This Thursday’s Block Party With Your PALs!

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Want to reach your
Destination faster?
Be a PAL
Avoid disaster!

Join us for our next PAL Block Party and show off our Burma Shave signs!  We’ll be holding our awesome series of signs at the intersection of Lee, Old Dominion, Military and Quincy.

Join us for 20 minutes or full the full 2 hours. It will be a good time. After the event, we’ll ride up the road a little and get a beer at Cowboy Cafe.

Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Hope to see you there,
Pete.


BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a social contract that everyone is following the rules and paying attention. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful.

The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

Thank you New Belgium for an amazing Tour de Fat!

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Now that everyone has recovered from spending an entire Saturday saturated with bicycles, beers and bemusement, we want to say a truly heartfelt THANK YOU to New Belgium Brewing for bringing the Tour de Fat bicycle festival to Washington, DC for the fourth year in a row. We are very excited to announce that the DC Tour de Fat raised $65,000 for local bicycle non-profits!!!

WABA is very grateful for New Belgium’s support for making the Washington, DC region a better place to ride a bike. Check out New Belgium’s recap of the DC Tour de Fat here.

And also a big thank you to everyone who attended the Tour de Fat, rode in the group ride, brought a friend or family member with you, enjoyed a beer (or two) and helped us to raise a tremendous amount of money 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 Advocates 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.

The Tour de Fat was an amazing way to wrap up this year’s Bike Month!

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:

Tour de Fat is 3 weeks away!

The coolest bicycle festival you will ever go to is just three weeks away. The Tour de Fat will be held on Saturday, May 30th at Yards Park in DC. What’s even cooler? The free festival, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, raises a ton of support for WABA and other local bicycle non-profits! So come out and celebrate with us.

If you can’t wait for the big day, the good folks at New Belgium have a bunch of chances to celebrate and get in the Tour de Fat spirit between now  and May 30th. (P.S. We saved the best for last, so make sure to check out the whole list!):

This rad DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year!   (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

This DC bicyclist traded in her CAR for a BICYCLE at the Tour de Fat last year! (Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing.)

Tour de Fat Trivia, Wednesdays at Stoney’s L Street: Swing by after work for Tour de Trivia featuring weekly New Belgium prize packs for the winning team.  New Belgium beers will be featured at $4 pints and $14 pitchers.  Prizes include bicycle 6 pack holders, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and much more!

Rolle Bolle Party, Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm at Vendetta Lounge on H Street NE: Come get a taste of our Belgian roots as New Belgium Brewing takes over the bocce courts with the traditional bocce-like game played in Belgium – Rolle Bolle!  They’ll teach you to play and give away NBB shwag and VIP tickets to Tour de Fat!

H Street Country Club DC Bike Party after-party, Wednesday, May 13 from 10-11:30pm at H Street County Club: Again New Belgium is partnering with DC Bike Party with beer specials and shwag giveaways.  Join a slew of other bike enthusiasts on the ride departing from Dupont Circle as it takes you through this month’s unique DC route. (WABA will be at the start location of DC Bike Party to tell folks about the Tour de Fat, so give us a high five if you see us there!)

WABA and New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Pre-Party & Volunteer Party, Thursday, May 28th from 6-9pm at Churchkey on 14th St NW: WABA and New Belgium are keeping tradition rolling with our annual Volunteer Party/Pre-Party at Churchkey equipped with a raffle for a New Belgium cruiser bike, VIP tickets to Tour de Fat and more. The cruiser bike will be raffled off at 9pm.  All proceeds from raffle sales support WABA!!  For you beer nerds, the beer list will feature 5 unique cask beers, in addition to 15 other New Belgium staples and rarities. All Tour de Fat volunteers (you know who you are – and volunteers are still needed, so sign up here) will get a beer at the party courtesy of New Belgium.

Tour de Fat Pre-Show, Friday, May 29th from 5:30-8:30pm at Yards Park, DC: You didn’t know there was a pre-show?! The Tour de Fat Carnies will be showcasing a few of their performances along with the bands performing. Come hang out for the Yards Park Friday night concert series, enjoy a beer (WABA will be there selling brews!) and get a little free, live entertainment before the big day – make sure you come back on Saturday when the party really happens!

THE TOUR DE FAT! Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 5:00pm at Yards Park, DC: Here’s the deal – New Belgium is generous enough to put on an amazing show for all of us that’s bike themed and free, plus there’s really good craft beer for sale for just five bucks and all proceeds benefit WABA. There’s interactive games, a bicycle pit, a kids play area, a bike ride, soul music from Charles Bradley, fried chicken and pizza, and unlimited high-fives. You just have to come experience the fun for yourself!

We’re also still recruiting volunteers to help us make this amazing bicycle festival happen!

Sign up to Volunteer

We will see you at the Tour de Fat!!

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
NoMa BID
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
BicycleSPACE
Bikenetic
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!