We’re Hiring: Part-Time Trail Rangers

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for passionate and energetic trail champions for our 2016 Trail Ranger Team to serve trails and the people who use them throughout the District of Columbia.

WABA’s Trail Ranger program, now in its fourth season, encourages trail use through daily trail presence, improved upkeep, trail user assistance and community engagement. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a consistent and friendly presence on DC’s mixed-use trails to make them more approachable, enjoyable, and dependable for transportation and recreation.

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Reporting to our DC Trail Ranger Coordinator, Trail Rangers roam nearly 20 trail miles within the District, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Suitland Parkway Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, and connecting street routes. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support and encourage trail use with friendly and helpful trail presence, regular outreach efforts, and occasional basic bike repairs
  • Patrol DC’s mixed use trails by bicycle with a partner, pulling a lightweight trailer and supplies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regular trail users and community members
  • Plan and lead cleanup days and community events alongside the program coordinator
  • Perform inspections of trail conditions and maintenance of trail corridors including pruning branches, gathering trash and clearing debris
  • Make regular reports on daily trail conditions, needs, and trends
  • Work with the program coordinator and city agencies to respond to recurring trail issues
  • Document events, trail updates and developments to keep trail users informed
  • Assist at WABA events as needed

Requirements

Candidates must have:

  • A proven track record and enthusiasm for working within a team in an outdoor setting
  • A positive, outgoing and approachable personality
  • Availability 15-25 hours per week including early mornings or evenings, and weekends
  • The ability to ride a bike up to 25 miles in mixed city traffic and off street trails
  • The ability to lift up to 40 lbs
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist

Ideal candidates will have:

  • A firm commitment to WABA’s mission
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with self-directed, self-supervised work
  • Confidence interacting with and serving the public
  • The ability to organize time wisely and juggle multiple priorities
  • Knowledge of the principles of safe bicycling and traffic laws in DC
  • Competence with basic bicycle maintenance including patching a flat and adjusting brakes
  • Spanish proficiency or ASL proficiency a strong plus

This position is part-time from March 30th, 2016 through September 30, 2016 for approximately 23 hours per week. Compensation is $15 per hour.

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Trail Ranger” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until February 24th. No phone calls please.

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.

We’re Hiring: Staff Education Instructor

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a part-time Staff Education Instructor for our bicycle education and outreach programming dedicated to serving adults and children in the Washington region.

WABA’s education and outreach programs are highly regarded and successful, helping adults throughout the DC region to learn to ride bikes, to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, and to use bicycles to commute to and from work. These programs create opportunities to engage with and educate adults no matter how they ride.

Reporting to the Education Coordinator, this position will implement several of WABA’s existing education programs for both adults and youth, WABA is a small but growing organization, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general WABA duties and major events.

Responsibilities

The Staff Education Instructor will:

  1. Teach Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, and Everyday Biking seminars.
  2. Supervise teams of 2-4 Instructors in preparing for and delivering these programs.
  3. Deliver high-quality bike education experiences for adults.
  4. Promote classes, rides and programs online and through fliers, in-person outreach, and coordination with partner organizations.
  5. During the month of July, assist the Youth & Family Coordinator to deliver WABA’s Bike Camp! summer experience for youths aged 10-14.
  6. Work primarily on evenings and weekends, for 20 hours per week.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. Current League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification or equivalent OR the willingness/ability to obtain certification in early March.
  2. 1-2 years of physical/experiential education experience OR 1-2 years of adult education experience.
  3. 1+ years of direct supervisory experience.
  4. The ability to pass DC Public Schools’ volunteering requirements: tuberculosis test and criminal background check.
  5. Excellent public speaking and teaching skills.
  6. The ability to organize time wisely and work independently away from the office.
  7. A current driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  8. The ability to lift 45 lbs.
  9. The ability to ride a bike comfortably and confidently in urban/suburban situations.
  10. The ability to carry/tow up to 75 lbs. by bike.
  11. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.
  12. An exceptional understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  13. A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.
  14. Marketing and social media skills a plus.

This position pays $15/hour and is part-time, 20 hours/week from mid-March until mid-November, 2016 subject to market demand.

Contact

Send a cover letter and a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Expected start date is March 21, 2016.

Cold Days and Camaraderie with your PALs

Not quite ready to be back on the road yet…but soon! #BEaPAL #PALvsJONAS

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There’s no way around it, February is still winter, and winter is chock full of excuses to stay inside. But in the words of a famous Michigander (my best friend), “If the weather feels too cold, you’re just not dressed warmly enough!”

Pulling the Arlington PAL bike trailer around this month has convinced me that my best friend is 100% right! Layers, wool everything, rain gear, and wellingtons are trusted companions these days. There’s a certain type of satisfaction, too, that comes from taking a break or concluding a winter ride as well–a feeling of coziness and satisfaction that just can’t be replicated in the summer!

So, whether you’ve fallen into a winter funk, have a resolution you want to double down on, or are just going completely stir crazy, February is the time to get out on a bike and banish those winter blues. You can join a new friend on a ride though the Washington Area Bike Forum or get your volunteer on as a PAL Ambassador or DC Bike Ambassador. Both of these programs are powered by awesome folks like you, spreading the bike-love and having fun on the streets of DC and Arlington.

To Join the DC Bike Ambassadors, click here.

To Join the Arlington PAL Ambassadors click here.

Or come on out and #BEaPAL with us at the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade! Click here for details and to sign up!

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DC Bike Ride: WABA Early Access Discount Extended

An update from our partners at DC Bike Ride:

Since the WABA Early Access registration launch on Monday, we have received great interest in DC Bike Ride within the last 48 hours. Thank you so much! The outpouring of excitement around DCBR has been great and we really appreciate your support. We will be extending the $48 discount, for WABA members only, for another 24 hours. The offer will now end on February 4.

You Asked, We Listened.
We have had a number of inquiries around our age policy and we have been paying close attention to your suggestions! At this time, we have made the decision to:

  • Adjust the participation age requirement to 3 years old as of 5/22/16
  • Offer a youth ride-along rate for children ages 3 to 7 years old at $30 per participant (we will be reaching out to all current registrants within this age group, at the provided contact information, to issue an $18 refund)
  • Eliminate the 1-to-1 adult to youth rider ratio requirement for ride-along youth ages 3 to 7; the 1-to-1 adult policy will only apply to youth riders on their own bike, ages 8 to 13

Please note, all participants must be registered regardless of age or riding method. To view DCBR’s updated Youth Rider Policy, click here.

Join the Ride Today.
We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at DCBR on May 22, 2016! WABA members check your email for your discount code to receive the discount. Offer will end on February 4.

WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.

You should sign up. It’s going to be great. 

Reporting Maintenance Issues in DC: A Trail Ranger Skill Share

 

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As Trail Rangers we wear a lot of hats: we’re cheerleaders, question answerers, coffee hander outers. But we also work to keep DC’s urban trails in tip top shape both by fixing issues and reporting maintenance issues that require more tools than a broom or a trash bag. The storm last week was not kind to infrastructure—the heavy plows, reduced traction and a buried streetscape resulted in a substantial uptick in potholes and worn away lanes. We’re reporting the issues we notice but we don’t see everything, here is how to join us:

In DC, city service and maintenance issues are reported through 311, the citywide call center, either by directly calling 311 or reporting through the mobile app available for iPhone and Android by searching “DC 311.”

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Issues are reported by service category:

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So the trick is to know what kind of issue you are reporting so that the report goes to the team that can fix the problem. For this storm, common issues are:

Roadway Marking Maintenance

Great for reporting:

Damaged Park-It

Damaged Park-Its

Broken flexpost

Broken flexposts

Faded/missing lane marking

Faded/missing lane markings

Once you’ve told the city what kind of issue and where it is, the next page will ask for specific details.

All of the Roadway Marking Maintenance examples pictured above can be categorized as a “bicycle line” on the page for additional information:

Example report


Potholes:

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Pothole on Champlain Rd NW

Aptly named, a whole category just for potholes! Be as specific as you can about the location.


Cars parked in bike lanes:

For the folks who have “forgotten” with the snow cover that bike lanes are not for vehicle storage. 

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Painted lines and bike symbols are just SOOO confusing. What’s a driver to do?

Illegally parked vehicles can be reported as a “No Parking Anytime” enforcement concern.

Then add the details – what precisely the issue is and any details that will help the crew know what to bring out into the field and where to go. The more information, the better!

 


One important note:

The trick for a prompt response is to report the issue to the folks who can fix it – those with the tools to fill in potholes, paint asphalt, write tickets. Therefore avoid the service type “Bicycle Issues” – these issue reports go directly to the bike planning team at DDOT. It adds extra steps and time for them to forward requests to the appropriate maintenance teams of DDOT.

Happy 311-ing!

Montgomery County Endorses Vision Zero

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The Montgomery County Council has introduced a resolution in support of Vision Zero.  Members of the Council held a press conference on January 19th to announce their support for the program, which is aimed at ending traffic-related deaths and serious injuries.

On Monday, February 1st, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Action Committee for Transit and WABA sent the Montgomery County Council a letter in support (Letter in PDF) of Vision Zero. The letter also calls on the Council to set a target date for zero traffic-deaths. A target year for achieving Vision Zero is necessary to keep up the pressure and urgency this issue deserves.

Mayor Bowser in Washington, DC committed to achieving Vision Zero by 2024 last year. In December 2015, the mayor’s administration released an ambitious two-year action plan for Vision Zero. Montgomery County will begin the planning process shortly, with a final plan release for later this year.

For Vision Zero to work, public investments in traffic engineering, enforcement and education must be aligned with a data-driven approach to meeting its goal. Everyone deserves to travel freely by car, foot, transit and bike without the risk of being killed.

2015 was an especially tragic year for road users in Montgomery County. Frank Towers died on his new bike crossing Veirs Mill Road on the Matthew Henson Trail. In Bethesda, Tim Holden was struck and killed by a driver while on his morning ride. And, Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta was killed by drunk driver during a traffic stop. In total, over 80 people died in traffic crashes on County streets in 2015. Each person leaves behind a grieving family and a devastated community. We can stop traffic violence.

Thank you to the Montgomery County Council for their leadership on traffic safety issue and WABA is committed to being an engaged partner in addressing this critical community issue.

 

 

ANNOUNCING: DC Bike Ride – Let’s Celebrate Life on Two Wheels

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

17 MILES. CAR-FREE STREETS.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, D.C. is becoming a better bike region everyday. We’ve been hinting about a brand new riding tradition coming to the city on May 22nd but we can no longer keep the secret to ourselves. We’re beyond excited to finally announce the Inaugural DC Bike Ride (DCBR)!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR WABA MEMBERS: $48 FOR 48 HOURS!

We’ve cleared the roads! You clear your calendar. For 48 hours BEFORE registration opens the general public, DCBR invites WABA members to be the first to register for the Ride, at a special discounted rate. This deal won’t last long, prices will increase February 3.  If you’re a WABA Member, check your email. You’ll have a code that allows you to participate in this special pre-registration. If you’re not a WABA member, JOIN RIGHT NOW and we’ll send you a code within a few minutes.

GREAT PEOPLE

Our city has one of the biggest and most welcoming biking communities in the country, and you’re part of it. DCBR gives you the chance to connect with fun-loving active types, just like you! D.C.’s biking culture is something to be proud of – let’s celebrate life on two wheels!

GREAT PLACES

Tell your riding buddies to get ready. The biggest cycling event of the year is almost here. Cruise the city at your own pace. Just you (and your friends), 17 miles of car-free streets and some of the most iconic sights in the world. Ride past everything from the Washington Monument and the Pentagon to the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. All culminating with a huge post ride festival in front of the United States Capitol.

GREAT PURPOSE

We’re bringing people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love. Proceeds from DCBR will benefit WABA in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of D.C’s Vision Zero Campaign. Learn more here.

GREAT PARTY

End your epic journey at the DCBR finish line festival in front of the Capitol on America’s Main Street with great food, music and drinks! More information to come on DCBikeRide.com.

JOIN THE RIDE TODAY AT DCBIKERIDE.COM

To find out more about the DC Bike Ride, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the conversation by using #DCBR. Circle May 22nd on your calendar, because this year’s National Bike Month is going to be the best one yet!


WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.
You should sign up. It’s going to be great.