INOVA Fairfax Hospital Center.

Bikeshare Bingo: Six Years of Biking to School

Read the other entries in our Bike to School Day series here and here.

We are still working on the tandem selfie.

Getting Ready for the Big (New Bike) Day

When my wife, Jodi, informed me that she was pregnant, I went through all of the emotions you’d expect. One thing I didn’t really get caught up in was the excitement of acquiring all of the baby “stuff”, with one exception: bikes. But babies can’t ride bikes, you’re thinking, and you’re right. But I found a way to share my  enthusiasm with my future child: a bike trailer. It would allow me to take the newest member of our family out on runs and rides (and maybe even ski trips). Normally a hard sell when it comes to new bike gear, Jodi actually wanted to join me on the trip to the store because she was so happy to see me so excited. It’s important to note that a bike trailer worked best for our family. It fit our needs and served the purposes we wanted it to. There are so many different options for carrying kids on bikes, I encourage to look around and ask parents when you see something you like. Our tips for buying a bike trailer:
  • Consider what you want to do with it, is it just for biking or other activities too
  • What size do you need, do you anticipate more than one child in the trailer
  • How many bikes will you attach it to – some trailers are easier to attach to multiple bikes than others

Trailers and Trails

On the guidance of our pediatrician, I waited until my son Noah’s neck was strong enough to support a helmet before our first ride. In an effort to understand how the biking is different when pulling extra weight I first pulled a sack of flour around the neighborhood. Turning and braking was really different and something I constantly had to be conscious of. I also worried about visibility. First, I wasn’t convinced that drivers would be able to recognize that this is a trailer. There is hi-visibility piping built in to the trailer, but I added lights. I also utilized a tall orange flag to grab driver’s attention. We started out slow and kept the distance short. He was 11 months old for his first ride and he “chattered” away the whole time, taking in all the sights and sounds in Rock Creek Park. After that, we rode together nearly every weekend Often he would sleep. But sometimes he would “talk,” “sing” or “read.” When he got a bit older we would stop to explore the woods or have a snack. The luxury of the trailer is that there was tons of space to carry everything we needed and more. After he started daycare ( just under 2 miles from our house), I rode with him almost every day (we only missed 3 days in that year). The trailer provided a covered space to keep him dry in the rain and add layers when it was cold (on the really cold days, I put in a few of those chemical hand warmers to keep the space even more toasty). Tips for riding with an infant/toddler in a trailer:
  • Don’t start until your child’s neck is strong enough
  • Practice pulling the trailer with some weight in a parking lot
  • Make your trailer as visible as possible
  • Take advantage of all the space a trailer provides and pack extra layers, food, and activities/distractions

A Bicycle Built for Two

Eventually we outgrew the trailer and it was time to look for another way to ride together. A family friend had an old “trail-a-bike” attachment that they were looking to get rid of and we were happy to take. The first time we rode with this, we took it slow and rode around the neighborhood. I wasn’t prepared for how much the attachment leaning to each side would affect my handling. Starting out slow and getting comfortable was key before I started riding on the roads with Noah. He loved being free and on his own bike. He could see more of what was happening and be in more control, especially since he had pedals and his own bell. Frequently, when I was looking behind me to make sure it was clear for us to make a turn, I would see his outstretched arm signaling to drivers that we were turning, just like I was doing a few moments before. This setup worked for us, I was able to carry his school stuff in my panniers and he loved riding to school. The biggest challenge I always had to consider was the weather and Noah’s comfort. Since he wasn’t working as hard as I was he would get colder faster. Choosing appropriate layers and clothing is key. For more tips on layering and youth, click here. Noah is now in second grade and our commute is just under 4 miles. Our route is a mix of roads and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. We’re not the only ones riding to our school. The community is welcoming and when I have questions for other parents bicycling with kids, they’re happy to answer. We have a different bike set-up now. Noah loves it because he gets to ride in the front and see everything instead of my back. I love it because I get to hear him better and we have a lot of really fun conversations. One of the most recent games we started playing on our ride to school is “Bikeshare Bingo.” We try to spot every type of bikeshare available in the city before we get to school. What’s more fun is that Noah has my loud voice and Jodi’s ability to be super direct. Since he’s on the front of the bike and sees everything happening around him, he’s turned in to a mighty advocate for bicyclists and pedestrians. Tips on choosing a route:
  • The roads you use to drive to school may not be the best roads to bicycle on
  • Plan your route based off of traffic flow and bike lanes available
  • Ride your route on the weekend first when there’s no stress about getting to school on time
  • Talk with other parents at the school that ride and ask them about their route, see if there’s an opportunity to ride together
Time for his own bike commute Eventually, Noah will be ready to ride his own bike to school. He keeps asking if today is the day he can ride his own bike. We’ve done a few “trial runs” on the weekends when there’s less traffic. Personally, I’m not ready for him to ride on his yet so I keep putting it off. If we had a protected space for the majority of our ride I’d be more comfortable to let him go. Additionally, I’m just not emotionally ready to no longer have him on the bike with me – we’ve been doing it for more than six years! He thinks he’s ready and wants to do it before the end of second grade, we’ll see. On days that we don’t ride to school, Noah will state at least once, while sitting in traffic, “I wish we rode.” My response is always the same, me too Noah, me too.

Ready to learn a new trick?

You’ve read the headlines—more people than ever are bicycling in the Washington, DC region. If you’re already one of them, great! But if you’re not riding yet, WABA is here to help. The Everyday Bicycling Team at WABA offers a variety of classes designed to get you out on the bicycle for the first time or for the millionth time. In a WABA City Cycling class you’ll learn bike handling tips and tricks that leave you feeling more confident, competent and comfortable, whether you’re riding on the beautiful recently extended Anacostia River Trail or on a hectic and busy downtown street like Florida Ave. City Cycling classes are 3 hours long and tons of fun. In the beginning you meet all of the participants and share why you’re at the class and what you want to get out of it. Then, you get to choose between the “fundamentals” group or the “confidence” group. Both groups learn a lot and get the chance to practice new skills before going out on a ride. No matter which group you choose, you’ll leave more confident and capable on your bike. On a Community Ride you will take a leisurely spin with others to explore new parts of the region. This spring we are preparing to take in tulips, baked goods, urban farms and more. Community rides are short and slow on purpose. We stop a few times along the way to talk about different road designs or infrastructure challenges and sometimes also to eat tacos. If you don’t know how to ride a bike yet; or know someone that wants to learn, then WABA’s Learn to Ride class is the place to go. Our Learn to Ride class is 3 hours long and uses a tried and true method to help adults learn to ride a bicycle. Last year we taught more than 450 adults to ride. This year classes are being offered throughout the region. Every class is taught by  League of American Bicyclist certified League Cycling Instructors. . All of our classes are supported and funded by local government agencies: Montgomery County Department of Transportation, DC Department of Transportation, Arlington County, Alexandria County and the city of Falls Church, VA. Please bring a friend and join WABA this spring to pick up a trick or two on your bicycle and be one of the new bicyclists we see on the streets or trails enjoying your ride!

She won a free bike, will you?

You may not know Celeste, but she was a WABA bike education student last year. By attending a bicycle education class in 2017, Celeste was automatically entered to win the sweet bicycle you see above. Celeste signed up for a WABA Learn to Ride class because the time was finally right. She had lived long enough without being able to ride a bike. She was proud of her great life surrounded by friends, working as a professor and staying active within her community. What she didn’t have was the experience of enjoying life on two wheels. This is where WABA came in. In the span of three hours, Celeste was introduced to wearing a helmet properly, how to make sure her bike was properly fitted for her, and finally all about how to balance. After meticulous practice pushing with her feet, Flintstones-style, Celeste was ready for pedals. After a few wobbles and shakes (from nerves and still being new at the whole balance thing), Celeste was pedaling a bicycle all by herself for the first time in her life! She walked away from the class with a new found skill and the feeling of success. Little did she know that she was also walking away with a brand new bicycle. Due to the generous support of a WABA member, the Adult Education team received a bicycle to raffle off during the Fall 2017 season. Anyone that learned to ride for the first time in a learn to ride class, brushed up on their riding skills in a city cycling class; or discovered the greater bicycling community in a community ride was eligible to win the bike. By participating in a class you’re guaranteed to win (just not guaranteed to win a bike). You will win the feeling of being connected to an awesome community–the incredible local biking community! You will win new skills and tricks to find more joy and comfort while riding a bicycle. And, maybe, just maybe, you could win a bike. So, what’s stopping you? Come and win in a class this spring. Check this space in the next couple of weeks to view the schedule. Or, enter your email address here and be notified when the schedule goes live. Happy riding!

“I could never do that!”

Photo: Ryan Lovin

The best thing about my job is that I get to ride a bicycle, obviously. But the next best thing about my job is that I get to talk with people about bicycling. I get to share my own experience incorporating bicycling into my life, and I get to talk about the experiences of the hundreds of people that I teach and work with throughout the year. People ask me a lot of questions. Here is the second most frequent question* I hear:

“Drivers are crazy! Aren’t you scared riding your bike in traffic?”

My answer to this question is simple: yes, sometimes. Most of the time I’m on my bike, I am enjoying myself, but sometimes I encounter situations that terrify me. In both cases—when I’m just cruising along, and when something unexpected and dangerous happens—I know that I can rely on my training and experience to get me through. And that’s one of the most rewarding aspects about what I get do do at WABA: our Everyday Biking classes and rides can give you the same training and experience that helps me feel safe, and we can even make it fun! Here are some of things we can help you do to feel confident on your bike:

Plan a route that’s comfortable, or even fun

Why choose roads that make you uncomfortable? One of the best things about biking is that there’s almost always a better way to go. Choose trails over roads, and choose roads with bike lanes over roads without. Choose shady roads in summer and sunny roads in winter. Choose roads that go by your favorite coffee shop, scenic views, or your grocery store. Choose flat roads when you’re tired and hilly roads when you’re looking for a challenge or some exercise.

Be predictable, be alert, and be lawful while riding (#BEaPAL)

I’m a rolling billboard for Bike Arlington’s PAL Ambassador program. Predictable riding helps me keep my space on the road I’m sharing with drivers and pedestrians. Staying alert means I’m constantly scanning my surroundings for the next hazard and trying to anticipate what’s coming. It also means riding at a slow enough speed where you can assess what’s happening around you. Riding in a lawful way means stopping at stop signs and red lights, yielding to pedestrians crossing the street, and riding in the same direction as traffic. Following the law helps bicyclists stay visible and prevents some driver mistakes.

Center yourself (in shared travel lanes)

One of the biggest mental shifts I had to make when I first started riding on streets was minding where in the lane I was riding. The best place for me to be is in the middle of lane By doing that, I stay out of the door zone and out of all of the sand, gravel, branches, animals (gross but true) and trash that collect on the right-hand side of the lane. Riding in the middle of the lane also generally affords me at least three feet of space when drivers pass me. If the driver is going to have to cross the double-yellow line to pass, then they usually move even farther over to give me more space. Finally, riding in the middle of the lane provides me with the time and space I need to react to something happening in front of me.

Get familiar with your bike

Get to know how your bike looks, sounds, and feels when it’s working right, so that you’ll know when something seems off. Before I set out, I check my bike using the ABC Quick Check method: check that your tires have air, your brakes are working and not too worn down, and that your chain is clean, oiled, and moving smoothly. I also double check to make sure my phone and lights are charged, just in case. Finally, I inspect my helmet and grab my lock. So there you have it, the easy steps I take to feel more confident riding in traffic! Choosing a great route, riding as a PAL, maintaining my space on the road and making sure my bike is in working order help make my commute the best part of my day. But sometimes I’ll find myself in a situation I don’t like. When this happens, I take a deep breath, stay calm and rely on my skills and experience to manage through. If you’d like to refine some of your skills and feel more confident on the road, join me at a City Cycling class or one of our Community Rides. Our instructors will teach and reinforce some of these skills so you can find your biking bliss and ride happier during your commute.
* Stay tuned for my answer to the first most frequent question: “Why don’t bicyclists stop at stop signs?”

Everyday Bicycling Program Year in Review

The Everyday Bicycling program rode with a lot of bicyclists in 2017. Since the weather is supposed to turn colder this time of year the adult education team doesn’t offer many classes. Instead, we take a brief pause to scan behind and discover what worked in 2017, then set our sights on 2018 and beyond. Below are some highlights from the year. A few hundred new bicyclists This year our team of instructors led 30 adult Learn to Ride classes across DC, Arlington, and (for the first time!) Prince George’s County, and the City of Falls Church.
  • More than 400 folks attended a class and 80% of them were riding by the end of the morning!
  • That means 320 new riders are enjoying the trails and roads on two-wheels today!
Our season has wrapped up for the year, but if you know someone that still wants to learn how to ride, consider sharing the joy of life on two wheels by setting up a private class—many of WABA’s instructors enjoy teaching one-on-one.

Students learning to ride in Arlington

Riding confidently More than 200 people (mostly grown ups, but also kids) attended a City Cycling class in 2017. In 3 hours time participants learned some skills and tips to enjoy the great trails and also how to make the commute with traffic less stressful and more fun. In addition to the confidence learned, community building was gained.
  • WABA ran 25 City Cycling classes in Montgomery County, DC, Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia.
  • WABA ran two family biking classes in DC – one discussing the challenges of riding with youth attached to the bike, while the other focused on the joys of riding with youth on their own bike in the city.
  • WABA ran a youth bike rodeo in Montgomery County.
  • WABA trained National Park Service Rangers that work along the Anacostia River Trail.
Want to bring a City Cycling class to your office for your employees? Email us: Building community Navigating the streets in the region on a bicycle can be tricky, which is why WABA offers slow, no-drop community rides.
  • To date, WABA led 220 community members through the neighborhoods discussing ways to avoid the door zone and how to deal with tricky intersections.
  • We shared thousands of fun facts and trivia questions.
  • For the first time, WABA led a Community Ride in Fairfax County.
  • We’ve got one ride left on the calendar for 2017 – come and ride with us!
Bringing biking to work The Everyday Bicycling team worked off of the bike too.
  • WABA shared the key components to start commuting by bike with more than 300 people in Everyday Biking Seminars at workplaces across the region. The point of this seminar is to encourage people to try a regular trip by bike instead of car.
  • WABA met with and had honest conversations with the supervisors and safety trainers of DC Circulator buses about using the road with pedestrians and bicyclists, through the creation and launch of WABA’s Bicycle Friendly Driver program.
Training the trainers WABA welcomed 14 new certified bicycling teachers. The League of American Bicyclists certifies cycling instructors across the country, but about once a year, we run a special certification course to help us ensure that we have a varied and exciting team of instructors that are connected to the communities in which we teach.  Planning for 2018 WABA is excited for all the work the team did in 2017 to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. By taking advantage of the best practices of this year and working from some new ideas to improve the program in 2018 – the Everyday Bicycling Program can’t wait for the weather to turn warmer. Hopefully, we’ll see you (or a friend) in a class or on a ride next year!

City Cycling Class Brings you More Joy When you Ride

Many people are familiar with WABA’s Learn to Ride class–to teach adults to ride a bike for the first time–but that’s just where the learning begins. Whether you’ve been riding for four months or forty years, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll learn something new at a City Cycling class. Read below to see how Kemi, a Trail Ranger for WABA in 2017, appreciated her ride even more after picking up a few tricks.
“How do I put more pedal to the metal?” this was the question I asked during an orientation ride around the city as a new D.C. Trail Ranger.  I did not realize how embarrassing the question was until I heard the answer, “Shift the gear up”, said Ursula. I replied with a “Oh duh, thank you.” This said a lot about my cycling experience level coming into this Trail Ranger position. I hadn’t biked in years before getting on one of the Trail Ranger bikes for a quick city cycling lesson. To be quite honest, that first ride was a bit of a struggle. Getting used to turning, stopping, and starting, after the first ride I was afraid I was never going to be able to get the hang of it. Practice makes perfect. My first ever shift was with the amazing Trey Robinson, he taught me everything I needed to know that first time and did a great job explaining a lot to me. Because I was training we took one trailer with things in it and headed to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. “Since it’s your first shift, I’ll take the trailer,” he said. “Sure,” I replied and we took off. We picked up trash, glass, and trimmed vegetation. Then it was time to make our way back, “I’ll take the trailer now,” I said with confidence; “Are you sure?” he questioned me, “Yes!” I replied with determination. My first time riding with the trailer was not as bad as I imagined it was going to be. I zoomed ahead and navigated safely through traffic, I nearly forgot that I had the trailer. We got back and Trey says, “Wow, you know what you’re doing, and they told me to take it easy on you.” I felt great and even more confident that this was going to be one of the best summer positions I’ve ever had. Working with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) taught me about the cycling culture in a city. It showed me that WABA is 100% necessary, without this organization and the work that they complete day in and day out we would not witness as many cyclists in the area. I have learned about the incredible work WABA does and what it means to all the many communities in the D.C. area, including: biking infrastructure such as bike lanes and trails, advocacy for safety, cycling classes, small bike business support, etc. All of these things have brought so many people from different walks of life together in order to support a wonderful mission. This internship has really taught me a lot and most importantly it has provided me with skills that I can share to so many others like myself. I am adopting cycling as a great mode of transportation, exercise, and discovery, which is something I didn’t do before. Working with WABA has really shown me how easy cycling is and has given me confidence to continue to bike almost everywhere and express this sentiment to anyone who is as hesitant as I was. I really enjoyed telling everyone at outreach about city cycling classes so they can join me in riding more.”
Kemi became a confident rider on the job with city cycling as we covered urban riding, quick stops and other skills as employee training. We’ll be hiring Trail Rangers for the 2018 season in April but you can get the same skills in the course of a morning and no cover letter required! City Cycling classes are scheduled to take place in multiple locations this fall. To view the complete schedule of classes click here. To get a discount code to register for free, email me. As with riding in general, the City Cycling class is more fun if you bring a friend. If you don’t, no worries, you’re bound to make a friend or two during the class. Happy riding!

Make a difference in your community – teach bicycle education

Are you looking to make a positive impact in your community? Do you ride your bicycle and think, “I’d like to see more people riding their bicycles safely and happily.” Do you have spare time on Saturdays and Sundays that could be better spent making bicycling better in the region? Then, you should consider applying to become a WABA instructor! In 2016, WABA taught 483 adults how to ride a bicycle for the very first time and 311 adults how to ride more comfortably and confidently throughout the region. None of this could have been accomplished without the help of our amazing team of League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). WABA is growing our instructor team and looking for people to teach with WABA to get more cyclists on the road in our region. WABA is hosting a LCI seminar in November. This seminar will be an intensive, fun and engaging course taught by experts and it will be free! Click here to learn more and apply. Recently, I asked one of WABA’s Lead Instructors, Liz, why she applied to become a LCI four years ago. Not only does Liz teach for WABA, she also provides one-on-one instruction to many members of her community. Liz shared some very compelling reasons to to become an instructor: I applied for the LCI seminar because I’ve always been enthusiastic about preaching the gospel of bike commuting, but now I could be paid to do so! Seriously, it seemed like a brilliant way to make some extra money doing something I was doing anyway. But once I started going through the process, I discovered that becoming an LCI is so much more. The LCI seminar is, hands down, the hardest I’ve ever worked to get through a training program but is also the single most valuable professional development course I’ve ever attended. The things I learned there helped me communicate not only to bicyclists but also helped me communicate better and get more done in my day job. Knowing about how people learn and how to cater to more than one learning style makes every communication more powerful. I keep teaching because it is joyful to see someone master a new handling skill or pedal away for the very first time. The WABA classes are a blast, but I also give private lessons and help friends improve their bicycling. I’ve found that many of my private clients are women who didn’t grow up in the U.S. who now want to learn to ride bikes to keep up with their children or get back into shape now that their kids are more independent. As a new mom, I can relate to this line of thinking now!! I especially love the students who are nervous or scared or think they are too old to learn. How brave it is to try new things as we age! I admire every single person who reaches out to me or shows up at an Adult Learn to Ride class and takes a big step out of their comfort zone. They remind me to keep trying new things, and they are SO GRATEFUL for the few short hours of time I devote to them. And, somehow, I’m paid very well for this time that I’m lucky to spend with them. It’s a dream job. If you’re interested in teaching for WABA or know someone who would be a great asset to our instructor pool, join us in bicycling better in the region.

WABA Rides in Fairfax County

Bicycling in the region is so challenging and fun in part because the bike infrastructure can change so quickly. Fairfax residents recently had the opportunity to appreciate and experience just how unpredictable biking can be on our first Community Ride in the county. Specifically, WABA was asked by Connections at MetroWest to conduct a ride that started and ended at the community center on their property next to the Vienna Metrorail Station. The purpose of the ride was to show the community how easy and fun it is to get around by bicycle. Fourteen folks showed up for the ride with a variety of bikes and experience levels. The age of the participants–as well as the number of months since they last rode a bike–ranged greatly from 9 – 75. After everyone was checked in and the waivers were signed, a few of WABA’s excellent, experienced educators (all of them certified as League Cycling Instructors) reviewed helmet-fit, explained how and why to do pre-ride bike checks, and gave out tips for riding in a group. Finally, it was time to set off and explore the community. The first stop was Nottoway Park, a beautiful stretch of green space in Vienna with walking trails and a variety of courts and fields for games. As soon as we passed the park, a few participants in the ride stated, “I had no idea this was so close, and so easy to get to.” We proceeded to climb Tapawingo road, demonstrating how to ride outside of the “door zone” simply by riding in the middle of the lane. Once the group crested the hill, we wended our way through the neighborhood to get to the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail. Before riding on the trail, the group reviewed proper trail etiquette such as riding single-file, staying to the right, slowing down and giving ample space when passing slower moving trail users. We also stressed the need to plan ahead for the most unpredictable users of the trail: pets, children, and wildlife. After our time on the trail, we made our way back to our starting point where delicious cookies and water, generously provided by Connections at MetroWest were waiting for us. WABA’s Community Rides are intentionally not fast or lengthy. On this ride, we covered 5.5 miles in about 90 minutes. These rides are specifically designed to explore communities, give riders the opportunity to become more familiar with riding, and to connect them more closely with their neighborhoods (and neighbors!). Big thanks to the team at Connections at MetroWest for providing this opportunity, we can’t wait to go for another ride! Would you like to explore your region by bike? Then come and ride with WABA.

Know Your Jargon: Filtering, Shoaling & Salmoning

Take a moment to stop and think about the last time you rode your bicycle in the region. Okay, during that ride, how many times were you filtered, shoaled, or salmoned? Do you know which of these is legal to do? In a WABA City Cycling class, you will learn about filtering, shoaling and bike-salmoning. More importantly, you will learn bike handling tips and tricks to leave you feeling more confident, competent and comfortable, no matter if you’re riding on the beautiful recently extended Anacostia River Trail or on a hectic and busy downtown street like Florida Ave. The City Cycling classes are 3 hours long and tons of fun. In the beginning you meet all of the participants and share why you’re at the class and what you want to get out of it. Then, you get to choose between the “fundamentals” group or the “confidence” group. Both groups learn a lot and get the chance to practice new skills before going out on a ride. No matter which group you choose, you’ll leave more confident and capable on your bike. People who are new to our classes are strongly encouraged to choose the fundamentals group.   Each City Cycling class is taught by League Cycling Instructors, certified through the League of American Bicyclists. City cycling classes are offered throughout the region on most weekends in the spring. You can click here to view the entire list of classes being offered. All you need to bring is a bicycle and a helmet, oh and snacks and water. If your bike is a Capital Bikeshare bike, great! WABA has a partnership with Capital Bikeshare so you won’t be charged any usage fees while using the bike for the class. City cycling classes are supported and funded by local government agencies: Montgomery County Department of Transportation, DC Department of Transportation, Arlington County and Alexandria County. Want to learn about future City Cycling classes?  Yes!
Happy riding!