Helpful Tips: Biking To The 2017 People’s Climate March

This Saturday is People’s Climate March! Here’s a roundup on how to show up by bike, and show up for bikes!

We can’t address climate change without fundamentally redesigning the way we get around. We drive a lot in our region, and the tolls add up. In the District, cars and trucks contribute more than 20 percent of our total carbon emissions.

Show up this Saturday to make a loud and visible statement that biking is an easy, affordable, low-hanging fruit for cities across the globe. Our goal is to rally you and 100 WABA members to represent biking and the countless intersecting issues in the conversation on climate change.

Ride With Us:

  • Ride with us: We’re leading a fun morning bike ride through DC (along two of our region’s favorite trails). Click here for information on times, locations, routes and to RSVP.
  • Our suggested routes: Click here to see our recommended routes using the most bike-friendly corridors in our region.
  • Mapping your own route: Find a bike-friendly route by asking a friend, or using a mapping tool like google maps. Select the bicycle icon in the navigation panel and you’ll be routed on bike lanes and trails.
  • Biking and Trains: All-aboard! The Marc train is running additional trains on Saturday. Go in advance to secure a spot on one of their dedicated bike trains. Click here to see their weekend schedule.
  • Biking and Metro: Metro allows bikes all day Saturdays and Sundays, on all train cars. Bikes are limited to four per rail car. You have to use the elevators, not stairs or escalators, and you must board the train cars at the front or rear doors, not the center doors of each.
  • Road closures: The only roads closed will be the streets used for line-up and the march route. Click here to see maps.

Rally With Us:

Bike Parking:

  • Bike valet: Two Wheel Valet will operate a free bike valet for 1,000 bikes at Columbus Circle, directly in front of Union Station.
  • Bike locks: Remember to use a sturdy bike u-lock, and lock to your frame and a securely mounted rack – never trees!
  • Bike racks: Our pals at BikeArlington have a nifty crowdsourced map of bike rack locations across the region, including around the Mall:


If you are staying in DC and would like to rent a bike to get to the march, check out Capital Bikeshare, which has bikes available for rent all around the city and many convenient pick-up and drop-off locations near the march.

Use the free Spotcycle app to ensure you have an open dock to dock your bike. The app shows real-time how many bikes and docks are available at stations throughout the system. You can expect the stations closest to the beginning and end of the march will be the busiest, and least reliable. Click here to see the full Capital Bikeshare station map.

General Advice:

Please visit the People’s Climate March website to learn about the code of conduct, what you can and cannot bring, accessibility information, and housing information.

Give yourself plenty of extra time, caution, and patience. Traffic will be busy, and frustrated drivers are more likely to make dangerous decisions. Take it easy and pay attention.

Where you are allowed to take or ride your bike may change unexpectedly. Have a bike map handy in case you need to take an unexpected detour.

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Five Reasons To Join Us This Wednesday

We’re hosting a Climate Ride Meet and Greet this Wednesday from 6-8pm, and here are the five reasons why you should join!

  1. Pie.
    Yes, that’s right. And it’s the best kind. The kind before dinner.
  2. Climate Ride Answers.
    We’re going to answer all your questions about the 2017 Red White And Blue Ridge Ride. Like, how many colors in a Shenandoah sunrise? And how many types of beer and ice cream will I sample?
  3. General Camaraderie.
    We’ll hear from previous Climate Riders. You’ll probably already know some friendly faces!
  4. 25% off your registration fee.
    Everyone loves a good bargain!
  5. Another opportunity to get to know all the bike advocacy projects you’re supporting.
    We’ll show off some of our big campaigns in 2017! Projects you’re directly funding through Climate Ride!

There you have it! A raspberry jam packed-full-of-fun Wednesday night! Please click here to RSVP.

I Painted You A Picture

WABA asked me to paint a set of postcards and I jumped at the opportunity!

I’m thrilled to have this personal way to say thank you. You and WABA’s 6,500 members give so much. You read these emails, you monitor campaigns you care about, you learn about what other members care about, you come to events with a smile, refer friends to our classes, and you invest so much heart in this little local 44 year-old non-profit.

I tried to capture the spirit of biking in our region. And by extension, how important bike advocacy work is to ensuring greater joy. In all seasons. In all parts of the region. By all types of people. On all types of bikes.

If there’s one thing in my life I can point to that has given me so much– it’s my bicycle(s). And the people, places, and personal experiences I’ve cherished by bicycle. These paintings each depict particular aspects I find we all value most: time with friends and family out on our trails, quiet snowlit nights on a neighborhood street, the rush of being in a big group of people riding along the Potomac, and the last one– winning. Yes winning. For me, the bike advocate leaving the Annapolis Statehouse represents how much we’ve won in the last forty plus years.

I hope you find your own story in these prints. I hope you stick one to your refrigerator or your wall. I hope it’s an everyday reminder of the collective benefits of biking, and a reminder of all our concrete accomplishments– biking is only getting better.

If you haven’t already, please donate to WABA this holiday season. With a lot on the line, your contributions are especially critical this year. As a thank you, we’ll send you the complete set of four postcards for your contribution of $100 or more.

It’s been an incredible six years working for WABA. One thing I’ve learned is the importance of transparency. Behind the veil: If you donate now, we won’t send you anymore fundraising emails this holiday season!

(If you’re a poster buff, you’ll recognize the visual references in these paintings. They are a riff on the wonderful posters of the WPA era and Amtrak’s familiar retro poster campaign. We loved the idea of asserting bicycling’s role as part of Americana and part of the core of the nation’s transportation network, all in a sweet and playful way.)

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations to WABA are tax-deductible to fullest extent of the law. All donations postmarked before 12/31/16 can be claimed as a 2016 donation.

So Long, 2016!


Last week’s Holiday Party was a big celebration for little WABA. Thanks for letting us party with you! Thanks for celebrating our 2016 wins!

This year your support helped us:

  • Double our schedule of Adult Learn to Ride classes,
  • Host our second BikeCamp! where campers biked, volunteered, and adventured around DC,
  • Launch our first overnight bike camping tour,
  • Support the region’s first annual DC Bike Ride,
  • Build out our region-wide Vision Zero campaign, legal advocacy and crash victim support program,
  • Mobilize the region’s first trail coalition to build more trails, trails, trails, trails!
  • Secure funding for more bike lanes, advocate for more bike lanes, and celebrate more bike lanes!

Please celebrate these 2016 wins every time you get out on your bike, and please consider donating to better biking in 2017. Every dollar you contribute is a direct investment in every bike ride. 

Donate $100 or more and you’ll receive a complete set of our Better Biking prints!

If you’d like to process your donation over the phone, give us a call at 202-518-0524 X 202. Checks can be made out to WABA and sent to 2599 Ontario Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009. 

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations to WABA are tax-deductible to fullest extent of the law. All donations postmarked before 12/31/16 can be claimed as a 2016 donation.

Visit Us At The REI Grand Opening Block Parties!

Image courtesy of Jo Maralit 

Join WABA and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the region to celebrate the grand opening of the region’s new REI Flagship Store!

The packed line-up is a nonstop three-day festival with national and local artists, local marching bands, workshops, bike valet, beer gardens, s’mores, screen printing, climbing walls, and more!

Plus, you can help REI decide how to share a $100,000 contribution among 5 regionally focused outdoor non‑profits and WABA is one of them! It’s up to you where the dollars go. Everyone gets a vote, free breakfast and coffee each morning, and the first 500 people through the store’s doors each day Oct. 21-23 receive a custom REI DC CamelBak water bottle with an REI promo card inside.

Check out the locations and times for the live music and events here.


The REI DC Flaghip store is located at 201 M Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.
Store hours are Friday & Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm.

Tonight’s Free Bike Maintenance Workshop

To celebrate the opening of their DC Flagship, REI is leading 100 days of recess and donating $100,000 (!) to five local non-profits. Your votes determine the donations! By attending their summer events, you’re voting where the benefit dollars go. Click here for more information.

Images courtesy of REI


Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Time: 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Location: REI’s Community Space at WunderGarten: First and L St NE, DC
More information: here!

Head over to REI’s community space tonight for a free session of level 2 bike maintenance! Come get greasy and learn cable tensioning, changing brake pads, replacing chains, and smooth shifting and braking.

If you can’t make it, click here to check out the next few events!

  • September 15th: Thru-Hiking Party with ATC
  • September 16th: Campfire Hangout with S’mores
  • September 20th: Elevated Camping: Hammock Basics
  • September 27th: Bikepacking the Canal: Tips & Tricks
  • September 28th: Map and Compass Navigation Basics
  • October 8th: Thingamajig Gear Swap

Your Voice, Amplified 6,643 times


Together, we are changing something big. 

We are a coalition of people—a collection of volunteers, businesses, community groups, churches, decision-makers, bike shops and more than 6,500 residents who all believe in the simple notion that biking can be a good way to get around town. And that it must get better. 

Together, we make up WABA, and together we get things done. We’ve brought biking to the front pages of newspapers, to the forefront of policy debates, and to front porch conversations with our neighbors. 

As a WABA member, you and your contributions are vital to this coalition. Thank you.

We bike in lots of different ways for lots of different reasons, but we believe that all road-users deserve respect. 

Bicycling in our region can be challenging and uncomfortable, intimidating, and occasionally terrifying. The most basic measurements, shapes and features of our streets create the car-centric culture you experience every single day. 

Most of us walk and drive in addition to biking. We see the failure of our road culture from a variety of perspectives. What ties us all together—you, our community of WABA members— is that we want to fix it. We want to build the infrastructure, both physical and cultural, that encourages respect. We can do it. We’ve all seen firsthand how together we are making our nation’s capital a better place to bike.

Strength in numbers: 

  • WABA Members: 6,643
  • Membership increase in the last 5 years: 68%
  • Leading donors ($500 and up): 27
  • Major donors ($1,000 and up): 19
  • Business Members: 36

I hope you take pride in your success, and I hope you recognize our strength in numbers. Please contribute this fall to help keep this community strong.

If you’ve already donated , thank you. Every dollar you send is critically needed, efficiently used and deeply appreciated. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the Internal Revenue Service. Donations to WABA are tax-deductible to fullest extent of the law.