Our Future Trails Celebration was a blast!

Last weekend WABA partnered with REI to bring the region an event that celebrated our amazing network of biking and walking trails.

Even though it was pretty chilly outside, hundreds of people came out to warm up with us in our heated tent, enjoy some free cookies and coffee, get their face painted, play some games and learn about the network of trails that exists and future plans for expanding trails in DC, MD and VA. Check out photos of the celebration and read on for more highlights of the event below.

One of the highlights of the event was the three trail tours of the nearby Metropolitan Branch Trail led by our very own Trail Ranger Coordinator. About 45 people joined us on bikes for informational tours on the trail, and many even took advantage of the free bike rentals we provided for the tours.

Another highlight of the day was REI. This celebration and WABA’s current advocacy project around the Arlington Boulevard Trail (you can read all about our concept plan for this new Virginia trail here) was made possible with REI’s amazing support. They even brought out an REI bike mechanic to the celebration, who became the star of the whole show with a line of bicyclists at least 10 deep the whole day, to help fix people’s bikes for free! REI also had their incredibly beautiful signature camp set up to let event participants see what it’s like to bike camp in style.

Interested in staying in touch and receiving updates about WABA’s work on regional trails? Sign up for trail-related news here.

WABA would also like to thank the NoMa BID for their partnership in helping to make this event happen.

ARTCRANK DC raised $2,300 for WABA

In case you missed it, a few weekends ago ARTCRANK DC came to DC’s 1776 venue (right on the 15th Street cycletrack, conveniently). With prints and posters from more than 20 local artists on display and for sale, the event brought together bicycle lovers, art lovers, and of course beer lovers for an awesome poster party for bike people.

We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to Oskar Blues Brewery for donating the beer for the event so that WABA could take home the proceeds from all beer sales during the show to help fund our ongoing regional advocacy and outreach efforts.

Artcrank logo blackWABA would also like to say a big bicycle thank you to the ARTCRANK team for coming to DC for their first ever show in our Nation’s Capitol and for selecting WABA to be the non-profit cause partner of the show. Thanks to ARTCRANK and Oskar Blue we raised over $2,300! We can’t wait till they return in 2015.

And a huge thank you to all of our beautiful volunteers!

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The Cider Ride registration is now open

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The fall ride event you’ve all been waiting for is here. Registration for The 2014 Cider Ride is now open.

Register for The Cider Ride

Join WABA in Montgomery County, MD for our second annual Cider Ride, a metro-accessible bike tour of some of our region’s best and most beautiful country roads. The ride will start from Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville, just across the street from the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Riders can choose between the longer Honeycrisp route, approximately 55 miles, or the shorter McIntosh route, approximately 20-25 miles. The Honeycrisp route will take riders out toward Poolesville where you can enjoy hot cider and snacks at the cider pit stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard in Dickerson, MD before looping back to where you started. The shorter McIntosh route will stay close to Rockville taking riders mostly on trails and side paths. McIntosh riders will enjoy hot cider and snacks upon return to Stepanek park. Each year WABA’s Cider Ride will feature a new scenic tour of the region’s back roads, country roads, agricultural lands and farm sites that are accessible by bike.

Registration for The Cider Ride is open to WABA Members only at the moment  (another benefit of your WABA membership!). If you would like to register for the ride but you are not currently a WABA member, renew or join today, before registration fills up!

Click here for more information about The 2014 Cider Ride and event details.

Interested in being a ride marshal or helping out as a volunteer? If you are an experienced cyclists and can help assist and guide other riders, click here to apply to be a ride marshal for The Cider Ride. If you can volunteer for a few hours in the morning at the ride start location or a few hours in the afternoon at the cider pit stop, click here to sign up.

Register for The Cider Ride

ARTCRANK DC is happening on Saturday!

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WABA is super excited to announce that ARTCRANK DC is coming to town on Saturday, November 8th.

What is ARTCRANK, you ask? It’s a poster party for bike people. And it’s going to be awesome.

Why does WABA want you to attend? Because WABA is the non-profit cause partner, so all funds raised from donations for brews (thank you to Oskar Blues for providing the craft beer!) help support our work to make bicycling better for YOU throughout the region. RSVP to the party on Facebook and invite your friends.

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ARTCRANK is an art show with FREE admission (yes, you heard that right, it’s a free party so don’t miss it) that features really neat, beautiful, and creative art prints designed and made by local DC artists. All prints are bike themed and will be for sale.

What: ARTCRANK DC bicycle-themed art show

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 4:00-10:00pm

Where: A venue called 1776, located at 1133 15th St NW in the Penthouse on the 12th floor (1776 is right on the 15th Street cycle track between the L St and M St cycletracks – so many cycletracks)

Admission: FREE! Donations will be gladly accepted at the bar for Oskar Blues beer (and proceeds raised through beer benefit WABA)

 


More info about the ARTCRANK DC event can be found here on their Facebook page and here at the ARTCRANK website.

Announcing WABA’s Future Trails Celebration, Nov 15

It’s a party for trails!  Don’t miss out

Biking in the Washington area is easier and more popular than ever. Multi-use trails, like the W&OD, Anacostia Tributary, Capital Crescent, and Metropolitan Branch are a big part of that explosion, and it is high time we celebrate their success! On Saturday, November 15, join WABA, REI, and trail lovers from around the region for a free celebration of the biking and walking trails that connect our region. It’s a party for the whole family!

Join in the fun & Tell your friends!

Where:  The grassy field at First & Pierce Street NE in NoMa, DC
When:  Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free!!

Come for music and food, a bike repair clinic, carnival games, face painting and bike fun!  Explore a great trail in the making, and discover the community links in your backyard.  Have some fun with interactive activities and win great raffle prizes, including a free registration on REI’s C&O Canal Overnight Cycling Tour!  And stick around for the release of WABA’s concept plan for the Arlington Boulevard Trail, which outlines a vision for the next regional bike trail project in Northern Virginia.

Bring a bike.  Bring the family.  Celebrate our trails!

Learn more, Then tell your friends

Thank you for riding with WABA

Last weekend, the annual 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride, WABA’s signature community ride event of the year, took place. Hundreds of cyclists braved the threat of rain and joined us for an adventurous (and some would say grueling) tour of all 50 state-named streets within the District or a downtown exploration of the 13 streets named after the original colonies.

Check out the ride in photographs below, and we hope you will join us in 2015 for next year’s 50 States Ride. You can also check out all of our 50 States photos on Flickr and if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.

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And a  BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who made the 2014 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride possible:

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Coffee nature logo   PetMAC logo  MellowMushroom

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Calling All Treasure Hunters!

Do you have an affinity for nautical themes, bicycles, and vague maps of geographical forms? Do you like exploration, friendly competition and prizes? If so, grab a friend, a bicycle and strap on your skull and crossbones helmet for the first ever Anacostia River Treasure Hunt!

At 10: am on Saturday, August 30th, set sail for the shores of the Anacostia River at Diamond Teague Park for a spirited hunt for all the treasures our city’s other great river has to offer. in days of olde, treasure hunters crossed the seas and beat back jungles in search of precious metals and plunder. Today, we’ll compete for points, earned by following clues, discovering lesser known attractions, and clearing some jungles too! Armed with a treasure map, a sense of adventure and a Twitter handle, your team will take on the competition for points, prizes, and glory.

Hunt Details

Each team will receive a treasure map and a broad list of clues to “Trail Treasures” and challenges scattered up and down the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Since the mark of a true privateer is the right balance of braggery, skill, and wit, teams will collect points by tweeting and instagramming photos featuring their team’s  hunting talents.  With limited time, will your team seek out the large payoffs of tricky and distant treasures or aim for the easy return on simpler clues? Good treasure hunters always have a keen mind for strategy!

Teams that collect the most points or show great creativity will be showered with prizes and glory. The rest will walk away with an album full of reasons to come back for more adventure by bike, kayak, roller skate, or picnic blanket.

Registration is free and open to all. Teams including bike savvy kids are welcome too! We’ll have a shorter, kid friendly map and clue sheet so aspiring treasure hunters can join in the fun.

Treasures Worth Hunting

While the Anacostia has never been a place for precious metals, it is littered with treasures of another kind! These are the sweeping views, riverside hideaways, feats of engineering and pieces of history that make the Anacostia impressive. They are those uplifting scenes of a river alive with wildlife and abuzz with people. They are boathouses, roller rinks and aquariums right in DC’s back yard!  We hope you’ll join us!

Weigh Anchor, Register Now!