Spring Adult Classes: Register now!

Winter may not be over just yet, but our  spring 2020 bicycle education classes are posted and registration is now open! Check out our schedule and find an upcoming class or community ride in a neighborhood near you!

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WABA’s bicycle education classes help you to build confidence! Whether you’re a seasoned bicyclist or are learning to ride  for the first time, our experienced instructors will provide the tips, tricks, and guidance you need to bike with ease.  Did we mention that our classes are FREE for WABA members? Check out all the benefits of membership at waba.org/extras and become a member today!

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Choosing the Class That is Right for You

Adult Learn to Ride – This 3 hour class is for adults who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Participants learn the basics of balancing, gliding, and pedaling, with the goal of riding by the end of class! 

Class Details: 

  • Bicycles and helmets provided
  • Subsidized registrations available 
  • Advanced registration required

Basic Skills Clinic – This 2 hour clinic is for participants who have recently taken an Adult Learn to Ride class and would like to continue practicing basic skills. Instructors will teach basic bike handling drills drills such as starting and stopping, turning, weaving and gradual braking.

Class Details: 

  • Bicycles and helmets provided!
  • Bring your own bike and helmet for a reduced registration cost
  • Advanced registration required

City Cycling – This 3 hour class is for participants who know how to ride a bike but would like to build confidence. Participants run through basic bike handling skills to hazard avoidance maneuvers and discuss strategies for riding in different road, bike lane and trail situations. The class ends with a group ride where participants put their newly acquired skills into practice.

Class Details: 

  • Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet!
  • Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee!
  • Advanced registration recommended, drop ins are free!

Community Rides – WABA’s community rides are an inclusive space for riders of all levels to explore the region. Community rides are designed to accommodate different distances and interests. 

Class Details: 

  • Family friendly 
  • Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet
  • Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee!

Advanced registration recommended, drop ins are free!

Still not sure which class is right for you? Email us at education@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 ext. 221. We’ll help you get signed up for a class in no time. 

Classes Offered with Spanish Translation

This season, select classes across the region will be taught in English and Spanish! Check out our bilingual classes below:

Our highly-trained instructors will provide bilingual instruction to make sure you have the best experience possible. Have any questions? Email education@waba.org.

Now that spring class registration is open, what are you waiting for? Make 2020 the year you accomplish your biking goals. Sign up for a class today!  We can’t wait to see you out there. 

WABA is proud to partner with the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Arlington County and The City of Alexandria to provide bicycle education classes near you!

Bilingual Adult Learn to Ride – Clase disponible en español

En Español

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Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Please meet underneath the Wilson Bridge overpass. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
King Street Station, accessible by the yellow and blue line, is the closest Metro station to Jones Point Park. From King Street, it is a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute ride to Jones Point.


Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

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En Español

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Resumen

Nuestra clase es para participantes mayores de 18 años que nunca han andado en bicicleta antes o que no han andado hace mucho tiempo. Nuestros instructores experimentados le enseñarán paso a paso cómo andar en bicicleta en poco tiempo. Los participantes aprenderán cómo empezar y parar, equilibrarse, deslizarse, pedalear y conducir una bicicleta. Cada participante progresará a su propio ritmo. ¿Tiene alguna pregunta? Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

Detalles de la Clase

Duración: 3 horas

Equipo: Le proveeremos un casco y una bicicleta para la duración de la clase

Costo: Tenemos varios costos dependiendo del tipo de registro

$85 Registro Normal (para no-residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

$10 Registro Subsidiado* (para residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

GRATIS para miembros de WABA (Envíanos un email a education@waba.org para solicitar el código) 

*WABA trabaja con los gobiernos locales para subsidiar el costo de nuestras clases en bici para residentes de estas ciudades y condados.

Política de registro: Es necesario registrarse con anticipación para esta clase. Encerramos la registración a la 1:00 pm el viernes antes de la clase. 

Ubicación

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Drive

Alexandria, VA 23242

Por favor dirigirse al espacio abajo de la puente (Wilson Bridge) y buscar a nuestros instructores, que tendrán puesto camisas polo en el color azul turquesa. 

Manejando/Estacionamiento 

Hay estacionamiento disponible en esta ubicación. El acceso a Jones Point Park es por S Royal Street.

Metro

La estación de King Street (línea amarilla y azul) es la estación más cercana de Jones Point Park. Son 30 minutos de caminata o 10 minutos en bicicleta hasta Jones Point Park.

En Bicicleta

Jones Point Park está en el sendero Mount Vernon Trail. Hay una estación de Capital Bikeshare a 5 cuadras donde se cruzan las calles S Royal and Gibbon Street.

Preguntas más frecuentes

¿Hay alguien que habla español que me pueda ayudar?

¡Si! Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

¿Está clase es adecuada para mi?

  • Esta clase es para adultos mayores de 18 años. ¿Está buscando clases para jóvenes? Visite nuestra página de educación juvenil
  • Esta clase es para adultos que nunca han aprendido a andar en bicicleta o que no han montado una bicicleta hace mucho tiempo.
  • Las clases tienen una capacidad máxima de 25 estudiantes a la vez. Si usted prefiere recibir instrucción de manera individual, consulte nuestra página de instructores.
  • Tenemos registros subsidiados que son reservados para los residentes de la jurisdicción anfitriona, ¡pero no es necesario ser residente para inscribirse en una clase! Todos son bienvenidos a participar. Regístrese utilizando la opción de registro normal (no residente).

¿Estás seguro de que puedo aprender a montar en 3 horas?

Nuestras clases se dividen en pasos seguros y fáciles de seguir. Los instructores trabajarán con usted para ofrecerle comentarios y orientación personalizados para mejorar sus habilidades. Más del 80% de los participantes el año pasado aprendieron a andar de bicicleta al final de una clase de 3 horas. Si usted necesita un poco de instrucción adicional, no hay problema. Coordinaremos su participación en otra clase. 

¿Qué sucede si necesito tomar otra clase?

Envíenos un correo electrónico a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206 y le ayudaremos a inscribirse en otra clase con un descuento.

¿Puedo llevar mi propia bicicleta?

Recomendamos que los participantes utilicen las bicicletas proporcionadas durante la clase. Las bicicletas que utilizamos son del tamaño adecuado para cada participante y tenemos certeza de que funcionan correctamente. WABA no puede ofrecer mantenimiento de bicicletas personales.

¿Qué debo llevar conmigo a clase?

¡Agua, zapatos cerrados, ropa deportiva, ropa de abrigo adecuada, refrigerios y protector solar!

¿Cómo confirmo mi registro?

Después de registrarse, usted recibirá un correo electrónico con detalles sobre la clase. Le enviaremos un correo electrónico recordatorio dos días antes de la clase con toda la información que usted necesita (¡incluyendo direcciones en Google Maps!).

¡Aprendí cómo andar de bici! ¿Ahora que?

Recomendamos nuestras Clínicas de Habilidades Básicas o una clase de Ciclismo Confiante en la Ciudad.

Adult Learn to Ride

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Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Quincy Street Parking Deck
4099 15th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

The class will take place on the top floor of the parking deck near the tennis courts. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location. Please enter the parking deck using the eastern entrance, closest to the corner of 15th St. N and Quincy St. Please park along the wall of the parking deck, not in the middle.

Metro
The nearest Metro stop is the Ballston stop on the Orange line. From the stop, walk north on Stafford St. until you reach 15th St. N, then turn right. The parking deck will be on your right, please walk to the entrance closest to Quincy St.

Biking
From the Custis Trail: Follow the trail until you reach the access point on Quincy St. Cross Quincy at the intersection with 15th St. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.

The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is five blocks south on Quincy St. at the Arlington Central Library.

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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 is from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Before and after care is not available for this class.

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.

More Joy, Less Stress: 2019 Adult Education Season Wrap Up

Just like that, another year is nearly over and the 2019 Adult Education class season has come to an end. The WABA Education team is hard at work reflecting upon the past year and making resolutions for the next. This year, over 600 participants joined a WABA class to try something new, build confidence and experience more joy and less stress! 

They took the first step towards achieving their goals, why shouldn’t you?  Whether you’re looking for a more sustainable commute, exercise that is fun and outside or to finally knock something off your bucket list, learning to ride safely and confidently is the key to biking happy.

Check out some of the highlights from the 2019 season below and mark your calendars! The 2020 Adult Education season will be back with even more classes next spring.

Welcoming new bicyclists 

This year, our team of staff and LCI Instructors led 20 Learn to Ride classes in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria. 

  • Over 320 participants attended Learn to Ride classes and 80% of them were riding successfully by the end of the three hour class. 
  • WABA hosted three Youth Learn to Ride classes in Alexandria and 23 youth learned to ride their bike without training wheels!
  • In June, WABA hosted a Spanish language Learn to Ride class in partnership with Casa Chirilagua, a Latino community and education organization in the Arlandria neighborhood of Alexandria.
  • In August, WABA partnered with PSI Family Services to offer a week-long Learn to Ride camp for adults with developmental disabilities. 
  • In total, over 235 new bicyclists are enjoying our region’s trails, paths and bike lanes. Great job everyone!

If you or someone you know would like to take the first step to learning to ride a bike, sign up to receive emails about our upcoming classes! We’ll be sure to let you know when the 2020 schedule is out. WABA Learn to Rides classes are fun and intuitive—you, too, could be riding confidently by the end of class!

Building confidence

This year, 120 participants made #betterbicycling their goal by signing up for a Confident City Cycling class! Whether riding in traffic or on a trail, proper etiquette and bike handling skills make for a safe and enjoyable ride.

  • WABA hosted 19 Confident City Cycle classes in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria. 
  • On August 6th, WABA held a bike rodeo at the National Night Out celebration at Lincoln Park! Kids and adults alike rode the obstacle course, which featured hazards, twisty turns, and even a stop sign!
  • Booz Allen Hamilton hosted a Commuting 101 ride that encouraged their employees to incorporate bicycling into the daily commute. The group explored routes between the three Booz Allen offices in DC. 
  • WABA partnered with JUMP Bikes to host a Confident City Cycle class on e-bikes. Participants learned about the difference in speed and reaction time between regular bicycles and those with electronic assist and tried their hand at a number of different drills.

Bike education doesn’t stop after you learn to ride. Want to make every day Bike to Work Day? Bring an Everyday Bicycling Seminar to your office and give your coworkers the gift of safer, less stressful riding.

Exploring our communities

Looking for a new route? Interested in learning how to get around the city by bike?  Community Education Rides depart from all over the region, exploring city streets, trails and everything in between.

  • In September, WABA hosted a family-friendly Community Ride with Casa Chirilagua entirely in Spanish! We rode up the Mount Vernon Trail for a picnic at Gravelly Point.
  • In October, WABA and Capital Bikeshare celebrated Women’s Bike Month with a tour of DC’s most iconic statues of women.
  • WABA and JUMP hosted a winter community ride where participants learned the importance of layering, seasonal road conditions and visibility.

WABA Adult Education classes are local (currently offered in DC, Montgomery County, Arlington and Alexandria), inexpensive and most importantly, they’re a fun time! Sign up for a class and take the first step to #betterbicycling.

We can’t wait to see you out there! 

Help us get more folks on bikes – will you make make a donation to WABA today? Your tax-deductible donation means more bike lanes, safer streets, healthier people, and connected communities.

Adult Learn to Ride and Scooter Training

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Our Learn to Ride class is fun, intuitive, and very successful! This class is for adults 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.

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

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You have never tried to learn how to ride a bike; or
  • You have tried to learn and have not been successful.

A rental bike and helmet for the day are included with your registration. Be sure to provide your height in feet and inches so that we can provide you with a bicycle that fits you.

This event will also include a FREE scooter training thanks to the generous support of Lime and Bird. Test drive a scooter and learn how to use them safely, on street, on trails, wherever!

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring the following: water, snacks, and weather-appropriate outerwear.

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 Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

All registrations include a bicycle and helmet rental:

$10 Montgomery County Subsidized Registration Fee: For Montgomery County residents only.

$25 Montgomery County Subsidized + Join WABA: For Montgomery County residents only. Includes class registration for one person ($85 value) and a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value). Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

$85 Registration Fee: Includes class registration for one person and a helmet and bike rental.

$100 Registration Fee + Join WABA:  Includes class registration for one person ($85 value) and a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value). Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Please register and pay by credit card above. To pay by cash or check, please call (202) 518-0524 x221. The registration fee for this class is non-refundable.

Event Location

Montgomery College, Rockville

Meet at the parking lot on the corner of Manakee St and Hungerford Dr

Metro
The closest public transportation stop to the class location is the Manakee Street bus stop, servicing buses 46, 55, Q6 and Q2*. The Rockville Metro Station is a 20 minute walk (0.9 mi) along Hungerford Drive.

Metrobus- The first stop of the Q2 bus route is Silver Spring Station & Bus Bay 218 and the last stop is Montgomery Community College & W Campus Dr. Q2 (Direction: Montgomery College – Rockville) is operational during weekdays

WABA and PSI Family Services team up to host Learn to Ride Camp!

There was no shortage of smiles and excitement, as WABA teamed up with PSI Family Services to offer a week long Adult Learn to Ride camp! The five-day camp brought participants from all over DC and Maryland to try their hand at riding. With highly trained instructors, supportive staff and lots of encouragement, many of the participants learned to ride for the very first time.

This is the second year in a row that WABA has partnered with PSI to offer bicycle education to adults with developmental disabilities. With a modified curriculum and adaptive bicycle equipment, WABA Instructors were able to offer a fun, engaging and accessible class for all participants, regardless of their individual experience levels and needs.

The week-long class allowed participants ample time to practice the skills they learned each day. From tricycles to balance bikes and finally, pedals, participants scooted around the parking lot practicing their skills. Every accomplishment was celebrated by participants, Instructors and PSI staff alike.

All WABA Adult Education classes start with the basics. No matter what your experience level, our Instructors are prepared to offer attention and support to meet your needs. 

WABA is proud to partner with PSI to offer accessible bicycle education for all.

Check out a slideshow of some photos from Learn to Ride Camp below!

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!

Our first Learn to Ride—¡en español!

Our first Learn to Ride in Spanish. Thank you to Casa Chirilagua and the City of Alexandria for partnering with us!

WABA recently partnered with Casa Chirilagua and the City of Alexandria to offer the first Adult Learn to Ride class in Spanish!

Casa Chirilagua is a community nonprofit in Arlandria, a predominantly Latin/x neighborhood of Alexandria. Their main offerings are for English Language Learners (ELL), with programs including after-school care, leadership development, and other community services. Casa Chirilagua is also near the Four Mile Run Park and Trail, which nearby families use for recreation—including biking!

Usually, WABA’s Adult Education programming is offered during the day on the weekends. WABA and Casa Chirilagua decided to offer this class in the evening to accommodate those who work during the day on weekends.

“We are proud to work with local community organizations to expand our programming and offer classes that meet the needs of different populations,” said Sydney Sotelo, WABA’s Adult Education Coordinator. “Luckily, the weather held out for us on Saturday night and our Instructors were able to run the full class, offering individualized instruction to our participants in Spanish. The class was lively with music and snacks and plenty of folks sitting in the park, enjoying the pre-storm sunshine.”

With determination, properly fitted helmets, and balance bikes, all class attendees  were riding on two pedals by the end of the Learn to Ride!

WABA is committed to practices and programming that ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our work. Hopefully, this first Learn to Ride in Spanish is one of what could be more in the future.

Interested in our Adult Education programs? Visit waba.org/classes to see our full schedule of classes, skills clinics, and community rides.

Meet Jonathan Oliver, our new Education Coordinator

Hello! I’m Jonathan Oliver, WABA’s new Education Coordinator responsible for running our adult education programs serving adults in the DC/MD/VA metropolitan region. I’m excited to join WABA’s mission to improve bicycling in our area. My primary goal is to help both new and current adult riders achieve their riding goals while having fun and being safe.

About me: Riding BMX bikes as a kid with my neighborhood friends was when I first understood the sense of community, freedom, fun, and health benefits that bicycling can provide. I’ve always been interested in learning, helping people, and solving problems so it seemed natural to share knowledge through bicycle and fitness-related organizations and activities. Before coming to WABA, I worked in research & development engineering and program management. My focus was always learning and doing new things that might help people. For several years I’ve been an active volunteer with bike organizations, including WABA, doing rider and Ride Marshal training, working with newer riders to achieve their goals, developing and executing ride events, and pretty much anything bike-related. You’ll find me on everything from casual social rides and bike commuting to faster-paced long distance rides.

Looking ahead: Imagine if everyone that wanted to ride could ride? If every rider had the comfort and skill level that they needed to safely ride on streets and trails? If every driver was safe and friendly to bicycles and always shared the roads? To help achieve these visions, I’m working with WABA’s excellent team of instructors to help adults learn to ride bikes and all riders to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, suburban and rural roads, trails, and while bike commuting to and from work. My efforts include planning, coordinating, and implementing several key WABA programs such as our Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, Everyday Biking seminars, Bicycle Friendly Driver seminars, and other great offerings. I’m also working to bring bicycle education to areas not already served, identifying areas of need, and helping to implement effective programs to meet those needs.

There’s a lot of work to do and a lot of biking fun to be had. If you or someone you know wants to learn how to ride, improve riding skills, and generally have fun on two wheels in a safe and supportive environment, please contact us at education@waba.org. Hope to see you on two wheels!