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Ride the Hains Point 100 for WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program

Will you be in town on Sun., Dec. 23? Ride the Hains Point 100!

WABA member Megan Jones will be riding 100 miles around Hains Point to raise money for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, which will launch next year. Follow the steps to donate to Megan’s ride here, or bring cash on Sunday.

You don’t have to ride to donate, and you don’t have to commit to 100 miles to participate. Do as many laps of Hains Point as you’re comfortable with, move at your own pace, ride with a group, or ride solo—on whatever bike you want (we heard that Capital Bikeshare has even put together a relay team). Don’t hesitate to dress up or decorate your bike!

Do keep in mind that this is a largely unsupported ride, so you may be on your own for repairs, water, and snacks of your preference. Megan is casually crowdsourcing snacks and treats, however, so feel free to bring something to share and treat breaks in your ride like a big, communal picnic.

In-kind donations have been made by Revolution Cycles, Bike Arlington, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sticky Fingers Bakery, and the Java Shack. If you’re interested in contributing something, fill out this form.

A Facebook event with additional information is here, and you can follow the event on Twitter for real(ish)-time updates. RSVP for the ride here.

Gather at the southern end of Hains Point by 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, and be ready to ride at 10 a.m.!

How We Feel About Funding Bikeshare in Montgomery County

Last week, County Executive Ike Leggett sent to the Montgomery County Council a request for appropriation of county funds that, along with state funding and private-sector support, will fund the expansion of bikesharing into the County.

WABA fully supports the implementation and expeditious growth of bikesharing in Montgomery County.  Several outlets have recently suggested that WABA and local advocates called for a series of improvements prior to starting up bikesharing in Montgomery County. We do believe that there are significant infrastructure improvements needed in the county to maximize the opportunities presented by bikeshare, and to make bikesharing safe and appealing to a broader audience of potential cyclists. But those improvements are not a precondition to the expansion of bikesharing in the county. The lack of such infrastructure certainly does not prevent many from bicycling in Montgomery County today.

WABA supports bikesharing because it is a great way of getting more people to travel by bike. And we support improvements to infrastructure because they make bicyclists safer, and get more people to travel by bike. Bikesharing and infrastructure improvements are mutually supportive, so we hope the implementation of bikeshare and improvements to infrastructure combine to accelerate Montgomery County’s growth as a bike-friendly county.

For reference, read WABA’s most recent memorandum to Councilmember Nancy Floreen detailing infrastructure needs to support bikesharing.

WABA Bikeshare Memo

 

 

Roosevelt Bridge Bike Path Closed Beginning Jan. 2

For cyclists who ride on the Roosevelt Bridge comes this message from the Kennedy Center:

In early January, the Kennedy Center will temporarily close the bike path that connects the Roosevelt Bridge to the Kennedy Center property in order to perform concrete maintenance and repair. Work will begin on approximately Jan. 2 and will continue for six weeks, depending on the severity of the winter weather.

A detour will be provided parallel to the bike path that utilizes the Kennedy Center’s main roadway. Near the bridge, there is an asphalt path that connects the bike path to the roadway; bikers and pedestrians will be diverted along that path. Signage will be provided. Thank you for your patience.

Here’s a map:

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