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.


Get your kit!


Thank you to these awesome sponsors!

Port City Brewing Logo
Nandos Logo


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.

Bilingual Adult Learn to Ride – Clase disponible en español

En Español

Register Cost Location

Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Please meet underneath the Wilson Bridge overpass. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
King Street Station, accessible by the yellow and blue line, is the closest Metro station to Jones Point Park. From King Street, it is a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute ride to Jones Point.


Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

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En Español

Regístrate Costo Ubicación

Resumen

Nuestra clase es para participantes mayores de 18 años que nunca han andado en bicicleta antes o que no han andado hace mucho tiempo. Nuestros instructores experimentados le enseñarán paso a paso cómo andar en bicicleta en poco tiempo. Los participantes aprenderán cómo empezar y parar, equilibrarse, deslizarse, pedalear y conducir una bicicleta. Cada participante progresará a su propio ritmo. ¿Tiene alguna pregunta? Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

Detalles de la Clase

Duración: 3 horas

Equipo: Le proveeremos un casco y una bicicleta para la duración de la clase

Costo: Tenemos varios costos dependiendo del tipo de registro

$85 Registro Normal (para no-residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

$10 Registro Subsidiado* (para residentes de la ciudad o condado patrocinador)

GRATIS para miembros de WABA (Envíanos un email a education@waba.org para solicitar el código) 

*WABA trabaja con los gobiernos locales para subsidiar el costo de nuestras clases en bici para residentes de estas ciudades y condados.

Política de registro: Es necesario registrarse con anticipación para esta clase. Encerramos la registración a la 1:00 pm el viernes antes de la clase. 

Ubicación

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Drive

Alexandria, VA 23242

Por favor dirigirse al espacio abajo de la puente (Wilson Bridge) y buscar a nuestros instructores, que tendrán puesto camisas polo en el color azul turquesa. 

Manejando/Estacionamiento 

Hay estacionamiento disponible en esta ubicación. El acceso a Jones Point Park es por S Royal Street.

Metro

La estación de King Street (línea amarilla y azul) es la estación más cercana de Jones Point Park. Son 30 minutos de caminata o 10 minutos en bicicleta hasta Jones Point Park.

En Bicicleta

Jones Point Park está en el sendero Mount Vernon Trail. Hay una estación de Capital Bikeshare a 5 cuadras donde se cruzan las calles S Royal and Gibbon Street.

Preguntas más frecuentes

¿Hay alguien que habla español que me pueda ayudar?

¡Si! Envíanos un email a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206.

¿Está clase es adecuada para mi?

  • Esta clase es para adultos mayores de 18 años. ¿Está buscando clases para jóvenes? Visite nuestra página de educación juvenil
  • Esta clase es para adultos que nunca han aprendido a andar en bicicleta o que no han montado una bicicleta hace mucho tiempo.
  • Las clases tienen una capacidad máxima de 25 estudiantes a la vez. Si usted prefiere recibir instrucción de manera individual, consulte nuestra página de instructores.
  • Tenemos registros subsidiados que son reservados para los residentes de la jurisdicción anfitriona, ¡pero no es necesario ser residente para inscribirse en una clase! Todos son bienvenidos a participar. Regístrese utilizando la opción de registro normal (no residente).

¿Estás seguro de que puedo aprender a montar en 3 horas?

Nuestras clases se dividen en pasos seguros y fáciles de seguir. Los instructores trabajarán con usted para ofrecerle comentarios y orientación personalizados para mejorar sus habilidades. Más del 80% de los participantes el año pasado aprendieron a andar de bicicleta al final de una clase de 3 horas. Si usted necesita un poco de instrucción adicional, no hay problema. Coordinaremos su participación en otra clase. 

¿Qué sucede si necesito tomar otra clase?

Envíenos un correo electrónico a education@waba.org o llámenos en (202) 518 – 0524 extensión 206 y le ayudaremos a inscribirse en otra clase con un descuento.

¿Puedo llevar mi propia bicicleta?

Recomendamos que los participantes utilicen las bicicletas proporcionadas durante la clase. Las bicicletas que utilizamos son del tamaño adecuado para cada participante y tenemos certeza de que funcionan correctamente. WABA no puede ofrecer mantenimiento de bicicletas personales.

¿Qué debo llevar conmigo a clase?

¡Agua, zapatos cerrados, ropa deportiva, ropa de abrigo adecuada, refrigerios y protector solar!

¿Cómo confirmo mi registro?

Después de registrarse, usted recibirá un correo electrónico con detalles sobre la clase. Le enviaremos un correo electrónico recordatorio dos días antes de la clase con toda la información que usted necesita (¡incluyendo direcciones en Google Maps!).

¡Aprendí cómo andar de bici! ¿Ahora que?

Recomendamos nuestras Clínicas de Habilidades Básicas o una clase de Ciclismo Confiante en la Ciudad.

Earth Day Community Ride – Alexandria

Register Cost Location

Celebrate Earth Day with a carbon-neutral tour of Alexandria! This 9-mile afternoon ride will depart from the National Science Foundation Plaza in Eisenhower and explore the many bike lanes, trails and ways to get around the city.

Overview

Community Rides are a fun, friendly and low-stress way to experience bike routes and trails throughout the region. Our rides are an inclusive space for riders of all experience levels to get out, have fun and ask questions. Community Rides depart from all over the place and are designed to accommodate different distances and interests. Check out the schedule and find the ride that is right for you! Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Ride Details

Ride Duration: 2 hours 

Equipment: Participants are required to bring their own bicycle and helmet for Community Rides. Bikes must be in good working order. Use a Capital Bikeshare bike and WABA will reimburse your usage fee for the duration of the class! Email education@waba.org for more details. 

Cost: $10.00 / FREE for WABA members

Registration Policy: Advance registration is preferred to secure your spot. Drop-ins are free (if space is available)! Be sure to show up for the ride 15 minutes before start time. 

Location

National Science Foundation Plaza

2415 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Instructions: Please meet on the plaza adjacent to Eisenhower Ave. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Metro: The Eisenhower Ave Station is a 0.1 mile walk from the plaza

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CANCELADO – Conversaciónes comunitarias: Virginia

¿Te gusta andar en bicicleta? ¿O tienes interés en empezar a andar en bicicleta? ¿Qué desafíos que te impiden de andar en bici? Te invitamos a participar de nuestras conversaciones comunitarias. Las conversaciones proporcionarán un espacio para hablar sobre el transporte en la región, expresar tus opiniones, contestar tus preguntas sobre el ciclismo, y explicar el trabajo que hace WABA (la Asociación de Ciclistas de la región de Washington). 

WABA busca saber tus opiniones y preguntas sobre el ciclismo para mejorar nuestro apoyo a la comunidad Latina y sus necesidades. ¡Traiga tus ideas, preguntas, y amigxs! Todxs están bienvenidas y invitadxs a charlar con nosotrxs. Se proporcionarán refrigerios para el evento.

El evento es para la comunidad Latina, incluyendo adultos, adolescentes y niñxs (se proporcionarán libros para colorear). La conversación será en en español. WABA proporcionará refrigerios durante el evento.

La Bibliotéca Woodrow Wilson
6101 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041

Adult Learn to Ride

Register Cost Location

Overview

Our Adult Learn to Ride class is for participants 18 and older who have never ridden a bike before or have not been on a bike in some time. Our experienced Instructors break the skills down step by step to get you on a bike and rolling in no time. Participants learn to start and stop, balance, glide, pedal and steer a bike and progress at their own pace. Have any questions? Email us at education@waba.org

Class Details

Class Duration: 3 hours

Equipment: Bicycle and helmet provided

Cost: $85.00 – Non-Resident Registration / $10.00 – Resident Registration* / FREE for WABA members (email education@waba.org for a coupon code)

*WABA partners with local jurisdictions to bring subsidized bicycle education to residents of that jurisdiction.

Registration Policy: Advance registration is required for Adult Learn to Ride classes. Registration closes at 1:00 pm the Friday before class.

Location

Quincy Street Parking Deck
4099 15th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

The class will take place on the top floor of the parking deck near the tennis courts. WABA Instructors will be wearing teal polo shirts.

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location. Please enter the parking deck using the eastern entrance, closest to the corner of 15th St. N and Quincy St. Please park along the wall of the parking deck, not in the middle.

Metro
The nearest Metro stop is the Ballston stop on the Orange line. From the stop, walk north on Stafford St. until you reach 15th St. N, then turn right. The parking deck will be on your right, please walk to the entrance closest to Quincy St.

Biking
From the Custis Trail: Follow the trail until you reach the access point on Quincy St. Cross Quincy at the intersection with 15th St. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.

The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is five blocks south on Quincy St. at the Arlington Central Library.

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Urgent: Fairness for Crash Victims in Virginia

People injured walking and biking in Virginia face an uphill battle to get fairly compensated for damages from a crash resulting from a negligent driver. An antiquated legal doctrine called contributory negligence stacks the deck in favor of insurance companies and against people who are hurt. Crashes can cause damage to a person’s bike and other property, run up expensive medical bills and impact one’s ability to work. Injured people deserve a fighting chance to be fairly compensated for damages.

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that will level the playing field when bicyclists and pedestrians are hurt in crashes by negligent drivers. Yesterday, the Civil Law Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in support of Senate Bill 659 and tomorrow the full committee will vote on the bill. The legislation is modeled on a similar bill passed in the District of Columbia in 2016 which has shown to be effective, targeted and fair.

People walking and biking in Virginia involved in a crash with the driver of a motor vehicle can be completed barred from receiving any compensation for injuries if they are even slightly at fault. Depending on the severity of a crash, a victim can rack up huge medical bills, lost wages because of missed work, face lasting injuries and other damages to personal property such as a bicycle.

Under the antiquated legal doctrine contributory negligence, powerful insurance companies can deny all claims from a crash victim in unfair and unjust ways. 46 states in the United States have adopted the more fair comparative standard that weighs each parties negligence and adjusts compensation accordingly

Senate Bill 659 is modeled on a similar bill passed in the District of Columbia in 2016 which gives crash victims access to full compensation if they are the less negligent party. The DC law has shown to be effective, targeted and fair. Scare tactics from the insurance industry have not borne out. Virginia’s crash victims deserve better.

Yesterday, the Civil Law Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee favorable voted in support of Senate Bill 659 and tomorrow the full committee will vote on the bill. The next step in the process would be a vote by the full State Senate if the bill is reported out of the Judiciary Committee.

Editor’s note: please pardon our typos. The Virginia legislative session is extremely short.