WABA Town Hall

The end of the year means more than digging out bike light chargers and post-ride hot chocolates — it’s when WABA (and many other incredible nonprofits) ask you to double down on your support and make a financial contribution to help us end the year strong.

Join us for a digital town hall to learn about what your support made possible in 2020, how we’re continuing to pivot for 2021, and peek into our budget and strong financial standing. After the presentation, WABA’s executive director and development director will field as many questions as we can get to. 

This town hall is open to the public, but please sign up in advance so we can get you the Zoom link.

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2020 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

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!


Register

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! 


Vote!


Volunteer

Sweaters & Sequins: the 2019 WABA Member Holiday Party

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 events@waba.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!


Volunteer at the Holiday Party!

The Cider Ride

 

The 2020 Cider Ride is over!

Solo Ride Kits are available for purchase through 11/23/2020.


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.

As one of WABA’s Signature Rides, the Cider Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. Your registration fees support WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region!


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Ride Information and Registration

Candy Apple Ride—10 Miles—EVENT OVER

10 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails.


McIntosh Ride—30 Miles—EVENT OVER

30 miles through Washington, DC neighborhood streets and on Prince George’s County trails.


Honeycrisp Ride—60 Miles—EVENT OVER

60 miles on streets and trails inWashington, DC,  Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the Patuxent Research Refuge.


Solo Cider Ride Kits

Don’t want to join a group ride? No problem— you can still do the Cider Ride!

Digital Kit: PDF cue sheet and map and route files for our 10, 30, and 60 mile ride routes, emailed to you on Monday, November 16th. 

Member: $15

Non-Member: $25

Cider Mug Club: Digital kit plus a WABA Cider Ride mug mailed to your door

Member: $25

Non-Member: $35

Purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit!


Route Maps

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

The 2020 ride routes will be available to registrants the week of the event.

Sponsor

Thank you to our generous sponsor

NoMa Bid


COVID-19 Safety Statement

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. This means:

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA or a refund. 
  • WABA requires participants to wear face masks in accordance with CDC and jurisdictional mask guidelines at all in-person events:
    • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
    • Masks must be secured below the chin. 
    • Participants should sanitize their hands before and after touching their mask or face area. 
    • For more details, read the full CDC mask guidelines. 
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • WABA will enforce physical distancing at in-person events. (See individual event guidelines for details).

Participants who choose to attend an in-person WABA event have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name.
  • You will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

COVID-19 Precautions during the 2020 Cider Ride 

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2020 Cider Ride to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe.

Multiple, smaller events.

 Instead of one big ride on a single Saturday, the 2020 Cider Ride will take place over 2 days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

Designated check-in times. 

At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 25 people per 45 minute slot.

Registration for each ride will close the week before the ride. At check-in, participants will be required to show proof of registration. 

Mask enforcement. 

  • All ride and staff participants will wear masks covering their nose and mouth while at ride sites, in compliance with CDC guidelines for proper mask use. 
  • WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. 
  • Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Masks may not be removed until they exit the pit stop area. 
  • Masks may not be removed for eating or drinking in check-in and pit stop areas— participants must consume snacks and water outside of the main pit stop area, maintaining 6 ft from fellow participants who aren’t in their household.

WABA has a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use (i.e., not wearing a mask, wearing a mask that does not cover both the mouth and nose or is not secured below the chin, pulling up part of a shirt over the face instead of a mask, etc.) 

Physical distancing enforcement.

  •  Check-in and pit stops will be held at parks and other spacious sites with room for physical distancing. 
  • have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 
  • Check-in and snack lines will have “6 ft” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another. 
  • 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. 

No-contact check-in and  pit stops. 

  • At check-in, participants and staff will maintain 6 ft of distance and wear face masks covering their nose and mouth as per our mask and physical distancing policies. Participants will collect their check-in packets from the check-in table one at a time and then exit the check-in area. 
  • At pit stops, all snacks will be single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the check-in area.
  • WABA staff will have basic first aid materials available to participants at each check-in and pit stop site, but will not render first aid to individuals.
  •  In case of an emergency, WABA staff will call 911 unless the participant can call their own emergency contact to pick them up

 No post-ride celebration.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration. Participants can refill on water, hot cider, and snacks from no-contact food tables and then depart.

 Solo ride option 

For those who don’t feel comfortable doing the group event, we will have Solo Cider Ride Kits available for purchase so folks can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released on Monday, November 16.


Volunteer Signup

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS! There’s a lot of fun and useful stuff to for this ride:


Ride Marshal Signup

Do you love helping people have a great bike ride? Consider serving as a ride marshal!

These are on-bike shifts. You will use the cue sheet/Ride with GPS to navigate the ride route; be a friendly and welcoming presence to all participants; check in with WABA staff at pit stops; and support participants in decision-making if they have a mechanical incident or crash (including calling 911 if there is an emergency).

Ride marshaling is loads of fun, but it’s also serious business. After you sign up, you will receive a link to a Ride Marshal Questionnaire. You must complete this questionnaire to complete the sign-up process. You must also attend a virtual Ride Marshal training with WABA staff on either 11/9 or 11/10 (the week before the ride).


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

This year, WABA is splitting our annual Cider Ride into two smaller events on two separate days:

 • November 14: 10 Mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 Mile McIntosh Ride

 • November 15: 60 Mile Honeycrisp Ride 

You can register for any of the 3 routes or purchase a Solo Cider Ride Kit, which lets you ride the routes on your own time.

When and where does this event take place?

The 10 mile Candy Apple Ride and 30 mile McIntosh Ride will take place on Saturday, November 14. At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) or Bladensburg Waterfront Park (4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710) 

The 60 mile Honeycrisp Ride will take place on Sunday, November 15.   At registration, participants will select a check-in time  and choose a check-in/start location: either Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017) OR Buddy Attick Lake Park (555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770)

If you have registered for a ride, your check-in location address and time are in your confirmation email. 

If you have registered but did not receive a confirmation email, email Anna at events@waba.org.

I selected a check-in time/location but now I want to change it.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org. If registration for the ride is still open, it is possible (but NOT guaranteed) that we will be able to move you. 

Can I check-in at a time/location other than the time/location in my confirmation email?

No. You will have to show your confirmation email to gain admittance to check-in on the day of the ride. If you are at the wrong location or too early or too late, you will not be able to check in to the ride. 

Why are you being so strict about check-in times and locations this year? 

Making sure we have an accurate registration list and knowledge of who will arrive where at what time is part of our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19. It is also necessary in the case of contact tracing after the event.

Why are there a limited number of registration slots?

For these rides, participants select specific check-in windows, so we can make sure there aren’t too many people at check-in at one time. This is so we can ensure appropriate space for physical distancing. 

We can only have 25 people per check in slot, which means registration has a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities.

The check in slot I wanted is full and I can’t register.

Sorry about that, but registration is first come, first serve. Please select a different slot. 

The ride I want to register for is full and I can’t register. 

I’m sorry. The registration cap is firm. 

However, you can still access the ride route by purchasing a Solo Cider Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and files for all 3 Cider Ride routes so you can ride them another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

Is there a wait list for the ride?

No. Registration will close when registration reaches its limit.

Can I register onsite the day of the ride?

No. There is no onsite registration for any of these 3 rides. 

I purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be available on November 16. You will receive an email on November 16 with a link to the site where you can find them.

If the date has passed and you still don’t have your route file, please email Anna at events@waba.org.

I purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit option that includes ride swag mailed to me. Where is my ride swag?

We are getting ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can! You should have it by mid-December. Thank you for your patience. 

Do you think it is safe to hold a group bike ride during COVID-19?

The health and safety of our community is WABA’s top priority. WABA leadership and staff have worked to put together a set of policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, including limiting the size of the event; requiring masks; ensuring there is space for physical distancing at event sites; and making check-in and pit-stops no-contact. We have also eliminated all indoor elements of the event apart from restrooms (including, unfortunately, the afterparty).

Is WABA requiring staff to work at this event? 

Safety policies and procedures were developed in a collaborative staff working group and approved by WABA’s leadership. This includes a measure that staff are not required to work at any in-person events, period, during COVID-19. 

The staff who are working at the Cider Ride Series have opted in.

What precautions are you taking to mitigate risk from COVID-19 during this event?

You can read our full policies and procedures for this event here.  Still have questions? Please email Anna at events@waba.org.

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

No. There is a member and a non-member rate for the Cider Ride.

When I enter my email into the membership lookup box, it says I am not a member. But I am!

Sorry about that! Please email Hannah at membership@waba.org and she’ll help you get that cleared up so you can register for the ride.

What is your refund policy?

Because this is a fundraiser there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event— except in case of illness.

If you are feeling sick or have symptoms of an illness, do not come to the event. Email events@waba.org and let Anna know you cannot come because you are sick, and we will process your refund. 

Obviously, this is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. Please keep in mind that all proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

All individuals must register separately for the ride. You can only register one person at a time. You must provide a valid email address for every registration. 

I want to register a child or person who does not have their own email address.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle on 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

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. This means:

  • Streets are not closed for this ride. You will ride on streets with motor vehicle traffic.
  • The route is unmarked. 
  • There is no support and gear vehicle to pick you up.  

Participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes. Every check-in group will have a group start with a “lead” ride marshal who will ride at the front of the group and a “sweep” ride marshal who will ride at the back of the group. 

Ride marshals will wear neon vests with their names on them and carry first aid kits with basic first aid supplies.

You are free to ride ahead of the lead ride marshal, and to depart on your ride before the formal group start, but the ride marshals are there to assist with navigation, mechanical difficulties. They are instructed to call 911 if a ride participant crashes on the route.

Where can I find information about the routes?

If you registered for an in-person ride, you will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email the week of your ride. 

If you purchased a Solo Cider Ride Kit, the digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive, and provide multiple options for routing.

 If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone or paper cue sheet.

If you are participating in an in-person group ride, ride marshals in neon vests will be able to assist with navigation (or at least be a buddy for you to be lost with). 

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, we ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users. When you are on this ride, you are a representative of WABA. We ask you to:

  • 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.

Will you feed me?

Yes. There will be water and snacks available at check-in; hot cider and snacks available at pit stops; and hot cider and donuts available at the finish line of this ride.

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop.

Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Can I leave my lock at check-in and pick it up at the finish line?

No. Sorry. We usually provide this service at our Signature Events, but this year it is simply not fit with best practices for mitigating risks of COVID-19. 

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.

We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at events@waba.org.

Member Happy Hour

Come hang out, grab a beer, and talk WABA at Highline RxR in Crystal City — come say hi!

Highline RxR,
2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

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WABA in the Wild

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WABA in the Wild 2020 is canceled.

 Jurisdictional guidelines and other logistical factors mean we weren’t able to find a way to make this ride happen that would keep everyone safe, which is always our first priority. We are sorry that we won’t get to spend a weekend in the wild with you.

Read about the event

Ready to invest in something bigger?

Join WABA for the best long weekend of the year. On this four-day fundraising ride, you’ll journey 184.5 miles from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown on the C&O Canal Towpath—and, in the months before the trip, raise a minimum of $1000 to support WABA’s work for better bicycling in our region.

Don’t let the mileage or the fundraising goal daunt you: WABA staff will be there with snacks and support every mile of this life-changing ride. New friends, great meals, camping under the stars…and, after seeing this gorgeous wild region by bicycle you’ll never look at it the same again. We’ll take this journey together—and WABA will take care of everything so you can focus on the ride and meeting your fundraising goal.

Registration will open in summer 2020.

Got questions? Join us for a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 5 pm.

Sign up for the interest list to receive the meeting link the week of the virtual meeting:


Can’t make the meeting? Email events@waba.org to schedule a call where you can ask all your questions!

Registration Details

Cost: $250, due at registration

Fundraising Commitment: Minimum $1000 by Monday, October 5, 2020

Included in Registration: Meals, snacks, and beverages; mess kit; 3 nights of accommodations; transportation for you, your gear, and your bike to Cumberland, MD from Rockville, MD; and a WABA in the Wild Jersey for you to wear on the ride and beyond.

Accommodations: Camping (bring your own gear or borrow from a friend; WABA does not provide gear.)

Showers: All 3 nights

Trip Details

Start Date: Friday, October 9, 1 PM

Start Location: REI Rockville (910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD)

End Date: Monday, October 12, 5 PM (Georgetown, DC)

End Location:  Thompson Boat Center (2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC)

Total Days: 4

Total Nights: 3

Riding Days: 3

Average Daily Mileage: 63

Surface: Unpaved bike bath, gravel

Sample Packing List

Click here to view the 2019 Participant Packing List.

Itinerary

June to October

  • Over the summer, you’ll engage with WABA and your fellow riders a few ways:
  • At a pre-ride orientation at the WABA office one evening;
  • During a group ride, followed by dinner or drinks;
  • Via phone and email, with the WABA in the Wild staff, who will support you with everything from what to pack to how to reach your fundraising goal; and
  • In a Google Group, where you can chat with fellow riders and ride alumni and organize additional meetups or plan fundraisers.

Day 1
Friday, October 9th. Cumberland. 0 miles.

We will gather as a group at REI in the early afternoon. You will meet the WABA tour staff, check in and review and finalize paperwork, pack your bike into a Uhaul, and get on a bus with the other riders to Cumberland. (You’ll have dropped off your gear at WABA earlier in the week.)

At camp, you’ll set up your tent and get to know the other riders before your first camp dinner, cooked by your friendly WABA tour staff! After dinner, we’ll have a fireside chat to talk about WABA’s work and the ride ahead.

Day 2
Saturday, October 10th. Cumberland to Hancock. ~62 miles. 

After breakfast, we’ll hold our first safety circle, and head to the C&O Canal trailhead together to take a group photo. Our ride will begin with the beautiful Appalachian mountains as a backdrop. You’ll ride the whole morning, with a snack break, before you hit the lunch stop in Paw Paw. After a delicious meal, you’ll get back in the saddle and head through the Canal’s most famous feature: the Paw Paw Tunnel. After a full afternoon of riding (and another snack break) you’ll hit Hancock, one of the Canal Towns. After setting up camp, you’ll dine at the renowned local establishment, Buddy Lou’s Eats and Antiques, before heading back to camp.

Day 3
Sunday, October 11th. Hancock to Brunswick. ~69 miles. 

You’ll hit a rhythm on your second day of riding: breakfast, safety circle, ride, snack break, ride—of course, admiring the scenery and getting to know the riders along the way. For lunch, we will stop in unique Williamsport, another Canal Town that will make you want to return for second helping, before heading on towards Brunswick. Here, you’ll be thankful for a hot shower to wash the mud off you and a gourmet meal provided, once again, by your talented WABA tour staff.

Day 4:
Monday, October 12th. Brunswick to Georgetown. ~55 miles.

Hopefully, you’ll rise on your final day well-rested, ready to take on the last stretch of the towpath. Touring will be old hat by this time: you’ll breeze through the safety circle and ride through the day, enjoying every last minute of your pedal-powered adventure. Once in Georgetown, you’ll feel like the trip both slipped by and lasted forever, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll be hooked on bicycling, and WABA, like never before.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 AM Wake-up call!

7:30 AM Breakfast, prepared in camp by WABA staff (e.g., build-your-own-oatmeal bar or bagel sandwiches, and hot tea, cocoa, and coffee)

8:30 AM Break camp (pack your tent, sleeping bag, and the rest of your gear so WABA staff can load it into the gear vehicle)

8:45 AM Safety Circle + review of the day ahead and daily cue sheet, led by WABA staff

9:00 AM “Tortoise” Group rolls out

9:30 AM “Hares” Group rolls out

1010:30 AM Snack Break #1 (about 10-15 miles from the start. Roll in to cheers from waiting WABA staff! Grab a snack, refill your water bottle, and catch your breath before you continue your ride.)

12:30 PM Lunch Stop, prepped by WABA staff (e.g. sandwiches, chips, soda, gatorade, cookies, water)

1:30 PM Roll out from lunch!

2:30-3:30 PM Snack Break #2 (about 10-15 miles from lunch. Roll in to cheers from waiting WABA staff! Grab a snack, refill your water bottle, and catch your breath before you continue your ride.)

5:00 PM Arrive at camp! WABA staff are waiting with your gear, snacks, and water.

5:30 PM Set up camp, shower, relax and chat.

6:30 PM Dinner, prepared in camp by WABA staff (e.g. spaghetti with meatballs or chickpeas, garlic bread, green salad, water, gatorade)

8:00 PM Evening Program (e.g. Q&A with a WABA advocate, campfire s’mores, card games). Hot tea, cocoa and coffee are available.

10:00 PM Quiet hours begin.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does registration cost?

The member rate for WABA in the Wild registration is $250. For non-members, registration costs $275 (and includes an annual WABA membership!)

The registration fee covers all of the costs to put on the ride for you (transportation, lodging, and meals), meaning that 100% of what you fundraise directly supports WABA’s mission.

Will I have to take any time off of work to do this trip?

Probably. This trip takes three-and-a-half days: we will leave for Cumberland on Friday afternoon and return to Georgetown on Monday evening (which is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—a holiday). It will be worth the time off, though!

How much do I have to fundraise?

WABA development staff will work with you to set a goal you can meet! The minimum fundraising goal is $1000.

Where do people send donations?

We will set up a personal fundraising page for you through the WABA website, using a photo and narrative that you provide. People who want to donate to your campaign can do so by credit card through this page. Fundraising through your page is not optional—this is how we track your progress towards your fundraising goal. While you may receive donations by cash, we ask that you make those donations through your own fundraising page in the name of the person, event, or group that provided them. We can work with you on any other logistics, including taking donations by check.

When is the fundraising deadline?

You must meet the fundraising minimum of $1000 by Friday, October 2nd in order to participate in the ride.

What happens if I don’t meet my minimum fundraising goal?

We know that fundraising can be intimidating – especially if it’s your first time! We will do a lot to support you along the way. You can attend an in-person fundraising workshop, where we will walk you through developing a strategy; we’ll send you ample resources to help brainstorm how you will raise the money; and we will be available for check-ins by phone or email to make sure you have the support you need.

We expect that everyone will meet, if not exceed, their personal fundraising goal. However, if you don’t fundraise the full amount by the start of the trip, you will complete a pledge form and your credit card will be charged for the difference after the trip.

How many miles per day will we ride?

You will ride about 65 miles per day. That adds up to more than 184.5 miles: you’ll bike a few extra miles over the course of the trip to get between the towpath and campsites, restaurants, and other sites.

I’m not used to biking that much—should I still register?

Most likely, yes! Our general rule is that if you have experience riding ~30 miles and you can do so a few days in a row, then, with a good pair of padded bike shorts, you can probably do ~65 miles a day. You also have plenty of time to get into shape for riding the distance (we’ll even provide a training plan!).

On the ride itself, people self-select into the “tortoise” or “hare” group based on their usual riding speed—the tortoise group will leave a little earlier in the morning to give you more time to reach each stop. Additionally, we will have a sweep rider to make sure that nobody gets left behind and give you a little extra encouragement if you need it to finish the last few miles.

And, keep in mind that over the trip, the only thing you have to do each day is ride—we’ll take care of almost everything else.

Do I have to carry all my stuff?

Absolutely not! Each morning, you’ll pack up your gear (in one soft-sided bag, such as a duffel, weighing no more than 50lbs) and pile it near the gear vehicle. We’ll load up your gear into the van each morning and have it ready for you each evening at the next campsite. You will need to carry water, snacks if you need to eat more than every 10-15 miles, and any other supplies you need to feel comfortable while riding.

What type of bike do I need?

You’ll need a bike that is comfortable for you, since you’ll be on your bike all day for three days—but it can be a hybrid, touring, road, cyclocross, or mountain bike! We don’t recommend using a racing, triathlon, BMX bicycle. E-bikes are not permitted on National Park Service trails, which includes the C&O Canal towpath. You may want to read about bike fit or get a professional bike fit before the trip. We also recommend you use wider tires (ideally 32mm or wider) that are a bit tougher and knobby. Although the Canal towpath is mostly smooth dirt and small crushed rocks, it does have larger rocks, potholes, wet spots, and ruts and wider, tougher, knobby tires will resist puncture and reduce slipping.

Can I bring multiple bikes?

No. Each rider can only bring one bicycle on WABA in the Wild.

Will there be a bike mechanic on the ride?

No. While there are bike shops in Cumberland, Hancock, and Brunswick, there will not be a mechanic associated with the trip. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your bike is in top condition before the ride. In the event of a mechanical failure, we will carry some basic supplies to fix it yourself or you can take your bike to one of the shops if necessary.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. You have to wear a helmet every moment you’re on your bike. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country.

What other major pieces of equipment will I need?

Other than a bike and helmet, you’ll need a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Read over our suggested packing list from 2019 to see what else you might need!

What if I don’t have a bike, tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad?

You can rent the gear or borrow it from a friend! Let us know if you need some recommendations.

Will I need a lock?

We will lock all the bikes together each evening using a long cable lock and U-lock. However, if you prefer to use your own lock, please feel free to do so.

Do I need to bring food and water?

No. WABA will provide all meals, snacks, and water. However, if you like having extra snacks while riding, like granola bars, or if you have specific tastes in food or drink when you ride, you may consider bringing those yourself.

Are there vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free food options?

Yes! Once you register, we’ll ask you for your dietary preferences and needs. Our menu is vegetarian, with gluten-free options.

Can I stay in a hotel?

No. WABA in the Wild is incredibly special as a shared experience between riders, volunteers, and staff, and we do not have the capacity to account for riders splitting off from the main group at camp.

Will I get to shower on this trip? What about bathrooms?

There are shower facilities on all nights. There are permanent bathrooms at each campsite and at some points along the way. There are portable bathrooms available consistently during the ride.

Will campsites have electricity?

All three campsites have limited electrical outlets that will be set up with a phone charging station (or other small electronics). We strongly discourage bringing any large electronics, such as laptops or tablets. Priority use of electrical outlets will be given to WABA staff for meal preparation and any riders who need electricity for medical reasons, such as CPAP machines.

How do I get to and from the start and end locations?

The start location will be at REI Rockville, which is 0.3mi from the White Flint Metro Station (Red). You will not be able to leave a car at the start location over the weekend.

The end location is Thompson Boat Center (TBC) in Georgetown, Washington, DC. If you have a family member or friend with a car picking you up, TBC has a pay-to-park lot where someone can pick you up at the end of the ride. Or, TBC is 0.6mi from Foggy Bottom Metro Station (Orange/Blue).

Can I drop off my bag beforehand at the WABA office?

Yes. In fact, any gear you want us to transport for you, you must drop off in one soft-sided bag, such as a duffel, weighing no more than 50lbs, at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Rd NW, Washington, DC) no later than Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm. We will transport your gear directly from the office, and you will not be able to access it until we arrive at camp in Cumberland on Friday evening.

Do I get anything to commemorate this huge personal challenge?

Each WABA in the Wild rider will receive a new, custom WABA in the Wild jersey, thanks to our friends at Primal Wear. Primal supports biking at all levels, from multi-day road races to advances in local bike infrastructure.

What is the cancellation policy?

Registration for WABA in the Wild, like our other signature events, is nonrefundable and happens rain or shine.

If you cancel before registration is over (July 30), you are not liable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment.

If you cancel after registration closes, you are liable for the $1,000 fundraising commitment, except in situations with extenuating circumstances. We’ll address these on a case-by-case basis. This ride will sell out, and dropping out will not only impact fundraising for WABA, but will take away another member’s opportunity to participate.

I have more questions.

Please ask us! Contact the WABA events team at events@waba.org or 202-518-0524 x218 with any questions.

The 50 States Ride Series

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The 2020 50 States Ride Series is over.

Thank you to all who supported WABA by purchasing a ride registration or Solo 50 States Ride Kit.

WABA’s next fundraising ride will be the 2020 Cider Ride. Visit waba.org/ciderride for dates and details— we will update the page as information is available.


Ride Information

The 2020 50 States Ride Series brings you 3 opportunities to explore Washington, DC by bike. 

  • Challenge yourself to bike all 50 of the state-named avenues in DC on the 50 States Classic (September 26)

Past events:

  • Riders found public art on the 15-mile DC Murals Ride (September 12). In collaboration with Murals DC.
  • Riders explored historic neighborhoods and learn how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways on the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride (September 13). In collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum.

Whichever route you choose, you’ll get a great ride through the District.


DC Murals Ride (75 available)

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  • 15 miles 
  • Saturday, September 12, 2020
  • Start/finish location: Anacostia Park 

Bike past some of the vibrant murals celebrating DC’s landmarks, historical figures, and neighborhoods— including some of the new statehood murals.

Members: $55

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $75

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 12
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start/finish line, a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

“A Right to the City” Ride (125 available)

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  • 30 miles 
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020
  • Start/finish location: Anacostia Community Museum

Explore 5 historic DC neighborhoods on this ride in collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum and the “A Right to the City” digital exhibit. On this 30 mile ride, you’ll earn how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways.

Members: $ 65

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $85

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 13
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start line and one additional pit stop 
  • a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

50 States Classic (375 available)

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  • 60 miles 
  • Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • Start/finish location: participant chooses at registration (Anacostia Park OR Lincoln Park OR Malcolm X Park OR Fort Reno OR Fort Slocum)

For a bicyclist looking for a challenge: explore the entire District on a challenging ride that takes you on all 50 of the state-named avenues. This bucket-list ride is unique to DC and explores every corner of the city.

Members: $ 75

Non-Members (includes annual membership): $95

Registration includes:

  • a spot at the ride on September 26
  • no-contact snacks and water pick up at the start line and four additional pit stops, 
  • a WABA fanny pack with hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar.

REGISTER FOR THE 60-MILE 50 STATES CLASSIC


50 States Solo Ride Kit 

These are no longer available for purchase.

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Don’t want to join a group ride? No problem— you can still do the 50 States Ride. 

Digital Kit: $25

Includes:

  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the DC Murals Ride (emailed to you September 14)
  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the “A Right to the City” Ride (emailed to you September 22)
  • PDF cue sheet and map and route files for the 50 States Classic (emailed to you September 28)

Fanny Pack Club: $55

Includes:

  • Digital Kit, plus a 50 States Ride fanny pack with paper cue sheets, hand sanitizer, patch kit, and snacks from our sponsor Clif Bar, mailed to your door. Note: We will get ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can. Depending on when you purchase your 50 States Solo Ride Kit, you will receive it in late September to late October. Thank you for your patience! 

PURCHASE A RIDE KIT


Route Maps:

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out last year’s 50 States Ride Routes routes! The 2020 ride routes will be different, but they will be similar in terms of difficulty and distance. Registrants will receive digital ride routes for this year’s event the week of the ride.


Partners and Sponsors


COVID-19 Notice

Policies and Procedures for WABA Events during COVID-19 

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. This means:

  • Participants should not attend in-person events if they feel sick or show symptoms of illness. WABA will refund registration fees to individuals who cannot attend because they are sick on the day of an event. If you are sick and unable to attend an in-person event, contact WABA for a refund. 
  • WABA requires participants to wear face masks in accordance with CDC and jurisdictional mask guidelines at all in-person events:
    • Masks must cover both the mouth and nose. 
    • Masks must be secured below the chin. 
    • Participants should sanitize their hands before and after touching their mask or face area. 
    • For more details, read the full CDC mask guidelines. 
  • Participants will provide their contact information at event registration. 
  • Participants consent to WABA contacting them and/or releasing their contact information to necessary authorities if there is a need for contact tracing following an event to contain an outbreak of COVID-19. 
  • WABA will enforce physical distancing at in-person events. (See individual event guidelines for details).

If you choose to attend an in-person WABA event: you have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name and you will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

COVID-19 Precautions during the 2020 50 States Ride Series

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2020 50 States Ride: 

Smaller events.

Instead of one big ride on a single day, the 2020 50 States Ride will take place over 3 days in September: 

  • September 12: 15-mile DC Murals Ride
  • September 13: 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride
  • September 26: 60-mile 50 States Classic 

Designated check-in times. 

At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 25 people per 45 minute slot, ensuring that there are no more than 30 individuals (staff and participants) at one site at any given time. 

Registration will have a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities:

  • 75 registrants for the 15-mile DC Murals Ride
  • 125 registrants for the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride
  • 375 registrants for the 60-mile 50 States Classic. 

Registration for each ride will close the week before the ride.

There will be NO on-site registration for this event. At check-in, participants will be required to show proof of registration on their phone. 

Mask enforcement. 

All ride and staff participants will wear masks covering their nose and mouth while at ride sites, in compliance with Mayor Bowser’s mask order for Washington, DC and CDC guidelines for proper mask use.

WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Masks may not be removed until they exit the pit stop area. 

Masks may not be removed for eating or drinking in check-in and pit stop areas— participants must consume snacks and water outside of the main pit stop area, maintaining 6 feet from fellow participants who aren’t in their household. 

We have a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use (i.e., not wearing a mask, wearing a mask that does not cover both the mouth and nose or is not secured below the chin, pulling up part of a shirt over the face instead of a mask, etc.)

Physical distancing enforcement. 

Check-in and pit stops will have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 

Check-in and snack lines will have “6 feet” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another.

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others not in their households.

No-contact stops. 

At check-in, participants and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance and wear face masks covering their nose and mouth as per our mask and physical distancing policies. 

Participants will collect their check-in packets from the check-in table one at a time and then exit the check-in area.

At pit stops, all snacks will be pre-packaged, single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the check-in area. 

WABA staff will have basic first aid materials available to participants at each check-in and pit stop site, but will not render first aid to individuals. In case of an emergency, WABA staff will call 911 unless the participant can call their own emergency contact to pick them up. 

No ride marshals or ride support. 

All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. There will be no ride marshals and no support vehicle available during any of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series.

In light of this, participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

If a participant needs assistance with routing, is confused about where to check-in for their ride, or has another non-emergency issue, they can call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist them. The WABA Hotline number will be provided in check-in packets at the ride. 

No post-ride celebration. 

Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration. 

However, we encourage you to celebrate your ride on your own, and hope you’ll join the virtual afterparty on Twitter and Instagram by sharing photos of your ride @WABADC with #50states. 

Solo ride option

Don’t feel comfortable joining a group event? No problem— you can still participate in the 2020 50 States Ride. We have Solo 50 States Ride Kits available for purchase so you can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released after the date of the group ride for that route. 


Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

This year, WABA is splitting our annual 50 States Ride into three smaller events on three separate Saturdays:

Saturday, September 12: the 15-mile DC Murals Ride(new this year, in collaboration with Murals DC)

Sunday, September 13: the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride (new this year, in collaboration with the Anacostia Community Museum

Saturday, September 26: the 60-mile 50 States Ride (our annual classic!)

We are splitting the event up to cut down on the number of people gathering at one place and one time, in keeping with our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19.

Don’t feel comfortable joining a group event? No problem— you can still participate in the 2020 50 States Ride. We have Solo 50 States Ride Kits available for purchase so you can do the ride on your own time. Note: the routing information for each ride will be released after the date of the group ride for that route. 

When and where does this event take place?

The 15-mile DC Murals Ridewill take place on Saturday, September 12. 

  • The start location is Anacostia Park (1500 Anacostia Dr, Washington DC, 20020). 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will begin between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. 

The 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride will take place on Sunday, September 13. 

  • The start location is the Anacostia Community Museum (901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020). 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will begin between 8:00 am and 12 pm.

The 60-mile 50 States Ride will take place on Saturday, September 26. 

  • Participants will choose a start location at registration, and will start and finish the ride at one of these locations: Anacostia Park OR Lincoln Park OR Malcolm X Park OR Fort Reno Park OR Fort Slocum Park. 
  • Participants will select a check-in time slot at registration. Depending on your selection, your check-in time will beginaps between 7:30 and 9:30 am. 

If you have registered for a ride, your check-in location address and time are in your confirmation email. 

If you did not receive a confirmation email, email Anna at events@waba.org.

I selected a check-in time/location but now I want to change it.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org. If registration for the ride is still open, it is possible (but NOT guaranteed) that we will be able to move you. 

Can I check-in at a time/location other than the time/location in my confirmation email?

No. You will have to show your confirmation email to gain admittance to check-in on the day of the ride. If you are at the wrong location or too early or too late, you will not be able to check in to the ride. 

Why are you being so strict about check-in times and locations this year? 

Making sure we have an accurate registration list and knowledge of who will arrive where at what time is part of our policies and procedures for holding events during COVID-19. It is also necessary in the case of contact tracing after the event.

Why are there a limited number of registration slots?

For these rides, participants select specific check-in windows, so we can make sure there aren’t too many people at check-in at one time. This is so we can ensure appropriate space for physical distancing. 

We can only have 25 people per check in slot, which means registration has a firm cap based on check-in slot capacities:

  • 75 registrants for the 15-mile DC Murals Ride on September 12
  • 125 registrants for the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride on September 13
  • 375 registrants for the 60-mile 50 States Classic on September 26

The check in slot I wanted is full and I can’t register.

Sorry about that, but registration is first come, first serve. Please select a different slot. 

The ride I want to register for is full and I can’t register. 

I’m sorry. The registration cap is firm. 

However, you can still access the ride route by purchasing a 50 States Solo Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and route files for all 3 of the ride routes in the 50 States Ride Series so you can ride the route another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

Is there a wait list for the ride?

No. Registration will close when registration reaches its limit.

Can I register onsite the day of the ride?

No. There is no onsite registration for any of these 3 rides. 

I purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

  • You will receive the 15-mile DC Murals Ride route on September 13.
  • You will receive the 30-mile “A Right to the City” Ride route on September 20.
  • You will receive the 60-mile 50 States Classic route on September 27. 

If the date has passed and you still don’t have your route file, please email Anna at events@waba.org.

I purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit option that includes ride swag mailed to me. Where is my ride swag?

We are getting ride swag in the mail just as quick as we can. Depending on when you purchased your 50 States Solo Ride Kit, you will receive it in late September to late October. Thank you for your patience! 

If you registered for one of the three in-person rides, you will receive your ride swag at check-in. 

Do you think it is safe to hold a group bike ride during COVID-19?

The health and safety of our community is WABA’s top priority. WABA leadership and staff have worked to put together a set of policies and procedures in response to COVID-19, including limiting the size of the event; requiring masks; ensuring there is space for physical distancing at event sites; and making check-in and pit-stops no-contact. We have also eliminated all indoor elements of the event apart from restrooms (including, unfortunately, the afterparty).

Is WABA requiring staff to work at this event? 

Safety policies and procedures were developed in a collaborative staff working group and approved by WABA’s leadership. This includes a measure that staff are not required to work at any in-person events, period, during COVID-19. 

The staff who are working at the 50 States Ride Series have opted in.

What precautions are you taking to mitigate risk from COVID-19 during this event?

You can read our full policies and procedures for this event in the Safety notice on this webpage (see above). Still have questions? Please email Anna at events@waba.org.

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

No. There is a member and a non-member rate for each of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series. The non-member rate includes an annual WABA membership! 

When I enter my email into the membership lookup box, it says I am not a member. But I am!

Sorry about that! Please email Hannah at membership@waba.org and she’ll help you get that cleared up so you can register for the ride.

What is your refund policy?

Because this is a fundraiser there will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event— except in case of illness.

If you are feeling sick or have symptoms of an illness, do not come to the event. Email events@waba.org and let Anna know you cannot come because you are sick, and we will process your refund. 

Obviously, this is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. Please keep in mind that all proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

All individuals must register separately for the ride. You can only register one person at a time. You must provide a valid email address for every registration. 

I want to register a child or person who does not have their own email address.

Please email Anna at events@waba.org and we will get this worked out. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires that everyone riding a bicycle on 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

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three of the rides in the ride series are unsupported. 

Participants are expected to:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Have an emergency-contact who is not a ride participant “on call” during the ride
  • Carry a charged cell phone (and charged battery pack for the longer rides)

Will there be ride marshals?

No. There are no ride marshals on any of the rides in the 2020 50 States Ride Series.

In case of emergency, call 911. 

If a participant needs assistance with routing, is confused about where to check-in for their ride, or has another non-emergency issue during the ride, they can call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist them. 

The WABA Hotline number will be provided in check-in packets at the ride. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

If you registered for an in-person ride, you will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email the week of your ride. 

If you purchased a 50 States Solo Ride Kit, the digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you the day after the group ride for that route. 

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive, and provide multiple options for routing. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or, if you are participating in an in-person ride, the cue sheet you receive in your check-in packet. 

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, we ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all trail and road users. When you are on this ride, you are a representative of WABA. We ask you to:

  • 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.

Will you feed me?

For the DC Murals Ride, the “A Right to the City” Ride, and the 50 States Ride:

  • Participants will receive Clif bars in their check-in packets.
  • Additional snacks and water will be available to participants on the 15-mile DC Murals Ride at the finish line.
  • The 30-Mile “A Right to the City Ride” passes through one pit stop where single-serving, pre-packaged snacks and water will be available. 
  • The 60-mile 50 States Ride passes through four pit stops. 

Pit stop location and timing will be in the Ride Prep Guide you receive in your email the week before your ride, and in the cue sheet you receive at check-in.

For the 50 States Solo Ride Kits: 

You use the cue sheets to do this ride on your own. There are no pit stops or support for riders who purchase 50 States Solo Ride Kits.

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop.

Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft.

Can I leave my lock at check-in and pick it up at the finish line?

No. Sorry. We usually provide this service at our Signature Events, but this year it simply does not fit with best practices for mitigating risks of COVID-19. 

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.

We are happy to help! Email your question to Anna at events@waba.org.

The Sweet Ride & Shindig

Coronavirus update

Though the coronavirus crisis means we won’t be hosting a large group ride this summer, WABA has cooked up a sweet alternative to this event so you can celebrate summer with a ride through Arlington and Alexandria!

Visit the 2020 Sweet Ride Kit page to learn more!

A yummy ice cream cone to end a sweet day.

Route Maps:

Curious about how we route rides through Arlington and Alexandria? Check out last year’s Sweet Ride routes! 

Details

As a WABA signature ride, the Sweet Ride & Shindig 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. Your registration fee supports WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region.

Read our FAQs below for more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered for the Sweet Ride + Shindig?

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 Sweet Ride + Shindig 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 Sweet 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 12 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 13 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 Sweet 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 the 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.