The 2014 WABA Holiday Party in Photos

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.

 

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This Sunday’s Third-Annual Hains Point 100!

7115887If 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.

Our Family Biking Town Hall in Photos

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.

DDOT Hosting Bike Lane Celebration Tomorrow

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: The 2014 Cider Ride

“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.

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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.

WABA Holiday Party

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All WABA members are invited to join us on Monday, December 15th at Smith Public Trust in Brookland for an evening of holiday tidings and bicycle cheer. Smith Public Trust is near the Brookland Metro/just off the Met Branch Trail.

Come eat and drink with us in celebration of this year’s advocacy successes and mingle with fellow WABA members. The party is free, and we’ll be accepting donations (a $5 suggested donation) to WABA at the door.

The Holiday Party Raffle is back again!! We’ll be raffling off some really cool prizes (see all the prizes we’re raffling off below – we’ll update the list as we get more prized in) throughout the evening. Every WABA member will get a raffle ticket when they arrive (auto-renewing members get 2 tickets!) and we’ll have additional raffle tickets available for donations. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit WABA’s ongoing advocacy work.

Plus, as a way of saying “Thanks” for supporting WABA this year, the first 100 WABA members to come out to the party will get a craft beer on us.

Interested in lending a helping hand? We’re looking for a few more volunteers to help make the holiday party magic happen, greet WABA members, and help out at the WABA table. Sign up here to volunteer.

When: Monday, December 15th from 6:00-10:00pm

Where: Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE (in DC’s Brookland neighborhood)

Who: WABA Members

RSVP: Join the Holiday Party event on Facebook and invite your WABA member friends (or those who you can convince to join)

*Please note this party is for members only. WABA is a member supported non-profit organization and your yearly membership dues fund our ongoing advocacy and outreach work.*

Not yet a member? No problem! Join today, or join at the door. We’ll be running a membership special at the door, so you can join for the first time (or renew your membership) for only $25 (a ten dollar discount)!

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What can you win at the WABA Holiday Party Raffle?!

  • A pair of passes to the bike-themed holiday light show at Dominion GardenFest of Lights near Richmond, VA  — a fun roadtrip for you and that special someone or your BBF (best bike friend) — donated by the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  • Hand-crafted jewelry - a pair of earrings and a bracelet made from cleaned, reused and hand-painted bike chains accented with beads – made by Molly Fitzgerald (a WABA member!)
  • A bike themed and hand painted decorative storage tin – also hand crafted by Molly Fitzgerald
  • A pair of entries to WABA’s next ride event: the Vasa Ride at the Swedish Embassy in March 2015
  • A City Bikes tune up for your bicycle, valued at $100
  • Two tickets to the upcoming Matisyahu show at 9:30 Club on December 22
  • A BicycleSPACE $50 gift certificate and a brand new BicycleSPACE t-shirt
  • More prizes to be announced soon!
Thank you so much to each and every one of the raffle donors for their generous support of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

 

 

 

Our Future Trails Celebration was a blast!

Last weekend WABA partnered with REI to bring the region an event that celebrated our amazing network of biking and walking trails.

Even though it was pretty chilly outside, hundreds of people came out to warm up with us in our heated tent, enjoy some free cookies and coffee, get their face painted, play some games and learn about the network of trails that exists and future plans for expanding trails in DC, MD and VA. Check out photos of the celebration and read on for more highlights of the event below.

One of the highlights of the event was the three trail tours of the nearby Metropolitan Branch Trail led by our very own Trail Ranger Coordinator. About 45 people joined us on bikes for informational tours on the trail, and many even took advantage of the free bike rentals we provided for the tours.

Another highlight of the day was REI. This celebration and WABA’s current advocacy project around the Arlington Boulevard Trail (you can read all about our concept plan for this new Virginia trail here) was made possible with REI’s amazing support. They even brought out an REI bike mechanic to the celebration, who became the star of the whole show with a line of bicyclists at least 10 deep the whole day, to help fix people’s bikes for free! REI also had their incredibly beautiful signature camp set up to let event participants see what it’s like to bike camp in style.

Interested in staying in touch and receiving updates about WABA’s work on regional trails? Sign up for trail-related news here.

WABA would also like to thank the NoMa BID for their partnership in helping to make this event happen.