Thank you New Belgium Brewing for another super Tour de Fat!

Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

WABA was lucky enough to be the non-profit beneficiary of DC’s fifth Tour de Fat bicycle festival last weekend on Saturday, May 21st.  Yes, there was a little rain, but the Tour de Fat still turned into a day of really good beer drinking, beautiful smiling faces, and lots of support raised for better bicycling.

We are extremely grateful for New Belgium Brewing’s support in making the Washington, DC region a better place to ride a bike.

You and New Belgium helped us raise more than $26,000 for bicycle non-profits in the DC region!! This money goes toward WABA’s work to advocate for better bicycling across the region, and helps support four of our non-profit partners to further their bicycle advocacy missions as well.

WABA also wants to give a big bicycle thank you to everyone who attended the Tour de Fat, brought a friend or family member with you, enjoyed a beer (or two) and helped us to raise a lot of support that WABA will use to advance our mission of advocating for better bicycling across the region.

We really appreciate the help and support of our partner non-profits (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Black Women Bike DC, Phoenix Bikes, and Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling), and we’re happy to be able to share the proceeds of the event with them to further bicycling across the entire region and for bicyclists of all ages.

Check out some of our photos from the Tour de Fat this year, and while you wait for the bemusement to return next summer, go out and enjoy the ride:

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.

Do you think Bike Month is rad?

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Yes, I think Bike Month is rad

Yeah it is. Bike Month is super rad.

Can you lend a hand for just an hour and a half after work this week to help us hang some posters around town?

Yes, I’ll help spread the word

WABA staff will be leading teams of volunteers in a few neighborhoods to hit all the business, restaurants, shops, bars, coffee spots, and stores that we can from 6:00-7:30pm to hang up posters and fliers on Wednesday May 4th and Thursday May 5th. Sign up or learn more at www.waba.org/spreadtheword.

Want to earn a free WABA membership? If you volunteer with WABA three times in a year, you get a free membership!

Want to earn a spot in WABA’s famous 50 States Ride this September (the ride that everyone loves and that sells out in 36 hours)? We will randomly pick one volunteer who helps us out this Wed or Thurs to get a free registration!

Yes, I want free entry for WABA’s 50 States Ride!

WABA hopes you have a very happy Bike Month. We’ll see you out there in a bike lane or protected cycle track. Have any questions about volunteering? Email volunteer@waba.org.

Announcing the Tour de Fat 2016 line up!

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Tour de Fat is the coolest bicycle festival you will ever attend.

There’s really great craft beer, funky bikes that you can test out, and FREE music and entertainment! PLUS, Tour de Fat is one of WABA’s biggest fundraisers of the year, so you’ve definitely got to make it!

Announcing the 2016 Line Up:

We’re excited to announce that Los Amigos Invisibles and Esmé Patterson will be performing at on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Tour de Fat at Yards Park!

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Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera,” an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music.

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Esmé Patterson plays soulful dream-rock tunes and hails from Denver, Colorado.

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RSVP and invite your friends, your dog, and your Mom on Facebook here!

Tour de Fat Schedule:

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10:00 am – Ride Registration opens (pre-register here!)
11:00 am – Parade-style Bike Ride departs from Yards Park
12:00 pm – Fashion! Show and Tapping of the Kegs
1:00 pm – Esmé Patterson Band
2:15 pm – The Bike is Right! Game Show to win a 2016 New Belgium bike
2:45 pm – Car For Bike Trade
3:40 pm – Los Amigos Invisibles
5:00 pm – Adios Amigos! (curfew)

Did you Know?!

We also wanted to make sure you knew everything you needed to know in preparation for this year’s Tour de Fat so that we can all make it the BIGGEST and BEST Tour de Fat that DC has ever seen:

  • Did you know that wacky costumes are the norm? The sillier and more outlandish, the better!
  • Did you know that you can pre-register for the kick-off bike ride so that you can skip the lines and crowds the morning of?
  • Did you know that you can get some SWEEEEET New Belgium swag, like sunglasses, a limited edition 2016 patch, or a license plate for your bike, when you pre-register for the ride?
  • Did you know that New Belgium Brewing will have TONS of craft beer at the festival for sale for just five bucks?
  • Did you know that ADMISSION AND HIGH FIVES ARE FREE at the Tour de Fat?!
  • And did you know that all the proceeds from the event benefit WABA?

We’ll see you on Saturday, May 21st for the Tour de Fat at Yards Park in DC!

 

DC Bike Ride Update: Great Music, Great Cause, Great Ride.

From our partners at DC Bike Ride
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Act Now to Support WABA and Grow Cycling
We are about 6 weeks away from DCBR! Ride down Pennsylvania Avenue exclusively traffic free. That’s right, you’ll get the city streets (17 miles to be exact) all to yourselves.

DCBR’s positive impact stretches beyond 17 miles. Together, we can showcase the region’s biking landscape, make progress in improving street safety for all and demonstrate we are a vibrant part of the region’s community. DCBR was dreamed-up and planned in collaboration with WABA and other key partners. The ride is and will continue to be a mainstream platform for us to promote bicycling and create a healthy, more livable region. Join us – show your support by registering today!

Get your friends and family to join the cause. Introduce new folks to the two-wheel lifestyle. Ease skepticism and invite hesitant individuals to DCBR – help us break down barriers, unite the region and get as many people on bikes on May 22! And, don’t forget, proceeds from DCBR will fund WABA’s Vision Zero Community outreach.

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Star-Studded Finish Festival
After the ride, celebrate with us at the Finish Festival. Hear music from Questlove (of a certain in-house band from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other things) and musical performances by White Ford Bronco (get your 90’s on) and more! Additionally, after the ride, join KIND and Grip the Mat for a post-ride yoga session. Explore the outdoors and get inspired at the REI Village, a backyard-style party area full of games, giveaways, and lots to discover. Check out the full Finish Festival lineup here.

Not Convinced?
We’ll let your fellow WABA members show you the way! Find out why other members have joined DCBR and why you should to. Read their stories here.

Want a Guaranteed First-Wave Start?
Our limited VIP package includes an official DCBR jersey, a post-ride lunch, and a guaranteed first wave start. Show your bicycling pride. For $195, be in the leading group of the ride and be the first to experience the unique views of the city on two wheels.

Standard ($60) and youth ($30 for ages 3-7) rates are also available. For group rate, please contact hello@dcbikeride.com.

Thousands have registered!
It’s simple: the more participation in DCBR, the more WABA and we can help you in achieving your #bikegoals. Will you join thousands of DCBR riders to represent our community on May 22? Don’t miss this opportunity. Register now!

Meet Nick, our new Events Coordinator

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Hello! I’m Nick Russo, WABA’s new Events Coordinator. I have long cared deeply about bikes, community, and infrastructure, but until now have not had the pleasure of working directly on these three issues at once. That’s why I am so psyched to dive into the awesome and engaging events we put together for our members and the larger Washington bicycling community.

I grew up on a bike, have used bikes as my primary transportation for years, and have encouraged friends, family, and strangers alike to do the same. I value bicycles for many of the same reasons I imagine others do: simplicity, affordability, fitness, greenness, and lastly, community. One of my main goals at WABA is to sustain and grow the bicycling community in our area, and I plan to do that by putting together really fun and exciting events!

I come to WABA with a background in policy research and advocacy, focused mostly on technology and broadband internet issues. I have also worked in national and local events coordination for a variety of non-profit organizations and, in another life, I worked in public and community radio. I love to talk about all of these things as well as bikes (duh), so feel free to get in touch with me at nick.russo@waba.org or on Twitter at @nickjrusso.

Stay tuned for more from me and the events team—we’ve got big things in store for you!

Tour de Fat bicycle festival is coming back to DC!

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Hey all you bicycle lovers, we have some exciting news to share with you! In case you haven’t yet heard, the Tour de Fat bicycle festival is officially coming back to Washington, DC this year. The free festival will take place at Yards Park on Saturday, May 21st, 2016.

This event is so important to WABA because it is our BIGGEST fundraiser opportunity of the entire year: 100% of proceeds from the event go directly to WABA and a couple other really rad bicycle non-profits in the DC area to support all of our work to make the region a better place to ride a bike. So when you attend Tour de Fat, bring your friends, and purchase beer or go on the bike ride or buy yourself a cool t-shirt, you are directly funding WABA’s ongoing community outreach and advocacy work!

We hope you’ll be there. Get ready for one of the most fun, wacky, beautiful festivals you’ve ever been to.

Go here for more details about DC’s Tour de Fat event.

Want to lend a hand and get two free beers?! Sign up here to volunteer and get free beer!

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Below is a super rad list of reasons this is the year you and all your friends should attend Tour de Fat, crafted by our good friends at New Belgium Brewing Company:

1. Turning a quarter-of-a-century super charges the creative juices. This year marks the 25th anniversary for New Belgium Brewing, which means more variety, local/regional acts and double the zany antics you come to expect at Tour de Fat.

2. Help push Tour de Fat past the $5 million mark! It could happen this year and we need everyone’s support! Although it’s a day of revelry, bike love, and fun times, the main mission of Tour de Fat is to give back to our non-profit friends, who spread bike love year round.

3. Become a trader! Nine people will trade will their car for a bike through an amazingly transformative experience celebrated through the Tour de Fat car-for-bike ceremony. Want to apply to trade your vehicle for the gift of two wheels? Click here to apply.

4. Did someone say great beer? Tour de Fat offers an opportunity to enjoy New Belgium classics, such as Fat Tire and Citradelic Tangerine IPA, along with more esoteric beers from its Lips of Faith series. It’s also the only place to enjoy Carnie Blood, a beer made in honor of the Tour de Fat Carnies that make this all possible every year! Carnie Blood Vol. 3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with two single-origin cocoas and chicory. Yum!

5. One word – costumes! Tour de Fat is the place to bring out the Halloween costume again, dress as your alter-ego and let your freak flag fly. We like to say if everyone is weird, no one is weird. So start thinking about it now!

6. The entertainment keeps going and going and going. Once it starts it lasts for about five hours with several venues going at once, filled with variety acts that’ll make you scratch your head, tap your foot and laugh out loud.

7. Do you like to win? We have contests! From a Slow-Ride, to a Fashion Show and even The Bike is Right! Gameshow – Tour de Fat is looking for ways to put you in the show and give away New Belgium cruiser bikes. So start shining up your dance shoes and practice your slow-mo bike riding skills.

See you on May 21st!!