Spring Adult Classes: Register now!

Winter may not be over just yet, but our  spring 2020 bicycle education classes are posted and registration is now open! Check out our schedule and find an upcoming class or community ride in a neighborhood near you!

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WABA’s bicycle education classes help you to build confidence! Whether you’re a seasoned bicyclist or are learning to ride  for the first time, our experienced instructors will provide the tips, tricks, and guidance you need to bike with ease.  Did we mention that our classes are FREE for WABA members? Check out all the benefits of membership at waba.org/extras and become a member today!

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Choosing the Class That is Right for You

Adult Learn to Ride – This 3 hour class is for adults who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Participants learn the basics of balancing, gliding, and pedaling, with the goal of riding by the end of class! 

Class Details: 

  • Bicycles and helmets provided
  • Subsidized registrations available 
  • Advanced registration required

Basic Skills Clinic – This 2 hour clinic is for participants who have recently taken an Adult Learn to Ride class and would like to continue practicing basic skills. Instructors will teach basic bike handling drills drills such as starting and stopping, turning, weaving and gradual braking.

Class Details: 

  • Bicycles and helmets provided!
  • Bring your own bike and helmet for a reduced registration cost
  • Advanced registration required

City Cycling – This 3 hour class is for participants who know how to ride a bike but would like to build confidence. Participants run through basic bike handling skills to hazard avoidance maneuvers and discuss strategies for riding in different road, bike lane and trail situations. The class ends with a group ride where participants put their newly acquired skills into practice.

Class Details: 

  • Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet!
  • Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee!
  • Advanced registration recommended, drop ins are free!

Community Rides – WABA’s community rides are an inclusive space for riders of all levels to explore the region. Community rides are designed to accommodate different distances and interests. 

Class Details: 

  • Family friendly 
  • Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet
  • Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee!

Advanced registration recommended, drop ins are free!

Still not sure which class is right for you? Email us at education@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 ext. 221. We’ll help you get signed up for a class in no time. 

Classes Offered with Spanish Translation

This season, select classes across the region will be taught in English and Spanish! Check out our bilingual classes below:

Our highly-trained instructors will provide bilingual instruction to make sure you have the best experience possible. Have any questions? Email education@waba.org.

Now that spring class registration is open, what are you waiting for? Make 2020 the year you accomplish your biking goals. Sign up for a class today!  We can’t wait to see you out there. 

WABA is proud to partner with the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Arlington County and The City of Alexandria to provide bicycle education classes near you!

Bilingual Adult Learn to Ride – Clase disponible en español

En Español

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Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Please meet underneath the Wilson Bridge overpass. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
King Street Station, accessible by the yellow and blue line, is the closest Metro station to Jones Point Park. From King Street, it is a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute ride to Jones Point.


Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

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En Español

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Resumen

Nuestra clase es para participantes mayores de 18 años que nunca han andado en bicicleta antes o que no han andado hace mucho tiempo. Nuestros instructores experimentados le enseñarán paso a paso cómo andar en bicicleta en poco tiempo. Los participantes aprenderán cómo empezar y parar, equilibrarse, deslizarse, pedalear y conducir una bicicleta. Cada participante progresará a su propio ritmo. ¿Tiene alguna pregunta? Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

Detalles de la Clase

Duración: 3 horas

Equipo: Le proveeremos un casco y una bicicleta para la duración de la clase

Costo: Tenemos varios costos dependiendo del tipo de registro

$85 Registro Normal (para no-residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

$10 Registro Subsidiado* (para residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

GRATIS para miembros de WABA (Envíanos un email a education@waba.org para solicitar el código) 

*WABA trabaja con los gobiernos locales para subsidiar el costo de nuestras clases en bici para residentes de estas ciudades y condados.

Política de registro: Es necesario registrarse con anticipación para esta clase. Encerramos la registración a la 1:00 pm el viernes antes de la clase. 

Ubicación

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Drive

Alexandria, VA 23242

Por favor dirigirse al espacio abajo de la puente (Wilson Bridge) y buscar a nuestros instructores, que tendrán puesto camisas polo en el color azul turquesa. 

Manejando/Estacionamiento 

Hay estacionamiento disponible en esta ubicación. El acceso a Jones Point Park es por S Royal Street.

Metro

La estación de King Street (línea amarilla y azul) es la estación más cercana de Jones Point Park. Son 30 minutos de caminata o 10 minutos en bicicleta hasta Jones Point Park.

En Bicicleta

Jones Point Park está en el sendero Mount Vernon Trail. Hay una estación de Capital Bikeshare a 5 cuadras donde se cruzan las calles S Royal and Gibbon Street.

Preguntas más frecuentes

¿Hay alguien que habla español que me pueda ayudar?

¡Si! Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

¿Está clase es adecuada para mi?

  • Esta clase es para adultos mayores de 18 años. ¿Está buscando clases para jóvenes? Visite nuestra página de educación juvenil
  • Esta clase es para adultos que nunca han aprendido a andar en bicicleta o que no han montado una bicicleta hace mucho tiempo.
  • Las clases tienen una capacidad máxima de 25 estudiantes a la vez. Si usted prefiere recibir instrucción de manera individual, consulte nuestra página de instructores.
  • Tenemos registros subsidiados que son reservados para los residentes de la jurisdicción anfitriona, ¡pero no es necesario ser residente para inscribirse en una clase! Todos son bienvenidos a participar. Regístrese utilizando la opción de registro normal (no residente).

¿Estás seguro de que puedo aprender a montar en 3 horas?

Nuestras clases se dividen en pasos seguros y fáciles de seguir. Los instructores trabajarán con usted para ofrecerle comentarios y orientación personalizados para mejorar sus habilidades. Más del 80% de los participantes el año pasado aprendieron a andar de bicicleta al final de una clase de 3 horas. Si usted necesita un poco de instrucción adicional, no hay problema. Coordinaremos su participación en otra clase. 

¿Qué sucede si necesito tomar otra clase?

Envíenos un correo electrónico a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206 y le ayudaremos a inscribirse en otra clase con un descuento.

¿Puedo llevar mi propia bicicleta?

Recomendamos que los participantes utilicen las bicicletas proporcionadas durante la clase. Las bicicletas que utilizamos son del tamaño adecuado para cada participante y tenemos certeza de que funcionan correctamente. WABA no puede ofrecer mantenimiento de bicicletas personales.

¿Qué debo llevar conmigo a clase?

¡Agua, zapatos cerrados, ropa deportiva, ropa de abrigo adecuada, refrigerios y protector solar!

¿Cómo confirmo mi registro?

Después de registrarse, usted recibirá un correo electrónico con detalles sobre la clase. Le enviaremos un correo electrónico recordatorio dos días antes de la clase con toda la información que usted necesita (¡incluyendo direcciones en Google Maps!).

¡Aprendí cómo andar de bici! ¿Ahora que?

Recomendamos nuestras Clínicas de Habilidades Básicas o una clase de Ciclismo Confiante en la Ciudad.

Earth Day Community Ride – Alexandria

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Celebrate Earth Day with a carbon-neutral tour of Alexandria! This 9-mile afternoon ride will depart from the National Science Foundation Plaza in Eisenhower and explore the many bike lanes, trails and ways to get around the city.

Overview

Community Rides are a fun, friendly and low-stress way to experience bike routes and trails throughout the region. Our rides are an inclusive space for riders of all experience levels to get out, have fun and ask questions. Community Rides depart from all over the place and are designed to accommodate different distances and interests. Check out the schedule and find the ride that is right for you! Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Ride Details

Ride Duration: 2 hours 

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for Community Rides. Bikes must be in good working order. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the class! Email education@waba.org for more details. 

Cost: $10.00 / FREE for WABA members

Registration Policy: Advance registration is preferred to secure your spot. Drop-ins are free (if space is available)! Be sure to show up for the ride 15 minutes before start time. 

Location

National Science Foundation Plaza

2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Instructions: Please meet on the plaza adjacent to Eisenhower Ave. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Metro: The Eisenhower Ave Station is a 0.1 mile walk from the plaza

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Adult Learn to Ride

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Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Quincy Street Parking Deck
4099 15th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

The class will take place on the top floor of the parking deck near the tennis courts. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location. Please enter the parking deck using the eastern entrance, closest to the corner of 15th St. N and Quincy St. Please park along the wall of the parking deck, not in the middle.

Metro
The nearest Metro stop is the Ballston stop on the Orange line. From the stop, walk north on Stafford St. until you reach 15th St. N, then turn right. The parking deck will be on your right, please walk to the entrance closest to Quincy St.

Biking
From the Custis Trail: Follow the trail until you reach the access point on Quincy St. Cross Quincy at the intersection with 15th St. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.

The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is five blocks south on Quincy St. at the Arlington Central Library.

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Confident City Cycling

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Overview

Confident City Cycling teaches you the skills you need to ride safely and confidently on streets, bike lanes and trails alike.

This class is broken into two groups to accommodate different skill levels and interests. The Fundamentals track focuses on practicing basic bike handling skills such as shifting, scanning, signaling, gradual braking and weaving. Instructors discuss the importance of trail etiquette while riding on a multi-use path and answer any questions participants may have about trail riding for commuting or recreation.

The Confidence track teaches hazard avoidance maneuvers necessary while riding on the street and in heavily-trafficked areas. Participants learn skills such as the avoidance weave, quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turn, and discuss considerations for sharing space with other road users.

Each track ends the class with an on-street or on-trail group ride, where participants put their newly acquired skills to the test. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Bikes must be in good working order. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the class! Email education@waba.org for more details.

Cost: $10.00 and FREE for WABA members! Contact education@waba.org for a coupon code!

Registration Policy: Advance registration is preferred to secure your spot. Drop-ins are free (if space is available)! Be sure to show up for class 15 minutes before the start time. 

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of BikeArlington.

Class Location

Quincy Street Parking Deck
4099 15th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

The class will take place on the top floor of the parking deck near the tennis courts. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location. Please enter the parking deck using the eastern entrance, closest to the corner of 15th St. N and Quincy St. Please park along the wall of the parking deck, not in the middle.

Metro
The nearest Metro stop is the Ballston stop on the Orange line. From the stop, walk north on Stafford St. until you reach 15th St. N, then turn right. The parking deck will be on your right, please walk to the entrance closest to Quincy St.

Biking
From the Custis Trail: Follow the trail until you reach the access point on Quincy St. Cross Quincy at the intersection with 15th St. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.

The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is five blocks south on Quincy St. at the Arlington Central Library.

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Confident City Cycling

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Overview

Confident City Cycling teaches you the skills you need to ride safely and confidently on streets, bike lanes and trails alike.

This class is broken into two groups to accommodate different skill levels and interests. The Fundamentals track focuses on practicing basic bike handling skills such as shifting, scanning, signaling, gradual braking and weaving. Instructors discuss the importance of trail etiquette while riding on a multi-use path and answer any questions participants may have about trail riding for commuting or recreation.

The Confidence track teaches hazard avoidance maneuvers necessary while riding on the street and in heavily-trafficked areas. Participants learn skills such as the avoidance weave, quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turn, and discuss considerations for sharing space with other road users.

Each track ends the class with an on-street or on-trail group ride, where participants put their newly acquired skills to the test. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Bikes must be in good working order. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the class! Email education@waba.org for more details.

Cost: $10.00 and FREE for WABA members! Contact education@waba.org for a coupon code!

Registration Policy: Advance registration is preferred to secure your spot. Drop-ins are free (if space is available)! Be sure to show up for class 15 minutes before the start time. 

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the DC Department of Transportation.

Class Location

Anacostia Skate Pavilion Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Please meet in the auxiliary parking lot directly across the street from the boat ramp. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Parking: There is parking available at this location.

Public Transportation: This location is a 15 minute walk from the Pennsylvania Ave L’Enfant SE Bus Station.

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Confident City Cycling

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Overview

Confident City Cycling teaches you the skills you need to ride safely and confidently on streets, bike lanes and trails alike.

This class is broken into two groups to accommodate different skill levels and interests. The Fundamentals track focuses on practicing basic bike handling skills such as shifting, scanning, signaling, gradual braking and weaving. Instructors discuss the importance of trail etiquette while riding on a multi-use path and answer any questions participants may have about trail riding for commuting or recreation.

The Confidence track teaches hazard avoidance maneuvers necessary while riding on the street and in heavily-trafficked areas. Participants learn skills such as the avoidance weave, quick stop, rock dodge, and instant turn, and discuss considerations for sharing space with other road users.

Each track ends the class with an on-street or on-trail group ride, where participants put their newly acquired skills to the test. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Bikes must be in good working order. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the class! Email education@waba.org for more details.

Cost: $10.00 and FREE for WABA members! Contact education@waba.org for a coupon code!

Registration Policy: Advance registration is preferred to secure your spot. Drop-ins are free (if space is available)! Be sure to show up for class 15 minutes before the start time. 

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This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of The City of Alexandria Department of Transportation & Environmental Services

Class Location

Four Mile Run Park Plaza
4121 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 232305

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location off of Mt. Vernon Avenue, either at the Four Mile Run Field Parking Lot or on adjacent side streets.

MetroBus
Go multi-modal! The bus stop at the Plaza is served by buses 10A, 10B, 10E, 23A, and 23B. Not sure how to get your bike on a bus, check out our post on going multi-modal for tips and tricks.

Biking
Four Mile Run Park is right off of Four Mile Run Trail and the Four Mile Run Park Trail, accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail. There is a Capital Bikeshare station at the plaza.

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Book Bike Safety Training Brings Safe Cycling to DC Public Library Staff

DC Public Library staff runs the Book Bike through an Instant Turn drill.

If you spend enough time in Northeast DC you’ve probably seen the Book Bike before. It’s big and blue and pretty easy to spot as it goes rolling down the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). 

The Book Bike is a part of the DC Public Library’s outreach team. It travels to farmer’s markets, cultural celebrations, community events and can even be found at the MBT coffee hour on the 2nd Friday of every month.  Visitors can sign up for a library card, check out a book on the go and speak to knowledgeable library staff about the many events and opportunities DCPL has to offer. DCPL is looking to expand the Book Bike’s reach by training more staff on how to ride it so that they can bring it to more events. 

Riding a cargo bike takes a bit of practice. Did we mention it is big and blue and full of library books?

To get even more DCPL staff up to speed and trained in how to operate the Book Bike, WABA hosted a custom bicycle safety training. The training brought ten library employees from branches across the District to learn the ins and outs of DC traffic law and how to ride properly while representing your organization.

Many of the DC Library staff in attendance were comfortable commuting to work by bicycle each day, but were eager to learn some new tips for riding safely and considerately while on the job. After a 45 minute long presentation and discussion on traffic law and street safety, the group traveled over to the Harry Thomas Recreation Center to test ride the Book Bike and practice hazard avoidance maneuvers essential when biking in traffic and on trails.

Although the Book Bike feels different than a regular two-wheeler, participants got the hang of how it moves while practicing starting, stopping, shifting, turning and weaving. Its wide turning radius means you have to lean way over the side of the bike as you move the handlebars. If you do it just right, the 200 pound cargo box full of books counterbalances your weight and keeps you from tipping over. 

After an hour of drills practice, the group took to the streets to put some of their newly acquired skills into action. Along the Metropolitan Branch Trail we stopped to discuss trail etiquette and how to respectfully navigate amongst the many walkers, runners, dogs, scooters and fellow bicyclists that use the trail each day. While riding along the streets of NOMA we discussed lane positioning, hazard awareness and communicating with motorists. Participants learned when to use bike lanes and what to do when a bike lane suddenly ends. 

These skills are essential, not only while riding for work, but for every ride. Learning how to safely navigate through heavily trafficked areas will boost your confidence and prepare you for the many different situations we face on the roads each day. 

You can learn all of these skills and more by signing up for a Confident City Cycle class in a neighborhood near you! Keep an eye out, our 2020 Spring class schedule will be posted soon. 

Want to bring a training like this to your workplace? Email us at education@waba.org.

Keep an eye out for the DCPL Book Bike as it rolls across town. Check out some of the library’s upcoming events and visit  dclibrary.org/bike for information on the annual Tour de DCPL, bike repair clinics, and even more bike resources. 

Opportunity: Become a League Cycling Instructor in Virginia! – Applications Closed

Applications Now Closed

What is something that all bicyclists have in common?

Someone had to teach us how to ride. 

Whether it was a parent teaching you in a driveway, a sibling taking you to the park down the street, or a League Cycling Instructor helping you cross something off of your bucket list, someone took the time and patience to help you learn something new. 

League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are trained by the League of American Bicyclists to teach bicycle education and safety skills and promote happier, more confident cycling within their communities. They are exemplary bicyclists who are passionate about what they do and eager to share theIr love of bicycling with others. 

Does that sound like you? Check out this FREE training opportunity (a $500 value) and start making a difference in your community. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

WABA is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and Alexandria BPAC to host the 2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training. The goal of this program is to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and reduce crashes throughout Northern Virginia by training Instructors who will be leaders in their communities. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

Pedestrian Safety Training*March 18th & 25th,
7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Gain pedestrian safety knowledge and skills by completing this four-hour class over two evenings
Smart Cycling*March 7th, 2020
10:00am – 4:00 pm 
Participants will learn the importance of bike safety and traffic knowledge while performing advanced bike handling skills and hazard avoidance maneuvers. The course includes an on-street group ride, where participants will learn the ins and outs of lane positioning, defensive cycling and how to communicate with motorists. 
LCI SeminarApril 3rd, 2020
5:00pm – 9:00pm

April 4th, 2020,
8:00am – 9:00pm

April 5th, 2020
8:00am – 3:00pm 
The LCI Seminar teaches candidates comprehensive bicycle safety curriculum, including bicycle handling skills, traffic law, riding in inclement weather how to safely plan and lead group rides, group facilitation and management, etc. 

* prerequisite for LCI Seminar

Who can apply? 

This training is open to Northern Virginia local government, state, regional staff, police, faculty/teachers and residents active in their communities and committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. Recreational and/or commuter bicyclists are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have experience riding in traffic, on trails and are comfortable riding in various weather conditions. 

Registration deadline – January 29th, 2020 

Key Requirements

  1. Participants must attend all applicable training dates and complete approximately 50 hours of work, both outside and within the training activities. Training will take place in a classroom setting, outdoors and on city streets and trails. 
  2. Must have a local government or lead organization mentor that will help you identify outreach events that support bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts in the region (i.e. WABA, Alexandria BPAC, FABB, BikeArlington).
  3. The ability to ride a bicycle confidently. 
  4. Participants must commit to doing two community pedestrian and bicycling safety outreach events by September 15th and January 20th and report back to NVRC. 

Only interested in the pedestrian training or Smart Cycling? 

There are limited spaces available. If you are a safety advocate or work in training, education or local state government, please contact Debbie Spiliotopoulos at dspilio@novaregion.org

Are you an LCI willing to help out? Apply to be a mentor! 

Mentors assist new LCIs in completing their outreach requirements and reporting back to NVRC. 

Mentors are: 

  • Affiliated with a program or organization that supports pedestrian/bicycle  safety or outreach to vulnerable road users/bicyclists/pedestrians operating in Virginia
  • Connected with outreach efforts in high crash areas and directly work on events with needs for LCIs
  • Committed to helping LCI reach outreach requirements
  • Committed to communicating outreach efforts and outcomes to NVRC for grant reporting for 2020 and into future grant years
  • Can provide a list of potential events or activities for new candidates to work on 

Project Partners

Thank you to all the key partners in this project, including the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the League of American Bicyclists, Alexandria Bicyclist Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB), Inova Hospital, the City of Manassas, City of Fairfax, Prince William County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudon County and the City of Alexandria.

Questions? 

Project Information and Eligibility – Debbie Spiliotopoulos, NVRC – dspilio@novaregion.org 

Registration and Class Information – Sydney Sotelo, WABA – sydney.sotelo@waba.org


More Joy, Less Stress: 2019 Adult Education Season Wrap Up

Just like that, another year is nearly over and the 2019 Adult Education class season has come to an end. The WABA Education team is hard at work reflecting upon the past year and making resolutions for the next. This year, over 600 participants joined a WABA class to try something new, build confidence and experience more joy and less stress! 

They took the first step towards achieving their goals, why shouldn’t you?  Whether you’re looking for a more sustainable commute, exercise that is fun and outside or to finally knock something off your bucket list, learning to ride safely and confidently is the key to biking happy.

Check out some of the highlights from the 2019 season below and mark your calendars! The 2020 Adult Education season will be back with even more classes next spring.

Welcoming new bicyclists 

This year, our team of staff and LCI Instructors led 20 Learn to Ride classes in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria. 

  • Over 320 participants attended Learn to Ride classes and 80% of them were riding successfully by the end of the three hour class. 
  • WABA hosted three Youth Learn to Ride classes in Alexandria and 23 youth learned to ride their bike without training wheels!
  • In June, WABA hosted a Spanish language Learn to Ride class in partnership with Casa Chirilagua, a Latino community and education organization in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria.
  • In August, WABA partnered with PSI Family Services to offer a week-long Learn to Ride camp for adults with developmental disabilities. 
  • In total, over 235 new bicyclists are enjoying our region’s trails, paths and bike lanes. Great job everyone!

If you or someone you know would like to take the first step to learning to ride a bike, sign up to receive emails about our upcoming classes! We’ll be sure to let you know when the 2020 schedule is out. WABA Learn to Rides classes are fun and intuitive—you, too, could be riding confidently by the end of class!

Building confidence

This year, 120 participants made #betterbicycling their goal by signing up for a Confident City Cycling class! Whether riding in traffic or on a trail, proper etiquette and bike handling skills make for a safe and enjoyable ride.

  • WABA hosted 19 Confident City Cycle classes in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria. 
  • On August 6th, WABA held a bike rodeo at the National Night Out celebration at Lincoln Park! Kids and adults alike rode the obstacle course, which featured hazards, twisty turns, and even a stop sign!
  • Booz Allen Hamilton hosted a Commuting 101 ride that encouraged their employees to incorporate bicycling into the daily commute. The group explored routes between the three Booz Allen offices in DC. 
  • WABA partnered with JUMP Bikes to host a Confident City Cycle class on e-bikes. Participants learned about the difference in speed and reaction time between regular bicycles and those with electronic assist and tried their hand at a number of different drills.

Bike education doesn’t stop after you learn to ride. Want to make every day Bike to Work Day? Bring an Everyday Bicycling Seminar to your office and give your coworkers the gift of safer, less stressful riding.

Exploring our communities

Looking for a new route? Interested in learning how to get around the city by bike?  Community Education Rides depart from all over the region, exploring city streets, trails and everything in between.

  • In September, WABA hosted a family-friendly Community Ride with Casa Chirilagua entirely in Spanish! We rode up the Mount Vernon Trail for a picnic at Gravelly Point.
  • In October, WABA and Capital Bikeshare celebrated Women’s Bike Month with a tour of DC’s most iconic statues of women.
  • WABA and JUMP hosted a winter community ride where participants learned the importance of layering, seasonal road conditions and visibility.

WABA Adult Education classes are local (currently offered in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria), inexpensive and most importantly, they’re a fun time! Sign up for a class and take the first step to #betterbicycling.

We can’t wait to see you out there! 

Help us get more folks on bikes – will you make make a donation to WABA today? Your tax-deductible donation means more bike lanes, safer streets, healthier people, and connected communities.