Just Announced: 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

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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. 50 States 2011 - t-shirts for finishers

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.

We’re also looking for volunteers! We need help making this event a success. Sign up to volunteer at one of the pit stops here. Or if you’re a confident cyclist and want to help lead the ride, volunteer as a Ride Marshal.

We hope to see you at the 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride!

 

 

Ride to the Washington Post

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If you’re free for your lunch break, local bicyclist Mike Forster has organized a bike ride to the Washington Post in response to the Courtland Milloy column. You can read WABA’s full response to the column on our blog.

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.

 

Are You A Bike Ninja?

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Bike Nin·ja noun \ˈbīk\ˈnin-jə, -(ˌ)jä\

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.

Bikefest was a success!

Biketopia board in fullWhat 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:

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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.

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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.

For a look at the party, check out these photos:

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Didn’t make it to Bikefest this year, but still wish to show your support of WABA’s mission? Consider donating now to support Bikefest or becoming a WABA member today.

Dinner And A Movie With Team Sticky Fingers

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Click here to learn more and get involved.

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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!

Event details:
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

Party music: The Greater U St Jazz Collective at Bikefest

We are so excited to announce the band playing at this year’s Bikefest party: The Greater U St Jazz Collective.

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.”

So if you like some of the great jazz classics like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington, you’ll love this year’s band at Bikefest. Buy your tickets today.

Bikefest is a party you don’t want to miss

WABA’s biggest party of the year, Bikefest, is coming up on June 13th. Have you bought a ticket yet? (You can buy one here now.)

Local jazz tunes. Tacos. Guac. Cocktails. Dancing. And bike advocacy. What more could you want?

Check out these snapshots of Bikefest 2013 to see what you’ll be missing if you don’t attend this year:

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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.

Women & Bicycles Tip: Approaching Kidical Mass

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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.

Kidical Mass
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!

Tour de Fat 2014 Schedule

Tour de Fat is a wacky, ridiculously enjoyable bicycle festival. It’s coming up this Saturday, May 31st and we want you there.

Here’s the official 2014 Tour de Fat festival schedule:

Overall Festival Schedule

10:00 a.m. — Bike Ride Registration opens
11:00 a.m.Bike Ride leaves Yards Park
12:00 p.m. Ride returns, Beers are tapped, and the Revival begins!
4:45 p.m.Last Call
5:00 p.m.Grand Finale


Check out this great video from New Belgium to take a sneak peek at the Tour de Fat.

Check out this great video from New Belgium to take a sneak peek at the Tour de Fat.

Entertainment lineup: Revival Stage (main stage)

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!