Bethesda Trolley Trail to Montrose Parkway Ride

Come join WABA on and the Montgomery Planning Department on September 18th for a family friendly, no rider left behind ride as we explore the Bethesda Trolley Trail and Executive Boulevard protected bike lanes going to the Pike District.  We will meet, 10:00am, at the Bethesda Metro Kiss n Ride lot (near the escalators going down to the Metro station) and ride to the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Norfolk Street, taking the trail up to the Pike District. 

After a brief stop near Montrose Parkway we will ride back on the Pike Connector trail to Wall Local Park for activities for all ages.  For more information on the Planning Department’s Advancing the Pike District Initiative and an interactive map of the Pike District Connector see their information page here.  There is also even more information in the flyer from the Better Block Foundation.

We will go at an easy pace and will keep our group all together the 6 mile length of the ride so cyclists of all abilities and ages can comfortably participate.  Here is the ride route. For more details on the Pike District Connector, opportunities to help install it, and a full list of activities happening on September 18 with the support of the Montgomery County Planning Department and the Better Block Foundation, see the flyer (pdf) or click here.

Please register below to help us plan for turnout.

Bethesda Afternoon Social Ride + Happy Hour

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Our conversational skills may be rusty and we are still getting used to seeing people’s full faces, but that won’t stop us from enjoying all the of things that we haven’t been able to do in the last year! Join us for our first community ride since 2019 as we wind along the streets and trails of downtown Bethesda. Afterwards, we will stop for snacks and refreshments provided by SILVER restaurant! Alcoholic drinks will not be provided, but you are welcome to purchase them if you wish! Invite your friends, bring your family along or stop by to meet new people! We can’t wait to see you there.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + after ride snacks and refreshments at SILVER restaurant until 8:00 pm

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike or Ebike 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 required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

This ride is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Bethesda Transportation Solutions and Montgomery County Commuter Services.

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.

  • 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.
  • WABA Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • 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.

Please follow SILVER restaurant’s COVID-19 policies during the after ride happy hour!

Ride Location

Start Point:  Bethesda Metro Station Plaza near the Capital Bikeshare docking station

Bethesda Metro / Wisconsin Ave & Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving: There is a parking garage across the street from the Metro station located at 7401 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD 20814

End Point: SILVER Restaurant

7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815

Register

Adult Learn to Ride

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Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older. 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

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

This class is for you if:

You have never been on a bicycle before

You have not ridden a bicycle in many years

You have previously tried to learn how to ride a bicycle, but were unsuccessful

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.

  • 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.
  • WABA Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • 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.

Class Details

Class Duration
3 hours

Equipment
Bicycle and helmet rental provided

Cost
FREE
– WABA members and Capital Bikeshare for All (email us for a coupon)
$10.00 – Resident Registration**
$85.00 – Non-Resident Registration

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction. Example – if you are a Fairfax County resident or you work in Fairfax county, your Tysons class registration is just $10.00!

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

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Commuter Services.

Location

Bethesda Rescue Squad Parking Lot

5020 Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Register

Hover over the box and scroll to click the registration button.

Adult Learn to Ride

Register Cost Location

Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older. 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

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

This class is for you if:

You have never been on a bicycle before

You have not ridden a bicycle in many years

You have previously tried to learn how to ride a bicycle, but were unsuccessful

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.

  • 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.
  • WABA Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • 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.

Class Details

Class Duration
3 hours

Equipment
Bicycle and helmet rental provided

Cost
FREE
– WABA members and Capital Bikeshare for All (email us for a coupon)
$10.00 – Resident Registration**
$85.00 – Non-Resident Registration

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction. Example – if you are a Fairfax County resident or you work in Fairfax county, your Tysons class registration is just $10.00!

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

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Commuter Services.

Location

Bethesda Rescue Squad Parking Lot

5020 Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Register

Hover over the box and scroll to click the registration button.

First spreadsheets, then shovels

Whether it’s organizing for better places to bike, learning to ride, finding a supportive peer group, building skills for riding in the city, commuting for the first time, or finishing the 50 States Ride for the tenth time, WABA is a community of people helping each other accomplish big things. Today, we’re asking for your help. Will you make a donation to WABA today?

Enjoying a pop-up protected bike lane in Bethesda. We can’t wait for the permanent one! Photo: Bethesda BIKE Now.

Anna Irwin is one of the thousands of you who accomplished something really big this year. Here’s what happened:
When Anna and her husband moved from DC to Bethesda ten years ago, she wanted two things: trail access and good public transportation options. And for a few years, she had them. Her commute was downright dreamy: a ride down the tree-covered Capital Crescent Trail onto DC’s network of protected bike lanes. Then, on her daughter’s first day of school, everything changed. Their connection to school and work, the Georgetown Branch Trail, closed to make way for the construction of the Purple Line, a new light rail line. Anna felt trapped. She rode the official detour and found herself navigating a poorly signed route on crowded sidewalks, through bike lanes filled with trucks and parked cars, and over roads torn up for construction or closed altogether. Instead of resigning herself to five or more years of frustrating mornings and dangerous afternoons, Anna stepped up. Within a week, she checked in with her neighbors struggling with the same lack of transportation choices, started documenting her rides, and wrote her first letter to everyone she could think of—including WABA. ”When I started, I wasn’t sure who had the power to make the changes we needed. WABA was one of my first allies—and they connected me to others. It turns out that lots of people in the county government get it—and the team at WABA is on a first name basis with most of them. They know that biking is a critical component of the transportation mix in our future. And they want to build the same safe, protected, and connected networks that I do. What they need is to hear from the community. So, I pulled my community together, and we showed up.” Anna didn’t just show up, though. When the county held a meeting about the closure of the Georgetown Branch Trail, Anna showed up with a hundred WABA members, a marker-drawn map of solutions, and a digital community calling for change. A few packed public meetings, a thousand petition signatures, and one last-minute budget resolution later, and—fingers crossed—we’ll see shovels in the ground for a new network of protected bike lanes through Bethesda in 2019.
We can’t wait to take a low-stress ride with Anna and her daughter (hopefully you’ll come, too!). In the meantime, WABA’s advocacy team will be up to their elbows in engineering blueprints, county budget spreadsheets, and site visits to make sure that the county does it right. WABA is in it for the long haul in Montgomery County and everywhere across the region. But we need you to show up today so WABA can be with you and your community tomorrow and for years to come.

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Show up for Biking in Bethesda on Oct 9

Big improvements are in the works for low-stress and safe bicycling in downtown Bethesda. Following public outcry from bicyclists and Georgetown Branch Trail neighbors over the trail’s closure and worsening bicycling conditions in downtown Bethesda, Montgomery County committed to fund and build a core, low-stress bicycle network. On Tuesday, October 9, residents and advocates can finally see plans and give feedback on a slate of protected bike lanes, intersection upgrades, and trail improvements.

RSVP Here

Network map.

With only a few painted bike lanes, several multi-lane road barriers, and increasingly disruptive construction, Bethesda is a challenging place to bike, and a non-starter for parents with kids. The core bike network, pictured above, will significantly improve options for bicyclists of all abilities, correct some of the flagrant deficiencies in the interim Georgetown Branch Trail, and lay the groundwork for other improvements coming later with the completion of the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail. The following projects will be discussed at the meeting: Woodmont Ave. Protected Bike Lanes – a north-south two-way protected bike lane from Wisconsin Ave. to Norfolk Ave. Capital Crescent Surface Trail – a protected bike lane crossing of Wisconsin Ave. on Bethesda Ave. and Willow Ln. This project will rebuild the Bethesda Ave. & Woodmont Ave. intersection into a safe, intuitive, protected intersection. Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway – Parks staff will present three designs for permanent fixes to this high-conflict trail intersection. See the original 12 alternatives here. WABA opposes any plan that restores Little Falls Parkway to four lanes because this would restore the perilous conditions that contributed to a fatality and multiple crashes. Read our letter for the full reasons. Montgomery Ln/Ave Protected Bike Lanes -an east-west two-way protected bike lane from Woodmont Ave to Pearl St. Capital Crescent Trail Tunnel – a new trail tunnel underneath Wisconsin Ave. to seamlessly connect the Purple Line, secure bike parking, and the trail to Silver Spring. Pearl St. Norfolk Ave. and Cheltenham Dr – bike lanes, traffic calming, and intersection improvements. We need you there Continued pressure and support are what make these projects possible. Will you show up to give county staff the support they need to get these projects in the ground? We need your voice to insist on safe streets for people who walk and bike. We need your help to counter those who will be there to insist that moving cars quickly is the only priority. Together, we can reshape Bethesda into a great place for biking and walking.

I’ll Be There!

A Permanent, Safer Crossing for the Capital Crescent Trail

Intersection of Capital Crescent Trail at Little Falls Parkway. Image courtesy of Montgomery Parks.

August Update: Montgomery Parks have posted all materials presented at their June meeting here. Take a look and weigh in on what you like. You can read WABA’s comment letter here. After Ned Gaylin was struck and killed while crossing the Capital Crescent Trail at Little Falls Parkway in October 2016, Montgomery Parks moved swiftly to make the intersection safer. In January 2017, Montgomery Parks reduced the speed limit from 35mph to 25mph between Hillandale Road and Fairfax Road, in addition to removing a lane of traffic in both directions. Signage, flex posts and lane striping were also added. These changes effectively made the street safe and were greatly appreciated, but they were only temporary. Now, Montgomery Parks is considering a permanent fix to the trail crossing. Join us on Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm for the first public meeting to discuss this trail crossing, concept drawings, and project alternatives. Community Meeting #1 When: Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm Where: Somerset Elementary School (in the All-Purpose Room/Cafeteria) 5811 Warwick Place Chevy Chase, MD 20815 We are grateful that Montgomery Parks and county leaders are taking the right steps to improve this trail crossing by prioritizing safety over speed.

Pop-up protected bike lane coming to Bethesda on Friday

Pop-up bike lane in Winnipeg, Canada. Image courtesy of Bike Winnipeg.

Downtown Bethesda is getting a special surprise on Bike to Work Day! To support the thousands of people biking to work through Bethesda this Friday, Montgomery County is creating a pop-up protected bike lane on Woodmont Avenue. Early Friday morning, crews will set up cones and signage to transform parking and travel lanes into eight blocks of blissfully, low-stress bikeway for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are coming from North Bethesda on the Trolley Trail or Silver Spring on the interim Georgetown Branch Trail, this pop-up protected bike lane is for you. It will start at the traffic circle at Cheltenham Drive, going west to cross Wisconsin Avenue and then south on Woodmont Avenue to the Bethesda pitstop near the Capital Crescent Trail. It will be open from 6am to 8pm. Come experience it with us!

For Bike to Work Day, Bethesda will get its own pop-up protected bike lane on Woodmont Ave. Image courtesy of MCDOT.

Help make the most of this awesome day!
  1. Ride the lane – biking in Bethesda has never felt like this. Don’t miss it.
  2. Take photos and share them with us!
  3. Get businesses on board – help us show that protected bike lanes are great for business. The lane is open until 8pm, so stop, shop, and share your excitement about the lane.
  4. Register for Bike to Work Day at waba.org/biketoworkday and say hi to WABA at the pitstop!
Read more about Friday’s pop-up protected bike lane in the Montgomery County press release. PS: Did you know that a permanent protected bike lane and more are coming to Bethesda? Learn more and show your support at waba.org/bethesda.