Here’s a REALLY easy way that you can make biking better

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Want to know what it is? Want to make biking better?

Click this button to make biking better

Yes, that button just takes you to WABA’s webpage about Bike to Work Day because registering for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20th is really important!

Yes, I want to make biking better!

By registering for Bike to Work Day, you get to show the decision makers across our region that biking matters, that you matter, and that you choose to bike for transportation. It’s a fun and important way to make sure that our policymakers take bicyclists seriously.

That’s why, you should still register even if you bike every day. The growth of Bike to Work Day is one of many statistics planners use to track the growth of bicycling, so make sure you’re counted! Plus, you can use this bike holiday on May 20th as a way to spread the bikelove. Tell your coworkers in your office about Bike to Work Day and ask them if they would consider biking to work.

By signing up and stopping by your nearest pit stop—and with 83 pit stops across the region there is bound to be one near you—you and that coworker you’re riding can rake in all sorts of snacks, swag, coffee and that badge of honor, the Bike to Work Day t-shirt.

Plus you get to feel like you are something bigger than your normal commute, and that is a powerful feeling.

What are you waiting for? Sign up for Bike to Work Day today.

Do you think Bike Month is rad?

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Yes, I think Bike Month is rad

Yeah it is. Bike Month is super rad.

Can you lend a hand for just an hour and a half after work this week to help us hang some posters around town?

Yes, I’ll help spread the word

WABA staff will be leading teams of volunteers in a few neighborhoods to hit all the business, restaurants, shops, bars, coffee spots, and stores that we can from 6:00-7:30pm to hang up posters and fliers on Wednesday May 4th and Thursday May 5th. Sign up or learn more at www.waba.org/spreadtheword.

Want to earn a free WABA membership? If you volunteer with WABA three times in a year, you get a free membership!

Want to earn a spot in WABA’s famous 50 States Ride this September (the ride that everyone loves and that sells out in 36 hours)? We will randomly pick one volunteer who helps us out this Wed or Thurs to get a free registration!

Yes, I want free entry for WABA’s 50 States Ride!

WABA hopes you have a very happy Bike Month. We’ll see you out there in a bike lane or protected cycle track. Have any questions about volunteering? Email volunteer@waba.org.

Announcing the Tour de Fat 2016 line up!

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Tour de Fat is the coolest bicycle festival you will ever attend.

There’s really great craft beer, funky bikes that you can test out, and FREE music and entertainment! PLUS, Tour de Fat is one of WABA’s biggest fundraisers of the year, so you’ve definitely got to make it!

Announcing the 2016 Line Up:

We’re excited to announce that Los Amigos Invisibles and Esmé Patterson will be performing at on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Tour de Fat at Yards Park!

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Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera,” an irresistible fusion of Latin rhythms with fiery funk and lounge music.

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Esmé Patterson plays soulful dream-rock tunes and hails from Denver, Colorado.

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RSVP and invite your friends, your dog, and your Mom on Facebook here!

Tour de Fat Schedule:

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10:00 am – Ride Registration opens (pre-register here!)
11:00 am – Parade-style Bike Ride departs from Yards Park
12:00 pm – Fashion! Show and Tapping of the Kegs
1:00 pm – Esmé Patterson Band
2:15 pm – The Bike is Right! Game Show to win a 2016 New Belgium bike
2:45 pm – Car For Bike Trade
3:40 pm – Los Amigos Invisibles
5:00 pm – Adios Amigos! (curfew)

Did you Know?!

We also wanted to make sure you knew everything you needed to know in preparation for this year’s Tour de Fat so that we can all make it the BIGGEST and BEST Tour de Fat that DC has ever seen:

  • Did you know that wacky costumes are the norm? The sillier and more outlandish, the better!
  • Did you know that you can pre-register for the kick-off bike ride so that you can skip the lines and crowds the morning of?
  • Did you know that you can get some SWEEEEET New Belgium swag, like sunglasses, a limited edition 2016 patch, or a license plate for your bike, when you pre-register for the ride?
  • Did you know that New Belgium Brewing will have TONS of craft beer at the festival for sale for just five bucks?
  • Did you know that ADMISSION AND HIGH FIVES ARE FREE at the Tour de Fat?!
  • And did you know that all the proceeds from the event benefit WABA?

We’ll see you on Saturday, May 21st for the Tour de Fat at Yards Park in DC!

 

DC Bike Ride Update: Great Music, Great Cause, Great Ride.

From our partners at DC Bike Ride
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Act Now to Support WABA and Grow Cycling
We are about 6 weeks away from DCBR! Ride down Pennsylvania Avenue exclusively traffic free. That’s right, you’ll get the city streets (17 miles to be exact) all to yourselves.

DCBR’s positive impact stretches beyond 17 miles. Together, we can showcase the region’s biking landscape, make progress in improving street safety for all and demonstrate we are a vibrant part of the region’s community. DCBR was dreamed-up and planned in collaboration with WABA and other key partners. The ride is and will continue to be a mainstream platform for us to promote bicycling and create a healthy, more livable region. Join us – show your support by registering today!

Get your friends and family to join the cause. Introduce new folks to the two-wheel lifestyle. Ease skepticism and invite hesitant individuals to DCBR – help us break down barriers, unite the region and get as many people on bikes on May 22! And, don’t forget, proceeds from DCBR will fund WABA’s Vision Zero Community outreach.

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Star-Studded Finish Festival
After the ride, celebrate with us at the Finish Festival. Hear music from Questlove (of a certain in-house band from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other things) and musical performances by White Ford Bronco (get your 90’s on) and more! Additionally, after the ride, join KIND and Grip the Mat for a post-ride yoga session. Explore the outdoors and get inspired at the REI Village, a backyard-style party area full of games, giveaways, and lots to discover. Check out the full Finish Festival lineup here.

Not Convinced?
We’ll let your fellow WABA members show you the way! Find out why other members have joined DCBR and why you should to. Read their stories here.

Want a Guaranteed First-Wave Start?
Our limited VIP package includes an official DCBR jersey, a post-ride lunch, and a guaranteed first wave start. Show your bicycling pride. For $195, be in the leading group of the ride and be the first to experience the unique views of the city on two wheels.

Standard ($60) and youth ($30 for ages 3-7) rates are also available. For group rate, please contact hello@dcbikeride.com.

Thousands have registered!
It’s simple: the more participation in DCBR, the more WABA and we can help you in achieving your #bikegoals. Will you join thousands of DCBR riders to represent our community on May 22? Don’t miss this opportunity. Register now!

Meet Nick, our new Events Coordinator

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Hello! I’m Nick Russo, WABA’s new Events Coordinator. I have long cared deeply about bikes, community, and infrastructure, but until now have not had the pleasure of working directly on these three issues at once. That’s why I am so psyched to dive into the awesome and engaging events we put together for our members and the larger Washington bicycling community.

I grew up on a bike, have used bikes as my primary transportation for years, and have encouraged friends, family, and strangers alike to do the same. I value bicycles for many of the same reasons I imagine others do: simplicity, affordability, fitness, greenness, and lastly, community. One of my main goals at WABA is to sustain and grow the bicycling community in our area, and I plan to do that by putting together really fun and exciting events!

I come to WABA with a background in policy research and advocacy, focused mostly on technology and broadband internet issues. I have also worked in national and local events coordination for a variety of non-profit organizations and, in another life, I worked in public and community radio. I love to talk about all of these things as well as bikes (duh), so feel free to get in touch with me at nick.russo@waba.org or on Twitter at @nickjrusso.

Stay tuned for more from me and the events team—we’ve got big things in store for you!

Tour de Fat bicycle festival is coming back to DC!

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Hey all you bicycle lovers, we have some exciting news to share with you! In case you haven’t yet heard, the Tour de Fat bicycle festival is officially coming back to Washington, DC this year. The free festival will take place at Yards Park on Saturday, May 21st, 2016.

This event is so important to WABA because it is our BIGGEST fundraiser opportunity of the entire year: 100% of proceeds from the event go directly to WABA and a couple other really rad bicycle non-profits in the DC area to support all of our work to make the region a better place to ride a bike. So when you attend Tour de Fat, bring your friends, and purchase beer or go on the bike ride or buy yourself a cool t-shirt, you are directly funding WABA’s ongoing community outreach and advocacy work!

We hope you’ll be there. Get ready for one of the most fun, wacky, beautiful festivals you’ve ever been to.

Go here for more details about DC’s Tour de Fat event.

Want to lend a hand and get two free beers?! Sign up here to volunteer and get free beer!

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Below is a super rad list of reasons this is the year you and all your friends should attend Tour de Fat, crafted by our good friends at New Belgium Brewing Company:

1. Turning a quarter-of-a-century super charges the creative juices. This year marks the 25th anniversary for New Belgium Brewing, which means more variety, local/regional acts and double the zany antics you come to expect at Tour de Fat.

2. Help push Tour de Fat past the $5 million mark! It could happen this year and we need everyone’s support! Although it’s a day of revelry, bike love, and fun times, the main mission of Tour de Fat is to give back to our non-profit friends, who spread bike love year round.

3. Become a trader! Nine people will trade will their car for a bike through an amazingly transformative experience celebrated through the Tour de Fat car-for-bike ceremony. Want to apply to trade your vehicle for the gift of two wheels? Click here to apply.

4. Did someone say great beer? Tour de Fat offers an opportunity to enjoy New Belgium classics, such as Fat Tire and Citradelic Tangerine IPA, along with more esoteric beers from its Lips of Faith series. It’s also the only place to enjoy Carnie Blood, a beer made in honor of the Tour de Fat Carnies that make this all possible every year! Carnie Blood Vol. 3 is an Imperial Stout brewed with two single-origin cocoas and chicory. Yum!

5. One word – costumes! Tour de Fat is the place to bring out the Halloween costume again, dress as your alter-ego and let your freak flag fly. We like to say if everyone is weird, no one is weird. So start thinking about it now!

6. The entertainment keeps going and going and going. Once it starts it lasts for about five hours with several venues going at once, filled with variety acts that’ll make you scratch your head, tap your foot and laugh out loud.

7. Do you like to win? We have contests! From a Slow-Ride, to a Fashion Show and even The Bike is Right! Gameshow – Tour de Fat is looking for ways to put you in the show and give away New Belgium cruiser bikes. So start shining up your dance shoes and practice your slow-mo bike riding skills.

See you on May 21st!!

Your Winners of the 2016 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

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Last week, we held our second annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and the celebration was a huge success! Hosted by Tracy Hadden Loh, the awards event brought together close to 150 excited and passionate bicyclists, advocates, WABA supporters, VIPs, and award winners to celebrate the amazing steps taken and achievements made in 2015 to make bicycling better in our region.

Our amazing host this year, Tracy, is a WABA Member extraordinaire, Trails and Active Transportation Expert, Great Greater Washington contributor, and Rails to Trails Coalition Research Director. Tracy brought down the house when she got everyone in the crowd to do the bicycle wave.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support the awards show: the event could not have happened without you – your nominations, your votes and your interest in attending the event.

The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is an important opportunity for WABA to recognize the people and places in our region that make bicycling great, and we were so happy that many of you were a part of it.

Continue reading to find out who won and to see photos from the event.

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winners of the publicly-chosen Bicyclists’ Choice Awards:

 

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia:

  • Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Installation of rubber parking barriers along the Pennsylvania Ave cycletrack
  • Breaking ground on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail’s extension north to Maryland through Kenilworth
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  • The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

Winner: The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

District Department of Transportation accepts the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland:

  • Capital Bikeshare expansion in Maryland
  • Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with
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  • Construction of Montgomery County’s first protected bike lane on Woodglen Drive
  • Snow removal on the Capital Crescent Trail by Montgomery County

Winner: Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with the Purple Line

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation is Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation was Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Virginia:

  • Saving the Arlington bike program budget
  • Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail
  • Repairing and resurfacing the Custis Trail
  • Snow removal on Arlington County trails

Winner: Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria is Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria was Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District in 2015:

  • The Ballston/Clarendon neighborhoods in Virginia
  • Brookland in Washington DC
  • Crystal City, VA
  • Downtown, Washington DC

Winner: The Downtown DC Business Improvement District

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID is Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID was Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Nominees for the Best Bike Shop in 2015:

  • BicycleSPACE
  • Bikenetic
  • Spokes Etc
  • The Bike Rack

Winner: The Bike Rack

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Nominees for the Best Social Ride in 2015:

  • The Bikenetic Sunday Coffee Ride
  • Slow Roll DC
  • The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride
  • DC Bike Party

Winner: The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Business in 2015:

  • District Taco
  • Filter Coffeehouse
  • Annie’s Ace Hardware
  • Java Shack

Winner: District Taco

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

We are pleased to announce and honor the winners of the WABA Awards:

The Biking for All Award: Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System

WABA’s Biking for All Award went to Miriam Kenyon for her leadership and innovation in creating and pushing forward the Biking in the Park program that will teach every second grader in the city’s public school system how to safely and enjoyably ride a bicycle.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts the Biking for All Award.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts The Biking for All Award.

The Public Leadership Award: Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

WABA’s Public Leadership Award went to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, for the county hiring its first Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, which will help them start down the path to improving bicycling county wide. We expect to see great things for bicycling in Prince George’s County in the near future. Accepting the award for the County was Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting the Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting The Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

The Future Trails Award: Tammy Stidham, National Park Service

WABA’s Future Trails Award went to Tammy Stidham, Chief of Planning, Compliance, and Geographic Information Systems for the National Park Service. We recognized Tammy with The Future Trails Award for her leadership role in moving the trails network forward at the National Park Service. Tammy has helped build crucial support for the Capital Trails Coalition, an emerging group of public, private and nonprofit organizations supporting a regional trails network. She is also leading the effort of the Park Service to update the 25 year old regional paved trails plan which will be finalized this year. And lastly she has provided oversight of the Georgetown Boathouse project which will bring a much improved trail head and access point for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

The Community Organizer of the Year Award: Megan Jones

WABA’s Community Organizer of the Year Award went to Megan Jones, dedicated WABA Member and the organizer of the Hains Point 100 fundraiser bicycle event for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. Megan received this award for her role in assessing where people power in our local bike movement is needed, and voluntarily moving and shaking to move people into those roles. Through her role on the Arlington BAC, Megan recruits and organizes advocates, she pulls more women into racing through her clinics, rides, and coaching with Team Sticky Fingers. And through her own organizing she’s fundraised more than $25,000 and over 1,500 people to ride thousands of laps around Hains Point to help continue our Women & Bicycles program.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

The Advocate of the Year Award: Jeff Lemieux

WABA’s Advocate of the Year Award for 2015 went to Jeff Lemieux for his forthcoming WB&A concept & analysis that WABA will be releasing in the next few weeks, his extensive advocacy & writing on the College Park and Greenbelt Route One corridor, and for chairing the WABA Action Committee for Prince George’s County.

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Jeff Lemieux accepts The Advocate of the Year Award.

The Take the Lane Award: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WABA’s Take the Lane Awards went to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the biggest single jump in bike lanes in one year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also recently voted to fund Bikeshare in Tysons. The passage of the County’s Bicycle Master Plan at the end of 2014 led to 2015 being the greatest number of bike lanes striped in one year. We also want to thank our colleagues at Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling for their hard work on this effort as well.

The Vision Zero Award: Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation

WABA’s Vision Zero Award was presented to Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation for his dedication to moving DC’s Vision Zero commitment forward and developing an action plan. Vision Zero is the commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

See additional photos of the awards event below: