Become a WABA Member: Get great membership perks

 

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It’s the last day to of the member drive! Last chance to join or renew and receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. & I’m a WABA Member” shirt.

HOLY SMOKES! SIGN ME UP!

We’ve shared with you stories and information about our programs. We have heard and seen your support throughout the city. The last step is to join or renew with WABA and add your voice to thousands of cyclists who are striving for a more bicycle-friendly region.

Aside from the the great benefit of having an organization that advocates on your behalf, provides outreach to our region, and educates our community, WABA Members receive other cool perks as well!

Here are just a few that come with your WABA Member:

– Discounts at over 50 area bike shops

– Access to member-only rides and events

– Use of bike-boxes for travel

– Discounts at dozens of local business

See a full list of membership perks here!

We’ll see you tonight from 5:30 – 8 PM at Beiergarten Haus for a celebratory Biketober Fest Happy Hour. If you were one of lucky first 500 to join or renew you can also come and claim your shirt!

Become a WABA Member: Support our Outreach Programs

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This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

Join or renew now!

 Through our D.C. Bike Ambassadors program we travel throughout the District promoting safe and responsible cycling as well as encouragement and education for all road users to share the road responsibly.

Our Women & Bicycles program has exploded in the last year with over 2,300 participants in the online forum – yet work still remains to get even more women involved in bicycling.

Our Suburban outreach team visits points out of the District where many people still bike, but their routes are a little bit longer, and some of their concerns a little bit different.

Our East of the River program strives to connect residents living in Ward 7 and Ward 8 with bicycling but holding mobile clinics, events, and community rides.

Our Trail Ranger program monitors and helps maintain some of the most popular bike trails in our area. From the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, they help report maintenance, spearhead community clean-up events, and even showcase the trails with fun events!

Our outreach efforts help keeps our bicycling community growing towards a more inclusive place. Your membership supports this idea and shows your support for those cyclists just joining our community.

The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

Become a WABA Member: Support our Advocacy Work

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This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

Join or renew now!

Your membership directly supports our advocacy work. We spend time in meetings, planning sessions, conference calls, and legislative sessions to try to get the best bicycle infrastructure and support for our region.

Here are some of our major victories over the past year:

 

  • MCDOT Rescinds Capital Crescent Trail Request: In August the Montgomery County Department of Transportation quietly requested that the Maryland Transit Administration remove a tunnel under Jones Mill Road for the Capital Crescent Trail, despite a long-standing plan to build a completely grade-separated trail from Bethesda to Silver Spring along the Purple Line. WABA asked members in Montgomery County to contact the County Council asking to keep the safe trail crossing. MCDOT rescinded their request and the tunnel will be built.
  • Safe Accommodations during Construction in DC: The Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013 includes a provision which requires future construction permits to provide “safe accommodations” for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • A Rebuilt Rock Creek Park Trail is One Step Closer: At the end of June, the District Department of Transportation released the Final Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation of the Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail. The final design could not be completed without this environmental document, which was holding up construction. DDOT and NPS can now finalize the design, and construction could begin in some sections as early as next year.

More victories are ahead with your support! The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

Thanks Levi’s! Check out their Commuter Line

Commuter_Logo_blackWhen you get to Biergarten House for the Membership Drive Happy Hour on Friday, raise a beer to Levi’s who is helping to sponsor the evening. They have also donated some terrific giveaways for a special member raffle!

We’re so pleased that Levi’s has taken lots of input from daily cyclists and used that to create their  Commuter series line. Designed with features that will allow bicyclists to pedal in comfort and style, it’s definitely worth checking out. There’s lots of cool features like a special hook for your lock, reflective cuffs, high-performance fabrics that are dirt resistant and water repellent too. Utility in fashion has been tough to find for our daily cycling needs. Cool to see that a major brand like Levi’s has seen the potential and is tailoring the product for this growing market.  Come check out some of the goods for yourself Friday!

Levi’s Bike Commuter line #commuter @Levis

Levi’s plans to launch their women’s bike commuter jean in the spring.

Become a WABA Member: Support our Education programs

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This week is our 2014 WABA Member Drive. On the blog, we’re highlighting the work your membership supports.

Join or Renew Now!

Our education program teaches children and adults how to ride a bicycle, safe rules of the road, and confidence on a bike. We go into local schools, day camps, and hold adults classes throughout the city. In 2014 alone our education program has reached 1,469 kids and 267 adults.

This fall our education program is expanding in a few key ways. Our adult programming includes a new series of educational rides.

What is an educational ride? It’s not quite a class – there’s no sitting around or listening to lectures or doing exercises. Each of our rides is focused on a different topic that’s critical for successful city riding: infrastructure, hill climbing, and transitioning from trails to city streets.

Our youth education programming is expanding to include two after school Bike Clubs. Bike Club is a progressive 5-7 week after school program designed to get kids aged eight through fourteen thinking about bicycling for fun, exploration, physical fitness, and transportation. We’re using bicycling as a vehicle to teach team building, community engagement, volunteerism, and awareness of the urban environment.

Our education programming is always striving to meet the needs our our community. Being a WABA Member shows your support for our unique programming. Join or Renew your WABA Membership this week to show your support!

The first 500 people to join or renew this week will receive a limited edition “I bike. I vote. @ I’m a WABA Member” t-shirts. T-shirts can be picked up on October 17 from 5:30-8:00 PM at Beirgarten Haus on H st. or will be shipped the week after.

 

You bike, you vote—are you a WABA Member?

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It’s that time of year for WABA: A successful Spring and Summer has passed, Fall is ramping up with rides, classes, and outreach, and our 2014 Membership Drive is here!

Join or renew now!

This year if you are one of the first 500 people to  join WABA or renew your WABA membership you will get a limited edition t-shirt!

WABA strives to represent the voice of cyclists in our area with advocacy, outreach, education, and events. This shirt represents our collective voice. This week we will share stories and information about our work and why being a member is essential to the continuation of this work.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday you will find WABA out and about across the region signing up members. On Friday we will celebrate with Biketoberfest at the Biergarten Haus on H St. were those people who joined or renewed can pick up their t-shirt as well.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you this week. Now is a better time than any to join or renew with WABA!

Help us spread the word! Change your social media profile picture to the image below during this week. If you frequent a bike room, print out our poster and hang it up!

 

Yay! DDOT Releases Final Safe Accommodation Regulations

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Capital Bikeshare shows how to maintain safe accommodations for bicyclists while they install a new station at 15th & L Streets NW.

DDOT released final regulations for safe accommodations of bicyclists and pedestrians during construction. Future public space permits issued by the city must maintain access for people traveling by foot or bike. A growing number of District residents and visitor rely on walking and biking everyday. Bike lane and sidewalk closures create hazardous situations and have a discouraging effect. With proper enforcement, the final rules should go a long way to maintaining safe access for people walking and biking.

Overall, the regulations are pretty good. Draft regulations were released in August and there have not been any substantive changes between draft and final.

The regulations give an explicit order of priority for providing safe accommodations:

  • Priority one would be to have no impact on existing bike lanes. This could be achieved by keeping construction activities restricted to the parking lane.
  • If that’s not possible, the next best choice is narrowing or reducing other travel lanes as long as at least one remains open.
  • The next option would be to create a shared-lane.
  • Finally, as a last resort, a detour could be set-up. Any detour option would need to replicate the existing infrastructure as practicably possible. Again, the overarching goal would be to simply reduce impacting the existing bike lanes.

The Bicycle Safety Amendment of 2013 became law in the beginning of 2014. WABA worked hard to with DC Council on this law. After it’s passage, this legislation triggered the rulemaking process. The law compels city agencies changes regulations for new permits that effect sidewalks, bike lanes and paths. Future permits must provide “safe accommodation for pedestrians and bicyclists” during construction. DDOT completed the task in less than a year.

Thank you DDOT!  We look forward to working together on enforcement of these new regulations. Safe passage during construction makes walking and biking a more reliable mode of transportation.