Rally to Reopen White’s Ferry

Two years after the ferry shut down, local supporters are rallying to show support for opening this historic ferry. For people who bike, the ferry has been an essential link between the C&O Towpath and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Leesburg.

Join the rally at White’s Ferry Store & Grill at 24801 Whites Ferry Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842 (map) on Thursday, Dec 29 at 2pm.

Looking to go for a ride while you are there? Join the Oxon Hill Bicycle & Trail Club’s planned ride (details here).

Montgomery County Advocate Meetup

Are you interested in making Montgomery County more bikeable? Do you want to see streets redesigned to be safer to walk, bike, get to the bus or a local store?

Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and active transportation advocates in Montgomery County for an introductory advocacy training and discussion on how to make it happen.

At this gathering we’ll review ideas raised in the November meeting of advocates, look at WABA’s budget ask from this past year, and decide on campaigns we can mount in 2023.

Bring your ideas for making bicycling safe and other improvements that the County can make in your neighborhood or on your commute.

Help set WABA’s priorities in Montgomery County for 2023 and beyond!

Winning Better Bicycling in Montgomery County

Are you interested in making Montgomery County more bikeable? Do you want to see streets redesigned to be safer to walk, bike, get to the bus or a local store?

Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and active transportation advocates in Montgomery County for an introductory advocacy training and discussion on how to make it happen.

  • At this training we will:
  • Review how the County sets priorities, collects input, and makes decisions about transportation needs. Learn about the process, timeframes, identifying decision makers, and our levers to steer them towards safer streets.
  • Bring your ideas for making bicycling safe and other improvements that the County can make in your neighborhood or on your commute.
  • Help set WABA’s priorities in Montgomery County for 2023 and beyond!

Old Georgetown Rd (MD-187) Safety Plan Community Meeting

In the past three years, two teenagers riding their bikes on sidewalks along MD-187, Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda have died in car crashes.  On Thursday, September 29, join us at a public meeting to hear what SHA plans to do about it and demand serious action for safe streets.

Join the Virtual Meeting
Join on Microsoft Teams
Or to join by phone, dial 667-262-2962 and use Phone Conference ID: 428 543 045#

Maryland State Highway Administration has taken minor actions in the wake of each death (a buffered bike lane in 2020, placing flex posts on those bike lanes, and doing walk-throughs with elected officials).  But no major remake of this very busy state highway have been made.  Drivers still speed alongside narrow sidewalks that have no buffer from cars going in excess of 40 mph, making biking and walking on those sidewalks hazardous and sometimes deadly.

We need to show SHA that the community is appalled at their lack of action and to demand that MD-187 be transformed into a road that all users, especially those who are not in automobiles, can safely use.  Please come to the meeting and insist that SHA move quickly on building continuous protected bike lanes, comfortable buffered sidewalks, and safe crossings on Old Georgetown Road.

See the event flyer here.

Confident City Cycling

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Overview

Confident City Cycling teaches you the skills you need to ride safely and confidently on streets and in heavily trafficked areas.

The first half of the class will cover important bike handling skills and hazard avoidance maneuvers necessary while riding in traffic. Participants learn skills such as the avoidance weave, quick stop, rock dodge and instant turn, and discuss considerations for sharing space with other road users.

The class ends with an on-street group ride, where participants put their newly acquired skills to the test. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Check out WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

This class is for you if:

You know how to ride a bike and have experience riding on trails

You know how to ride a bike and would like to learn how to ride safely in traffic

You have experience riding in traffic but would like to learn more about traffic law and how to navigate tricky traffic situations

Health and Safety Protocols

Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, all participants are expected to adhere to WABA’s health and safety guidelines for in-person events.

  • 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 Adult Education classes are mask optional. WABA does not require participants to be vaccinated in order to attend class although we strongly encourage all participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a CDC approved facemask for the duration of class. Anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to forgo masks and social distancing. WABA respects anyone’s decision to wear a mask and encourages all people to advocate for themselves. If you would like to wear a mask during class and would like to maintain social distancing we highly encourage you to do so! WABA will not tolerate any disrespect towards WABA staff or participants who choose to wear a mask for their own safety and peace of mind.
  • 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.

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Bikes must be in good working order. Interested in using a FREE Capital Bikeshare for this class? Email education@waba.org for more details.

Cost: $10.00 and FREE for WABA members! Contact education@waba.org for a coupon code!

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for class 15 minutes before the start time. 

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Bethesda Transportation Solutions.

Class Location

Bethesda Rescue Squad Parking Lot

5020 Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

Parking: There is parking at this class location

Public Transit: This class location is 0.6 miles from the Bethesda Metro Station

The Old Georgetown Rd and Battery Lane bus stop (Stop ID: 24722) serving routes 30, 34, 47 and 70 is located directly out front of this class location. You can find more information on bus schedules and route planning on the Montgomery County website.

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