Celebrating 15 Years of 50 States

On Saturday, September 8th, WABA hosted the 50 States Ride!

Despite wet weather predictions, hundreds of riders joined us to pedal one of three routes and explore the District by bike! While the rain eventually did materialize, it did nothing to dampen spirits—riders made their way around the city, ticking off state-named avenues one by one on the 50 States, Route 66, and 13 Colonies routes. Afterward, participants celebrated the ride’s 15th year at Mellow Mushroom, collected a free drink and t-shirt, and basked in the glow of the day’s accomplishments—and plenty of hills.

To all the riders: thank you for supporting WABA! Like all signature rides, the proceeds from the 50 States Ride directly fund the hard work that WABA is doing to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. Your support helps us advocate for better trails and more bike lanes. Thank you.

If you want to get more involved with WABA, sign up for our advocacy alerts, join us for a City Cycling class, or volunteer at an event. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the Cider Ride on November 3rd!

We’ve collected some photos from the ride below, but, first, a final shoutout to our sponsors:

Enjoy these highlights from this year’s 50 States Ride!

 

What’s new with 50 States?

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WABA’s legendary 50 States Ride. First started in 2003, the 50 States Ride holds many superlatives. It’s WABA’s longest-standing signature event. It’s WABA’s biggest and most popular ride. It’s a local institution, coming in at #1 in Andrea Sieger’s “111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss”. For anyone new to the ride, it’s best described as an “urban scavenger hunt, by bike”.

The 50 States Ride is a well-loved tradition, but we think there’s room for some updates to keep things interesting. So, this year, we’ll be adding a few new features:

Route 66: If you’ve already registered, you saw that we’ve added a third route option. Route 66 is a 35-mile route that tours the eight streets named for states that the original US Route 66 passed through. You’ll ride these states in geographical order, east to west, without riding on any other state streets in the District. Route 66 is a middle distance option between the two classic routes, 50 States and 13 Colonies. But, don’t worry, there are still plenty of hills. Welcome to the new American road trip! We hope you enjoy it.

“State Style” Costume Contest: With Tour de Fat not coming to DC this year, there’s a vacuum where silliness on bikes is concerned. We want to recapture some of that silliness, so we’re running a contest: dress up in a costume, show off your style, or highlight your wacky or unique bike. The theme is *states*, so you can choose to show off your home state, or you can interpret the theme more broadly: state of mind, stately, etc. Full costumes may or may not be your thing—full costumes, team tutus, helmet decorations, or a simple state-themed jersey are all welcome*.

Rules: To enter the contest, just post a picture of yourself, all costumed up, during the ride to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, with #statestyle #50statesride by 6pm on the day of the ride. We’ll decide on the best costume, and the winner will get a free one-year membership, a 50 States VIP cycling cap, and a social media shoutout that will bring them everlasting fame and fortune.

*Please don’t dress up as anything offensive. This contest is for fun, and we’d really hate for you to bring the mood down for other people.

Scavenger Hunt: The 50 States route has always been a bit of a scavenger hunt. You explore the city, get lost, and find your way again, seeing new places in the city along the way. But unless you have the world’s greatest sense of direction, you don’t always really know where you are, or anything about the place. We want to give you the chance to know the District even better and add another level of fun—through an actual scavenger hunt! The hunt will be included in your cue sheet booklet. It’s totally optional, but it will be a fun way to connect with the neighborhoods you’re riding through.

Here’s to the next 15 years of riding 50 States!

That’s a wrap for the Vasa Ride (plus photos!)

On Saturday, April 7th, WABA hosted the Last Vasa Ride! Riders joined us for a wonderful spring ride and celebrated the, ah, “wonderful spring weather” with blueberry soup and meatballs at REI afterwards. It was cold, but the cherry blossoms in full bloom, Swedish treats, and vibrant community brought warmth to the day.

To all the riders that attended: thank you for supporting WABA! Like all signature rides, the proceeds from the ride directly fund the hard work that WABA is doing to make bicycling better for everyone in the region. Your support helps us advocate for better trails and more bike lanes. Thank you.

If you want to get more involved with WABA, sign up for our advocacy alerts, join us for a City Cycling class, or volunteer at a spring event. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride in September!

We’ve collected some photos from the ride below, but, first, a final shoutout to our sponsors:

 

Come to the River: Anacostia River Festival!

The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom which means the Anacostia River Festival, one of the District’s biggest annual festivals, is right around the corner! Rivers, trails, bike rides – all the elements for a great weekend. We have a number of ways you can join us for the fun – at one event, or all of them!

Monday, April 9th

Crafting for Anacostia River Festival Bike Parade
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

We’re teaming up with Project Create DC to host a bike craft night for the annual bike parade. We’ll be making river-themed versions of the DC flag so come with your best ideas for local river wildlife flags! Felt and materials provided.

More details and let us know you’re coming

Saturday, April 14th

Anacostia River Festival Cleanup
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Help make the big day a success by joining us the day before the Festival for a massive trash removal effort and park cleanup! We’re joining Anacostia Riverkeeper so we should have a decent crowd of folks. We’d all prefer that our watershed not have trash in the first place, but second best is a fun morning with great folks making a tangible impact to prettify our public space.

More details and let us know you’re coming

Sunday, April 15th

Ride Along The River with WABA
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the Anacostia River is gorgeous. Join us for a ride that celebrates spring! Come explore the beautiful Anacostia River Trail with us, enjoy a great ride, and we’ll end up at the Anacostia River Festival as a group.

More details and let us know you’re coming

Anacostia River Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The big day! 10,000 people, boat tours, crafts, hammocks, and free bike valet. It’s a great afternoon in the park at the Anacostia River Festival. Bring your family and friends and spend the day with us!

More details

Volunteer at the Festival with WABA
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The Anacostia River Fest is a huge outreach day for WABA and our booth is busy all day. To pull off all the fabulous programming and get more people biking on the Anacostia River Trail and beyond, we’re going to need some help!

Volunteers will be supported by WABA staff, including the Trail Ranger team. The main role for volunteers will be cheerfully greeting Festival-goers, promoting WABA and biking, and answering questions.

More details and let us know you’re coming

Bike Your Heart Out at DC Bike Ride

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

We’re so excited to announce the headliner of the DC Bike Ride Finish Festival: get ready to gear up for some go-go music with DC’s own legendary Trouble Funk and DJ Little Bacon Bear!

 

 

DC Bike Ride is DC’s only closed-road, car-free, recreational bike ride. Join us in celebrating what makes DC, DC: the people, the culture, the music, and the joy of biking around a beautiful city.

The third annual DC Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, May 19 and feature a 20-mile scenic route with absolutely no cars (or you can opt for the 6-mile short cut course). Registration is filling up fast and the price increases on April 1.

WABA Members and supporters can register now using the promo code WABALOVE to receive $5 off standard registration until April 1.

register now!

Why join DC Bike Ride? Because it’s going to be really fun, it’s your only chance to bike the streets of DC on completely car-free roads, it’s family-friendly and for all biking abilities, and it raises support for WABA’s street safety work around Vision Zero.

Register now!

You’re invited: WABA Member Holiday Party!

 

When: Wednesday, December 13th, 6-9pm

Where: Bar Roubaix, 1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (former location of Acre 121)

Who: WABA members (don’t worry, you can join at the door!)

RSVP: Join the Holiday Party event on Facebook and invite your WABA friends

All WABA members are invited to join the WABA Staff, Board of Directors, and your fellow WABA members on Wednesday, December 13th at Bar Roubaix in Columbia Heights for an evening of bicycle cheer.

Come eat, drink, and be merry with us in celebration of this year’s successes and mingle with fellow WABA members. The party is free and there will be drink specials available for you to purchase at the bar.

Bar Roubaix (a new, bicycle themed bar!) has generously agreed to match the first $1,000 you donate to WABA at the party! And, 20% of the proceeds from the night go to WABA, so come ready to support better bicycling and enjoy some drinks!

Want to volunteer to help sell WABA merchandise and keep the night running smoothly? Sign up here.

This party is for WABA members (don’t worry, you can join at the door). WABA is a member-supported nonprofit organization and your yearly membership dues and donations fund our ongoing advocacy, education, and outreach work. We can’t do this without your financial investment. If you have friends who are not WABA members, bring them and encourage them to join at the party! And, if you’re not sure if you’re a current dues-paying member, email membership@waba.org or check a recent email from WABA—there will be a note at the bottom.

Questions? Email events@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 x218.

Tour de Fat cancelled due to dangerous weather

Live from the waterfront

As you might have seen on social media, Tour de Fat has been cancelled due to some dangerous weather.

We’re bummed we don’t get to party with you today.

Tour de Fat is a big goofy party, but the work it funds is serious and important—safer bike lanes, better bike laws, a more connected trail network, and better education programming for everyone who uses our roads.

Can you chip in a some of that weekend beer money and help us keep working to make your bike ride better?

$10 $25 $100

We really appreciate it. Stay safe in this crazy weather!

Let’s go for a ride soon,

—Your friends at WABA.

PS: If you purchased tickets, keep an eye out for an email from New Belgium Brewing about next steps.

Top Five Reasons To Go To Tour de Fat

 

Here are our top five reasons why YOU should come to Tour de Fat on Saturday, July 22nd.

1. It’s really, really fun! And you get 20% off on WABA jerseys.

Tour de Fat is WAY more fun than sitting on your couch, sitting in the grass, or sitting on a bar stool. You get to enjoy good craft beers for only $5, dance to some live rocking blues, and soak in the sun with all your closest bicycle-loving friends. On top of that, you’ll be able to buy WABA jerseys 20% off the day of the event!

2. It builds more bike lanes.

Tour de Fat is a big fundraiser for WABA (our biggest) and raises the equivalent of an entire full-time advocacy staff member. This means that when you come and enjoy a couple New Belgium Brewing beers, you are essentially funding the construction of more bike lanes and protected infrastructure around the DC region. That’s pretty darn incredible! (Note that WABA doesn’t plan, build, or install bike lanes ourselves. But we do a good deal of advocating on the grassroots level, weighing in on plans, tracking plans, providing testimony and meeting with elected officials, and organizing neighborhood-level campaigns to ensure accountability on bike plans. (Learn more about what your beer will support at waba.org/advoacacy)

3. You get to be your crazy, wacky self.

Come on, we know that crazy and wacky is in there somewhere. Let loose, forget your worries, dance like no one’s watching, wear the weirdest costume you can get your hands on.

4. There’s really good cheep beer.

This is one of the only places where you’ll find really good beer for only $5! New Belgium Brewing Company sponsors the Tour de Fat and they go all out stocking the event with cans of multiple varieties of their Colorado-based beer. Rumor has it there will be 18 (EIGHTEEN!) different types of New Belgium beer!

5. Sunshine. Friends. Soul music.

Soak up the sunshine with a smile while enjoying a cold brew outside with your closest friends. Boogie to  Vintage Trouble as they serenade you with bluesy rock and roll and soul music. Basically, the most perfect summer day ever.

 

Get tickets

Don’t miss out—get your Tour de Fat tickets today!

 

Tour de Fat is only three days away!

If you haven’t purchased tickets, now is your chance:

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Great, so now that you’ve got your tickets. Read on for how to best prepare for the craziness that is the Tour de Fat:

  • Wear a costume: Though not required, it’s strongly encouraged that you wear a fun costume. It can be anything from 80’s inspired neon color track shorts and tall socks, overalls and a cowboy hat, last year’s Halloween costume, or even just your pajamas! The goofy costumes help everyone break out of their shells, let loose, and have a good time.
  • Share the festivities: Charge up your smart phone or bring a camera and document the festivities. Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #tourdefat and #bikedc to share with the greater community. And don’t forget to mention @wabadc.
  • Bring your friends: Craziness is always best when shared… or come alone!  Tour de Fat is a great place to make new friends.
  • Exercise your grin: Get ready to smile for an entire day. Do some smiling exercises. You’re going to be laughing a lot!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: Don’t forget to put on sunscreen before you head out. Even though the festival is now in the evening, you could still get some sunburn at 4pm. Wear light clothing, to keep you cool. And bring a water bottle with you. There will be water stations to refill.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the show!
When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4-9pm
Location:136 N St SE, Washington, DC (exciting new venue!)
Tickets: Buy your tickets here (your last chance!)

FRIDAY: Tour de Fat Battle of the Bands

Can’t wait until “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” to show your support for WABA by listening to great music while drinking great beer?

Come check out New Belgium Brewing’s Battle of the Bands this Friday at Penn Social! Local bands Stone Driver (DC) and The Muddy Crows (Silver Spring) will be battling for the chance to play with Vintage Trouble at “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” on July 22nd. You vote with your dollar (while supporting WABA!) to send the winner to the Tour de Fat stage!

Join us!

Show your support for the band you like best by putting a donation in their tip jar. The band with the most cash at the end of the night wins and will play at “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” with Vintage Trouble! The best part is, all the cash will be donated directly to WABA to support better bicycling in our region!

Penn Social
801 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Friday, July 7th at 8pm

RSVP