Alexandria Bike Campus: Miles’ Story

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Last week, we announced our plan to turn an unused parking lot into the region’s first ever bike campus. Thanks to our members, we’re halfway to our fundraising goal!

The total cost of the project is around $55,000. We’re trying to secure $35,000 in grants and sponsorships, and we need your help to cover the remaining costs.

Before we ask you to make a donation, we want to highlight one of our members and why he and his family support the Alexandria Bike Campus. Miles learned to ride in the city as an adult, and taught his daughter to ride at—you guessed it—Jones Point Park.

Hello!

My name’s Miles and I really don’t know what I’d do without my bike. I wasn’t born a bicyclist, I learned in an old orchard as a kid. Although I crashed into trees, I never had to worry about how to bike sensibly with cars, pedestrians, and other people on bikes.

It was years later, in my early thirties, before I was comfortable riding in the street at all. Now I ride my bike to work 25 miles a day. Think of all those lost years between the orchard and the city streets! It was a difficult process. Even as an adult, I had a hard time getting comfortable and and feeling safe and learning to be courteous around other people moving through the city.

It’s even harder for kids. My kids didn’t have an orchard to learn in, but places like Jones Point park are a good environment to teach kids how to fall in love with biking. It’s great: safe, flat, bathrooms nearby, and a relaxing setting by the river.

I’m thrilled to learn about WABA’s proposed bike campus. I love the idea of a fun practice course that models our city streets, because we need a dedicated space to teach people how to ride safely around town. Think of all the years of lost biking joy we can spare them! Think of all the family excursions they’ll be able to take if they can learn someplace safe! Imagine how much more fun we’d have if everyone learned at a young age how to love biking and how to bike safely around town!

Thank you, WABA!

Miles’ confident new rider!

Sincerely,
Miles

We need $11,750 to make the Alexandria Bike Campus a reality.

Alexandria Bike Campus – We’re Halfway There!

Quick update: we’re 50% of the way to having enough money to build the Alexandria Bike Campus –thanks for helping us get this far!

Help the bike movement reach new heights at the Alexandria Bike Campus!

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Quick rundown: here’s what makes the Alexandria Bike Campus awesome: 

  • It’s the first of its kind in our region! Baltimore has one, Austin has one, Santa Monica has one. We deserve one!
  • Anyone can go learn, practice, teach, anytime, any day – especially the days we’re teaching classes.
  • The design is simple. It’s paint and instructional signage. And it’s a pilot. Over time we’ll try to build it out to a 3D streetscape!
  • We’re grateful to partner with National Park Service, and plan to get to work and launch this fall.
  • We’re grateful for any leads on other potential bike campus locations and partners. You know you want one in your neighborhood!

We need $20,000 to make the Alexandria Bike Campus a reality.

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Less Than 12 hours To Fund The Alexandria Bike Campus

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Thanks to all who’ve donated, you’ve helped fund 24% of our supplies list! Please donate by midnight so we can finish planning and start painting. With funding in place this week, we hope to have a completed campus by the fall.

Hurry! Don’t wait. Help fund the Alexandria Bike Campus.

This is a rare opportunity. Our partners at the National Park Service are on board to change the landscape of the bike movement.

This bike campus benefits you, as a parent, by providing a safe place to bring your children and their friends.

This bike campus benefits you, as a Mount Vernon Trail user, by building a more popular place to teach kids how to bike than the hectic area around Gravelly Point.

This bike campus benefits you, as an Alexandrian, by signaling to your community-members and representatives that biking and bike education should be prioritized for all.

And this benefits you, as a bicyclist in the D.C. region, not just for increasing the access and profile of bike education, but because when we show this facility works in Alexandria we can take it to your local decision-makers and make the case for one in your backyard.

Your $55 for a 5-gallon bucket of driveway sealer will help us seal the deal!

 

Yep! We’re Finally Getting Our Region’s First Bike Campus!

Have you seen our plan to convert an unused parking lot into a next-generation classroom for biking? With your help, we’re finally bringing our region its first-ever Bike Campus!

We’re asking you to help us raise funds to create the region’s first Bike Campus.

If you’ve donated to WABA, you know you’ve contributed to concrete change in our built environment and a tangible shift in the way we all interact on the road. You’ve made a lasting impact in our region. Thank you for continuing to back us. Thank you for driving our mission to make our region the best place to ride a bike.

Donate today to create a safe and vibrant place for people to learn about biking.

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For two and half years we’ve worked with National Park Service to take Jones Point Park, in the heart of Alexandria, to the next level as a place for bike education. With your help, we’ll have the funds to convert an unused parking lot into a vibrant skills course and replica streetscape so we can teach you and your children how to safely and confidently navigate city streets. And so you can take your children out on the weekends and teach them how to ride. But we can’t do it without your help.

Donate today to show your support for the next generation of bicyclists.

Bike Camp 2Over a dozen cities across the country have bike campuses, and it’s time we get one ourselves! Your support will pay for actual supplies so we can clean and re-seal the surface, lay out and paint the campus, and post new signage around the park! Your support will pay for our maintenance fund, so that we can help cover the costs of ownership over the new park. With your backing we’ll have a template to pressure other counties to adopt, and with your help we’ll eventually have bike campuses across Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.

Chip in today so we can create a Bike Campus our region deserves.

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Wait, What’s The Alexandria Bike Campus And How do I Make it Happen?

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Bike Cam·pus
bīk/ ˈkampəs/

noun

  • A physical location where bike dreams come true.
  • A safe, protected, vibrant reclaimed public space where users learn and practice bicycle riding, handling, and street skills with the aid of instructors or educational displays.
  • An accessible outdoor classroom for WABA, bicycle educators, schools and other community groups.
  • A bicycling and community education resource our region deserves.

Make a contribution


Two years ago you invested in our vision of turning a parking lot at Jones Point Park into a Bike Campus. After two and a half years of negotiation, National Park Service has given us approval to convert an unused parking lot under Alexandria’s Wilson Bridge along the Mount Vernon Trail. Now with your help, we’ll turn it into a vibrant skills course and replica streetscape so we can teach you and your children how to safely and confidently navigate city streets. And so you can take your friends and children and social groups out on the weekends and teach everyone how to ride. But we can’t do it without your help.

Donate by Wednesday to show your support for the next generation of bicyclists.

Join WABA On Your Next Bike Tour Adventure!

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Ride for the issues you care about, ride to make bicycling better in your backyard!

Climate Ride NYC-DC is a grand bike adventure that connects two of the nation’s most important cities – New York and Washington, DC – by bicycle. From the exciting departure by ferry in Manhattan to the hero’s welcome and rally at the steps of the US Capitol, the East Coast version of Climate Ride is more than a bike trip – it’s an inspiring journey with 200 like-minded people who are united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation. And hey – if you’re looking to travel beyond our backyard, or those dates don’t work for you, there are 9 other rides to choose from!

To get all your Climate Ride questions answered, join us at our Climate Ride Meet and Greet on April 5th, 6pm to 8pm, at the WABA office. We’ll share tips and tricks and snacks! Click here to R.S.V.P. for the Climate Ride Meet and Greet.

To get your questions answered now, visit the Climate Ride page, or if you’re ready to register, sign up for our team page.

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DC Bike Ride: WABA Early Access Discount Extended

An update from our partners at DC Bike Ride:

Since the WABA Early Access registration launch on Monday, we have received great interest in DC Bike Ride within the last 48 hours. Thank you so much! The outpouring of excitement around DCBR has been great and we really appreciate your support. We will be extending the $48 discount, for WABA members only, for another 24 hours. The offer will now end on February 4.

You Asked, We Listened.
We have had a number of inquiries around our age policy and we have been paying close attention to your suggestions! At this time, we have made the decision to:

  • Adjust the participation age requirement to 3 years old as of 5/22/16
  • Offer a youth ride-along rate for children ages 3 to 7 years old at $30 per participant (we will be reaching out to all current registrants within this age group, at the provided contact information, to issue an $18 refund)
  • Eliminate the 1-to-1 adult to youth rider ratio requirement for ride-along youth ages 3 to 7; the 1-to-1 adult policy will only apply to youth riders on their own bike, ages 8 to 13

Please note, all participants must be registered regardless of age or riding method. To view DCBR’s updated Youth Rider Policy, click here.

Join the Ride Today.
We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at DCBR on May 22, 2016! WABA members check your email for your discount code to receive the discount. Offer will end on February 4.

WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.

You should sign up. It’s going to be great.