Women & Bicycles: Winter Riding Workshop with Pie!

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Curious about how to keep riding through the winter? Currently riding outside but unsure how in the heck to keep doing it in February when it is really cold? Have some great tips learned from experience or wisdom from others? In partnership with Bike Arlington, we’re gathering to talk though some options to keep riding outside safe and pleasant when its cold! We’re going for a short ride in Arlington, cover some winter riding tips and tricks for you and your bicycle, and then go find pie to celebrate!*

We are meeting at Clarendon Metro (3100 Wilson Boulevard) and heading to Columbia Pike Library (816 S Walter Reed Drive). It’s a short 15-minute ride! 

10:20 – 10:50 am: Winter clothes and gear tips and tricks (if you have any favorites, please bring them for show and tell!)

10:50 – 11:30 am: How to maintain your bike in winter (by Evelyn Murcia, Phoenix Bikes mechanic)

11:30 am: Go to pie! 

*pie is guaranteed, we know exactly where it is 🙂

Additional Details:

We will go over some common options for warmth, technical specifications about how bodies stay warm and the various properties of fabric and design that influence warmth, with a focus on using existing stuff you might have or smart ways to find what you need.

Event Ground Rules:

  • We are going to start with laying a general overview of common options, share tips and tricks from the community (have a thought to share? Feedback survey here) and have lots of demonstration solutions.
  • If you are comfortable riding in the winter, we would love you to come. Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving.

Please bring a lock for library and pie parking. Women & Bicycles will pay for one pie slice each but if you wish to purchase anything else, please bring money. Please bring water for the ride, enough layers to keep you warm and helmets are required by our insurance. (Don’t have a helmet? Email us for a loaner)

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this ride? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this! We’d love for folks to bring any gear that they love (any creative reuse hacks you’ve done? nifty spots for low-cost gear solutions?)

Getting there: Clarendon Metro station is close to the Custis Trail. There is a fair amount of street parking for cars available though the area is a popular weekend spot!

This event takes place on Piscataway land (learn more here).

Want to take Capital Bikeshare? We are happy to reimburse your fees.

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this ride is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the ride? Acme typically has a vegan pie option but not gluten-free options. Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

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Running Errands by Bike Community Ride with Alexandria BPAC!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and festivities are upon us! Take the stress out of shopping season by learning how to run errands via bike. Join WABA and the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee on this low stress, fun and informative community ride. Whether you’re picking up pumpkins, turkey or gifts for friends and family, there’s a way to carry it on a bike.

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 fall’s riding a breeze.

  • Ride start and end Four Mile Run Park Plaza
  • Start time – 10:00 am
  • End time – 12:00 pm
  • Distance – About 6 miles

Great, what else should I know?

Please bring your own bike and helmet. Helmets are a requirement on all WABA rides. If you have questions, please read our ride policies here. Everyone ages 14 and up is welcome. All riders must sign a waiver. Riders under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

What does it cost?

Ten bucks! This ride is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria and our friends at Alexandria BPAC.

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare Member? Then the class is free! We can also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Bikeshare during the class. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 to receive your coupon code.

Not a WABA member? For just $25 you get a ride registration ($10 value) and a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value). Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Walk-ups are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot!

Event Location

Four Mile Run Park Plaza 

4121 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

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Member Happy Hour

Come hang out, grab a beer, and talk WABA at Highline RxR in Crystal City — come say hi!

Highline RxR,
2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202

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Park to Park Community Ride- West Alexandria

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Join us as we explore the beautiful parks and trails of West Alexandria on this exciting afternoon ride along Holmes Run and surrounding trails. This route passes through 7 parks, with plenty of time to stop and smell the roses.

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 – Fort Ward Park Trailhead
  • Start time – 6:00 PM
  • End time – 8:00 PM
  • Distance – About 8 miles

Great, what else should I know?

Please bring your own bike and helmet. Helmets are a requirement on all WABA rides. If you have questions, please read our ride policies here. Everyone ages 14 and up is welcome. All riders must sign a waiver. Riders under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

What does it cost?

Ten bucks! This ride is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare Member? Then the class is free! We can also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Bikeshare during the class. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 to receive your coupon code.

Not a WABA member? For just $25 you get a ride registration ($10 value) and a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value). Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Walk-ups are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot!

Event Location

Fort Ward Park Trailhead

4301 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304

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