Protected Bike Lanes on Fenton Street!

John the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, WABA’s Montgomery County Action Committee and your Silver Spring neighbors for a community meeting about three efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety along Fenton Street and in Silver Spring. MCDOT staff will share details and collect feedback on:

  • Fenton Street protected bike lane study
  • Grove Street neighborhood greenway
  • Fenton and Burlington Ave intersection safety improvements

Since 2017, protected bike lanes have sprouted around downtown Silver Spring, making it easier and safer than ever to get around by bike. The Silver Spring Circle, a network of protected bike lanes around and through the core, is nearly complete, offering low-stress bicycle connections to many of the places people want to go. The last key piece of this bicycle network is a new protected bike lane on Fenton Street.

This transformation was possible thanks to the broad, enthusiastic support from people who live, work, and travel through Silver Spring. Please attend the meeting, add your support, and help make sure these projects make Fenton Street a safe and inviting place to bike and walk with thriving local businesses.

Getting There:
East Silver Spring Elementary School is just a few blocks from Fenton Street and easily accessible by bike, Capital Bikeshare and multiple bus lines.

East Silver Spring Elementary Multipurpose Room
631 Silver Spring Ave, Silver Spring, MD

Meet the Mid-Atlantic’s first protected intersection

Good things come to those who work really hard for many years with thousands of people contributing along the way, right? My work as a community organizer at WABA means that I bridge the gap between you, who wants a better place to bike and live, and our regional decision makers. And because of you, we have a lot of progress to celebrate in Montgomery County.

Last year, we celebrated the adoption of the most ambitious and comprehensive bike master plan in the country. That means leaders in Montgomery County took three+ years of our emails and phone calls and meetings and input to heart — the transportation department is literally rearranging itself to be friendlier to biking and walking. 

That wouldn’t have happened without your past investment, which is changing how our communities are built, street by street.

This year, we get to celebrate a major expansion of our bicycle network, including the Mid-Atlantic’s first protected intersection, right in downtown Silver Spring. Whether you’re biking, walking, scooting, or driving, the intersection is safe, intuitive, and predictable.

Here’s why I’m jazzed about it:

  • It’s setting a national standard in how to safely mix road users.
  • There’s a permanent bike counter, so every time you roll past you can see how many people came through before you, that day and year.
  • There’s a low-stress connection to the Metro, a giant bus terminal, and (soon!) the Purple Line.
  • It gives me the chance to use words like “gold standard” and “visionary,” which, to be honest, doesn’t happen all that often.
  • It’s part of a network of protected bike lanes, making it actually useful.

And above all, it’s the first of many. Your financial support today means that we can push the County to keep it coming next year in Bethesda, White Flint, Wheaton, Takoma/Langley.

Women & Bicycles: Bicycles & Book Chat

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Books and bikes! Join folks from Women & Bicycles for a ride down Sligo Creek Trail to the Hyattsville location of Vigilante. We’ll explore the trail and then enjoy sitting inside and talking about Ride the Revolution (nonfiction) edited by Suze Clemitson.

Additional Details:

We’re riding for about 45 minutes from Silver Spring to Hyattsville. This is designed as a one-way ride but we will have maps and Metro suggestions for getting you back to wherever you wish to go! 

Please bring a bike lock for Vigilante and money is you wish to purchase coffee or food. Helmets are required by our insurance for all WABA rides. (Don’t have one? Email us for a loaner.) Please bring water and enough layers to keep you warm for the ride. 

Getting there: Silver Spring Metro is a Metro stop! It is also close to the Metropolitan Branch Trail – exact routing is dependent on Purple Line construction. Want to join us directly at Vigilante? We’ll be rolling in about 11am!

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this event? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this!  

This event is taking place on unceded Nachotchtank land. (Learn more here).

Want to take Capital Bikeshare? We are happy to reimburse your fees.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.

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

The Cider Ride

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Crisp autumn air, picture-perfect foliage, and a day spent on the Prince George’s County trails. Plus: donuts. What more could you want out of a fall day?

Three route choices mean you can ride for 10, 30, or 55 miles, enjoying fall-themed treats at pit stops along the way. Then, join us in Brookland for a post-ride celebration.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 9th!

Want to make sure you don’t miss early bird pricing for the Cider Ride? Sign up to get a reminder as soon as registration opens!

Pricing

 Early BirdRegularLast Minute
DateSept 9 – 27Sept 28 –
Oct 25
Oct 26 –
Nov 6
Member Registration$40$50$55
Non-Member Registration$65$75$80
Youth (13 – 17)$30$30$30
Kids (12 and under)FreeFreeFree

Route Maps:

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s Cider Ride Routes routes! 

The 2020 ride routes will be posted the week of the event.

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As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. And, your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!

Read our FAQs below for more details!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Cider Ride?

All registrants receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you personally registered but have not received a confirmation, please check your spam folder. Still not there? Email events@waba.org to confirm your registration.

Do I have to be a WABA member to register for the ride?

Nope! If you’re not a member, you can register for the ride at our non-member rate. Plus, non-member registration comes with an annual membership— welcome to the WABA community! 

What is your refund/transfer policy?

Because the Cider Ride is a fundraiser, there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event.  All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacy, education, and outreach work and keep up to date on our latest projects on our blog.

Does the refund/transfer policy change if it is raining on the day of the ride?

No. The Cider Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather. 

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

WABA provides free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate through our Free Ride Fund.This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you  would like to participate in this ride but find that the cost of registration is a barrier, contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org for a scholarship code. 

Are children allowed on this ride?

Absolutely! Anyone aged 10 and under can ride for free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must register themselves and the child(ren), be present at check-in with their entire group, and check-in the youth riding with them. Children eleven and older must be registered independently. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes.  WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle in a WABA ride wears a helmet while riding.. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here. (We can help at check-in, too.)

Is this ride supported? 

No.  The Cider Ride  is an unsupported ride. There is NOT a Support and Gear vehicle on the route. In the case of an emergency on the ride, call 911.

Where can I find information about the routes?

We will post the routes to this webpage as soon as they are finalized. Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for other road users. We ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail and road users. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

I’m not sure my bike is ready for this.

We’ll have bike mechanics at check-in who can help you get air in your tires and make any necessary adjustments. Or, you can bring your bike to a participating shop and use your WABA coupon for a tune-up! Email membership@waba.org for details.

Will you feed me?

Riders receive snacks and water at pit stops. If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. Restrooms are available at each pit stop.

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. You may want to stop for more food along the ride, or spend time lounging, so you should plan to lock your bike up. (You can leave your lock with us when you check in, too, if you don’t want to ride with it, and have it at the post-ride celebration.) Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Do you need accommodations to make this ride accessible to you? Contact Anna McCormally at events@waba.org.