REI! Free bike repairs! Free cookies & coffee!

You like bikes (we’d bet 5 bucks on that).

And you’ve probably gone for a bike ride, went for a jog, or pushed a baby stroller along at least one of our region’s trails (there’s so many: Capital Crescent Trail, Rock Creek Park Trail, Metropolitan Branch Trail, Sligo Creek Trail, C&O Canal Trail, Georgetown Branch Trail, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Suitland Park Trail, W&OD Trail, Custis Trail, Four Mile Run Trail, Mount Vernon Trail, and we could go on….).

So we wanted to cordially invite you to WABA’s Future Trails Celebration with REI happening this Saturday, November 15th from 11am to 2pm in the NoMa neighborhood of DC.

Why should you come?

FREE bike repairs. An interactive REI Signature Camp where you can test out bike touring and camping gear. FREE cookies and FREE coffee from the Captain Cookie foodtruck. Carnival games. Facepainting. Arts & crafts. Fun for the whole family!

How are we celebrating trails?

By leading trail tours by bike of the nearby Metropolitan Branch Trail. Tours will leave at 11:15am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm, will be lead by WABA’s Trail Ranger Coordinator, and will last approximately 35 minutes. You’ll learn about the history and future of the MBT and check out Gearin’ Up Bicycles, the District’s first community used bicycle store that works with young adults from underserved communities. We’ll also have FREE bike rentals available on a first-come basis for those who wish to join a trail tour but don’t have their own bicycle. WABA will also release the concept plan for the Arlington Boulevard Trail— an exciting vision for the next regional bike trail project in Northern Virginia.

Need another reason to come?

We’ll be raffling off a bunch of cool prizes, including a spot in one of REI’s incredibly fun C&O Canal Overnight Cycling Tours.

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Afraid of the cold?

Don’t be! Saturday is going to be a little chilly, but don’t let that keep you indoors and bored. We’ll have a huge heated tent to keep you warm.

Trails Celebration Details:

Location:  The grassy field at First & Pierce Street NE (in the NoMa neighborhood)
Date:  Saturday, November 15
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free!!

And here’s the Facebook page so you can share the event with your friends. See you there!

It was the last class of the season. We had a great time!

Last Saturday, we gathered in Silver Spring to celebrate something bittersweet – our last scheduled adult biking class of the fall season.

A chilly morning, but the weather cooperated with cerulean skies and sunny spots in which we warm up while we talked and planned our routes.

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Instructors Megan McCarty, Caleb James and Hamzat Sani got flexible to teach the instant turn.

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And then we practiced it together!

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We stopped and started and scanned and signaled and shifted:IMG_1715

And ended with a group ride led by Sam Mazur and Brenda Ruby, both veteran WABA instructors.

A big thanks to all who joined us this season for any of our adult education programming. This fall we brought our City Cycling curriculum and educational rides to 108 people. We also got 180 adults riding bikes for the first time ever, through our tremendously popular Learn to Ride program.

Finally, we expanded our course selection substantially, offering a brand spankin’ new set of educational rides which we plan to bring back in the spring.

In case you missed it! The last ride, Round, Round, Get Around, explored biking the dreaded DC traffic circles, and the lines we traced around the city looked something like this:

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Give it a try on your own if you missed our session on October 29.

Stay in touch with us through the winter, and happy riding!

 

 

 

 

 

Biking Around the Concert for Valor

Tomorrow’s Concert for Valor will have a number of effects on your ability to get around on your bike tomorrow.

WJLA has a handy Google map of road closures (bel0w). Bikes won’t be allowed on the closed roads. Also note that bikes won’ t be allowed on Metro all day, not just at  rush hour.

If you’re entering the District from Virginia on the 14th St Bridge or the Memorial Bridge, give yourself some extra time to get around the closures on the mall. Ohio Drive around the Tidal Basin is probably a good alternative. There will be lots of pedestrians out too. Be polite!

As far as we know, the concert promoters are not offering additional bike parking. If you’re biking to the show, exercise the usual courtesy: don’t lock to trees, bus stop signposts, other people’s bikes, or members of the E Street Band. UPDATE: Capital Bikeshare is offering bike corrals at 10th and Constitution and 12th and Independence.

If you’re out on your bike tomorrow and encounter other closed or blocked streets, tweet at us (@WABADC) or send an email.

 

Vote on Crash Victim Fairness Bill Postponed

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Today, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a legislative mark-up session on a number of bills, including the Bill 20-884 “Vulnerable User Recovery Act of 2014″. The Committee voted to postpone mark-up until next Wednesday, November 12th to allow all involved parties one last opportunity to craft a bill that meets the needs of vulnerable roadway users and the concerns of other stakeholders in the legal community. Councilmembers Jack Evan, Mary Cheh, Anita Bonds, Tommy Wells and David Grosso (not a member of Judiciary Committee) were in attendance at this morning’s mark-up.

Councilmember Tommy Wells and David Gross with WABA and All Walks DC held a joint press conference and rally in support of the legislation before the DC Council. The bill, if passed, would move the District to a fairer negligence standard to enable crash victims to collect compensation from driver’s insurance.

Yesterday’s press conference was attended by dozens of local residents calling on the DC Council to move the bill forward to protect the most vulnerable road users. Following votes from next week’s mark-up, WABA will post the vote results and a legislative scorecard online. You can learn more about the scorecard here and more about WABA’s campaign to bring fairness for crash victims.

As we all wait until next week’s vote, take some time to read the press coverage from yesterday online here, here, here, here, here , here, here and here. Please also take a moment to contact your Councilmember to ask for their support of the bill.

Take Action: Ask DC Council to Support the Bill

Introducing Postmates, 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 Postmates

Postmates is a delivery and courier service originally founded in San Francisco. Postmates launched in D.C. at the end of 2013. Postmates employees primarily deliver by bicycle. The service delivers from almost any business in the city and will even grab something at your apartment building. Postmates is currently in 15 cities across the U.S. Postmates DC was excited to show support for WABA and support local bicycle advocacy. We are proud to call Postmates a WABA Business Leader Member!

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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.

Rally for Justice on Thursday at 10am

November 5th Update: Due to weather concerns, the location has change to Room 123 inside the Wilson Building. The press conference will still be held at 10 am.

Join DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, DC Councilmember David Grosso, WABA and All Walks DC on the front steps of the John A. Wilson Building for a press conference and rally in support of legislation to exempt bicyclists from the harsh and unfair contributory negligence standard. You can learn more about our campaign here and read more about this unfair law here, here and here. At the press conference, WABA will introduce our legislative scorecard for this bill ahead of mark-up on Friday. Learn more about the scorecard here.

What: Joint Press Conference and Rally
Who: DC Councilmember Tommy Wells, DC Councilmember David Grosso, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), All Walks DC.
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 10:00am
Where: Front steps of the John A. Wilson Building, Room 123, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Sign up on Facebook that you are planning to attend.

Can’t make the press conference? Please email, visit or call your Councilmembers and ask them to support the Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Amendment Act of 2014 (B20-884).

Take Action: Ask DC Council to Support the Bill

The Cider Ride registration is now open

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The fall ride event you’ve all been waiting for is here. Registration for The 2014 Cider Ride is now open.

Register for The Cider Ride

Join WABA in Montgomery County, MD for our second annual Cider Ride, a metro-accessible bike tour of some of our region’s best and most beautiful country roads. The ride will start from Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville, just across the street from the Shady Grove Metro Station.

Riders can choose between the longer Honeycrisp route, approximately 55 miles, or the shorter McIntosh route, approximately 20-25 miles. The Honeycrisp route will take riders out toward Poolesville where you can enjoy hot cider and snacks at the cider pit stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard in Dickerson, MD before looping back to where you started. The shorter McIntosh route will stay close to Rockville taking riders mostly on trails and side paths. McIntosh riders will enjoy hot cider and snacks upon return to Stepanek park. Each year WABA’s Cider Ride will feature a new scenic tour of the region’s back roads, country roads, agricultural lands and farm sites that are accessible by bike.

Registration for The Cider Ride is open to WABA Members only at the moment  (another benefit of your WABA membership!). If you would like to register for the ride but you are not currently a WABA member, renew or join today, before registration fills up!

Click here for more information about The 2014 Cider Ride and event details.

Interested in being a ride marshal or helping out as a volunteer? If you are an experienced cyclists and can help assist and guide other riders, click here to apply to be a ride marshal for The Cider Ride. If you can volunteer for a few hours in the morning at the ride start location or a few hours in the afternoon at the cider pit stop, click here to sign up.

Register for The Cider Ride