Walk With a Doc, Talk About Bikes


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On Fri., Feb. 8, we’re partnering with Dr. Ted Eytan, a full-time promoter of active transportation within Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health, to lead a public meeting on how to make bicycling a part of your everyday life, and how decisions like these lead to a healthier life.

We’ll begin at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and head to a local bikeshare station, where we’ll discuss bicycling in D.C., incorporating biking into the lifestyle of a person and a healthy community, and the power of social groups to change the culture of health

Why will this public meeting happen while we’re moving around? Walking meetings are an approach appearing on work calendars across the country as a simple way to incorporate healthy activities into an everyday routine. Dr. Eytan has affirmed this with research and suggestions on how to make exercise a feature in your own work environment.

Dr. Eytan’s public meeting series, Walk With a Doc, seeks to raises awareness surrounding active transportation in the D.C. area. All the meetings are free and open to the public.

In addition to Dr. Eytan, we’ll be walking and talking with members of Black Women Bike DC, who will talk about the group’s mission and work in the D.C. area.  D.C. bike ambassadors will also be present. So join us for a brisk walk and a little bike talk!

Date: Fri., Feb. 8, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kaiser Permanente Center For Total Health, 700 2nd St. NE, Washington, D.C.
Click here to view the Facebook event page.


It’s Vasa Time!


Cyclists, racers, bike-lovers, fun-havers, families, friends, and blueberry-soup consumers: Registration for WABA’s 2013 Vasa Ride is officially open!

The ride is on Sun., March 17 and will, as always, start and end at the House of Sweden. Click here for full event information about the Vasa Ride.

Vasa is WABA’s annual bicycle-themed tribute to Sweden’s legendary Vasaloppet, the world’s longest-running cross country ski race. It’s our first organized bike ride of the season and a great chance to bid farewell to the winter months. Join 500 other cyclists of all ages and experience levels for an enjoyable ride traversing the roads of D.C. and Maryland. There are three ride distances:

  • The 59-mile Vasaloppet
  • The 30-mile Halv Vasan
  • The 15-mile Korte Vasan

After the ride, all participants are invited to gather at the House of Sweden for traditional bowls of Swedish-style blueberry soup, courtesy of the Embassy of Sweden, Vasa’s gracious host.

Click here to register now. The Vasa Ride always sells out!

Check out some photos from last year’s Vasa below the jump:

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This Week in Bike Reads

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

Remember how three national bike advocacy groups didn’t merge last year? Bicycle Retailer reports on how each—Bikes Belong, the League of American Bicyclists, and the Alliance for Biking and Walking—will refocus in the coming years.

Here’s a bazillion photos of cyclists in Portland, Oregon in cold-weather gear. If D.C.’s temperatures regulate themselves enough to give us enough of a real winter, consider this photoset an inspiration for street clothing that doubles as functional biking gear.

As more and more cities plan to build bikesharing systems, expanding access for marginalized groups will be critical. Read a summary of a Greater Greater Washington contributor’s master’s thesis, which deals with equity in bikesharing systems, or dive into the whole thing here.

Did you know that some people commute to work by bike, in really cold weather, for 40 miles, routinely? The New York Times is on it! But many have pointed out that while that kind of dedication to cycling within the constraints of daily life is impressive, being a supercommuter isn’t the only way to ride a bike for transportation.

Bicicultures asks two academics to respond to “Women in Cycling,” a chapter in the recently published City Cycling. One finds it a sufficient literature review, while another asks for more research and critical thought.

Listen to this Marketplace segment on cities planning for more protected bike lanes.

In local news: Bethesda Now recaps Monday night’s meeting on the addition of a sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue, The Hoya reports that the M Street protected bike lane may be delayed, and Bmore Bikes lends additional context to why Maryland’s proposed mandatory helmet law is a bad idea.

You’re probably happier than some other people in the world.

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