FABB is a volunteer-led group of concerned cyclists founded in 2005 with the goal of making bicycling an integral part of the transportation network of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax in northern Virginia. A prime example of how a small number of dedicated people can be “agents of change,” in a few years we have shown proven results as a powerful voice for cycling in Fairfax. In spring 2011, we formally became part of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), thus joining our local expertise with WABA’s extensive regional resources and opportunities. Think of FABB as WABA’s branch in Fairfax County, focusing on issues unique to the county’s sprawling suburban setting. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month in Vienna. We disseminate information through a bi-monthly newsletter, and our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages. You can support our work by making a tax-deductible donation.
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute is the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. We are a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. We try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets through improved standards. Our volunteers serve on the ASTM helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We provide a Toolkit for helmet programs and an email helmet newsletter, both free. We are all volunteers, funded entirely by consumer donations. We maintain our independence by never accepting funds from the industry. As much as we believe in helmets we still consider them a secondary safety measure and urge that primary measures such as safer roads and education programs for riders and drivers not be neglected. Last year we served over two million pages to nearly 600,000 distinct users.