Gardens & Freedom Ride and Chat

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00 PM

Fort Totten Metro


About this ride:

Expect a low key, conversational pace on mostly flat, car free trails. We’ll stop at a few places to talk about Alethia Browning Tanner. We’ll be out for about 2 hours. 

Note: This ride series is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme/non-binary. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them!


Where We’re Riding: 

Join us for a ride along the Met Branch trail which features elaborate murals created by local artists that parallel the family-friendly multi-modal urban trail.  We’ll do a short, mostly flat 4 mile ride on Piscataway land starting from Ft. Totten Metro Station (550 Galloway St NE, Washington, DC, 20011). The ride is round trip. We will depart from Ft. Totten, make our way to Alethia Tanner Park, take a break and talk about the legacy of Alethia Browning Tanner, and then head over to the NoMa-Gallaudet U metro station and ride the metro back to the start. 

While riding, walking, or taking a break along the ride routes, participants must maintain 6 ft of distance between themselves and others not in their households. During the check-in, the chat, and while otherwise gathered as a group, participants must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose. Helmets are required for this ride. If you don’t have one, email us and we’ll get you a loaner. We’ll be riding on a paved trail for the duration of the ride and welcome you to bring your own bike. 

Don’t have a personal bike? No worries. We’ll reimburse your usage fee of a Capital Bikeshare bike – just shoot us an email. It will likely be warm so please dress accordingly in comfortable attire and bring water to stay hydrated.

What We’re Reading: 

We’ll be reading about the legacy of the courageous DC resident Alethia Browning Tanner. The short biography explores the life of Tanner who was enslaved and bought the freedom of a number of her family members by selling the crops she grew in her garden. But that’s not all! You’ll have to read the bio to find out more about this remarkable woman’s life.  


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This ride is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.