BikeArlington and WalkArlington are throwing a picnic to celebrate fall weather, enjoy Arlington’s great parks and trails, and build community! And how do you picnic with BikeArlington and WalkArlington? You ride or walk there, of course!
We’ll be demonstrating how to carry picnic supplies by bike or on foot, and then we’ll put it into action with a ride and walk to local stores to pick up picnic supplies. Then, we’ll return to Quincy Park to relax with games, activities, and more food. Plus, everyone will get a tote bag to decorate and one lucky person will walk away with a bike basket and rack, courtesy of Trek Bicycles Clarendon.
What to Bring
Since the ultimate challenge will be to bring our picnic goodies back to the park by bike and by hand, you’ll need a way to carry things. Bring your trusty backpack, cargo bike, or, reusable bags, or grocery cart! Don’t worry if you don’t have these—we’ll have plenty of storage capacity. We’ll also have blankets and picnic tables, but feel free to bring your favorite picnic blanket.
- 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Introductions, overview of gear, and split into biking and walking groups
- 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Brief bike ride and brief walk
- 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. Picnic, games, food, and crafts
The event is free, but please register.
Choose your own adventure! Please indicate if you’d like to go on the bike ride or walk when you register. Both the ride and walk will be kid-friendly and last no more than 30-45 minutes. Everyone will start and end together at Quincy Park.
- Buses within ½ mile: 1A, 1B, 2A, 10B, 22A, 22C, 23A, 23B, 23T, 38B, 53A, 53B, 62, PRTC D200
- Metrorail within ½ mile: Ballston-MU, Virginia Square-GMU
- Capital Bikeshare: Washington-Lee High School / N Stafford St & Generals Way, Utah St & 11th St N, Ballston Metro / N Stuart & 9th St N, N Randolph St & Fairfax Dr, Central Library / N Quincy St & 10th St N, Wilson Blvd & N Quincy St, Virginia Square Metro / N Monroe St & 9th St N, Fairfax Dr & Kenmore St
- Custis Trail
In the event of rain, we’ll relocate to Central Library.
Relax and unwind on a leisurely stroll after work, meet new people, and explore one of Arlington’s neighborhoods. In November, we’re checking out Shirlington and what makes this neighborhood unique. On this social walk, we’ll check out local hotspots such as shops, coffeehouses, parks, and public art and round out the evening with happy hour.
Details to be announced.
We invite you and your kiddos to come along with us as we learn about the National Park in our backyard—The George Washington Memorial Parkway.
There are two great ways to join in on the fun: a walk hosted by WalkArlington and a bike ride hosted by Kidical Mass and BikeArlington. National Parks Service Rangers will join both groups and share family-friendly information and neat activities. At the end of the event, everyone gets sworn in as Junior Rangers!
Both the walk and bike ride are geared towards families and kids, so the pace will be casual and slow. Everyone is welcome.
When you sign up, please choose whether you will be joining us for the walk or the bike ride. Note: the starting locations are different, but both events will finish at Theodore Roosevelt Island for a joint Junior Ranger ceremony.
Junior Ranger Walk
The walking group will meet at Theodore Roosevelt Island and explore the network of hiking trails, presidential monument, and rich history of the Island. The walk will be guided by a National Park Ranger, and there will be plenty to learn about, activities to engage with, and wildlife to spot along this lesser-know gem of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Route length: 2-2.5 miles on pedestrian-only unpaved trails. The walk should last roughly 90 minutes with stops—brings snacks and water.
Transportation & Parking: Theodore Roosevelt Island is accessible from the Rosslyn Metro (BL, OR, SV liens) via a short 15-minute walk along the Mount Vernon Trail. Street parking is also available in Rosslyn. Limited onsite parking.
If you have questions about accessibility on Theodore Roosevelt Island, please visit https://www.nps.gov/this/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm
Details on the Junior Ranger Bike Ride can be found on the Eventbrite page.
The PAC advises the County Board and the County Manager on the implementation of the pedestrian element of the Master Transportation Plan and other matters the committee deems important to advocate for the needs of pedestrians in Arlington.
The committee is made up of volunteers who keep the County focused on making Arlington a better place to walk — from the high-rise canyons of Rosslyn, Ballston and Crystal City to the leafy residential areas of north, south, and west Arlington.
Meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to join any meeting.
Relax and unwind on a leisurely stroll after work, meet new people, and explore one of Arlington’s neighborhoods. In December, we’re checking out Ballston and what makes this neighborhood unique. On this social walk, we’ll check out local hotspots such as shops, coffeehouses, parks, and public art and round out the evening with happy hour.
Details to be announced.