Tour de Fat cancelled due to dangerous weather

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As you might have seen on social media, Tour de Fat has been cancelled due to some dangerous weather.

We’re bummed we don’t get to party with you today.

Tour de Fat is a big goofy party, but the work it funds is serious and important—safer bike lanes, better bike laws, a more connected trail network, and better education programming for everyone who uses our roads.

Can you chip in a some of that weekend beer money and help us keep working to make your bike ride better?

$10 $25 $100

We really appreciate it. Stay safe in this crazy weather!

Let’s go for a ride soon,

—Your friends at WABA.

PS: If you purchased tickets, keep an eye out for an email from New Belgium Brewing about next steps.

Top Five Reasons To Go To Tour de Fat

 

Here are our top five reasons why YOU should come to Tour de Fat on Saturday, July 22nd.

1. It’s really, really fun! And you get 20% off on WABA jerseys.

Tour de Fat is WAY more fun than sitting on your couch, sitting in the grass, or sitting on a bar stool. You get to enjoy good craft beers for only $5, dance to some live rocking blues, and soak in the sun with all your closest bicycle-loving friends. On top of that, you’ll be able to buy WABA jerseys 20% off the day of the event!

2. It builds more bike lanes.

Tour de Fat is a big fundraiser for WABA (our biggest) and raises the equivalent of an entire full-time advocacy staff member. This means that when you come and enjoy a couple New Belgium Brewing beers, you are essentially funding the construction of more bike lanes and protected infrastructure around the DC region. That’s pretty darn incredible! (Note that WABA doesn’t plan, build, or install bike lanes ourselves. But we do a good deal of advocating on the grassroots level, weighing in on plans, tracking plans, providing testimony and meeting with elected officials, and organizing neighborhood-level campaigns to ensure accountability on bike plans. (Learn more about what your beer will support at waba.org/advoacacy)

3. You get to be your crazy, wacky self.

Come on, we know that crazy and wacky is in there somewhere. Let loose, forget your worries, dance like no one’s watching, wear the weirdest costume you can get your hands on.

4. There’s really good cheep beer.

This is one of the only places where you’ll find really good beer for only $5! New Belgium Brewing Company sponsors the Tour de Fat and they go all out stocking the event with cans of multiple varieties of their Colorado-based beer. Rumor has it there will be 18 (EIGHTEEN!) different types of New Belgium beer!

5. Sunshine. Friends. Soul music.

Soak up the sunshine with a smile while enjoying a cold brew outside with your closest friends. Boogie to  Vintage Trouble as they serenade you with bluesy rock and roll and soul music. Basically, the most perfect summer day ever.

 

Get tickets

Don’t miss out—get your Tour de Fat tickets today!

 

Tour de Fat is only three days away!

If you haven’t purchased tickets, now is your chance:

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Great, so now that you’ve got your tickets. Read on for how to best prepare for the craziness that is the Tour de Fat:

  • Wear a costume: Though not required, it’s strongly encouraged that you wear a fun costume. It can be anything from 80’s inspired neon color track shorts and tall socks, overalls and a cowboy hat, last year’s Halloween costume, or even just your pajamas! The goofy costumes help everyone break out of their shells, let loose, and have a good time.
  • Share the festivities: Charge up your smart phone or bring a camera and document the festivities. Share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtags #tourdefat and #bikedc to share with the greater community. And don’t forget to mention @wabadc.
  • Bring your friends: Craziness is always best when shared… or come alone!  Tour de Fat is a great place to make new friends.
  • Exercise your grin: Get ready to smile for an entire day. Do some smiling exercises. You’re going to be laughing a lot!
  • Don’t forget the essentials: Don’t forget to put on sunscreen before you head out. Even though the festival is now in the evening, you could still get some sunburn at 4pm. Wear light clothing, to keep you cool. And bring a water bottle with you. There will be water stations to refill.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the show!
When: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 4-9pm
Location:136 N St SE, Washington, DC (exciting new venue!)
Tickets: Buy your tickets here (your last chance!)

FRIDAY: Tour de Fat Battle of the Bands

Can’t wait until “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” to show your support for WABA by listening to great music while drinking great beer?

Come check out New Belgium Brewing’s Battle of the Bands this Friday at Penn Social! Local bands Stone Driver (DC) and The Muddy Crows (Silver Spring) will be battling for the chance to play with Vintage Trouble at “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” on July 22nd. You vote with your dollar (while supporting WABA!) to send the winner to the Tour de Fat stage!

Join us!

Show your support for the band you like best by putting a donation in their tip jar. The band with the most cash at the end of the night wins and will play at “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” with Vintage Trouble! The best part is, all the cash will be donated directly to WABA to support better bicycling in our region!

Penn Social
801 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Friday, July 7th at 8pm

RSVP

Take a trail!

Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to add a few extra beautiful, safe miles to your commute on a local trail. Or if this is your first time biking to work in a while (or ever?!), check out Google Maps biking directions or a paper bike map to see if your safest commute takes you on a trail.

The Washington DC region is fortunate to have an extensive network of trails that allow a near seamless off-street ride for much of your trip.  For a new bike commuter, trails alleviate many concerns of riding with car traffic and can simplify finding a route through the web of streets. For the regular commuter, trails are the expressways of bike infrastructure, offering direct routes that pass over and around busy intersections from as far as Vienna, Alexandria, Bethesda, Silver Spring and College Park.

Where these trails end, they often connect to streets with bike infrastructure like bike lanes and even protected bike lanes (cycletracks) which form a network of bike-friendly routes.  If you are an infrequent rider, these will make getting to work a little less stressful. Consult the Google Maps bicycling layer to find a route or join one of the BTWD Commuter Convoys that follow trails.

Sign up 

Dark green lines are trails on on the map are trails. Light green lines are on-street bike lanes.

Regardless of your experience biking to work, Bike to Work Day is the perfect time to try out a trail near you. With pit stops on or near many trails, you’ll find plenty of company and ample opportunities to exchange congratulatory high fives when you pick up your BTWD shirt. Below are some of the most popular trails with pit stops nearby.

Anacostia River Trail: South Capitol St to Benning Rd on both sides of the Anacostia River, and continuing north to Cottage City, MD

  • Anacostia at Martin Luther King Jr Ave & Good Hope Rd SE
  • Canal Park at M St & 2nd St SE

Capital Crescent Trail: Bethesda to Georgetown

  • Downtown Bethesda at Reed St.
  • Georgetown Waterfront Park at K St & Wisconsin Ave NW

Custis Trail: I-66 to Rosslyn

  • Rosslyn at the Rosslyn Gateway Park

Metropolitan Branch Trail: Ft. Totten to Union Station

  • Edgewood at Rhode Island Ave NE
  • NoMa at First St & Pierce St NE

Mount Vernon Trail: Mt. Vernon to Rosslyn

  • Old Town Alexandria at Fairfax Dr & King St
  • Crystal City Water Park

Washington & Old Dominion Trail: Purcellville to Shirlington Village

  • Merrifield at Sandburg St
  • Falls Church at Grove Ave
  • Falls Church at East Falls Church Metro

The Capital Trails Coalition

In October 2016, WABA, along with REI, the National Park Service, and many other regional partners announced the launch of a new a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC. Read our blog post about the launch event here, and more info here. The Trails Coalition has a powerful vision: The Capital Trails Coalition seeks to create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. The regional trails network will transform public life by providing healthy, low-stress access to open space and reliable transportation for people of all ages and abilities.

Check out the Coalition’s homepage for more info and updates on the new Capital Trails Coalition.

Don’t forget to sign up for Bike to Work Day: especially if you bike every day. This is the one day of the year to be counted (literally). Have a great Bike to Work Day.

Event: Bike to Work Day
Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017
Location: Find your pit stop here. There are 86 pit stops across the region.
Time: Various times, but most pit stops are open from about 6:30am to 9:30am. Some are afternoon stops.
Cost: FREE! Don’t forget to register.
More Info: www.waba.org/aboutbiketoworkday

 

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How to be a bike advocate

It’s a big deal and people notice when 19,000+ bicyclists ride to work on a single day — including your elected representatives.

Make sure you register for Bike to Work Day now so you get counted, and put a reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget to stop by your local pit stop on Friday, May 19th.

Bike to Work Day is your opportunity to advocate for bicycling by simply signing up and riding.

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Many local elected officials and decision makers will be in attendance at your local pit stop on Bike to Work Day. Councilmembers, County Board Supervisors, State Delegates, State Senators, Members of Congress or even a Senator might make an appearance. Important decision makers such as Directors of Transportation Departments, officials from State Highway and DOTs and other planners and traffic engineers could be at a pit stop too.

Here are some tips on how to be a bike advocate at your Bike to Work Day pit stop:

  • Know your elected officials and other decision makersUse our handy legislator look-up tool and be familiar with your representatives.
  • Ask them now if they are planning to attend Bike to Work Day – Send them a message and inquire if they are attending Bike to Work Day. Include in your message an invitation for them to attend a local pit stop.
  • Plan what you want to say – Practice your elevator speech. You’re only going to get 30 seconds to talk to them about biking. Introduce yourself, including where you live, and ask them to support a project or for their help in addressing an issue. Ask how to follow-up. Thank them for their support.
  • Introduce yourself at the pit stop – Identify the official and introduce yourself. Be respectful of others speaking with them and wait your turn to speak.
  • Thank them for attending and for their support of biking – Show your appreciation for their attendance of Bike to Work Day and general support of bicycling. It goes a long way to thank and appreciate people first. If they have recently supported a specific initiative, mention it and give credit where due.
  • Have an “ask” – What do you want them to do? Have a one sentence “ask.” Good examples include “could you send a letter of support to DOT about this bike trail?” or “please ask the state DOT to address the issue of biking on this road.”
  • Be respectful of their time (be quick!!) – You might only get 30 seconds or less. Officials and their staff have busy schedules and multiple appointments in a single day. Be respectful of their time at an event.
  • Follow-up that day – Make sure to ask how you can follow-up with them. Should you email them or is there a staffer who you should reach out to directly? Send a follow-up email that day!

And one last thing, don’t forget to register for Bike to Work Day: especially if you bike every day. This is the one day of the year to be counted (literally). Good luck being a bike advocate and have a great Bike to Work Day!

Event: Bike to Work Day
Date: Friday, May 19th, 2017
Location: Find your pit stop here. There are 86 pit stops across the region.
Time: Various times, but most pit stops are open from about 6:30am to 9:30am. Some are afternoon stops.
Cost: FREE! Don’t forget to register.
More Info: www.waba.org/aboutbiketoworkday

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Happy Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and it’s also when so many fun and awesome bike events and activities take place throughout the region.

By now, you may have  already registered for DC Bike Ride, the only place in the region you can bike for 20-miles on car-free, traffic-free, and stress-free streets while enjoying music and fun entertainment along the way and at a post-ride festival. And you have probably also signed up by now for Bike to Work Day, where you can ride with 19,000 other bicycle lovers and get a free t-shirt!

Fun things to do in May:

Here’s a list of our favorite things happening during Bike Month in May. We hope that you check a few of them out, have a happy bike month, and enjoy the ride:


Artomatic Bike Ride and Mini Bike Parade

May 3, 2017

The region’s largest art exhibition has taken over seven floors of a building in Crystal City — join us as we work up our creative appetites by exploring this urban village’s more curious offerings and bike connections. We’ll end up at Artomatic, to roam and explore, for a full evening of adventure. Bike decorations and costumes encouraged! Sign up for this WABA Community Ride here. It only costs $10 to reserve your spot, but WABA Members and Bikeshare members are FREE!

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Encourage a Friend to Learn to Ride

Classes throughout the region on May 6, 13, 20, 21 and 27th!

Is there someone in your life who doesn’t know how to ride a bicycle and you want to encourage them to learn? Suggest they take a WABA Learn to Ride class! This class is for adults who have never ridden a bike before and want to start now.

Our technique is intuitive and has a very high success rate. Our instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session. Registration includes a bike and helmet to borrow for the class. Share our Learn to Ride classes and encourage someone in your life to give bicycling a try.

Share with a friend


Build Your Confidence on a Bicycle

Classes throughout the region on May 6, 13, 20 and 21st!

Do you know how to ride a bike, but don’t feel comfortable riding with other commuters or near car and bike traffic? WABA offers City Cycling classes for new bike commuters and riders who want to increase their confidence and familiarity on a bike.

At these classes, we spend some time on a few specific bike handling skills, then go for a short ride and talk about strategies for riding in different road, bike lane, and trail situations. Check out our City Cycling classes and sign up for one today! (They are free for Bikeshare members and WABA Members!)

Check out a class


Take Action

Prince George’s County meeting May 9; Arlington County meeting May 15; Fairfax meeting May 17; Montgomery County meeting May 22

WABA is working to bring advocates together in our local jurisdictions to further our mission of a more bikeable region. WABA Action Committees empower residents with the tools, training and support needed to win campaigns for better biking infrastructure, policies, and programs. With Action Committees in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Arlington County moving forward with campaigns, now is a great time to join in.

Learn more


Free Coffee on the Met Branch Trail

May 12, 2017

Stop by the Trail Ranger Coffee Hour to chat with the Trail Rangers and caffeinate on your way to work. We’ll be set up at 4th and S St on the Metropolitan Branch Trail from 7:00 am – 9:00 am. Just stop on by, no need to sign up. We’ll see you on the trail!

Learn about the Trail Rangers


DC Bike Ride

May 14, 2017

20 miles. 1 day. 0 Cars. Get ready to celebrate life on two wheels on car-free streets! Join us for DC’s only 20-mile closed-road scenic bike ride, complete with a fabulous finish line festival. Register today. Proceeds from DCBR will benefit WABA in our efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of DC’s Vision Zero Campaign. WABA is a DC Bike Ride founding partner.

Register


Bike to Work Day

May 19, 2017

Bike to Work Day is a free regional event that features 86 pit stops around Virginia, Maryland and DC. Register early for a pit stop near your home or work to show your support for bicycling and reserve a free Bike to Work Day t-shirt.

Sign up


Family Biking: A Parent and Child Powered Class

May 27, 2017

We’re really excited about this new class! This class will be about having a great time on a bike next to your child on their bike, every time the two of you ride! Sign up to learn skills and techniques to build your confidence and capability to enjoy your life on two wheels.

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Wow!

It’s going to be a jam-packed May filled with lots of bike rides, smiles, challenging yourself, and making new bike friends. We can’t wait to see and celebrate with you.