Which fun community ride you should go on?

Answer this simple question to find out:

Where do you live?
(or work, or like to visit)

1. Crystal City.

Secrets of Crystal City

Join us on October 8th for our Secrets of Crystal City in Arlington, VA. I mean there’s Crystal in the name, sooooooo cool!

2. Shirlington.

secrets of shirlington

Join us on October 14th for our Secrets of Shirlington in Arlington, VA. You’ll surely find adventure in Shirlington!

3. Capitol Hill.

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Join us on October 23rd  for The Haunted Hill ride in Washington, DC. What ghosts are haunting the Congressional Cemetery?

4. Ballston.

secrets of ballston

Join us on October 28th for our Spooky Secrets of Ballston in Arlington, VA. Half spooky and half hidden secrets.

5. Del Ray and Old Town.

Reading and Riding

Join us on November 4th for our Riding and Reading in Alexandria, VA. BOOKS! BIKES! B-YEAH!

6. Alexandria

Hauling to Help

Join us on November 18th for our Haulin’ to Help in Alexandria, VA. Help deliver food to those in need during the holiday season.

7. Georgetown and Glover Park.

lighting the way

Join us on December 2nd for our Lighting the Way in Washington, DC. Pretty lights on houses and learning about lights on bikes.

Congrats, you basically have won the fun lottery!

Our community rides are a fun, low-stress way to meet people, explore our area, and maybe pick up a new biking skill or two. Click on a date above to reserve your spot!

This fall we have SEVEN (magic number!) opportunities to get rolling. Here are SEVEN more reasons to join us:

  • You can ask any bicycle questions that fit your fancy
  • After rides we typically find a bite to eat together
  • You get to meet other bicycle people
  • Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
  • You’ll find out cool stuff about your community
  • You’ll come home feeling pretty grand
  • You’ll get many opportunities to take formal* portraits with your bike (*=informal, fun, and not while riding)

So, doing some quick math here:

bike ride + new friends + snacks = 😀

8. I don’t live in or work near or visit any of those places 🙁

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Our community rides are funded by local governments. If you’d like one in your neighborhood, drop us a note at education@waba.org and we’ll let you know which local official or agency to contact.

*A helmet and bicycle are required for participation. If you rent a Capital Bikeshare we can reimburse your usage fees for the ride. Please contact education@waba.org with any questions.

Wow it’s so much more fun to ride my bicycle after that!

‘Wow it’s so much more fun to ride my bicycle after that!’ is essentially the essence of WABA’s City Cycling classes!

Our City Cycling classes offer a relaxed, focused, and welcoming opportunity for beginner and experienced riders alike! After class we often hear students remarking how much better they feel riding their bike – how city streets, bike lanes, and trails aren’t such a big deal anymore and most of all, riding their bicycle is more fun than ever! And smiles, look at these smiles!

Each City Cycling class offers two tracks that students can self-select into when they arrive to class. The basics track focuses on techniques to make your ride go as smoothly as possible. The advance track focuses on techniques to avoid uncommon, but occasional, sticky situations.

At class you will have the opportunity to:

  • Feel more confident on a bicycle
  • Realize your bicycle dreams
  • Practice moves in a controlled space
  • Gain feedback from certified instructors (and give us feedback too!)
  • Make friends, go for a ride, and leave feeling like “Yeah, I can bike there now!”

“I entered this class thinking I would only learn a few things, but I ended up realizing that I had TONS of questions I wanted to ask them (and that they were happy to answer). I came away from the class feeling super knowledgeable and confident and eager to get riding!” – Feedback from a City Cycling Alumni

Come join us for one of our upcoming City Cycling classes!

Visit our website for more classes including our Adult Learn to Ride Classes!

Bike Camp 2015: A Hubcap Recap

What do you get when you mix 14 enthusiastic campers, a whole city to explore by bike, bicycles to repair, and two sunny weeks of summer?

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In July, WABA held its first Bike Camp this year for children age 8-12. During the inaugural two-week session campers explored D.C. by bike, repaired and re-built bikes, and made new friends they can go on bike rides with!

We visited museums and iconic Washington D.C. sights. We saw the different types of bicycle infrastructure around the city and learned how to hand-signal, bike as a group, and master skills like looking over our shoulder. We biked down to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and helped the Trail Rangers do trail work. In two weeks we biked over 50 miles!

We partnered with Gearin’ Up Bicycles to provide mechanics education for our campers. Each camper received a bike in non-working condition. Gearin’ Up’s Zack led the campers in sessions covering everything from changing a flat tire, to re-cabling brakes and derailleurs, to adjusting limit screws (and A LOT more)! They embraced the chain grease and became wrench experts. By the end of camp everyone finished their bikes and took a successful test ride!

We thoroughly enjoyed our first year of Bike Camp and are already looking forward to many more summers of WABA Bike Camp in the future!

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of our community partners we visited during Bike Camp and a special shout-out/thank you/you rock to all of our Bike Camp volunteers!

If you would to be put on the interest list for information on future sessions of WABA Bike Camp e-mail education@waba.org.

Introducing Wingfield & Ginsburg, PC, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Wingfield & Ginsburg, PC.

Wingfield & Ginsburg, PC is a law firm located in Washington D.C. is dedicated to representing injured clients and their families. Staff members are multilingual and can speak English, Spanish, and Tagalog. The office is actually located right next door to fellow WABA Business Member BicycleSPACE.

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David Ginsburg is an avid cyclist himself

David Ginsburg is an avid bicyclist along with his wife. They have participated in various rides and sprint triathlons around the area. He understands many of the issues associated with biking in and around a city, and the firm recently posted a blog about contributory negligence. We are proud to call Wingfield & Ginsburg, PC, a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Crystal City Business Improvement District, a WABA Business Leader Member

We’ve recently introduced you to our business membership programWe debuted the program in 2012 and are steadily signing up new business members in 2014. As part of the program, we’d like to introduce you to some of our business members. Today, meet Crystal City Business Improvement District

Crystal City has made a commitment to building a better bicycling city and they are doing that in a big way with many bicycle-centric events in May! Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, beginner, or a competitive cyclist, Crystal City has something that fits your bike speed!  From the Phoenix Derby to Bike to Work Week and the annual Air Force Association Cycling Classic (AFACC), Crystal City offers vigorous and casual opportunities to get or keep you spinning.

  • Phoenix Derby – A Garage Race and FundraiserSaturday, May 2nd from 2 pm to 6 pm.  The Phoenix Derby transforms the underground parking garage at 1900 Crystal Drive into a dynamic, urban race course and spectator event with music, an energy-filled lounge and a bar. Register here.
  • During Bike to Work Day Week: Crystal City BID employees will greet area commuters each morning in the Crystal City Water Park from 7 am to 9 am with bagels, bananas, coffee, snacks, great prizes, and good cheer.  The 100 riders that show up the most number of mornings during pit stop hours will receive a free custom Crystal City Cycling Jersey! Pledge to take the challenge here.
  •  TechShop Tuesday Happy Hour: Tuesday, May 12th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Learn more about TechShop’s bike maintenance workshops and take home fun bike accessories. Purchase tickets here.
  • Air Force Association Cycling Classic: One of the region’s premiere cycling events. Registration is now open!
  • Does your bike need some TLC? Take a pitstop at the Fixtation by the Crystal City Connector Trail or schedule an appointment with Everything Esmonde Mobile Bike Repair (which is in Crystal City every other Thursday). 
  • Join WABA on May 13th for our Arlington Community Ride ending in Crystal City! We’ll have fun and get to know the community by bike. Learn more and register here.

Crystal City is dedicated to being a warm and welcoming stop for bicyclists. From the Crystal City Fixtation, 18 Bikeshare stations, to the multiple regional trails that converge in the area, they have a made a commitment to invest in smart and safe bicycle infrastructure and support.   We are proud to call Crystal City BID a WABA Business Member Leader!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Schultz & Trombly, PLLC, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Schultz & Trombly, PLLC.

Kenneth M. Trombly, a partner in the firm of Schultz & Trombly, PLLC,  is a trial lawyer who has devoted his career to representing seriously injured people in DC and Maryland courts. The firm was one of our first WABA Business Members and continues to support WABA and bicyclist around the region. Ken is a committed transportation safety advocate. Over the years, he has represented many cyclists who have been seriously injured as a result of inattentive or aggressive motorists, including cases where cyclists were unnecessarily injured in trucking collisions.  In addition to motor vehicle collision cases, he represents individuals who have sustained injury as a result of dangerous products; defective or irresponsibly-maintained walkways, sidewalks and buildings; personal injuries on account of negligent security; medical negligence; and police brutality.

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Ken Trombly

A former Trial Lawyer of the Year (DC Trial Lawyers Association, 2010) and an active member of the DC and Maryland Bars, he has lectured before numerous attorney groups on effective techniques for representing injured persons. A Law Review graduate of Catholic University Law school, he has handled numerous cases on behalf of seriously injured persons, from seven figure settlements to noteworthy cases that have resulted in local or national publicity. The firm was listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of DC’s  “Best Law Firms” in 2015 for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. We are proud to call Shultz & Trombly, PLLC a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Two Wheel Valet, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Two Wheel Valet.

Two Wheel Valet was founded by Jonathan Weidman in 2013. Since then you may have even parked your bike at a Two Wheel Valet. Freedom Plaza on Bike to Work Day? The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival? The Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler? Or maybe the Arlington County Fair? Two Wheel Valet provides secure and easy-to-use bike parking services for events in the Washington DC area. They bring bike racks, signage, trained attendants, and logistical support in order to improve your attendee’s overall experience.

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Secure bike parking is a beautiful thing

 

The Washington Post wrote a story about Two Wheel Valet last year. In that story Weidman calls the need for a secure place to park your bike as essential as trash cans or porta-potties at big events. We could not agree more! We are proud to call Two Wheel Valet a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing EcoPrint, a WABA Business Leader Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet EcoPrint.

EcoPrint has a unique story. They began as a traveling print shop—on a bus. An old, reconverted school bus served as a campaign vehicle for their nonprofit grassroots advocacy group back in 1977.  Traveling the country to push for political and environmental reforms, they needed to print flyers along the way.  So…they bolted a printing press to the floor of the bus.

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The EcoPrint bus – the early days of the company.

Now they are a full-time printing company and an industry leader in sustainable printing solutions. They have many firsts: the first company to offer a high post-consumer waste recycled paper, they created their own Chlorine Free recycled paper, they created their own Eco-Ink, and were the first printer to get 100% of their electricity from wind farms.

EcoPrint supports community organizations like WABA and does so in an environmentally and ethically conscious way. They also print most of WABA’s printed resources! If you are on our RideOn mailing list keep an eye out for the latest issue that went out this week.

We are proud to call EcoPrint a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing Planet Bike, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet Planet Bike.

Planet Bike was founded in 1996 and from the start they have dedicated their business to not only selling innovative products that make it easier and safer for people to ride bicycles but also supporting bicycle advocacy.  Because Planet Bike believes that the bicycle can improve the health of individuals, communities and the planet, they donate 25% of profits to causes that promote bicycle use.

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The well known Planet Bike light combo!

One of the coolest things about Planet Bike is that they are just 7 people strong. Every person working at Planet Bike believes in the mission of the company and they live it day in and day out. Planet Bike is most well know for their lights – having some of the brightest in the business. They also sell racks, grips, pumps, and everything in between. We are proud to call Planet Bike a Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

Introducing DC Ram Network – CSU Alumni Association, a WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet DC Ram Network – CSU Alumni Network.

Hailing from the biking utopia of Fort Collins, Colorado, the DC Ram Network loves their bikes. From fat tires (pun intended) to road bikes, D.C. and Fort Collins share an affinity for two-wheeled transport. In this spirit, the DC Ram Network is proud to be able to support WABA in the great work that they do.

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Members of the DC Ram Network at a recent event.

The D.C. Ram Network represents Colorado State University in the Washington, D.C. area, including Northern Virginia, and is the region’s official CSU Alumni Association group. Members of the DC Ram Network are involved with programs, services, and events that engage Colorado State alumni throughout the region, especially ones with a connection to our beloved home state. We have held fundraisers for Colorado flood victims, volunteered in the Capital Challenge Walk MS, and attended Honor Flight arrivals for veterans. We also have a lot of fun meeting up to watch and support CSU athletics. We are proud to call the DC Ram Network a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.