DC Bike Ride

The DC Bike Ride is the regions only closed-road recreational bike ride. Cruise through the streets of DC on May 18 and enjoy seeing the most iconic views of the city from a different perspective.

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Adult Learn to Ride

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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.

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. 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.

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.

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

Only students who have reserved space in the class may attend. Unfortunately, walk-up students cannot be accommodated.

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Class Cost

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of BikeArlington.

$10 Arlington Subsidized Registration Fee: For Arlington residents only. Includes class registration for one person and a helmet and bike rental.

$25 Arlington Subsidized + Join WABA:  For Arlington residents only. Includes class registration for one person ($85 value), a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value), and a helmet and bike rental. Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

$85 Registration Fee: Includes class registration for one person and a helmet and bike rental.

$100 Registration Fee + Join WABA:  Includes class registration for one person ($85 value), a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value), and a helmet and bike rental. Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Please register and pay by credit card above. To pay by cash or check, please call (202) 518-0524 x206. The registration fee for this class is non-refundable.

Event Location

Quincy Street Parking Deck
4099 15th St N
Arlington, VA 22207

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location. Please enter the parking deck using the eastern entrance, closest to the corner of 15th St. N and Quincy St. Please park along the wall of the parking deck, not in the middle.

Metro
The nearest Metro stop is the Ballston stop on the Orange line. From the stop, walk north on Stafford St. until you reach 15th St. N, then turn right. The parking deck will be on your right, please walk to the entrance closest to Quincy St.

Biking
From the Custis Trail: Follow the trail until you reach the access point on Quincy St. Cross Quincy at the intersection with 15th St. The parking deck entrance will be immediately on your left.

The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is five blocks south on Quincy St. at the Arlington Central Library.

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Join us for an extremely fun day of bicycling. We promise that there will be no rain, mud, barbed wire, tresspassing, stampeding wildlife, or any of the other things that have for sure never happened before when you ride with us.

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The Sprouts Ride

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The Sprouts Ride is WABA’s newest signature ride—a two-wheeled urban outing for people that want to experience the simple joy of springtime biking in the city.

WABA is offering two routes of 14- and 6-miles, so it’s also the perfect chance to bring along your kiddos or invite a friend who’s new to biking. The post-ride celebration at REI’s flagship store in NoMa will feature treats and entertainment all afternoon, to bring you a planning-free and family-friendly day of fun in the urban outdoors!

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As a WABA signature ride, the Sprouts Ride helps further WABA’s mission and impact. The ride embodies the spirit of community and inclusion that is core to WABA’s mission of growing bicycling throughout the region. Your registration fee supports WABA’s advocacy, education, and outreach work that makes bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible around the region.

Additional Details:

Check-In: REI Flagship Store | 201 M St NE, Washington, DC

Sapling Root (14mi): An iconic ride past the Capitol building, down to Buzzard Point, up the Anacostia River Trail, and across Capitol Hill is sure to bring you a sense of accomplishment—and lots of great views.

  • Check-In: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Group Starts: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Pit Stop: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Anacostia Park)
  • Celebration of Bicycling: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bean Sprout Root* (6mi): A casual and fun excursion, out to Kingman & Heritage Island Park and back again.

  • Check-In: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Periodic Group Starts: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Pit Stop: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Kingman & Heritage Island Park)
  • Celebration of Bicycling: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Will there be food? Where are the cue sheets? Read our FAQs below for all the details!

FAQs

Fine Print

The Sprouts Ride will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds, exchanges or transfers for this event, even in the event of inclement weather. Helmets are required for all riders.

You must be a current dues-paying WABA member to participate in this ride. Each WABA member is allowed one non-member guest only. Children under 11 may join you at no additional cost. You can become a member with your registration above or at waba.org/join

ASL and Spanish Interpretation available upon request.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I registered for the Sprouts Ride?

All registrants receive a confirmation email after they complete registration online. If you personally registered but have not received a confirmation, please check your spam folder, then email events@waba.org to confirm your registration.

Is this a supported ride?

The Sprouts Ride is an unsupported ride—we will not have a SAG (Support And Gear) van to pick you up during the ride. If there is a medical emergency, call 911.

However, there will be ride leaders along the route to ride with you and guide you in the right direction. There will also be paper cue sheets and turn-by-turn Ride with GPS directions available. Ensure that you have a loaded Smartcard, cab fare, charged phone, and/or a friend or family member who can pick you up in case you cannot complete the ride.

Is there a cutoff time for riding?

Since this is an unsupported ride, we will not cut you off. However, the pit stops have closing times (see above). We suggest showing up at the beginning of check-in so that you have the maximum amount of time to ride.

Will roads be closed to cars during the ride?

No. You will be riding on roads and trails with other vehicles and users during this ride. Don’t feel confident riding next to cars? Look into our City Cycling classes to increase your comfort level! (They’re free for WABA members!)

Will I get a refund if it’s raining?

No. The Sprouts Ride is a rain or shine event!

Is the Sprouts Ride a fundraiser?

Yes! Signature events, like the Sprouts Ride, are the only rides we hold for WABA members that cost money. All proceeds from this event benefit WABA and the work that we do to make bicycling safer and more fun in the region. Don’t know much about our work? Read about our advocacy, education, and outreach work and keep up to date on our latest projects on our blog.

Can I apply for a scholarship for this ride?

Through our Free Ride Fund we provide free rides to community members who could otherwise not participate. This is one way that WABA is making sure that bicycling in the DC region is accessible to everyone. If you want a free ride, or, if you want to donate to the Free Ride Fund but already registered, contact Cyrus Chimento at events@waba.org.

Are children allowed on this ride?

Yes, as long as they are accompanied by an adult! Anyone ages 10 and under can ride for free, accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must register themselves and the child(ren), be present at check-in with their entire group, and check-in the youth riding with them. Children eleven and older must be registered independently. Children under 18 do not have to be WABA members to participate, and a WABA member can bring as many children as they can manage!

Will you feed me?

Riders receive snacks and water at the pit stop. If you want additional snacks or meals, please plan to pack or buy them along the route. Food and drink options at local businesses along the route will be plentiful—feel free to make your own pit stops! Please note: we do not provide bottled water. You must bring your own water bottles. Restrooms are available at each pit stop.

Where can I find information about the routes?

We will post the routes to this webpage as soon as they are finalized. Riders will receive access to online files of the route the week leading up to the event, and a paper cue sheet at check-in.

Do I have to stop at stop signs?

Yes. We can’t control what you do on the roads, but, through participating in a WABA ride, you are setting an example for other road users. We ask you to ride safely, respectfully, and lawfully to maximize safety for all the ride participants and other trail and road users. Stop at all red lights and stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians. Use hand signals when turning. Communicate verbally with other riders. Do not ride more than two abreast, and do not take up more than one lane of travel. When riding on sidewalks, trails, or paths, be cautious when passing other users and slow down.

How do I ride in the city?

To get familiar with riding in the city, take a WABA City Cycling class (free for WABA members)! You can also find video tutorials on city cycling on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. WABA’s insurance requires it. This is standard for organized rides across the country. Learn how to properly fit your helmet here. (We can help at check-in, too.)

I’m not sure my bike is ready for this.

We’ll have bike mechanics at check-in who can help you get air in your tires and make any necessary adjustments. Or, you can bring your bike to a participating shop and use your WABA coupon for a tune-up! Email membership@waba.org for details.

Is the route signed?

No, but we do our best to make the route directions clear and comprehensive. If you get lost, you can check the map on your phone, or hang out for a few minutes and see if you can connect with a rider or marshal who is familiar with the area.

Can I take shortcuts?

Of course! There are many places throughout the ride where you can skip a few miles if you’re tired. Furthermore, there’s no shame in bailing out early. You should do however much of the ride you feel good about—don’t push yourself to ride until you’re not having fun. We’ll get the celebration started at REI at noon.

Can I change which route I signed up for?

Yes! Just show up at the correct start time for the route you’d like to ride. You can decide to ride any of our available routes!

Will there be marshals?

There will be ride marshals. They will be wearing vests with numbers on them. Marshals are WABA volunteers that are the first line of response in incidents that involve ride participants and be an avenue of communication between ride participants and WABA staff members. The numbers on their vests allow you to identify them: if you see a great marshal, be sure to tell us in the post-ride survey!

Should I bring a lock?

Yes. You may want to stop for more food along the ride, or spend time lounging once you get back to REI, so you should plan to lock your bike up. (You can leave your lock with us when you check in, too, if you don’t want to ride with it, and have it at the post-ride celebration.) Don’t know the best ways to lock up? Check out this handy guide on preventing bicycle theft!

How do I get there?

The start location, REI’s flagship store, is in the NoMa neighborhood of DC. It is accessible by bike from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and surrounding neighborhoods. If arriving by public transit, the closest metro station is NoMa-Gallaudet station on the Red Line (bikes are allowed on Metro at all times). There are also several bus lines that go through NoMa, all of which have bike racks on the front.

If you plan to arrive by car, there may be limited on-street parking available in the neighborhoods near the start, but double check any street parking restrictions. There are also pay-to-park garages located close by (find out more here).

How many people will do the Sprouts Ride?

We typically sell out our rides at 700 registrants.

Do I need to register separately if I plan to ride a tandem bike with someone?

Yes. All adult individuals must be registered.

When is the next WABA signature ride?

The next ride is a surprise! Save the date for June 15th.

Got another question?

Send us an email at events@waba.org or give us a call at (202) 518-0524 x218.

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Join us for an extremely fun day of bicycling. We promise that there will be no rain, mud, barbed wire, tresspassing, stampeding wildlife, or any of the other things that have for sure never happened before when you ride with us.

Meet Jonathan Oliver, our new Education Coordinator

Hello! I’m Jonathan Oliver, WABA’s new Education Coordinator responsible for running our adult education programs serving adults in the DC/MD/VA metropolitan region. I’m excited to join WABA’s mission to improve bicycling in our area. My primary goal is to help both new and current adult riders achieve their riding goals while having fun and being safe.

About me: Riding BMX bikes as a kid with my neighborhood friends was when I first understood the sense of community, freedom, fun, and health benefits that bicycling can provide. I’ve always been interested in learning, helping people, and solving problems so it seemed natural to share knowledge through bicycle and fitness-related organizations and activities. Before coming to WABA, I worked in research & development engineering and program management. My focus was always learning and doing new things that might help people. For several years I’ve been an active volunteer with bike organizations, including WABA, doing rider and Ride Marshal training, working with newer riders to achieve their goals, developing and executing ride events, and pretty much anything bike-related. You’ll find me on everything from casual social rides and bike commuting to faster-paced long distance rides.

Looking ahead: Imagine if everyone that wanted to ride could ride? If every rider had the comfort and skill level that they needed to safely ride on streets and trails? If every driver was safe and friendly to bicycles and always shared the roads? To help achieve these visions, I’m working with WABA’s excellent team of instructors to help adults learn to ride bikes and all riders to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, suburban and rural roads, trails, and while bike commuting to and from work. My efforts include planning, coordinating, and implementing several key WABA programs such as our Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, Everyday Biking seminars, Bicycle Friendly Driver seminars, and other great offerings. I’m also working to bring bicycle education to areas not already served, identifying areas of need, and helping to implement effective programs to meet those needs.

There’s a lot of work to do and a lot of biking fun to be had. If you or someone you know wants to learn how to ride, improve riding skills, and generally have fun on two wheels in a safe and supportive environment, please contact us at education@waba.org. Hope to see you on two wheels!

Free bike wash

Boooooo rain

Well the good news is that Friday is looking like it won’t be too hot. The less good news is that it will probably rain. But let’s not let a little H2O dampen the best commute of the year!

Pack a raincoat and don’t miss Bike to Work Day 2018! More pit stops, more bike lanes, more brightly colored t-shirts than ever before, and other great goodies.

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Bike to Work Day a big bike party with thousands of your bike friends before work! Plus, it’s the best day of the year to renew your WABA membership! (If you get a head start we won’t be mad.)

We want to celebrate you for choosing to ride. Whether you ride once a year or every day, stop by for a high five.

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NOTE: If you’re a regular bike commuter, and you are as excited as we are about making sure all the folks trying it out for the first time have a great experience, consider volunteering!

ALSO: Alas, rain is not a particularly good way to wash your bike.