The 2014 50 States & 13 Colonies ride, WABA’s signature ride event of the year, will be held on Saturday, September 13th.
Ride registration will open on August 4th and the ride will be open to WABA Members only.
Not yet a WABA member but interested in the ride? No problem!
Join WABA today for the invitation to register for the 50 States Ride. We’ll send out an email to all WABA members on the morning of August 4th inviting them to register for the ride, so you do have to be a WABA member to receive this invitation. Additionally, when registering for the ride, the form requires you to provide your WABA Member ID number.
Ride participants can choose from a long and challenging 65-ish mile route that winds up and down the District on all 50 state-named streets or a shorter 15-mile route that takes you for a ride down all 13 streets named after the original colonies. All riders are invited to the post-ride celebration at Mellow Mushroom to celebrate and get their special edition 50 States & 13 Colonies ride t-shirt. Read more about the 50 States Ride here.
Click here to view the event page for today’s ride. WABA is not formally officiated with this event, but we recognize the strong reaction to the column at-issue, and wanted to let our supporters know this event is happening.
We’d also like to thank you for being a member and enabling our efforts to push back against those who threaten bicyclist safety. We are only able to be here to stand up for bicyclists because of your financial support and commitment. Click here to join or donate if you haven’t already.
Definition of Bike Ninja: Bicyclists who ride unlit at night, or under low visibility conditions. They can go undetected by other bicyclists and motorists…like a ninja. This practice puts many people at risk, and should be avoided whenever possible.
On Wednesday, July 9th, Bike Ambassadors are riding to the NoMa Summer Screen viewing of The Muppets to hand out surprise goodies to people who biked.
This is a great opportunity to meet REAL LIFE Bike Ambassadors. We’re the folks out on the streets promoting respectful everyday biking, and we thank other road users who share the road with us. Talk to us, find out what we’re all about, and consider becoming a Bike Ambassador yourself.
Join us for a Bike Ambassador Orientation on July 15, at 6 pm at the WABA office. To find out more or sign up, click here.
What do green lanes, jazz music, and tacos have in common? They all rocked at Friday’s Bikefest fundraiser and celebration party!
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has a 40 year history of successful advocacy in the Metropolitan Washington region and last Friday we had the chance to celebrate with hundreds of our closest friends, supporters and WABA members.
On behalf of everyone at WABA, we wanted to thank Bikefest’s generous bicycle-loving partners:
A huge thank you to Boeing for being Bikefest’s premier financial supporter and to Chipotle for both financially supporting the event and bringing an amazing spread of delicious tacos. Also thank you to our friends at CH2M HILL for their financial support, to Riley at ESP Sound for his generous in-kind donation of the event’s sound and stage equipment, and to the Greater U Street Jazz Collective for entertaining our guests in the most jazziest of ways.
We also wanted to thank everyone who purchased tickets and came out to the event. Bikefest successfully raised funds needed to continue WABA’s advocacy, outreach and education efforts. By attending Bikefest, our supporters helped fund the expansion of future trail networks, bike lanes, bikesharing and safer streets.
This is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series, part of WABA’s initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming. Click here to learn more and get involved.
We’re joining Team Sticky Fingers for a fun night out on Thursday, June 26th for dinner and a movie, and cold beverages! Best of all, proceeds from this event go directly to WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and the Women’s Cycling Association.
The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness for women’s road racing with the screening of “Half the Road.” This award-winning documentary film explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport.
We promise you’ll have a great time and have a chance to win lots of prizes. Door prizes and more provided by DC-area cycling teams, organizations, local businesses and bike shops!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Doors open: 6:30 pm; Program begins: 7:00pm Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets
This band knows how to bring the beat and get you shakin’ a leg. A fabulous local jazz group, The Greater U St Jazz Collective was formed over four years ago.
From the band’s website: “The original members, including Art Cobb and Thomas View, came together to play music at a friend’s birthday party, and the chemistry they had while playing compelled them to continue to rehearse together. Although many members came and went during the initial few months of the Collective, they have since strengthened around their core four members: Cobb, View, Russell Carter, and Pete Frassrand. Their primary focus in working together is not for fame or money; rather, they seek to put out quality, meaningful music and carry the torch for D.C.’s U Street jazz scene.”
By buying a ticket to Bikefest, you are making a difference. By partying with us, you are raising money that fuels WABA’s work to get better bicycle infrastructure and to make our streets more safe. Support us: come to Bikefest.
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.
Family biking is becoming more popular, more normal, more safe, and more fun thanks to the Kidical Mass groups forming throughout the United States.
Kidical Mass groups are volunteer-run initiatives that organize family bike rides for all ages and all experience levels. The groups find flat (or flattest), short, and scenic routes that start or end with treats.These adorable and lively events help demystifying family biking and encourage more Americans to take it on for recreation and transportation.
In just a few years we’ve seen a surge in these groups here in the D.C. metropolitan area. Find one closest to you, tell your friends, volunteer, start your own, join the ride!
Kidical Mass DC Join them costumed this Saturday, May 31st for their Bike Train to Tour de Fat!
11:00 a.m. — Launch
12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:20 p.m. — The Reals
1:30 p.m. — Slow Ride Race
2:30 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest
3:15 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade 3:30 p.m. — Lee Zimmerman The Puppet Guy
4:00 p.m. — Reggie Watts
5:00 p.m. — Finale
Entertainment lineup:Side Stage
12:45 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils 2:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo People 3:30 p.m. — Nigel Blackstorm
We really hope to see you on Saturday, May 31st at the Tour de Fat. The bike ride leaves at 11am (so get there at 10am to get ready) and the beer and music start at Noon. The grand finale is at 5pm. Yards Park is located at 355 Water St SE, right next to the Nationals baseball stadium. RSVP on Facebook for the event and pre-register for the bike ride to save time. See you there!