Basic Skills Clinic

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The Skills Clinic is for students who have graduated to 2-pedal riding, but need or want to continue working on their riding skills. Instructors will assist students with drills such as starting, stopping, turning, weaving, and gradual braking.

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

  1. Sign-up for free here;
  2. Ensure your helmet and bike are in good working order. You can also use a Capital Bikeshare bike and we’ll reimburse your usage fees;
  3. 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;
  4. Arrive promptly at 10:00 AM and check-in with the Lead Instructor. To speed up check-in, 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. You can also complete them at class, if needed;
  5. 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!

We look forward to seeing you on two wheels!

Class Cost

Free! Zero! $0.00!

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria. Just make sure to register below to guarantee your spot!

Event Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

Register

Confident City Cycling

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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.

This is going to be fun!

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.

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?

  • Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
  • Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
  • Are you able to start and stop your bike in a controlled manner?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then a Learn to Ride is best for you.

What to bring:

  • Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
  • A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
  • 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! This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

Drop-ins are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot! Otherwise, walk up to any class at least 15 minutes before we start so we can have you fill out a little bit of paperwork.

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare member? Then the class is free. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 for a coupon.

Event Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

Register

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.

Register

Class Cost

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

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

$25 Alexandria Subsidized + Join WABA: For Alexandria 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

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

Driving advocates mount petition campaign opposing safer streets in Alexandria.

Safe enough! (according to driving advocates.)
photo: google

The city of Alexandria is repaving Seminary Road. As part of its new Complete Streets policy, the City proposed engineering changes to make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and ultimately all road users.

These changes, including turn lanes, better crosswalks, and buffered bike lanes, are predicted to add ten whole secondsto driving times during rush hour.

The driving advocacy community is outraged, and has been petitioning the city to abandon the changes.

Right now, the City of Alexandria is facing a critical decision: build a safer street that’s required by its own laws, or don’t, because driving advocates are complaining about it. Help the city make the right decision by signing the petition below:

You can read a detailed explanation of the proposed changes in this Greater Greater Washington post.

Adult Learn to Ride at Port City Brewing

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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. After the class, we will head over to Port City for a $5 pint special (Must be 21 years of age or older).

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.

Register

Class Cost

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

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

$25 Alexandria Subsidized + Join WABA: For Alexandria 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

Port City Brewing Warehouse
4204 Wheeler Avenue
[Parking Lot across from S. Gordon Street]
Alexandria, VA 22304

Let’s Try it by Bike! Surviving this summer’s Blue and Yellow Line Shutdown

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The summer 2019 Yellow and Blue Line shutdown is coming and roads in northern Virginia are going to be packed! Bypass the car traffic by riding your bike to work. Or go multimodal and bike to the Crystal City Metro and take your bike to work on metro.

Whether you have always wanted to commute by bike or you are just exploring the idea now, our community education ride series is an inclusive space for riders. You will always have a great time on our rides, but they’re also a safe space to ask questions and practice to make this summer’s commute a breeze.

We will showcase the roads and trails in Alexandria that will get you to the Crystal City Metro for your metro ride and, as you build momentum, all the way into Washington, DC.

  • Ride start and end – National Science Foundation (near the Eisenhower Avenue Metro)
  • Start time – 11:00 AM
  • End time – 1:00 PM
  • Distance – About 10 miles

Great, what else should I know?

Please bring your own bike and helmet. Helmets are a requirement on all WABA rides. If you have questions, please read our ride policies here. Everyone ages 14 and up is welcome. All riders must sign a waiver. Riders under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

What does it cost?

Ten bucks! This ride is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare Member? Then the class is free! We can also reimburse you for your usage fees if you use Bikeshare during the class. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 to receive your coupon code.

Not a WABA member? For just $25 you get a ride registration ($10 value) and a one-year WABA Membership ($35 value). Learn more about the benefits of joining WABA here.

Walk-ups are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot!

Event Location

National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314

Register

This ride is from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Confident City Cycling

Register Cost Location

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.

This is going to be fun!

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.

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?

  • Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
  • Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
  • Are you able to start and stop your bike in a controlled manner?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then a Learn to Ride is best for you.

What to bring:

  • Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
  • A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
  • 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! This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

Drop-ins are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot! Otherwise, walk up to any class at least 15 minutes before we start so we can have you fill out a little bit of paperwork.

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare member? Then the class is free. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 for a coupon.

Event Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

Register

Confident City Cycling

Register Cost Location

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.

This is going to be fun!

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.

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?

  • Do you know how to ride a bicycle?
  • Are you comfortable riding a bike for at least 30 minutes?
  • Are you able to start and stop your bike in a controlled manner?

If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, then a Learn to Ride is best for you.

What to bring:

  • Questions! We love them! Do you have a particular bike situation you’ve always wondered about? That’s what we’re here for.
  • A bike, helmet, water and a snack.
  • 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! This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

Drop-ins are free! But space is limited, so we recommend you register below ahead of time to hold your spot! Otherwise, walk up to any class at least 15 minutes before we start so we can have you fill out a little bit of paperwork.

Are you a WABA or Capital Bikeshare member? Then the class is free. Email or call 202-518-0524 x221 for a coupon.

Event Location

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

Register

Adult Learn to Ride

Register Cost Location

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.

Register

Class Cost

This class is offered thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria.

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

$25 Alexandria Subsidized + Join WABA: For Alexandria 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

Jones Point Park
Jones Point Drive
Alexandria, VA 23242

Driving/Parking
Parking is available at this location via S Royal Street.

Metro
The nearest and most convenient Metro stops are Eisenhower Avenue and King Street.

Biking
Jones Point Park is on the Mount Vernon Trail. The nearest Capital Bikeshare station is about five blocks away on the Northwest Corner of S Royal and Gibbon Streets.

The Alexandria Bike Campus takes a big step forward

December is not the ideal time for manual labor. Nonetheless, more than a dozen volunteers and representatives from partner organizations braved the cold and the wind to help WABA take the first steps toward installing the Alexandria Bike Campus.

WABA and the National Park Service (NPS) agreed to the proposed facility in 2015, and we successfully raised funds last spring to make it a reality. Final design and compliance approval took a bit longer than expected, but just before Thanksgiving, we got the final go-ahead.

Unfortunately, because of the low temperatures, actually painting the Bike Campus onto the pavement wasn’t possible. Instead, we spent the morning on “demolition” to get the site ready for the spring. We removed 74 concrete parking stops, pulled nearly 150 pieces of rebar from the ground, swept up and bagged all the debris, and patched the holes to prevent surface damage over the winter.

Best of all, we had a blast! Please sign up here to stay up to date as the project moves forward.

You can see a selection of pictures from the day here: