Tonight’s PAL Ambassador Block Party!

You ready for our monthly Arlington Block Party? Meet us at the corner of N. Sycamore St. and Lee Highway between 4:30pm and 6:30pm. The PAL Ambassadors will have signs, giveaways, and some surprises!

Click here for more information.

BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a social contract that everyone is following the rules and paying attention. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful.

The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is 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.



Celebrate Kidical MASSIVE, The Worldwide Celebration Of Family Biking!

The international family biking movement is uniting on a single day to celebrate the joy of biking with children, and the DC area is leading the pack!

On Saturday, September 19th, Kidical Mass groups from Hungary to California are hosting rides to demonstrate that biking with kids is easy, safe, healthy and FUN. With seven groups in the area, the Greater Washington region boasts the highest concentration of Kidical Mass groups in the world, a testament to the recent explosion of families bicycling for fun and transportation throughout the region.

All seven groups will be involved in this MASSIVE event. In fact, Kidical MASSIVE will see the Washington region’s family biking scene grow with the inaugural ride of Kidical Mass Prince George’s County in College Park. Everyone is welcome on the rides – with or without children.


Four Ride Locations!
On Saturday, September 19 at 10am, rides will leave from:
Washington, D.C.: Stanton Park, hosted by Kidical Mass DC
Arlington, VA: LBJ Grove, hosted by Kidical Mass Arlington, Kidical Mass Alexandria, and Kidical Mass Falls Church
Gaithersburg, MD: Main Street Pavilion, hosted by Bike Gaithersburg and Kidical Mass Rockville
College Park, MD; Calvert Park, hosted by Kidical Mass Prince George’s County

About Kidical Mass
Kidical Mass is a safe and FUN bike movement for kids, kids at heart, and families of all types. The first ride was held in April 2008 in Eugene, Oregon, and now dozens of communities throughout North America and beyond have rides. These inclusive, family friendly rides take short, flat, safe routes through their communities. Usually, rides start and end parks, ice cream shops, pools, events, or other fun spots. More than 30 American Kidical Mass groups plan to take part in this MASSIVE event, from Buffalo, New York to Walla Walla, Washington and Brownsville, Texas. Internationally, more than 35 groups plan to ride along, in six countries.

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Biking and Gender-Based Street Harassment, It sucks


Things I heard on my bike ride the other day:
“Hey Baby- come over here,”
“Damn I wish I was that bicycle,”
“Get out of the road you stupid [gender expletive],”

Most bicyclists get yelled at, honked at, threatened, and experience near-misses or direct harm. We all have bike horror stories. Everyday roadway interactions take on different forms for Women, Women of Color, queer and trans women.  Being on a bike invites nuance in gender-based street harassment and the aftermath.

Sure, I feel much more safe on a bike than I do walking, especially at night, because I have the power to escape and often I can avoid the interaction in the first place. But when I’m on my bike I’m more visible, more physical, more assertive, and strong. I take the lane and wait beside lines of cars and packs of peoples at stop lights. I’ve re-wired my brain take up public space and wield my physical power. I stand out.

Ask a room full of women who bike about street harassment and you’ll hear a complete range and repetition of experiences: catcalls, whistles, kissy noises, offensive pick-up lines, offensive comments on our body or gender expression or race or sexual identity, belittling comments, attempts to look up skirts, attempts to grab your butt, actually being grabbed in the butt, being followed, the threat of physical harm, being chased off the road, and in the rare but very real case – physical harm.

Not only does harassment change when I’m on a bike, so do outcomes. Likely the person is in a car, likely I’m on a road that was designed for cars, likely they outweigh me by a few tons, and if they threaten my life with their car likely I’m in a jurisdiction with arcane and outdated legal structures designed for people in cars. If I get hit, hurts or emotionally scarred, likely society and society’s legal structure will tell me it was my fault. I invited it. I misinterpreted. I shouldn’t be biking at night. I should’ve taken a defense class. Why didn’t I have pepper spray. I should’ve been out with a group of friends. My clothing was inappropriate. Oh – come on, boys will be boys.

Physical harm is an extreme example, though a very real example. What’s more likely to happen is that over time the people who experience harassment regularly start to subconsciously and consciously change their own behaviors. Likely we smile and interact in public less. We change our route, change our routine, change our wardrobe, turn hurt, angry, bitter, and resentful. I know I have.

Women & Bicycles is holding our FREE 3rd-annual Biking and Street Harassment Workshop with the Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) open to all women, trans women, and gender non-conforming folks. We hope you can join us. Mark your calendars.

Click here to learn what CASS is doing in our region to stop street harassment. Click here to read the first National Report on Street Harassment.

Are you our next PAL Ambassador Coordinator?

Are you our next PAL Ambassador coordinator? Want to be a community organizer for a more predictable, alert, and lawful culture on our roads?

Perks of the job:
-Community organizing for for a better Arlington
-Brainstorming, crafting, sign-making
-Biking around with a trailer
-Getting to call everyone PAL
-Let’s  be real, part of this job is getting paid to ride your bike around and be nice to people.

Click here for more information on the PAL Ambassador Coordinator position.

We’ve extended our deadline to Monday, July 20th. Send your cover letter and resume to

JOB: Part-Time PAL Ambassador Program Coordinator!

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a part-time coordinator for the Arlington PAL Ambassador program, a community-oriented outreach and encouragement program to inspire more road-users to be predictable, alert, and lawful.

The PAL Ambassadors are educators and enthusiasts who work to bring better bicycling to the people of Arlington County.  Ambassadors commit through their actions to be a PALs; more predictable, alert, lawful road user. And help shape roadway culture by attending volunteer nights and PAL block parties where we promote our messages, get creative, and get interactive at intersections.

The Arlington PAL Ambassador Coordinator is responsible for most aspects of the program, including volunteer recruitment,  event scheduling and staffing, and developing and executing new outreach ideas. The PAL Ambassador coordinator will also maintain and expand the program’s trailer program, our rolling bike billboards with PAL messaging. The position will report to WABA’s Outreach Coordinator.

This position is part-time, 20 hours/week and compensation is $14 per hour.


The Arlington PAL  Ambassador Coordinator will:

  • Run the calendar of two monthly PAL events and appear in public as the face of area bicycling.
  • Develop and implement the volunteer night and block party, including: messaging, scheduling, logistics, volunteer coordination, loading and unloading, staffing, and pulling the bicycle trailer.
  • Communicate an effective and encouraging message about bikes and bicycling to volunteer PAL ambassadors, and bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
  • Run the Bike Ambassador Trailer program, which involves pulling our advertising/public awareness bike trailer specific to bicyclist, motorist and pedestrian behaviors.
  • Administration tasks, including: volunteer recruitment/coordination, data entry, equipment maintenance, clerical work, and grant reporting.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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.
  • Experience in project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  • Supervisory experience a plus.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Facebook and Twitter, experience with Salsa/Democracy in Action and WordPress a plus.
  • The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  • The ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • Conversational fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Prior League of American Bicyclist Instructor 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 4,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.


Send a cover letter and resume to by Friday, July 17th. No phone calls please. Position available immediately.

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.

WABA’s working with BikeArlington to recruit a community of volunteers to inspire more Predictable, Alert, and Lawful road culture in Arlington County. Bike billboards, pizza nights, and block parties — all on your commute home. BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a strong social contract. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful.



The First Anacostia Bike Clinic of the Season was AWESOME.

Clinic Takeover!

This season’s East of the River Bike Clinics are off to an awe-inspiring start!

During these clinics, co-organized and co-hosted by District Public Libraries, The Bike House, WABA, and Capitol Hill Bikes,  we provide bike tips, tricks and trivia, and get people engaged in the bike advocacy process. Thanks to our great team of coordinators and partners, clinic patrons get paired up with a mechanic and gain wisdom from their “each one teach one” approach. They learn how to work on their own bike and get it ready to go!

This past Saturday, with the help of 12 volunteers (including special guest mechanic MPD Officer Bear and Eric) we were able to get 48 bikes up and running and folks out to ride!

Welcoming Renée Moore, Our New Women & Bicycles Coordinator!


I’m Renée Moore, the new coordinator for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, a community of 3,500 women working to inspire more women to bike, teach, lead, and advocate in our region. I get to do all the work to bring people together. Starting now I’m coordinating our monthly workshops, bike rides, social events, and our volunteer Roll Models; the women who volunteer to be bike mentors to friends in their networks. Click here if you’re interested in becoming a Roll Model!


I’m so happy to be here and work to share the power of biking. It’s very important to me. Riding my bike is my favorite activity and it all started here in D.C. I was able to get rid of a gym membership, avoid parking tickets, lose 37 pounds, and have fun all while getting places around the city.

At 6 years old, I ran into a parked car on my bike and my grandfather took my bicycle away from me- forever. For years I would see others riding and think, “wow, that looks like so much fun.” Finally, when I was 25, a guy asked me on a date and asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to learn to ride a bike. He looked surprised and said cool ok! We went to Georgetown, rented a bike and within 2 hours I was riding along the waterfront all by myself. I was free and I loved it. I even signed up for a triathlon knowing I didn’t know how to swim. I learned to swim and competed in a few tris and enjoyed it as well. I rode a lot but only in races and on trails. In fact, I only saw biking as a recreational activity. In 2008, I started Sassy Sisters Cycling on Meetup for women who wanted to get together and ride trails. It grew to over 1000 ladies in just 2 years!

In 2013, I took my bicycling group to a workshop with Black Women Bike DC, a workshop on how to bike in the city during the winter. I sat in the back the entire time thinking, “ok, there is no way I am riding in DC streets; that is just crazy!” The four or five times we talked about why bicyclists fare best when they ride in the streets I sat there shaking my head. I decided to take the class again in the spring and this time we went on a ride after the workshop.  I found it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. But in September, my mom had a stroke. Luckily, she caught it in time and I got her in George Washington Hospital. Unfortunately, the parking was $22! I told my mom that I was going to ride my bike to see her rather than spend $154 / week parking the car to come visit her. And I did! I fell in love with riding in DC. I was saving money. I was getting outside. It was therapeutic.

A few months after my mom’s stroke and riding in DC, I signed up to be a Women & Bicycles Roll Model. In order to get out and recruit mentees, I created a whole new bike group called Bicycling and the City on Meetup.  We get together to ride to events like kayaking, yoga, movies,  exhibits, and more! My goal was to show women that they can use bicycling as transportation and not just as recreation. We have over 100 members now!

I’m excited to be organizing and representing Women & Bicycles, a community I’ve been learning from and supporting since I found my new passion!

See you in the bike lanes,