The 2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is over—thanks for coming.
Need more WABA in your life?Register for the Sprouts Ride on Sunday, April 26.
Join WABA, the board, staff, and members as we share our 2020 plans, hear from you, and celebrate some of the people who’ve made our region better for biking.
Voting is closed! See you on Wednesday!
Registration is now closed! But, you can still come to the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and register at the door. See you there!
The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, 2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro Station. There is some bicycle parking available at the Hill Center, and more at Eastern Market Metro Station.
5:30-6:30 PM: Member Meeting / WABA Expo
WABA members: meet and ratify the new Board of Directors and learn about WABA’s plans and vision for the rest of 2020 and beyond. This once-a-year meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions of the Board and make your voice heard as an essential part of WABA’s work and community.
If you’re not a member, you can attend the WABA Expo at the same time, in the same location: meet WABA staff, hear how our advocacy works, and learn how your volunteerism, participation, and donations make a difference in the work for better bicycling in our region.
6:30-7:30 PM: Reception
Mingle over light snacks and drinks — members, your first round is on WABA!
7:30-9 PM: Bicyclists’ Choice Awards
Celebrate the people and places that make our region such a great place to ride a bike!
Join WABA for our annual Member Holiday Party! Come in your holiday best: sparkliest, coziest, or both! Grab a drink, enter to win one of our fabulous raffle prizes, and mingle with fellow WABA members and staff. There will be drink specials available for purchase at the bar.
The party is free for WABA members- but please RSVP!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The party is free for WABA members, but please RSVP.
If you need to purchase or renew your membership, you can do so when you register for the party, or at the door on the day of the event.
Limited bike parking will be available until 9 PM. Franklin Hall is located a few blocks from the U St Metro. Plan a multi-modal trip — please don’t drink and bike!
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!
Sept 9 – 27
Sept 28 –
Oct 26 –
Youth (13 – 17)
Kids (12 and under)
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.