The Disaster Relief Trials is a bicycle competition which challenges participants to consider how their bike could be a resource during an emergency (with the hopes you will carry this knowledge to expand the scope of your bike transportation capabilities!). It simulates a disaster, blocking roadways, and challenges participants to use their bikes to pick up food, water, and other emergency supplies from checkpoints throughout Arlington County while completing emergency preparedness challenges and traversing obstacles, such as barriers and water crossings.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Beginning and ending at Gateway Park in Rosslyn, participants will ride to checkpoints throughout the County to pick up and deliver food, water, and other supplies, relay critical messages, and traverse obstacles such as a water crossing, rough terrain, and physical barriers. Participants can use a regular bike with racks, panniers, and/or backpacks, a cargo bike, or a regular or cargo bike with electric assist.
At each checkpoint, participants will also be presented with emergency preparedness challenges. Points will be awarded for the total weight of supplies transported back to the finish, as well as a successful traverse of obstacles and completion of the emergency preparedness challenges. This is not timed and the trials are not a race.
The start/finish location will be at the lower half of Gateway Park (between Lynn Street and Ft. Myer Drive) in Rosslyn (1300 Lee Highway), with checkpoints throughout the County. Checkpoint locations will be revealed at the event start.
Community members, families, observers, and challenge participants are invited to attend the Disaster Relief Trials Finish Festival. While the participants bike around Arlington, test yourself on emergency preparedness skills and get your family in tip-top shape for an emergency, including free bike maintenance and assessments. Plus, eat delicious food from local food trucks, bring the kiddos and watch them do our “Kiddie DRT” course, get free swag, play lawn games, try out new fitness activities, and more! The Finish Festival will be located at the DRT Start/Finish line in Gateway Park in Rosslyn and can be enjoyed by all (open to the public) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Bike Arlington to learn how to create a belt using old bicycle parts. All materials and tools provided. Makers can keep the belts they make at the workshop.
Registration required. Supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
We hope this never happens to you, but if you were hit by a car would you know what to do next? Do you go to the hospital? Do you take pictures of the crash? Should you call the driver’s insurance company? All of these questions and more will be answered at the What to Do After a Bike Crash Workshop with our featured speaker Bruce Deming aka The Bike Lawyer.
Bruce works exclusively with people who have been in bike crashes and is a wealth of knowledge about how to handle a crash if you are the one who has been hit or the one who has witnessed it. Join us on October 3rd to learn more about how to respond in the moments after a crash.
We hope you never need this information but we do want you to be prepared with this information if you need it.
Join BikeArlington and WalkArlington for our signature Winter Accessory Workshop.
We will also be holding a donation drive for Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to help provide cold-weather accessories for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals. Participants are encouraged to bring donations or make an additional cold weather accessory to donate.
Current ASPAN Adult Client Needs:
- new socks
- new underwear
All skill levels are welcome and all materials needed will be provided. if you have a sewing machine and wold be able to help at the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The more machines we have, the more fleecy accessories we can make!
We’re partnering with Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s Women & Bicycles Program for this event.
Curious about how to keep riding through the winter? Currently riding outside but unsure how in the heck to keep doing it in February when it is really cold? Have some great tips learned from experience or wisdom from others? In partnership with Bike Arlington, we’re gathering to talk through some options to keep riding outside safe and pleasant when it’s cold! We’re going for a short ride in Arlington, cover some winter riding tips and tricks for you and your bicycle, and then go find pie to celebrate!*