Grab your layers and get your bike ready because we’re bringing the heat this winter! Join us Sunday, February 13 for a thrilling two-hour showdown of contests and activities to celebrate winter biking and commuting in Arlington. You don’t have to be an expert, just bring your bike, expect to have fun, and to receive some rewarding giveaways just for participating.
Participate in as many contests as you can to compete for giveaways and a special BikeArlington Winter Bike Games medal.
There will be refreshments to help you stay warm.
This event is for everyone: the beginner biker, kids, and the year-round commuter.
Come see what the winter biking fun is all about!
Long Bridge Park (main parking lot between the three fields)
From the Four Mile Run Trail (bike)
From Clarendon (bike)
From the Crystal City Metro Station
Take Capital Bikeshare: There is a station located at Long Bridge Dr & 6th St, and another station at the Long Bridge Aquatic Center.
10:00-10:15: “Opening Ceremonies” Check-in and Kickoff
10:15-10:35: Get Ready Race
10:35-10:45: Green Carpet: Best Lit
10:50-11:10: Slow Bike Race
11:10-11:25: Green Carpet: Best Dressed
11:25-11:50: Relay Race
11:50-12:00: “Closing Ceremonies”
Get Ready Race: You’re late to work and need to quickly dress, get out the door and hop onto your bike…but we’ve added a twist. You’ll have to put on the clothes on TOP of your outfit 😊. See who can throw on baggy clothing the fastest and then ride their bike back to the finish line first.
Best Lit: In the winter, it’s hard not to find yourself riding at night, so it’s important that our bikes stay well lit. We want to see who has the most fun, creative, eye-catching light display on their bike in Arlington. Bike the red carpet and compete for a medal.
Slow Bike Race: Anyone can bike quickly, but the real skill is who can go the slowest. Be the last one to the finish line and you win–you just have to keep moving the whole race.
Best Dressed: Show off your layers, or lack thereof! Bike the green carpet and strike a pose in your favorite outfit for winter biking.
Relay Race: We’ll form teams on the day of the event for a silly relay that is sure to end it laughs, smiles, and minor bragging rights for one winning team.
This event is rain or shine.
Celebrate Pie Day with a bike ride exploring some of the best pie shops in Arlington. This bike ride will be a five-mile ride beginning at Livin’ the Pie Life and ending at Acme Pie on Columbia Pike.
11 – 11:20 AM – Livin’ the Pie Life
11:20 AM – Ride to Next Stop
12 – 12:30 PM – Acme Pie
12:30 PM– Ride Ends
Need to Know
This event is BYOP (“Bring Your Own Pie”) so please bring cash or card to support and enjoy some pie from the local shops.
Helmets are required for this ride. This will be a no-drop ride of about 5 miles and the pace will be slow and social through mostly flat roads. Bring your family and friends!
7:30 PM – Meet at Westover Branch Library
7:30-7:45 PM – Learn from Astronomer, Jim Toomey
7:45 PM – Roll out
8:15 PM – Arrive at Tuckahoe Elementary School
8:15-8:45 PM – Observe the night sky with Astronomer, Dr. Jennifer Bartlett
8:45 PM – Ride back to Westover Branch Library
9 PM – Ride ends
Need to Know
This 2-mile ride will be slow-paced. Be ready to bike uphill to get the best night sky views. The ride will end at Minor Hill.
Helmets and lights are required for this ride. We will have sets available if you don’t have your own. This will be a hilly, no-drop ride of about 2 miles and the pace will be slow and social with stops along the way to learn about twilight. Bring your family and friends!
BikeArlington will take a small group on a bike tour to take in breathtaking views of the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom at sunset along the Mount Vernon Trail.
Need to know
The 5 mile ride will start at Virginia Highlands Park to the Mt. Vernon Trail to get riverside views, before heading back to Crystal City as the sun sets on the river.
Helmets and lights are required for this ride. We will have some sets available if you don’t have your own. Bring your family and friends to welcome in spring!
6:25- 6:35 PM – Check-in
6:35- 6:40 PM – Ride begins around Virginia Highlands
6:45-7:15 PM – Ride to Navy Merchant Marine Memorial along MVT
7:15-7:30 PM – Take in the view
7:30-8 PM – Ride ends at the Crystal City Metro Station
Spring is here! Join BikeArlington in getting students ready to bike to school at our Spring into Biking Rodeo! We’ll be having skills courses for riders to practice riding, bike checks to make sure bikes are good to go, and tabling activities to help students prepare for their school commute. Elementary & middle school students are encouraged to attend as well as anyone who wants to learn about biking! Be sure to ask us about bringing a Bike Train to your school!
What to Bring:
Please bring your bike and a helmet. Limited quantities of strider bikes and helmets will be available for younger children.
Budding Sessions Schedule:
4:10-4:20pm: Bike Check: ABC’s
Join us as we collectively go over what your bike needs to get ready to ride.
4:30-4:40pm: Where Am I Going: Route Planning
Join us as we collectively draw out a route to school and talk about what you should plan on looking for when creating your route.
4:50-5:20pm: PAL: Skills for the Streets
Join us as we collectively practice some sweet skills to use on your bike!
5:30-5:40pm: Mini Bike Train Escapade
Join us on a short ride around the park as we hold a mini Bike Train group ride.
*All activities will be available to attendees throughout the event*
BikeArlington is teaming up with the Columbia Pike Wellness Festival to celebrate wellness with a bike ride. The Columbia Pike Wellness Festival will showcase the best of wellness on the Pike – for you that could mean a fitness studio, a spa treatment, or a neighborhood pharmacist. At BikeArlington, we find wellness in moving our bodies and seeing Arlington on two wheels.
Join us on a tour of Columbia Pike’s bike boulevards and the surrounding neighborhoods before returning to the Festival.
What to Know
This 3-4 mile ride is kid-friendly and will be at a social, no-drop pace.
What to Bring
Helmets are required. If you don’t have your own bike, you can grab a shared Capital Bikeshare bike or e-bike right from the station at Centro.
Soak in the sights and sounds of a spring morning with an early riser Bike & Bird Watching ride, led by Matt Felperin, Roving Naturalist for NOVA Parks, and an expert birder. Among other bird species, we hope to see some beautiful warblers who are tropical songbirds making their spring migration.
7:50 – 8:05AM – Meet at the Arlington Loop sign on the W&OD Trail at Columbia Pike
8:10AM – Ride begins
10AM – Ride ends back at Arlington Loop Sign
Need to Know
This 3 to 4 mile ride will consist of multiple stops along the way to look for birds. Bring your own binoculars. We will have a limited number of binoculars available for use.
Helmets are required for this ride. This will be a no-drop ride of about 3-4 miles and the pace will be slow and social. Bring your family and friends!
Before Bike to Work Day, on Thursday, May 12, meet the BikeArlington team at Ballston Quarter.
Get a free bike check, customized bike route, and more to make sure that you’re ready to bike to one of our pitstops on Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 20).
Stop by Ballston Quater with your bike and a Trek Bike Ballston mechanic will be there to make sure it is good to go!
Join BikeArlington and Arlington Art Truck for a beautiful art tour of Arlington! This ride will start and end at the Arlington Art Truck’s pop-up along the W&OD Trail. Together we will ride to three new South Arlington public art displays before returning to the Art Truck to participate in Edgar Reyes’ Interconnected Roots where we learn about the diversity and interconnectivity of our communities and the native plants that grow within them.
This ride will be slow paced with stops along the way to learn about and admire some of Arlington’s beautiful public art. The ride will be about 4 miles on mostly trails and neighborhood streets.
BikeArlington and Friends of Arlington Planetarium partner to present Tour de Planets.
Take a fun bike while learning about the planets with the Friends of Arlington Planetarium as we ‘bike the solar system’ on this 4.5-mile loop around Arlington. We will stop along the way to mark-off the distance as if we were biking from the sun to all the planets in our solar system.
Good To Know
We will go at a slow pace on this family friendly ride with many educational stops along the 4.5-mile journey through space.
Helmets are required at BikeArlington events so don’t forget to bring yours along for the ride.
Bring your friends, family, and neighbors for a great Tour de Planets through Arlington!