WABA Ride Recap: The 2015 Cider Ride

Last weekend on Saturday, November 14th, WABA’s third annual Cider Ride took place. Check out the ride in photos below, and we hope you will join us in 2016 for next year’s Cider Ride.

And if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.

The ride started at The Dew Drop Inn, a perfect spot in an old brewery along the train tracks in NE DC and right on the Met Branch Trail. The ride also finished at The Dew Drop Inn where beer was flowing and the bar was serving up grub to hungry riders – there was even a local bluegrass band, The Capitol Hillbillies! What’s even better is that several of the Capitol Hillbillies are lifetime WABA members.

From NE DC, The Cider Ride took cyclists to the Anacostia Tributary Trails and out toward Hyattsville and College Park, MD. Riders enjoyed hot cider and donuts at Proteus Bicycles at the first pit stop. From there, the 47-mile route riders continued on to Beltsville and down miles of farm roads, through the forests of the Patuxent Research Refuge, and wooded roads of Greenbelt Park. The riders enjoyed hot chocolate and pie at the second pit stop hosted by the City of Greenbelt at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

The Cider Ride did sell out this year, so make sure you register for the ride early in 2016!

A BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to our ride partners who made the Cider Ride possible:

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Be part of a fun and welcoming community through rides and events

It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today. 

Join or Renew right now!

We host WABA events to create a place for WABA Members and supporters to come together, one that’s safe and fun, and usually on two wheels!

Our staff may take on the logistics but it’s you, our members, that ensure our events and our community are more connected and vibrant. WABA members gain access to three signature rides each year: the Vasa Ride in March, the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride in September, and The Cider Ride in just a few weeks.


The Vasa Ride and 50 States Ride are both open to WABA Members only as a member benefit, and the Cider Ride features a special pre-registration open to WABA members only so they can snag their spot early and at a discounted rate (oh hey! that pre-registration for the Cider Ride is happening right NOW!).

WABA holds other community and social events too, including: the Bicyclist Choice Awards, a way to celebrate the hard work and commitment to bicycling of many of our supporters and partners; Bike to Work Day, a region-wide event co-organized with Commuter Connections to encourage people to give commuting to work by bicycle a try and to celebrate those who already commute by bike; Tour de Fat, a tremendously fun and wacky bicycle festival with our friends from New Belgium Brewing that doubles as WABA’s largest fundraiser of the year; and social events like the WABA Member Holiday Party, Member Open Houses, and Member Appreciation Happy Hours.

Cider Ride 2013 - group shotWABA’s ride events are particularly special because of their welcoming sense of community, the support provided through WABA staff and volunteer ride marshals, and the opportunities ride participants have to make friends with other bicyclists. In the past three years, more than 2,100 individuals have registered for a WABA ride event.

Here’s just a few things that WABA members have said about our ride events:

“Thank you very much for putting together the 50 States Ride. That was an awesome adventure. I was really impressed with how well it was put together and how much support there was through the volunteers. I got a flat early on and one of the marshals helped with his pump. I was very grateful and tried to carry that gratitude to poeple I saw who were stuck also.”

And this:

My first time riding more than 40 miles in one day! I love it, even with the rain. It was awesome to be out with other riders all over DC! Can’t wait till next year!

Also this:

I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more proud of myself for completing this event. I’m gonna where this t-shirt everywhere!


I think this event, and the riders who participate, do a great job of being courteous city riders, and I think this ride, and more rides like it, are a great way to demonstrate that this behavior goes a long way in terms of safety and acceptance of cyclists on the roadway. Thanks WABA!!

Here’s our challenge to you:

If you’ve participated in a WABA event and enjoyed the ride, we urge you to show your appreciation for our community and give back to the organization that continues to work day in and day out to make the region a better place to ride a bike. Join WABA or renew your membership today.

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And if you’ve never participated in a WABA ride event, we encourage you to do so, to challenge yourself, to meet new friends, and to ride to new places. Registration for The Cider Ride on November 14th is now open to WABA members. Join us for a day of long open roads, warm cups of cider, and plates full of pie. And if you’re not yet a member, join this week during the membership drive so you can support WABA’s mission, get your super cool free t-shirt, and be eligible to sign up for The Cider Ride.

Meet & Greet with WABA’s New Executive Director

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director!

Come say hello to WABA’s Executive Director, Greg Billing. Greg has been with WABA for more than five years, most recently as WABA’s Advocacy Director, and became the organization’s Executive Director in August 2015. At this social event, WABA members and supporters will have the chance to mingle and chat with fellow bicyclists and WABA’s ED over drinks at REI’s Community Space at Wunder Garten. RSVP here.

The meet and greet will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 7th at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten in DC’s NoMa neighborhood at 150 M St NE, Washington, DC.

There are plenty of spaces for bike parking, and the NoMa metro station and Capital Bikeshare stations are right nearby. The beer garden space has tents and shelter, so the event will take place rain or shine. The event is open to anyone and we encourage you to invite your friends.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Find more info about REI’s Community Space here.

10 Bike Must Knows

10 Bike Must Knows

If you’re new to biking, or just new to riding your bike for transportation,  there are some simple “must-knows” that can make your riding experience better. At our June Women & Bicycles workshop, we looked at some of the most frequents questions we see on the Women & Bicycles facebook group, plus a few neat bike hacks we think you’ll find useful.  Scroll through our slides below to learn more about what we covered:

This Thursday’s Block Party With Your PALs!

Want to reach your
Destination faster?
Be a PAL
Avoid disaster!

Join us for our next PAL Block Party and show off our Burma Shave signs!  We’ll be holding our awesome series of signs at the intersection of Lee, Old Dominion, Military and Quincy.

Join us for 20 minutes or full the full 2 hours. It will be a good time. After the event, we’ll ride up the road a little and get a beer at Cowboy Cafe.

Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Hope to see you there,

BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a social contract that everyone is following the rules and paying attention. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful.

The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

Thank you New Belgium for an amazing Tour de Fat!

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Now that everyone has recovered from spending an entire Saturday saturated with bicycles, beers and bemusement, we want to say a truly heartfelt THANK YOU to New Belgium Brewing for bringing the Tour de Fat bicycle festival to Washington, DC for the fourth year in a row. We are very excited to announce that the DC Tour de Fat raised $65,000 for local bicycle non-profits!!!

WABA is very grateful for New Belgium’s support for making the Washington, DC region a better place to ride a bike. Check out New Belgium’s recap of the DC Tour de Fat here.

And also a big thank you to everyone who attended the Tour de Fat, rode in the group ride, brought a friend or family member with you, enjoyed a beer (or two) and helped us to raise a tremendous amount of money that WABA will use to advance our mission of advocating for better bicycling across the region.

We really appreciate the help and support of our partner non-profits (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Black Women Bike DC, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling), and we’re happy to be able to share the proceeds of the event with them to further bicycling across the entire region and for bicyclists of all ages.

The Tour de Fat was an amazing way to wrap up this year’s Bike Month!

Check out some of our photos from the Tour de Fat this year, and while you wait for the bemusement to return next summer, go out and enjoy the ride:

Tour de Fat is 3 weeks away!

The coolest bicycle festival you will ever go to is just three weeks away. The Tour de Fat will be held on Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park in DC. What’s even cooler? The free festival, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, raises a ton of support for WABA and other local bicycle non-profits! So come out and celebrate with us.

If you can’t wait for the big day, the good folks at New Belgium have a bunch of chances to celebrate and get in the Tour de Fat spirit between now  and May 30th. (P.S. We saved the best for last, so make sure to check out the whole list!):

This rad DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year!   (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

This DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year! (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

Tour de Fat Trivia, Wednesdays at Stoney’s L Street: Swing by after work for Tour de Trivia featuring weekly New Belgium prize packs for the winning team.  New Belgium beers will be featured at $4 pints and $14 pitchers.  Prizes include bicycle 6 pack holders, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and much more!

Rolle Bolle Party, Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm at Vendetta Lounge on H Street NE: Come get a taste of our Belgian roots as New Belgium Brewing takes over the bocce courts with the traditional bocce-like game played in Belgium – Rolle Bolle!  They’ll teach you to play and give away NBB shwag and VIP tickets to Tour de Fat!

H Street Country Club DC Bike Party after-party, Wednesday, May 13 from 10-11:30pm at H Street County Club: Again New Belgium is partnering with DC Bike Party with beer specials and shwag giveaways.  Join a slew of other bike enthusiasts on the ride departing from Dupont Circle as it takes you through this month’s unique DC route. (WABA will be at the start location of DC Bike Party to tell folks about the Tour de Fat, so give us a high five if you see us there!)

WABA and New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Pre-Party & Volunteer Party, Thursday, May 28th from 6-9pm at Churchkey on 14th St NW: WABA and New Belgium are keeping tradition rolling with our annual Volunteer Party/Pre-Party at Churchkey equipped with a raffle for a New Belgium cruiser bike, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and more. The cruiser bike will be raffled off at 9pm.  All proceeds from raffle sales support WABA!!  For you beer nerds, the beer list will feature 5 unique cask beers, in addition to 15 other New Belgium staples and rarities. All Tour de Fat volunteers (you know who you are – and volunteers are still needed, so sign up here) will get a beer at the party courtesy of New Belgium.

Tour de Fat Pre-Show, Friday, May 29th from 5:30-8:30pm at Yards Park, DC: You didn’t know there was a pre-show?! The Tour de Fat Carnies will be showcasing a few of their performances along with the bands performing. Come hang out for the Yards Park Friday night concert series, enjoy a beer (WABA will be there selling brews!) and get a little free, live entertainment before the big day – make sure you come back on Saturday when the party really happens!

THE TOUR DE FAT! Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 5:00pm at Yards Park, DC: Here’s the deal – New Belgium is generous enough to put on an amazing show for all of us that’s bike themed and free, plus there’s really good craft beer for sale for just five bucks and all proceeds benefit WABA. There’s interactive games, a bicycle pit, a kids play area, a bike ride, soul music from Charles Bradley, fried chicken and pizza, and unlimited high-fives. You just have to come experience the fun for yourself!

We’re also still recruiting volunteers to help us make this amazing bicycle festival happen!

Sign up to Volunteer

We will see you at the Tour de Fat!!