DDOT Meeting on Innovative Bike Facilities May 3

DDOT has released its evaluation of its innovative bike facilities and is hosting a meeting to discuss those projects and future projects, including the L Street cycletrack.  Please plan to attend, review the evaluation, and provide your feedback on the proposals.  (Hint: this might be a good chance to weigh in on whether you think anecdotal evidence from New York provides sufficient justification to include “mixing zones” on L, or whether you believe better separation is merited.)

From DDOT:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Public Meeting on Innovative Bicycle Facility Research and Protected Bike Lane on L Street, NW

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2012 to discuss the results of the Innovative Bicycle Facility Research Project and present and take comments on a proposed protected bike lane for L Street, NW.

The Innovative Bicycle Facility Research Project is a one-year effort to analyze three existing bicycle facilities:  (1) bicycle signals and bike boxes at the intersection of 16th Street, U Street, and New Hampshire Avenue, NW; (2) the two-way cycle track on 15th Street, NW between E Street and V Street; and (3) the center median bicycle lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
An executive summary of the study is now posted online at http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Publication%20Files/On%20Your%20Street/Bicycles%20and%20Pedestrians/Bicycles/Bike%20Lanes/DDOT_BicycleFacilityEvaluation_ExecSummary.pdf.

The study assesses the operations, safety, and perceptions of the bike facilities through extensive quantitative data collection and analysis, as well as intercept, neighborhood and business surveys.  The objectives were to improve the safety and operations of these existing facilities, and guide future DDOT projects, including the proposed L Street, NW protected bike lane.

The proposed L Street protected bike lane between 25th and 12th Streets is planned for summer installation.  Separated by flexible posts, the bike lane will be placed on the north side of the road.  It will be the second of its kind in the city (15th St was the first), and will provide more protection from cars than a typical bike lane.  The plans will be available for review at the meeting.
What:               Public Meeting on Innovative Bicycle Facility Research
and L Street, NW Protected Bike Lane

When:              Thursday, May 3, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:             Reeves Center
2nd Floor Community Room
2000 14th Street, NW

Getting There
Transit: The Reeves Center is one block from the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metrorail station on the Green Line. It is also accessible via the Following bus routes:
*       DC Circulator – Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/McPherson Square Route
*       Metrobus – U Street lines 90, 92, 96 and 14th Street lines 52, 53, 54
Bicycling: There is a Capital Bikeshare station adjacent to the Reeves Center on 14th Street and another at 16th and U Streets, NW.
Parking:  On-Street metered parking is available.
DDOT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, or gender, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or on the basis of disability as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Mike Goodno at             202-671-0681       ormike.goodno@dc.gov<mailto:mike.goodno@dc.gov> in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

Competition builds among #BikeFestDC BikeBuilders

With all due respect to Alfred Hitchcock and his contributions to cinéma scary-té, if he’d ever been handed a script about the BikeBuild contest taking place at the 2012 BikeFest, he’d have been out of a job. This is a story so suspenseful, so spellbinding, it needs no dramatic lighting, no voyeuristic point of view or urgent violin score to tart it up. It is the real thing, and it has begun.

Our builders, Threepenny Bikes, Silver Cyles, and Papillon Cycles are going head to head to build the most unique, and most popular bike out of used parts and a limited budget. Who will build be crowned this year’s BikeBuild Champion? You be the judge.

David Wendt of Threepenny Bikes is creating what can only be called a work of art. Culled from hand-selected and painstakingly seasoned bamboo wedded to steel, David’s mixte frame bike exemplifies the ideal synthesis of nature, engineering and artistic vision. But who is to say this rarified creation will be the fan favorite?

 The all-terrain, ridiculously strong cylcocross bike Silver Cycles is bringing to the arena could win the crowd’s heart. This bike represents the scrappy determination of owner Linda Mack and her employees Jen Trujillo and Josh Sachs to create what is difficult to buy ready made: a dream ride for young cyclocross racers who have the chops but can’t find a ‘tween-sized bike.

Finally, and giving us the opportunity to milk a metaphor dry, is the mysterious pupa developing within the sheltering cocoon that is Papillon Cycles. Papillon’s entry is the chrysalis awaiting to emerge as what mechanical butterfly? Road bike? Recumbent? Swallowtail/tandem hybrid? None of the above! Papillon is carefully crafting an antique tandem bicycle built for two! And that’s not all. There’s word Papilloniste John Harpold is pulling out the crafting scissors and sewing machine to design a matching outfit for the highest bidder.

This, ladies and gentlemen, this palpable excitement you are feeling is the anticipation of the WABA BikeFest BikeBuild Contest, which will culminate with your vote on May 11, 2012. This is suspense. Hitchcock called it “Psycho.”  We call it “Bike-o.”

Join us for buildup of Bike-O suspense and the revealing of these creations at BikeFest. Purchase your tickets now and save $20. When asked for your discount code, tell’em “Joe sent me”. 

This BikeFest update is brought to you by Tish King, Assistant Events Coordinator.

Two Wheel Tuesday Tonight with Bike Arlington & WABA

From BikeArlington Events & Outreach Coordinator, Zanna Worzella:

Every Tuesday night is bike night in Arlington!  BikeArlington is hosting weekly gatherings where people can chat and learn about biking in Arlington, and in the DC region.  The sessions are informal, social and informative and are open to the public – this includes people don’t ride or are considering to ride a bike to people who ride 20 miles a day just to get to work.  Each week, a different topic is discussed – riding safely in traffic; equipment, clothing and gear (including a fix-a-flat tutorial), and routes and directions.  WABA will lead 1 of 2 traffic riding/safety sessions each month, sharing all of their experience and knowledge about safety while riding so everyone can feel more confident when they bike with traffic.

WABA will be leading today’s session that is taking place at the Westover Library.  Specific discussions will include crash prevention which cover bicycle rules and laws, lane positioning, and hazard avoidance.  But we leave the discussion up to you so please come with plenty of questions and we’ll make sure to answer them.  We’ll have free refreshments on hand and will also be raffling off a FREE set of front and rear bike lights at the end of the session.

Register for the event here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3327742367.



Join WABA & the Climate Riders for a fundraising happy hour Tuesday, April 24th

Get to know your Climate Riders and fellow WABAns while enjoying a happy hour beer (or two).  Bring your co-workers, friends, significant others, or entire family.  As you mingle and munch with a roomful of stellar folks, you’ll also be helping raise money toward the Team WABA fundraising goal and thereby, supporting WABA with every sip.  We’ll be raffling off fun prizes and getting pumped for the upcoming ride!  With May 19th fast approaching, there is little more than a month to go before the Climate Riders hit the road for 5 days and 300 miles!

Tuesday, April 24th, 6 pm-8 pm

Continental Pool Lounge

1911 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

How? (Are we raising funds for Team WABA)
We will be holding a raffle for some sweet biking stuff including the limited edition 2012 Team WABA Climate Ride jersey.  We also strongly suggest a donation of $5 or more to support Team WABA.

Register here and bring a friend.  Or just show up!

Seeking a Full Time DC Bike Ambassador Program Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a full-time coordinator for the DC Bike Ambassador program, an innovative grassroots approach to bicycle outreach and encouragement.

The DC Bike Ambassadors are educators and enthusiasts who are working to bring better bicycling to the people of the District. Carefully selected for a love of bicycling, an understanding of the benefits that bikes can bring to communities, and effective communication skills, they are out on the streets day and night to promote bicycling and act as two-wheeled role models in our city.

The DC Bike Ambassador Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the Bike Ambassador program, including volunteer recruitment, training and coordination, event scheduling and staffing, developing new strategies and approaches to bicycle outreach and encouragement, and online program support and marketing. The DC Bike Ambassador coordinator will develop, produce and distribute bicycle safety publications, implement bike safety and education presentations, manage volunteer coordination and training efforts, participate in WABA events (both on- and off-bike), and the maintain and expand the Bike Ambassador program’s unique trailer program.


 The DC Bike Ambassador Coordinator will:

  1. Develop the calendar of Ambassador events and appear in public as the face of area bicycling.
  2. Communicate an effective and encouraging message about bikes and bicycling to employers, employees, cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and the press.
  3. Develop and implement Ambassador events, including: scheduling, logistics, planning, volunteer coordination, loading and unloading, staffing events, and pulling the bicycle trailer(s).
  4. Run the Bike Ambassador Trailer program, which involves pulling an advertising/public awareness bike trailer to target bicyclist, motorist and pedestrian behaviors.
  5. Administer all aspects of the program, including: budgeting, volunteer recruitment/coordination, data entry, organization/inventory, equipment maintenance, clerical work, grant reporting, etc.
  6. Advertise for, hire, and supervise a Part-time Bike Ambassador, as well as recruit and manage interns.
  7. Assist WABA in a non-Ambassador program capacity as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

 The ideal candidate will have:

  1. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  2. At least two years of combined experience in: project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Supervisory experience a plus.
  4. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  5. A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  6. Experience with Microsoft Office, Facebook and Twitter (for professional purposes), experience with Salsa/Democracy in Action and WordPress a plus.
  7. The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 100 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  8. The ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  9. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  10. Conversational fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  11. Prior League of American Bicyclist Instructor certification a plus.

Benefits include flexible schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, and WABA’s retirement and health insurance programs. Compensation: low to mid-$30K’s. This position is full-time, 40 hours/week.

 About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 4,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.


Send a cover letter describing why you are the person for the job along with a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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.


Free Raffle Ticket for #BikeFestDC Guests Dressed to the Nines

Ladies and Gents of the Greater Washington Area,

Do we have news for you! Everyone who arrives at this year’s BikeFest dressed up in their own interpretation of the Jazz Age will receive one free raffle ticket. Yep, that’s right- a chance to win brand new bikes, gear, goodies, and more!

Here are some photos and clips to get you inspired.

And in case you haven’t bought tickets yet, get’em while they’re hot! Tickets are $20-off until Saturday, April 14th. When asked for your discount code, tell ’em “Joe sent me”




Sneak a peek of the #BikeFestDC Jazz Line-up


According to CapitolBop, the complete guide to DC jazz, you’re in for a real treat at this year’s BikeFest. We’ve managed to bring, not just one- but two groups from the Top Five Records of 2011!

Check out the CapitolBop review of Brian Settles, and the Jolley Brothers. Then hurry up and go purchase your tickets to BikeFest while they’re still $20 off. When asked for your discount code, tell ’em: “Joe sent me”  But don’t delay, the discount ends this Saturday.