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Alexandria Spokeswomen Are On a Roll

10152996_1376507422634751_74342430398535397_nOn Sunday, May 4th Alexandria women will join together for the Women on a Roll Ride. The group will wear green, gather at Jones Point Park, and tour local bike shops to declare and share their support for women’s biking.

“Women are a powerful consumer force,” says the League of American Bicyclists in its August 2013 “Women on a Roll” report on women’s cycling, “but too often they do not feel welcome in bike shops or do not feel products address their desires and needs.”

This is where the green comes in. The group wants to visually show that women who bike mean business; they represent spending power.

The ride is being organized by the Alexandria Spokeswomen, who formed in September 2013 out of a city focus group on women’s cycling with the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and WABA’s Women & Bicycles.

Click here to view the Facebook event page, and click here to register.

Ride Your Bike for Earth Day & Register for Bike to Work Day

photo (15)Happy Earth Day!

The tie-in between Earth Day and bicycling is obvious. Biking, as a means of transportation, is better for the air (no emissions), the water (less polluted runoff), and natural resources (no petroleum) than driving.  Today, this seems obvious, but in the 1970′s our predecessors at WABA consistently fought to gain public recognition of the environmental importance of changing our transportation behavior.

In 1980, WABA led an Earth Day Bike-In that received significant press coverage and sparked what would eventually evolve into Bike to Work Day–which is still, at its core, an event designed to improve the region’s air quality by getting new and longtime riders to travel by bike more frequently.

This year, all of WABA’s programs are working together to push Bike to Work Day registration beyond 17,000 riders and continue to show that biking for transportation is a critical tool to for regional and urban sustainability.

Help us continue growing bicycling and growing Bike to Work Day by registering for the event here.


Ladies, become a Bike to Work Day Pro or Protege

e6MXyK7ObZyMVaWZ7KTNlYi1U8M0BlyNV1r6XhihuwIWomen & 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.


Women & Bicycles is gearing up for Bike to Work Day and doing what we do best; sharing skills to inspire more women to ride.

Regardless of your gender we need you to pass along the  invitation below and encourage the women in your life to participate as a Bike to Work Day Protege.


Dear lovely (friend, colleague, church-mate, neighbor, bus driver),


I think you should become a Bike to Work Day Protege!


You know how you always comment on my helmet? And you ask about how I fair on the rainy days? And remember the time you called me worried one morning because I was late for our meeting, when really I just stopped to smell the flowers a little too long?


Well, now it’s your time to join the bike movement with our women’s group. Our goal is to get more women like you out biking. This Bike to Work Day we’re pairing up all the bike Pros with bike Proteges to mentor each other for Bike to Work Day.


Sign up to be mentored as a Protege, and your Pro will get you all set up and excited to take on your commute. They’ll work with you and your goals, like go with you to the bike shop, meet up with you for a weekend ride, share tips and tricks on bike laws and packing and safe riding. And Maybe they’ll even go with you to a WABA Confident City Cycling Class.


Click here to sign up! And join us at our Bike to Work Diva Happy Hour.


Happy Riding!
(Your name)


Clipart is always encouraged. 

Announcing Goldsprints at Friday’s Sadie Hawkins Dance

Will you be at WABA’s first-ever Sadie Hawkins Dance this Friday? It’s a fundraiser for our much-loved, super-successful, absolutely awesome Women & Bicycles program. If you liked Bike Prom, you’ll love Sadie Hawkins.

In addition to free pizza, $3 beers, DJs spinning sweet jams, contests, games, and a raffle, there will be goldsprints! Thanks to Sciathan Productions, you’ll be able to race against other partygoers, tournament-style, for the title of Ms. and Mr. Sadie Hawkins. Goldsprints are part stationary bike race, part spectator sport, and an overall riveting social showdown.

Purchase your tickets now for $10. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Sadie Hawkins Dance: It’s Like Bike Prom, But Better

Will you be at WABA’s first-ever Sadie Hawkins Dance this Friday? It’s a fundraiser for our much-loved, super-successful, absolutely awesome Women & Bicycles program. If you liked Bike Prom, you’ll love Sadie Hawkins.

Join us Friday, March 14 from 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room (1725 Columbia Road NW) in Adams Morgan, D.C. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


Ladies, bring your date! We want to pack Chief Ike’s with over 300 bicyclists and friends for this inaugural Sadie Hawkins dance party. Expect free pizza, $3 beers, DJs spinning sweet jams, contests, games, and a raffle. It’s like Bike Prom—but way better, and benefitting Women & Bicycles.

Limited bike parking will be available (for the first 100 riders) and Women & Bicycles merch will be for sale. Come ready to support our program with your cash. We need your financial support to make the 2014 edition of Women & Bicycles just as great as its inaugural year.

$10: Advance ticket
$15: Ticket at the door
$25: Ticket + reflective leg band
$55: Ticket + reflective leg band + T-shirt

Want to help us pull off the Sadie Hawkins Dance and our other outreach programming? Come to our volunteer night this Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Sign up to volunteer here.

Announcing WABA’s Sadie Hawkins Dance Party


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

Purchase tickets

Register for Bike to Work Day 2014

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.

WABA to Lead the 2014 Congressional Ride

 A group photo from last year's Congressional Ride.

A group photo from last year’s Congressional Ride.


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.


See Rising From Ashes at Arlington Drafthouse Tonight

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.

See more information about the event on Facebook. Read all about the premise of Rising From Ashes (and see the trailer) here.

Our Bike Beer Happy Hour is Tomorrow Night!

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

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A big thank you to Gordon Biersch Navy Yard and Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company for collaborating to brew this bike beer and for making this happy hour possible.

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.


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