ARTCRANK DC is happening next week!

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WABA is super excited to announce that ARTCRANK DC is coming to town next week.

What is ARTCRANK, you ask? It’s a poster party for bike people.

Why does WABA want you to attend? Because WABA is the non-profit cause partner, so all funds raised from donations for brews (thank you to Oskar Blues for providing the craft beer!) help support our work to make bicycling better for YOU throughout the region. RSVP to the party on Facebook and invite your friends.

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ARTCRANK is an art show with FREE admission (yes, you heard that right, it’s a free party so don’t miss it) that features really neat, beautiful, and creative art prints designed and made by local DC artists. All prints are bike themed and will be for sale.

What: ARTCRANK DC bicycle-themed art show

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 4:00-10:00pm

Where: A venue called 1776, located at 1133 15th St NW in the Penthouse on the 12th floor (1776 is right on the 15th Street cycle track between the L St and M St cycletracks – so many cycletracks)

Admission: FREE! Donations will be gladly accepted at the bar for Oskar Blues beer (and proceeds raised through beer benefit WABA)

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: WABA needs volunteers to help the ARTCRANK team run the event and make it a huge success. Volunteers get a rad ARTCRANK t-shirt and two free beers.

Sign Up to Volunteer


More info about the ARTCRANK DC event can be found here on their Facebook page and here at the ARTCRANK website.

Announcing WABA’s Future Trails Celebration, Nov 15

It’s a party for trails!  Don’t miss out

Biking in the Washington area is easier and more popular than ever. Multi-use trails, like the W&OD, Anacostia Tributary, Capital Crescent, and Metropolitan Branch are a big part of that explosion, and it is high time we celebrate their success! On Saturday, November 15, join WABA, REI, and trail lovers from around the region for a free celebration of the biking and walking trails that connect our region. It’s a party for the whole family!

Join in the fun & Tell your friends!

Where:  The grassy field at First & Pierce Street NE in NoMa, DC
When:  Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Free!!

Come for music and food, a bike repair clinic, carnival games, face painting and bike fun!  Explore a great trail in the making, and discover the community links in your backyard.  Have some fun with interactive activities and win great raffle prizes, including a free registration on REI’s C&O Canal Overnight Cycling Tour!  And stick around for the release of WABA’s concept plan for the Arlington Boulevard Trail, which outlines a vision for the next regional bike trail project in Northern Virginia.

Bring a bike.  Bring the family.  Celebrate our trails!

Learn more, Then tell your friends

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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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.