It’s the 2016 Membership Drive!

It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today. Why? Well to start with:

Join or renew to make sure bicycling keeps getting better in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Plus we have some limited-edition merch again this year.

What will it say? Well, that’s up to you:

We want to make sure everyone is a part of the Member Drive fun, so we’re inviting you to to Vote for the Tote! Join or Renew your WABA Membership and cast your vote for the best bike PSA and get yourself a magnet or messenger style tote bag featuring the winning message!

Join or Renew right now!

You already know that people who have access to biking benefit from a healthier, more-connected, more vibrant community.

You share WABA’s commitment to make biking safe, normal, and popular in our cities and for generations to come.

And you support our work to advocate for a network of protected, low-stress bike lanes and trails.

When you join WABA, you join more than 6,500 residents from across the region who understand how important it is for communities to support and prioritize biking.

Join or Renew today

The benefits of joining WABA are clear: You support our advocacy work and allow us to make really, major, changes for better bicycling. You gain access to a list of local businesses who support your decision to bike, and you gain access to a like-minded community of people who care about making biking better for everyone.

Whether you bike with your children on the weekends, bike to work occasionally, or you use your bike every day to run errands around town, your WABA membership is working to improve your bike experience.

What are you waiting for?

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  • Click here to check out the benefits of being a WABA Member!
  • Join or renew during our Member Drive for just $25 and get a limited edition magnet, or join at the $30 per year or higher and receive our limited edition tote bag.
  • Make your voice heard by voting for the slogan that will appear on the tote and the magnet when you renew.
  • Current WABA Members can receive our limited edition tote by renewing their membership. We’ll add a year to your current expiration date.
  • Annual membership is good for one-calendar year. Auto-renewing memberships are charged on the same date every year and do not expire until payment stops.
  • Memberships bought or renewed during the membership drive week include all regular WABA Member Benefits.

Meet the Capital Trails Coalition!

WABA is thrilled to announce an initiative we’ve been hard at work on for the past year.

On Thursday, Oct. 13 we will stand with our partners along the Mount Vernon Trail to announce the creation of the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC.

The Coalition convenes and coordinates among the public and private stakeholders who are critical to accomplishing the vision of an interconnected network.

In addition, the Capital Trails Coalition continually works to identify trail funding, broaden the base of support, and cultivate widespread consensus that a capital trail network is a regional priority.

As more and more people rely on bicycles to get where they’re going, it’s important to ensure that our bike network is connected, easy to use, and easy to navigate.

WABA is proud to serve as a partner in the Capital Trails Coalition. We are committed to the vision of a completed regional trail network and are very, very excited to have such a powerhouse team of agencies, nonprofits and corporate partners to work with.

The Coalition has been meeting regularly since the 2015 Trails Symposium last November and has made tremendous progress, including establishing a steering committee, three working groups, developing governance structures and a graphic identity. We have begun the gritty work of defining the trails system and establishing criteria for inclusion in the network.

But there is a lot to be done! And we are excited to share the news of the Coalition’s formation so that we can begin talking to the public about the trail network and garnering feedback and input.

For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit

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.


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.

DC’s 15th St Protected Bike Lane is 400 Ft Longer, 100% Better

15th St. protected bike lane extension

Since last summer, construction crews have been busy transforming a complicated intersection in Northwest DC from one of the most crash-prone in the city to a model example of a complete street. Earlier this month, crews finished up work on the large block where 15th St, W St, New Hampshire Ave, and Florida Ave NW meet near Malcolm X Park. The result is a far more intuitive and safe experience for people biking, walking, and driving!

In 2009, a driver turning right onto W St struck and killed a pedestrian crossing 15th St. In response, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) installed temporary curbs and flex-posts to reduce speeds through the intersection while a permanent solution moved through design. DDOT shared initial designs in 2012 and began construction in 2015. Now, seven years after the fatal crash, we have that permanent solution in place.

While it is frustrating to see crucial safety fixes for streets like Florida Ave NE, Maryland Ave NEC St. NE and this one take so long to implement, it is encouraging to know that the final results are worthy of praise. The District must find a way to accelerate timelines for those most needed projects and has plenty of excellent examples to follow from peer cities. But let’s spend a minute to appreciate this project.

15th St. protected bike lane at W

The new design removes a dangerous high-speed slip lane, drastically reduces the width of the intersection to slow vehicle speeds, and reclaims hundreds of square feet of open pavement for green space, walking and biking. People on bikes can enjoy an extension of the 15th St protected bike lane (now with curbs), bike lanes striped through the intersection, bike specific signals, bike boxes for easy turning from W and Florida, and bike parking. People walking can luxuriate in wider sidewalks, dramatically shorter road crossings, slower vehicle speeds and extensive landscaping in bioswales (still in progress). Drivers will notice more predictable interactions with bicyclists, pedestrians, and other drivers. It took a long time to come, but this is public space done right.

What was a high speed turn lane is now a spacious pedestrian plaza

What was a high-speed turn lane is now a spacious pedestrian plaza

What’s Next?

Though major construction is complete, and the road, bike lanes, and sidewalks are open to the traveling public, crews will continue planting trees and other water-thirsty greenery into the new bioswales to help manage stormwater from the road. Two more important developments will help fully complete this project.

15th St. extension view north

  • That hill deserves a protected bike lane: Just glance at this photo and the plan is obvious. In fact, DDOT plans to extend the protected bike lane up the hill to Euclid St. Fortunately, there is plenty of space to simply shift parking on the left side of the road and combine the two existing bike lanes against the left curb.
15th St extension bikeshare

This wide plaza was designed with a Capital Bikeshare dock in mind

  • Install a Bikeshare dock: DDOT planned to add a new Capital Bikeshare dock all along. Tonight, Oct 6, the area’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC1B) will decide if it supports this plan. If you live in the neighborhood, please ask your commissioner to support the plan or attend the meeting. Learn how here.

Alexandria Takes Universal Bike Education For a Spin

Helmets lined up as they would be for a class.

Helmets lined up as they would be for a class.


Last week, WABA’s Youth & Family Education team trained eight Alexandria City Public School PE teachers for their first year of teaching third graders how to ride bicycles! For the 2016-17 school year ACPS will conduct a pilot program called Bicycling in the Schools—based upon the highly successful Biking in the Park Cornerstone program in DC Public Schools. The intent of these programs is to provide universal bike training and safety education to all students.  WABA is actively advocating for programs like this across the region.

Alexandria will begin their program with 150 students at Mount Vernon Community School in Del Ray this fall. Look for more youths and their families enjoying the fantastic off-street Potomac Yard Trail between Braddock Rd. and the Four Mile Run trail. And if your children have been a part of an in-school bike education program, we’d love to work with you to help your community support riding after the school’s program ends. Please email

September Advocacy Round up

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At the #FixContrib Rally

At the #FixContrib Rally

Bike Laws and Policies

Bill to fix Contributory Negligence Passes the DC Council!

Great news!!  After nearly three years of persistent organizing and advocacy by the WABA community, the DC Council just voted unanimously for the second time to pass the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act to fix contributory negligence!

Read more…

Low-Stress Bike Network

NPS releases finalized study for a seamless regional trail network!

The study includes a set of goals and 121 capital and programmatic recommendations, in addition to a framework for prioritizing regional funding of trail-related projects in the National Capital Region.

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A Bicycle Traffic Garden and Mt. Vernon Trail Reroute may be coming to Jones Point Park in Alexandria.

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is in the process of proposing improvements to Jones Point Park; we’re working to make sure the changes work for people on bikes too.

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Roosevelt Bridge and East Capital Bridge rehabilitations need to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.

The District Department of Transportation is planning major rehab of the East Capital St. and I-66 bridges, yet needed bicycle and pedestrian sidepath improvements are not included.

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The prohibition against parking in bike lanes is rarely enforced.

We dug into DC’s Parking and Moving Violation data and found a few concerning trends.

Read more…

New Connections: Proposed improvements between Capital Crescent and Rock Creek Park Trails

The K Street/Water St NW situation is a scary one for bikes. Between the U-turning buses, trucks and vehicles, frustrated rush-hour commuters, lots of back-in parking, and missing sidewalks that force people to walk in the street, there is no clear area for cyclists to position themselves to avoid conflicts. Fortunately, there’s a plan to transform the corridor into something that works.

Read more…

Arlington Action Committee briefed by County staff on progress towards a protected bike lane on Quincy St.

Arlington County staff presented a summary of the constraints and trade-offs for upgrading N. Quincy Street’s existing bike lanes, and a preliminary design concept for a few key blocks.

Read more…

WABA in the News

This year’s 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride was huge and awesome

This year, WABA saw record numbers of attendees at the annual 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride. That also means we raised some serious dough for better bicycling in the District, Maryland and Virginia— thanks for your support!

Check out some of the photos of the amazing day:

Thanks to our amazing event sponsors, riders were able to enjoy fruit, water, granola bars, burritos, beer, pizza, and more!

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Keep being awesome, and see you at our next ride event!