The Sweet Ride & Shindig was…pretty sweet.

On Saturday, June 15th, WABA hosted the first annual Sweet Ride & Shindig, presented by Conte’s Bike Shop.

Friends: it doesn’t get any better than this. Perfect weather, ideal location, and great company conspired to make this an incredibly fun bike ride and party. (And, we gave out some pretty great bandanas.)

WABA Board Member Judd Isbell shows off his sweet bandana!

Riders chose from 5, 15, 30, or 50 mile routes that many described as full of discovery, with new trails to learn about and unfamiliar connections to find that stitched together a picture of how to get around Northern Virginia by bike. (Depending on the route, there may have been some surprise hills, too.)

After the ride, attendees returned to the Shindig. With token from WABA in hand, they were treated to either a beer from Port City Brewing or an ice cream cone. With tunes from Chasing Autumn, yard games, and a mini-expo of bike-related businesses onsite, the Grounds in Crystal City provided the perfect setting to while away the afternoon, hanging out with old friends, making new ones, and basking in the glow of a great summer day. 

Some riders also took action: after having ridden the Quincy St corridor in Arlington, riders completed a survey to shape bike infrastructure coming to Quincy St in the near future. Want to weigh in? You have until June 28 to fill out the survey (at the bottom of the page).

To all the riders: thank you for supporting WABA! Like all signature rides, the proceeds from the Sweet Ride & Shindig directly fund the hard work that WABA is doing to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. Your support helps us advocate for better trails and more bike lanes—safer conditions for all. Thank you.

We’ve collected some photos from the ride below, but first, a final shoutout to our sponsors:

Title Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor:

Pit Stop Sponsors:

Drinkmore Water
KIND Snacks
Honest Tea
Dana Bres
Giant Food
Port City Brewing
Phoenix Bikes

WABA extends a huge thank you to the host committee for this event who played key roles in making this event a success:

Wayne Clark

Judd Isbell

Josephine Liu

Find a gallery of photos from the Sweet Ride and Shindig below!

Crystal City BID takes Bike to Work Day to the next level

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach, and education. Our business members are committed to a creating a healthy, more livable region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today, meet Crystal City Business Improvement District. Beyond Bike to Work Day, how can businesses encourage more people to enjoy their business by bike? Longtime WABA Business Member Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a great place to look for inspiration. For the eighth consecutive year, the Crystal City BID is taking its Bike to Work Day celebration to the next level by challenging local bicyclists to commute all week long! Every morning from May 14th to May 18th, bicyclists are invited to stop by the Crystal City Bike to Work Week pit stop at the Stand in the Crystal City Water Park for snacks, coffee, and good old-fashioned encouragement. The stop will be open 7:00am to 9:00am, rain or shine. The first 125 riders who visit the pit stop all five days will be rewarded with a custom Crystal City Cycling jersey (see below). Special dispensation is provided to anyone who volunteers at other Bike to Work Day pit stops and cannot visit Crystal City. Earning the jersey puts riders into a coveted community of bicyclists and conquering the Bike to Work Week challenge is the only way to obtain it—it’s not for sale. “Be prepared for frequent trail head nods and fellow cyclist chit chats when sporting the Crystal City jersey,” said Robert Mandle, Chief Operating Officer for the Crystal City BID. “But our goal of building community amongst bicyclists extends well beyond the jersey with many friendships, partnerships, and love affairs with bicycling with roots in Crystal City.” Interested in taking the challenge to commute by bike all week? Register online for the Crystal City Bike to Work Week pit stop and be sure to also sign up for the region-wide Bike to Work Day. For additional information, visit Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? Help show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.