It Took Us This Long to Set Up a Flickr Pool…

Circling in front of the Capitol

And we’d love it if you could contribute!

Though the WABA Flickr account has a few groups for events, and though many of you have tagged your uploads to Flickr with things relevant to our organization, we’ve never had a general Flickr pool. In the interest of having a collection of images that show the best, worst, and maybe-just-OK aspects of biking in the D.C. region, we’ve finally set one up.

You can join the group here (or search for “WABA Flickr Pool” under groups). Please contribute liberally. It’s easy enough to find photos of bikes and their riders in D.C. on Flickr–just search “bike dc”–but we’re hoping to build an easily accessible resource of all of the above, plus any photos you might take at WABA happenings. If you’re comfortable making your photos available for use under Creative Commons, that’s even better! We might want to showcase your work on our blog or Facebook page!

Go forth and contribute.

DDOE’s MLK Day of Service on the Capital Crescent Trail, in Photos


Many thanks to the friends of WABA who joined up with the District Department of Environment for last Saturday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project. A number of volunteers dispensed of invasive plants along the Capital Crescent Trail for the occasion.

DDOE’s Damien Ossi writes, “We spent three hours cutting invasive vines along the CCT near Fletcher’s Cove. The target invasive plants were porcelainberry, English ivy, and oriental bittersweet. We cleared vines back along approximately a quarter mile length of the trail and a covered a total area of 2,700 square feet.”

Thanks to all who volunteered for making the Capital Crescent Trail safer, cleaner, and less riddled with porcelainberry. See more pictures of the project below. Continue reading

This Week in Bike Reads


Pennsylvania Avenue, before the inauguration

Behold, WABA’s weekly roundup of stories and commentary related to cycling, particularly in and around D.C.

The Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes looked just as great as Barack and Michelle Obama during the inauguration parade.

Bikes: officially meme-able

Lance Armstrong isn’t the only news in the bike-racing world. British racer Nicole Cooke’s retirement statement is full of insightful commentary of what it was like to be a woman in a male-dominated sport; the cycling gender gap is an issue at all levels. But regardless of who’s in the saddle, Bikehugger says there’s a definable shift from the perception of bicycling as sport to a mode of transportation.

We launched an app this week. It’s available for iPhone and Android, and we’re having a party to celebrate!

A survey commissioned by Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club indicates that the “war on cars” isn’t as big of a deal as we’d like to think it is. Seattle residents like bike lanes, support taking space away from cars to build protected bike lanes, and have favorable feelings about cyclists. Sure, it was done in lefty Seattle, but the survey is a good indicator that the aggressive rhetoric may be no more than that.

The Virginia senate passed a bill that will prohibit dooring of cyclists. If passed by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor, the bill will bring the Commonwealth up to speed with 40 states and D.C. The bill received a 23-17 vote despite the fact that a Norfolk columnist called it “asinine” and “embarrassing.”

A men’s homeless shelter in Cleveland has gotten into the bicycle rack-manufacturing business, which satisfies the city’s need for more jobs and more bike racks.

The League of American Bicyclists hosted a webinar on how to start and sustain a women’s bike club. Listen through for some voice-time from a Black Women Bike DC founder, Veronica O. Davis; BWBDC is now sponsored by WABA.

Photo by Elvert Barnes