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.

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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.

 

 

 

Our First Bike Family Reunion

On Sunday, Atlas Brew Works hosted us for a summer bike family reunion. Over 250 people joined us for cold drinks, bike talk, and quality time with 23 bike organizations, rides, teams, clubs, and shops who work together to make our region a friendly place to ride a bike.

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Thanks for spending your day with us and thanks for generously tipping your celebrity bar staff. Thanks to the generous support from Atlas, 100% of your tips were donated to WABA!

Big shoutout to our celebrity bartenders! Find their next ride, visit their shop, cheer on their time, and plug into their communities.

-Veronica: Black Women Bike DC
-David: Tour De Bike Lane DC
-Colin: DCMTB and ITDP
-Lesly: Black Women Bike DC and Women & Bicycles
-Molly: Slow Roll DC HQ
-Brian: Washington City Paper’s Gear Prudence
-Matt: WABA and REI
-Laurie: Black Girls Do Bike, Black Women Bike DC, and Women & Bicycles
-Jen: Alexandria Spokeswomen
-Joanne: National Capital Velo Club, and WABA
-Lindsey: Team Sticky Fingers
-Loren: The Daily Rider
-Andres: Chocolate City Cycling
-Mike, Charlie, Deana: The Bike Rack DC
-Deirdre: Team Sticky Fingers and Phoenix Bikes
-Lisa: DC Jews on Bikes
-Leah: Gearin’ Up Bicycles
-Dustin: Color of Cycling
-Clark: City Bikes
-Phil: BicycleSPACE

Photos credit: Paul Lagoy