Watershed Wiggles / Meneando por la cuenca

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The Chesapeake Watershed is home to a diverse array of animals, plants, and other living creatures. It also provides a place for human community members to swim, fish, and enjoy the lively and beautiful nature environment. We want to celebrate all the watershed has to offer by going on bike ride and learning about the importance of caring for the environment.

Join us for a free beginner friendly bike ride to discuss stormwater pollution and the impact of biking on the environment. This 5.6 mile bike ride will start at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, head upstream on the Northeast Branch Trail, arrive at Riverdale Park, and bike back. This event is in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week; a week dedicated to supporting the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources. 

Bikes and helmets will be provided. This event is open to kids 10 years old and up and families. Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. Masks are highly encouraged while biking and required while in close proximity to one another.

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By participating in a WABA Event, you are agreeing to our Event Code of Conduct. / Al participar en un evento de WABA, usted acepta nuestro Código de conducta del evento.


La cuenca de Chesapeake es el hogar de una gran variedad de animales, plantas, y otras criaturas vivientes. También proporciona un lugar para que los miembros de la comunidad humana naden, pesquen y disfruten del entorno natural vivo y hermoso. Queremos celebrar todo lo que la cuenca tiene para ofrecer paseando en bicicleta y aprendiendo sobre la importancia de cuidar el medio ambiente.

Únase a nosotros para dar un paseo en bicicleta gratuito para principiantes, hablar sobre la contaminación de las aguas pluviales y el impacto del ciclismo en el medio ambiente. Este paseo en bicicleta de 5.6 millas (9.01 km) comenzará en Bladensburg Waterfront Park, se dirigirá río arriba en Northeast Branch Trail, llegará a Riverdale Park y regreso en bicicleta. Este evento se realiza en asociación con Latino Conservation Week de la Hispanic Access Foundation; una semana dedicada a apoyar a la comunidad latina a salir al aire libre y participar en actividades para proteger nuestros recursos naturales.

Se proporcionarán bicicletas y cascos. Este evento está abierto a niños de 10 años en
adelante y familias. Los participantes deben estar preparados para andar en bicicleta de forma continua durante 20 minutos. Es necesario registrarse. Por favor use ropa y zapatos cómodos y traiga agua. Se recomienda encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas mientras se anda en bicicleta y se requiere cuando se está muy cerca uno del otro.

This event is in partnership with / Este evento se realiza en asociación con Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and The Chesapeake Bay Trust

Let’s put the park back in Little Falls Parkway!

On June 9, 2022, the Montgomery Parks Department issued a press release announcing a plan to reconfigure driving lanes on part of Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda to study “the operational effects of reducing the Parkway from four lanes to two.”  This study is a key step towards creating a permanent, linear park on the south side of Little Falls Parkway and a slower, narrower path for car traffic between Dorset Ave and Arlington Rd (one in each direction).

In 2016, Parks temporarily reduced the number of car lanes from two to one in each direction. This was in response to the death of a cyclist who died crossing the Parkway while on the Capital Crescent Trail.  This new plan could create a linear park along this stretch of Little Falls Parkway.  It would create additional safe outdoor recreation space in the Bethesda area.  Let’s show our support for the study and for a permanent road diet at the crossing of the CCTrail and the Parkway.  Use the form below to email the Parks Department, Councilmember Friedson whose district encompasses the Parkway, and the at-large Councilmembers.

On October 17, 2016, Ned Gaylin was out for a bike ride on the Capital Crescent Trail when he approached the trail crossing of Little Falls Parkway, a four lane (two car traffic lanes in each direction) boulevard road.  As Professor Gaylin, was biking through the marked crosswalk there, one lane of cars stopped.  He proceeded through the intersection and was then struck and killed by a car because of the multi-lane threat that existed at that crossing.  Within days, the Montgomery Parks Department reduced the number of car lanes to one in each direction, thus implementing a road diet eliminating that multi-lane threat to those walking and biking through that intersection.  Since 2016 there have been no fatalities at that crossing.

Parks did hold a series of meetings since the fatal crash to explore how to remake that crossing and developed ideas that would keep the crossing safe.  Almost all of those ideas retained the road diet as the most effective means of keeping the crossing safe.

After the onset of the COVID pandemic, Parks also implemented an ‘Open Parkways’ policy on Little Falls Parkway, Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway, closing parts of those Park roads to cars on the weekends.  While there has been broad support across the County for the weekend closures, some living near Little Falls Parkway have been vocal in their opposition to the closures.  Thus, the Parks Department has decided to suspend the weekend closures on Little Falls alone, while retaining the road diet near the CCTrail.  Parks simultaneously has announced the plan to study placing two lanes of car traffic (one lane in each direction as currently exists near the Trail) on one side of the Parkway median, while developing a plan for a linear park on the other side.

As advocates for safe walking and biking in Montgomery County, we should show our support for retention of the road diet on Little Falls and the creation of a linear park along Little Falls that would enhance the amount of outdoor recreation space in that area.

Watershed Wiggles / Meneando por la cuenca

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The Chesapeake Watershed is home to a diverse array of animals, plants, and other living creatures. It also provides a place for human community members to swim, fish, and enjoy the lively and beautiful nature environment. We want to celebrate all the watershed has to offer by going on a bike ride and learning about the importance of caring for the environment.

Join us for a free beginner friendly bilingual Spanish/English bike ride to discuss how plants, soil, and more work to treat and control stormwater (commonly called green infrastructure). This 5.8 mile bike ride will start at West Hyattsville Metro Station (2700 Hamilton St Hyattsville, MD 20782), head downstream on the Northwest Branch Trail, arrive at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, and bike back. Throughout the event we will be taking breaks to look at different cool green infrastructure and how/why they work.

Bikes and helmets will be provided. This event is open to families (15 years old and up). Participants must be prepared to ride a bike continuously for 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. Masks are highly encouraged while biking and required while in close proximity to one another.

Trouble viewing this form? Click here.

By participating in a WABA Event, you are agreeing to our Event Code of Conduct. / Al participar en un evento de WABA, usted acepta nuestro Código de conducta del evento.

La cuenca de Chesapeake es el hogar de una gran variedad de animales, plantas, y otras criaturas vivientes. También proporciona un lugar para que los miembros de la comunidad humana naden, pesquen y disfruten del entorno natural vivo y hermoso. Queremos celebrar todo lo que la cuenca tiene para ofrecer paseando en bicicleta y aprendiendo sobre la importancia de cuidar el medio ambiente.

Únase a nosotros para un bilingüe Español/Inglés paseo en bicicleta gratuito para principiantes y discutir cómo las plantas, el suelo, y otros elementos funcionan para tratar y controlar las aguas pluviales (comúnmente llamada infraestructura verde). Este paseo en bicicleta de 5.8 millas comenzará en la estación de metro West Hyattsville, se dirigirá río abajo por el sendero Northwest Branch, llegará al Bladensburg Waterfront Park y regresará en bicicleta. A lo largo del evento, tomaremos descansos para ver diferentes infraestructuras verdes geniales y cómo y por qué funcionan.

Se proporcionarán bicicletas y cascos. Este evento está abierto a familias (15 años en adelante). Los participantes deben estar preparados para andar en bicicleta de forma continua durante 20 minutos. Es necesario registrarse. Por favor use ropa y zapatos cómodos y traiga agua. Se recomienda encarecidamente el uso de mascarillas mientras se anda en bicicleta y se requiere cuando se está muy cerca uno del otro.

This event is in partnership with Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and The Chesapeake Bay Trust