A group photo from last year’s Congressional Ride.
Each year, WABA has the privilege to lead the Congressional Ride, one of the final events of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. Bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from across the nation are invited to join us for a tour highlighting some of D.C.’s best cycling infrastructure and to hear what’s being planned for the future.
If you’re in town for the National Bike Summit or know someone who is, join us on Thurs., March 6th at 8:30 a.m. at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, right in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Helmets are required and Bike the Sites will provide bicycle rentals.
We also need ride marshals! If you’re a WABA-n, are comfortable riding in traffic with large groups, and have a few hours to help us out for a beautiful bike ride, please sign up here to volunteer as a ride marshal for the morning. The ride should only take about an hour and a half.
Yesterday’s Congressional Ride, the last major event of the League of American Bicyclists’ yearly National Bike Summit, gave D.C.-area cyclists and Summit attendees a short, seven-mile tour of downtown’s bike facilities.
The weather cleared up after a wet and windy (if nonthreatening) Wednesday evening, and over 60 people met at Lafayette Park to ride on the 15th Street, L Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue cycletracks. D.C. has quickly ascended into a city that’s great for cyclists, and we hope that Congressional Ride participants are able to return to their communities with our cycletracks in mind.
Congratulations and many thanks to the League for a fantastic Summit. We loved the chance to show off the great bike infrastructure that D.C. has installed over the past few years!
See some photos from the Congressional Ride below the jump, and even more on Flickr. Did you take any photos at the Congressional Ride? Add them to our Flickr pool!
The weather might be dismal today, but we’ll be out in force tomorrow morning for the Congressional Ride!
Join WABA, the League of American Bicyclists, and bike advocates from across the country for a short (7-8 miles) bicycle tour of D.C.’s bike infrastructure. The Congressional Ride is the last hoo-rah of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. You’re encouraged to bring your own bike, and helmets are required.
Meet at Garfield Circle (in front of the U.S. Capitol) at 9 a.m. 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., March 7. The ride will begin at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.
See Black Women Bike co-founder Veronica Davis speak during the yesterday’s Ignite sessions at the National Bike Summit about the founding of her advocacy organization. Black Women Bike, which started in 2011 and now boasts a Facebook group of over 750 members, recently joined up with WABA.
When this year’s National Bike Summit participants roll into town, DC is going to be a hub for bike-related socializing. WABA encourages you to attend some of the fun (FREE) events surrounding the Summit.
If you haven’t signed up for the Summit yet, don’t worry! There’s still plenty of time. Online registration is closed but you can register on-site at the Grand Hyatt on Tuesday, the 20th at 1:30pm. Click here for more information.
1:00pm Tim Johnson’s Ride on WashingtonJoin Cyclocross superstar Tim Johnson for the last leg of his bike advocacy fundraising tour. Tim and his group started in Boston, but you can join him in DC.
2:00pm First-Ever National Women’s Cycling Forum
Women across the US bike at much lower rates than men. Come explore the issues and discuss ways to encourage the ladies in your life to get on bikes (Co-hosted by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals).
9:30am-11:00am Congressional Bike Ride
Take the morning off, jump on your bike, and meet up with hundreds of bike advocates throughout the country for the Summit’s final hoorah hosted by WABA. We’ll tour new bike infrastructure and you’ll make some new friends.
Know of anything else going on, organizing a ride or a happy hour? Share your NBS events in the comment feed. And don’t forget to share your experiences on Twitter using the Summit’s hashtag: #NBS12