Bike Classes, Education Rides, and Seminars

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Our bicycling classes and education rides teach biking for transportation, fun, and fitness. We offer sessions for adults of all skill levels throughout the Washington, DC area.

2019 Transportation Safety Leadership Training

Learn to Ride   Basic Skills Clinic   City Cycling   Education Rides   Everyday Bicycling Seminars


Become a Transportation Safety Leader!

  • Join us for the 2019 Transportation Safety Leadership Training Program
  • Become a certified bicycle education Instructor
  • Gain bicycle and pedestrian safety knowledge and skills 
  • Choose one or more options: LCI Seminar, Smart Cycling, Pedestrian Safety
  • Free training is a $500 value!

Apply Here

Click here to apply for the LCI Seminar and/or other training options. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, March 1, 2019. Selected candidates will be notified by Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

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About the Program

The goal of this program is to increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, and reduce crashes throughout the region. This training is part of a federal highway safety project underwritten by a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles grant to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). For this program, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), and Arlington Transportation Partners, leaders in bicycle and pedestrian safety training and outreach are bringing their League Certified Instructor (LCI) training programs to Fairfax and Manassas.

Who can apply?

Training is open to Northern Virginia local government, state, and regional staff, police, faculty/teachers, and active Northern Virginia residents committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian safety.

What You Get

Certified instructors will provide training program participants with key strategies and skills for educating community members on pedestrian and bicycling safety.

Training Options

Apply to be considered for one or more of the following free training options:

  1. League Certified Instructor (LCI) Seminar (24-hours)
    • Description: To become an LCI, you’ll need to complete this comprehensive 3-day LCI Seminar. As a prerequisite, you must also complete the 1-day Smart Cycling Class at least one month prior to the seminar as well as an open-book assessment.
    • Dates/Times: April 26 (5pm-9pm), 27 (8am-9pm), 28 (8am-3pm)
    • Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
    • Apply Here
  2. Smart Cycling class (8-hours)
    • Description: Gain bicycle safety knowledge and skills by completing this class online and 6-hour classroom/on-bike.
    • Dates (Select one): March 15 or 16 (back-up dates March 22 or 23)
    • Location(s): George Mason University Fairfax, VA (March 15 & 22) and George Mason University, Manassas, VA (March 16 & 23)
    • Apply Here
  3. Pedestrian Safety Training class (4-hours)
    • Description: Gain pedestrian safety knowledge and skills by completing this four hour class over two evenings.
    • Dates: March TBD and TBD
    • Location: WalkArlington, Arlington, VA
    • Apply Here

Key Requirements

    • Participants must attend all applicable training dates.
    • Participants must commit to doing at least two community pedestrian and bicycling safety outreach events by September 15 and one more by January 2020. (event list provided in application).
    • Must have a local government or lead organization mentor that will help you identify outreach events that supports bicycle and pedestrian safety in the region.

How to Apply

Click this link to go directly to the application form to apply for the LCI Seminar and/or the other training options.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, March 1, 2019. Selected candidates will be notified by Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Questions?

Thanks to all of the key partners in this project including the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, League of American Bicyclists, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, George Mason University, Inova Hospital, City of Manassas, City of Fairfax, Prince William County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and the City of Alexandria.


Learn to Ride

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*** Classes will resume in Spring 2019 ***

*** Schedule will be posted in the March/April Timeframe ***

Our Learn to Ride class is fun, intuitive, and very successful! This class is for adults who have never ridden a bike before or have tried to learn and have not been successful. Our League certified instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session.

Class Details

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.

Our approach is fun and intuitive, but it also requires hard work. You will be riding for nearly three hours. We take breaks every hour.

Please wear comfortable clothes, and bring the following: water, snacks, and weather-appropriate outerwear.

A rental bike and helmet for the day are included with your registration. 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 may attend. Unfortunately, walk-up students cannot be accommodated.

Most classes are $85. There are a limited number of scholarships available for each class. Scholarships can be requested through the registration page when you sign-up.

Please note that the demand for this class can be high. 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.

Schedule

    • *CANCELED* Sun, Sep 23, 2018: Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Sep 29, 2018: Alexandria, Jones Point Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Sep 30, 2018: Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 06, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 07, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 13, 2018: Greenbelt, Beltway Plaza – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 20, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sat, Oct 20, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 28, 2018 (Rescheduled) : Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 28, 2018 (Rescheduled): Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Sun, Nov 04, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 11, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Basic Skills Clinic

*** Classes will resume in Spring 2019 ***

*** Schedule will be posted in the March/April Timeframe ***

The Skills Clinic is for students who have graduated to 2-pedal riding from the Learn to Ride Class, but need or want to continue working on their learn to ride skills. Instructors will assist students with modified City Cycling drills such as starting/stopping, turning, weaving, and gradual braking. Students can sign-up on the WABA website (see the schedule below) or call 202-518-0524, x221. All students must check-in with the Lead instructor at the beginning of the session.

Class Details

Come join us and start working on your skills in a few easy steps:

    1. Sign-up on the WABA website (see the schedule below) or call 202-518-0524, x221.
    1. Take a few easy minutes to download, print, and complete/sign the Liability Waiver and Skills Clinic Questionnaire, and bring both with you to the class (speeds up check-in). You can also complete/sign one at the class, if needed.
  1. Arrive promptly at 10:45 AM (or 2:45 PM for afternoon classes) and check-in with the Lead Instructor. Ensure your helmet and bike are in good working order. If you use a Capital Bikeshare bike, we’ll reimburse your usage fees accrued during the class. If you’re unable to bring your own bike, e-mail us at education@waba.org or call 202-518-0524, x221 at least 48-hours before the clinic and we’ll provide a bike and helmet for you.
  2. Be patient and wait a few minutes until after the break when the Skills Clinic portion of the class begins, then have fun practicing your skills and ask questions!

Schedule

    • Sat, Oct 06, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 07, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 13, 2018: Greenbelt, Beltway Plaza – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 20, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sat, Oct 20, 2018 (1-Hour session): DC, Carter Barron Park – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
      • Sat, Oct 20, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 28, 2018 (Rescheduled): Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
      • Sun, Oct 28, 2018 (Rescheduled): Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM
      • Sun, Nov 04, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:45 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 11, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Confident City Cycling

*** Classes will resume in Spring 2019 ***

*** Schedule will be posted in the March/April Timeframe ***

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.

Class Details

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?

    1. Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
    1. Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
  1. 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:

    1. Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
    1. A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
  1. 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 (if space is available)! Walk up to any class at least 15 minutes before we start so we can have you fill out a little bit of paperwork.

Schedule

    • Sun, Sep 30, 2018: Rockville, Johns Hopkins University Parking Lot – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 06, 2018: DC, Anacostia Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • *CANCELED* Sat, Oct 06, 2018: Silver Spring, Montgomery Regional Office Parking Lot – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sat, Oct 20, 2018: DC, Anacostia Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: DC, Anacostia Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: Silver Spring, Montgomery Regional Office Parking Lot – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 28, 2018: Rockville, Rockville Swim & Fitness Center – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 03, 2018: DC, Anacostia Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 04, 2018: Arlington, Quincy Street Parking Deck – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sun, Nov 11, 2018: DC, Carter Barron Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Community Education Rides

Bikeshare Contingent

Our community education 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.

Ride Details

Community Education 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.

Schedule

    • Thur, Oct 18, 2018: “Rockville Evening Community Ride”: Fallsgrove Shopping Center, Rockville, MD – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Sun, Oct 21, 2018: “Sunday Secrets of Crystal City” Community Ride: Chipotle, Crystal City, VA – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Fri, Oct 26, 2018 (*Canceled*): “The Haunted Hill” Community Ride: Capitol South Metro, DC – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Tue, Oct 30, 2018: “Arlington Halloween Community Ride”: Trek Bicycle Arlington Clarendon – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    • Sat, Nov 10, 2018 (Rescheduled): “Taste of Silver Spring” Community Ride: Whole Foods Silver Spring, MD – 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Wed, Dec 12, 2018: “Lighting the Way” Community Ride: Archives Metro, DC – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    • (Canceled Due to Rain) Sun, Dec 16, 2018: “Arlington Community Ride – Let’s Ride to the Hains Point 100”: Crystal City Starbucks, Arlington, VA – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    • (Canceled Due to Rain) Sun, Dec 16, 2018: “Community Ride at the Hains Point 100”: Hains Point Golf Course Parking Lot, DC – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    • Sat, Dec 22, 2018: “Downtown Holiday Market Community Ride”: Stadium-Armory Metro Station, DC – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Sat, Dec 22, 2018: “Saturday Impulse Community Ride in Crystal City”: Crystal City Starbucks, Arlington, VA, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Everyday Bicycling Seminars

Bikeshare Contingent

Everyday Bicycling Seminars are a great way for organizations to encourage their members and staff to ride. The seminar is a short presentation designed to introduce the basics of how to safely and easily fit biking into your daily life. It includes tips on:

  • 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.

Email education@waba.org for cost and scheduling information or Complete This Form to Schedule an Everyday Bicycling Seminar.

Seminars are free for organizations who become WABA Community Champion Business Members.


Contact

For questions about education programming, email education@waba.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.