Our classes and community rides teach biking for transportation, fun, and fitness. We offer sessions for adults of all skill levels throughout the Washington area.
This class is for adults who have never ridden a bike before and want to start now. Our technique is intuitive and has a very high success rate. Our instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session. A bike and helmet are included with your registration.
Our technique is fun, intuitive, and very successful! But it takes hard work, too. You will be riding for nearly three hours. We take breaks every hour.
Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring the following: water, a snack, and weather-appropriate outerwear.
This class is for you if:
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You have never tried to learn how to ride a bike, or:
- You have tried to learn and have not been successful.
A rental bike and helmet for the day are included with your reservation. Be sure to provide your height in feet and inches so that we can provide you with a bicycle that fits you.
Only students who have reserved space in the class will be able to attend. Walk-up students cannot be accommodated.
Most classes are $85 except for those at RFK Stadium, which are $90 and include a ticket to the evening’s DC United soccer game. There are a limited number of scholarships available for each class. Scholarships can be requested through the classes sign-up page.
Please note that the demand for this class is very high, and we have more than 1,400 people seeking space in our classes. This means that:
- If you would like to support a family member or friend, we welcome you to attend, but please do not register for a class.
- If you cannot make it to a class, let us know as soon as you can so we can offer the space to a student on the waitlist.
- If you do not notify us and do not show up to class, we will not let you sign up for another class this season.
Learn to Ride classes will resume in the fall (Aug-Nov). Please use the signup box in the sidebar to the right to register for email alerts.
More joy. Less stress. Riding your bike doesn’t have to be stressful. Join us for a morning of skills, confidence, and community building. We’ll spend some time on a few specific bike handling skills, then go for a short ride and talk about strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Bring questions! By the time you head home, you’ll feel more confident, comfortable, and happy on your bike. Plus it’s a blast.
Something for everyone:
Whether you’ve just learned to ride or you’ve been bike commuting for years, we’ve got new things to share with you. Our experienced League Certified instructors will make sure that you’re working on skills that match your level of comfort and experience on your bike.
Is this class right for you?
- Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
- Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
- Are you comfortable starting and stopping your bicycle?
If you answered “no” to any of the three questions above, then a Learn To Ride class is best for you.
What to bring:
- Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
- A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
- Flat pedals. Toe clips, clipless pedals, or other gizmos that attach your feet to your pedals aren’t recommended. If you don’t know what this means, your pedals will work fine.
What does it cost?
Ten bucks! What a deal! But also:
- The class is free for Bikeshare members. We’ll also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Bikeshare during the class. (Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 for a discount code)
- The class is free for WABA members. (Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 for a discount code)
- Drop-ins are free! Walk up to any class at least 15 minutes before we start so we can have you fill out a little bit of paperwork.
City Cycling classes will resume in the fall (Aug-Nov). Please use the signup box in the sidebar to the right to register for email alerts.
Our community ride series is an inclusive space for riders of all levels to explore the city. We ride together on weekday nights, and each time we tackle different topics that urban riders use to get around the region. Our rides are always a good time, but they’re also a safe space to ask questions and practice riding in the city. Come to tour the region, come to ride, come to ask any of your deepest, darkest, secret-est bike questions.
Community Ride Policies
WABA’s community rides are limited to 30 riders. You must provide your own bike and helmet. Seriously — helmets are mandatory for participation, because of the way our insurance policy works. Our rides are unsupported, meaning that maintenance and transportation will not be provided. These rides have a no-drop policy, meaning that we won’t leave anyone behind. Our events are designed to be inclusive, and as such we welcome people from every walk (or roll?) of the bike life to join. All riders must sign a liability waiver and photo release on-site prior to joining the ride. Riders are free to depart at any time after notifying a WABA staff member or instructor.
Riding with kids can be a lot of fun, but also challenging. WABA is offering two different bicycling classes specifically geared towards adults and youth riding together. We will review some tips and tricks, discuss common challenges and finish the class on a short ride. The “Parent Powered” class is where the child is physically attached to the adult’s bike, like a cargo bike, trailer, bike seat, tag-a-long. The “Youth Powered” class is where the child and parent will each be riding their own bikes independently of one another. There aren’t any family bicycling classes being offered in the fall. Many of WABA’s instructors make themselves available for one-on-one instruction. To view the list of these instructors, please click here.
Everyday Biking Seminars
- Making sure your bike is in good working order
- Planning a good route
- Understanding safe riding principles and rules of the road and trail
- Carrying the things you need to carry, and more
After the presentation, our trained staff will answer your questions, address your concerns, and resolve that nagging issue that has kept you from biking. (In our experience, everyone who isn’t biking but wants to has that one nagging issue!) The full seminar takes only an hour, and we provide every participant with a Safe Cycling guide, local bike map, opportunity to take a free WABA city cycling class, and materials on upcoming bike-related events, activities, and programs. The cost of an everyday biking seminar is $300 (and free for WABA Business Member Leaders). To request and schedule a commuter seminar, please complete this form. Everyday Biking seminars are for organizations interested in encouraging their members and staff to ride. Email questions to email@example.com.
For questions about education programming, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Join our team! Find out how to become a WABA instructor. WABA’s education department is supported in part by your membership dollars. Join or donate to WABA today and help our programs reach further. To find an upcoming class near you, see the education calendar.