Everyday Bicycling Program Year in Review
The Everyday Bicycling program rode with a lot of bicyclists in 2017. Since the weather is supposed to turn colder this time of year the adult education team doesn’t offer many classes. Instead, we take a brief pause to scan behind and discover what worked in 2017, then set our sights on 2018 and beyond. Below are some highlights from the year. A few hundred new bicyclists This year our team of instructors led 30 adult Learn to Ride classes across DC, Arlington, and (for the first time!) Prince George’s County, and the City of Falls Church.
- More than 400 folks attended a class and 80% of them were riding by the end of the morning!
- That means 320 new riders are enjoying the trails and roads on two-wheels today!
- WABA ran 25 City Cycling classes in Montgomery County, DC, Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia.
- WABA ran two family biking classes in DC – one discussing the challenges of riding with youth attached to the bike, while the other focused on the joys of riding with youth on their own bike in the city.
- WABA ran a youth bike rodeo in Montgomery County.
- WABA trained National Park Service Rangers that work along the Anacostia River Trail.
- To date, WABA led 220 community members through the neighborhoods discussing ways to avoid the door zone and how to deal with tricky intersections.
- We shared thousands of fun facts and trivia questions.
- For the first time, WABA led a Community Ride in Fairfax County.
- We’ve got one ride left on the calendar for 2017 – come and ride with us!
- WABA shared the key components to start commuting by bike with more than 300 people in Everyday Biking Seminars at workplaces across the region. The point of this seminar is to encourage people to try a regular trip by bike instead of car.
- WABA met with and had honest conversations with the supervisors and safety trainers of DC Circulator buses about using the road with pedestrians and bicyclists, through the creation and launch of WABA’s Bicycle Friendly Driver program.