Capital Trails Coalition: Bike Tour of Planned Trail Projects in Alexandria

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The City of Alexandria currently has 16.1 miles of paved, multi-use trails! There are 3.6 miles of planned trails across the City to complete the envisioned network. Join us for a ride to explore two planned trail projects and discuss what stage of development they are in: 

1) Four Mile Run – Potomac Yards Connector: A small .1 mile connection that will connect the Four Mile Run Trail in Potomac Yard to the Potomac Avenue Buffered Bike Lane. This project is in Arlington County but serves as a key connection across jurisdictions.

2) The Beauregard Trail: A 1.8 mile connection between Lucky Run Trail and Holmes Run Trail. This shared-use path will provide a much needed North/South trail connection in the area.

We will also discuss the planned Backlick Run Trail, but we will not have time to visit the segment.  

Check out our full schedule of events at waba.org/fun.

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

This ride is for you if:

You like to bike, walk, run, or recreate on any of Alexandria’s bike paths or trails.

You would like to learn about the Capital Trails Coalition’s vision for Alexandria and get an update on the status of the city’s multi-use trail projects.

You would like to learn about how to get involved with the CTC and help to bring a world-class network of multi-use trails to our region.

Ride Details

Duration: 1 hour ride + stops along the way to visit project sites and discuss their current status, hurdles and plans for the future. 

Approx. 9 miles on city streets and trails.

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Interested in using a FREE Capital Bikeshare for this class? Email us at education@waba.org.

Cost: FREE

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for this event. Be sure to show up for the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point:

Four Mile Run Park Plaza
4121 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 232305

WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polos.

Parking recommendations: Parking is located here, directly adjacent to the plaza. Additional overflow parking is located at Frank Mann Field which is a 0.7 mi walk.  

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location off of Mt. Vernon Avenue, either at the Four Mile Run Field Parking Lot or on adjacent side streets.

MetroBus
Go multi-modal! The bus stop at the Plaza is served by buses 10A, 10B, 10E, 23A, and 23B. Not sure how to get your bike on a bus, check out our post on going multi-modal for tips and tricks.

Biking
Four Mile Run Park is right off of Four Mile Run Trail and the Four Mile Run Park Trail, accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail. There is a Capital Bikeshare station at the plaza.

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Women & Bicycles: Bike Commuting 101 Community Ride

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Bikes are so versatile! You can use them to cruise around, run errands, commute to work, or haul groceries, kids, pets and cargo across town. We love the flexibility that biking offers. You can take your bike on the Metro or put your bike on a bus. You can lock up a bike, walk away and come back for it later.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a Women & Bicycles Bike Commuting 101 group ride where we will discuss helpful tips and tricks for first-time commuters. We will ride around Alexandria and cover topics such as what to wear to stay cool and comfortable, tips for locking up your bike and how put a bike on the front of a bus.

This ride is in partnership with Women & Bicycles and is reserved for women, trans, femme and non-binary participants! Interested in another ride? Check out our full schedule of events at waba.org/fun.

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

This ride is for you if:

You have recently taken a WABA City Cycle class

You are interested in learning how to ride safely in traffic or would like to gain more experience riding in traffic

You would like to learn to use your bike for more than just recreational rides

You are new to the area or are not experienced riding in Alexandria

If you are a woman, trans, femme or non-binary bicyclist!

Ride Details

Duration: 1.5 hour ride + stops along the way to discuss biking for transportation topics

Approx. 7 miles on flat city streets and the Mount Vernon Trail

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. We also encourage you to bring your bike lock if you have one.

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 class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : Dangerfield Island Parking Lot

Alexandria, VA 22314 (near Potomac Yard Marina) 

Turn onto Marina Drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the first right and then an immediate left into the Dangerfield Island parking lot. 

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Leisurely Mount Vernon Trail + Public Art Community Ride

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Join us for a casual morning ride along the Mount Vernon Trail. We’ll discuss how to navigate through Old Town Alexandria where the trail drops off and stop by the Alexandria Waterfront Park to check out the Site/See Groundswell art installation by Brooklyn artist Mark Reigelman!

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

This ride is for you if:

You have recently taken a WABA City Cycle class (both Fundamentals and Confidence tracks)

You are new to the area or are not experienced riding in Alexandria

You are interested in a casual morning social ride!

Interested in a longer, more advanced route with more public art? Check out Alexandria BPAC’s 16 mi route!

Ride Details

Duration: 1 hour ride + break at Alexandria Waterfront Park to view the Groundswell art installation

Approx. 6.5 miles on flat trail and residential streets

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for this class. Interested in using a Free Capital Bikeshare bike or Ebike 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 the ride at least 10 minutes before departure.

This class is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental 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.

Ride Location

Start and End Point : Dangerfield Island Parking Lot

Alexandria, VA 22314 (near Potomac Yard Marina) 

Turn onto Marina Drive from George Washington Memorial Parkway. Take the first right and then an immediate left into the Dangerfield Island parking lot. 

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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

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Saturday Night Bike Club’s Amazing Race

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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.