Ready to Roll?: Fall 2019 Adult Education Classes

Looking to improve your bike confidence? Eager to try your hand at navigating traffic? What about getting on a bicycle for the first time? Check out our Fall 2019 Adult Education classes!

WABA’s Adult Education classes are suited for all, regardless of experience level and provide intuitive, hands on learning in a supportive and encouraging environment. 

“But which class is right for me?” We’ve got a handy flow chart to help you out!

Adult Learn To Ride – For adults ages 18 and older who do not know how to ride a bike or who have tried to learn and have been unsuccessful. Give us three hours, and we’ll have you riding a bike!

Youth Learn to Ride – For children ages 6-12 who do not know how to ride a bike or who have tried to learn and have been unsuccessful. This season, our Youth Learn to Ride classes are special events hosted by the City of Alexandria.

Basic Skills Clinic – For cyclists who have recently learned to ride or who have not ridden a bike in some time. Our Basic Skills Clinics focus on fundamental skills such as starting, stopping, turning and braking. Great next step for those who have recently taken Learn to Ride! 

Confident City Cycling – Interested in learning to ride in traffic or on a bike path? This class is for you! Our City Cycling class is broken up into two groups, Fundamentals and Confidence, to accommodate riders of different experience levels. Fundamentals focuses on scanning, signaling and shifting, while Confidence teaches hazard avoidance maneuvers necessary for riding alongside motorists.

Community Education Rides – Fun for all! Our community education ride series is an inclusive space for riders of all levels to explore their city.  Each ride tackles different topics that urban riders use to get around the region. Our rides are always a good time, but they’re also a safe space to ask questions and practice riding in the city.

WABA is proud to partner with DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria to offer a bicycle education class near you!

‘Tis the season…to add more lights

Riding a bike around Washington, DC can be a bit intimidating, for sure. But, if you keep your eyes up and take in some of the sites, it can also be awe inspiring. WABA wants to inspire you during this dark and cold season by riding around downtown DC and take in some of the more impressive light displays on the Lighting the Way community ride.

lighting the way

Unlike some of our big signature rides WABA community rides are usually shorter weeknight events, sort of the bike equivalent of taking a stroll. Generally a dozen or two riders will ride 4 – 6 miles at a conversational mosey. No one gets left behind, no matter their skill level, and we stop a few times to discuss different riding scenarios and take in some beautiful sights one can only enjoy while riding a bike.

So clear your calendar next Wednesday, December 14th and join us. The ride will begin at 7th and Indiana Ave NW, by the Archives Metro station (map). We will depart shortly after 6:30 p.m. In addition to taking in some scenic lights, we will also be giving them away! Thanks to the DC Bike Ambassadors, we have a number of bike lights to give away to to riders we see along the route that don’t have any lights on their bike.

Finally, since the highly anticipated WABA Member Holiday Party is the same night, after the ride ends near City Center DC, a group of people will continue on to Boundary Stone, to arrive around 8:30 p.m.

You Know What Was Cool? Bike To The Pool!

On a Saturday afternoon a couple weekends back, we went for a bike ride in DC’s Ward 7. But it wasn’t just a normal bike ride — it involved splashing, swimming, and a few games of Marco Polo! We rode along the Marvin Gaye Trail and stopped off at the Watts Branch Playground Splash Park, then headed over to the Deanwood Recreation Center Pool (which has an AWESOME slide). Here are some pictures from the day:

Maybe you want to give it a try this weekend? Well, here’s a map of places to swim and splash in DC:

Connect all the dots!

Haulin’ Our Way to Crystal City on WABA’s First Arlington Community Ride

Our spring Community Ride series is in full swing, and last Wednesday we made our debut in Arlington with Haulin’—a community ride about moving and grooving with everything you need to carry on a bike.

We explored the Pentagon City and Crystal City neighborhoods, saw a wide variety of bike facilities including the Four Mile Run trail and the new protected bikeways on South Hayes Street.

At the end of the ride, we learned about the Fixit Station—a great new innovation put in place by the Crystal City BID. At the access point to the Mount Vernon Trail on Crystal Drive, you can pump up your tires, use tools for minor adjustments, fill your water bottle, and even buy spare parts from a bike vending machine!

After the ride was over, the whole group headed to the San Antonio Grill for delicious tacos.

Education Coordinator Daniel Hoagland introduces the group to bike sharing.

Education Coordinator Daniel Hoagland introduces the group to bike sharing.

Thank you to Bike Arlington, the Crystal City BID, and the San Antonio Grill for helping make our Haulin’ Ride a big success!

Join us for more Community Rides in May and June!