ANNOUNCING: DC Bike Ride – Let’s Celebrate Life on Two Wheels

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

17 MILES. CAR-FREE STREETS.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, D.C. is becoming a better bike region everyday. We’ve been hinting about a brand new riding tradition coming to the city on May 22nd but we can no longer keep the secret to ourselves. We’re beyond excited to finally announce the Inaugural DC Bike Ride (DCBR)!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR WABA MEMBERS: $48 FOR 48 HOURS!

We’ve cleared the roads! You clear your calendar. For 48 hours BEFORE registration opens the general public, DCBR invites WABA members to be the first to register for the Ride, at a special discounted rate. This deal won’t last long, prices will increase February 3.  If you’re a WABA Member, check your email. You’ll have a code that allows you to participate in this special pre-registration. If you’re not a WABA member, JOIN RIGHT NOW and we’ll send you a code within a few minutes.

GREAT PEOPLE

Our city has one of the biggest and most welcoming biking communities in the country, and you’re part of it. DCBR gives you the chance to connect with fun-loving active types, just like you! D.C.’s biking culture is something to be proud of – let’s celebrate life on two wheels!

GREAT PLACES

Tell your riding buddies to get ready. The biggest cycling event of the year is almost here. Cruise the city at your own pace. Just you (and your friends), 17 miles of car-free streets and some of the most iconic sights in the world. Ride past everything from the Washington Monument and the Pentagon to the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. All culminating with a huge post ride festival in front of the United States Capitol.

GREAT PURPOSE

We’re bringing people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love. Proceeds from DCBR will benefit WABA in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of D.C’s Vision Zero Campaign. Learn more here.

GREAT PARTY

End your epic journey at the DCBR finish line festival in front of the Capitol on America’s Main Street with great food, music and drinks! More information to come on DCBikeRide.com.

JOIN THE RIDE TODAY AT DCBIKERIDE.COM

To find out more about the DC Bike Ride, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the conversation by using #DCBR. Circle May 22nd on your calendar, because this year’s National Bike Month is going to be the best one yet!


WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.
You should sign up. It’s going to be great. 

Stay Tuned For A New Springtime Tradition

A guest post from one of our partners:

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WABA friends – there’s never been a better time to ride a bike in the D.C. region! In the last year we’ve seen everything from a visible increase in bike lanes to Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Action Plan, and D.C. was named Walk Score’s Most Bikeable City of 2015! Biking around town is on it’s way to becoming a truly safer, more reliable, more fun form of transportation for everyone.

So it’s about time we celebrate! Mark your calendars! On May 22nd, we’re bringing a new riding tradition to our biking community inspired by a previous beloved event. While we can’t share all the details with you just yet, we can tell you a few things about it. We promise you that not only is it going to be one of the biggest events on two wheels, but it’s also going to celebrate the people, places, and our region’s riding culture. 

No matter what type of bike you ride, no matter your experience level or your age, this event will be a springtime must for you and all of your friends and family.

As a WABA member, you are a crucial supporter of the regional bike movement, so on February 1st WABA members will get first access to register – and at a discount! Keep a close eye on Twitter and Facebook for more hints and circle February 1st on your calendar because you won’t want to miss this!

To be safe, go ahead and sign up for the event updates.

Second Annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

You are cordially invited to join WABA for our second annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust building in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

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The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

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As part of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards, we want YOUR OPINIONS! (And we know that some of you are very opinionated, so now is your chance.)

We want you to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today!

Nominations will be open until 4:30pm on Friday, February 5th.

The awards event, along with WABA’s Annual Members Meeting, will take place on Thursday, February 25th, during which we will party and recognize all of the winners.

(You can read more details about the nomination and voting process on the event page here.)

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.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Awards event. Guests and nominees for the Awards event should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30pm. The awards presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

The Annual Members Meeting will take place prior to the Awards event. 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 7:15pm.

Nominate for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

 

WABA and goDCgo to host “Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 101” webinars

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The 2016 Bike to Work Day will take place on Friday, May 20th. In gearing up for the best Bike to Work Day ever, WABA is working to strategically recruit a few additional pit stops around the region where there is a need. You can see a map of 2016 pit stops here. Bike to Work Day is an annual event that celebrates bicycling region-wide with more than 80 pit stops throughout the Metropolitan Washington region.

Are you, or is your business or employer interested in being a part of Bike to Work Day by hosting and managing an official pit stop in DC, MD or VA?

WABA and goDCgo, in coordination with Commuter Connections, are holding webinars on Jan 28th & Feb 3rd for interested or potential new pit stop mangers. Please RSVP here for the January 28 webinar, or here for the February 3 webinar.

Pit stops offer free refreshments for bicyclists, fun activities and/or entertainment, engagement with local business, raffles, and of course the opportunity to pick up a free BTWD t-shirt. These “Pit Stop 101” webinars will talk about the purpose of Bike to Work Day pit stops, explain the responsibilities and logistics that go into hosting/managing one, and share tips and best practices from veteran pit stops.

The purpose of the webinars is to provide a forum to educate potential new pit stop managers, spread the word about Bike to Work Day, and make new connections and relationships that could help grow BTWD in a strategic and meaningful way.

The Bike to Work Day Pit Stop 101 webinars will take place on Thursday, January 28th from Noon-1:00 pm, and Wednesday, February 3rd from 4:00-5:00 pm.

If you have any questions in advance about either webinar, please email events@waba.org.


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Webinar Details:

Pit Stop 101 Webinar #1: January 28th, 12-1:00pm. Sign up here. 

Pit Stop 101 Webinar #2: February 3rd, 4-5:00pm. Sign up here.

WABA Ride Recap: The 2015 Cider Ride

Last weekend on Saturday, November 14th, WABA’s third annual Cider Ride took place. Check out the ride in photos below, and we hope you will join us in 2016 for next year’s Cider Ride.

And if YOU took any photos yourself, we encourage you to share them with us by adding them to the WABA Flickr pool.

The ride started at The Dew Drop Inn, a perfect spot in an old brewery along the train tracks in NE DC and right on the Met Branch Trail. The ride also finished at The Dew Drop Inn where beer was flowing and the bar was serving up grub to hungry riders – there was even a local bluegrass band, The Capitol Hillbillies! What’s even better is that several of the Capitol Hillbillies are lifetime WABA members.

From NE DC, The Cider Ride took cyclists to the Anacostia Tributary Trails and out toward Hyattsville and College Park, MD. Riders enjoyed hot cider and donuts at Proteus Bicycles at the first pit stop. From there, the 47-mile route riders continued on to Beltsville and down miles of farm roads, through the forests of the Patuxent Research Refuge, and wooded roads of Greenbelt Park. The riders enjoyed hot chocolate and pie at the second pit stop hosted by the City of Greenbelt at Buddy Attick Lake Park.

The Cider Ride did sell out this year, so make sure you register for the ride early in 2016!

A BIG BICYCLE THANK YOU to our ride partners who made the Cider Ride possible:

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Be part of a fun and welcoming community through rides and events

It’s our annual fall membership drive! We disrupt our regularly scheduled updates to urge you to join or renew with WABA today. 

Join or Renew right now!

We host WABA events to create a place for WABA Members and supporters to come together, one that’s safe and fun, and usually on two wheels!

Our staff may take on the logistics but it’s you, our members, that ensure our events and our community are more connected and vibrant. WABA members gain access to three signature rides each year: the Vasa Ride in March, the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride in September, and The Cider Ride in just a few weeks.

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The Vasa Ride and 50 States Ride are both open to WABA Members only as a member benefit, and the Cider Ride features a special pre-registration open to WABA members only so they can snag their spot early and at a discounted rate (oh hey! that pre-registration for the Cider Ride is happening right NOW!).

WABA holds other community and social events too, including: the Bicyclist Choice Awards, a way to celebrate the hard work and commitment to bicycling of many of our supporters and partners; Bike to Work Day, a region-wide event co-organized with Commuter Connections to encourage people to give commuting to work by bicycle a try and to celebrate those who already commute by bike; Tour de Fat, a tremendously fun and wacky bicycle festival with our friends from New Belgium Brewing that doubles as WABA’s largest fundraiser of the year; and social events like the WABA Member Holiday Party, Member Open Houses, and Member Appreciation Happy Hours.

Cider Ride 2013 - group shotWABA’s ride events are particularly special because of their welcoming sense of community, the support provided through WABA staff and volunteer ride marshals, and the opportunities ride participants have to make friends with other bicyclists. In the past three years, more than 2,100 individuals have registered for a WABA ride event.

Here’s just a few things that WABA members have said about our ride events:

“Thank you very much for putting together the 50 States Ride. That was an awesome adventure. I was really impressed with how well it was put together and how much support there was through the volunteers. I got a flat early on and one of the marshals helped with his pump. I was very grateful and tried to carry that gratitude to poeple I saw who were stuck also.”

And this:

My first time riding more than 40 miles in one day! I love it, even with the rain. It was awesome to be out with other riders all over DC! Can’t wait till next year!

Also this:

I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt more proud of myself for completing this event. I’m gonna where this t-shirt everywhere!

Finally:

I think this event, and the riders who participate, do a great job of being courteous city riders, and I think this ride, and more rides like it, are a great way to demonstrate that this behavior goes a long way in terms of safety and acceptance of cyclists on the roadway. Thanks WABA!!

Here’s our challenge to you:

If you’ve participated in a WABA event and enjoyed the ride, we urge you to show your appreciation for our community and give back to the organization that continues to work day in and day out to make the region a better place to ride a bike. Join WABA or renew your membership today.

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And if you’ve never participated in a WABA ride event, we encourage you to do so, to challenge yourself, to meet new friends, and to ride to new places. Registration for The Cider Ride on November 14th is now open to WABA members. Join us for a day of long open roads, warm cups of cider, and plates full of pie. And if you’re not yet a member, join this week during the membership drive so you can support WABA’s mission, get your super cool free t-shirt, and be eligible to sign up for The Cider Ride.

Meet & Greet with WABA’s New Executive Director

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director!

Come say hello to WABA’s Executive Director, Greg Billing. Greg has been with WABA for more than five years, most recently as WABA’s Advocacy Director, and became the organization’s Executive Director in August 2015. At this social event, WABA members and supporters will have the chance to mingle and chat with fellow bicyclists and WABA’s ED over drinks at REI’s Community Space at Wunder Garten. RSVP here.

The meet and greet will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 7th at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten in DC’s NoMa neighborhood at 150 M St NE, Washington, DC.

There are plenty of spaces for bike parking, and the NoMa metro station and Capital Bikeshare stations are right nearby. The beer garden space has tents and shelter, so the event will take place rain or shine. The event is open to anyone and we encourage you to invite your friends.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.

Find more info about REI’s Community Space here.