Anacostia River Festival is This Sunday

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Have you lived in the Washington area for a while, yet still, somehow, not been down to the Anacostia River? Well here is your chance to explore the river AND have a blast with family, friends, and neighbors!

On Sunday April 12th, join WABA, the National Park Service, the 11th Street Bridge Park and dozens of area organizations for the first Anacostia River Festival! This year’s festival celebrates the natural world by focusing on the Anacostia River, its history, ecology, and the communities along its riverbanks.

For all those first timers and trail lovers, we are leading group trail rides on the beautiful Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, which runs both banks of the river in DC. Bring a bike and see the river, the trail, and the re-emerging wildlife for yourself. These relaxed pace rides will depart at 12:15 and 2:30 pm and last about half an hour. We’ll get you back with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the festival. Learn more about the rides at waba.org/riverfest

Festival Details

Sunday April 12, 2015 12 – 4 pm
Anacostia Park at Good Hope Road & Anacostia Drive, Southeast DC (map)
For full festival details and activity updates, see bridgepark.org/ARF

Want to help us make it happen? We are still looking for a few volunteers. Sign Up Here

Introducing Schultz & Trombly, PLLC, a WABA Business 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 Schultz & Trombly, PLLC.

Kenneth M. Trombly, a partner in the firm of Schultz & Trombly, PLLC,  is a trial lawyer who has devoted his career to representing seriously injured people in DC and Maryland courts. The firm was one of our first WABA Business Members and continues to support WABA and bicyclist around the region. Ken is a committed transportation safety advocate. Over the years, he has represented many cyclists who have been seriously injured as a result of inattentive or aggressive motorists, including cases where cyclists were unnecessarily injured in trucking collisions.  In addition to motor vehicle collision cases, he represents individuals who have sustained injury as a result of dangerous products; defective or irresponsibly-maintained walkways, sidewalks and buildings; personal injuries on account of negligent security; medical negligence; and police brutality.

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Ken Trombly

A former Trial Lawyer of the Year (DC Trial Lawyers Association, 2010) and an active member of the DC and Maryland Bars, he has lectured before numerous attorney groups on effective techniques for representing injured persons. A Law Review graduate of Catholic University Law school, he has handled numerous cases on behalf of seriously injured persons, from seven figure settlements to noteworthy cases that have resulted in local or national publicity. The firm was listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of DC’s  “Best Law Firms” in 2015 for Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation. We are proud to call Shultz & Trombly, PLLC 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.

Hey Alexandrians! Hey Arlingtonians!

We have some super classes in your neighborhood this weekend.

This Saturday!

Fundamentals of City Cycling

  • In this class, we’ll learn confident control of the bike in all situations. You will use these skills every time you ride, guaranteed. This group goes for a ride on a nearby trail and learns about dealing with traffic, clear communication, proper use of trails, and the trail-to-road transition.

Confident City Cycling

  • The Confident City Cycling group learns advanced bike handling maneuvers. These techniques can get you out of some dangerous situations. This group goes for a ride on the roads and learns about bike infrastructure, lane control, communicating with drivers, and effective road behavior.

Jones Point Park, Alexandria, VA

Register now!

This Sunday!

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Fundamentals of City Cycling

  • In this class, we’ll learn confident control of the bike in all situations. You will use these skills every time you ride, guaranteed. This group goes for a ride on a nearby trail and learns about dealing with traffic, clear communication, proper use of trails, and the trail-to-road transition.

Confident City Cycling

  • The Confident City Cycling group learns advanced bike handling maneuvers. These techniques can get you out of some dangerous situations. This group goes for a ride on the roads and learns about bike infrastructure, lane control, communicating with drivers, and effective road behavior.

Quincy Street Parking Deck, Arlington, VA

See you there?

Psst … we also have a Community Ride in Old Town this Wednesday, April 8. We’ll be riding all over Alexandria and learning about how to transition from open streets to trails to bike lanes and back again. And we’ll be filling our bellies with delicious tacos afterward. Come on out!

Fabulous Instructors

Some of these fabulous folks will be teaching.

Whole Foods Bethesda and WABA!

wfm_bethesda_logo-01Our friends at the Whole Foods Bethesda store, (conveniently located right on the Capital Crescent Trail) have selected WABA as the beneficiary of their next 5% day. This means that on Wednesday, April 8th, WABA will receive 5% of the store’s total receipts!  

The first 25 WABA shoppers who show their member card, buy a membership, or check in with our WABA staff to confirm status, will receive special Whole Foods swag bags, plus win other fun prizes. For all our family riders, there will be a fun scavenger hunt and healthy snacks and kids prizes too! So bring your shopping lists and get ready to stuff your panniers.

After you stock up on groceries, meet and chat with WABA staffers (and a few guest star Board members) about WABA’s work in Montgomery County.

Plus, we’ll have a table set up to hand out maps and other goodies for WABA supporters who say hi!

Who should be next in our Tiny Space Lecture Series?

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Recently, we welcomed Professor James Longhurst from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse to our offices for a special member lecture. He’s the author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road and he shared with us a chapter from his new book on the fate of Victory Bikes during World War II, which happened right here in Washington DC. Space was tight, but cozy, for our inaugural “tiny space” lecture series. We all enjoyed his talk, complete with videos and never before seen photos that he was able to dig up from various archives.

Professor Longhurst discussed the history of bicycles and how they have shaped American society. Unfortunately, just as they are often dismissed as a legitimate transportation mode, they are also not taken seriously as a research topic and therefore are almost completely left out of the social science canon. However, bicycles are clearly an important part of our country’s history. The history of bicycling in this country intersects, of course, with the history of automobile use at several critical points.  And decisions that were made decades ago in favor of cars, still resonate and hinder how we move about on bicycles today.

During World War II there was a brief moment where, with automobile production expected to be restricted to war vehicles only, and gasoline rationed, the US war office recommended the mass government production of what they nicknamed “Victory Bikes.” A heavy public relations campaign was envisioned, pitching daily bicycling as a patriotic duty. UnfortunatIMG_2378ely, another US war department intervened and instead, car production was saved, albeit restricted, and US production of bicycles plummeted. It was an early missed opportunity to establishing daily bicycling in this country as socially responsible, safe and sustainable, even in times of national crisis.

James Longhurst’s book will be published later in April, but it is available now for pre-orders. The other chapters seemed just as interesting, including chapters on the Sidepath movement, bicycle taxation and more.

The lecture was so successful that we are planning another. So tell us, who would you like to hear speak on the lost history of bicycles?