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This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles Tips series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These tips certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.
Last month, Women & Bicycles teamed up with Collective Action for Safe Spaces to host a two-hour workshop about street harassments. Attendees were given a safe space in which to share stories and experiences, and CASS affiliates were on hand to demonstrate empowering response tactics. The event was covered by the Washington Post and Elevation DC. See some excerpts below.
From The Post‘s “How Should Bicyclists Handle Street Harassment? D.C. Area Groups Teach Empowerment Tactics” (from Nov. 29):
“As a woman, I’m constantly operating with the low-level fear that any man might attack me,” said Kate, a resident of the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington, who asked that her last name not be used because of safety concerns.
Once, a male cyclist pulled up alongside her on the C&O Canal towpath, presumably thinking she wanted company. He asked her to stop because he needed to urinate — not in the bushes, but on the trail, exposing himself for anyone to see. She sped away, but he chased her down. He asked her out; she declined.
“A lot of women start biking because it is empowering, but also because they can just get away from a situation,” said Zosia Sztykowski, 28, of Columbia Heights, the lead outreach coordinator for CASS, a grassroots organization dedicated to building awareness and ending sexual assault and harassment on the streets. The organization produces a blog that curates women’s experiences with street harassment. “A lot of people think street harassment happens just to them and that they’re alone,” she said.
Workshop participants were asked in an online survey about their experiences with street harassment and public transportation. “The most frequent type of street harassment seems to be having someone from a car or sidewalk shout rude and disrespectful things at you,” whether the victim’s on a bike or a pedestrian, one person said. A CASS study in May found that 90 percent of women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had experienced some form of harassment while biking.
From Elevation DC’s “Fighting for Safer Streets for Women Bike Commuters” (Nov. 26):
For Nelle Pierson, like many women in D.C., the decision to become a bike commuter was partly for safety.
“For me, I feel infinitely better on a bike than I do on foot,” Pierson, the outreach and programs coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), tells Elevation DC. “There are streets I avoid on foot that I’d bike through in a heartbeat.”
Even so, Pierson has been catcalled on her bike too many times to count. And so on November 20 at the Mt. Pleasant Library, along with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), an organization that aims to end public sexual harassment in D.C., Pierson helped put on a workshop geared toward helping women cyclists in the district feel safer on the streets.
“The environment around a perpetrator can make a difference. It has the power, over time, to change culture.”
According to WABA, women only comprise a quarter of cyclists in D.C. Pierson says that in a survey of 49 women distributed by WABA before the event, more than two thirds said they have experienced street harassment while biking. Many women are harassed at least once a week. But 41 percent surveyed say there’s no safer mode of transportation in the city.
Are you ready for WABA’s first-ever Cider Ride? We’re certainly excited to host our first organized wintertime ride in recent memory, and can’t wait to see you on Saturday morning.
If you’re not terribly interested in braving 40-degree temperatures but do have a free Saturday, we’re in need of volunteers to help make the Cider Ride awesome.
Volunteers to help us set up and check in riders in the morning (from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.) and to help us run the post-ride cider celebration smoothly (from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.). Sign up to volunteer here.
Marshals for the medium (McIntosh, 40 miles) and long (Honeycrisp, 60 miles) routes.Sign up to marshal here.
Remember that if you volunteer for WABA three times, you can earn a free membership!
*Please note that your registration is nonrefundable. In the event of inclement weather (like ice), the ride will be canceled. Consider the cost a gracious donation to WABA’s year-round efforts to advocate for better bicycling for you.
Held at the Anacostia Arts Center, the Expo brought entertainment, activities, and conversations about what it’s like to bike east of the river to the grant zone, which includes Anacostia, Congress Heights, and St. Elizabeths. The Expo was intended to foster dialogue about riding in wards 7 and 8 and help residents of nearby neighborhoods have a better understanding of how bike advocacy and outreach works.
Workshops addressed topics such as biking with children—during which Kidical Mass D.C.’s Megan Odett talked parents through some of the obstacles and barriers to biking with their kids—and provided an introduction to advocacy—which saw WABA Advocacy Coordinator Greg Billing and the League of American Bicyclists Policy Director Darren Flusche describe local and national transportation initiatives that will affect biking in and around wards 7 and 8.
Additionally, the Cap City Bike Expo convened a group of local bike shop owners to discuss how to improve access to bike facilities east of the river. Capitol Hill Bikes, Phoenix Bikes, Velocity Co-Op, the Bike House, Maryland Park Bikes, City Bikes, and the Daily Rider met with WABA staff to get the ball rolling for the Black Thumbs Collective, a group that will work to provide resources, outreach, and education on how to fix bikes in what’s currently an amenities desert.
The highlight of the Expo was the revealing of a Dero Fixit station, graciously funded by employees of CH2M Hill. The Fixit station is the first to be installed outside of a building that’s not a bike shop. It lives outside the Anacostia Arts Center and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for passerby to use to repair their bikes.
WABA staffers, volunteers, and those involved with making the Expo happen had ample time to chat with people who dropped into the Anacostia Arts Center. We heard from a number of residents that they bike or are interested in biking, because it’s a low-cost, easy way to get around. And attendees of the panels and workshops came away from the Expo with a larger knowledge base of what it takes to make biking better, especially east of the river.
The Cap City Bike Expo was the final activity funded under this year’s East of the River grant. Many thanks to the employees of CH2M Hill for donating the Fixit station and to BicycleSpace, Capitol Hill Bikes, and Velocity Co-Op for donating bikes as raffle prizes. Maryland Park Bikes, the Bike House, City Bikes, Capitol Hill Bikes, Velocity Co-Op, Bicycle Space, Phoenix Bikes, the Daily Rider, Honfleur Gallery, ARCH, Congress Heights on the Rise, and the Anacostia Arts Center contributed their staff’s time and expertise to the Expo (including by fixing bikes!). Our awesome volunteers helped make the event run perfectly.
See more photos of the Expo below the jump, and continue to read our blog for updates on the East of the River program. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you ready for bikes, beer, and holiday cheer? Come celebrate the holidays and a year of great bike advocacy work at our annual party! Every year, we convene our members, area bike lovers, WABA staff and board members, and anyone else interested in what we do to enjoy each other’s company (and give cheers to living in a region that’s becoming increasingly bike-friendly).
When: Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013 from 7-11 p.m.
Where: Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Price: Please bring a $5 donation—it’ll help fund another year of advocacy, education, and outreach.
RSVP: See the Facebook page
Who: WABA members! If you aren’t a member, join today or join at the door next week.
Lend a hand with the party and work your way toward a WABA membership (volunteer three times, and you’re a member). Sign up here to volunteer.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Getting There: We’ll set up temporary bike parking in the park across 22nd Street from Bier Baron. Please bring your own u-lock. Bier Baron is a short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro and Bikeshare stations.
Food and Drink: Bier Baron has over 500 beers available as well as food.
Raffle: We’ve got three prizes to raffle off: a tune-up at a local bike shop, a gift certificate for a full-day bike rental or guided tour for two from Bike and Roll, and dinner for two at Beau Thai. All attendees will receive one raffle ticket at the door, and additional tickets can be purchased for $1.
Costumes: We’ll give you an extra raffle ticket if you’re in a holiday costume, or your holiday best.
You asked for more organized ride events, and we heard you: We’re proud to present the first-ever Cider Ride on Dec. 7.
Three route lengths are available, two of which (the Honeycrisp, 60 miles, and McIntosh, 30 miles) will take riders out of D.C. and to Queen Anne Farm near Bowie, Md. A third (the Gala, 15 miles) will remain within D.C. WABA will provide snacks and handwarmers and throw a great afterparty, the Cider Celebration, at Canal Park’s Park Tavern. The ride starts at Canal Park.
The Cider Ride is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Queen Anne Farm for hosting the cider stop; Canal Park in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood for hosting the start location; Park Tavern for its tremendous hospitality in hosting the Cider Celebration; Heat Pax Warmers for its generous donation to keep our riders toasty; Murray Cider Company for donating fresh cider for all riders; Kaleena Porter for the awesome Cider Ride graphics.
This Saturday is the Cap City Bike Expo!
The Expo, which will be held at the Anacostia Arts Center, will present great art, entertainment, and displays from local bike shops. In addition, the Expo will encourage input from those who live and bike east of the river about how things could be improved for cyclists, or how things could be made easier for those who are interested in biking.
We’re in need of volunteers for both morning and afternoon shifts to help make the Expo run smoothly. Are you available? See more details and sign up to volunteer here.
WABA’s Women & Bicycles program will host a workshop about street harassment in conjunction with Collective Action for Safe Spaces on Wed., Nov. 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant library (3160 16th St. NW).
Zosia, CASS’ lead outreach coordinator and the workshop’s facilitator, says:
“If you’re woman-identifying in DC, you’re probably familiar with the behaviors that qualify as street harassment — lewd gestures, sexual comments, following, and unwanted touching, ranging from the humiliating to the threatening.
Avoiding this kind of behavior and staying safe can be an unacknowledged reason that many of us hop in the saddle to become urban cyclists. Still, as empowering and fun as cycling can be, it comes with a unique set of harassment-related challenges that can be just as frustrating or scary as the stuff that happens when we’re on foot.
This workshop will introduce prevention and empowerment strategies that can be used by people who experience sexual harassment in public, both on and off bicycles.
We’ll give you some tools to respond assertively to harassers and to be active bystanders when you observe others being harassed. We’ll also discuss ideas for mobilizing your friends, family, and community to change the culture and end public sexual harassment and assault.”
Capacity is limited. Please RSVP here and arrive early.
You love bike rides. We love throwing great events that get more people on bikes. Our signature, organized yearly rides, the Vasa Ride and 50 States and 13 Colonies, always sell out. So we’re excited to announce a new one for 2013: The Cider Ride. Registration is open now!
The first-ever Cider Ride is on Sat., Dec. 7. It begins at D.C.’s Canal Park at the Capital Riverfront and takes riders through Maryland’s back roads to Queen Anne Farm in Glenn Dale, Md. (near Bowie) for warm cider and fall treats. Back in D.C., the ride will conclude at Park Tavern, part of Canal Park, for a cider celebration.
Three ride lengths are available: the Honeycrisp (about 60 miles), McIntosh (about 35 miles), or Gala (about 15 miles).
Read below the jump for more details on the Cider Ride. You can register here now.
WABA’s East of the River grant will wrap up its season with the first-ever Cap City Bike Expo on Sat., Nov. 16 at the Anacostia Arts Center (1231 Good Hope Road SE). The expo will include a bike-vendor marketplace, musical acts DJ Underdog and DJ Native Sun, games, a photobooth, a raffle, crafts, bike art, and panels discussing bike mobility in and around wards 7 and 8. It will also mark the official launch of the Black Thumbs Collective, a grassroots effort to empower east of the river residents with basic bike repair skills.
Local bike shops will be at the Expo showing off their products and providing mechanical expertise to attendees. Come ready to talk about the role of bikes and bike shops in your community! Childcare will be provided. The Cap City Bike Expo is free! RSVP here.
The Montgomery County Thanksgiving parade is on Sat., Nov. 23, and you’re invited to join District 5 Councilmember Valerie Ervin—on your bike! RSVP here now!
Councilmember Ervin has been a vocal supporter for bicycling in Montgomery County, and will show off her commitment to riding bikes for transportation in the parade. Participants interested in biking with Ervin should plan to meet at 9 a.m. in the Town Square garage.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Town Square garage (Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring), travels up Ellsworth Drive, turns left on Georgia Avenue, and ends after a left turn onto Silver Spring Avenue. It will be televised. For more information about the parade, see this flyer, directions, a map, and reminders to units.
Participants should meet at 9 a.m. in the Town Square garage in assembly spot B33. Prepare to march for about 20 minutes up Ellsworth Drive and down Georgia Avenue. Ervin’s office will provide T-shirts, giveaways for the crowd, and light refreshments prior to the parade.
For those that are driving, please note that there is no parking in the Town Square Garage. Arrive early (between 7:30 and 8 a.m. before the streets start closing) to park at the Fenton Street lot. (Another situation where biking is easier!).