Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Statement

WABA’s Board of Directors adopted this statement at its March 19, 2018 meeting.

Mission

WABA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation options for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, pedestrians, and motorists about safe bicycling and all of our rights to be and feel safe on our streets, paths, and other infrastructure.

WABA believes that biking benefits all communities and envisions a region in which biking and bike advocacy are equally accessible to residents and visitors regardless of identity (e.g., racial/ethnic/cultural/religious groups, age, ability, language, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, familiar/parental status  and gender identity), geographic location, or approach to biking.

Vision

WABA envisions a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating for everyone. Our vibrant bicycle community mirrors the incredible diversity of the region and is supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments to get around safely and conveniently by bike at all times.

Historical Inequality

WABA recognizes long-standing and current societal inequities that have their roots in generations of unjust structural barriers, policies, practices, attitudes, language and cultural messages have disproportionately impacted many minority groups.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

WABA believes we must be intentional and transparent in our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity in order to achieve our ultimate objective—equal access to safe and fun bicycling throughout the region.

To more fully accomplish our mission and live our values, we strive to make our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity evident in our organizational structure and policies; advocacy, programs, and outreach activities; and in the composition of our board of directors, staff, donors, and membership. WABA is committed to building an environment where all people feel welcomed, seen, heard and treated fairly, and we, as staff and board of WABA, commit to the following values and principles to guide our work in bike advocacy, transportation planning, education, and outreach:

  • Institutional equity matters—WABA strives for diverse and inclusive internal practices to increase our institutional awareness and better advocate for the full spectrum of needs present in our vibrant bike community;
  • Barriers to safe and joyful biking are best removed through partnerships and strong collaborative relationships—WABA connects existing communities to a diverse and supportive network of people who bike, teach, advocate, and lead in the region’s bike movement to provide resources, information, and inspiration for locally led change; and
  • Intentional and transparent actions and targeted investments—whose contributions to equity, inclusion and diversity can be measured—are essential to continuous improvement and meaningful progress.

Accountability

WABA will develop and maintain an action plan with clear accountability and metrics, including prioritizing budget allocations and staffing, which will result in measurable results on a yearly basis towards achieving our goals. In order to hold the Executive Director and the staff accountable for making measurable progress in meeting these goals on diversity, inclusion and equity, the Executive Director will annually present an update on the action plan to the board, identifying successes, barriers and recommended next steps.

2018 Annual Meeting and Officer Elections

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors held its 2018 Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 8th at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. Executive Director Greg Billing and Board President Paul d’Eustachio presented the state of the organization and answered questions from members in attendance. Members voted in a slate of six new and returning Board Directors to serve the organization for the 2018-2020 term. The following individuals were voted in by the membership as Directors:

Peter Gray, returning
Paul d’Eustachio, returning
Matt Liddle, returning
Elizabeth Lyttleton, returning
Martin Moulton, returning
Randall Myers, returning
Jim Titus, returning
Chioma Ohalete, new*

*Technical note, Chioma Ohalete was elected to complete the second year of an open two-year term. In 2019, Chioma will be recommended to serve a full two-year term.

A special welcome to our newest Director Dr. Chioma Ohalete, DO. Chioma got involved with WABA through our adult education program in which she is an active instructor.  During the day, Chioma is Family Medicine Physician at the Walker-Jones Health Center.  A full bio for Chioma and all Board Directors can be found on the WABA website here.

In accordance with the WABA  Bylaws, the Board held its officers election on Monday. March 19, 2018. By a unanimous vote, the Board elected the following officers for the 2018-2019 term:

Joanne Neukirchen, President
Martin Moulton, Vice President
Paul d’Eustachio, Treasurer
Jessica Hough, Secretary

The WABA Board of Director is comprised of 13 Directors who serve two-year terms with half of the board elected annually. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting scheduled in the first quarter of a new year.

We’re hiring an Advocacy Director

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a creative, innovative and effective Advocacy Director to achieve the advocacy goals of the organization outlined in WABA’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. The Advocacy Director will lead a team of four staff advocacy organizers and our extensive volunteer grassroots advocacy network. WABA advocacy focuses on expanding the bicycling network and making the streets safer for people who bike.

The Advocacy Director is a high-profile representative of the organization to the public and media, and is expected to work closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and other key organizational staff to achieve WABA’s advocacy goals.

The ideal candidate must love biking, share WABA’s vision for better biking in the region, and enjoy a working in a fast-paced environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage and inspire a growing advocacy team, including conducting performance reviews and other managerial/administrative tasks.
  • With input from staff and Advocacy Committee of Board of Directors, set advocacy department’s annual work plan, consistent with the organization’s mission and new strategic plan.
  • Develop, execute and win transportation infrastructure, policy and legislative campaigns as outlined in the WABA Strategic Plan.
  • Develop WABA’s networks and relationships with other non-profits, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders
  • Track major projects, public budgets and campaigns that involve or impact bicycling and prioritize effective organizational involvement.
  • Serve as the organizational representative to the media on advocacy issues.
  • Contribute to the organization’s fundraising and development efforts to grow advocacy capacity through membership growth, donation solicitation and grant writing.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated management experience including leading a team, strategic planning and capacity building.
  • Proven ability to supervise, mentor, motivate and evaluate employees.
  • Experience advocating for change in a complex environment.
  • Knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Washington region politics.
  • Experience with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations, PACs and the legal restrictions of each.
  • Must be able to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work closely with others.
  • Experience working in diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff and volunteers.
  • Bachelor Degree in communication, public policy, urban planning, transportation, political science, or related field.
  • Masters or legal degree desired, though not required.

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its 46 year history.

WABA is building a region where, in 2020, we’ll see three times the number of people riding bikes. And, by 2035, every single person will live within one mile of a dedicated safe place to bike. We envision a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $60,000-$65,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with flex time in exchange.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation, sick, and personal leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of ice cream.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons 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.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as one PDF to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Advocacy Director” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Monday, February 26. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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.

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.

We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

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

Position Overview

WABA is the region’s leading bicycle advocacy and education 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 Operations Coordinator is a new position with lots of opportunity for growth alongside the organization. The ideal candidate will be a critical administrative team member to support and sustain WABA’s planned future growth.  

The Operations Coordinator will be a critical administrative team member and will work with the Executive Director, senior leadership team, and bookkeeper to manage daily office operations, improve office systems, support Human Resources activities, and assist with finance and compliance.

Operations Coordinator Job Activities:

  • Manage and coordinate daily office operations, including:
    • office and IT equipment care and upkeep;
    • facility maintenance, repairs, and improvements;
    • mail reception and shipments;
    • office supply inventory management; and
    • other related tasks to ensure a productive, high-functioning workplace.
  • Manage non-profit administrative tasks and assist with compliance;
  • Improve and innovate existing systems to streamline operations and/or develop new systems;
  • Support office bookkeeper with regular accounting procedures and tasks, such as monthly credit card reconciliation, expense allocations and documentation;
  • Support human resources by
    • Assisting with staff development activities to help keep employees engaged and learning;
    • Maintaining employee files and benefit administration;
    • Supporting payroll processing;
  • Support WABA’s three core teams (outreach and education, advocacy, and fund development) as needed during events and busy seasons;
  • Continually seek to improve and innovate operations that support WABA’s growth; and
  • Support the Executive Director with special projects and other duties as they arise.

Other duties as assigned.

  • As a new position, there will be continuous opportunity for the ideal candidate to take on additional responsibilities within the organization, including, but not limited to, fund development activities, a leadership role in WABA’s transition to new office space, events execution, or additional financial management and budgetary responsibilities.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience or competency in the following:

  • 0-2+ years of professional experience in non-profit or business operations and administration,
  • Experience or knowledge of human resources and accounting concepts,
  • Keen organization skills,
  • Strong 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

  • Expected salary for qualified candidates is mid-30s.
  • Full-time employment.
  • 100% employer-paid health and dental insurance premiums,
  • A flexible schedule
  • Comprehensive vacation, sick, and personal leave
  • 5% match to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program after a year of employment.

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 “Operations Coordinator” 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.

Let’s Talk about E-Bikes

 

Caption: So much better than driving to school!

You’ve probably noticed that there are more electric bikes (e-bikes) around than there used to be. Once the domain of DIY tinkerers, bikes with an electric motor to make pedaling easier are now available off the shelf. For folks who are accustomed to bicycling without the help of a battery, this trend can inspire skepticism and uncertainty. Today we’re going to talk about that.

Before we dive in, it’s helpful to clarify what we mean by e-bike. E-bikes basically fall into to two categories:

Pedal Assist bikes use a motor to add power while you’re pedaling. If you stop pedaling, the motor stops. A limiter built into the motor stops adding power when the bike reaches a specific speed, usually 20mph.

Throttle On Demand bikes use a hand operated throttle, rather than pedaling action, to determine whether or not the motor is adding power. It’s possible to use the motor on a throttle-on-demand bike to propel the bike without pedaling. As with pedal assist e-bikes, a limiter built into the motor stops adding power when the bike reaches a specific speed, usually 20mph. Generally a user needs to use a mix of pedaling and electric assist to achieve a reasonable range.

Several states and national advocacy organizations have worked with the bike manufacturing industry to develop the following classification system for e-bikes.

 Can be pedaled without motor assistanceCan propelled by motor without pedalingMaximum assisted speed
Class 1 - Pedal AssistYesNo20 mph
Class 2 - Throttle on DemandYesYes20 mph
Class 3YesSometimes28 mph
MopedNoYesOver 28 mph

In most circumstances, WABA supports treating speed limited Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes as regular bikes. These low speed e-bikes make bicycling a viable transportation option for more people. They reduce barriers for folks who have longer distances to travel, heavier loads or passengers to carry, or other challenges that might otherwise preclude using a bicycle to make a trip. More people on bikes is an unequivocally good thing.

Some common questions:

Don’t e-bikes go too fast for trails?

Not really. Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are technologically limited to 20mph, and research shows that on trails, e-bike riders are generally a bit slower than unassisted bicyclists. People riding e-bikes are also subject to the same speed limits and trail safety rules as everyone else.

Biking too fast is a behavior problem, not an equipment problem. You don’t need an electric motor to be a 25mph jerk on a bike. We’ve all had the experience of being buzzed on a trail by someone riding far too fast.

By making it easier for more people to ride faster, e-bikes could democratize the capacity for bad behavior. This does not mean we should ban e-bikes any more than we should ban people with strong legs. It means we need to have systems in place to ensure that everyone is using our trails safely—infrastructure, rules, education, and social norms.

Aren’t e-bikes cheating?

E-bikes are only cheating if you’re competing.

Bike lanes and multi-use trails are not competitive spaces, they’re part of our region’s transportation and recreation network.

At WABA we’re pretty clear on this: the joy and convenience of bicycling should not be limited to the physically privileged. Everyone should be able to get where they’re going on a bike, period.

Why can’t e-bikes just ride on the street?

Since many of our region’s trails don’t have low-stress, on-street alternatives, forcing people on e-bikes to use “parallel routes” isn’t feasible or equitable. Riding a low-speed e-bike feels mostly just like riding an unassisted bike, except it’s a little easier to pedal. They’re not motorcycles, and they certainly aren’t any less stressful than an unassisted bike on busy, high-speed roads full of tired, distracted, or angry drivers.

Isn’t this a “slippery slope” toward letting electric motorcycles on trails?

No. There’s a clear framework for distinguishing between e-bikes, mopeds, and motorcycles. No one is arguing that a Tesla-Harley Davidson collaboration should be allowed on the Mount Vernon Trail.

The conversation about e-bikes highlights an important reality: Lots of different kinds of people bike for lots of different reasons.

For some folks, biking is a purely recreational. For others, it’s about fitness or competition. And for many, it’s transportation. The needs of bicyclists aren’t always going to align. This isn’t a problem—it’s a testament to the versatility of the bicycle.

More people are biking in our region than ever. That’s a good thing. But that means some of the places we bike are getting crowded, and it means that you’re more likely to be sharing space with folks who are riding for different reasons than you are.

This is where we point out, because it’s what we do, that our region needs lots more bike infrastructure. But new trails take years to plan and build. (We’re working on it!)

In the meantime, the best way to keep our trails as pleasant places is not by excluding different kinds of riders, it’s by practicing courtesy and common sense. Here are a few of our recommendations:

  1. Follow the rules of each trail, including speed limits. Call your passes and give plenty of space when passing. Remember, it’s your responsibility to negotiate space in a way that is comfortable and safe, both for you and for everyone else on the trail.
  2. Have reasonable expectations. We live in a major metropolitan region, and our trails are some of our greatest public spaces. Expect to share them with other people biking and walking. Expect to accommodate people who are moving at different speeds than you.
  3. Don’t judge other people’s reasons for riding. All bikes are cool bikes! It’s much more fun to celebrate the shared experience of bicycling than it is to be grumpy at people for riding differently.

Get in touch!

We know WABA members and supporters have strong opinions about e-bikes from many different perspectives and that’s okay. Please feel welcome to share your thoughts by dropping us a line at advocacy@waba.org.

Disclosure: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is an independent membership 501(c)3 non-profit organization. WABA receives no direct funding from the electric bicycle manufacturing industry.