Ride the Anacostia River Trail

Come join the Lotus and Water Lily Festival for a bike ride on July 17th of the Anacostia River Trail! The trail is a different view of the lotus ponds than can be seen inside the park, and the trail has long shady stretches. We’ll ride for about an hour total at a chill pace that works for everyone joining, and stop for a break halfway through. The trail is fairly flat with one small hill we might get to. We will return to the park by 12:30 pm for plenty of time to explore inside the park as well.

Bathrooms and water are available at the start and end of the ride at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose (we’ll have some adult masks to give if you forget).

Bike Details


Bikes and helmets in adult and child sizes will be available to borrow if you request by July 14th. We will not have extra bikes day-of. You are also welcome to bring your own bike and helmet! All participants must be pre-registered and helmets are required for all riders. If you only need to borrow a helmet, email us and we’ll get you a loaner.

Kids are welcome on this ride provided they are with a guardian.  

Weather Plan

It will likely be hot so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated. The ride will be postponed to July 31st if there is substantial rain or thunderstorms forecast. Should we need to postpone, a weather decision will be made by the morning of July 16th. 

Additional Details

We will meet at the parking lot of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at 10:30 am, do a quick bike mechanical check, and ride to the Anacostia River Trail. Directions to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens can be found on the park website.   

This ride is being hosted in partnership with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and National Park Service – Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. 

Register

This ride is now full. If you are a direct park neighbor and live in Eastland Gardens, Mayfair, Kenilworth or Parkside, we have a few additional reserved spots. Please email at trailranger@waba.org to register!

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Logo of a purple lotus outline saying Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a national park in Washington DC
This ride is part of the 2021 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

MWABA Tandem Training

Three people are riding in a line on a three person bicycle away from the camera so you can only see their backs. The captain is wearing a white jersy, and the two people behind are in blue jerseys. Everyone is smiling, the sky is blue and they are about to go for a ride. Photo credit: MWABA

Postponed to Mon June 14th due to forecast storm on Thurs June 10th.

Learn how to be a tandem captain with Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) and WABA! In preparation for the 2021 riding season, come learn how to captain a tandem for MWABA rides.

The regular season is 5:45PM every Thursday in daylight savings (April to October) and occasional weekends from the Eastern Market Metro in DC and the Bethesda Metro. We are blind/visually impaired stokers (back seat) and are looking for captains (front seat) to ride with us.  

Do I Need a Bike?  Most captains do not own a tandem and do not have tandem experience.  Rather, they are cycling or fitness enthusiasts who want a new challenge.

How Does it Work?  We provide the bikes and training for the new riders (both captains and stokers). Once you join the MWABA mailing list after training, you will receive an e-mail on Sundays asking who is interested in riding the following Thursday. If you respond that you’re interested, we will match you with a stoker and send you further details about the ride. You can ride as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows. 

Want to Join as a Stoker? Email MWABA’s organizer Karla Gilbride at karla.gilbride@gmail.com.

MWABA logo! It's a blue ring with red border that says Metro Washigton Association of Blind Athletes with MWABA in the middle

Interested in being a captain? Signup with MWABA’s form to let us know you’re coming and what size bicycle you’ll need:

Let’s Get Rolling! Internet Coffee Hour

Espresso in a clear glass cup sits on a table, there are lavender flowers behind. It is and looks like a stock photo

Brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea and come hang out on the internet with us for a bit.

Conversation is open—we often chat about weekend plans to be outside but also take questions about getting into biking, what trails are being expanded, and topics not connected to bicyclists (donuts are good!).

We’ll use Zoom for the meet up. You can RSVP here.

For 2021, we are moving back to a monthly model – join us every second Friday of the month!

Hosted by a WABA staffer, this is a great chance to ask any bicycling questions! Join us anytime between 8am and 9am. And you are totally welcome to join voice or text chat only without video.

Let’s Get Rolling! Internet Coffee Hour

Brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea and come hang out on the internet with us for a bit.

Conversation is open—we often chat about weekend plans to be outside but also take questions about getting into biking, what trails are being expanded, and topics not connected to bicyclists (donuts are good!).

We’ll use Zoom for the meet up. You can RSVP here.

For 2021, we are moving back to a monthly model – join us every second Friday of the month!

Hosted by a WABA staffer, this is a great chance to ask any bicycling questions! Join us anytime between 8am and 9am. And you are totally welcome to join voice or text chat only without video.