Summer in the DC region is hot and humid. One of the best ways to beat the heat is to ride downhill with the breeze blowing on your face to the Columbia Marina then take a kayak on to the Potomac River and paddle on the water for a while. It’s a relaxing way to start your weekend. It’s a great event for a date or a fun outing for the kids.
Need to know:
- Single kayaks $16/hour
- Double kayak $22/ hour holds 2 adults and one child
- Children ages 8 and up can kayak alone
- Island Time Bar & Grill is a full-service restaurant on the property
Registration is required for this event. There is a fee payable to the Columbia Island Marina for the kayak rentals. This is a family-friendly event.
Getting to the Event
We’ll meet at Clarendon Metro Station. Bikeshare stations are about 1 block away near N. Highland and Wilson Blvd. Use Care Free Near Me to see all of your transportation options.
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.
Cookies, pie, ice cream, and candy! We’ll have it all in the Sweet Treats Ride! This ride is for those with a sweet tooth or who have always heard about one of the locations we’re going to and thought I need to check out that place. So let’s do it! We’ll be visiting four locations. We’re starting at Nicecream which sells specially flavored ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. From there we will stop at Acme Pie to try one of their seasonal pies made with a flaky southern crust. Our next stop will be Best Buns to taste one of their yummy cookies or muffins. And finally, we will ride to Sugar Factory in Pentagon City to buy candy for later.
This is a family-friendly ride. Join us for one, two, or all four stops.
This is a one-way ride ending at Pentagon City Metro. You will be able to take the Yellow or Blue Line back if you like or continue on with your day via bike.
We’re partnering with Pizza Club of Washington Meetup Group for our Single Slice Spin Arlington Edition. We will check out the pizza in three locations. Starting at Ballston Metro we’ll ride to Goody’s pizza where they boast of having a jumbo NY style slice. We’ll burn some calories as we ride to WiseGuys (my favorite) for a slice then end in Crystal City at We, the Pizza. If you love pizza,(and who doesn’t?) This is your chance to try out a slice at three places and meet some other pizza lovers while biking off those cheesy calories.
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.