Starting next week we’re partnering up with BikeArlington to launch a new bike ambassador program.
We can’t give full details yet, but you can expect energized outreach campaigns in Arlington to encourage road-users to be predictable, alert, and lawful, and improve interactions between pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers.
Much like the D.C. bike ambassadors we’ll have rolling billboards, clear messaging, and streetcorner outreach. We’ll have a solid community of volunteers and that’s where we’ll need your help.
Keep your eye out for our billboards and more information next week!
But we can’t share the big news until February 1st. Stay tuned!
Hint: it’s an all new collaboration with our friends over at BikeArlington!
As biking becomes a more popular, more safe, and more normal form of transportation in our region, more people are giving winter commuting a try.
To encourage and celebrate more year-round biking our Women & Bicycles program partnered up with The Bike House to host the Coldest-est Day of The Year Ride.
Thanks to all who joined us, the marshals, the sunshine, and thanks Paul L. for documenting the coldest-est fun!
She did it! 300+ people did it! For a third year in a row Megan Jones coordinated and inspired the regional bike community to join together at Hains Point and ride in circles for 100 miles — in December. What a feat!
“I started the ride on a whim – as a personal challenge” Megan told us, “and then realized it could expand into a warm and welcoming atmosphere for my friends to come together and be active in a cold and dreary time. Three years later I can’t believe it’s grown to become such an awesome tool of encouragement and support. The ride is challenging and inspiring people who are new to biking – especially women. All that coupled with fundraising for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. It’s more than I could have ever imagined!”
Thank you to all those who rode, donated, or sponsored the Hains Point 100. WABA is so grateful. You helped contribute over $8,000 for our Women & Bicycles program! We will still need to continue the fundraising drive again in March. But don’t worry, the program will continue until then. We were inspired by Megan and partnered up with The Bike House to host The Coldest-est Day of the Year Ride this Sunday.
If you haven’t attempted to bike 33 continuous laps around Hains Point, then the Hains Point 100 is the best time to try!
Click here for information and to register.
If biking 100 miles isn’t tempting, then divide 100 miles among your friends, bike 100km, try 100 minutes, or maybe you just want to come out and cheer on the 200+ riders.
Whatever you decide, there’s something for everyone at this event: a community potluck, photo booth, playground, an unbelievable pile of raffle prizes, and a few surprises! Plus all the proceeds go to our Women & Bicycles program.
Registration is an encouraged donation of anywhere between $10 and $1,000. Donate what you can to help fund next year’s Women & Bicycles program.
Thanks so much to organizer, Megan Jones and to all the support from the event sponsors.
Sunday’s Family Biking Town Hall provided us with lots of important feedback on how WABA can better integrate family biking priorities in our events, outreach, education, and advocacy work. Thanks so much to the WABA supporters and family biking aficionados who were able to join us!
If you have suggestions on how WABA can make our region a better place for families to ride, please click here to complete our short survey by January 1st.
Here at WABA, we are trying to do more to support families who bike and inspire more families to bike. Our first step requires your help. We need your input on family biking priorities and how we can better include them in our advocacy, events, and education.
Join us for our Family Biking Town Hall!
Date: Sunday, December 14th
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington D.C.
Expect: childcare in the reading room! Balloons! Over a dozen input-gathering games (for you- the adults)! Expect snacks and drinks!
Using input activities and a facilitated discussion we’ll gather information from families and those who work with youth in the Washington area. With the information you provide, we can set realistic goals, raise funds, hire staff, and implement family biking programming and priorities.
Click here for more event information and to register, and tell your friends. Interested in volunteering? We’re in need of help, click here to sign up.
If you can’t participate in-person, we encourage you to participate online. Please click here to take our 10-minute survey.