We want to ride Alexandria with you on April 8

Last fall, we launched our first-ever Education Ride Series, and this spring we’re back with all-new rides in all-new places!

And we’re just in time. Capital Weather Gang says winter is over.

The bad news: You have no weather related excuses.

The great news: You can meet us in Old Town next Wednesday, April 8 for a transitions ride that will get you moving and grooving all over Alexandria.

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What are education rides? They are 90 minutes long, and usually around 5 to 7 miles in length. They’re a fun time, but they are also designed to be a safe space to ask questions, try some new biking techniques, and learn about local infrastructure.

They are each organized around a theme. Our April 8 ride is called “Escape from Old Town,” because we’ll be using trails, roads, and protected bike lanes to get out of Old Town, to Del Ray, and ride back again. Oh, and afterward we’ll celebrate with tacos at Los Tios Grill.

Come join us! It will be so much fun!

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The nitty gritty:

  • Ride start – the corner of S. Union St. & Prince St. in Old Town Alexandria
  • Start time – 6:30 PM
  • End time – 8:00 PM
  • Ride end – Los Tios grill, 2615 Mt. Vernon Ave.
  • Distance – approx. 6 miles

10 bucks for advance registration. As always, walk ups on the day of class are free.

Coming up later in April:

Claim your everyday superpower at City Cycling on April 11 and April 12.

Learn to ride for the first time and see DC United on April 18.

Ride Ch-ch-changes with us in Arlington on April 22.

 

It was the last class of the season. We had a great time!

Last Saturday, we gathered in Silver Spring to celebrate something bittersweet – our last scheduled adult biking class of the fall season.

A chilly morning, but the weather cooperated with cerulean skies and sunny spots in which we warm up while we talked and planned our routes.

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Instructors Megan McCarty, Caleb James and Hamzat Sani got flexible to teach the instant turn.

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And then we practiced it together!

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And ended with a group ride led by Sam Mazur and Brenda Ruby, both veteran WABA instructors.

A big thanks to all who joined us this season for any of our adult education programming. This fall we brought our City Cycling curriculum and educational rides to 108 people. We also got 180 adults riding bikes for the first time ever, through our tremendously popular Learn to Ride program.

Finally, we expanded our course selection substantially, offering a brand spankin’ new set of educational rides which we plan to bring back in the spring.

In case you missed it! The last ride, Round, Round, Get Around, explored biking the dreaded DC traffic circles, and the lines we traced around the city looked something like this:

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Give it a try on your own if you missed our session on October 29.

Stay in touch with us through the winter, and happy riding!

 

 

 

 

 

Become a WABA Member: Support our Education programs

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This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

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Our education program teaches children and adults how to ride a bicycle, safe rules of the road, and confidence on a bike. We go into local schools, day camps, and hold adults classes throughout the city. In 2014 alone our education program has reached 1,469 kids and 267 adults.

This fall our education program is expanding in a few key ways. Our adult programming includes a new series of educational rides.

What is an educational ride? It’s not quite a class – there’s no sitting around or listening to lectures or doing exercises. Each of our rides is focused on a different topic that’s critical for successful city riding: infrastructure, hill climbing, and transitioning from trails to city streets.

Our youth education programming is expanding to include two after school Bike Clubs. Bike Club is a progressive 5-7 week after school program designed to get kids aged eight through fourteen thinking about bicycling for fun, exploration, physical fitness, and transportation. We’re using bicycling as a vehicle to teach team building, community engagement, volunteerism, and awareness of the urban environment.

Our education programming is always striving to meet the needs our our community. Being a WABA Member shows your support for our unique programming. Join or Renew your WABA Membership this week to show your support!

The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

 

We conquered Northwest’s toughest hills — you can too!

In case you missed last week’s fun, we’re posting the routes to the first of our education rides. Ride them on your own, and join us for the next ones!

Coming up on October 15:

Bike Lane Blitz

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This ride is about making sense of all that bike-specific white paint on DC streets. Ride the good, the bad, and the ugly of DC bike infrastructure with us — we’ll debunk myths, wax philosophical on questions both whimsical and specific, and at the end of it all we’ll seek solace at District Taco.

Tackle the first two educational rides on your own:

Ride # 1, Ch-ch-ch-changes

We rode from Northeast to Northwest and from protected bike trails to streets without infrastructure — and got a chance to look at some fall colors on our way. Click the map below to try the ride yourself.

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Ride # 2, Gotta Get Up to Get Down

We powered up to the highest natural point in the District and shot back down to Adams Morgan in time for food at Super Tacos — a neighborhood favorite where you can find WABA staffers most days during lunch.

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Read about our fall educational ride series here.

Meet the 2014 class of WABA instructors

We’re fortunate to have 16 excellent instructor candidates in our 2014 certification class. This weekend we had them all in one place for the first part of their training — a Traffic Skills 101 class.

Meet them in the photos below, and wish them luck in the next phase of the program, a three day seminar in October. Once they are fully trained, they’ll be teaching WABA classes and leading rides in the spring!

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Hey. Come ride with us!

Take on the fall with WABA’s education ride series!

When it comes to learning about biking, nothing beats real-world experience, so we’re embarking on a series of four rides — each covering a different topic or theme that will help you get around the city.

Our rides are certain to be a good time, but they’re also a safe space to practice riding with people who live and breathe (and teach) this stuff every day. Come to tour DC, come to ride, come to ask any of your deepest, darkest, secret-est bike questions, and come to have fun.

Still not sure? Did we mention that each ride will end at one of DC’s premier taco establishments?

Click on a ride below to register — advance registration costs 10 bucks a person, but you can join us for free on the day of, providing we still have space. Bring a bike, wear your helmet, and read the fine print here.

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First up, we have our Ch-ch-ch-changes Ride on Wednesday, Sept. 17th! This ride is all about preparing for what comes next when you’re on your bike. We’ll be riding from trails to roads, from bike lanes to open lanes, and from Northeast to Northwest, all while summer changes to fall around us. Get ready to reinvent yourself and change the way you ride!

Starts at 6:30 p.m. @ M Street NE, between 1st Street NE and 2nd Street NE, in front of the NoMa Metro station

Ends at 8:00 p.m. @ Taqueria Nacional (14th and T Street NW)

Every other Wednesday, we’ll be setting off to explore riding in DC. And these rides are just the beginning. Next year, we’ll have a whole new series!

Check ‘em out:

On Wednesday, October 1st:

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And on Wednesday, October 15th:

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And finally, on Wednesday, October 29th:

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What is an everyday superpower?

If you’ve poked around our educational materials lately, maybe you’ve seen our fall 2014 class campaign, which is about superpowers. Everyday ones, specifically.

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What does this mean, and what does it have to do with biking?

Traditional superheroes, like one of my favorites, Spiderman, practice more explicit forms of vigilante justice — fighting bad guys that the cops just can’t get to.

But our campaign isn’t about flying around in a cape — it’s about the small ways that we can empower ourselves, and others, by biking in the DMV and doing so responsibly. Everyone has an everyday superpower — it might include one of the little things that you do to make your day special, that get you out of your routine, that improve your quality of life.

You’ll notice that our superheroes are creative, vibrant, and, yes, law-abiding folk. They’re expressing themselves through biking, but they’re also working with existing systems to make things better.

Take a look at our superheroes below. Or collect them all around town. Finally, take a city cycling class and get your own superpower!

Bonus points if you email us your own everyday superpower.

With great power comes great responsibility,

The WABA Education Team

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Thanks to Anna Bavier, Elizabeth Willis, Eileen Matos, WT Chen, Mike Decker, Heather Vetting, Sarah Rice Scott, Lesly Jones, Tiffany Lam, Anica Allen, Edgar Gil Rico, Will Stowe, Delores Simmons, Ben Strahs, Chelsey Pas, and Elizabeth Lyttleton for making these photos happen.