Meet & Greet with WABA’s New Executive Director

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director!

Come say hello to WABA’s Executive Director, Greg Billing. Greg has been with WABA for more than five years, most recently as WABA’s Advocacy Director, and became the organization’s Executive Director in August 2015. At this social event, WABA members and supporters will have the chance to mingle and chat with fellow bicyclists and WABA’s ED over drinks at REI’s Community Space at Wunder Garten. RSVP here.

The meet and greet will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 7th at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten in DC’s NoMa neighborhood at 150 M St NE, Washington, DC.

There are plenty of spaces for bike parking, and the NoMa metro station and Capital Bikeshare stations are right nearby. The beer garden space has tents and shelter, so the event will take place rain or shine. The event is open to anyone and we encourage you to invite your friends.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Find more info about REI’s Community Space here.

We’re Hiring: Membership Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic, detail-oriented membership coordinator to manage WABA’s growing membership program. We need a go- getter with strong and sincere people skills; someone with enthusiasm for WABA’s mission, and the qualifications necessary to identify, engage, and recruit potential individual members, business members, and donors.  

The membership coordinator will report to the Deputy Director and work directly with WABA staff  to integrate membership goals throughout WABA’s programs as outlined in the new 5-year Strategic Plan.  WABA is a small but growing organization, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general WABA duties and major events.


  • Using WABA’s 5-year Strategic Plan, create an annual workplan with the targets, tools, methods, and a budget to meet and exceed individual membership and business members revenue goals.
  • Oversee and market member benefits/discount partnership program, including: securing new member benefit partners and promoting existing partners through blog, social media, and membership materials.
  • Collaborate with WABA staff to effectively grow and promote membership through our outreach, events, education, and communications.
  • Coordinate membership appreciation events and represent WABA at our events, other community events, and through pop-up, on-street outreach to engage area bicyclists and actively sell memberships
  • Manage and maintain WABA’s membership database, including: data entry, updates and de-duplication of member and supporters information, organization and inventory, clerical work, and membership/renewal contribution processing and fulfillment. All with great discretion handling and managing personal and private financial information.
  • Prepare regular, quarterly, and annual reports on program performance.
  • Lead all facets of membership-related communications and messaging, including: email communication, blog posts, web content, social media communication (in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator), direct mail, print materials, and merchandise.
  • With input from staff and board, develop and execute annual membership projects, like the membership survey, fall membership drive, and coordination on Bike to Work Day.
  • Train, organize, and oversee membership volunteers and coordinate membership volunteer nights.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors Membership Committee (ad hoc).


The ideal candidate will have:

  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.
  • A comfort with making “the ask” i.e.  possessing the skills to actively sell memberships and fundraise. This is not a position for someone who is not willing or comfortable engaging individuals to ask for financial support.
  • Background in membership programs.
  • Strong and sincere verbal skills, people skills, the ability to interact with diverse audiences, and excellent written communication skills.
  • Capacity for development and fundraising.
  • A high attention to detail with a focus on accuracy.
  • Excellent time management skills, able to balance multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and demonstrated ability to follow through on commitments.
  • A self-motivated approach, able to manage programs and campaigns with little oversight.
  • Previous CRM database management experience, ideally using Salsalabs.
  • Experience with direct mail and email communication campaigns a plus.
  • Strong computer literacy skills with specific experience using Microsoft Word and Excel.

Benefits include health/dental insurance, flex time, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, and WABA’s retirement program. Salary is based on a non-profit scale and commensurate with experience. This position is full-time.


Send a compelling cover letter and resume addressing your interest in the position, commitment to WABA’s mission, bicycle related experience, related qualifications, and salary expectations to Please include “Membership Coordinator” in the subject line.  Applications accepted until COB Monday, October 5th, 2015 ideally with a target start date of October 12.

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

Which fun community ride you should go on?

Answer this simple question to find out:

Where do you live?
(or work, or like to visit)

1. Crystal City.

Secrets of Crystal City

Join us on October 8th for our Secrets of Crystal City in Arlington, VA. I mean there’s Crystal in the name, sooooooo cool!

2. Shirlington.

secrets of shirlington

Join us on October 14th for our Secrets of Shirlington in Arlington, VA. You’ll surely find adventure in Shirlington!

3. Capitol Hill.

the haunted hill

Join us on October 23rd  for The Haunted Hill ride in Washington, DC. What ghosts are haunting the Congressional Cemetery?

4. Ballston.

secrets of ballston

Join us on October 28th for our Spooky Secrets of Ballston in Arlington, VA. Half spooky and half hidden secrets.

5. Del Ray and Old Town.

Reading and Riding

Join us on November 4th for our Riding and Reading in Alexandria, VA. BOOKS! BIKES! B-YEAH!

6. Alexandria

Hauling to Help

Join us on November 18th for our Haulin’ to Help in Alexandria, VA. Help deliver food to those in need during the holiday season.

7. Georgetown and Glover Park.

lighting the way

Join us on December 2nd for our Lighting the Way in Washington, DC. Pretty lights on houses and learning about lights on bikes.

Congrats, you basically have won the fun lottery!

Our community rides are a fun, low-stress way to meet people, explore our area, and maybe pick up a new biking skill or two. Click on a date above to reserve your spot!

This fall we have SEVEN (magic number!) opportunities to get rolling. Here are SEVEN more reasons to join us:

  • You can ask any bicycle questions that fit your fancy
  • After rides we typically find a bite to eat together
  • You get to meet other bicycle people
  • Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
  • You’ll find out cool stuff about your community
  • You’ll come home feeling pretty grand
  • You’ll get many opportunities to take formal* portraits with your bike (*=informal, fun, and not while riding)

So, doing some quick math here:

bike ride + new friends + snacks = 😀

8. I don’t live in or work near or visit any of those places :(


Our community rides are funded by local governments. If you’d like one in your neighborhood, drop us a note at and we’ll let you know which local official or agency to contact.

*A helmet and bicycle are required for participation. If you rent a Capital Bikeshare we can reimburse your usage fees for the ride. Please contact with any questions.

Tonight’s PAL Ambassador Block Party!

You ready for our monthly Arlington Block Party? Meet us at the corner of N. Sycamore St. and Lee Highway between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. The PAL Ambassadors will have signs, giveaways, and some surprises!

Click here for more information.

BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a social contract that everyone is following the rules and paying attention. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful.

The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is 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.



Introducing Better Backs Athletic & Physical Therapy , A WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA.

Today meet Better Backs Athletic & Physical Therapy!

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We are excited to welcome Better Backs Athletic & Physical Therapy into the Washington area and into the vast and friendly WABA community. Better Backs is the newest business to support WABA’s mission as a Business Member.

Rachel Davis-Stewart just opened the practice in May 2015 and also supports the biking community by offering a 15% off all products and services to current WABA members. (Yet another reason for you to become a WABA member!) Davis-Stewart is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist. She has also studied Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology and, like you, loves riding her bike.

Better Backs Therapy is located inside the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Rd in Southeast, Washington, DC. They are open Tuesday-Friday 11-7, and Sunday 11-2. (Please note that appointments after 5pm, and on Sundays require prepayment.)

How it works: You pay for a session with the therapist and receive a same day custom treatment plan. Better Backs uses a range of contemporary rehabilitative techniques including, but not limited to, moist heat, ice packs, soft tissue mobilization, electrical therapy, physical reconditioning, supportive taping, wrapping, and padding procedures.



Don’t forget to mention you’re a WABA Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.

WABA Ride Recap: 2015 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

Last weekend on Saturday, September 12th, the annual 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride, WABA’s signature community ride event of the year, took place.

Hundreds of cyclists braved the rainy skies and joined us for an adventurous (and some would say grueling) tour of all 50 state-named streets within the District or a downtown exploration of the 13 streets named after the original colonies. Despite the rain, we still had most riders show up and finish the ride to celebrate over beers at the post ride celebration.

Check out the ride in photos below, and we hope you will join us in 2016 for next year’s 50 States Ride. And if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.


A BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who made the 2015 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride possible:

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The Papal Visit might affect your bike ride

The Pope is visiting DC next week, and everyone’s bracing for transportation chaos. Your bike ride may well be affected. DDOT has a set of maps at, but there’s not much useful information for bicyclists.

Pertinent points are:

  • Roads that are closed to cars are also closed to bicyclists. Note that this also means you won’t be able to walk your bike through the restricted areas.
  • Bikeshare stations inside closed area will be inaccessible, but there will be Bikeshare corrals at major papal events.
  • Don’t lock your bike to temporary security barriers.
  • Expect crowds of people on foot, including lots of folks from out of town, so be polite and cautious.

Here’s a day-by-day breakdown:


Starting Tuesday and continuing through Thursday, Masschussetts Ave NW around the Observatory will be closed. DDOT’s recommended detours to Wisconsin or Calvert & Cathedral are probably your best bet.Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 10.00.19 AM


Avoid the area around the White House and Washington Monument entirely if you can.

  • You will definitely not be able to connect from the 15th St NW protected bike lane to the Pennsylvania Ave lanes.
  • To get across town East-West, your best bet is probably the L & M St Protected Bike Lanes, though there may also be intermittent closures on M Street at 17th during the morning.
  • North-South, you’ll be able to reach the Memorial Bridge from the West side of the Lincoln Memorial, although 23rd St is not a particularly bike friendly street.
  • Also North-South, the 14th St Bridge will be open, but the popular commuter route up 15th SW to Jefferson St SW will be closed. The lowest-stress detour is probably to take Maine Ave to the 4th St SW bike lanes.

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Major connections will also be closed around Catholic University and in the Brookland and Edgewood neighborhoods.

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Most notably:

  • The section the Met Branch Trail along John McCormack drive from the Brookland Metro to the Taylor St Bridge will be closed. For through traffic on the trail, we recommend Taylor -> 10th St NE -> Franklin. Note that Franklin St will have extra car traffic as it is serving as the auto detour for Michigan Ave.
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  • If you normally ride on Michigan and Irving to cross from Northeast into Northwest, your lowest stress detour option is to take the Met Branch trail south to R St and head west.
  • the 4th St bike lane from Franklin to Michigan will be inaccessible.


The streets around the Capitol Building will be closed Thursday morning.

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  • You will not be able to ride through the Capitol grounds to connect from Capitol Hill to the Pennsylvania Ave protected bike lanes.
  • Though Massachusetts Ave will be open, Columbus Circle around Union Station will probably be pretty chaotic.
  • The lowest stress connection from Capitol Hill to downtown will be the bike lanes on 4th & 6th NE and K St through NoMa and Mt Vernon Triangle.

There will also be closures on Thursday around the National Portrait Gallery and St. Patrick’s Church.

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  • If you normally ride in the bike lanes on G St NW, your best detour is to use the bike lanes on E St NW instead.
  • If you normally ride in the 9th or 10th St NW bike lanes, your best detour is to use the bike lanes on 11th St NW.