We hope you enjoyed the blueberry soup!

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Hundreds of WABA members joined us at the House of Sweden last Sunday for the 2015 Vasa Ride. Riders chose from a 59-mile, 31-mile, or 16-mile ride. Although the weather was windy and chilly, the sun came out as the day progressed and ride participants returned to the house of Sweden exhausted, but with smiles on their faces, to enjoy the warm blueberry soup.

A huge thank you to the House of Sweden and the Swedish Embassy for hosting our Swedish-themed ride event for the 9th year in a row. And thank you to District Cycle Works for providing bike maintenance to riders at the start, and to KIND Snacks for donating granola bars.

The Vasa Ride is named after Sweden’s famous Vasaloppet, the world’s longest running cross-country ski race. The Vasaloppet ski race honors the trial of a renegade Swedish king who, in the 16th century, led the rebellion to free the country after a long pursuit on skis. For nearly a century, blåbärssopp—warm blueberry soup—has been served during the Vasaloppet to keep riders warm.

WABA’s Vasa Ride brings together riders from D.C., Maryland and Virginia and is a fundraiser ride to help support WABA’s work. When people participate in our rides, they fuel WABA’s mission to make riding a bike safer and more accessible for all.

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Check out photos from this year’s Vasa Ride below:

Your $10 for 80+ Women & Bicycles Events in 2015

We’re nearly halfway to our $10,000 fundraising goal!  Click here to chip in your $10 today and help us grow our cycling sisterhood in 2015.

Women & Bicycles is a uniquely diverse community that comes together to share skills. We bring out our friends and teach and learn and laugh and bike and eat and sometimes we can squeeze 7 people and their 7 bikes into a Metro elevator. And sometimes we can’t.

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This skillsharing is ingrained in our culture. We’re committed to sharing all the tips and tricks of all things bike-related we picked up along the way; from how to feel safe biking in heels,  and how to position yourself safely in an intersection, to testifying in front of council for safer streets.

Our community is committed to deliberate skillsharing because we remember what it was like to learn the intricacies of biking in the city and we want to expedite that sometimes daunting process and make it fun. Because biking should be fun.

Click here to chip in your $10 today.

Your financial support allows us to facilitate skillsharing through events. In 2014 we organized 72 events. Check out what we’re creating in 2015!

  • Bike Advocacy Workshop
  • Coldest-est Day of the Year Ride
  • Brake Breakdown Workshop
  • Spinning Workshop
  • Fix-a-Flat Boot Camp
  • Women’s History Ride
  • Mountain Bike Workshop
  • Women’s Appreciation Ride
  • Beach Drive Picnic Ride
  • Bike to Work Day Pro and Protege Social
  • Bike From Work Party
  • Family Biking Workshop
  • Bike Touring Workshop
  • Intro DIY Bike Maintenance Workshop
  • Biking and Street Harassment Workshop
  • Bike Laws, Etiquette, and Need-to-Knows Workshop
  • Little Tips and Tricks of Biking Workshop
  • Ladies and Lady-Identified Bike Polo Night
  • DC United Ladies Night Ride
  • Arlington Loop Ride
  • Ice Cream and Cycletracks Ride
  • Women’s Health, Mind, and Body Workshop
  • Farm Tour Ride
  • Multi-Modal Silver Line Ride
  • Winter Riding Workshop
  • Plus! Monthly storytelling hours, weekly coffee clubs, and 50+ Roll Model Dinner Parties!

 

Click here to chip in your $10 today and check out the slideshow of events we led, participated in or supported in 2014!

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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Watch our Women & Bicycles video, you won’t regret it

Ready to donate? Click here to grow our program. Hurry though, we’re only fundraising til next Tuesday!

Your donation will help us bring on a part-time coordinator to run our monthly rides, workshops and socials, and make our communications even better.

Most importantly, your contribution strengthens the heart and soul of our program: Roll Models! We recruit and train these heroic volunteers to mentor friends, family and coworkers as they start biking around town.

It’s a hugely successful program that builds confidence, builds community, and gets more women on bikes.

 


Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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Let’s Talk About The Met Branch Trail

 

Support the Met Branch Trail at the upcoming public meeting on March 21st.Photo credit: DDOT DC

Here’s your chance to discuss the Met Branch Trail with DDOT—

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B will hold a joint meeting on the preliminary design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Brookland to Takoma Park on Saturday, March 21.

You can attend the meeting to show your support for the trail. Representatives from DDOT will present the trail alignment and solicit feedback from the general public.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is a planned eight-mile, paved bicycle and pedestrian trail from Union Station in Ward 6 to Silver Spring, Md. The portion between Union Station and Brookland in Ward 5 is very popular, averaging more than 500 users a day. Design is underway for the section that’s north of Brookland. The new section, as currently proposed, will run along the railroad tracks from Bates Road to the Ft. Totten Metro station, then along First Place, Riggs Road, First Street, all in Northeast, and Blair Road, NW.

Comments on the preliminary design, as well as requests for more information should be directed to Jim Sebastian at jim.sebastian@dc.gov.

WABA will host an informal happy hour on Thursday, March 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm at Simple Bar in Brightwood. We want to connect you with other trail supporters, answer your questions so that you can feel prepared for the public meeting. WABA advocacy staff will be available at the happy hour to discuss the Met Branch Trail project or other advocacy priorities. We hope you can attend both the happy hour and trail open house.

Metropolitan Branch Trail Open House
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 pm to 4 pm
Metropolitan Police Department – Fourth District Station
6001 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011
Google Map directions

WABA Met Branch Trail Happy Hour
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6 pm to 8 pm
Simple Bar
5828 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
Google Map directions

RSVP for the WABA Happy Hour

Please help us show strong community support for completion of the northern section of the Met Branch Trail.

Support Biking in Tysons on Monday

support-tysons-2015-bike-lanesFairfax County recently announced that several major roads in Tysons could soon have bike infrastructure as part of the county’s summer repaving schedule. We need you to speak up for biking at a public meeting on Monday, March 16 at Westbriar Elementary School from 7-9 p.m. Here is the proposed new bike infrastructure:

  • Greensboro Dr. – Road diet from Spring Hill Rd. to Solutions Dr.
  • Tyco Rd. – Road diet from Route 7 to Spring Hill Rd.
  • Westbranch Dr, – Road diet from Westpark Dr. to Jones Branch Dr.
  • Jones Branch Dr. – Climbing lane from International Dr. to Westpark Dr.
  • Spring Hill Rd. – Combination of bike lanes/sharrows from Route 7 to International Dr.
  • Westwood Center Dr. – Sharrows from Route 7 to the end of the road

A full map of proposed bike projects is online here.

Meeting Details
Monday, March 16 at 7-9 p.m.
Westbriar Elementary School
1741 Pine Valley Dr., Vienna, VA 22182
Google Map directions

Since these projects are part of the repaving schedule, no additional funds are available to supplement the projects. They may not be perfect, but it’s important that we support this effort by the county. If you work or bike in Tysons, please consider attending this meeting to support these important projects. Check the Fairfax Bike Pages or the FABB blog for more info.

District Seeking Advisors on Recreational Trails Priorities

DC Residents:

The Mayor’s Office of Talent Acquisition (MOTA) is seeking three new appointees to the District’s Recreational Trails Advisory Committee. This Committee advises the District on how to use approximately $700K in annual Federal Highway Administration passthrough dollars, designated in the National Recreational Trails Fund Act.

The Mayor’s office is looking for a diversity of user types, as the funds are for all types of trail users–hikers, bikers, ATV riders, snowmobilers, skiers, etc. But given a realistic look at who the primary and lawful trail users are in a fully urban District, it is important to ensure that the perspective of people who bike is well-represented on the Committee.

If you are interested in applying, you can do so through the MOTA website, here.

Introducing EcoPrint, a WABA Business Leader Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet EcoPrint.

EcoPrint has a unique story. They began as a traveling print shop—on a bus. An old, reconverted school bus served as a campaign vehicle for their nonprofit grassroots advocacy group back in 1977.  Traveling the country to push for political and environmental reforms, they needed to print flyers along the way.  So…they bolted a printing press to the floor of the bus.

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The EcoPrint bus – the early days of the company.

Now they are a full-time printing company and an industry leader in sustainable printing solutions. They have many firsts: the first company to offer a high post-consumer waste recycled paper, they created their own Chlorine Free recycled paper, they created their own Eco-Ink, and were the first printer to get 100% of their electricity from wind farms.

EcoPrint supports community organizations like WABA and does so in an environmentally and ethically conscious way. They also print most of WABA’s printed resources! If you are on our RideOn mailing list keep an eye out for the latest issue that went out this week.

We are proud to call EcoPrint a WABA Business Member!

Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.