Cranksgiving – Saturday November 23rd

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail are cosponsoring Cranksgiving on Saturday, November 23rd. Cranksgiving is a food and clothing drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food/clothing drive to benefit A-SPAN, and part scavenger hunt. All you need is a bike, a bag, and a lock! (and a few bucks) Event registration is located at

How it Works

Cranksgiving is a choose-your-own-adventure-style bike ride that benefits those in our community in need during the winter season. Participants are given a manifest of suggested items to purchase or locate and tasks to complete in three hours. Participants will provide receipts and photographs when turning in their items to score points.

All items collected will be donated to the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).


It’s suggested that participants work in teams of 4-5. We’ll have an area designated on the day of the event to help match solo participants and teams looking for additional members.

Donation Only Participation

If you’re not able to make the event, but would still like to support, please register as a donation only participant. All donations will be used by the organizers to bulk purchase items for participants to pick up when completing challenges. All items will be donated to A-SPAN.

Starting Location

The event will begin and end at Ireland’s Four Courts, 2051 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. Participants will be given a list of tasks at 10 a.m. and must return by 1 p.m. to begin scoring. The after party runs from 1 to 3.


9 a.m. – Ireland’s Four Courts is open for brunch or coffee before the event

9:30 a.m. – Check In Opens

10 a.m. – Participants will be given manifest with locations

1 p.m. – Participants return to Ireland’s Four Courts with items for scoring

2 p.m. – Winners announced

3 p.m. – Official After Party Ends

What to Bring

1. Bike Lock

2. Something to carry stuff with: A basket, pannier or backpack should do

3. About $10 to $20 to purchase scavenger items with

4. A cellphone (you’ll need to show us pictures for some of the challenges)


We’ll be awarding fabulous prizes at the after party at Ireland’s Four Courts.

About A-SPAN

This event will collect items for Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. A-SPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. Find out more at

Mount Vernon Trail Ride and Fort Hunt Picnic With FABB and Alexandria BPAC – August 18th

Bike ride from Jones Point to Fort Hunt for a potluck picnic. We’ll also check out the Parkway crossings that are part of a safety study.

NPS is currently studying safety at intersections on the southern part of the GW Parkway, and they’re accepting public comments through August 21. On Sunday, August 18, let’s bike to each of the 11 intersections in the study and use that experience to inform our comments. Because it’s less than ideal to bike with a large group on the MVT on the weekend, we’ll probably break into smaller groups of 4-5 people, each led by an experienced rider.

Along the way, each group will have the opportunity to observe issues like speeding on the parkway, the difficulty of crossing the parkway to get to the trail, and trail crossings where it’s hard for drivers to see trail users (and vice versa). We’ll then regroup at Fort Hunt, where we’ll collectively discuss our observations, have a potluck picnic, and write up our individual comments (paper and pens will be provided). If anyone wants to join just for the picnic, they’re welcome to do that too.


  • Start location: Jones Point Park next to the bathrooms
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Picnic Location: Fort Hunt Park, Area E
  • Picnic Time: 11 a.m. (approximate)

This ride is a joint effort of the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail, the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling and the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

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Summer Happy Hour – Thursday, August 1st

The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail are hosting a summer happy hour on Thursday, August 1st from 4:30 to 7 at Island Time Bar and Grill located just off the Mount Vernon Trail at the Columbia Island Marina. Come enjoy a beer out on the patio with us. Island Time is a great place to grab a beer or food while you’re out on the trail. Info and menu is here:

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