Join Black Women Bike for Beers, Bikes, and Bemusement at New Belgium Brewery’s TOUR DE FAT

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Date: May 30, 2015
Time: All Day!
Location: Yards Park,  DC

In addition to the fun, TDF is also BWB’s largest fundraiser of the year.  We will need your help to make this our most successful year yet. We need volunteers to help at the merchandise tent. So, clear your calendar and sign up for a shift! Not only do you get free beer, but you also are qualified for a chance to win spin classes at SculptDC!

If you are interested in volunteering, complete the form here.

Sisterhood Saturday presented by Black Women Bike, Women & Bicycles, and Girltrek

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Come together on Saturday May 16th, to celebrate the women in your life with women throughout the region! Bring your bike and ride or tie up your sneakers and walk. It’s about moving.

We’ll split up into three groups, one group will walk the Marvin Gaye Park Trail (about 2 miles total), along a stream with lots of tree canopy and open space. The second group will bike 5 miles along the trail and neighborhood streets at a social pace for all levels (8 mph). And for those looking to go on a longer ride the third group will go for a longer 15-mile ride at a faster pace (12-15 mph). You can decide which group you’d like to join the morning of.

Date: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Minnesota Ave Metro Station

To RSVP:

  1. Ask to join the Black Women Bike:DC Facebook group.
  2. RSVP on the event page.

Who should attend?
All ages and abilities welcome. LADIES ONLY.

Are you new to bicycling?
Fantastic! Glad you can join us. We will start and end the ride with a quick demo on bicycling and city streets. Group rides are great opportunities to hone your bike skills through experience and through conversation.

How to get there
Metro: Minnesota Ave Metro Station on the orange line
Drive: Free parking located in Minnesota Ave Metro parking lot
Bike: Use google maps or post below to get the most bike-friendly route

What to bring
Bring your helmet, water, a picnic item to enjoy by yourself or share, clothing that will keep you comfortable depending on the weather. If you’re bringing your own bike do a quick scan and make sure your tires are inflated, and your brakes are working well.

Capital Bikeshare
There is a bikeshare station at the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. Bikes are never guaranteed, and remember that you will be charged for any time you have your bike longer than 30 minutes.

Rain
In the event of rain, check Black Women Bike’s website www.blackwomenbike.org after 8:00am on May 16th for details.

Invite your friends and see you soon!

How to Ride the Streets of DC Safely

April 18 Safety Seminar 2015

In preparation for Bike to Work Day, Black Women Bike DC will host a seminar on Saturday, April 18, 2015 on how to bike on the roads safely, followed by a bike ride on the streets of DC.

2-4pm Safety Seminar
At the seminar you will learn the ABCs of bike safety, how to navigate an urban area, and how to be visible to motorists. We will provide you with a bike map, so you can map your route from home to work.

The seminar will be at the Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Road, SE)

4-5pm Bike Ride
We will take a short ride around the streets of DC, so you can become comfortable riding with motorists on the road.

Who should attend?
All levels who want to be more comfortable biking on the road.

What to bring?
– Your bike
– Helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
– Bike lock (bikes not allowed in the library)
– A friend/neighbor
– An open mind

Please also note:
– there is a Capital Bikeshare station in front of the library
– bikes are not allowed in the library and will need to be secured

THIS EVENT IS FOR WOMEN ONLY!

How to make Suitland Road Safer

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Black Women Black is proud to partner with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and the Suitland Civic Association to improve road conditions on a much used stretch of a highly trafficked road. We invite everyone to come out and contribute to the conversation about how to make Suitland Road between Branch Avenue and Silver Hill Road safer for bicyclists and pedestrians alike.

Join us Saturday, April 4th at 10:00 AM on the NE corner of Silver Hill Road.

We’ll travel down the road and debrief at the Water Tower (aka the Suitland Community Center located at 5600 Regency Parkway) around 11:30 AM.

Please, come with you concerns, questions, ideas and goals.

While it is not required, please RSVP here for an accurate head count for light refreshments:
http://www.waba.org/advocacy/campaigns/a-safer-suitland-road/

How to Bike in the Winter and at Night

Join us Saturday, November 1, for a free clinic on winter and nighttime bike riding! Don’t store your bike just yet – the fall and winter seasons are great times to ride, and we’ll share the tips and tricks to keep you as safe as possible.

Topics will include:
– Choosing the right clothing and gear
– Riding in different weather conditions
– Navigating streets when it’s dark
– Bonus: bring your favorite gear for show-and-tell!

Come out and meet BWBDC members, and bring your favorite winter/weather/night riding gear for show-and-tell!

This clinic is free and open to Black Women Bike members and guests. Please note:
– This clinic is for riders of ALL levels
– Bikes are not necessary and will not be allowed in the library
– Bring your favorite piece of gear for show-and-tell
– Childcare not provided

Saturday, November 1
12:00 – 2:00pm
Northeast Library
330 7th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

October Monthly Ride


The Details
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Ride Start Time: 9:30AM 
Location: Capital Crescent Trail entrance on Water Street NW in Georgetown. 

Who should attend?
All ages and abilities welcome. LADIES ONLY!

*Beginners/intermediate*: meet at the trail entrance on Water Street for an all levels out-and-back ride on the Capital Crescent Trail, with a stop in downtown Bethesda.

*Advanced*: meet at the trail entrance on Water Street. The route is approximately 27 miles round trip from Georgetown to the National Harbor and back. The ride may take approximately 2.5 hours with 1-2 stops on paved trails. Some inclines, no steep hills. 

What to bring?
– Water
– Bike & helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
– Snack
– A friend/neighbor/co-worker/sistergirl/daughter/niece/cousin
– An open mind
– Spare inner tube (for advanced ride)

What to do BEFORE the ride?
– Check your tire pressure
– Check your brakes

What happens if it rains?
For safety reasons we may cancel the bike ride if it is raining. Be sure to check facebook, twitter, or our website after 8:00 AM on the morning of the ride.

"Biking is the New Happy Hour" Night Ride [CO-ED]

Congressional Black Caucus will be in town.  Some attendees want to explore DC. Let’s show them a great time!

Since this is a night ride you MUST have a front light to participate. We strongly encourage reflective and/or light colored clothing.

Link to Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/393284967485939/

The Details
Thursday September 25, 2014
Specific Meeting Location: Bikeshare Station at 8th and H Street NW
6:30pm-7:00pm Check-in

Who should attend?
All ages and abilities welcome. This is a social ride.

What to bring?
– Water
– Bike (There is a large bikeshare station, but can’t guarantee bikes will be available)
– Helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
– Front light
– ALL your friends, co-workers, neighbor
– An open mind

What to do BEFORE the ride?
– Check your tire pressure
– Check your brakes
– Check your front light

What happens if it rains?
For safety reasons we may cancel the bike ride if it is raining. Be sure to check facebook, twitter, or our website after 4:00PM the day of the ride.

September Monthly Ride


The Details
Saturday September 20, 2014
Lake Artemesia
Specific Meeting Location: West Hyattsville Metro Station
9:00-9:30am Check-in

Who should attend?
All ages and abilities welcome. LADIES ONLY!

What to bring?
– Water
– Bike & helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
– A friend/neighbor/co-worker/sistergirl/daughter/niece/cousin
– An open mind

What to do BEFORE the ride?
– Check your tire pressure
– Check your brakes

What happens if it rains?
For safety reasons we may cancel the bike ride if it is raining. Be sure to check facebook, twitter, or our website after 8:00 AM on the morning of the ride.

Monthly Ride: August


The Details
Saturday August 16, 2014
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Specific Meeting Location: Stadium Armory Metro Station Entrance (Stadium Entrance)
9:00-9:30am Check-in

Who should attend?
All ages and abilities welcome. LADIES ONLY!

What to bring?
– Water
– Bike & helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
– A friend/neighbor/co-worker/sistergirl/daughter/niece/cousin
– An open mind

What to do BEFORE the ride?
– Check your tire pressure
– Check your brakes

What happens if it rains?
For safety reasons we may cancel the bike ride if it is raining. Be sure to check facebook, twitter, or our website after 8:00 AM on the morning of the ride.

Ride of the Police Chief of Capitol Heights, MD

Bike with the Chief
Wedneday July 23, 2014 (every other Wednesday), 6:00 PM
Capitol Heights Elementary School
601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD

Capitol Heights needs the support of as many bikers as possible.  This is not a ride for speed and most of bikers receiving this e-mail may not break a sweat.  This is a ride to help influence cycling in Capitol Heights, Maryland. 

Every new (safe) cyclist on the road means;
1. One less crazy driver with no patience
2. One friendlier person who is willing to help a cyclist in trouble
3. A new cycling buddy
This list could go on. 
Sometimes it’s a good thing to ride for a cause.  Black Women Bike urges you and your family to attend.