WABA Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 9 , 6-9pm
Join WABA as we celebrate the holiday season with drinks and merriment at Dodge City. This members-only holiday party is your chance to meet other WABA members, catch up with your riding buddies, and celebrate WABA’s achievements in 2010! Dodge City has a delicious variety of microbrews on tap for your selection. Dodge City does not serve food, so please feel free to bring your favorite holiday treat to share!
WABA’s Holiday Party is for current WABA members only (please bring your card ready to present at the door). WABA memberships will be sold at the door making it the perfect holiday gift for your cycling friends. There will be a $5 suggested donation.
At yesterday’s Bike/Ped Subcommittee meeting, newly-elected chair Kristen Haldeman from WMATA announced the completion of a draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements study which is to be presented to the WMATA board in January. The most exciting element of this study is WMATA’s proposal to adopt a bicycling mode share goal which would triple the current share by 2020. As recently as 2007, only .7% of Metro riders arrive at the station system-wide by bike, compared to 33% by walking. Of course, some stations have a much higher bicycling arrival rate, like NIH/Medical Center, which tops the list. But, unfortunately, most other stations have almost no riders arriving by bike. Because building vehicle parking garages for the projected one million additional riders by 2030 is cost-prohibitive, Metro has to adopt more bicycle-friendly strategies. To achieve this goal, Metro has plans to provide more secure bicycling storage areas to encourage cyclists to leave their bike at the station all day. A lack of secure bike parking facilities was the number one complaint for passengers in the latest survey. Metro will be piloting different ideas for solutions to this ever-present problem including bike cages and additional security cameras in the coming months. WABA has offered to host a visioning session with WMATA bike parking staff to brainstorm on how best to accommodate more cyclists and their bikes safely and securely, and how WABA members can advocate and support WMATA’s increased bike share goal.