Bethesda Afternoon Social Ride + Happy Hour

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Our conversational skills may be rusty and we are still getting used to seeing people’s full faces, but that won’t stop us from enjoying all the of things that we haven’t been able to do in the last year! Join us for our first community ride since 2019 as we wind along the streets and trails of downtown Bethesda. Afterwards, we will stop for snacks and refreshments provided by SILVER restaurant! Alcoholic drinks will not be provided, but you are welcome to purchase them if you wish! Invite your friends, bring your family along or stop by to meet new people! We can’t wait to see you there.

Click here to view WABA’s Code of Conduct for event participants.

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + after ride snacks and refreshments at SILVER restaurant until 8:00 pm

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike or Ebike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the 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 the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

This ride is brought to you thanks to the generous support of Bethesda Transportation Solutions and Montgomery County Commuter Services.

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.

Please follow SILVER restaurant’s COVID-19 policies during the after ride happy hour!

Ride Location

Start Point:  Bethesda Metro Station Plaza near the Capital Bikeshare docking station

Bethesda Metro / Wisconsin Ave & Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving: There is a parking garage across the street from the Metro station located at 7401 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD 20814

End Point: SILVER Restaurant

7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815

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Saturday Night Bike Club’s Femme Fatale Ride for Womxn

Join Saturday Night Bike Club for the Femme Fatale ride, the first of many in their monthly series of Womxn’s only rides. This is a safe place when experienced cyclists can interact with less experienced riders, without the pretense.

The first ride is 11 miles with 200 feet in elevation gain. Bikeshare vouchers are available if you don’t have a bike. See the route on Strava and check out Facebook for more information.

Registrations

Free! Let Saturday Night Bike Club know if you are coming on Facebook.

Location

Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Location: East Potomac Tennis Center Parking Lot
Address: 1090 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024

Saturday Night Bike Club

A low impact, healthy method of enjoying the DC area. We use our bikes to explore the rich Black history of DC. All levels are free to ride with us, as we plan all of our routes around Capital Bikeshare stations & provide vouchers for said bikes.

Check out their Strava, Instagram, and Facebook for more.

“In our mission to further accessibility of biking & cycling, we recognize that the activity & sport are often dominated by males. This presents itself as a potential barrier for someone seeking to try out biking. This can also manifest as a barrier for improvement, especially when one considers the “bikesplainers” of the world.” – Saturday Night Bike Club

A neon logo with Saturday Night Bike Club in red and a bicycle in blue.

Saturday Night Bike Club’s Amazing Race

A flyer with a green and yellow Earth design with the words Amazing Race splashed across.

Think you & your crew know DC? Think you and your crew are fast? Are you a Black History and culture connoisseur? Do you want an opportunity to engage specifically with Black owned DC businesses? Then you are invited to Saturday Night Bike Club’s 2021 season opener on March 6.

A neon logo with Saturday Night Bike Club in red and a bicycle in blue.

Saturday Night Bike Club

A low impact, healthy method of enjoying the DC area. We use our bikes to explore the rich Black history of DC. All levels are free to ride with us, as we plan all of our routes around Capital Bikeshare stations & provide vouchers for said bikes.

Check out their Strava, Instagram, and Facebook for more.

Registrations

Free! Just register here. Also let Saturday Night Bike Club know if you are coming on Facebook.

Scavenger Hunt Rules

Four Team Categories of (Friendly) Competition: Mixed Gender, Female, Male, Youth, maximum of six people per team. Teams may only participate in one category.

Teams will be given a list of clues in which they will navigate around the city to engage and explore various Black sites and businesses around DC. The winner will be determined by who completes the route the fastest. The hunt will cover all four quadrants of DC.

Once they get to the stop, they will be required to post a photograph/video featuring their team to their Instagram story and the must tag @saturdaynightbikeclub and if applicable for that clue, the business, to get credit for that clue.

Location

Date: Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Bikeshare Station at the Anacostia Park Rec Center
Address: 1800 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Partners

Wellness X Chill, KMATiKC Media, Travelores Lens, Restorative Wellness, Naturally Eccentric, GRDN, Bouqé Rolling Papers, PBF Sports, Jafe Cycling, Scoot Route, Photos By Roux, A Groovy Detailing, Earn Your Saturday Fitness, Family First Life Insurance, WABA

Climate Ride Heading From Philly to DC

Q: What ride gives you the chance to…

  • Spend four days on a scenic, supported ride on quiet roads and bike trails?
  • Raise awareness about climate change— and be part of the solution?
  • Meet like-minded outdoors-enthusiasts and advocates?
  • and (saved the best for last!) support WABA?

A: Climate Ride’s Liberty Ride!

Climate Ride is back in DC! September 10-13, 2020, bicyclists will be riding from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on a peer-to-peer fundraising ride. They’re bringing a message about sustainability, urgent climate action, and active transportation to the nation’s capital (otherwise known as “home” to those of us in the region).

The Liberty Ride is a multi-day fundraiser that empowers participants to do what they love — riding bikes! — to raise money for organizations they think are doing important work.  That’s right— when you sign up for the Liberty Ride, you can join Team WABA and designate WABA as a beneficiary of your fundraising! Simply enter Team WABA at registration to join the team.

Questions about the Liberty Ride? All the info is on the Climate Ride website.

WABA x JUMP Community Ride

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Worried that falling temperatures might put a damper on your ride? Learn the ins and outs of cold weather biking and gear up for plenty of riding this winter with WABA and JUMP! We’ll discuss the importance of layers, riding in inclement weather and how to get the most out of your cold weather ride. And don’t worry, if you get too cold, you can always lock up your JUMP bike and hop on the Metro. We’ll be exploring helpful ways to get from the trail to the Metro and back again so you can keep riding all winter long.

Our community education ride series is a fun, social and inclusive space for riders of varying experience and confidence. You will always have a great time on our rides, but they’re also a safe space to ask questions and practice to make this summer’s riding a breeze.

  • Ride start and end – Four Mile Run Park Plaza
  • Start time -12:00 PM
  • End time – 2:00 PM
  • Distance – About 14 miles

What to bring:

  • Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
  • Appropriate outerwear, water and a snack.
  • Flat pedals. Toe clips, clipless pedals, or other gizmos that attach your feet to your pedals aren’t recommended. If you don’t know what this means, your pedals will work fine.
  • Bicycles and helmets will be provided for free!

What does it cost?

This class is free thanks to the generous support of JUMP! Bicycles and helmets will be provided!

Class Location

Four Mile Run Park Plaza

4121 Mt. Vernon Avenue

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Resolutions you’ll keep (and that will make you feel good)

Do you make New Year’s resolutions on January 1st and then forget about them by January 18th? You’re not alone. The University of Scranton suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New year’s Resolutions. Rather than lofty goals like “ride a century” or “win that segment of Strava,” Here are a few resolutions that are easy to keep. You’ll feel like a winner at the end of 2018 if you do just one of them!  

Attend a City Cycling Class

If you are uncomfortable riding your bike on city streets, consider joining one of our City Cycling Classes. These classes are designed to help people who know how to ride feel more comfortable and confident on the road. Sign up here to be notified when the spring schedule is available.

Attend a Learn to Ride Class

If you don’t know how to ride a bike, it’s never too late to learn. (I learned to ride a bike when I was 25, while on a date!) Last season, WABA’s instructors taught a 79-year-old, proving that nobody is too old to learn. Even better, the class is fun, and just three hours long. Don’t put it off any longer, sign up here to be notified when the spring schedule is available.

Renew your WABA membership

WABA represents more than 5,500 people who see bicycling as a solution to the traffic, health and environmental challenges we face in our community. We depend on area bicyclists like you to continue our work making bicycling a healthy and more sustainable means of transportation and recreation. Your $35 membership gives you member perks to area bike shops, car2go, Zipcar and many more! And your membership also allows you to sign up for member only rides such as the VASA ride, 50 States Ride and Cider Ride.

Join a Community Ride

These low key rides are a great way to get started riding comfortably and confidently on city streets. Our next community ride is January 27th- Ride to the Rink. We will be riding in Ward 7 to DC’s only indoor ice rink, Ft. Dupont Ice Arena to celebrate National Ice Skating Month. We’d love to have you join us.

Learn to be an advocate in your community

Have you always wanted to know how to get a bike lane on your route to work? Or how to get a bike rack in front of your building? All of that requires advocacy. Come join us on how to be an advocate for bikey things in your neck of the woods. Learn how to be an advocate at the next workshop.

Ride a Trail

We have a lot of beautiful trails in the area. Take some time to ride on one of them today (or when it’s nice out). Check out one of them below and post your pic on social media and tag @WABADC
    1. Mount Vernon Trail
    2. Custis Trail
    3. Four Mile Run Trail
    4. Capital Crescent Trail
    5. C & O Canal Path
    6. Metropolitan Branch Trail
    7. Oxon Run Trail – runs from 13th St SE to South Capitol St
    8. Washington, Baltimore, & Annapolis Trail
    9. Anacostia River Trail

Volunteer at a WABA event

Check out our volunteer hub and Bike Ambassador Facebook page to see what opportunities are available monthly and stop by our next Volunteer Night on January 24th! Become a monthly donor to WABA’s mission to make biking accessible and fun for our entire region. You can donate to WABA using this link. Sign the Vision Zero Pledge (you can do this one right now. It’s that easy to do. Seriously, take the pledge now) Take your family on a bike ride.  Use one of the trails listed above or if you have children or know children who would be interested in biking, sign them up for BikeCamp! You don’t need to do all of them (but that would be awesome), but these are easy resolutions to work into your year of biking. Go for a ride, get involved— make 2018 better for everyone on a bike and help WABA continue to do the work that matters most to you!

The Strong Women Ride Makes an Impact

Who’s ready to ride DC? This group.

In February, our Women & Bicycles program led the Strong Women Ride. This city is full of women who shaped history–and who were law-breaking, sanctuary-providing, kidnapping scalawags at the same time. We figured folks would jump at the chance to shake off the winter cobwebs and learn something new at the same time. Turns out we were right. So right, in fact, that we had to scramble to schedule a second ride in March! Both rides were big successes, with great weather, great company, and great education all at once.

Group in front of Belmont-Paul Womens Equality Monument

  So who were these strong women? Our three main historical women were the Rev. Paulie A. Murray, Dr. Carla Hayden, and Marion Pritchard. But along the way, we also stopped at the Lady Fortitude statue at Howard U, Anna J. Cooper circle (near her preserved home), the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality Monument and House, the Eleanor Roosevelt statue at the FDR memorial, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

Rev. Paulie A. Murray

In the 1940s, Paulie refused to sit in the broken seats of the colored section of a bus. Her subsequent arrest inspired her law career. She would later become one of the first women Episcopal priests, serving in Washington, DC and focusing on reconciliation.

Dr. Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden is the current Librarian of Congress, and both the first woman and the first person of color to hold that post.  During the Baltimore riots in the days after the death of Freddie Gray, as other businesses closed their doors, she insisted on keeping the libraries open so people had a place to go.

Marion Pritchard

Marion Pritchard was a Dutch resister during World War II. Special thanks to Marion’s granddaughters Abigail Pritchard and Grace Pritchard Burson, who shared stories of Marion’s resistance work with our riders. Our favorite story was one from near the end of the war. Marion was riding on rims, her bike tires long gone. With everyone starving, she traveled across a river to finagle some extra food beyond the meagre rations. On her way back, she was captured by a Nazi patrol. When questioned, she reportedly let them have it–she told them exactly what she thought of them, their regime, and their leader. The next morning, the soldiers drove her across the bridge where they had captured her. They returned her bike, and the extra food, and sent her on her way. After that night of darkness, she saw some glimmers of hope and humanity. After hearing these stories, the ride offered an option to show our own strength, with a ride to Meridian Hill Park that included the 15th street climb. Every rider who attempted the hill achieved the top… and a trip to cupcakes as a reward!

Climbing Meridian Hill like a girl. On a Brompton.