Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride: Trail Ride to Kingman & Heritage Island

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Interested in spending quality family time learning more about the ongoing conservation efforts within the Anacostia Watershed? Get the family together and join us on a free family bike ride to explore the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and Kingman & Heritage Island. The roughly 6 mile ride will start at Anacostia Boat Ramp Parking Lot, head upstream along the east bank on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Kingman & Heritage Island and then head back along the west bank following the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, ending back at Anacostia Park. We will stop along the ride to discuss various Anacostia Watershed conservation and restoration efforts and to reflect on all the great places we can access using the trails within the watershed. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

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

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop at Kingman & Heritage Island

Approx. 6 miles, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Some portions of the trail on Kingman & Heritage Island will be unpaved/crushed gravel.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

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.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides 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 the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. 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 the ride 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Location: Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Drive to the end of Anacostia Drive. You will see the skate pavilion on your right. At the end of the road, the pavement will turn into dirt and you will see a sign that says “service vehicles only”. Your class will take place in the parking lot to the right of this sign. Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Biking/Walking: This location is accessible via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

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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Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride: End of Summer Ice Cream Ride!

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Let’s close out the summer together! Join us for one last family ride before school starts as we explore the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and make our way over the Yards Park for Ice cream and family fun! The roughly 6 mile ride will start at the Anacostia Boat Ramp Parking Lot and follow the Anacostia Riverwalk trail to Yards Park. We’ll celebrate the end of summer with a stop at a shop for milkshakes before we head back up the trail. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

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

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop for milkshakes.

Approx. 6 miles mainly on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

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.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides 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 the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. 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 the ride 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Location: Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Drive to the end of Anacostia Drive. You will see the skate pavilion on your right. At the end of the road, the pavement will turn into dirt and you will see a sign that says “service vehicles only”. Your class will take place in the parking lot to the right of this sign. Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

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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Wealth of the Watershed Family Ride to the National Arboretum!

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The Wealth of the Watershed (WoW) program series is designed to introduce young people and their families to all of the wealth the Anacostia River and its surrounding watershed communities have to offer.

Want to see what our WoW campers were up to this summer?! Join us on this free family-friendly ride to the National Arboretum where we will make a stop at the Washington Youth Garden. Since 1971 the Washington Youth Garden has been providing a space for youth to connect to food, the land, and one another. The ride will start at the Fields at RFK and will be about 7 miles of trail, residential, and street riding. This event is open to families (8 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

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

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stop at Washington Youth Garden

Approx. 7 miles on residential streets, city streets and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this ride. We also encourage you to bring your bike lock if you have one.

Capital Bikeshare bikes are available in the park for riders ages 16+. If you would like to use one for the ride please let us know when you register.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

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.
  • WABA family rides are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend rides 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 the ride. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks. 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 the ride 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : The Fields at RFK

401 Oklahoma Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Turn onto Oklahoma Ave NE from Benning Road. Take the second left and then follow signs for “The Fields” and “The Pavillion”. We will meet in Lot 7 near the Pavillion to perform safety checks and discuss riding in groups before we head out. Ride Leaders will be wearing teal polos.

Biking/Walking
The Fields at RFK are accessible by the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail .

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location.

Metro
The Fields at RFK are a 10 minute walk from the Stadium-Armory Station accessible by the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines.

Bus
This location is accessible by the X1, X3 or Streetcar to Benning Rd & 26th as well as the D6, 97 or B2 to the Stadium-Armory Metro stop.

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Bike Commuting 101 Ride

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Bikes are so versatile! You can use them to cruise around, run errands, commute to work, or haul groceries, kids, pets and cargo across town. We love the flexibility that biking offers. You can take your bike on the Metro or put your bike on a bus. You can lock up a bike, walk away and come back for it later.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a Bike Commuting 101 group ride where we will discuss helpful tips and tricks for first-time commuters. We will ride around Alexandria and cover topics such as what to wear to stay cool and comfortable, tips for locking up your bike and how put a bike on the front of a bus.

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

This ride is for you if:

You have recently taken a WABA City Cycle class

You are interested in learning how to ride safely in traffic or would like to gain more experience riding in traffic

You would like to learn to use your bike for more than just recreational rides

You are new to the area or are not experienced riding in Alexandria

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stops along the way to discuss biking for transportation topics

Approx. 7 miles on flat city streets and the Mount Vernon Trail

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. We also encourage you to bring your bike lock if you have one.

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

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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : Dangerfield Island Parking Lot

Alexandria, VA 22314 (near Potomac Yard Marina) 

Turn onto Marina Drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the first right and then an immediate left into the Dangerfield Island parking lot. 

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Capital Trails Coalition: Bike Tour of Planned Trail Projects in Alexandria

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The City of Alexandria currently has 16.1 miles of paved, multi-use trails! There are 3.6 miles of planned trails across the City to complete the envisioned network. Join us for a ride to explore two planned trail projects and discuss what stage of development they are in: 

1) Four Mile Run – Potomac Yards Connector: A small .1 mile connection that will connect the Four Mile Run Trail in Potomac Yard to the Potomac Avenue Buffered Bike Lane. This project is in Arlington County but serves as a key connection across jurisdictions.

2) The Beauregard Trail: A 1.8 mile connection between Lucky Run Trail and Holmes Run Trail. This shared-use path will provide a much needed North/South trail connection in the area.

We will also discuss the planned Backlick Run Trail, but we will not have time to visit the segment.  

Check out our full schedule of events at waba.org/fun.

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

This ride is for you if:

You like to bike, walk, run, or recreate on any of Alexandria’s bike paths or trails.

You would like to learn about the Capital Trails Coalition’s vision for Alexandria and get an update on the status of the city’s multi-use trail projects.

You would like to learn about how to get involved with the CTC and help to bring a world-class network of multi-use trails to our region.

Ride Details

Duration: 1 hour ride + stops along the way to visit project sites and discuss their current status, hurdles and plans for the future. 

Approx. 9 miles on city streets and trails.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Interested in using a FREE Capital Bikeshare for this class? Email us at education@waba.org.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

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

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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point:

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

WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Parking recommendations: Parking is located here, directly adjacent to the plaza. Additional overflow parking is located at Frank Mann Field which is a 0.7 mi walk.  

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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Women & Bicycles: Bike Commuting 101 Community Ride

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Bikes are so versatile! You can use them to cruise around, run errands, commute to work, or haul groceries, kids, pets and cargo across town. We love the flexibility that biking offers. You can take your bike on the Metro or put your bike on a bus. You can lock up a bike, walk away and come back for it later.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a Women & Bicycles Bike Commuting 101 group ride where we will discuss helpful tips and tricks for first-time commuters. We will ride around Alexandria and cover topics such as what to wear to stay cool and comfortable, tips for locking up your bike and how put a bike on the front of a bus.

This ride is in partnership with Women & Bicycles and is reserved for women, trans, femme and non-binary participants! Interested in another ride? Check out our full schedule of events at waba.org/fun.

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

This ride is for you if:

You have recently taken a WABA City Cycle class

You are interested in learning how to ride safely in traffic or would like to gain more experience riding in traffic

You would like to learn to use your bike for more than just recreational rides

You are new to the area or are not experienced riding in Alexandria

If you are a woman, trans, femme or non-binary bicyclist!

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stops along the way to discuss biking for transportation topics

Approx. 7 miles on flat city streets and the Mount Vernon Trail

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. We also encourage you to bring your bike lock if you have one.

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

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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : Dangerfield Island Parking Lot

Alexandria, VA 22314 (near Potomac Yard Marina) 

Turn onto Marina Drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the first right and then an immediate left into the Dangerfield Island parking lot. 

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Leisurely Mount Vernon Trail + Public Art Community Ride

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Join us for a casual morning ride along the Mount Vernon Trail. We’ll discuss how to navigate through Old Town Alexandria where the trail drops off and stop by the Alexandria Waterfront Park to check out the Site/See Groundswell art installation by Brooklyn artist Mark Reigelman!

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

This ride is for you if:

You have recently taken a WABA City Cycle class (both Fundamentals and Confidence tracks)

You are new to the area or are not experienced riding in Alexandria

You are interested in a casual morning social ride!

Interested in a longer, more advanced route with more public art? Check out Alexandria BPAC’s 16 mi route!

Ride Details

Duration: 1 hour ride + break at Alexandria Waterfront Park to view the Groundswell art installation

Approx. 6.5 miles on flat trail and residential streets

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Interested in using a Free Capital Bikeshare bike or Ebike for this 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 class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the DC Department of Transportation.

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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : Dangerfield Island Parking Lot

Alexandria, VA 22314 (near Potomac Yard Marina) 

Turn onto Marina Drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the first right and then an immediate left into the Dangerfield Island parking lot. 

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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

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