The May 2019 BAC meeting will take place on Saturday, May 4 at the Lee Highway Alliance, 4620 Lee Highway, Suite 208. A pre-meeting bike ride along Lee Highway will begin at 10 am, followed by the meeting at 11 am.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee will resume its regular meetings open to the public on the first Monday of the month starting in June.
New this year, the basic skills clinic is designed to give you more opportunities to sharpen your riding skills. So if you’ve completed the Learn to Ride class and want more practice time or are simply looking to improve your riding skills, this class is for you. Certified instructors will lead drills, including starting, stopping, turning, weaving, and gradual breaking.
Students should be able to balance and ride on two pedals.
Students should bring their own bike and helmet. If you’re unable to bring your own bike, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-518-0524 at least 48 hours prior to the clinic.
This is a great class for riders of all skill levels. If you’re an experienced rider, there are skills to learn. If you’re new, we’ll help you master fundamentals. Certified instructors will help you learn to deal with traffic, communicate effectively and master the transition from road to trail and back again. You’ll also work on bike handling maneuvers and ride along the local bike trails or bike lanes on a group ride.
Students should know how to ride a bike, be able to ride for at least 30 minutes, and be comfortable starting and stopping on a bike.
Students are required to bring their own bike and helmet.
The Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) and Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) advise the County Board and County Manager. Members of the public are invited to join any meeting.
Special joint meetings of the PAC and BAC will be held on July 10, 2019 and October 7, 2019.
This meeting is being held on September 9 because of Labor Day.
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.