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Join WABA next Friday, March 14th in celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Women & Bicycles Program.
We’ve replaced Bike Prom with a raucous evening of festivities. All funds go to support the 2014 Women & Bicycles’ season of workshops, meetups, rides, and Roll Models to inspire more women to bike. This is a co-ed party, but remember gals invite their dates!
You can expect bike parking, local DJ’s, dancing, bike-themed games, food and drink specials, awards, and some surprises along the way.
Sadie Hawkins Dance Party
Date: Friday, March 14th, 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 2:00am
Location: 1725 Columbia Rd NW
Ticket Price: $10 online, $15 at the door
The region’s largest celebration of getting to work on two wheels, Bike to Work Day, is Fri., May 16. Registration is now open.
The first 12,000 registrations will get the much sought-after Bike to Work Day T-shirt. But registrations also help provide a count of who’s commuting by bike. Even if you’re unable to ride to work on Bike to Work Day, we encourage you to register regardless. The more people we can count biking to work, the more we can demonstrate the need for better, safer infrastructure for cycling in the D.C. region.
Over 14,000 people registered for Bike to Work Day this year—a record-shattering count. Let’s make Bike to Work Day history again this year.
Each year, WABA has the privilege to lead the Congressional Ride, one of the final events of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. Bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from across the nation are invited to join us for a tour highlighting some of D.C.’s best cycling infrastructure and to hear what’s being planned for the future.
If you’re in town for the National Bike Summit or know someone who is, join us on Thurs., March 6th at 8:30 a.m. at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, right in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Helmets are required and Bike the Sites will provide bicycle rentals.
We also need ride marshals! If you’re a WABA-n, are comfortable riding in traffic with large groups, and have a few hours to help us out for a beautiful bike ride, please sign up here to volunteer as a ride marshal for the morning. The ride should only take about an hour and a half.
Arlington Drafthouse and Cinema will host a screening of Rising From Ashes this evening at 7:20 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Rising From Ashes , which has garnered critical acclaim from major publications and received awards at numerous independent film festivals, is described thusly:
Rising From Ashes is a joyous and uplifting independent film about the development of a national cycling team in Rwanda, a country still affected deeply by the genocide that tore the East African nation apart in 1994.
Two worlds collide when cycling legend Jacques “Jock” Boyer moves to Rwanda in 2006 to help a group of struggling survivors of the genocide to pursue their dream of creating a national cycling team. Members of the fledgling team were children left orphaned by the genocide a decade earlier. Their pasts are painful. As they set out against impossible odds, both Boyer – fighting his own past demons – and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their pasts through remarkable achievements, both big and small.
You can give back to WABA by drinking beer! Gordon Biersch Navy Yard and Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewery teamed up to make a bike-themed beer (true story: Gordon Biersch’s brewer transported the yeast for the beer from Ashburn to D.C. by bike), and are tapping it tomorrow night. One hundred percent of the proceeds from pints of the beer, called Gestalt, sold tomorrow night at the tapping party will celebrate WABA. Join us!
When: Tomorrow, Wed., Jan. 29; the party starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes till 8 p.m.
Where: Gordon Biersch Navy Yard (100 M St. SE, across the street from the Nationals baseball stadium)
Why: Because you love WABA, beer, and a chance to win cool prizes
Please RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.
What could you win in the raffle, you ask? Well…
Raffle prizes include: Face Plant IPA bike jerseys from Lost Rhino Brewing; frisbee golf discs from Lost Rhino Brewing; gift certificates to Lost Rhino Brewing and Gordon Biersch Navy Yard; Pace Sportswear cycling caps; light sets from Planet Bike; a handcrafted bicycle clock from New York bicyclist/clock maker 1.by.Liz; bicycle-themed t-shirts from local printers Clockwork Gears; light sets and a lock from Knog; a gift card for free bike tune-up at City Bikes and a City Bikes jersey; a Kryptonite lock set, a Topeak Trunkbag, a light set, and two Sunlite panniers from Annandale, Va.’s Cycle Hope; and custom wallets from Road Runner Bags.
Join us for a fundraising happy hour at the Navy Yard Gordon Biersch on Wed., Jan. 29! Gordon Biersch and Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company collaborated on the D.C. area’s first-ever “bike beer,” and we can’t wait to try it.
Gordon Biersch will be selling pints of the beer, named Gestalt (for the German word that indicates that the end result is greater than the sum of its parts—just like, you know, a bicycle). Pints are $5 during the happy hour and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to WABA. There will also be a raffle for some realllly cool stuff (raffle prizes listed at the bottom of the page!).
The event will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Gordon Biersch in Navy Yard (100 M St. SE). Bike parking will be provided next to the restaurant. Please RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook.
Gestalt is a true bike-friendly, collaborative effort. WABA staffers joined up with Gordon Biersch’s brewers to ride out to Lost Rhino (via the Mount Vernon, Custis, and W&OD trails) to pick up the yeast needed for the beer. The 65-mile round trip yielded an unfiltered, copper-colored altbier that’s brewed with American Mount Hood hops and German whole leaf Spalt hops. It combines old- and new-world ingredients for a prominent hop flavor and crisp, continental finish; its 6 percent ABV.
Can’t make it to the happy hour? You can still support WABA by drinking Gestalt! Gordon Biersch will donate $1 from every pint of Gestalt sold any day after our event until the batch runs out (that’ll take about four weeks).
RSVP now! We’ll see you at Gordon Biersch on Wed., Jan. 29.
Raffle prizes include: Face Plant IPA bike jerseys from Lost Rhino Brewing, Frisbee Golf Discs from Lost Rhino Brewing, gift certificates to both Lost Rhino Brewing and Gordon Biersch Navy Yard, Pace Sportswear cycling caps, light sets from Planet Bike, a handcrafted bicycle clock from New York bicyclist/clock maker 1.by.Liz, bicycle themed t-shirts from local printers Clockwork Gears, light sets and a lock from knog, and a gift card for free bike tune up at City Bikes and a City Bikes jersey.
Cycle Hope of Annandale, VA, has also donated a Kryptonite Kryptolok U lock, a Topeak Trunkbag that sits atop your rear rack, a light set, and two Sunlite waterproof panniers. Cycle Hope specializes in used bicycle sales and repairs and is located at 7229 B Little River Turnpike in Annandale, VA and can be reached by phone at 703-752-0311. Visit them at dcvintagecycles.com
On Dec. 12, WABA members filled up the Bier Baron in Dupont for a holiday celebration. Our yearly holiday party is a great way for our members to mingle with each other, and we loved welcoming new and old supporters alike. Your membership dollars directly support our advocacy, education, and outreach efforts. If you aren’t a member, join today!
Some photos from the holiday party made their way to Flickr. Did you take photos at the WABA holiday party? Add them to our Flickr group!
This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.
The Hains Point 100 is back for 2013! Here are 10 reasons you should ride 100 miles in circles around Hains Point on Dec. 22:
- It’s basically a choose-your-own-adventure ride. Start when you want. Ride as long as you want. Pause, snack, sprint, nap, and draft when you want.
- The route is riding in circles around Hains Point. It’s impossible to get lost or off-track and it’s unnecessary to have to rely on any kind of electronic device to find your away around.
- Did someone say potluck? You’re bringing snacks—brownies—right?
- Look at all the awesome ride sponsors! Must. Win. Raffle.
- You’ll ride with the finest of D.C.’s bike advocacy community, including all those people on Twitter you know only by icon, all those people from the forum you know only by signature, and all those people at advocacy meetings you know only by testimony. And you’ll bond over the fact that you’re still in D.C. three days before Christmas, riding your bike in circles in the wind around a peninsula.
- This is a locally organized, sustainable, homegrown, organic event, coordinated by one very dedicated supporter of the Women & Bicycles program.
- You’ll get bragging rights for riding (or attempting to ride) 100 miles around Hains Point.
- Riding 100 miles around Hains Point is a great opportunity to practice your counting. One hundred miles is 33 laps!
- Normalize winter riding!
- Your donations to the Hains Point 100 will help get more women on bikes. One hundred percent of the ride proceeds will be donated to WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, helping to fund another year of dedicated outreach.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of an all-age, all-experience level, all-joyful, only slightly delusional century: the Hains Point 100. For more information on the ride, please visit the event website, find it on Facebook, and follow Hains Point 100 on Twitter.
This entry is part of our Women & Bicycles Tips series. Women & Bicycles is WABA’s outreach and encouragement initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These tips certainly aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming and staffing. Click here to learn more and get involved.
Last month, Women & Bicycles teamed up with Collective Action for Safe Spaces to host a two-hour workshop about street harassments. Attendees were given a safe space in which to share stories and experiences, and CASS affiliates were on hand to demonstrate empowering response tactics. The event was covered by the Washington Post and Elevation DC. See some excerpts below.
From The Post‘s “How Should Bicyclists Handle Street Harassment? D.C. Area Groups Teach Empowerment Tactics” (from Nov. 29):
“As a woman, I’m constantly operating with the low-level fear that any man might attack me,” said Kate, a resident of the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington, who asked that her last name not be used because of safety concerns.
Once, a male cyclist pulled up alongside her on the C&O Canal towpath, presumably thinking she wanted company. He asked her to stop because he needed to urinate — not in the bushes, but on the trail, exposing himself for anyone to see. She sped away, but he chased her down. He asked her out; she declined.
“A lot of women start biking because it is empowering, but also because they can just get away from a situation,” said Zosia Sztykowski, 28, of Columbia Heights, the lead outreach coordinator for CASS, a grassroots organization dedicated to building awareness and ending sexual assault and harassment on the streets. The organization produces a blog that curates women’s experiences with street harassment. “A lot of people think street harassment happens just to them and that they’re alone,” she said.
Workshop participants were asked in an online survey about their experiences with street harassment and public transportation. “The most frequent type of street harassment seems to be having someone from a car or sidewalk shout rude and disrespectful things at you,” whether the victim’s on a bike or a pedestrian, one person said. A CASS study in May found that 90 percent of women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community had experienced some form of harassment while biking.
From Elevation DC’s “Fighting for Safer Streets for Women Bike Commuters” (Nov. 26):
For Nelle Pierson, like many women in D.C., the decision to become a bike commuter was partly for safety.
“For me, I feel infinitely better on a bike than I do on foot,” Pierson, the outreach and programs coordinator for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), tells Elevation DC. “There are streets I avoid on foot that I’d bike through in a heartbeat.”
Even so, Pierson has been catcalled on her bike too many times to count. And so on November 20 at the Mt. Pleasant Library, along with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), an organization that aims to end public sexual harassment in D.C., Pierson helped put on a workshop geared toward helping women cyclists in the district feel safer on the streets.
“The environment around a perpetrator can make a difference. It has the power, over time, to change culture.”
According to WABA, women only comprise a quarter of cyclists in D.C. Pierson says that in a survey of 49 women distributed by WABA before the event, more than two thirds said they have experienced street harassment while biking. Many women are harassed at least once a week. But 41 percent surveyed say there’s no safer mode of transportation in the city.
Are you ready for WABA’s first-ever Cider Ride? We’re certainly excited to host our first organized wintertime ride in recent memory, and can’t wait to see you on Saturday morning.
If you’re not terribly interested in braving 40-degree temperatures but do have a free Saturday, we’re in need of volunteers to help make the Cider Ride awesome.
Volunteers to help us set up and check in riders in the morning (from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.) and to help us run the post-ride cider celebration smoothly (from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.). Sign up to volunteer here.
Marshals for the medium (McIntosh, 40 miles) and long (Honeycrisp, 60 miles) routes.Sign up to marshal here.
Remember that if you volunteer for WABA three times, you can earn a free membership!
*Please note that your registration is nonrefundable. In the event of inclement weather (like ice), the ride will be canceled. Consider the cost a gracious donation to WABA’s year-round efforts to advocate for better bicycling for you.