Delays on the Red Line? We got you.

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SafeTrack is coming to Montgomery County and WABA and MCDOT want you to consider biking! Come ride with us and discover safe, fun routes for getting around the Red Line disruptions. You’ll learn the route to ride during the week as well as tips and tricks from our bike experts.

July
Sunday, July 31st – Ride from Glenmont to West Hyattsville!

August
Saturday, August 6th – Ride from Shady Grove to Twinbrook!

Both rides begin at 10:00 AM and are FREE for walk-up participants, or you can reserve a spot for $10 at the links above.

These rides are open to all ages, but riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants must provide their own bikes & helmets. Helmets are required.

We have lots more details on our Safetrack Resources page.

We’re hiring: Women & Bicycles Coordinator (part-time)

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The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a part-time coordinator for the Women & Bicycles program, an innovative grassroots approach inspiring more women to bike, teach, advocate, and lead the bike movement.

The heart of the program is peer-to-peer mentorship through volunteer Roll Models. Roll Models are women who already bike and commit to recruiting 5-10 biking protégés from their personal networks. The protégés are invited to a dinner party with their mentor and use conversation and our comprehensive biking guide to work through all their personal questions, concerns, and unknowns when it comes to biking. The position also consists of monthly event coordination, planning, admin and strategy, online forum moderation, and fundraising.

The Women & Bicycles Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the Women & Bicycles program, including Roll Model recruitment, training and coordination, event coordination, online forum support, and developing strategies to grow the program in a way that is successful, sustainable, and equitable. The position will report to WABA’s Programs Director.

Responsibilities

The Women & Bicycles Coordinator will:

  1. Recruit, train, coordinate, and engage the Women & Bicycles Roll Models and track their mentorship efforts.
  2. Develop and implement Women & Bicycles events (with WABA’s program staff as needed), including: partner coordination, content development, scheduling, planning, promotion, volunteer coordination, event logistics, staffing events, and follow-up.
  3. Work to create new partner relationships with non-traditional bicycling groups to build the reach and resources of Women & Bicycles across diverse networks throughout the region.
  4. Facilitate and diversify the Women & Bicycle forum and its guidelines to maintain its culture of respect, information-sharing, and joy.
  5. Fundraise annually (with support from the WABA development staff), through events, online campaigns, etc. to sustain the program.
  6. Integrate Women & Bicycles with WABA’s broader work regionally and align programmatic goals/outcomes with WABA’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  2. Experience in: project management, events planning/management, fundraising, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  4. A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs/Sheets, Forms), Facebook and Twitter.
  6. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment, and work independently.

This position is part-time, 20 hours/week and compensation is $15 per hour.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, WABA promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,500 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Contact

Send one PDF with both your cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Women & Bicycles” in the subject line by Friday, July 22nd. No phone calls please. For inquiries please email jobs@waba.org. 

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

We’re hiring: Bike Ambassador (part-time)

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A Bike Ambassador helps pull a trailer down in SE DC

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is looking for an outgoing, energetic, and motivated person to help run the D.C. Bike Ambassador program. The program’s goal is to establish WABA’s presence city-wide, to foster a positive impression of bicycling and bicyclists and to educate residents and local organizations about bike laws, roadway safety, and potential benefits of bicycling to individuals, families, workplaces, and communities.

The D.C. Bike Ambassador will promote WABA’s programs and the Bike Ambassadors’ core messaging, as well as coordinate volunteer Bike Ambassador outreach events, and help recruit local residents to become volunteer Ambassadors and attend WABA classes, programs, and events.

This position is part-time, 20 hours per week and compensation is $15 per hour.

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and implement Bike Ambassador outreach, education, encouragement, and community organizing efforts for WABA city-wide.
  • Recruit and energize our team of volunteer D.C. Bike Ambassadors.
  • Lead one hour-long presentation on bicycling per month with a WABA community partner.
  • Distribute print resources to community members, such as D.C. bike maps, Quick Start Guides, D.C. Pocket Law Guides, Capital Bikeshare information, and WABA education and promotional materials.
  • Pull the WABA Bike Ambassador billboard trailer (7 hours per week).
  • Complete weekly administrative and reporting requirements.
  • Report to, communicate and coordinate regularly and effectively with supervisor about goals, planning and logistics, reporting, challenges and issues.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission
  • Willingness and excitement to learn bicycling safety, traffic law, skills, and WABA’s bike encouragement philosophy.
  • Experience planning events and coordinating volunteers.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings, and/or weekends.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs/Sheets, Forms), Facebook and Twitter.
  • The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  • The ability to lift at least 40 lbs.
  • Organized, good time management skills and ability to multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • League of American Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification a plus.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,500 members region-wide, WABA serves the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and communities in Maryland and Virginia.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Bike Ambassador” in the subject line by Friday, July 22nd. No phone calls please.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Get Ready for SafeTrack

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A year of Metro shutdowns and singletracking. A year of extra cars on the road and longer commutes. A year of doom and gloom.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

During the year of SafeTrack “surges,” WABA wants you to try your commute by bike instead.

To help you out, we’ve put together our SafeTrack biking resource page, designed to keep you in the know about what the region’s bike community has up its sleeve for each surge. You can find it at waba.org/safetrack.

Here you’ll find all the info you’ll need to bike your commute, join a bike train convoy, find or become a bike buddy, and more.

If you’re already a bike commuter or you just want to help your fellow Metro riders, we’re looking for volunteers for a whole host of opportunities: ride leaders, station captains, sign hangers, flier distributors, etc.

Volunteer with us

We’re Hiring Bike Camp! Counselors for the Summer

Bike Camp! is coming this summer!

Bike Camp! is looking for a few great Counselors, apply today!

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association seeks 3 Camp Counselors and 1 Lead Counselor with a love of riding bikes, experience with youth, and exuberance to spare.

Positions Overview

WABA’s Bike Camp! is two two-week sessions for kids to ride, explore, build, and have fun! Our Bike Camp! Counselor team will keep things running smoothly, help the campers ride and work together as a team, build rapport and community, and make this summer one to remember.

During training, Counselors will be taken through an intensive ride-safety course to learn the ins-and-outs of leading and supporting youths on bikes. They’ll be certified in first-aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. Further training will include: security and safety procedures, emergency planning and management, behavior management, food and health safety, team training, and more.

The Counselor team will be the primary staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of Bike Camp! and will report to our Camp Director, Jeff Wetzel, who will be on-site at camp 20 hours/week.

These are temporary seasonal full-time positions. The dates for these positions are:

Staff Training: Wednesday, June 22nd – Friday, July 1st

Bike Camp!
Weekdays, July 5th – 29th (4 weeks), from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Hourly rate:
Camp Counselors – $15 per hour
Lead Counselor – $17 per hour

Responsibilities

Camp Counselors:

  • Ensure the safety, well-being and health of Bike Campers (ages 10-14).
  • Lead and/or support bike rides ranging from 1 mile to 15 miles in length in summer weather.
  • Organize group activities and team-building exercises.
  • Provide engagement, humor, and positive spirits as a role model for the Campers.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on Bike Camp! after Session 1 and Session 2.

Lead Counselor:

  • All of the above, plus:
  • With the Camp Director, plan safe routes for bike rides and adapt to changing on-road conditions.
  • Provide detailed daily reports of Camp Activities with input from the Camp Counselors, including incident/injury reports.
  • Act as the primary point of contact on-site for activity/program partners.

Qualifications

Camp Counselors:

  • 1-2 years experience working with youth, preferably in a summer camp environment or similar.
  • Must be able to provide a working bike and helmet.
  • Must be able to ride a bike with competence and confidence enough to pay attention to other riders.
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate safe biking practices.
  • Some bicycle maintenance knowledge preferred.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • High school diploma or equivalent strongly preferred.
  • Must be CPR and First Aid certified, or willing to obtain a certification prior to camp.

Lead Counselor:

  • All of the above, plus:
  • Group bike riding and/or ride leader experience preferred.
  • Staff supervision experience preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit a one-page résumé and a one-page letter describing:

  • How you meet the qualifications listed above
  • What makes you a great Bike Camp! Counselor
  • A positive experience you had while working with youth

Send both documents as attachments to jobs@waba.org

This Is Going To Be A Happy Place

Hi! You probably saw Nelle’s email yesterday announcing our Alexandria Bike Campus plan. I wanted to share my own experience. My name is Daniel Hoagland. For most of the last four years, I’ve run WABA’s incredible education programs, including our adult and youth classes, rides, and rodeos.

Help the bike movement reach new heights at the Alexandria Bike Campus!

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Like many, I started biking on city streets the hard way. I didn’t know I could track down teachers or classes. I didn’t know which laws to follow. I didn’t know what would keep me safe. I didn’t know what would make me confident. I didn’t know anything, but I biked anyway and trust me, I had plenty of bad experiences – I’m sure you can relate. There were daily moments of confusion, frustration, and absolute terror.

Chip in to build a place to learn, teach, and discover a new level of biking confidence!

It wasn’t until I first my took class that I learned how much I didn’t know about biking. I was skeptical, but it was a truly eye-opening experience. No, I didn’t learn any special tricks or a new way of riding. Instead, I found a different perspective. I found answers to my questions. I found the community of friendly, helpful bike riding people just like me.

We need $20,000 to make the Alexandria Bike Campus a reality.

Draft Alexandria Bike Campus Design

WABA’s teaching method works well, aside from one problem – and a bike campus solves it. We need to help students better visualize and internalize scenarios they’ll encounter in the road before they’re out riding on the street. Cones can only convey so much. And after teaching thousands of adults and youth about biking, I’m convinced that we can drastically boost confidence levels if people get to practice biking in traffic before they’re actually in traffic.

The Alexandria Bike Campus will do just that! The painted streetscape will move people through real-life on-bike scenarios in a low-stress environment. They’ll get to practice the basics, like where to bike in a bike lane to the more advance, like how to make a box turn or exit a protected bike lane. Most importantly, I’ve learned that no matter who you are there are always ways to improve yourself, to learn new things, to teach others.

The Alexandria Bike Campus will create a safe place to practice biking for schools, boys and girls clubs, community groups, and friends and families.

 

We’re Hiring: Staff Education Instructor

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The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a part-time Staff Education Instructor for our bicycle education and outreach programming dedicated to serving adults and children in the Washington region.

WABA’s education and outreach programs are highly regarded and successful, helping adults throughout the DC region to learn to ride bikes, to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, and to use bicycles to commute to and from work. These programs create opportunities to engage with and educate adults no matter how they ride.

Reporting to the Education Coordinator, this position will implement several of WABA’s existing education programs for both adults and youth, WABA is a small but growing organization, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general WABA duties and major events.

Responsibilities

The Staff Education Instructor will:

  1. Teach Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, and Everyday Biking seminars.
  2. Supervise teams of 2-4 Instructors in preparing for and delivering these programs.
  3. Deliver high-quality bike education experiences for adults.
  4. Promote classes, rides and programs online and through fliers, in-person outreach, and coordination with partner organizations.
  5. During the month of July, assist the Youth & Family Coordinator to deliver WABA’s Bike Camp! summer experience for youths aged 10-14.
  6. Work primarily on evenings and weekends, for 20 hours per week.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Current League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification or equivalent OR the willingness/ability to obtain certification in early March.
  2. 1-2 years of physical/experiential education experience OR 1-2 years of adult education experience.
  3. 1+ years of direct supervisory experience.
  4. The ability to pass DC Public Schools’ volunteering requirements: tuberculosis test and criminal background check.
  5. Excellent public speaking and teaching skills.
  6. The ability to organize time wisely and work independently away from the office.
  7. A current driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  8. The ability to lift 45 lbs.
  9. The ability to ride a bike comfortably and confidently in urban/suburban situations.
  10. The ability to carry/tow up to 75 lbs. by bike.
  11. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.
  12. An exceptional understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  13. A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.
  14. Marketing and social media skills a plus.

This position pays $15/hour and is part-time, 20 hours/week from mid-March until mid-November, 2016 subject to market demand.

Contact

Send a cover letter and a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Expected start date is March 21, 2016.