We hope you enjoyed the blueberry soup!

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Hundreds of WABA members joined us at the House of Sweden last Sunday for the 2015 Vasa Ride. Riders chose from a 59-mile, 31-mile, or 16-mile ride. Although the weather was windy and chilly, the sun came out as the day progressed and ride participants returned to the house of Sweden exhausted, but with smiles on their faces, to enjoy the warm blueberry soup.

A huge thank you to the House of Sweden and the Swedish Embassy for hosting our Swedish-themed ride event for the 9th year in a row. And thank you to District Cycle Works for providing bike maintenance to riders at the start, and to KIND Snacks for donating granola bars.

The Vasa Ride is named after Sweden’s famous Vasaloppet, the world’s longest running cross-country ski race. The Vasaloppet ski race honors the trial of a renegade Swedish king who, in the 16th century, led the rebellion to free the country after a long pursuit on skis. For nearly a century, blåbärssopp—warm blueberry soup—has been served during the Vasaloppet to keep riders warm.

WABA’s Vasa Ride brings together riders from D.C., Maryland and Virginia and is a fundraiser ride to help support WABA’s work. When people participate in our rides, they fuel WABA’s mission to make riding a bike safer and more accessible for all.

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Check out photos from this year’s Vasa Ride below:

And the Nominees Are…..

2015 Washington Area Bicyclists Choice Awards

The Nominees for the 2015 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards have been revealed! The Nominees are:

Best New Bike Infrastructure in the District of Columbia in 2014:
Rhode Island Ave bridge (from Met Branch Trail to RI Ave Metro Station)
M Street protected bike lane
First Street NE protected bike lane

Best New Bike Infrastructure in Maryland in 2014:
MacArthur Boulevard repaving and bike path improvements
Woodglen Drive two-way protected bike lane in Montgomery County, MD
MARC train Bike Cars from DC to Baltimore
Prince George’s County Trolley Trail in Riverdale and Hyattsville, MD

Best New Bike Infrastructure in Virginia in 2014:
South Hayes Street protected bike lanes in Pentagon City/Arlington, VA
The Bikeometer in Rosslyn
King Street bike lanes in Alexandria, VA
South Eads Street protected bike lanes in Crystal City/Arlington, VA
Trail along Arlington Boulevard from Rolfe St to 10th

Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District
Crystal City BID
Downtown DC BID
Arlington, VA

Bike Friendlies Bar, Restaurant or Coffee Shop
Swings Coffee Roasters, Downtown DC
Big Bear Café, Bloomingdale, DC
Java Shack, Arlington, VA
District Taco, various locations in DC and VA

Bike Friendliest Developer or Property Manger
Potomac Yards
PN Hoffman (The Wharf at SW Waterfront)
Nationals Park
Flats at 130 in NoMa

Best Bike Shop
Proteus Bicycles
Spokes Etc.

Bike Friendliest School
School Without Walls High School, DC
The Children’s Garden preschool program in Arlington, VA
Washington & Lee High School, Arlington, VA

Bike Friendliest College or University
George Mason University
University of Maryland at College Park
George Washington University
Georgetown University

Best Shop Ride
BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia
Freshbikes Tuesday Night Ride
Proteus Pastry Ride
Bikenetic Sunday Ride

Best Use of Biking Data
Michael Schaede (MV Jantzten)’s Bikeshare Visualizions (like http://mvjantzen.com/tools/visualizer/)
Rosslyn Bikometer
Fastest Mode Map: (http://youarehere.cc/p/bestmode/washingtondc)
Freezing Saddles (http://freezingsaddles.com/)

Best Media Coverage of Biking
Gear Prudence for Washington City Paper
Martin DiCaro for WAMU
The Washington Post (multiple writers)

Best Social Ride
Kidical Mass (DC and Arlington)
Tweed Ride
DC Bike Party
BicycleSPACE’s 7th Street Social

Biggest Advocacy Win of 2014
Bike lanes on King Street in Alexandria
Passage of Virginia’s Three Foot Passing Law
Progress on Contributory Negligence in DC
Snow Removal on Arlington County Trails

Best Overall Trail or Bike Lane (anywhere in the region)
Mount Vernon Trail
15th Street protected bike lanes
Anacostia Tributary Trail System
W&OD Trail

Cast your vote for the winners here. Voting is intended for WABA Members. Not yet a member? Join today. Voting will close on Sunday, February 15th.

We hope you’ll join us on February 20th at the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards where we’ll announce the winners at the awards party. Anyone is welcome to attend the party and admission is free! Beer will be provided courtesy of Port City Brewing Company for a $5 donation. RSVP for the party here.

Join us at the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

In case you missed it, earlier this week we announced a brand new event!  Join us at the Washington Area Bicylists’ Choice Awards on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at the Thurgood Marshall Center building in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

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As part of the event, we need your participation to nominate and vote on the winners. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, February 2nd.

After nominations close, WABA members will be invited to vote. Voting will be open February 5th through February 15th. Winners will be announced and honored at the Awards event on the February 20th.

The Awards party will be a fun and social celebration of the people and places that make DC, Maryland, and Virginia great for bicycling. Admission to the event and appetizers are free, beer and wine a $5 suggested donation. Did we mention who’s hosting the event?!?! DC’s very own Brian McEntee (you know him as Gear Prudence, the funny bicycle columnist in Washington City Paper, and @SharrowsDC across the internet).

Anyone is welcome to attend the Awards and we ask that you please RSVP here. Guests and nominees for the Awards event should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30pm. The awards presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

This year, we are combining our Annual Members Meeting with the Awards event to hold them on the same evening. If you are a WABA member and are interested in participating in our Members Meeting and voting in our Board elections, please arrive by 6:30pm. The Members Meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:00pm.

Don’t forget to nominate, and we hope to see you there!


Photo Recap Of The Coldest-est Day Of The Year Ride

As biking becomes a more popular, more safe, and more normal form of transportation in our region, more people are giving winter commuting a try.

To encourage and celebrate more year-round biking our Women & Bicycles program partnered up with The Bike House to host the Coldest-est Day of The Year Ride.

Thanks to all who joined us, the marshals, the sunshine, and thanks Paul L. for documenting the coldest-est fun!



The Hains Point 100 raised over $8,000 for WABA!

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She did it! 300+ people did it! For a third year in a row Megan Jones coordinated and inspired the regional bike community to join together at Hains Point and ride in circles for 100 miles — in December. What a feat!

“I started the ride on a whim – as a personal challenge” Megan told us, “and then realized it could expand into a warm and welcoming atmosphere for my friends to come together and be active in a cold and dreary time. Three years later I can’t believe it’s grown to become such an awesome tool of encouragement and support. The ride is challenging and inspiring people who are new to biking – especially women. All that coupled with fundraising for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. It’s more than I could have ever imagined!”

Thank you to all those who rode, donated, or sponsored the Hains Point 100. WABA is so grateful. You helped contribute over $8,000 for our Women & Bicycles program! We will still need to continue the fundraising drive again in March.  But don’t worry, the program will continue until then. We were inspired by Megan and partnered up with The Bike House to host The Coldest-est Day of the Year Ride this Sunday.


The 2014 WABA Holiday Party in Photos

We threw our annual WABA Member Holiday Party on Monday. We had a festive group of bicycle riders, bicycle lovers and bike advocates for an evening about bike cheer, holiday tidings, and chatting about the region’s growth in bicycling and bike infrastructure. Check out photos from the party below.

A great big thank you to Smith Public Trust in Brookland for hosting our party and providing space for bike parking. And a huge bicycle thank you to all of our raffle sponsors for donating items and helping WABA raise funds that will help continue our work into the new year: BicycleSPACE, 9:30 Club, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Molly Fitzgerald, and our friends at City Bikes. We are so grateful for your support.


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This Sunday’s Third-Annual Hains Point 100!

7115887If you haven’t attempted to bike 33 continuous laps around Hains Point, then the Hains Point 100 is the best time to try!

Click here for information and to register.

If biking 100 miles isn’t tempting, then divide 100 miles among your friends, bike 100km, try 100 minutes, or maybe you just want to come out and cheer on the 200+ riders.

Whatever you decide,  there’s something for everyone at this event: a community potluck, photo booth, playground, an unbelievable pile of raffle prizes, and a few surprises! Plus all the proceeds go to our Women & Bicycles program.

Registration is an encouraged donation of anywhere between $10 and $1,000. Donate what you can to help fund next year’s Women & Bicycles program.

Thanks so much to organizer, Megan Jones and to all the support from the event sponsors.