Thank you for riding with WABA

Last weekend, the annual 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride, WABA’s signature community ride event of the year, took place. Hundreds of cyclists braved the threat of rain and joined us for an adventurous (and some would say grueling) tour of all 50 state-named streets within the District or a downtown exploration of the 13 streets named after the original colonies.

Check out the ride in photographs below, and we hope you will join us in 2015 for next year’s 50 States Ride. You can also check out all of our 50 States photos on Flickr and if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.

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And a  BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who made the 2014 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride possible:

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Coffee nature logo   PetMAC logo  MellowMushroom

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Calling All Treasure Hunters!

Do you have an affinity for nautical themes, bicycles, and vague maps of geographical forms? Do you like exploration, friendly competition and prizes? If so, grab a friend, a bicycle and strap on your skull and crossbones helmet for the first ever Anacostia River Treasure Hunt!

At 10: am on Saturday, August 30th, set sail for the shores of the Anacostia River at Diamond Teague Park for a spirited hunt for all the treasures our city’s other great river has to offer. in days of olde, treasure hunters crossed the seas and beat back jungles in search of precious metals and plunder. Today, we’ll compete for points, earned by following clues, discovering lesser known attractions, and clearing some jungles too! Armed with a treasure map, a sense of adventure and a Twitter handle, your team will take on the competition for points, prizes, and glory.

Hunt Details

Each team will receive a treasure map and a broad list of clues to “Trail Treasures” and challenges scattered up and down the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Since the mark of a true privateer is the right balance of braggery, skill, and wit, teams will collect points by tweeting and instagramming photos featuring their team’s  hunting talents.  With limited time, will your team seek out the large payoffs of tricky and distant treasures or aim for the easy return on simpler clues? Good treasure hunters always have a keen mind for strategy!

Teams that collect the most points or show great creativity will be showered with prizes and glory. The rest will walk away with an album full of reasons to come back for more adventure by bike, kayak, roller skate, or picnic blanket.

Registration is free and open to all. Teams including bike savvy kids are welcome too! We’ll have a shorter, kid friendly map and clue sheet so aspiring treasure hunters can join in the fun.

Treasures Worth Hunting

While the Anacostia has never been a place for precious metals, it is littered with treasures of another kind! These are the sweeping views, riverside hideaways, feats of engineering and pieces of history that make the Anacostia impressive. They are those uplifting scenes of a river alive with wildlife and abuzz with people. They are boathouses, roller rinks and aquariums right in DC’s back yard!  We hope you’ll join us!

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Say Hi to WABA this Summer

Join WABA next week on Thursday, August 7th after your work day for a summer happy hour with our bike loving friends from New Belgium at Vendetta bocce bar and tavern (at 1212 H St NE).

Poster jpegEveryone is welcome to join us, including WABA members, supporters, friends, co-workes, bike lovers, people who’ve never ridden a bike, and that friendly face you pass daily in the bike lane. Come say “Hi” to WABA this summer, catch up with other DC area bicyclists, and share stories about your summer (or reminisce about the awesome time you had at Tour de Fat).

We’ll be there from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and the evening will feature $5 New Belgium pints, with $1 from each beer being donated to WABA. There will also be a raffle (for every drink you purchase, you’ll get a raffle ticket!) for a couple of New Belgium bicycle jerseys, and a messenger bag and tune-up certificate from the neighborhood bike shop The Daily Rider.

Please note that rather than biking down H St NE to get there (because of the street car tracks), we recommend you bike down the adjacent streets of either I or G St NE and check out the awesome new contraflow lanes!

We hope to see you there.

And a big bicycle thank you to Vendetta, New Belgium, and The Daily Rider for their support and their love of bicycling in the DC area!

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Just Announced: 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

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The 2014 50 States & 13 Colonies ride, WABA’s signature ride event of the year, will be held on Saturday, September 13th.

Ride registration will open on August 4th and the ride will be open to WABA Members only.

Not yet a WABA member but interested in the ride? No problem!

Join WABA today for the invitation to register for the 50 States Ride. We’ll send out an email to all WABA members on the morning of August 4th inviting them to register for the ride, so you do have to be a WABA member to receive this invitation. Additionally, when registering for the ride, the form requires you to provide your WABA Member ID number. 50 States 2011 - t-shirts for finishers

Ride participants can choose from a long and challenging 65-ish mile route that winds up and down the District on all 50 state-named streets or a shorter 15-mile route that takes you for a ride down all 13 streets named after the original colonies. All riders are invited to the post-ride celebration at Mellow Mushroom to celebrate and get their special edition 50 States & 13 Colonies ride t-shirt. Read more about the 50 States Ride here.

We’re also looking for volunteers! We need help making this event a success. Sign up to volunteer at one of the pit stops here. Or if you’re a confident cyclist and want to help lead the ride, volunteer as a Ride Marshal.

We hope to see you at the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride!

 

 

Ride to the Washington Post

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If you’re free for your lunch break, local bicyclist Mike Forster has organized a bike ride to the Washington Post in response to the Courtland Milloy column. You can read WABA’s full response to the column on our blog.

Click here to view the event page for today’s ride. WABA is not formally officiated with this event, but we recognize the strong reaction to the column at-issue, and wanted to let our supporters know this event is happening.

We’d also like to thank you for being a member and enabling our efforts to push back against those who threaten bicyclist safety. We are only able to be here to stand up for bicyclists because of your financial support and commitment. Click here to join or donate if you haven’t already.

 

Are You A Bike Ninja?

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Bike Nin·ja noun \ˈbīk\ˈnin-jə, -(ˌ)jä\

Definition of Bike Ninja: Bicyclists who ride unlit at night, or under low visibility conditions. They can go undetected by other bicyclists and motorists…like a ninja. This practice puts many people at risk, and should be avoided whenever possible.

On Wednesday, July 9th, Bike Ambassadors are riding to the NoMa Summer Screen viewing of The Muppets to hand out surprise goodies to people who biked.

This is a great opportunity to meet REAL LIFE Bike Ambassadors. We’re the folks out on the streets promoting respectful everyday biking, and we thank other road users who share the road with us. Talk to us, find out what we’re all about, and consider becoming a Bike Ambassador yourself.

Join us for a Bike Ambassador Orientation on July 15, at 6 pm at the WABA office. To find out more or sign up, click here.

Bikefest was a success!

Biketopia board in fullWhat do green lanes, jazz music, and tacos have in common? They all rocked at Friday’s Bikefest fundraiser and celebration party!

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has a 40 year history of successful advocacy in the Metropolitan Washington region and last Friday we had the chance to celebrate with hundreds of our closest friends, supporters and WABA members.

On behalf of everyone at WABA, we wanted to thank Bikefest’s generous bicycle-loving partners:

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A huge thank you to Boeing for being Bikefest’s premier financial supporter and to Chipotle for both financially supporting the event and bringing an amazing spread of delicious tacos. Also thank you to our friends at CH2M HILL for their financial support, to Riley at ESP Sound for his generous in-kind donation of the event’s sound and stage equipment, and to the Greater U Street Jazz Collective for entertaining our guests in the most jazziest of ways.

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We also wanted to thank everyone who purchased tickets and came out to the event. Bikefest successfully raised funds needed to continue WABA’s advocacy, outreach and education efforts. By attending Bikefest, our supporters helped fund the expansion of future trail networks, bike lanes, bikesharing and safer streets.

For a look at the party, check out these photos:

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Didn’t make it to Bikefest this year, but still wish to show your support of WABA’s mission? Consider donating now to support Bikefest or becoming a WABA member today.

Dinner And A Movie With Team Sticky Fingers

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Click here to learn more and get involved.

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We’re joining Team Sticky Fingers for a fun night out on Thursday, June 26th for dinner and a movie, and cold beverages! Best of all, proceeds from this event go directly to WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and the Women’s Cycling Association.

The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness for women’s road racing with the screening of “Half the Road.”  This award-winning documentary film explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport.

We promise you’ll have a great time and have a chance to win lots of prizes. Door prizes and more provided by DC-area cycling teams, organizations, local businesses and bike shops!

Event details:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Doors open: 6:30 pm; Program begins: 7:00pm
Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets

Party music: The Greater U St Jazz Collective at Bikefest

We are so excited to announce the band playing at this year’s Bikefest party: The Greater U St Jazz Collective.

This band knows how to bring the beat and get you shakin’ a leg. A fabulous local jazz group, The Greater U St Jazz Collective was formed over four years ago.

From the band’s website: “The original members, including Art Cobb and Thomas View, came together to play music at a friend’s birthday party, and the chemistry they had while playing compelled them to continue to rehearse together. Although many members came and went during the initial few months of the Collective, they have since strengthened around their core four members: Cobb, View, Russell Carter, and Pete Frassrand. Their primary focus in working together is not for fame or money; rather, they seek to put out quality, meaningful music and carry the torch for D.C.’s U Street jazz scene.”

So if you like some of the great jazz classics like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington, you’ll love this year’s band at Bikefest. Buy your tickets today.

Bikefest is a party you don’t want to miss

WABA’s biggest party of the year, Bikefest, is coming up on June 13th. Have you bought a ticket yet? (You can buy one here now.)

Local jazz tunes. Tacos. Guac. Cocktails. Dancing. And bike advocacy. What more could you want?

Check out these snapshots of Bikefest 2013 to see what you’ll be missing if you don’t attend this year:

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By buying a ticket to Bikefest, you are making a difference. By partying with us, you are raising money that fuels WABA’s work to get better bicycle infrastructure and to make our streets more safe. Support us: come to Bikefest.