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!
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.
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.
If 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.
Sunday’s Family Biking Town Hall provided us with lots of important feedback on how WABA can better integrate family biking priorities in our events, outreach, education, and advocacy work. Thanks so much to the WABA supporters and family biking aficionados who were able to join us!
If you have suggestions on how WABA can make our region a better place for families to ride, please click here to complete our short survey by January 1st.
One of the new protected bike lane installed this year by DDOT on M St NE.
At a celebration and press event on Wednesday morning, the District Department of Transportation will celebrate a record breaking year of bike lane installation. In 2014, DDOT has installed nine miles of on-street bike lanes, including almost two miles of protected bike lanes. DDOT Director Matthew Brown and Associate Director Sam Zimbabwe will be in attendance with agency employees from planning, engineering and maintenance divisions.
The 2006 Bike Master Plan outlined a ten year plan to install a network of bike lanes city wide. The plan set an ambitious target of 10 miles of new bike lanes per year. Since 2006, DDOT has planned and painted 69 miles of marked bike lanes in all eight wards of the city. While DDOT hasn’t quite hit the lofty goal of 10 mile per year, the agency deserves a tremendous amount of credit for their hard work and commitment to improving biking so far. And the efforts have paid off; everyday bike commuting rates in DC have quadrupled in the last decade as our streets become safer and more enjoyable for biking.
The recently released Move DC plan and the accompanying two-year action agenda set a goal of 7.5 miles of new bike lanes, many of which will be protected bike lanes, for 2015 and 2016.
Bike Lane Event Details
WHEN: Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
WHERE: Southwest Corner of 4th and Independence Avenue, SW (Google Map)
Roll into work a little late tomorrow morning and thank DDOT for their hard work this year — we hear there might be cool swag giveaways too.
“Damp but undaunted” was certainly the theme for this year’s Cider Ride. With a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday’s Cider Ride, we were impressed by the number of bicyclists who came out to the ride start at Mattie Stepanek Park in Rockville.
WABA wants to thank each and every one of those riders for braving the cold and rainy conditions and we hope you enjoyed the ride and the hot cider. We heard from many of you that it was worth it!
Thank you so much to the City of Rockville for their support in this ride and for providing the park as the start location. Thank you to Gene at Kingsbury’s Orchard for his very generous support of the ride by donating the cider and providing a dry place for our riders to rest. And thank you to Revolution Cycles of Rockville for providing bicycle support to the Honeycrisp riders at the ride start and the pit stop.
Join us next year as we hold the third-annual Cider Ride in the Fall of 2015 (and fingers crossed it will be a very DRY day!). Each year the Cider Ride will feature a new scenic tour of the region’s back roads, country roads, agricultural lands and farm sites that are accessible by bike, so stay tuned to find out where the Cider Ride will take you next time.