Thanks for joining us at the 2018 WABA and Bicyclists’ Choice Awards!

Held on February 8th at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, the 2018 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards were an incredible success! This is a favorite annual events because we get to celebrate the people who are making bicycling better in our community – not only our members, advocates and supporters, but our partners, elected leaders and decision makers. These awards recognized the momentum happening for bicycling in the region right now; we were honored to recognize these people and their work.

This year, WABA received a record number of votes for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and hosted a record number of attendees. We also had the best host a bunch of bike nerds could hope for: Lauren Ober, of NPR and WAMU’s The Big Listen. 

The energy in the room was absolutely electric – we can’t wait to do it again next year!  Thank you to everyone who attended, voted, nominated, and supported such an amazing evening.

Continue reading to find out who won and to see photos from the event.

 

WABA Award Winners

  • Community Organizer Award: Anna Irwin
  • Vision Zero Award: City of Alexandria (accepted by Mayor Allison Silberberg)
  • Protecting Bike Lanes Award: Jon Renaut & DDOT Public Space Regulation Team: Matthew Marcou, Elliott Garrett, and Levon Petrosian
  • Educator of the Year Award: Edgar Gil Rico
  • Biking for All Award: Phoenix Bikes (accepted by Edoardo Buenaobra and Raymond Duran)
  • Advocate of the Year Award: Dave Helms
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Lauren Annenberg and Michael Avilez
  • Public Leadership Award: Chief Sogand Seirafi

 

Bicyclists’ Choice Awards Nominees

Best Improvement for Biking in the District of Columbia in 2017

  • Dockless Bikeshare
  • Oxon Run Trail
  • Bike to Work Day pit stop in Twining, Ward 7
  • Maine Avenue SW protected bike lanes
  • Klingle Valley Trail Opening
  • 15th St. protected bike lane extension to Euclid

Winner: 15th St. protected bike lane extension to Euclid

Best Improvement for Biking in Maryland in 2017

  • Silver Spring Circle
  • Trolley Trail Connector through Riverdale Park Station
  • HAWK Signals
  • M-NCPPC new regulations, allowing bike commuting after dark

Winner: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for the promulgation of new regulations to allow bike commuting after dark.

Best Improvement for Biking: Virginia

  • Alexandria’s commitment to Vision Zero
  • Underpass for Belmont Ridge Road on the W&OD trail
  • Four Mile Run Trail improvements
  • Updates to highway funding bill eliminating penalties for bike projects

Winner: Updates to highway funding bill eliminating penalties for bike projects

Best Bike Shop of 2017

  • Spokes, ETC.
  • Conte’s Bike Shop
  • CityBikes
  • BicycleSPACE
  • The Bike Rack
  • Proteus Bicycles
  • Gearin’ Up
  • Bikenetic
  • Big Wheel Bicycles

Winner: Proteus Bicycles

Best Social Ride of 2017

  • Hains Point 100
  • Ride to the Women’s March
  • Proteus Sunday Coffee ride
  • International Women’s Day Alleycat
  • BicycleSPACE City Explorers
  • Freezing Saddles

Winner: Hains Point 100

Bike Friendliest Business of 2017

  • VeloCafe
  • Bar Roubaix
  • Dew Drop Inn
  • Vigilante Coffee
  • Shortcake Bakery
  • Zeke’s Coffee
  • Mapbox
  • World Resources Institute

Winner: Dew Drop Inn

Thank you again to everyone who came out and who made for such an incredible celebration!

Of course, we want to say a huge thank you to our sponsors for supporting better bicycling in our region:

Presenting Sponsor: 

Celebration Sponsors: 

She won a free bike, will you?

You may not know Celeste, but she was a WABA bike education student last year. By attending a bicycle education class in 2017, Celeste was automatically entered to win the sweet bicycle you see above. Celeste signed up for a WABA Learn to Ride class because the time was finally right. She had lived long enough without being able to ride a bike. She was proud of her great life surrounded by friends, working as a professor and staying active within her community. What she didn’t have was the experience of enjoying life on two wheels.

This is where WABA came in.

In the span of three hours, Celeste was introduced to wearing a helmet properly, how to make sure her bike was properly fitted for her, and finally all about how to balance. After meticulous practice pushing with her feet, Flintstones-style, Celeste was ready for pedals. After a few wobbles and shakes (from nerves and still being new at the whole balance thing), Celeste was pedaling a bicycle all by herself for the first time in her life! She walked away from the class with a new found skill and the feeling of success. Little did she know that she was also walking away with a brand new bicycle.

Due to the generous support of a WABA member, the Adult Education team received a bicycle to raffle off during the Fall 2017 season. Anyone that learned to ride for the first time in a learn to ride class, brushed up on their riding skills in a city cycling class; or discovered the greater bicycling community in a community ride was eligible to win the bike.

By participating in a class you’re guaranteed to win (just not guaranteed to win a bike). You will win the feeling of being connected to an awesome community–the incredible local biking community! You will win new skills and tricks to find more joy and comfort while riding a bicycle. And, maybe, just maybe, you could win a bike.

So, what’s stopping you? Come and win in a class this spring. Check this space in the next couple of weeks to view the schedule. Or, enter your email address here and be notified when the schedule goes live.

Happy riding!

The 2017 Hains Point 100 was a tremendous success

Hains Point 100 riders celebrate before beginning the ride in December of 2017

This past December, we celebrated the 6th annual Hains Point 100. Over 600 riders showed up throughout the day, riding all sorts of bicycles and raising $19,300 to support WABA’s Women & Bicycles program.

Donations from the event help fund over half the budget for the Women & Bicycles program, allowing us to provide programming all over the metro areas of DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We really couldn’t do what we do without the support of amazing volunteers–like Megan, Mark, and every rider who shows up to ride circles around Hains Point.

The Hains Point 100, now in its 6th year, began as an informal bike party to help fund the then-brand-new Women & Bicycles program. Megan Jones invited her friends to come ride 100 miles around Hains Point, a three-mile flat loop usually popular with triathletes and bike racers doing speed training on racing bikes. Riding a small loop for 100 miles on different types of bikes seemed like a silly and fun reason to ride a bike in December.

Riding a three mile loop in December appealed to hundreds of other people. It’s become known as a great way to have fun outside with friends. People began riding different styles of bikes: folding bikes, cargo bikes, tandems, tri bikes, beach cruisers, vintage steel, and even Capital Bikeshare bikes (dutifully docking every lap to avoid fees!), unicycles, and e-assist bikes. The Hains Point 100 now includes support from the amazing Team Sticky Fingers (a women’s cycling team), dozens of businesses, a specialty pie company, bike clubs, and the famous Potluck Table where riders drop off treats to share.

WABA’s Women & Bicycles program is supported by donations. Please consider supporting us so we can keep offering new programs.

Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our email list here so you don’t miss out on future rides! Yes!




Thanks for your patience. Bike Camp! Details Are Coming Soon

We could not be happier at how excited you all are for Bike Camp! this summer. Judging by the number of emails we’ve received asking about Bike Camp!, 2018 it’s going to be our most popular year yet! We are as excited as you are, if not more so. We’re mapping out new places to visit and new adventures to be had.

But we’re not quite ready to open registrations, due to an unexpected speed bump in securing a space for the camp on the dates we’d like. It should be resolved soon, but until it is, we’re not going to accept registrations.

We understand that many families are already working diligently to plan their summers and had hoped to have registration open before now, and we know that some folks have had to already make the decision to forego Bike Camp! this year. We are sorry for the delay, and for any extra hassle it has caused. As soon as we can lock in dates, we will share those and open registration up.

Want to be notified as soon as Bike Camp! details drop?  Yes!



We’re hiring an Advocacy Director

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a creative, innovative and effective Advocacy Director to achieve the advocacy goals of the organization outlined in WABA’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Advocacy Director will lead a team of four staff advocacy organizers and our extensive volunteer grassroots advocacy network. WABA advocacy focuses on expanding the bicycling network and making the streets safer for people who bike.

The Advocacy Director is a high-profile representative of the organization to the public and media, and is expected to work closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and other key organizational staff to achieve WABA’s advocacy goals.

The ideal candidate must love biking, share WABA’s vision for better biking in the region, and enjoy a working in a fast-paced environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage and inspire a growing advocacy team, including conducting performance reviews and other managerial/administrative tasks.
  • With input from staff and Advocacy Committee of Board of Directors, set advocacy department’s annual work plan, consistent with the organization’s mission and new strategic plan.
  • Develop, execute and win transportation infrastructure, policy and legislative campaigns as outlined in the WABA Strategic Plan.
  • Develop WABA’s networks and relationships with other non-profits, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders
  • Track major projects, public budgets and campaigns that involve or impact bicycling and prioritize effective organizational involvement.
  • Serve as the organizational representative to the media on advocacy issues.
  • Contribute to the organization’s fundraising and development efforts to grow advocacy capacity through membership growth, donation solicitation and grant writing.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated management experience including leading a team, strategic planning and capacity building.
  • Proven ability to supervise, mentor, motivate and evaluate employees.
  • Experience advocating for change in a complex environment.
  • Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Washington region politics.
  • Experience with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, PACs and the legal restrictions of each.
  • Must be able to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work closely with others.
  • Experience working in diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff and volunteers.
  • Bachelor Degree in communication, public policy, urban planning, transportation, political science, or related field.
  • Masters or legal degree desired, though not required.

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its 46 year history.

WABA is building a region where, in 2020, we’ll see three times the number of people riding bikes. And, by 2035, every single person will live within one mile of a dedicated safe place to bike. We envision a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $60,000-$65,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with flex time in exchange.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation, sick, and personal leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of ice cream.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as one PDF to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Advocacy Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Monday, February 26. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Be A Trail Superstar, Come Join the Trail Ranger Team!

Ever wanted people to enthusiastically shout “Thank you, you’re awesome” to you on the job? Feel like a trail celebrity? (actual quote from a former Trail Ranger) Be part of a dynamic team of outreach trail champions? Get to directly improve your community through events and maintenance? Be paid to be outside on your bike for five months?

If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, consider applying to be DC’s trail superstars as part of our sixth annual cohort of Trail Rangers. We have a whole host of plans lined up for this season and we are looking for our team. More information and the job description can be found here. Applications are due March 5th 2018 though candidates are strongly encouraged to apply earlier.

Want to help us by sharing with your network? Share this post or flyer.

We’re Hiring: Part-Time Trail Rangers

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for five passionate and energetic trail champions with a wide diversity of skills for our 2018 Trail Ranger Team to serve trails and the people who use them throughout the District of Columbia. Now in our sixth season, the program is a beloved presence on our local trails and has a strong reputation as a great working environment with high job satisfaction.

5 people behind a table with lots of outreach material. There is a WABA logo banner behind them, they are under a tent outside on the grass and three of the people are wearing green Trail Ranger shirts. There are 3 men and 2 women.

WABA’s Trail Ranger program encourages trail use through daily trail presence, improved upkeep, trail user assistance and community engagement. Reporting to our DC Trail Ranger Coordinator, Trail Rangers roam nearly 24 miles of trails within the District by bicycle. Trails included in the program are the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia River Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, and connecting street routes. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a consistent and friendly presence April through September to make them more approachable, enjoyable, and dependable for transportation and recreation.

Intangible benefits include: working outside on those perfect spring days, getting to know your city better through talking with neighbors, profussive thanks from fellow trail users from removing glass and working closely with a dynamic and diverse team. The Trail Ranger season begins April 11th and ends on September 5th, 2018. Pay starts at $15.50 an hour.

You can learn more about the Trail Ranger program here.

Roles & Responsibilities

You will:

  • Spend the majority of your work hours outside, biking on or between trails.
  • Work in shifts with a partner riding bikes at a relaxed, conversational pace, up to 25 miles in a 8 hour shift.
  • Support and encourage trail use with friendly and helpful trail presence, regular maintenance efforts and consistent outreach events, including:
    • Morning coffee outreach.
    • Trail rides.
    • Activity days with local organizations.
  • Help lower barriers to bicycling, build community and build a more robust trail network.
    • Develop and maintain relationships with regular trail users and community members.
    • Bring new users to the trail through community outreach and engagement.
    • Individual conversations with trail neighbors and community groups.
  • Plan and lead cleanups and community events alongside the program coordinator.
  • Perform inspections of trail conditions and maintenance of trail corridors including pruning branches, gathering trash, removing obstructions and clearing debris.
  • Make regular reports on daily trail conditions, needs, and trends.
  • Work with the program coordinator and city agencies to respond to recurring or major trail maintenance issues.
  • Document events, trail updates and developments to keep trail users informed.
  • Be outside in all weather, with the exemption of thunderstorms and other hazardous conditions.
  • Each team member will be individually responsible for an operational project, including: team bike maintenance, tools maintenance, and reporting.
  • Assist at other WABA events as needed.

Requirements

Candidates must have:

  • A proven track record for being dependable, timely, and communicative.
  • The willingness to be positive, engaging, and approachable in a public setting.
  • The willingness and enthusiasm to work in a team setting
  • The ability to thrive in a day-to-day self-supervised work environment.
  • The capacity to be available for 16-24 hours per week in 8 hour shifts,
    • Shifts are 6:30 am – 2:30 pm and 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on weekdays, and
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm on weekends.
    • Work weekends approximately every other weekend.
  • A commitment to work April 11th to September 5th, 2018.
  • The ability to ride a bike up to 25 miles in mixed city traffic and off street trails pulling an up to 30 lbs trailer.
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A proven track record for working collaboratively within a team.
  • A firm commitment to WABA’s mission.
  • Excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • Confidence interacting with and serving the public.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and capacity to innovate.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and juggle multiple priorities.

Trail Rangers operate as a team and benefit from the unique skills and talents of each team member. Ideally, one or more team member will have:

  • The knowledge of the principles of safe bicycling and traffic laws in DC.
  • The ability to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Are competent with basic bicycle maintenance including patching a flat tire and adjusting brakes.
  • Spanish, ASL or Amharic proficiency a strong plus.
  • Previous experience with one of our program trails and the neighborhoods they connect
  • Previous experience as a DC Trail Ranger

WABA is committed to:

  • Providing opportunities to learn new skills.
  • Promoting and building an inclusive, collaborative team environment.
  • Orientation and team management that prioritizes your well-being, including training in preventing common cycling injuries.
  • Doing our best to have a consistent schedule that respects your time and outside obligations.
  • Providing all the tools, bikes and materials needed to perform the job.

This position is part-time from April 11th, 2018 through September 5th, 2018 for approximately 16 – 20 hours per week. Compensation starts at $15.50 per hour.

Please apply by filling out an application here. We strongly prefer that resumes be uploaded through the application portal but if you encounter issues,  resumes can be sent to jobs@waba.org with “Trail Ranger” as the subject line. The Trail Ranger team benefits from a wide range of skills and life experiences, please include what unique skills you would bring to the team. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until March 5th though candidates are strongly encouraged to apply earlier. Phone interviews will begin March 5th, hiring decisions will be made by March 26th and team orientation will be April 11th – April 13th. Phone calls only if you do not have easy internet access please.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.