Bike Anywhere Week: Ways to Carry Stuff by Bike

Join WABA for our third annual Bike to Anywhere Week by tuning in to our webinar where we’ll discuss the different ways to carry stuff on your everyday ride.  Learn how to carry things around your bike using racks, bags, trailers and more! We’ll share  some quick tips on how to use these accessories and where others might be able to find them. By the end of the webinar you’ll have all the knowledge you need in order to carry your necessary items for your commute,  your groceries from the store to your home, your kids to school or even your pets to the park! Feel free to ask your questions so you are  prepared to carry things around on your next ride.

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Bike Anywhere Week: ABC Quick Check

Join the Bike Ambassadors as they walk you through how to do an ABC Quick Check on your bike. Learn how to perform some basic bike maintenance to make sure your bike is in good condition for your next ride. We’ll walk you through how to check your tire pressure, brakes, chain and a few other things. Performing an ABC Quick Check before your next ride can help make sure your bike is safe to ride.

We want you to enjoy riding and keep your bike in good condition, so join us as we share tips on what to check for and help answer other bike questions.

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MWABA Tandem Captain Training

6 people are standing in a semicircle at Eastern Market Metro plaza in front of the elevator. Qudsiya is in the middle and speaking to the group. Everyone is spaced out, the sky is blue, it looks like a lovely day, and there are at least two tandems in the photo. A woman on the right has her cane in her hand and is holding a helmet.

Due to storms forecast for March 31st, training has been postponed to April 8th.

Learn how to be a tandem captain with Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) and WABA! In preparation for the 2022 riding season, come learn how to captain a tandem for MWABA rides.

The regular season is 6:00PM every Thursday in daylight savings (April to October) and occasional weekends from the Eastern Market Metro in DC and the Bethesda Metro. We are blind/visually impaired stokers (back seat) and are looking for captains (front seat) to ride with us.  

Do I Need a Bike?  Most captains do not own a tandem and do not have tandem experience.  Rather, they are cycling or fitness enthusiasts who want a new challenge.

How Does it Work?  We provide the bikes and training for the new riders (both captains and stokers). Once you join the MWABA mailing list after training, you will receive an e-mail on Sundays asking who is interested in riding the following Thursday. If you respond that you’re interested, we will match you with a stoker and send you further details about the ride. You can ride as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows. Contact information from this form is only shared with MWABA organizers.

Want to Join as a Stoker? Experienced stokers can attend the captain training, and new stokers are invited to all other rides and/or we can set up separate stoker training rides. Let us know via the form or email MWABA’s organizer Karla Gilbride at karla.gilbride@gmail.com.

Youth Learn to Ride Class

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.

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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 the young learner does not have their own bike or helmet, please email us at youth@waba.org.

Our approach is fun and intuitive, but it also requires hard work. Your child will be riding for two 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.  Your child should be able to sit on the saddle with their feet on the ground. If their bike is too big or too small for them, it will be a challenge to teach them to use it. Contact us if you have questions!

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

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

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 youth 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. 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.
  • Parents will be asked to wait away from the class and not participate.

Location

Anacostia Park Boat Ramp Parking Lot

1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

The class location is highlighted in the image below.

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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