Join us in the 2nd Annual Women on a Roll ride

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This Sunday, May 17th is our 2nd Annual Women on a Roll Ride! Last year we rode around to all five Alexandria bike shops to show our support (and ask for some in return!).  This year we’re showing our love for Capital Bikeshare. We’ll do a casual ride by existing stations as well as some locations that could be home to future stations.  We have free 1-day passes if you aren’t a CaBi member (you do need a credit card to register), and all non-CaBi bikes are welcome too!  Wear RED to show your CaBi love :)  Best place to get the details and keep up on the latest information is on Facebook.
This is a no-drop ride that will start and end at the new Braddock Neighborhood Park at Pendleton & Henry Streets (gather at 9:30am, roll at 10:00am).  The ride will be leisurely, and we’ll hang out in the park afterwards to enjoy some Sugar Shack donuts and chit chat.

Sign up for an Indoor Cycling Party

We’re hosting an indoor cycling party at Swet Ride this Saturday! Swet Ride (pronounced Sweet Ride) is a new cycling studio on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray.

We’ll sweat for 50 minutes, then enjoy some treats. The class will be small and there are only 2 spots left! After it fills up, we’ll have a wait list in case anyone cancels later this week.

Sign up at swet-ride.com and use the code ALEXSPOKES in the promo box. The $12 fee is due when you arrive at the studio!

Freezing this February? Fortuitously, full of free, warm-fuzzy, friendly festivities!

If you’ve been feeling cooped up at home, we’ve scheduled a bunch of events perfect for getting out of the house and meeting people who like to bike in Alexandria. Your options fall on a range of “interactive with other people” from marching in a large public parade to mingling to sitting quietly in a dark room.

  • Monday, 2/16 = George Washington Parade (line up 12:30 @ Gibbon & Pitt Streets)
  • Saturday, 2/21 = Bike-Themed Film Screening at Duncan Library (2PM)
  • Thursday, 2/26 = BPAC Happy Hour at Theisman’s (5PM to ??)
  • Saturday, 2/28 = Cycling Party at Swet Ride (4PM – not free)
  • March TBA = Craft Night!
  • March TBA = Bike Fit and Posture Event

George Washington Parade
Join us in the annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town! The Spokeswomen will be proudly biking/marching with our banner, joined by other enthusiastic members of the Alexandria bike community.

All ages and genders are welcome. Free event. Please contact us for logistics.

Bike-Themed Film Screening at Duncan Library
We will be screening a classic film from 1948 widely revered as one of the greatest films of all time, about a man and his son’s search for a stolen bicycle. Roger Ebert described it as ‘alive with strength and freshness’ on the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release, and the film has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

All ages and genders are welcome. Free event.

BPAC Happy Hour at Theisman’s
The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is hosting another happy hour in Old Town at the end of this month.  Our last one in the fall was a huge success, where we got to meet a lot of new people and grow the Spokeswomen!

All genders are welcome, 21+ if you intend to drink. Free event, buy your own food/drink.

Cycling Party at Swet Ride

Join us for an indoor cycling party at the new Swet Ride studio in Del Ray! It will be a small class with an instructor.

Women(identifying) only. $12, must pre-register. Please contact us for details.


Connect with others going to these events by checking out our social media:

Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/alexandriaspokeswomen

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alexandria.spokeswomen

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/alexspokeswomen

Holiday Lights Recap

Thank you for joining us for our holiday lights ride! With 30 (WOW!) people, dozens of decorated houses, and a great neighborhood atmosphere, we had a fabulous time cruising through the streets of Del Ray. The ride also coincided with the Del Ray Holiday on the Avenue, meaning plenty of people were out and about and cheered us on.

Many of us decked out our bikes with lights – so many lights that we stopped a holiday party as everyone rushed to the living room window to peer out at us!

Check out the little photo gallery below and please share photos you snapped with us. Facebook, Twitter, email, comment, clandestine envelope drop because we don’t do snail mail, just get in touch with us :)

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Bike Ride

It should be a well-known fact that the Del Ray neighborhood goes above and beyond with holiday decorations. If you didn’t know until just now, come see it firsthand this Saturday on our holiday lights parade bike ride.

We will be decking out our bikes with lights, flashy and otherwise, for this nighttime bike ride. Then we’ll roll by the best displays of Del Rayian Decorating we can find. Look out for inflatable holiday dinosaurs, Santa riding a bike, a Peanuts display, and lots of puppies (it is Alexandria after all).

And just a few blocks away, the Del Ray Holiday Tree Lighting festival will be popping, bringing extra holiday cheer to our bike ride. They will have music, luminaries, and Santa on hand. After the ride, some of us may linger to enjoy the festivities and grab some dinner together.

Meet us at the corner of Mt. Vernon Ave and E Mason Ave (old Audi dealership) at 6pm 12/13. We’ll be the ones twinkling…. Bring your friends and family, men and women and children of all ages, ugly sweaters, and your own bikes, trikes, and unicycles. The ride will be short, mostly flat paved roads, and suitable for all ages and bike types.

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Oktober #BikeToBeer

As the season changes to autumn, the trees in Alexandria get colorful, the air feels perfect for bike rides, and the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers start flowing. Join us in our celebration of these wonderful things!

We’re hosting a social group ride to 2 Virginia breweries, Port City and Mad Fox. We hope you come join the fun, especially in your best Oktoberfest attire. This ride is open to all ages, genders, and outfits German or otherwise, but you must take responsibility for your own purchases and safety.

Check out details and see who’s coming here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1478905795725312/

Happy rides, all!

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August Happy Hour Recap

Welcome to September! The summer is still summery, but we’re looking ahead to upcoming events and gatherings. We hosted a happy hour a couple weeks ago and got some input from some lovely ladies. There is enthusiasm for political outreach, for learning how to bike, and more. It was also great to hear about some of the different activities you’re already into: tandem rides for those with sight-impairments, trail ranger-ing, a really hilly weekend ride that you conquered!

We hope to see you (and your friends!) again soon. In the meantime, let’s recap a little about us:

Who we are:
We are a group of women who live, work, and/or ride bikes in Alexandria. Or we want to! The members are from different neighborhoods, different riding styles (like casual point-to-point and weekend long rides), and different backgrounds. The organizers of the group is known as the “Hub.” Look out for more information on the hubbies soon.
How we do what we do:
We are a volunteer group based on our community. While some of us might wish we could quit our full-time jobs and spend time organizing daily bike rides, we can’t. If you really want to see something happen, maybe hub can make it happen for everyone. Or maybe we need you to take initiative and help make Alexandria a better place for women to bike (hint hint: we heard 2 people are interested in morning coffee get-togethers). We’re happy to help, including getting the word out or putting you in touch with people better equipped to help you.
Speaking of getting the word out:
I encourage you to follow us online: email listserv, Facebook, Twitter, and this website. I know everyone has preferences (e.g. don’t use Twitter, prefer email blasts, like to Like on Facebook) but we can’t accommodate all of it. Feel free to join some or all of our social media outlets, but understand that information and interaction varies from platform to platform.
  • Consider an email blast if you need help planning a route to work, or want ladies to join you on a ride to a beer tasting, or if your bike shop is offering a deal on sports bras and jerseys. There is an option to receive emails to your inbox so you can opt out of receiving emails in your inbox but you’ll still have access to the listserv.
  • Friend us on Facebook to get invites to our events. The events are public and will be shared across the Facebook universe so you don’t need to friend us to see events. We aren’t a Facebook group but if you want to chat on a Facebook platform, I suggest you check out WABA Women & Bicycles’ page.
  • Follow us on Twitter for short blasts like “we’re at happy hour right now” or “Alexandria PD is handing out bike locks at Braddock today.” Consider Twitter if you like hashtags. Suggested hashtags: #bikedc #bikeva #AlexandriaVA #biketobeer #DelRay @bikeshare @WABADC @AlexandriaVAGov @KidicalMassALX
  • This website serves as a gateway – tell your friends to visit this page to get started with us. This is where longer recaps of our events will be posted as well as the Save the Date and Resources pages which are handy if you’re looking for our calendar or for a list of local bikeshops.
  • And if you want to contact the whole hub, email alexandriaspokeswomen@gmail.com. We do check it every now and then.