Are you ready for WABA’s first-ever Cider Ride? We’re certainly excited to host our first organized wintertime ride in recent memory, and can’t wait to see you on Saturday morning.
If you’re not terribly interested in braving 40-degree temperatures but do have a free Saturday, we’re in need of volunteers to help make the Cider Ride awesome.
Volunteers to help us set up and check in riders in the morning (from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.) and to help us run the post-ride cider celebration smoothly (from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.). Sign up to volunteer here.
Marshals for the medium (McIntosh, 40 miles) and long (Honeycrisp, 60 miles) routes.Sign up to marshal here.
Remember that if you volunteer for WABA three times, you can earn a free membership!
*Please note that your registration is nonrefundable. In the event of inclement weather (like ice), the ride will be canceled. Consider the cost a gracious donation to WABA’s year-round efforts to advocate for better bicycling for you.
Held at the Anacostia Arts Center, the Expo brought entertainment, activities, and conversations about what it’s like to bike east of the river to the grant zone, which includes Anacostia, Congress Heights, and St. Elizabeths. The Expo was intended to foster dialogue about riding in wards 7 and 8 and help residents of nearby neighborhoods have a better understanding of how bike advocacy and outreach works.
Workshops addressed topics such as biking with children—during which Kidical Mass D.C.’s Megan Odett talked parents through some of the obstacles and barriers to biking with their kids—and provided an introduction to advocacy—which saw WABA Advocacy Coordinator Greg Billing and the League of American Bicyclists Policy Director Darren Flusche describe local and national transportation initiatives that will affect biking in and around wards 7 and 8.
Additionally, the Cap City Bike Expo convened a group of local bike shop owners to discuss how to improve access to bike facilities east of the river. Capitol Hill Bikes, Phoenix Bikes, Velocity Co-Op, the Bike House, Maryland Park Bikes, City Bikes, and the Daily Rider met with WABA staff to get the ball rolling for the Black Thumbs Collective, a group that will work to provide resources, outreach, and education on how to fix bikes in what’s currently an amenities desert.
The highlight of the Expo was the revealing of a Dero Fixit station, graciously funded by employees of CH2M Hill. The Fixit station is the first to be installed outside of a building that’s not a bike shop. It lives outside the Anacostia Arts Center and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for passerby to use to repair their bikes.
WABA staffers, volunteers, and those involved with making the Expo happen had ample time to chat with people who dropped into the Anacostia Arts Center. We heard from a number of residents that they bike or are interested in biking, because it’s a low-cost, easy way to get around. And attendees of the panels and workshops came away from the Expo with a larger knowledge base of what it takes to make biking better, especially east of the river.
The Cap City Bike Expo was the final activity funded under this year’s East of the River grant. Many thanks to the employees of CH2M Hill for donating the Fixit station and to BicycleSpace, Capitol Hill Bikes, and Velocity Co-Op for donating bikes as raffle prizes. Maryland Park Bikes, the Bike House, City Bikes, Capitol Hill Bikes, Velocity Co-Op, Bicycle Space, Phoenix Bikes, the Daily Rider, Honfleur Gallery, ARCH, Congress Heights on the Rise, and the Anacostia Arts Center contributed their staff’s time and expertise to the Expo (including by fixing bikes!). Our awesome volunteers helped make the event run perfectly.
See more photos of the Expo below the jump, and continue to read our blog for updates on the East of the River program. Read the rest of this entry »
Here at WABA, we’re thankful for a lot of things. We live in a region that’s only getting better for bicycling, and we have wonderful members, volunteers, and supporters who are behind everything we do—from advocacy to education to outreach to organizational development to our awesome events. We’re especially thankful for everyone who rides a bike in our region. You help make biking recognized as a legitimate way to get around.
This Thanksgiving, what are you, as a person who rides a bike (or as a person who appreciates what bikes bring to the D.C. area) thankful for? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook. And if you’d like to tell us in photos, add to our Flickr pool.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday and bike safely.
Photo by Flickr user Pedro Gringo, who doubles as a fantastic WABA bike ambassador
We’re hiring an assistant education coordinator to work with our lead education coordinator to carry out our initiatives in teaching adults and kids how to bike and how to bike better. Read more about the job and how to apply below the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Governing magazine says that cities are obligated to protect pedestrians and cyclists through good infrastructure and enforcement…
And following a spate of crashes in Idaho, the Daily Journal says education and awareness can reduce conflicts.
Metro has installed a bike channel along the stairway at the Glenmont Metro station.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer gets props from Politico for crossing the aisle on two wheels…
Though Bike Portland finds it amusing that bipartisan attention to cyclist and pedestrian issues is worthy of incredulity.
Photo by George Newcomb. Join our Flickr pool!
The last leaf has fallen on the youth bicycle education tree! We wrapped up our fall in-school bicycle education classes last week at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School.
This calendar year alone,WABA has shared the joys of bicycling with 3,425 students in the District’s public and public charter schools. We’ll be back after winter break in more schools, to teach more students, and with (hopefully) more bikes!
Want to help us get more bikes so that we can teach more kids? Vote for us in the Do the Kind Thing contest!
If you are the parent of a child in a D.C. public school or public charter school in grades kindergarten through 6th and would like to bring WABA’s Youth Bike Education program to your child’s school, let us know! We will get in touch with the school’s PE teacher about spring classes.
Our adult programming has also finished up for the season. While it’s satisfying to cross off the final fall class on our education chalkboard, there’s certainly no erasing the experiences of 373 adults who attended WABA’s bicycle education classes this year. Some were learning to ride for the first time, while others fine-tuned their skills as long-term commuters. WABA’s Education Department provides confidence and knowledge that D.C, Maryland, and Virginia residents can use to enjoy their trips on two wheels.
See you in the spring!
You asked for more organized ride events, and we heard you: We’re proud to present the first-ever Cider Ride on Dec. 7.
Three route lengths are available, two of which (the Honeycrisp, 60 miles, and McIntosh, 30 miles) will take riders out of D.C. and to Queen Anne Farm near Bowie, Md. A third (the Gala, 15 miles) will remain within D.C. WABA will provide snacks and handwarmers and throw a great afterparty, the Cider Celebration, at Canal Park’s Park Tavern. The ride starts at Canal Park.
The Cider Ride is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Queen Anne Farm for hosting the cider stop; Canal Park in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood for hosting the start location; Park Tavern for its tremendous hospitality in hosting the Cider Celebration; Heat Pax Warmers for its generous donation to keep our riders toasty; Murray Cider Company for donating fresh cider for all riders; Kaleena Porter for the awesome Cider Ride graphics.
This post is authored by WABA supporter Brett Young, who hopes to see the Glen Echo Trolley Path fixed to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.
On Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Rec Center (5200 Sherier Place NW, Washington, D.C., 20016), the Palisades Citizens Association will be voting on a resolution requesting support for converting the old Glen Echo Trolley Path to a bike/recreation trail.
From 1902 until 1961, the trolley was used to transport residents from D.C. to Glen Echo Park. Since the demise of the trolley, the path has lain dormant. Weeds have grown over it and a few of the remaining bridges are derelict.
There have been several attempts over the years to reuse the path, each meeting with community resistance or indifference. We think the timing is now ripe for reuse of the trail, given the success of the Capital Crescent Trail and the overall increase in cycling usage through D.C.
We believe that there are now enough residents who share the same vision as us: That the old trolley right-of-way can be both an asset to the community and a useful resource for transportation and leisure.
The Palisades Neighborhood Trail, the name for the reused right-of-way, will begin to the north at Galena Street and end to the south at Georgetown University. It would then extend to Prospect and 37th streets NW (two blocks west of the Exorcist Steps).
If you’re interested in supporting the idea of the Palisades Neighborhood Trail, please come out to the Dec. 3 Palisades Citizens Association meeting.
To learn more about the trail and where it would go, see this map (the D.C. portion is shown in red). Here’s a video of the trail from Foxhall Road, finishing at the Capital Crescent Trail. And here are my photos of the Foundry Branch Bridge that connects Foxhall Drive to Georgetown University. I’m answering questions about the idea of the trail on the Washington Area Bike Forum. Feel free to submit questions or comments there.
I hope to see you on Dec. 3 at the Palisades Rec Center!
The Pennsylvania Avenue zebras are mostly useless.
Apparently, the best way to get more people on bikes is to demonstrate to them how much money they’ll save.
After much agita, the 15th Street cycletrack is repaved.
This Lego-like, insta-bike lane could revolutionize the installation of cycletracks.
D.C.’s adorable bike-love stencils are back.
Help us get more kids on bikes by voting in Kind Snacks’ Do the Kind Thing contest. We’re sorry that it requires Facebook authentication, but appreciate your vote!
This Saturday is the Cap City Bike Expo!
The Expo, which will be held at the Anacostia Arts Center, will present great art, entertainment, and displays from local bike shops. In addition, the Expo will encourage input from those who live and bike east of the river about how things could be improved for cyclists, or how things could be made easier for those who are interested in biking.
We’re in need of volunteers for both morning and afternoon shifts to help make the Expo run smoothly. Are you available? See more details and sign up to volunteer here.