Volunteer at Open Streets!

Our pumpkin pop-up protected bike lane!

DC is bringing back Open Streets!

Join us on Saturday, October 2 to see and celebrate what our streets look like when we close them to cars and open them to people for walking, biking, dancing, and playing. 

The District closes three miles of Georgia Ave NW, from Barry Pl to Missouri Ave, for you to enjoy. As you make your way up and down the corridor on foot or bike, you’ll see lots of businesses and organizations with plenty of activities going on. WABA will be there, teaching bike riding skills and asking people to join us in asking for even more Open Streets from District leadership.

We’ll be out asking folks to sign a petition for more streets for people.

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Women & Bicycles Bystander Intervention Workshop

Everyone should have the right to feel comfortable in public spaces, including while biking. However, this right isn’t afforded to everyone equally due to state and interpersonal violence. This violence is most harmful to marginalized communities. 

Leila Raven, Community Organizer (see full bio below), will lead a virtual workshop for cis women and trans folks interested in learning about the systems at play that enable and reinforce harassment and assault. In the first half of the workshop, people will have an opportunity to share their experiences and then Leila will offer broader context about state and interpersonal violence. The second half of the workshop will be focused on discussing the ways race impacts our experiences and practicing strategies to keep each other safe.

We want you to come as you are and be fully present for the workshop. This event will be moderated by Leila and racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, tokenism, ageism, etc. are not welcome. Period. If you cross any of these guidelines you will be removed from the virtual space. With that being said, we are making it a priority to center marginalized folks and their experiences. 

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom with live captioning on Tuesday, July 27th from 7:00 to 9:00PM. Click the registration button to register for this free event and share it with your friends!

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Leila Raven is an Afro-Latina queer mama, educator, and organizer working to create safety without prisons or policing. She is the former director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a founding organizer of the DecrimNow DC and Decrim NY campaigns, and she is a co-creator of the 8 to Abolition platform.

Note: This event is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! If you need accommodations, have questions about access or the event, send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles Maintenance Workshop

We are proud to partner with expert bike mechanics and members of Women & Bicycles, Laurie Lemieux and Kate Schrock, for a workshop on bike maintenance. The conversation will be geared towards people who might be new(er) to biking and interested in learning about basic upkeep for their bike. Some of the topics we’ll be covering include: different parts of the bike, how to adjust your brakes, and how to clean your chain and apply chain lube.

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom with live captioning on Wednesday, July 21st from 7:00PM to 8:15PM. Click the registration button to register for this free event and share it with your friends!

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Note: This event is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! If you need accommodations, have questions about access or the event, send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

This program is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing

Ride the Anacostia River Trail

Come join the Lotus and Water Lily Festival for a bike ride on July 17th of the Anacostia River Trail! The trail is a different view of the lotus ponds than can be seen inside the park, and the trail has long shady stretches. We’ll ride for about an hour total at a chill pace that works for everyone joining, and stop for a break halfway through. The trail is fairly flat with one small hill we might get to. We will return to the park by 12:30 pm for plenty of time to explore inside the park as well.

Bathrooms and water are available at the start and end of the ride at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose (we’ll have some adult masks to give if you forget).

Bike Details


Bikes and helmets in adult and child sizes will be available to borrow if you request by July 14th. We will not have extra bikes day-of. You are also welcome to bring your own bike and helmet! All participants must be pre-registered and helmets are required for all riders. If you only need to borrow a helmet, email us and we’ll get you a loaner.

Kids are welcome on this ride provided they are with a guardian.  

Weather Plan

It will likely be hot so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated. The ride will be postponed to July 31st if there is substantial rain or thunderstorms forecast. Should we need to postpone, a weather decision will be made by the morning of July 16th. 

Additional Details

We will meet at the parking lot of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at 10:30 am, do a quick bike mechanical check, and ride to the Anacostia River Trail. Directions to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens can be found on the park website.   

This ride is being hosted in partnership with Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and National Park Service – Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. 

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This ride is now full. If you are a direct park neighbor and live in Eastland Gardens, Mayfair, Kenilworth or Parkside, we have a few additional reserved spots. Please email at trailranger@waba.org to register!

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Logo of a purple lotus outline saying Lotus and Water Lily Festival. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a national park in Washington DC
This ride is part of the 2021 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

Women & Bicycles Reliable, Affordable Transportation Ride and Chat

About this ride:

Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails. We’ll stop at a few places to talk about this article about how hospitality workers struggle to find reliable, affordable transportation. We’ll be out for about 2 hours. 

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

The Anacostia Tributary Trails are quaint stream valley trails that stretch throughout Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland and the District. We’ll do a short, flat 7 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from West Hyattsville Metro Station (2700 Hamilton St, Hyattsville, MD 20782). The ride is round trip. We’ll depart from West Hyattsville Metro Station and head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park via the Northwest Branch Trail. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

We’ll be reading Hospitality Workers Struggle to Find Reliable, Affordable Ways Home from Washington City Paper that discusses the intersection of service industry workers and transportation (in)justice. An issue that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic but has been around for a very long time.

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. 

Women & Bicycles Conservation and Culture Ride and Chat

About this ride:

This ride is in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails. We’ll stop at a few places to talk about this article about conservation and Latinx culture. We’ll be out for about 2 hours. 

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

Join us for a ride along the W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails – both are quiet, scenic trails that run through the suburbs of Virginia. We’ll do a short, flat 4.2 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from Bluemont Park (601 N Manchester St Arlington, VA 22203). The ride is a round trip. We’ll depart from the public bathrooms at Bluemont Park (the Wilson Blvd side), make our way along the W&OD, take a break at Glencarlyn Park and talk about the article, and then circle back on Four Mile Run Trail to the start. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

This ride is in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. For this Trail Chat we’ll be reading Why Being Green Comes Naturally to Us Latinos from Grist. This article explores the intersection between climate change and culture and how marginalized groups, such as Latinxs, are often intentionally left out of policy decision making.

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. 

Women & Bicycles Bikes, not Rockets Ride and Chat

About this ride:

Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails.

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

 Join us for a ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail which features magnificent (and some would describe other-world-ly) views. We’ll do a short, flat 5.8 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from the Capital Bikeshare station located at Potomac and M St NW. The ride is round trip. The ride will start at the CaBi station, we’ll have to carry our bikes down four stairs to make our way to the C&O Canal Trail, then it will be a smooth, scenic ride out to Fletcher’s Cove and back. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. 

Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

We’ll be reading Bikes not Rockets: Intersectional Science Fiction from Microcosm Publishing which, combined with the scenery, will help transport us to another dimension. Copies of the books are available from local library systems and Microcosm Publishing has sliding scale pricing.  

Content Warning: gun violence, death/grief, and apocalyptic scenarios.

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company!

Gardens & Freedom Ride and Chat

About this ride:

Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails. We’ll stop at a few places to talk about Alethia Browning Tanner. We’ll be out for about 2 hours. 

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

Join us for a ride along the Met Branch trail which features elaborate murals created by local artists that parallel the family-friendly multi-modal urban trail.  We’ll do a short, mostly flat 4 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from Ft. Totten Metro Station (550 Galloway St NE, Washington, DC, 20011). The ride is round trip. We will depart from Ft. Totten, make our way to Alethia Tanner Park, take a break and talk about the legacy of Alethia Browning Tanner, and then head over to the NoMa-Gallaudet U metro station and ride the metro back to the start. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. 

Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

We’ll be reading about the legacy of the courageous DC resident Alethia Browning Tanner. The short biography explores the life of Tanner who was enslaved and bought the freedom of a number of her family members by selling the crops she grew in her garden. But that’s not all! You’ll have to read the bio to find out more about this remarkable woman’s life.  

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.