How to be a bike advocate

It’s a big deal and people notice when 19,000+ bicyclists ride to work on a single day — including your elected representatives.

Make sure you register for Bike to Work Day now so you get counted, and put a reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget to stop by your local pit stop on Friday, May 19th.

Bike to Work Day is your opportunity to advocate for bicycling by simply signing up and riding.

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Many local elected officials and decision makers will be in attendance at your local pit stop on Bike to Work Day. Councilmembers, County Board Supervisors, State Delegates, State Senators, Members of Congress or even a Senator might make an appearance. Important decision makers such as Directors of Transportation Departments, officials from State Highway and DOTs and other planners and traffic engineers could be at a pit stop too.

Here are some tips on how to be a bike advocate at your Bike to Work Day pit stop:

  • Know your elected officials and other decision makersUse our handy legislator look-up tool and be familiar with your representatives.
  • Ask them now if they are planning to attend Bike to Work Day – Send them a message and inquire if they are attending Bike to Work Day. Include in your message an invitation for them to attend a local pit stop.
  • Plan what you want to say – Practice your elevator speech. You’re only going to get 30 seconds to talk to them about biking. Introduce yourself, including where you live, and ask them to support a project or for their help in addressing an issue. Ask how to follow-up. Thank them for their support.
  • Introduce yourself at the pit stop – Identify the official and introduce yourself. Be respectful of others speaking with them and wait your turn to speak.
  • Thank them for attending and for their support of biking – Show your appreciation for their attendance of Bike to Work Day and general support of bicycling. It goes a long way to thank and appreciate people first. If they have recently supported a specific initiative, mention it and give credit where due.
  • Have an “ask” – What do you want them to do? Have a one sentence “ask.” Good examples include “could you send a letter of support to DOT about this bike trail?” or “please ask the state DOT to address the issue of biking on this road.”
  • Be respectful of their time (be quick!!) – You might only get 30 seconds or less. Officials and their staff have busy schedules and multiple appointments in a single day. Be respectful of their time at an event.
  • Follow-up that day – Make sure to ask how you can follow-up with them. Should you email them or is there a staffer who you should reach out to directly? Send a follow-up email that day!

And one last thing, don’t forget to register for Bike to Work Day: especially if you bike every day. This is the one day of the year to be counted (literally). Good luck being a bike advocate and have a great Bike to Work Day!

Event: Bike to Work Day
Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017
Location: Find your pit stop here. There are 86 pit stops across the region.
Time: Various times, but most pit stops are open from about 6:30am to 9:30am. Some are afternoon stops.
Cost: FREE! Don’t forget to register.
More Info: www.waba.org/aboutbiketoworkday

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Register for Bike to Work Day!

Registration is open for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19th, 2017. You should sign up!

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Three reasons why you should participate:

1. FREE t-shirts, bagels, coffee, and smiles.
2. It’s super fun to be a part of something big: 19,500+ people biking to work.
3. You could WIN A BRAND NEW BICYCLE!

Three reasons you should register online:

1. It shows your support for bicycling.
2. You want to make bicycling better (and showing your support bolsters WABA’s advocacy efforts to make biking better).
3. It helps elected officials, city governments, and local transportation departments recognize biking is important and normal.

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You can also learn more about Bike to Work Day on our website here or check out the regional Bike to Work Day event website here.

Celebrate Biking to Work (Again!) with us on June 9th

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We’ve created our own holiday: June 9th is Bike to Work Again Day.

Bike to work again and join us on June 9th, 2016 for a happy hour in DC, Maryland or Virginia to celebrate!

We’re throwing three parties at once!

All three of the Bike to Work Again Day Happy Hours will take place on Thursday, June 9th from 6-10pm:

WABA will provide information about biking at the happy hours, have free resources like bike maps and law guides, and have up to date information about SafeTrack.

RSVP for the Bike to Work Again Day happy hour near you on Facebook using the links above. See you soon! ❤️

Thank you for riding on Bike to Work Day

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Our region’s largest celebration of people on bikes happened once again this year on Friday, May 20th. More than 17,500 people registered for Bike to Work Day this year, exceeding the number of registrants from last year. Bike to Work Day 2016 had pit stops at 83 locations around Maryland, DC and Virginia to celebrate people choosing to commute by bicycle.

WABA wants to thank you for riding your bike, thank you for participating in Bike to Work Day (because whether that was your first time or your 400th time biking to work, your registering for the event and helping us show the growth in biking is important), and thank you for supporting better bicycling.

We hope you’re still biking to work or if you haven’t tried it again since, then there’s an excellent opportunity coming up to do your commute on two wheels once again. Join us on June 9th, 2016 for a happy hour in DC, Maryland or Virginia to celebrate “Bike to Work Again Day.”

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To celebrate biking and encourage you to bike again, WABA will be throwing three parties at once!

 

All three of the Bike to Work Again Day Happy Hours are Thursday, June 9th from 6-10pm:

 

WABA will provide information about biking at the happy hours, have free resources like bike maps and law guides, and have up to date information about SafeTrack.  RSVP for the Bike to Work Again Day happy hour near you on Facebook using the links above.

Here’s a REALLY easy way that you can make biking better

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Want to know what it is? Want to make biking better?

Click this button to make biking better

Yes, that button just takes you to WABA’s webpage about Bike to Work Day because registering for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20th is really important!

Yes, I want to make biking better!

By registering for Bike to Work Day, you get to show the decision makers across our region that biking matters, that you matter, and that you choose to bike for transportation. It’s a fun and important way to make sure that our policymakers take bicyclists seriously.

That’s why, you should still register even if you bike every day. The growth of Bike to Work Day is one of many statistics planners use to track the growth of bicycling, so make sure you’re counted! Plus, you can use this bike holiday on May 20th as a way to spread the bikelove. Tell your coworkers in your office about Bike to Work Day and ask them if they would consider biking to work.

By signing up and stopping by your nearest pit stop—and with 83 pit stops across the region there is bound to be one near you—you and that coworker you’re riding can rake in all sorts of snacks, swag, coffee and that badge of honor, the Bike to Work Day t-shirt.

Plus you get to feel like you are something bigger than your normal commute, and that is a powerful feeling.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for Bike to Work Day today.

WABA and goDCgo to host “Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 101” webinars

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The 2016 Bike to Work Day will take place on Friday, May 20th. In gearing up for the best Bike to Work Day ever, WABA is working to strategically recruit a few additional pit stops around the region where there is a need. You can see a map of 2016 pit stops here. Bike to Work Day is an annual event that celebrates bicycling region-wide with more than 80 pit stops throughout the Metropolitan Washington region.

Are you, or is your business or employer interested in being a part of Bike to Work Day by hosting and managing an official pit stop in DC, MD or VA?

WABA and goDCgo, in coordination with Commuter Connections, are holding webinars on Jan 28th & Feb 3rd for interested or potential new pit stop mangers. Please RSVP here for the January 28 webinar, or here for the February 3 webinar.

Pit stops offer free refreshments for bicyclists, fun activities and/or entertainment, engagement with local business, raffles, and of course the opportunity to pick up a free BTWD t-shirt. These “Pit Stop 101” webinars will talk about the purpose of Bike to Work Day pit stops, explain the responsibilities and logistics that go into hosting/managing one, and share tips and best practices from veteran pit stops.

The purpose of the webinars is to provide a forum to educate potential new pit stop managers, spread the word about Bike to Work Day, and make new connections and relationships that could help grow BTWD in a strategic and meaningful way.

The Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 101 webinars will take place on Thursday, January 28th from Noon-1:00 pm, and Wednesday, February 3rd from 4:00-5:00 pm.

If you have any questions in advance about either webinar, please email events@waba.org.


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Webinar Details:

Pit Stop 101 Webinar #1: January 28th, 12-1:00pm. Sign up here. 

Pit Stop 101 Webinar #2: February 3rd, 4-5:00pm. Sign up here.

I biked to work today, now what?

Thank you for participating in Bike to Work Day today. You – and thousands of other DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents – rode your bicycle, and that is something to be celebrated.

You are probably wondering: what happens next?

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Here’s some frequently asked questions we get after Bike to Work Day happens, and helpful answers for you:

Q: I’m a regular bike commuter, so do I just bike to work again Monday, like I do everyday, without all the fanfare and free stuff?
A: Yes. And if you happen to bike by the WABA office on your commute, you’re more than welcome to stop in during business hours (9am-5pm) for a free double high five… Or just high five your co-workers.

Q: Since this was only the third time I’ve biked to work, I still feel like a newbie. should I try it again next week?
A: Yes! Keep going, you are doing great! If you are interested in learning some new skills try one of our City Cycling Classes or Community Rides!

Q: Should I go to this silly sounding bicycle festival I heard about on May 30th at Yards Park called Tour de … something?
A: Yes!!!

Q: Should I go to the Tour de Fat even if I don’t like beer?
A: Definitely yes. The festival is free to attend, and there will be a bunch of food trucks with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Plus, the event is family friendly and has a kids specific area.

Q: So when is this bicycle festival?
A: Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park, DC. The pre-festival bike ride that WABA leads leaves Yards Park at 11am and you don’t want to miss that (so get there by 10:30am!). And the festival itself starts at 12pm and goes until 5pm. More details here.

Q: I had so much fun on Bike to Work Day. I really enjoy biking and I wish there were more bike lanes! How can we get more bicycle infrastructure across the region? How can I help convince everyone to give bicycling a try?
A: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association works very hard every day to advocate for betting bicycling across the region and to make bicycling accessible, normal, fun and low-stress for everyone. You can support our advocacy and outreach work by joining the WABA community as a member. Today, you can join for just $25 and help support our efforts to make bicycling better for you for the next year.