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.

Sisterhood Saturday - July 19



Black Women Bike: DC & GirlTrek: Take A Walk, Join A Movement! present Sisterhood Saturdays on Saturday July 19, 2014.

We want you to get moving with your sisters. Bring your bike and ride or tie up your sneakers and walk. It's about moving.


The Details
9:00-9:30am Check-in
10:00-11:30am Bike and/or Walk

Specific Meeting location: In the parking lot near the East Potomac Pool.

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

What to bring?
- Water
- Comfortable shoes
- 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 happens if it is raining?
The walk portion of Sisterhood Saturdays with Girl Trek will occur rain or shine. However, 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/walk.

THIS EVENT IS FOR WOMEN ONLY!



Sisterhood Saturday - June 21

UPDATE 7:50AM: We WILL be riding this morning. See you at 9:00 AM


Ladies,

There is a chance it will be raining in the morning. The walk portion of Sisterhood Saturdays with Girl Trek will occur rain or shine. However, for safety reasons we will cancel the bike ride if it is raining. We will make a decision regarding the bike ride at 8:00 AM. Be sure to check facebook, twitter, our website or call 202-810-4292 after 8:00 AM tomorrow morning.

If we cancel for rain, we will host a bike ride on Sunday morning, same place, same time.

Sisterhood Saturdays



Black Women Bike: DC & GirlTrek: Take A Walk, Join A Movement! present Sisterhood Saturdays in June and July.

We want you to get moving with your sisters. Bring your bike and ride or tie up your sneakers and walk. It's about moving.

9:00-9:30am Check-in
10:00-11:30am Bike and/or Walk

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

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

THIS EVENT IS FOR WOMEN ONLY!



Did you miss our surviving the streets of DC?


On April 26, 2014 we hosted "Surviving the Streets on a Bike". Attendees learned about proper lane positions, "taking the lane", how to navigate intersections, and how to bike on multilane roads.  After a two hour seminar, attendees had an opportunity to practice on a pre-determined route.

Download the Presentation


Safety Video from 2013

Tour de DC Public Libraries - May 17, 2014

Black Women Bike is proud to be a sponsor of the 5th Annual Tour de DCPL.  Click here to RSVP

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. - Featuring Allyson Criner Brown

Allyson Criner Brown is a member of the Black Women Bike Leadership Team and a representative on the DC Bicycle Advisory Council. She has a great cameo in a video produced by the Green Lanes Project entitled The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S.
The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

EVENT: Surviving the Streets on a Bike

Saturday April 26, 2014
9:30am - 12:30pm
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 
Training Center
777 N. Capitol Street NE

In preparation for Bike to Work Day, BWB will be hosting a seminar on how to bike on the roads safely, followed by a bike ride on the streets of DC (because if you can survive DC, you can survive anything).

9:30am - 11:30am 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.

11:30am - 12:30PM 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? 
- Photo ID (You will need it to get into the building)
- Bike
- Helmet (You MUST have a helmet to participate in the ride)
- A friend/neighbor/sistergirl
- An open mind

If you are on Faceboook, please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/222963767902385/

THIS EVENT IS FOR WOMEN ONLY!

ADVOCACY Opportunity: Do you ride in Northeast DC?

The District Department of Transportation will host a final public meeting for the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study.

April 2, 2014, 7pm - 9pm 
Two Rivers Charter School 
1234 4th Street NE

 Please attend if you can! Black Women Bike supports protected bike lanes (e.g. cycle tracks) as the optimal design to promote bicycle safety, where possible. 

According to the recent DCist article, "DDOT Project Manager Gabe Onyeador says the three alternatives that will be presented will include bike lanes, a cycletrack and wider sidewalks."

More information
DCist article: http://dcist.com/2014/03/florida_avenue_ne_transportation_st.php 
DDOT project site: http://www.floridaavesafety.org/2014/03/17/public-meeting-april-2nd/


BWBDC 2014 Planning Meeting


Do you have ideas for rides or events? Interested in serving on the executive committee? Want to become more involved and connect with more members?

Help set Black Women Bike DC's course for the year at our 2014 planning meeting!


Saturday, March 8
10:30am - 12pm add to calendar


Northeast Library
330 7th St NE
Washington, DC 20002 


closest metro is Union Station (Red)

Please note bikes will not be allowed inside the library. Your RSVP is appreciated.




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