Bike to Explore

Biking allows us to go places and see sights that are impossible for other vehicles to reach. One of the best ways to explore is by biking on one of the many trails in the region. First, read about some Trail Basics and then get out to Explore our Regional Trails!

If you’re biking to explore nature, maybe to identify some trees or go bird watching, some of our trail favorites are the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, the Sligo Creek Trail, or Mount Vernon Trail. You can see the entire Capital Trail Network—existing and planned—mapped out here. You might be surprised where you’ll find little pockets of nature in our region!

We love nature pictures at WABA and want to see where you explored! Keep us updated with your bike adventures and BINGO card activities by using #BikeAnywhere or by tagging @wabadc on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Got a question? Drop a line at membership@waba.org.

Biking to Play

How can you make play time more fun? Incorporate biking! If you’re interested in finding your own biking community, or making friends to bike with, here is more information on how to find other people to ride with!

One of our favorite play activities to do outdoors is riding an ebike! Don’t have your own? Capital Bikeshare has ebikes available all over the region. Here is some information on how to get started on an ebike and how to safely ebike in a city

You know what else is fun? Bike tricks! Here is a two-part lesson (part 1, part 2) from our in-house expert on how to do a wheelie!

Did you know that WABA has youth education options to get the kiddos in your life riding? Sign up for Bike to Anywhere Week and join WABA today and help our programs reach further. 

Biking to Learn

Hopping on your bike to learn something could come in many forms: biking to school, to a museum, to read a book, or to finally reading all the historical markers in your neighborhood. Or maybe you’re biking to learn how to ride confidently, to help a friend learn, or staying home to learn more online—you choose in which ways you can learn! 

At WABA, we believe that it is important to learn about how the built environment—our streets, neighborhoods, and cities—around us benefits some communities over others. Communities of color suffer disproportionate burdens from inadequate transportation infrastructure and the direct effects of climate change. Visit waba.org/antiracism to find resources on how to promote justice with the changes to the transportation system that we seek to create. Or, if you want to learn a technical skill, did you know that our biking classes are free for all members? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for your Bike Anywhere Week membership!

Bike Tune-Up Tips

Dust off your bikes and let’s get rolling! Keeping your bike tuned-up and safe to ride isn’t difficult, but if you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help! 

For general biking resources, head on over to waba.og/tips. To get yourself ready to ride and your bike in tip top shape, I recommend  How to Fit a Bike, and How to Fit a Helmet. Here is a page of biking resources for new riders!

If you’re not a bike owner—and you don’t need to be one to participate in Bike Anywhere Week!—Capital Bikeshare is a great, affordable option. Check out some videos we made with them to learn how the system works.

Have you heard about the ABC quick check? It is an easy-to-remember, fast way to make sure your bike is ready to go every time you ride. It helps you identify upfront things that could be inconvenient problems if they crop up while you’re riding. Good news— we have a video to teach you how to do an ABC quick check!

Did you know that every WABA membership comes with a coupon for $15 off a bike tune-up at our participating bike shops? You can find more information on our Member Extras here, and when you’re ready, sign up for your Bike Anywhere Week membership!