Change for the better in 2022.

The evidence is all around us: together, WABA, our supporters, and our partners are transforming how our region thinks about its streets and how we use them—wider sidewalks, car-free roads, streateries, and sturdy barriers between bike lanes and motor vehicle traffic.  

This change is the result of dedicated support and advocacy from our members, supporters, and partners across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

WABA saw incredible victories in 2021. We’re going to keep up the momentum in 2022 and see even more bold change that puts people first. Here’s what we’re going to do in the year ahead:

  • Win more bike lanes that are connected, protected, and equitably distributed across the region. 

  • Organize for change. No one knows better what a neighborhood needs than the people who live there, so WABA is supporting you and your neighbors to fight for the protected bike lanes and other safety improvements that will make your communities better, safer places to walk, bike, scoot, roll, and play.

  • Build support and secure federal and local funding for more trails, filling in the gaps to complete the Capital Trails Network.
  • Fight for policies that protect people from the trauma of traffic violence, by pushing for safety improvements, lower speed limits, and roads built for people.

  • Empower more of your neighbors to ride bikes by supporting people of all experience levels with resources to help them ride confidently, find community, and make bicycling work for them. 

  • Ride bikes together! 2022 will bring more opportunities to ride together in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. From community rides to our Signature Events, we’ve mapped out miles of bicycling adventures in the year to come. 

There are changes ahead for our region. But one thing won’t ever change. WABA is going to keep fighting to make it better and safer to travel our region, and we’re going to do it boldly, joyfully, and together.   

MLK Day of Service: Find a trail cleanup near you!

Join in a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr Day on the Capital Trails Network. The Capital Trails Network is a regional network of world-class current and planned trails connecting the region. With 456 miles of trails currently in the Network, there is certain to be something! Our region is connected by its trails, rivers and roads. Your efforts at one trail spot will not only help that trail but the neighbors down the watershed by reducing trash flow or making the trails a more pleasant place to be. World-class means thoughtfully designed but also trash-free, well cared for, and free of invasive plants. Join a local organization (WABA is running one cleanup but there are lots more!) for MLK Day of Service to make our region’s trails and the landscapes they connect better.

Click on the map to find your local trail!

Double-check with event organizers that cleanups are still on! Many events are cancelling due to weather forecast and or lack of government appropriations. We’ll try to keep this page as updated as possible. District of Columbia Pope Branch Park Hosted By: Pope Branch Restoration Alliance and Anacostia Riverkeeper Monday, January 21st 2900 M Place SE 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Status: Confirmed on as of Friday 1/18 Register here Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Hosted By: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Saturday, January 19th 1550 Anacostia Ave NE 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Status: Cancelled due to government shutdown Register here Anacostia Park Hosted By: Student Conservation Association Monday, January 21st 1900 Anacostia Ave SE 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Status: Cancelled due to government shutdown Register here Metropolitan Branch Trail Hosted By: WABA and Carlos Rosario School Monday, January 21st 514 V St NE 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Status: Postponed due to inclement weather Register here Marvin Gaye Trail Hosted By: Washington Parks & People Monday, January 21st 601 Division Ave NE 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Register by emailing: info@washingtonparks.net Prince George’s County Bladensburg Waterfront Park Hosted By: Friends of Quincy Run, Washington Rowing School, Town of Bladensburg Monday, January 21st 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg MD Status: Confirmed on as of Friday 1/18 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Register here City of Alexandria Belle Haven Park Hosted By: Friends of the Mt Vernon Trail Monday, January 21st 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Register here Arlington County Washington & Old Dominion Milepoint 0 in Shirlington Hosted By: Friends of the W&OD and Trail Patrol Monday, January 21st 10:00 am For more information and to register, please email kmohle@nvrpa.org Montgomery County Sligo Creek Park Hosted By: Montgomery Parks and Friends of Sligo Creek Monday, January 21st 9:00 am – 11:00 am Register here Rock Creek Regional Park Hosted By: Montgomery Parks Monday, January 21st 9:00 am – 11:00 am Register here

See you on the trails!

Know of a cleanup on a trail in the Capital Trails Network that we should add to this roundup? Email Ursula, Trail Ranger Coordinator at trailranger@waba.org.