Welcome New Bike Ambassadors!


Our first bike ambassador orientation session of 2013 started out with a bang: We brought 17 new ambassadors on board! We’d like to welcome all of them to the team.

Bike ambassadors reach out to and educate cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers about what it means to ride a bike in the D.C. area. These enthusiastic volunteers are dedicated to promoting safe cycling for fun, fitness, and transportation and work to make bicycling more accessible to everyone in D.C.

This spring, you can expect to see the ambassadors out on the streets acting as mobile information booths, passing out D.C. bike maps, and attending community events, health fairs, and farmers markets. We are focused on being “roll” models throughout the community and hope to break down the barriers that prevent people from biking. Look for us in your neighborhood!

Orientation for bike ambassadors is held on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the WABA office at 2599 Ontario Road NW. Upcoming trainings will be held on:

  • Tues., Feb. 19, 2013
  • Tues., March 19, 2013
  • Tues., April 16, 2013

Use the sign-up page to reserve your spot. Each session is limited to the first 10 people to register.

To learn more about what bike ambassadors do and how the program spreads the good word of bicycling in D.C., click here. Please contact Megan McCarty at megan.mccarty@waba.org or by calling (202) 518-0524 x200 with any questions.

Confidential to existing bike ambassadors (if you’ve gone through a training, that’s you!): We’re throwing you a party tomorrow night. Come to our office from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for free pizza and socializing in appreciation of your efforts to spread the word about better bicycling. If you missed the link to RSVP in the email we sent out last week, you can sign up here. Remember, this is for current ambassadors only; if you’re interested in becoming one, follow the instructions above.

Free the McDonough Ten (Speed)

We would applaud McDonough being allowed to bike to work.

This post is by Andy Clarke, the president of the League of American Bicyclists. It’s crossposted on the League’s blog.

News has been filtering in for days about the appointment of Denis McDonough to be President Obama’s new chief of staff.

We’ve been paying particular attention because he lives not far from the League’s own Scott Williams in Takoma Park. In fact, they are passing acquaintances…i.e., McDonough usually passes Scott on his bike ride to work.

McDonough’s appointment was made official late last week, along with the shocking news that the new chief of staff may not be able to continue riding his bike to work. That, according to President Obama, “probably isn’t allowed.”

The League’s office is only a couple of blocks from the White House and we haven’t banned Scott from riding to work—so we don’t think it’s the distance or lack of a decent route that’s the issue. And I am sure Scott would offer to ride along with Denis in their own little bike train, if that would make the difference; we can be flexible with Scott’s hours, Mr. President.

Along with our colleagues at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, we’re sure the cycling community can come up with the top ten reasons why Denis should be allowed to ride his bike to work, including:

  • The fitness of his security detail will set a new standard for the entire White House
  • He’ll never get stuck in traffic in times of emergency
  • There’s always plenty of bike parking space on the White House railings
  • He’ll never have to leave a critical security briefing “because my carpool is leaving now”
  • Didn’t you sign an Executive Order on Sustainability that encourages this sort of thing?

Help us round out the top ten by posting in the comments below or sharing your ideas on Twitter using the hashtag #letdenisride.

Photo via the White House blog