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After last year’s hugely successful Valentine’s Day outreach at 15th and R streets NW, the bike ambassadors took it up a notch for 2014: Two outreach locations were selected, 500 valentines were hand-crafted by our volunteer team, treats were purchased, and plans were made. Our goal was to share the love of bicycling.
Just before our bike ambassador teams were to deploy, the weather challenged us by dumping several inches of snow! But despite snow-covered bike lanes and freezing temperatures, the ambassadors pressed on.
The first ambassador crew set up camp at the corner of East Capitol and 4th streets NE and waited for the morning rush.
We typically see 150-plus bicyclists during morning commute outreach at this location, but due to the slush we only saw 3 cyclists in the 90 minutes we spent outside. Armed with an abundance of Valentine notes, we ventured out looking for recently-ridden bicycles (ones not covered in snow) all over the city on which to hang the leftovers.
Some of our favorite Valentine messages included ”We WHEELIE like you,” ”Are you spoken for?” ”Hope your commute is as sweet as you are,” ”You’re just our speed,” and ”We like the way you roll.”
By the time the afternoon team set up at the corner of 15th and L streets NW, the cycletrack had been plowed and the sun had warmed things up. People were surprised to see us out there, but thrilled to have positive interactions to kick off the weekend!
This morning, the D.C. bike ambassadors met at Chinatown Coffee Company to welcome those biking to work in the area or anyone generally interested in the bike ambassador program. This was the first-ever BA Coffee Club!
The BA Coffee Club will change locations, but will always be on the third Thursday of the month. Stay tuned to our blog and social-media platforms (are you following us on Twitter and Facebook?) to keep abreast of the locations. If you can’t make it to one, no worries–there will be plenty of opportunities to meet our BAs!
Last week, we announced that the Bike KIND-ly program—during which our bike ambassadors hand out Kind bars stickered with a helpful tip about bike etiquette—is back on for 2014.
On a monthly basis, the ambassadors selected a different location and crafted a message to distribute to cyclists riding near it. Individual snack bars were adorned with a short reminder to share the road, yield to pedestrians on sidewalks, basic bike-lane etiquette, and to ride lawfully. Read the full list of last year’s Bike KIND-ly tips below:
- Don’t be a bike ninja! Position yourself to be seen, and be visible with bright bike lights, bright colors and reflectivity.
- Avoid bicycling on the sidewalks! You’re safest when you ride on the road and go with the flow.
- Be extremely KIND to your fellow trail users. When passing slow down, ring your bell, give an audible warning, pass on their left.
- Communicate lane changes and turns to drivers with hand signals, eye contact, and your positioning on the road.
- Show respect for fellow road users. Yield to pedestrians in x-walks and follow traffic laws.
- Tune into your surroundings, not mobile devices. Don’t text or make phone calls by bike.
- First in, first out. Wait behind cyclists already stopped at lights. Don’t crowd beside or blow through without warning.
- Thanks for Stopping By. Obey traffic signs to help prevents injuries and improve bicyclists’ image. Be a Roll Model!
- Claim the lane! A cyclist is entitled to the road, take what is yours! Riding in the middle of the lane makes you more visible to drivers.
And here’s a list of Bike KIND-ly locations:
- Columbia Heights Metro station
- Met Branch Trail
- 15th Street cycletrack and M Street NW
- R Street and New Jersey Avenue NW
- East Capitol and 4th streets NE
- 11th and W streets NW
- 11th Street Bridge SE
- 16th and U streets NW
- Kansas and 5th streets NW
Have a suggestion for the next Bike KIND-ly location or message? Let us know! Email the D.C. Bike Ambassadors at email@example.com.
Bike KIND-ly is back for the 2014 season!
Last year, WABA’s Bike Ambassadors partnered with KIND Snacks to create a Bike KIND-ly campaign. Each month, a different “tip” geared towards bicycle safety or etiquette was stuck on a snack bar and given out at various locations around the city as a reminder to riders to be kind on the roads. We reached over 2,000 bicyclists last year and are hoping to have an even bigger impact this year.
Catch the Bike Ambassadors tomorrow morning, Jan. 8, at Kansas Avenue and 5th St. NW rom 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Stop by to learn more about the program, how you can get involved, or just to grab a snack!
If you missed the 2013 Bike KIND-ly season, stay tuned. We’ll be back here with a full list of last year’s tips. For now, check out some photos below the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Might a kids’ bike make its way to your home this holiday season? Santa and his elves teamed up with WABA and the D.C. Bike Ambassadors for this exclusive video, which shares information on how to select the right bicycle for your child and safety tips to help get you started.
For more information about bike safety and tips for beginners, see these pages:
- A-B-C Quick Check
- Kid’s Bike Sizing Chart
- Teach Your Child to Ride a Bicycle
- DC Bike Ambassador Program
- Youth Education Program
Happy holidays from the D.C. Bike Ambassadors!
We’ve previously introduced you to a few of our superstar bike-ambassador volunteers. Since then, the program has grown, and we’ve brought on part-time staff to better spread the word of bicycling in D.C. You might recognize Dani, Hamzat, and Pete, who have spent the past few weeks roaming the city with our big green bike trailers. Learn more about them below.
My path to professional cycling zealot began innocuously enough. In 2006, I moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University. Like many Sun Devils, I discovered that the fastest and most pleasurable way to commute to campus was by bike. Every day I rolled 1.5 miles from my apartment to school. The habit was so engrained that I continued to commute by bicycle when I moved 1.5 miles farther away. Along the way, I made friends with other cyclists, and I found myself biking increasingly longer distances in their company. We biked to cupcake bakeries, hiking trailheads, and farmers markets in the Phoenix metro area.
Before I knew it, I was embarking on incredible bike adventures – 65-, 75-, 125-mile rides through the Sonoran desert. In December 2012, I set out on my grandest bike adventure yet: a cross-country trip from Phoenix to Washington, D.C.
Joining WABA was one of the first things I did after arriving in D.C. I believe everyone benefits when biking is a viable transportation option. I am eager to help more people discover the joy of cycling and to promote a vibrant, safe, inclusive, and enduring bicycle culture in the nation’s capital.
Meet the next two BAs, Hamzat and Pete, below the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
This Friday, Sept. 21, DDOT has permitted the use of public space—parking spaces, specifically—for uses other than depositing cars. Spaces across the city will be transformed into temporary parks.
Stop by WABA’s pop-up park on Friday anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Our D.C. Bike Ambassadors will be throwing a tiny, parking space-sized party with music and a photobooth. You can pick up a bike map and some snacks, too.
Meet us outside the WABA office on Ontario Road NW, between Euclid and Champlain streets. See you tomorrow!
There’s some super-cute bike-themed Valentine’s Day propaganda in the world this year, and D.C. bike ambassadors are getting in on the love. They’ll be at 15th and R streets NW tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., handing out candy and valentines to commuters.
Stop by and say hello—or happy Valentine’s Day! Look for this sign: