Conservation and Culture Ride and Chat

About this ride:

This ride is in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails. We’ll stop at a few places to talk about this article about conservation and Latinx culture. We’ll be out for about 2 hours. 

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

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Where We’re Riding: 

Join us for a ride along the W&OD and Four Mile Run Trails – both are quiet, scenic trails that run through the suburbs of Virginia. We’ll do a short, flat 4.2 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from Bluemont Park (601 N Manchester St Arlington, VA 22203). The ride is a round trip. We’ll depart from the public bathrooms at Bluemont Park (the Wilson Blvd side), make our way along the W&OD, take a break at Glencarlyn Park and talk about the article, and then circle back on Four Mile Run Trail to the start. 

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. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

This ride is in partnership with the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. For this Trail Chat we’ll be reading Why Being Green Comes Naturally to Us Latinos from Grist. This article explores the intersection between climate change and culture and how marginalized groups, such as Latinxs, are often intentionally left out of policy decision making.

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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. 

2021 VA Elections: Candidate Questionnaires

It is election season in Virginia! So where do the candidates stand on issues such as expanding bike and trail networks, transportation equity, and vision zero?

To find out where the candidates stand, WABA, Virginia Conservation Network, and Virginia Bicycling Federation sent a candidate questionnaire to all the registered Northern Virginia House of Delegate candidates (for strictly educational purposes only, no endorsement will be made)

Candidates who have registered as a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or 3rd party received a questionnaire. You can view the questionnaires submitted by candidates here: 

38th District, Holly Hazard, Northern VA 2021 Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

38th District, Kaye Kory, Northern VA 2021 Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

39th District, Vivian Watt, Northern VA 2021 Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

44th District, Paul Krizek, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

47th District, Patrick A. Hope, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

49th District, Karishma Mehta, Northern Virginia, Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races 

50th District, Alfonso Lopez, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

86th District, Shaun Daniels, Northern Virginia, Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

86th District, Ibraheem S. Samirah, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

87th District, Suhas Subramanyam, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races 

87th District, Gregory Moulthrop, Northern VA Transportation Election Questionnaire For House of Delegate Races

The following graphs include the collective data from questionnaire questions that only required a yes/no response. This does not include data from questions that required a written response. 

Also, as part of our 2021 VA General Session wrap-up, WABA  hosted a virtual town hall for WABA members. 

Speakers included Wyatt Gordon, Policy & Campaign Manager for Land Use & Transportation, Virginia Conservation Network; and Brantley Tyndall, President, Virginia Bicycling Federation.

During the Post-VA General Assembly town hall, our speakers reflected on the successes and lessons learned from this past session. We also discussed upcoming policies and initiatives that advocates should be pushing in upcoming general assemblies. You can view a recording of that town hall here.

The Sweet Ride

Launch summer with a sweet bicycle ride through Arlington and Alexandria! 

Choose from a 16, 30, or 50 mile route and wind through Northern Virginia on a combination of bike lanes, quiet neighborhood streets, and trails. Enjoy, water, and WABA staff cheering you on at pit stops along the way. 

This ride is a fundraiser. Registration fees support WABA’s work in the DC region and our mission empowering people to ride bikes, build connections and transform places. Thank you.  


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Ride Information:

At registration, you’ll choose from two check-in/start locations:

  • Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)
  • Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314)

About the routes…

  • Sweet 16.  ($35 members; $55 non-members)
    • Good for beginners or anyone looking for a more leisurely ride!
    • This 16 mile ride is mostly on trails but does involve a few turns through intersections where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route is mostly flat, with a few small hills. 
    • Participants will receive snacks and water at one pit stops 
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Sweet 30 ($50 members; $70 non-members)
    • Good for experienced bicyclists 
    • This 30 mile ride takes place on trails and in streets with varying levels of bicycle infrastructure (protected bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and roads without bike lanes where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route has about +1400 ft of climbing total. There are a few short but steep climbs.
    • Participants will receive snacks and water at two pit stops 
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Sweet 50 ($65 members, $85 non-members)
    • This ride is for a bicyclist looking for a challenge!
    • This 50 mile ride takes place on trails and in streets with varying levels of bicycle infrastructure (protected bike lanes, painted bike lanes, and roads without bike lanes where bicyclists share the road with motor vehicles. 
    • This route has +2,654 ft of climbing  total. There are a few very  steep climbs.
    • Participants will receive snacks, water at three pit stops
    • Includes lunch and Sweet Ride Bandana
  • Solo Sweet Ride ($18 routes only, $25 routes + Sweet Ride Bandana)
    • This does not include access to the in-person event on June 13.
    • Registrants will receive digital access to all 3 Sweet Ride routes on Monday, June 14 and can do the ride(s) on their own at any date or time that’s convenient
    • There are no pit stops or amenities available to Solo Sweet Ride participants

Other Important Details…

  • The Sweet Ride is self-guided. Participants will be spread out along the route (not in a big group) and navigate using the provided physical cuesheet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 
  • Each check-in group will have an optional group start led by a  Ride Marshal: a WABA volunteer who is there to help you navigate and offer encouragement and support. 
  • All participants in the June 13 event will receive a box lunch courtesy of our sponsors, Nandos Peri-Peri (vegetarian and vegan options available). 

Route Maps:

Curious about where you’ll be riding? Check out the 2019 Sweet Ride routes! (The 2021 routes will be similar but not identical.)

Thank You to our Sponsors!


COVID-19 Precautions during the 2021 Sweet Ride

Here is how WABA is taking precautions and enforcing the above policies at the 2021 Sweet Ride to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe. 

All participants must follow the same mask and physical distancing guidelines, regardless of vaccination status. 

Outside event.

  • The Sweet Ride is an outdoor event. 
  • Restrooms (public park restrooms and/or portapotties) will be available at ride check-in, pit stops, and the finish line. 

Designated check-in times and registration caps.

  • At registration, participants will select check-in times that cap at 20 people per 30 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. 
  • Registered ride participants will receive wristbands at check-in. Participants must wear or show their wristbands to enter the pit stop and finish line areas and receive their box lunch. 

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, finish line, 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, finish line,  and pit stops will be held at parks and other spacious sites with room for physical distancing. 
  • 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. 
  • WABA staff will have basic first aid materials at the check-in, finish line, and pit stop areas. Staff will make these materials available to participants in case of minor injury.  In case of an emergency, WABA staff or volunteers will call 911.

No contact water and food.

  • At check-in and pit stops, all snacks will be single-serving items that participants take from a table one at a time before exiting the ride site area
  • Participants will take their food and water and eat it away from the ride site area so they can be appropriately distanced from others before removing their face mask to eat and drink.
  • Participants must bring their own water bottles. Participants can fill and refill their personal water bottles at the ride start, pit stop(s), and finish line. 
  • All participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of our sponsor, Nando’s Peri-Peri. Box lunches will be pre-packed by Nando’s in keeping with their food safety guidelines.

No post-ride celebration.

  • Unfortunately, COVID-19 means we cannot hold a post-ride celebration.
  • At the finish line, participants can catch their breath, refill on snacks and water, and collect their box lunch. 
  • There will be no finish line activities. 

Refunds in case of exposure or illness.

  • In the case that a participant is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19 in the two weeks before the event, WABA will offer refunds,  transfer registration to a future event, or convert your registration fee to a tax-deductible donation.
  • This is a good faith policy. Participants who are sick or exposed to COVID-19 in the two weeks before the event should email events@waba.org to request their refund or transfer
  • WABA will remind participants of this policy in emails in the days leading up to the event 

 Solo ride option.

  • For those who don’t feel comfortable doing the group event, we will have Solo Sweet  Kits available for purchase so folks can do the ride FOLLOWING the June 13th event. 
  • Routes will be released on Monday, June 14.
  • Participants who have purchased Solo Ride Kits will NOT be able to join the in-person event on June 13th. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this event?

The Sweet Ride  is a bicycling event to raise funds for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)’s work in the DC region and our mission: empowering people to ride bikes, build connections and transform places.

Where does this event take place?

At registration, participants select a check-in time and location according to route and preference. 

Participants will choose from two check-in locations:

  • Crystal City Water Park (1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202)
  • Jones Point Park (Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314)

When is this event?

The Sweet Ride will take place on Sunday, June 13, 2021. 

What time does this event start?

Participants will select a check-in window for this ride based on route preference:

For the Sweet 50, choose from:

  • 7:30 AM
  • 8:00 AM or
  • 8:30 AM

For the Sweet 30, choose from:

  •  9:00 AM
  •  9:30 AM
  • 10:00 AM
  •  10:30 AM, or
  • 11:00 AM

For the Sweet 16, choose from:

  •  11:30 AM or
  •  12:00 PM

Are the roads closed for this ride? Are there cars? 

Roads are NOT closed for this ride. This means:

  • The route is NOT closed to motor vehicle traffic. 
  • All three routes are on a combination of bike lanes, quiet neighborhood streets, and trails.
  • All three routes have places where participants will share the road with cars

Is this ride supported? 

No. All three ride routes are unsupported. That 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).

Is the route marked with signs or arrows?

No. The route is unmarked.

Participants should navigate using the physical cue sheet provided in their check-in packet, or with free turn-by-turn navigation on their smartphone using the Ride with GPS app. 

Will there be ride marshals?

Yes.  Ride Marshals are volunteers who are there to help participants navigate and offer encouragement and support. 

Each check-in group will haveRide Marshals: a Lead Ride Marshal and a Sweep Ride Marshal. 

Lead Ride Marshals will lead an optional group start for those in the check-in group who wish to ride together.

Sweep Ride Marshals will bring up the back of each check-in group. 

Where can I find information about the routes?

WABA will release the 2021 Sweet Ride routes in an email to registrants the week of the ride.  

In the meantime, you can check out the 2019 Sweet Ride routes! (The 2021 routes will be similar but not identical.)

I’m not sure which route is right for me! 

We’d love to talk to you about this and help you pick the route that is the best fit for the ride you want to have! Email Anna at events@waba.org if you’d like to chat about it.

Do I have to follow traffic laws?

Yes.  WABA asks and expects all participants to ride lawfully and with respect for other road users. This means:

  • 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.

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.

Click this link for a resource on how to properly fit your helmet.

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? 

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 helps us keep crowd size down, and 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 20 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 Ride Kit, which will give you access to the digital cue sheets, maps, and files for all 3 ride routes so you can ride them another time. We’ll even mail your swag item to your door. 

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

Nope! If you’re not a WABA member, you’ll get the non-member rate. It includes an annual Digital Membership. So if you’re not a member before you register, you will be one after! 

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 Jeslyn 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 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. 

This is a good faith policy. If you say you cannot attend because you are sick, we will believe you and process your refund. 

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

Can I register a guest for this ride?

Yes. You can register multiple people at one time. However, you must provide the name and email address of every attendee. 

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. 

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 Ride Kit. Where are my route files?

The digital cue sheet, map, and route file for each ride will be emailed to you  on Monday, June 14th 2021.

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 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-July. Thank you for your patience. 

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.

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 Sweet Ride have opted in.

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

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


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2021 Annual Member Meeting

Word cloud from WABA's 2025 strategic planning engagement process.

Join WABA for our annual member meeting.

Come learn how your membership dues make an impact on WABA’s work! This once-a year event is a chance to hear how 2020 went for WABA, learn what’s on the horizon, and meet and ask questions of WABA’s leadership.

At the meeting, you and your fellow members will vote on the nominated slate of incoming board members, hear from our Board of Directors and Executive Director about our work, and have opportunities to ask questions.

Agenda:

  • 2020 Updates & Wins
  • Transportation equity and antiracism at WABA
  • Q&A
  • Recognition of outgoing board members
  • Nomination of slate of 2021-2023 board candidates
  • Vote

The meeting will be closed captioned but not be recorded. If you’re not able to attend and would like to see the presentation after the 16th, drop us a line at membership@waba.org.

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All current WABA members are invited to the annual member meeting. WABA launched a pay-what-you-can membership model last year, so any personally meaningful contribution makes you a dues-paying member for one year. 

To register for the meeting, first confirm your membership by entering your email into the lookup box:

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Sweet Ride Kits

Let WABA send you on a Sweet Ride on Northern Virginia trails!


How does it work?

Sweet Ride Kits are available for purchase—see below.

Every Ride Kit includes PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide by email, so you can ride as soon as you’re ready.

Some kits include exclusive swag mailed to your door! If you purchase a Baby Sweet, Sweet, Sweeter, Sweetest, or Bespoke Ride Kit you choose, we’ll mail you a package of exclusive ride swag. Mailings begin the first week of July and continue through August.

Where do I ride?

All registration levels include cue sheets and route files for FIVE ride routes (6 mile, 10 mile, 16 mile, 28 mile, and 45 mile) connected by Northern Virginia trails, so you can ride all summer long.

All the ride routes start and end at The Grounds in Crystal City, but you can hop on and off the routes wherever you want. 

Pack a picnic — these routes take you to destinations in Arlington and Alexandria where you’ll want to stop and take in the sunshine, like Teddy Roosevelt Island, Columbia Island, Glen Carlyn Park, and more.

We are grateful for your support.

While we’re disappointed we can’t celebrate the second Sweet Ride in person, we want to celebrate in spirit. In addition to getting you some great custom swag that won’t be sold again, your Sweet Ride Kit purchase supports WABA and better biking across the region.

Public Health Note

* These rides are meant to be done solo or with members of your household. Please be sure to follow guidelines for physical distancing, and stay home if you are sick. WABA will make reasonable efforts to communicate changes under COVID-19 restrictions, but may not provide an update to registrants with every change to local government policies and recommendations.


Ride Kits

The 2020 Sweet Ride Cotton Cap, available as part of the Sweetest and Bespoke Ride Kits!

Digital Kit — $10

Simple and sweet! This package will come to your email, and includes:

  • PDF cue sheet with five ride routes 
  • Digital route files (GPX, TCX, Ride with GPS) and maps 
  • PDF Ride Prep Guide, including guidelines for biking during COVID-19

Baby Sweet Ride Kit—$25

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Exclusive Sweet Ride spoke card

Sweet Ride Kit — $50

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Paper cue sheets with maps and directions for five ride routes
  • Exclusive Sweet Ride spoke card 
  • Blue and white gingham Sweet Ride bandana
  • WABA patch kit
  • Single-serving lemonade packet
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Voucher for a free chicken, sandwich, wrap, or pita from Nando’s Peri Peri 
  • Voucher for a 32 oz crowler of Port City Brewing Co’s Beach Drive Golden Ale

Sweeter Ride Kit — $95 (while supplies last!)

Digital Kit sent to your email, plus, mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet Ride Kit

PLUS

  • Gift card for specialty drink from Commonwealth Joe (fuel your ride!)
  • Gift card for a milkshake from Good Stuff Eatery (cool down after a hot day in the sun!) 
  • Gift card to Los Tios Grill (good food and cold drinks…what could be better? )

Sweetest Ride Kit — $150 (while supplies last!)

Mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet and Sweeter Ride Kits

PLUS

  • Cotton Sweet Ride cycle cap

Bespoke Ride Kit—$250 (while supplies last!)

Mailed to your door:

  • Everything included in the Sweet, Sweeter, and Sweetest Ride Kits

PLUS

  • A bespoke route designed for by WABA’s Event Coordinator, customized to your desired start location and comfort level
  • A 30-minute call to discuss the route map and cues and how to prepare for your ride

Note: want a bespoke ride route designed especially for you… but not the other things that come with the Bespoke Ride Kit? Email events@waba.org to add a bespoke ride route to any level Ride Kit for $100.


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Thank you to these awesome sponsors!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t understand what this is.

Because COVID-19 crisis means we cannot gather in person, WABA is offering Sweet Ride Kits: an alternative to a group ride so you can take a sweet summer ride on your own or with members of your household. We’ll be selling kits all summer so you can take the ride anytime, but some will sell out. 

Kits include ride routes, swag, and other goodies (differing based on registration level).

All Sweet Ride Kits include PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and a Ride Prep Guide. Some include physical items mailed to your door!

When does the ride take place?

There is no set date or time for this ride; you do it on your own time, any time after you register! 

You will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide by email when you purchase your Ride Kit, and can do the ride whenever you’d like after that. 

Sweet Ride Kits are for sale until August 31.

Our Baby Sweet Ride, Sweet Ride, Sweeter Rider, Sweetest Ride, and Bespoke Ride Kits include physical items mailed to your door. We will mail Ride Kits starting the first week of July, and then weekly through July and August. The last mailing will be the week of August 30 or when Ride Kits sell out. 

When will I receive my Ride Kit?

The date you receive your Ride Kit will vary based on when you purchase it.

We will mail out ride packages starting the first week of July. We are a small team being careful about social distancing, so thank you for your patience!

Kits will be mailed at the beginning of the week every week through July and August. The last mailing will be the week of August 30 or when Ride Kits sell out. 

You will receive the digital items (PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide) when you purchase your Ride Kit, so you can start enjoying the ride routes as soon as you purchase your Ride Kit, even if your physical package hasn’t arrived yet.

If you have purchased a Ride Kit and have not received the digital items, or if you’d like to check on the status of your Ride Kit, check your spam folder and then email events@waba.org.

Can I upgrade my Ride Kit?

Sure thing— email Anna at events@waba.org, and she’ll make it happen.

Where does the ride take place?

All of the ride routes included with Sweet Ride Kits begin and end at The Grounds in Crystal City (1102 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202)

Do I have to be a WABA member to purchase a Sweet Ride Kit?

Nope! But we hope you’ll consider becoming one at waba.org/join.

Is it ok to go for a bike ride during COVID-19?

So far throughout the COVID-19 crisis, bicycling has been  included in lists of allowable recreation in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.  

WABA will make reasonable efforts to communicate changes under COVID-19 restrictions, but may not provide an update to registrants with every change to local government policies and recommendations.

If you have symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please stay inside. 

If you go for a ride, please be vigilant about observing social distancing guidelines. When biking, leave a lot of room for passing, stop 6 ft behind others at intersections, and plan to ride more slowly than you usually might. See our blog post about Biking during COVID-19 for more details.

What is your refund/transfer policy?

Because this 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 latest projects on our blog, and follow along on Twitter @WABADC.

Is there a youth rate for this ride?

No.

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. When you purchase a Sweet Ride Kit, you receive several different ride routes you can do solo or with members of your household.

There is no set date or time for this ride; you do it on your own time, any time after you purchase your Sweet Ride Kit. 

There are no ride marshals, pit stops, or emergency support staff to assist with this activity. 

This means:

  • In case of an emergency, call 911.
  • There are no bathrooms or venues involved in this ride.
  • There is no food provided on this ride; please bring your own snacks and water. (Some of our ride packages do include vouchers for food items at businesses near the ride route start/end point!)

This ride is meant for individuals or people from the same household. Please follow developing CDC recommendations and guidelines from local jurisdictions, and do not gather in groups in private or public space.

Where can I find information about the routes?

You will receive PDF cue sheets, route maps, route files, and Ride Prep Guide in an email after you purchase your Sweet Ride Kit. Some Kits also include paper cue sheets and maps, which will be mailed to you.

If you are curious about where the routes go and would like to get an idea before you purchase a Ride Kit, you can check out last year’s Sweet Ride routes here.

The Sweet Ride Kit routes won’t be identical to the 2019 Sweet Ride Routes, but there will be similar options in terms of distance and difficulty.

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 (if your package comes with one) on the cue sheet you received from WABA in your Ride Kit.

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?

No. You should bring snacks and water to keep yourself fueled on your ride. Some of our ride packages do include vouchers for food items at businesses near the ride route start/end point!). Keep in mind that many businesses (and bathrooms) might be closed or operating through curbside pickup. 

Will there be marshals?

No. There are no ride marshals, pit stops, or emergency support staff to assist with this activity. 

In case of an emergency on the ride, please call 911.

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.

I have a question that you haven’t answered here.We are happy to help! Email your question to events@waba.org.

Online How to: Riding in Traffic

Streets aren’t just for cars, bikes belong too! Join us for a lesson on how to ride in traffic and take your riding to the next level. You will learn how to prepare for your ride, where to ride in the road, communicating with motorists and how to build confidence! All participants will receive a coupon for a FREE Confident City Cycle class. Be sure to tune in and bring plenty of questions!

Hosted by Sydney Sotelo, WABA’s Adult Education Coordinator.

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

Tune in on Zoom

Add to your calendar by clicking here.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting!
Meeting ID: 964 9603 2684  Password: bike

Online How to: Riding in Traffic

Streets aren’t just for cars, bikes belong too! Join us for a lesson on how to ride in traffic and take your riding to the next level. You will learn how to prepare for your ride, where to ride in the road, communicating with motorists and how to build confidence! All participants will receive a coupon for a FREE Confident City Cycle class. Be sure to tune in and bring plenty of questions!

Hosted by Sydney Sotelo, WABA’s Adult Education Coordinator.

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

Tune in on Zoom

Add to your calendar by clicking here.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting!
Meeting ID: 924 3880 8089   Password: bike