Events

 

WABA hosts bike rides and social events throughout the year to bring together the bicycling community. We host fun rides that create a safe and welcoming space for you. WABA’s signature events, which are member-only, paid registration rides, are fundraisers. The money we raise directly supports our advocacy, education, and outreach work. More simply: when you participate in a WABA event, you fuel our efforts to build a more bike-friendly region.

See the event listings below for registration information and details for upcoming events. To learn more about sponsoring a signature event, email business@waba.org. If you’d like to advertise your own event, please click here. For any other event questions, email events@waba.org.

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  • Rally For Streets That Don't Kill People

    July 19, 2018 | Steps of the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

    Three years ago, Mayor Bowser committed to eliminating traffic fatalities in DC by 2024. But since then the numbers have only gone up. The District government just isn’t doing enough.

    Join us for a rally at the Wilson Building as we demand swift action to stop the deaths on our roads.

    Join the Rally

  • [CANCELLED] Bike to Black Panther

    July 20, 2018 | Anacostia Metro Parking Lot

    Come celebrate the summer with the DC Bike Ambassadors by taking a bike ride along the beautiful Anacostia River Trail to the Deanwood Recreation Center to watch Marvel’s Black Panther under the stars.

    Sign up

  • Kenilworth Lotus and Water Lily Festival

    July 21, 2018 | Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, USA

    Come see lotuses in bloom just off the stunning Anacostia River Trail at the Kenilworth Lotus and Water Lily Festival. The WABA Trail Ranger team will be there to talk up the trail and answer questions. 

    Details

  • 2018 Firefighter 50 Bike Ride

    July 22, 2018 | Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, MD

    Please join the Firefighters of the Pleasant Valley Fire Company in Westminster, Maryland for the 7th Annual Firefighter 50 Bike Ride on Sunday July 22, 2018. For 2018, we have four great routes in Carroll County, MD, Frederick County, MD and Adams County, PA. We have road routes of 35, 50 or 100 miles. Plus, a 30 mile loop on dirt and paved roads. An all you can eat Firefighter lunch will be served and all routes have full SAG and SWEEP. Pre-registration cost is $35 or $40 the day of the event. On our Century loop into PA, keep an eye out for BIGFOOT - the area we cycle is a BIGFOOT hot spot for sightings.

    Sign up here!

  • Kenilworth Lotus and Water Lily Festival

    July 21, 2018 | Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019, USA

    Come see lotuses in bloom just off the stunning Anacostia River Trail at the Kenilworth Lotus and Water Lily Festival. The WABA Trail Ranger team will be there to talk up the trail and answer questions. 

    Details

  • Another MBT Meander

    July 22, 2018 | Silver Spring Station, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA

    Curious about the trail as a commute option with the Red Line closure later this summer? 

    The WABA Trail Ranger team are going for a ride of the entire Metropolitan Branch Trail.

    Sign up!

  • Action Committee for Montgomery County

    July 23, 2018 | Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level! Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaigns in Silver Spring and Bethesda. More

  • Paul Meijer Garden Cleanup and Trail Mixer

    July 24, 2018 | Rhode Island Ave on the Metropolitan Branch Trail

    The garden dedicated to long-time Met Branch Trail advocation Paul Meijer could use a few helping hands to remove the overgrown grass. Join us for an hour and a half (max!) after work pulling grass and then we'll meander up the trail to Dew Drop Inn.

    Sign up 

  • Wheels and Paddles: Bike to Kayaking at Navy Yard

    July 29, 2018 | Stadium Armory Metro

    We’ll be biking through the beautiful Anacostia River Trail to go kayaking on the Anacostia River at The Ballpark Boathouse. Enjoy a beautiful summer day with friends or family on your bike then on the water. Afterwards, let’s grab ice cream at Jubilee! 

    Sign up!

  • Tales & Trails: The Bonus Army at Anacostia

    July 29, 2018 | Good Hope Rd and Anacostia Dr SE

    Join the WABA Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail in Anacostia Park as we celebrate the Year of the Anacostia and 86 years to the day since the Bonus Army camped in Anacostia Park.

    In 1932, over 30,000 World War I veterans camped at Anacostia Park in peaceful protest for a wartime bonus that ultimately resulted in the G.I. Bill. This bike tour leads visitors through the former encampment and details their struggle as they lobbied Congress during the Great Depression.

    ASL interpretation for this ride is funded by National Park Service – Anacostia Park.

    Registration required here

  • Biking and Food Packing at Food & Friends

    July 30, 2018 | WABA HQ, 2599 Ontario Rd NW

    We want to spread the word that bicycling is safe and accessible to all. So we’re riding to Food & Friends with WABA bike lights and materials to give out along the way. Then we’ll prepare and package meals and groceries in their fun, fast-paced, on-your-feet kitchen environment! It’s an opportunity for us to share our bike love with people along the way and give back to residents in the community who need nutritious meals.

    Details

  • Trail Ranger Coffee Hour

    August 10, 2018 | The Metropolitan Branch Trail at S St NE.

    Stop by to chat and caffeinate on your way to work. We'll be setup at 4th and S St from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Map

  • Tales and Trails: Where Botany Meets History

    August 12, 2018 | Good Hope Rd and Anacostia Dr SE

    Join the WABA Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail and Anacostia Park.

    As part of the celebrations for the Year of the Anacostia, we’re biking to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. From the native to invasive, this tour focuses on the flora and fauna you will meet along the way. Upon arriving at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, riders will dismount and have a Ranger-led tour among the flowering lotus and lilies. Find out how this part of the Anacostia became the premier site of flowering lotus in the District of Columbia!

    Registration required here

  • Action Committee for Prince George's County

    August 14, 2018 | Hyattsville City Hall, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level. Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaign: A Safer Suitland Road Learn More

  • Ready, Set, SUP

    August 19, 2018 | Stadium Armory Metro Station 192 19th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    We’ll be biking through the beautiful Anacostia River Trail to go stand up paddlboarding (SUP) on the Anacostia River at The Ballpark Boathouse. Stand up paddleboarding combines, kayaking, surfing and canoeing all in one. If you always wanted to try this, come join us. I’m going to be learning how to do it too so I can cross this off my bucket list. Afterwards, let’s grab ice cream at Jubilee! See you there.

    Sign up!

  • Action Committee for Arlington County

    August 20, 2018 | Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 North Jackson Street, Arlington, VA

    Get involved in bike advocacy in Arlington! Come to a monthly meeting to learn about our campaign for a Bike Friendly Ballston and help make it happen. More

  • Action Committee for Montgomery County

    August 27, 2018 | Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level! Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaigns in Silver Spring and Bethesda. More

  • Bike to Men of Honor

    August 30, 2018 | Anacostia Metro Station Parking Lot 894 Howard RD SE, DC

    Come celebrate the end of summer with the DC Bike Ambassadors by taking a bike ride along the beautiful Anacostia River Trail to the Navy Memorial to watch Men of Honor under the stars.

    Sign up!

  • Tales and Trails: Happy Birthday Anacostia Park!

    September 1, 2018 | Good Hope Rd and Anacostia Dr SE

    Join the WABA Trail Ranger team and National Park Service for a dynamic guided history tour of Anacostia River Trail in Anacostia Park.

    As part of the celebrations for the Year of the Anacostia and the 100th Birthday of Anacostia Park on August 31st, we’re touring the park! On September 1, explore the entire history of the park from the prehistoric era to the present day. Stories of ornithologists, Civil Rights leaders, environmental activists as well as the famous and infamous make this tour one to remember!

    ASL interpretation for this tour is funded by Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

    Registration required here

  • 3M Bike Challenge [promoted event]

    September 8, 2018 | Allegany County

    Think you have what it takes to cycle faster than a diesel train? Teams of cyclists are invited to challenge the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) 501, 2250 HP Diesel locomotive as they climb Mt. Savage in this timed face-off between man, machine, and mountain! Mountain Maryland Trails will host the inaugural 3M Challenge on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

    The 3M Challenge will follow a 15.3 mile scenic stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail) alongside the WMSR railroad tracks, from Cumberland, MD, to Frostburg, MD. Eighteen teams, of up to six riders per team, can enter the challenge with a minimum $250 donation to Mountain Maryland Trails. Funds will support maintenance and development projects in the Maryland portion of the Great Allegheny Passage, including support for the Borden Tunnel Lighting Project.

    Please email questions to gap3mride@gmail.com.

    Register

  • Action Committee for Prince George's County

    September 11, 2018 | Hyattsville City Hall, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level. Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaign: A Safer Suitland Road Learn More

  • Trail Ranger Coffee Hour

    September 14, 2018 | The Metropolitan Branch Trail at S St NE.

    Stop by to chat and caffeinate on your way to work. We'll be setup at 4th and S St from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Map

  • Action Committee for Arlington County

    September 17, 2018 | Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1305 North Jackson Street, Arlington, VA

    Get involved in bike advocacy in Arlington! Come to a monthly meeting to learn about our campaign for a Bike Friendly Ballston and help make it happen. More

  • Lymphoma Research Ride [promoted event]

    September 23, 2018 | Montgomery County

    Join Team LRF in Barnesville as we rally for a cure for lymphoma at our 12th Annual Research Ride. On ride day, cycle through the beautiful rolling hills of Maryland, taking on a 10, 25, 40 or 50 mile route. The Research Ride, founded by Dr. Bruce Cheson and his wife Christine, has raised more than $5 million since inception and continues to fuel life-changing research and enable LRF to provide critical resources and support to lymphoma patients and professionals. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

    Register

  • Action Committee for Montgomery County

    September 24, 2018 | Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level! Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaigns in Silver Spring and Bethesda. More

  • BikeMS: Nation's Capital Ride [promoted event]

    September 29, 2018 | Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209)

    Join us for the inaugural Bike MS: Nation’s Capital and help us put an end to Multiple Sclerosis! The ride starts and finishes at Gateway Park in Arlington, Virginia with route options of approximately 40 miles, 75 miles, and 100 miles. A shorter route option is likely to be added and the first portion of each route travels through Washington DC on closed roads, so you can enjoy some unique views of the sites and monuments without having to worry about cars!

    Sign up!

  • Volunteer at the Barracks Row Festival

    September 29, 2018 | Barracks Row

    Come join the DC Bike Ambassdors as we share our love of biking at the annual Barracks Row Festival on Capitol Hill. We'll have a table, sell some merchanidise and let everyone know about our incredible classes and events. 

    Sign up!

  • Seagull Century [promoted event]

    October 6, 2018 | Maryland's Eastern Shore

    Sea Gull Century is on Saturday, October 6, 2018, a nationally acclaimed bicycling event, beginning and ending on the campus of Salisbury University, tours the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland and offers two routes:

    Assateague Century Tour (100 miles)
    Princess Anne Metric Tour (65 miles)


    Register

  • Action Committee for Prince George's County

    October 9, 2018 | Hyattsville City Hall, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville MD

    Get involved in bike advocacy at the local level. Come to a monthly meeting and learn about our campaign: A Safer Suitland Road Learn More

  • Trail Ranger Coffee Hour

    October 12, 2018 | The Metropolitan Branch Trail at S St NE.

    Stop by to chat and caffeinate on your way to work. We'll be setup at 4th and S St from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. Map


Event Highlights:

 

WABA in the Wild

June 15-18 and October 5-8
Maryland
WABA Signature Ride

WABA in the Wild, the newest signature ride, is a peer-to-peer fundraiser to support WABA, couched in a quintessential regional bike experience: bicycling the C&O Canal towpath, 184.5 miles, from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, DC over three-and-a-half days. The C&O Canal towpath is one of the nation’s best long-distance trails—full of nature and history—that you get to enjoy with twenty-some other people that are as crazy about your favorite local bicycle advocacy organization as you are. You’ll experience the best that the canal has to offer, from local eateries in canal towns to getting your questions answered directly by representatives of C&O Canal National Historical Park and Trust. You’ll be able to focus on the ride without worrying about logistics: WABA staff and volunteers are experienced bicycle tour guides who will cook your meals, haul your gear, and set you up with delicious snack breaks along the way.

Registration for June is closed. Join the interest list for October!

Learn more about the ride.

2018 Firefighter 50 Bike Ride

July 22
Frederick County, MD and Carroll County, MD
(Promoted Event)

Please join the Firefighters of the Pleasant Valley Fire Company in Westminster, Maryland for the 7th Annual Firefighter 50 Bike Ride on Sunday July 22, 2018. For 2018, we have four great routes in Carroll County, MD, Frederick County, MD and Adams County, PA. We have road routes of 35, 50 or 100 miles. Plus, a 30 mile loop on dirt and paved roads. An all you can eat Firefighter lunch will be served and all routes have full SAG and SWEEP. Pre-registration cost is $35 or $40 the day of the event. On our Century loop into PA, keep an eye out for BIGFOOT – the area we cycle is a BIGFOOT hot spot for sightings. Check out our web site www.firefighter50.com or call Dave at 240-357-0593.

Sign up

50 States & 13 Colonies

September 8 (Tentative)
Washington, DC
WABA Signature Ride

The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride is an urban adventure by bicycle, and a crowning achievement for many area bicyclists.

The 50 States route, 62 grueling miles long, takes riders down (and up) all 50 state-named streets of the District and through every corner of the District. A regional staple since 2003, the legendary ride draws out bicyclists (and bikes!) of every stripe: beginners, commuters, roadies, mountain bikers, adventure bicyclists, fixie riders, bikeshare users, and more! The 13 Colonies Ride, a 15 mile route, tours downtown DC on the streets named after the original 13 colonies. It retains the spirit of the event—urban scavenger hunt by bike—but provides a more relaxed option.

The ride is a celebration of bicycling in the region: a community event where riders encourage one another and share in the feeling of biking through our nation’s capital.

Registration will open in July.

Seagull Century

(Promoted Event)
October 6
Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Sea Gull Century is on Saturday, October 6, 2018, a nationally acclaimed bicycling event, beginning and ending on the campus of Salisbury University, tours the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland and offers two routes:

Assateague Century Tour (100 miles)

Princess Anne Metric Tour (65 miles)

Register

3M Bike Challenge

September 8, BLANK
Allegany County.

Think you have what it takes to cycle faster than a diesel train? Teams of cyclists are invited to challenge the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) 501, 2250 HP Diesel locomotive as they climb Mt. Savage in this timed face-off between man, machine, and mountain! Mountain Maryland Trails will host the inaugural 3M Challenge on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

The 3M Challenge will follow a 15.3 mile scenic stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP Trail) alongside the WMSR railroad tracks, from Cumberland, MD, to Frostburg, MD. Eighteen teams, of up to six riders per team, can enter the challenge with a minimum $250 donation to Mountain Maryland Trails. Funds will support maintenance and development projects in the Maryland portion of the Great Allegheny Passage, including support for the Borden Tunnel Lighting Project.

Register your team for the challenge at https://tinyurl.com/3mGapRide. Please email questions to gap3mride@gmail.com.

Register

Lymphoma Research Ride

(Promoted Event)
September 23
Montgomery County.

Join Team LRF in Barnesville as we rally for a cure for lymphoma at our 12th Annual Research Ride. On ride day, cycle through the beautiful rolling hills of Maryland, taking on a 10, 25, 40 or 50 mile route. The Research Ride, founded by Dr. Bruce Cheson and his wife Christine, has raised more than $5 million since inception and continues to fuel life-changing research and enable LRF to provide critical resources and support to lymphoma patients and professionals. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate.

Register


BikeMS: Nation’s Capital Ride

(Promoted Event)
September 29, 7:00 AM; check-in starts at 6:00 AM
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209)

Join us for the inaugural Bike MS: Nation’s Capital and help us put an end to Multiple Sclerosis! The ride starts and finishes at Gateway Park in Arlington, Virginia with route options of approximately 40 miles, 75 miles, and 100 miles. A shorter route option is likely to be added and the first portion of each route travels through Washington DC on closed roads, so you can enjoy some unique views of the sites and monuments without having to worry about cars!

Sign up!

Cider Ride

November 3 (Tentative)
Washington, DC / Prince George’s County, MD
WABA Signature Ride

The Cider Ride is a celebration of the the beautiful bicycling available in our region, and the season that makes the ride that much more enjoyable. Smooth trails, empty roads, beautiful fall colors, hot cider, and donuts make this early November ride one to remember. Riders can choose from 10, 30, and 50 mile routes that highlight bicycling treasures of Prince George’s County: the wonderful trail system along the Anacostia River and its tributaries, rolling hills in Beltsville’s agricultural reserve, and the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Riders from all over the region turn out en masse for a wonderful ride and post-ride music and cheer.

Registration will open in September.