Join Team WABA on the Red White and Blue Ridge Ride!

Join us, September 24 – 26th!  Ride to make our region a better place to bike! 

When you join the WABA team on the Red White and Blue Ridge Ride, you join a lively group of people who support you from the moment you click register, to the moment you step foot on the Capitol. We’ll be your teammates in organizing, fundraising, preparing, and planning for our ride. And when you ride for WABA, your fundraising dollars directly support WABA!

Your work to fundraise is work toward concrete improvements for biking in our region. You’re supporting the strategy, organizing, and education for better biking,  a more connected region, a more sustainable region. You’re funding the people power working on your behalf for more trails, bike lanes, protected bike lanes, and better policy that make biking a normal, safe, viable, and popular form of transportation.

Benefits of joining WABA’s Climate Ride Team

  1. Fundraising support: we’ll support you in fundraising by assembling a planning night, co-organizing happy hours, advising on strategy, and getting you to your $2,000 goal!
  2. Training support: we’ll stay in touch and get together for training rides or pass along opportunities to get out and ride.
  3. Packing support: we’ll lead a few happy hours on logistics and prep to make sure you’re ready to go.
  4. If you select WABA as your primary beneficiary, you’ll get to proudly represent a free WABA Jersey!

To join WABA’s Climate Ride Team 

  1. Fill out our form.
  2. Register for the 2017 Red White And Blue Ridge Ride
  3. During registration, select “Team WABA” as your team, and WABA as one of your designated beneficiaries.
    • If WABA’s your one and only beneficiary, you’ll get to rock a Team WABA jersey and socks! ! If you select multiple beneciaries, great! Share the love. We’d still love to have you on Team WABA.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I have to ride the Red White and Blue Ride Ride to support WABA?
A:  No, if you’re looking to travel beyond our backyard, or those dates don’t work for you, there are lots of other rides to choose from! To join Team WABA, you must designate us as one of your non-profit beneficiaries. If we’re you’re one and only beneficiary, you’ll receive a Team WABA jersey! 

Q: How many miles is it from Montebello to DC?
A: 208, with multiple daily mile options.

Q: How many miles do we bike a day?
A: we’ll average 69 miles a day. 

Q: What if I can’t ride that many miles a day?
A: We’ll support you in training before the ride. But if at any point you need to be picked up, Climate Ride takes care of van support!

Q: Where do we ride? Are the roads safe?
A: In constructing the route, Climate Ride does their best to avoid all major highways and keep us on paved, rolling, back-country roads.

Q: Where do we sleep?
A: Climate Ride takes care of all the site logistics and give you the option of camping or hotel options (at an additional charge). 

Q: How much do I need to fundraise?
A: $2,000, which covers the organizer’s costs, and 50-55% is given directly to the sustainability-related non-profit beneficiary you select (In WABA’s case, this means an unrestricted grant to fun our work for more bike lanes, better bike laws, responsive campaigns, and a D.C. region that supports biking for all) 

Q: How many beneficiaries can I choose for my ride?
A: You can choose up to 5 beneficiary organizations. To join Team WABA, we need to be one of your beneficiaries. To get a WABA team jersey and socks, we have to be your one and only : ) 

To get all your FAQ’s answered, visit the Climate Ride FAQ page! If you have WABA-specific questions, please reach out to us at development@waba.org.


Primal Logo

We’re pleased to present our Climate Riders with our official WABA jersey thanks to our friends and official Merch Sponsors Primal Wear. The colors are bold, the design stands out, and the quality endures. Based out in Denver, Colorado, Primal supports biking at all levels, from multi-day road races to advances in local bike infrastructure. Thanks to Primal’s support we’re able to offer WABA members 20% off jerseys, socks, and t-shirts and use the funds to support our work for better biking.

Six Reasons To Join Us On The Climate Ride

Ride to make our region a better place to bike! 

Join us, September 24 – 26th! When you join the WABA team on the Red White and Blue Ridge Ride, you join a lively group of people who support you from the moment you click register, to the moment you step foot on the Capitol. We’ll be your teammates in organizing, fundraising, preparing, and planning for our ride.

Here are six reasons to go in and register today!

  1.  100% of participants on our 2016 team would recommend it to friends and family.
  2. We heard some pretty nice feedback. Like, “I LOVE WABA!!!” and, “Dang, I love WABA and so enjoyed getting to know everyone on the ride,” and “We had amazing discussions about WABA’s efforts in bike advocacy while on Climate Ride. This will definitely strengthen our individual advocacy within our own neighborhoods and communities.”
  3. On the team, we’ll help you out when it comes to fundraising, training, packing, and all the hearty morale-boosting fun along the ride!
  4. Your funds raised directly support WABA’s campaigns and projects in your backyard.
  5. There are less than 30 spots left on the ride! Hurry!

 

To join WABA’s Climate Ride Team 

  1. Fill out our form.
  2. Register for the 2017 Red White And Blue Ridge Ride
  3. During registration, select “Team WABA” as your team, and WABA as one of your designated beneficiaries.
    • If WABA’s your one and only beneficiary, you’ll get to rock a Team WABA jersey and socks! ! If you select multiple beneciaries, great! Share the love. We’d still love to have you on Team WABA.

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: rackspotter.com

Bikeshare:

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.

Last updated: Wednesday, April 26th 2017. Have recommendations? Send a note to nelle@waba.org. 

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.

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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.


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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.

Yep, Over 2,000 Kids In 6 Months

Thank you for everything you do for WABA: the letter-writing, the petitions, testifying and staying in the know.  Thank you for all your time and financial contributions over the years.

Your support is paying off. On Tuesday we sent out our big wins in 2016 (link), your big wins, a list of a dozen updates on everything from 100 miles of new bike trails you’ll get to enjoy to the first protected bike lane in Silver Spring.

Today we want to highlight the outreach and education metrics that shape your experiences on the road. And today we ask you to contribute to WABA this fall so that, in addition to infrastructure wins, we can continue our relentless work for better bicycling. We want to tell you about the award-winning programs you support (some of which have been replicated across the country and world).

They are built around our three shared goals:

  1. Inspire more people to give biking a try.
  2. Inform all road-users about vital rules and roadway etiquette.
  3. Empower more people to create and grow biking in their communities.

Bike ClubRandle Highlands Elementary Bike Club

Your tax-deductible contributions to WABA are shaping the culture on your roads, creating more bike advocates in your communities, and introducing new generations to biking. Your donations fuel the programs, fill classes, fund the outreach, and foster the community that drives bicycle advocacy.

Here’s all the programming your contributions support:

  • Youth and family education: training up new generations in schools, workshops and rodeos, and our summer Bike Camp!
  • Adult education: teaching people how to bike confidently, legally, and respectfully through City Cycling classes, Adult Learn to Ride classes, and workplace Everyday Biking Seminars,
  • The DC Bike Ambassador and PAL Ambassadors: empowering volunteers to lead community-driven outreach,
  • Women & Bicycles: inspiring more women to bike, teach, engineer, plan, and advocate within the bike movement,
  • And the Trail Rangers: spreading care and caring for DC trails.

2016 Education By The Numbers

  • Adults taught how to ride a bicycle: 288
  • People taught to ride confidently, legally, and respectfully: 457
  • People taught how to bike to work: 330
  • Hours of teaching by WABA instructors: 541
  • Bike Camp! miles ridden by campers: 122
  • Kids taught to bike better: 2,145
  • Bike puns: [number redacted]

 

2016 Outreach By The Numbers:

  • Volunteer Ambassadors: 225
  • Miles ridden pulling our Bike PSA trailers: 284
  • Bags of debris collected by Trail Rangers: 223
  • Bells distributed on the trails: 100
  • Coffee distributed on the trails: 1,920 ounces
  • Days of the week the Rangers are out on trails: 7
  • One-on-one conversations at community events, fairs, and expos: 9,140 (yep, we count them!)

If you’ve already donated, thank you! Your bike rides improve when WABA succeeds. And we succeed because people like you choose to contribute your time and your hard-earned money to better bicycling. Please consider a mid-year tax-deductible donation to the persistent and critical action that will lead to a region that truly prioritizes bicycling.