Resolutions you’ll keep (and that will make you feel good)

Do you make New Year’s resolutions on January 1st and then forget about them by January 18th? You’re not alone. The University of Scranton suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New year’s Resolutions.

Rather than lofty goals like “ride a century” or “win that segment of Strava,” Here are a few resolutions that are easy to keep. You’ll feel like a winner at the end of 2018 if you do just one of them!

 

Attend a City Cycling Class

If you are uncomfortable riding your bike on city streets, consider joining one of our City Cycling Classes. These classes are designed to help people who know how to ride feel more comfortable and confident on the road. Sign up here to be notified when the spring schedule is available.

Attend a Learn to Ride Class

If you don’t know how to ride a bike, it’s never too late to learn. (I learned to ride a bike when I was 25, while on a date!)

Last season, WABA’s instructors taught a 79-year-old, proving that nobody is too old to learn. Even better, the class is fun, and just three hours long. Don’t put it off any longer, sign up here to be notified when the spring schedule is available.

Renew your WABA membership

WABA represents more than 5,500 people who see bicycling as a solution to the traffic, health and environmental challenges we face in our community. We depend on area bicyclists like you to continue our work making bicycling a healthy and more sustainable means of transportation and recreation. Your $35 membership gives you member perks to area bike shops, car2go, Zipcar and many more! And your membership also allows you to sign up for member only rides such as the VASA ride, 50 States Ride and Cider Ride.

Join a Community Ride

These low key rides are a great way to get started riding comfortably and confidently on city streets. Our next community ride is January 27th- Ride to the Rink. We will be riding in Ward 7 to DC’s only indoor ice rink, Ft. Dupont Ice Arena to celebrate National Ice Skating Month. We’d love to have you join us.

Learn to be an advocate in your community

Have you always wanted to know how to get a bike lane on your route to work? Or how to get a bike rack in front of your building? All of that requires advocacy. Come join us on how to be an advocate for bikey things in your neck of the woods. Learn how to be an advocate at the next workshop.

Ride a Trail

We have a lot of beautiful trails in the area. Take some time to ride on one of them today (or when it’s nice out). Check out one of them below and post your pic on social media and tag @WABADC

    1. Mount Vernon Trail
    2. Custis Trail
    3. Four Mile Run Trail
    4. Capital Crescent Trail
    5. C & O Canal Path
    6. Metropolitan Branch Trail
    7. Oxon Run Trail – runs from 13th St SE to South Capitol St
    8. Washington, Baltimore, & Annapolis Trail
    9. Anacostia River Trail

Volunteer at a WABA event

Check out our volunteer hub and Bike Ambassador Facebook page to see what opportunities are available monthly and stop by our next Volunteer Night on January 24th!

Become a monthly donor to WABA’s mission to make biking accessible and fun for our entire region. You can donate to WABA using this link.

Sign the Vision Zero Pledge (you can do this one right now. It’s that easy to do. Seriously, take the pledge now)

Take your family on a bike ride.  Use one of the trails listed above or if you have children or know children who would be interested in biking, sign them up for BikeCamp!

You don’t need to do all of them (but that would be awesome), but these are easy resolutions to work into your year of biking. Go for a ride, get involved— make 2018 better for everyone on a bike and help WABA continue to do the work that matters most to you!

We’re Hiring: Bookkeeper (part-time)

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an organized professional to manage the financial record keeping of our growing non-profit organization.

Position Overview

WABA is the region’s leading bicycle advocacy and education non-profit organization, working to make a healthier, more connected region. WABA is growing, and doubled in staff size and budget over the past ten years. The staff Bookkeeper primary responsibility is to manages the organization’s financial records. The ideal candidate will be a critical administrative team member to support and sustain WABA’s planned future growth.

The Bookkeeper will report to Executive Director, and work with the senior leadership team, new Operations Coordinator, and Board of Directors. This important member will manage accounts receivable and payable, account recognilcation, prepare bank deposits, and other bookkeeping tasks to maintain WABA’s healthy and clean financial position.

Position Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for data entry into electronic accounting system and integrity of accounting system data,
  • Processes invoices and prepares checks for signature,
  • Makes bank deposits,
  • Assist with payroll processing,
  • Maintains general ledger,
  • Prepares monthly and year-end financial reports,
  • Reconciles all bank accounts,
  • Mails vendor checks,
  • Manages Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable,
  • Reviews all incoming and outgoing invoices,
  • Manages the petty cash fund,
  • Processes all inter-account bank transfer.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience or competency in the following:
  • 2+ years of professional experience in non-profit or business accounting/bookkeeping,
  • Bachelors or Associate degree in accounting, business management or similar field,
  • Extensive experience with Quickbooks accounting software and intermediate Microsoft Excel skills,
  • Organization and professionalism,
  • Interpersonal communication skills,
  • Impeccable attention to detail,
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, keeping multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.
  • Technological fluency. WABA uses Google Suite office tools (Gmail, Calendar Drive, etc.) and Microsoft Office.

About Us

WABA staff members are hard-working, dedicated people who enjoy a casual work environment and frequent opportunities to go on a bike ride. Working for WABA, you’ll join a team that is committed to improving the Washington region through biking advocacy, education and outreach. Colleagues are committed, passionate, inclusive and fun-loving.

Employment Benefits & Details

  • Part-time employment, 20-25 hours/week,
  • Pay of $20/hour,
  • A flexible schedule,
  • Paid sick time and 10 paid holidays
  • The position is based in the WABA office in Adams Morgan, Washington D.C. Occasional evening and weekend work is required, and met with reasonable flexibility during the week.
  • WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to jobs@waba.org with “Bookkeeper” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

Long Bridge needs to be, well, LONGER

Imagine biking from Crystal City to DC’s waterfront along a brand new bike bridge next to the railroad tracks. You’d sail over the George Washington Memorial Parkway and I-395, riding directly from one urban core to the other on a wide, protected trail. Sounds like the best Potomac River crossing in the region, right?

This vision is enshrined in the master plans of DC, Arlington, and the National Park Service, but the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is about to pass on the chance to make it a reality.

Let’s get this bridge right

Long Bridge is the rail bridge you can see from the Yellow Line as you cross the Potomac River.  It carries Amtrak, commuter rail, and freight rail from Arlington over the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Hains Point, and I-395 to L’Enfant Plaza and eventually on to Union Station. It’s getting a long planned, much needed upgrade from two tracks to four. This project is an opportunity to attach a biking and walking trail to the new bridge, creating a continuous non-motorized connection between Arlington and DC.

It’s a once in a century opportunity that DC, Arlington, and the National Park Service have been discussing for years, but the current trail designs only go halfway— from the Mount Vernon Trail to Hains Point.

DDOT can do better, but they need to hear from you.

Take action

The current proposal treats the river as the only barrier that for people who bike and walk, ignoring two major highways and the tangle of dangerous intersections, congested sidewalks, and freeway ramps that separate DC from Arlington.

DDOT is going through the environmental impact statement process for this project, so now is the time to speak up for better bicycling connections.

Ask DDOT for a better bridge

Comments close on January 16, so it’s important to act on this now!

Contact DDOT and ask them to:

  • Make the Long Bridge bicycle and pedestrian connection continue across the George Washington Memorial Parkway to connect to the Long Bridge Park (Arlington County’s Long Bridge Park Master Plan has long called for a connection from the park’s multi-use esplanade across the George Washington Parkway to the Mount Vernon Trail),
  • Make the Long Bridge bicycle and pedestrian trail connect directly to Maine Avenue, instead of requiring an indirect, congested or outdated connection across the Washington Channel.  This is called for in both DC’s MoveDC plan and State Rail Plan,
  • Leave space for a future trail connection across Maine Ave to Maryland Ave and Hancock Park, and
  • Build the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure simultaneously with the rail span, not as a separate project.

Read more about the status of this project in our Dec. 2017 blog post.

Want to get into the weeds? Here are our (really detailed) comments from October 2016.

Find additional information on the Long Bridge Project website.

Serve on the WABA Board of Directors

The WABA Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

A message from Paul d’Eustachio, President of the WABA Board of Directors.

WABA’s Board of Directors is looking for people with a passion to help make communities in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, the WABA Board Nominating Committee is searching for board of director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base as bicycling options becoming increasingly popular across various demographics. We have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and are willing support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. The ability to connect WABA to the broader Washington area network of donors is a plus. We are also looking for a candidate who can help us ensure that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to seek board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income or underserved communities. The WABA board’s commitment to diversity is real, and weight will be given to candidates who broaden the board’s views and experience.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two-year terms. They are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (7 per year and the annual meeting), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board members participate in standing and ad-hoc committees that focus on areas critical to WABA’s success. They include advocacy, administration and finance, development, and programs committees. Board appointment is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in participating (i.e., non-board member appointment) on these committees, please email boardofdirectors@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here. If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email boardofdirectors@waba.org. While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 8th, 2018 annual members’ meeting.

Wow.

This December, the WABA community stepped up like never before to build a more inclusive, better connected region. Thank you.

930 donors contributed $128,864 to build a more inclusive, better connected region. We are so grateful for their help making WABA stronger than ever. They surpassed even our stretch goal by almost $20,000. What an incredible, humbling thing to be part of and celebrate.

trail progress banner success

If you are one of those generous donors, thank you. We are so excited for what’s ahead for WABA in 2018 and beyond. We will ensure careful, intentional stewardship of your investment, and hope you see great progress towards more connected and bikeable region that we are committed to building together.

Thank you for helping us start the new year energized, grateful, and ready for anything.

Let’s raise $8,000 today!

WABA Members Josephine and Judd

Hi everyone, I’m Judd! Today, my friend Josephine, a handful of other WABA members and I are challenging you to raise $8,000 for WABA. We’ll match every dollar you give before midnight, up to $8,000.

donate

WABA means so much to me. A connected network of trails and bike lanes make a difference to me every single day, and it would mean so much to me if you would make a donation today. Please join me in giving back to the organization that works tirelessly to make our streets safer.

Until I see you on the Mount Vernon Trail (I’m probably the one rocking a WABA jersey) or at one of the many morning biking coffee clubs, I’ll share my story here

I was four years old the first time I got grounded. The training wheels had just come off my sweet red Huffy and I was ready. My parents could have grounded me for running into the back of a parked car and getting my tire stuck. Instead, they grounded me for being over a mile away from home when I did so.

I was fortunate to grow up in places where a kid could bike safely and I rode my bike everywhere: to school, to play with my friends, to the lake to go fishing, and even around the neighborhood to collect aluminum cans. I was fortunate to grow up in places where people chose to make biking safe for kids.

Illustration: help WABA connect the region's bike network
Donate today to support a connected bike network!

As an adult spurred by an abundance of free time during the recession, I bought a bike from Craigslist and hit the trail. It was the best stress relief I could imagine. When I moved to DC a few years later, I was thrilled to discover the W&OD easily accessible via the Columbia Pike Bike Boulevard. I am fortunate to live in a place where local leaders chose to build and maintain trails.

The first WABA Member I met had a profound impact on my life. Amy encouraged me to give bike commuting a try and taught me everything I needed to arrive at work smelling good and wrinkle free. I was instantly hooked and became a daily rider.

Amy was the first of many WABA Members who would become my friends; people from every race, religion, profession, and age group. My life is better from all of the adventurous group rides, jokes shared over a cup of coffee, and secret routes exchanged. I am fortunate that such a diverse, inclusive group of people gathered to form a community of people riding bikes.

I support WABA so that kids can be free to bike to school. So that our streets are safe to commute, to shop, to enjoy by bike. So that we can access a connected network of trails for transportation and recreation. So that people, all people, have the opportunity to unite around the joys of riding a bike.

Please join me and make a donation today to give more people the joy of a safe place to ride with a supportive community.

With gratitude,

WABA Member Judd

PS: $8,000! Let’s make this happen! Please give today.

Knocking down barriers to biking

Women and Bicycles

Nationwide, 28% of people who ride bikes identify as women. In DC, 42% of bike commuters identify as women.

Awesome. But we didn’t flip those statistics around without your help.

DONATE

Your support for WABA is building a more inclusive bicycling community, and your financial investment is getting more people on bikes. Thank you!

When WABA created the Women & Bicycles program in 2013, we knew that 3:1 gender ratio was a problem. We didn’t know how we’d fund the work, but you stepped up and we made it happen.

Today, our Women & Bicycles program is 7,000 strong. We facilitate year-round rides, events, mentorship, and a lively space for online conversation. These physical and digital safe spaces eliminate barriers to entry to bicycling. And we know it works.

We hope you feel equally proud when you look around and see who’s sharing your bike lane this evening—your investment in WABA made that possible.

at the 2015 Hains Point 100

We know that women aren’t the only underrepresented community in biking. With the right resources, we can break down more barriers to biking, and we need your help.

In 2018, WABA is excited to launch three community-based initiatives to garner support for safer streets in DC. Working closely with residents of three specific neighborhoods, we’re going to dig deep on the issues that keep people from feeling safe and excited to get on a bike. Ensuring people have the trails and bike lanes they need to feel comfortable riding is critical, but we know from past experience that an inclusive community is essential, too. You can help us build those safer streets, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Please make a donation today to get more people on bikes.