Ride date: Sunday, June 13, 2021

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

Registration for this event must be purchased at waba.org/sweetride.

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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COVID-19 Safety PrecautionsEvent Code of Conduct

Ride RoutesRide SupportRide Safety

WABA HotlineCheck InGroup StartsRide MarshalsRide with GPS

Start LocationsPit StopTime Limits

What to BringFood and WaterBathroomsFAQ

Ride Routes

The 2021 Sweet Ride routes will be available here the week before the ride.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

COVID-19 means that WABA is changing the way we run our in-person events. Please read our full COVID-19 Safety Statement for the 2021 Sweet Ride before the event.

What does this mean for ride participants?

1. You MUST arrive at your start location during the check-in window you selected at registration.

Your start location and check-in time are in your confirmation email and reminder email (where you found the link to this website).

2. You MUST wear a mask in the check-in area and at the pit stops.

WABA staff at check-in and pit stops will enforce mask use. We have a zero tolerance policy for improper mask use. Participants who are not wearing a mask will be told to leave the event space. Please see CDC guidelines for proper mask use.

3. You MUST practice physical distancing.

Check-in and pit stops will have a “one-way” traffic flow with marked entrances and exits, with hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of each site. 

Snack and water lines will have “6 ft” markers to indicate where participants should stand to avoid being too close to one another.

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, you must maintain 6 ft of distance between yourself and others not in their households.

4. You have a responsibility to keep our community safe. 

If you do not comply with safety procedures at an event: 

  • You are risking the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and other participants. 
  • WABA staff will ask you to leave the event.
  • WABA staff will record your name.
  • You will not be able to participate in future WABA events.

Event Code of Conduct

WABA’s first priority is to provide a fun, inclusive and safe environment for all participants.  Below is the Code of Conduct that you commit to when you enter a WABA space.

WABA events are opt-in; the Code of Conduct is not. We expect everyone at the ride to adhere to the Code.

If you have questions about the Code of Conduct, contact Anna: events@waba.org.

“As a member of the WABA community, I commit to the following whenever I am in a WABA space:

  1. I acknowledge that I exist in a society built on unequal, and unjust power structures. I agree that I have a responsibility to interrogate my privileges and use my power to help make WABA spaces increasingly safe, inclusive, and supportive for everyone. 
  2. I acknowledge that WABA has a zero-tolerance policy for racist behavior, sexual harassment, physical or verbal abuse, microaggressions, tokenism, and all other harmful actions. I agree that these actions have no place in a supportive, inclusive community, and to make it a priority to never harm another person in any of these ways.
  3. I acknowledge that my behavior — not my intentions—is what affects the people around me, and that it is possible for me to harass or otherwise harm others even when I don’t mean to. I agree to be respectful, kind, compassionate, and supportive to those around me in both word and in action—and, if someone lets me know that my behavior is harmful, to immediately adjust that behavior with the goal of preventing future harm.
  4. I acknowledge that the work of mitigating the harmful effects of unjust power structures is never done. I agree to take on the responsibility of speaking out against instances of racism, sexism, ableism, and other discrimation or manifestations of prejudice, whenever I have the power to do so.
  5.  I acknowledge that if I cannot adjust a behavior that is harming other community members, it makes sense for WABA staff to ask me to leave the community space. I agree that if WABA staff asks me to leave a WABA space because of a Code of Conduct violation, I will do so.

If you experience a code of conduct violation at the hands of another participant, staff member or volunteer, or witness unjust behaviors by another individual, please notify a WABA staff member. 

Ride Support

The Sweet Ride is an unsupported ride. This 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).

Ride Safety

Sweet Ride participants have a responsibility to bicycle 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.

WABA Hotline

On the morning of your ride, if you are…

  • unsure if you are registered for the ride
  • confused about where to check-in
  • lost on the way to your check-in location

call the WABA Hotline during the ride to reach an on-call staff person who can assist you!

WABA Hotline #


Hotline hours:

7 am to 1 pm,  June 13

Check In

Check-in Time

To keep crowd size small, participants are assigned to specific check-in windows.

  • You MUST check-in during the check-in window you selected at registration.
  • Your check-in time is in your confirmation email and reminder email (where you found the link to this website).

If you don’t know your check-in time, email events@waba.org.

Check-in Location

Once you arrive at your check-in location, please follow the signs to the check-in area entrance.

  • You MUST wear a mask the whole time you are in the check-in area
  • You MUST follow the posted one-way traffic flow through the check-in area
  • You MUST maintain 6 ft from ride staff, volunteers, and fellow ride participants who are not members of your household.

If you don’t know your check-in location, email events@waba.org.

Check-in Process

At the check-in table, event staff will:

  •  Check your ride registration email and confirm you have arrived during the correct check-in window and check off your name on the registration list.
  • Give you your cue sheet, ride swag, and wristband 
  • You MUST be wearing your wristband to regain entrance to the pit stops.

In the check-in area, you will be able to fill your water bottle and select snacks to fuel your ride. Food and water must be consumed OUTSIDE of the check-in area

Starting the Ride

After you have checked-in, received your cue sheet, filled your water bottle, and selected your snacks, you’re ready to go! Have a great ride.

Group Starts

There will be an optional group start for those who wish to ride as a group 30 min after the start of each check-in window. Remember, you must check-in during the window you selected at registration.

Group starts will have a “lead” ride marshal who rides in front and a “sweep” ride marshal who rides in back.

Ride Marshals

Ride Marshals are WABA volunteers who are there to help you navigate and offer encouragement and support.  Marshals receive a training from WABA staff before the event and know participants may look to them with questions, for assistance, or to be a buddy. Marshals carry basic first aid supplies, and are instructed to call 911 in the case of an emergency on the ride.

Ride with GPS

To get free RideWithGPS turn-by-turn navigation on your smartphone, you will to do three things, all pretty easy:

  1. Sign up for a free RideWithGPS account and install the mobile app on your phone.
  2. Join the WABA RideWithGPS club by clicking here.
  3. Click the route link for your starting location, then open the route in the app and click “Navigate.”

Route Links

Ride routes will be available here the week before the ride.

Start Locations

You selected a check-in location at registration. Your confirmation email has your check-in location.

Crystal City Water Park

  • Address: 1601 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
  • Google Maps link
  • This start location is 0.2 miles from the Crystal City Metro Stop (Blue/Yellow lines)
  • Metered parking is available on nearby street.

Jones Point Park

  • Address: Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Google Maps link
  • This start location is 2 mi from the Braddock Rd Metro Stop (Blue/Yellow lines) and 2 mi from the Huntington Metro Stop (Yellow line)
  • There is limited (first come first serve) parking available in a lot at this location

Pit Stops

Coming soon!

Time Limits

There is no time limit for the Sweet Ride — since this is an unsupported ride and no roads are closed for the ride, WABA will not ask anyone to stop riding.

However, you will not be able to get snacks or water at any of the ride sites after they close— see pit stop schedule for details. 

What to Bring

  • Bike
  • Helmet (Required by our insurance. You can’t ride without one.)
  • Bike lock (Even if you don’t plan to stop during the ride, it’s good to have a lock with you during the ride, in case of an unanticipated or emergency stop along the ride route.)
  • SmartTrip card
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water bottles (you can fill it at the check-in area if you need to)
  • Saddle bag (to carry spare tube, tire levers, and pump or patch kit)
  • Spare tube (especially if you have a non-standard rim size!)
  • Charged cell phone and charger
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Additional snacks
  • An adventurous spirit!

Food and Water

There will be snacks and water available for registered attendees at the ride start, ride finish, and pit stops along the way.


There will be water jugs from which you can fill your reusable water bottle. WABA does not provide cups or plastic water bottles—bring your own!

There will be hand sanitizer by the water jugs and provided in your check-in packets. Please sanitize your hands before and after touching the water spout. Event staff will disinfect the water spout between check-in groups.


Snacks will be vegetarian. There will be vegan and gluten-free options.

Snacks will be single-serving and pre-packaged (you can have more than one! This preparation is part of our COVID-19 safety procedures).

All snacks will be served in a no-contact fashion—you can pick up what you want from the snack table. Please touch only the snacks you will take.


Participants will receive a box lunch at the end of the ride, courtesy of our sponsors Nando’s Peri-Peri.


There will be restrooms (either public restrooms or portapotties) available at all ride sites (start/end points and pit stops).


I have a question about the Sweet Ride. 

You can kind full event FAQ at waba.org/sweetride

You haven’t answered my question in this Ride Guide OR in the full FAQ

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