Family Confident City Cycling

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More joy, less stress! Riding your bike doesn’t have to be stressful. Join us for a morning of skills, confidence, and community building.

Riding with kids can be a lot of fun, but it comes with some extra considerations. This February, join us for a City Cycling class that’s specifically focused on riding with kids!

We’ll spend some time on a few specific bike handling skills, then go for a short ride and talk about strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Bring questions! We’ll help you ride more comfortably and confidently without getting something sticky  all over your brake levers. No matter your skill level, you’ll improve your abilities on two (or more) wheels!

This is going to be fun!

Riding your bike doesn’t have to be stressful. Join us for a morning of skills, confidence, and community building.

We’ll spend some time on a few specific bike handling skills, then go for a short ride and talk about strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Bring questions!

This two and a half hour class is specifically for adults that ride a bicycle with at least one child on their bike or pulled in a trailer OR if you ride with a child riding their own bicycle.

We’ll help you ride more comfortably and confidently while enjoying the experience of riding with kids! No matter your skill level, you’ll improve your abilities on two (or more) wheels.

We’ll explore the unique challenges of riding a bike in the region with a child on board, from choosing equipment to avoiding hazards.

The first part of the class will take place in a car free environment (an indoor gym), and after practicing some drills, we’ll go out on a ride on the local trail and roads. 

Kids are welcome, but childcare will not be provided. In an effort to create an ideal learning environment, please maintain a 1:1 adult to child ratio for children on their own bikes, and 1:2 adult to child ratio for children riding on the same bike as their adult.

We’ll spend some time on a few specific bike handling skills, then go for a short ride and talk about strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Bring questions!

By the time you head home, you’ll feel more confident, comfortable, and happy on your bike. Plus it’s a blast.

Something for everyone

Whether you’ve just learned to ride or you’ve been bike commuting for years, we’ve got new things to share with you. Our experienced League Certified Instructors will make sure that you’re working on skills that match your level of comfort and experience on your bike.

Is this class right for you?

  • Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
  • Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
  • Are you able to start and stop your bike in a controlled manner?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then a Learn to Ride or a Basic Skills Clinic is best for you.

For this specific Family Confident City Cycling class, we will be focused on people that do one or more of the following

  • You power a bicycle that is carrying or pulling a child.
  • You power a bicycle while a youth (age 6 and older) is powering their own bicycle (i.e. no tag-alongs, trailers, etc.).
  • You want to speak to other parents about their experiences and want to share some of your own.

What to bring:

  • Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
  • A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
  • Flat pedals. Toe clips, clipless pedals, or other gizmos that attach your feet to your pedals aren’t recommended. If you don’t know what this means, your pedals will work fine.

What does it cost?

Ten bucks! What a deal!

But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot!

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare member? Then the class is free. Email or call 202-518-0524 x222 for a coupon.

Class Location

Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

2500 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Please meet inside in the gym.

Getting There
Street parking in the area is limited and there is no off-street parking available.

The 52 and 54 buses serve 14th St in front of Rita Bright.

Rita Bright is about 6 blocks from both the Columbia Heights and U St-Cardozo metro stations on the Green and Yellow line.

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Youth Learn to Ride

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Our Youth Learn to Ride class is fun, intuitive, and very successful! This class is for children aged 6-12* who have never ridden a bike before or have tried to learn and have not been successful. Our League certified instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session.

All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class. 

*If your child falls outside of the 6-12 age range, or you don’t have your own bike or helmet, please give us a call at 202-518-0524 ext. 222 or email us at youth@waba.org.

Our approach is fun and intuitive, but it also requires hard work. Your child will be riding for nearly three hours. We take breaks every hour. This class is for your child if:

  • They are between the ages of 6 and 12 years old 
  • Your child has never tried to learn how to ride a bike; or
  • They have tried to learn and have not been successful.

All students are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and helmet. All students are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the class.  

Please ensure that your child comes to class wearing comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. Please bring the following: water and snacks. This class will be indoors.

Only students who have reserved space in the class may attend. Unfortunately, walk-up students cannot be accommodated.

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Class Cost

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the DC Department of Transportation

$10! This class costs $10 and is available for WABA Members and Non-Members alike.

If you are a WABA Member, this class is free! Email us at youth@waba.org for a coupon code.

$65 Family Membership– Sign up for a WABA Family Membership and children under 18 are included at no additional cost! Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Location

Rita Bright Family and Youth Center

2500 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Please meet inside in the gym.

Getting There
Street parking in the area is limited and there is no off-street parking available.

The 52 and 54 buses serve 14th St in front of Rita Bright.

Rita Bright is about 6 blocks from both the Columbia Heights and U St-Cardozo metro stations on the Green and Yellow line.

Ward 1 & 2 Safe Streets Meetup

Do you want more protected bike lanes on your route or calmer streets in your neighborhood or commute? Do you want to see faster progress on safer streets and protected bike lanes around DC? Us too!

Come over to the WABA office for our Ward 1 and 2 meetup and strategy session. Get involved in WABA’s 20×20 campaign to support 20 new miles of connected, protected, and equitable bike lanes in DC. We will talk strategy, fun tactics, and next steps for solidifying support for campaigns in Wards 1 & 2.

Come meet community advocates, neighbors, and that person you only know on Twitter, roll up your sleeves, and get started! We will have food starting at 6pm and begin at 6:30pm.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 22nd
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm (we’ll have snacks ready at 6)
  • Location Name: WABA Office
  • Location Address: 2599 Ontario Road NW

Safe Streets for Ward 5 Monthly Meetup

Safe Streets for Ward 5 is a group of neighbors working together for safer streets, protected bike lanes, and more options for getting around Ward 5. Join us at our next monthly meeting, learn about our priorities, and get involved!

You don’t need to ride a bike, you don’t need to be a traffic engineer, and you don’t need to be political. No matter your schedule and no matter your background, you have a role to play in winning safe streets across DC. We hope you can join us!

  • Date: Monday, January 20
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location Name: Right Proper – Brookland
  • Location Address: 920 Girard St NE, DC

Ward 7 Protected Bike Lanes Meeting

Join WABA’s Ward 7 Action Group to talk organizing strategy around the 20×20 Campaign. We’ll dig into projects and plan our next activities.

Let’s get to work for better biking in Ward 7!

Community Listening Session – East

What makes it hard to get where you’re going in your neighborhood? Missing crosswalks? Speeding Maryland drivers? Buses stuck in traffic?

You know better than anyone where the trouble spots are—come talk to us about it.

We’ll have representatives from the District Department of Transportation, DC Council staff, and a variety of community organizations on hand to listen, answer questions, and engage with your thoughts on how to make streets safer for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Bring your ideas, your questions, and your friends.

The challenges and solutions discussed will be presented at the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit on Thursday, March 19th, 2020. We hope to create a direct line for your concerns to 300 key transportation decision-makers from DC and region-wide.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is primarily focused on DC residents of Wards 7 and 8. If you don’t live in either of those Wards, sign up for this Community Listening Session on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

Sign up below!

Community Listening Session – West

What makes it hard to get where you’re going in your neighborhood? Missing crosswalks? Speeding Maryland drivers? Buses stuck in traffic?

You know better than anyone where the trouble spots are—come talk to us about it.

We’ll have representatives from the District Department of Transportation, DC Council staff, and a variety of community organizations on hand to listen, answer questions, and engage with your thoughts on how to make streets safer for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Bring your ideas, your questions, and your friends.

The challenges and solutions discussed will be presented at the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit on Thursday, March 19th, 2020. We hope to create a direct line for your concerns to 300 key transportation decision-makers from DC and region-wide.

Refreshments will be provided.

Sign up below!

January Ward 4 20×20 Meeting

Let’s get to work on protected bike lanes in Ward 4! Join us to get involved in strategizing and campaign planning.

The Ward 4 Action Group meeting (Ward 4 20×20 meeting) primarily works on WABA 20×20 projects – bike lane projects across DC that are in some stage of study, planning or design, so we know they are possible. And we want them built by the end of 2020.

Sign up here:

Ward 8 Traffic Safety Meeting

Want safer streets in Ward 8? Safer access to schools? Better sidewalks? Fewer speeding Maryland drivers? Join us to get involved in strategizing and campaign planning.

Tell us about your experiences on Ward 8 roads, learn about youth road safety outreach, the Mississippi Avenue protected bike lane project, the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit, and the Vision Zero Community Listening Session on February 4th at the Anacostia Playhouse.

Refreshments will be provided. Kids are welcome!