Seeking a Full Time DC Bike Ambassador Program Coordinator

 

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The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a full-time coordinator for the DC Bike Ambassador program, an innovative grassroots approach to bicycle outreach and encouragement.

The DC Bike Ambassadors are educators and enthusiasts who work to bring better bicycling to the people of the District. Ambassadors are carefully selected for a love of bicycling, an understanding of the benefits that bikes can bring to communities, and effective communication skills. They can be found out on the streets day and night to promote bicycling and act as two-wheeled role models in our city.

The DC Bike Ambassador Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the Bike Ambassador program, including volunteer recruitment, training and coordination, event scheduling and staffing, developing new strategies and approaches to bicycle outreach and encouragement, and online program support and marketing. The DC Bike Ambassador coordinator will develop, produce and distribute bicycle safety publications, implement bike safety and education presentations, manage volunteer coordination and training efforts, participate in WABA events (both on- and off-bike), and maintain and expand the Bike Ambassador program’s unique trailer program. The position will report to WABA’s Outreach Coordinator.

Responsibilities

 The DC Bike Ambassador Coordinator will:

  1. Develop the calendar of Ambassador events and appear in public as the face of area bicycling.
  2. Communicate an effective and encouraging message about bikes and bicycling to employers, employees, cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and the press.
  3. Develop and implement Ambassador events, including: scheduling, logistics, planning, volunteer coordination, loading and unloading, staffing events, and pulling the bicycle trailer(s).
  4. Run the Bike Ambassador Trailer program, which involves pulling an advertising/public awareness bike trailer to target bicyclist, motorist and pedestrian behaviors.
  5. Administer all aspects of the program, including: budgeting, volunteer recruitment/coordination, data entry, organization/inventory, equipment maintenance, clerical work, grant reporting, etc.
  6. Assist WABA in a non-Ambassador program capacity as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

 The ideal candidate will have:

  1. 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.
  2. At least two years of combined experience in: project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Supervisory experience a plus.
  4. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  5. A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  6. Experience with Microsoft Office, Facebook and Twitter (for professional purposes), experience with Salsa/Democracy in Action and WordPress a plus.
  7. The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 20 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  8. The ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
  9. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  10. Conversational fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  11. Prior League of American Bicyclist Instructor certification a plus.

Benefits include flexible schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, and WABA’s retirement and health insurance programs. Compensation: low to mid-$30K’s. This position is full-time, 40 hours/week.

 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.

Contact

Send a link to a simple 30-second video describing why you are the person for the job along with a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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.

 

Buy Women & Bicycles Swag

Will you be at WABA’s first-ever Sadie Hawkins Dance this Friday? It’s a fundraiser for our much-loved, super-successful, absolutely awesome Women & Bicycles program. If you liked Bike Prom, you’ll love Sadie Hawkins.

You can also support the Women & Bicycles program by buying stuff! We’ve got reflective bands and American Apparel T-shirts, both branded with the program’s logo, for sale. Click here to purchase your tickets to the Sadie Hawkins Dance or purchase Women & Bicycles merchandise.

Check out our staff modeling the swag:For

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leg bands in light

 

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Women & Bicycles Tip: Time To Spring Bike Clean!

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This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

 

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Winter is rough on bikes, but it’s incrementally warming up. Get outside and show your bike some love!

This week, Women & Bicycles rode, washed, and maintained their bikes. Team Sticky Fingers hosted a Bike Washy PartAY in Arlington, which included a 15-mile ride, food, beer, and bike-washing skillshares from the team. Thanks to ProGold Bikes, everyone had the perfect materials to give their bikes a thorough cleaning.

Then, we joined Alexandria’s VeloCity Bike Co-op to learn about DIY bike maintenance. The shop staff and volunteers from the Bike House showed off how to tinker away the squeaks and creaks from the winter season.

Get inspired by our photos below the jump, then consider the 15-minute bike wash. This weekend would be perfect for some bike-washing and tinkering!

This weekend is also perfect to support Women & Bicycles. This Friday, March 14, is WABA’s Sadie Hawkins Dance at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, which will raise money for the 2014 season of Women & Bicycles. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Continue reading

Announcing Goldsprints at Friday’s Sadie Hawkins Dance

Will you be at WABA’s first-ever Sadie Hawkins Dance this Friday? It’s a fundraiser for our much-loved, super-successful, absolutely awesome Women & Bicycles program. If you liked Bike Prom, you’ll love Sadie Hawkins.

In addition to free pizza, $3 beers, DJs spinning sweet jams, contests, games, and a raffle, there will be goldsprints! Thanks to Sciathan Productions, you’ll be able to race against other partygoers, tournament-style, for the title of Ms. and Mr. Sadie Hawkins. Goldsprints are part stationary bike race, part spectator sport, and an overall riveting social showdown.

Purchase your tickets now for $10. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Announcing WABA’s Sadie Hawkins Dance Party

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Join WABA next Friday, March 14th in celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Women & Bicycles Program.

We’ve replaced Bike Prom with a raucous evening of festivities. All funds go to support the 2014 Women & Bicycles’ season of workshops, meetups, rides, and Roll Models to inspire more women to bike. This is a co-ed party, but remember gals invite their dates!

You can expect bike parking, local DJ’s, dancing, bike-themed games, food and drink specials, awards, and some surprises along the way.

 

Sadie Hawkins Dance Party

Date: Friday, March 14th, 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 2:00am
Location: 1725 Columbia Rd NW
Ticket Price: $10 online, $15 at the door

Purchase tickets

Women & Bicycles Tip: Try This One Great Grocery Trick

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This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

 

Do you have panniers, those bags that clip on the side of a bike rack? After years of using a messenger bag, I am now a faithful pannier user and call them my Mary Poppins bags.

Here’s a trick for other pannier users: When grocery shopping, clip your panniers on the front, inside, or outside of your shopping cart during checkout. It’s a simple way to load up and make sure the heavy stuff goes to the bottom, the lighter stuff stays on top, and that weight is evenly dispersed between the two bags.

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My friend Meredith demonstrating the pannier method of shopping.

Panniers turn your bike into a pickup truck: They offer the carrying capacity of nearly two weeks’ worth of groceries, everything but the kitchen sink for a family trip to the park,  or simply all the odds and ends that you need daily. And with panniers, you don’t have to worry about the strain, weight, or sweat from carrying a backpack.

If you’re in the market for panniers, click here to read Momentum‘s reviews on over a dozen different options to choose from.

And speaking of groceries, biking, and WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, are you coming to the Women & Bicycles happy hour tonight at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont? We’ll be there from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Click here for more details.

Women & Bicycles Tip: The 15-Minute Bike Wash

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This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

 

I went 5 years without thinking much about bike maintenance or repair.  I figured, hey, if ain’t broke don’t fix it. I was frugal, but mostly lazy.

After learning this 15-minute bike wash technique, I’ve saved time and money. Keeping my bike clean–especially my chain–has prevented my bike from rusting, maintained my shifting, and minimized the amount of bike grease buildup on the right legs of my pants.

Frequency:
While  some folks religiously and meticulously deep-clean their bikes, I stick to my lazy ways and wash my bike after every major rain or about once a month, whichever comes first. 

Materials:

  • Liquid degreaser: I use SimpleGreen. It’s affordable,  non-toxic, and biodegradable.
  • Bike lube: Click here for Bicycling  magazine’s review of lubes
  • Rags (old T-shirts make great ones)
  • Bucket or wide bowl
  • Water
  • Used toothbrush

Be sure you’re wearing clothing you’re willing to get messy, and consider plastic gloves if you want to avoid grease-stained hands.

Location:
Turn your bike upside down in a backyard, patio, or driveway space. If you don’t have access to outdoor space, put down some towels or newspaper in your kitchen, soap up your steed in your bathtub, or ride to your local car wash.

Bicycle cleaning

Photo via Flickr user osto

Step 1: Rinse
Rinse with the hose, showerhead, or your bucket of water to get rid of the big dirt and the grit. This rinse is important because any bit of gravel or sand left behind will scratch your paint when you go to scrub.

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Photo via Flickr user Cyclelicious

Step 2: Scrub
Spray or lather up your entire bike with degreaser (using a 1:1 water:degreaser solution) then scrub the dirtiest parts first, like your drivetrain. Use your toothbrush or any other bike-specific scrubbers on your chain, chain ring (front gears), and sprockets (rear gears).

Week 14 - Cleaning the Chain

Image via Flickr user MVCornelius

After you’ve given your drivetrain a thorough scrub and removed all the gunky buildup, use the rag to get into the nooks and crannies of your frame.

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Flickr image via Thalia Kamarga

Step 3: Rinse
Rinse gently while removing as much of the degreaser as possible. The more degreaser left around, the more dirt it will attract later on

Wash down.

Image via Flickr user MFGCyclocross

Step 4: Dry
Dry your bike thoroughly. The bike experts recommend drying off your bike, especially the drivetrain, every time they’re out in wet conditions. Rusting is bad news. I keep a hand towel by my door and where I store my bike.

Bike Wash

Image via Flickr user J Holland

Step 5: Re-lube your chain
Lube up your chain while your bike is still upside down. It’s nice to get a good rhythm here. Hold the lube bottle in one hand and hold your pedal with the other. Rest the tip of the lube bottle in the middle of one of your chain lines, then start to slowly turn the pedal so that you’re getting a drop of lube in every chain link.

After you’ve lubed up every chain link, rotate your pedal a couple times so the lube settles down into the chain. Don’t shift here, just rotate the pedals. I used to shift my gears around thinking I needed to get lube in the gears and the derailleur (the mechanism that shifts your chain). But no, the chain is the only part that needs lubing.

Chain Lube

Image via Flickr user Garrett Lau

Step 6: Remove the excess lube
This is essential! Take the rag you used to dry off your bike and remove as much lube as you can from your chain. The most time efficient technique is to lightly hold the rag around the chain while slowly pedaling with the other hand.

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Image via Flickr user Amy

Things I’ve Learned Along the Way:

  • Never use WD-40, ever
  • Don’t spray your bike down with too much force or you’ll waterlog your parts
  • Always remove as much lube and degreaser as possible or your bike will quickly collect more dirt
  • Cleaning your bike is like changing a flat tire: We all have different approaches and tips to share
  • Remember to appreciate your smooth-shifting, good-looking, squeak-free ride!

Women & Bicycles Tip: Know Your Bike Infrastructure

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This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

There’s a good chance the bike infrastructure we use today wasn’t around when you learned to ride a bike (and it probably wasn’t mentioned in your drivers’ ed course).  This week, we’d like to help you familiarize yourself with some different types of bike facilities out there.

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Sharrows are street markings that serve as reminders to road users that bicyclists have rights to the lanes on these routes—even though cyclists may, for the most part, legally ride in the road. Sharrows are often placed on routes that see more bike traffic or on streets that are too narrow for drivers to pass bicyclists safely as reminders.

Bike Lane
Spectacular bike commute weather this morning, but riding directly into the sun is a challenge!
Bike lanes provide a dedicated space for bicyclists on the roadway. Without a lack of physical barriers, however, cyclists still must be wary of riding in the “door zone,” the 3 to 5 foot area along parked cars, double-parked vehicles, road debris, and turning vehicles. Parking in bike lanes is illegal in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Cycletrack
Penn Av bike lane
Cycletracks are protected bike lanes. Some provide physical barriers from other road-users and effectively form an on-street bike path. Click here to check out 19 creative ways cities are protecting cycletracks.

Wayfinding
Metropolitan Branch On-road Trail Sign
Yes, if you build it, they will come. But first, people need to know what you’ve built! Wayfinding encompasses things such as street signs placed throughout the region to direct bicyclists to trails, paths, and other amenities.

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Bike boxes give priority to bicyclists at intersections by providing a designated space to queue up in front of cars. Bike boxes improve the visibility of bicyclists and can help prevent right-hook collisions.

Mixing Zone
Sunny, at this point in the ride
Mixing zones are merging areas. Traffic that is turning at intersections must yield to bicyclists just like they would with another automobile and enter the mixing zone. Sometimes this means the vehicle may need to wait in the bike lane at the intersection before turning. This is perfectly fine as long as the driver yielded to bicyclists.

Bicycle Corrals
Washington, DC bike corral
Bike corrals are an efficient use of on-street bike parking. They transform a parking space or sidewalk area into bike parking. Portland just recently installed its 100th bike parking corral! How many have you spotted in our region?

The future of bike infrastructure?! Bike superhighways, underground bike parking systems, bike overpasses…and maybe even SkyCycle, an elevated bike network of bike paths.

Women & Bicycles Tip: Be Prepared for Bike Theft

e6MXyK7ObZyMVaWZ7KTNlYi1U8M0BlyNV1r6XhihuwIThis entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.

 

You’re an expert at locking your bike.* But are you an expert when it comes to finding your stolen bike?

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Here’s what you can do if your bike gets stolen:

Mourn. Your baby is gone–for the time being.

Immediately file a police report. Call your local police department and provide the date, location, and approximate time of the theft. Give the police officer a detailed description of the bike including serial number, make and model, general description of its aesthetic, and any small and noteworthy details that might distinguish your bike from someone else’s (ex: parts, add-ons, flare, stickers). It’s important to take note of the officer’s name and contact information and the case number.

Notify your network. push a picture and a description of your bike to your friends who can help be on the lookout. Send out an email, post an update on Facebook, and tweet to #bikeDC.

Research.  Scan local Craigslist and eBay sellers for your bike, and check out sites in other nearby cities.

Don’t get confrontational. If you or someone you know sees your bike on the street, notify the police immediately. If the bike is locked up outside, lock it up with your own lock until the police arrive. For your safety, we do not recommend confronting the person riding your bike. Anecdotal evidence indicates it’s entirely possible that the person riding you bike has purchased it from the person who stole your bike.

Most importantly, be proactive.  First, see if your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance covers your bicycle. Second, take the time right now to print off and fill out WABA’s Bicycle Record Sheet. Don’t put this off–you will sorely regret it if you do. The National Bike Registry will also aid your bike’s return. For $10 you can register your bike for 10 years. After submitting your bike information to the Registry’s national database, you receive a tamper-proof label with a unique tracking number. If your bike turns up with the police, they will know exactly who it belongs to. Click here for more information.

*Click here to become an expert at locking your bike. Please.

Women & Bicycles Tip: Learn Bike Etiquette From Your Legos

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The city of Edmonton created these five fun bike shorts that demonstrate some of the basic–and some of the esoteric–responsibilities of urban bicyclists. Take a look!

Riding and Driving Safely

The Case of the Dashed Bike Lane

Dial S for Sharrow

Get Behind It

Coaching Corners: left Turns for Cyclists