Whoa! Our First Oversized Check!

e6MXyK7ObZyMVaWZ7KTNlYi1U8M0BlyNV1r6XhihuwIThis 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.
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Last week Team Sticky Fingers presented our Women & Bicycles program with an oversized check for $3,000. Yes, $3,000! We were shocked.

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Team Sticky Fingers is a fun-loving group of gals who train like crazy, race like crazy, and consume delicious vegan treats like – any normal person would devour baked goods.

The team is committed to inspiring more women to race bikes. They raised the funds through their sold-out screening of Half the Road, a documentary on the struggles women face in pro racing circuits.

Team Sticky Fingers, thank you for supporting WABA’s work through event collaboration and oversized brightly-colored checks. Your contributions to the community help us get more women biking, no matter if it’s on a bikeshare, hybrid, or pro-grade hand-crafted tapered cold-worked titanium cyclocross bike!

 

So much bike love,

WABA

 

 

 

 

Climate Ride Information Session TONIGHT!

Join WABA staff tonight, Wednesday May 21 at 6 p.m. at the WABA office (2599 Ontario Road NW) to talk 2014 Climate Ride.  We’ll share stories, tips and give you a rundown on the most fun way to raise money for WABA and along the way, awareness for climate change!  We’ll provide the beer and some light snacks. RSVP here

(Psst:  Check out our NEW design for our 2014 WABA Climate Ride jersey-it’s not final, still working out a few stripe details)140986_M_R_MU3-1

Buy Women & Bicycles Swag

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.

You can also support the Women & Bicycles program by buying stuff! We’ve got reflective bands and American Apparel T-shirts, both branded with the program’s logo, for sale. Click here to purchase your tickets to the Sadie Hawkins Dance or purchase Women & Bicycles merchandise.

Check out our staff modeling the swag:For

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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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Announcing WABA’s Sadie Hawkins Dance Party

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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

Here’s How You Can Make Biking Better

If you’re a WABA member, you recently received in the mail an appeal letter from us. We send several appeal letters yearly to keep you up to date on what we’re doing and let you know what your membership dollars and donations are funding. For those of you who may not have received the letter, or aren’t WABA members, we’re running it here. Join WABA today or renew your membership to support better biking in the D.C. region.

Hello,

I hope all is well with you. I’m writing to let you know that things are going well for our organization and to thank you for supporting WABA’s work through your membership. It is your voice and your contribution that gives us the ability to advocate on behalf of bicyclists to better our region.

Every change you encounter on roads and trails started as a request, then a firm idea, then a sketch, then plans, then designs. If it’s a change that is good for bicyclists, there’s a good chance WABA is there at key stages, mobilizing supporters and providing input on plans and designs.

This year, things have improved for bicyclists on many fronts. Despite the fact that the latest federal transportation bill, MAP-21, gives local governments the opportunity to opt out of funding transportation projects, D.C.-area jurisdictions have largely chosen to continue funding the kind of infrastructure that keeps cyclists safe. Ensuring that actually happens has, and will continue to, require a great deal of effort from our staff and members like you, who graciously contribute their own time to support our causes. We expect the continued expansion of trail networks, bike lanes, and bikesharing.

That said, we need to be doing more. You and other WABA members already know the joy and benefits of biking. But so many don’t.

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the look on someone’s face when they ride for the first time. I had the chance to experience that at one of our mobile bike repair clinics in Anacostia. A six-year-old waited in line for a volunteer mechanic to patch his tube and fix his brakes. He fidgeted, looking a bit nervous. Then he asked, “Will you take my training wheels off?” We looked at the boy’s father for permission, and he nodded.

After a few minutes struggling—the boy “helping” the volunteer mechanic—the training wheels came off. Then, with a couple of false starts and a bit of encouragement, he got it. He was beaming as he pedaled around the parking lot.

A kid riding a bike is not exceptional, but it is special. With riding a bike comes freedom, fun, health, community, and so many other great things—which is why we put so much effort into getting people on bikes and building a region that supports them. And there is no shortcut to helping our region thrive through bicycling.

That is the big-picture goal I am asking you to support today. We need to build a region that better supports biking. If we don’t, the kid I witnessed joyfully pedaling around the parking lot could decide to put his bike away forever.

Our culture tells us that bikes are childish things and that responsible adults don’t ride them. Our giant roadways are a message, written in concrete by the planners and engineers, telling us that bikes are unwelcome. Our laws (or in some cases the lack thereof) tell us that we are on our own if we use roadways for “childish” things.

But every day provides the opportunity to push back, and we do. Please support WABA’s growth so that we can do our work in more places, more expediently, throughout the region. Over the past three years, we have piloted changes to build a better region for biking, and we’ve seen the results: Ridership is booming. The diversity of the bicycling community is growing. Trail and bike lane networks are expanding.

You’ve supported us in refining our approach, expanding our advocacy and communications abilities, programming for underserved communities, and offering fantastic education opportunities. Your initial investment in WABA has paid off. Now, we want—and need—to operate at a scale that can seriously affect the direction of change in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. This requires significant financial backing so that we can grow as an organization and keep pace with the rapid growth of bicycling in the region.

With your support, WABA can increase its capacity to do the work to create the D.C. region that we want to live in. We have laid the groundwork, built the relationships, and developed the programs and techniques to bring better, safer biking.

Now, we need to grow everything we have. You are WABA. Will you help us take our training wheels off?

Shane Farthing
Executive Director

Donate now to help us build a better region for bicycling!

Team WABA Begins the NYC-D.C. Climate Ride Tomorrow

Tomorrow, WABA’s development coordinator Gina Arlotto will begin the Climate Ride, a five-day charity ride from New York City to D.C. Gina is leading Team WABA, a group of riders contributing 100 percent of their fundraising to support our advocacy work. The 300-mile route takes Team WABA and other Climate Riders from Brooklyn to D.C., through Amish country and Maryland horse farms. The Climate Ride ends in our hometown, on Capitol Hill. Check out an estimated map of the route here.

Team WABA is still working tirelessly to reach its goal of $50,000. You can donate today, helping us fund a new round of important bike-advocacy initiatives. Gina’s fundraising page can be found here.

Consider joining Team WABA on the last leg of its journey. Next Wednesday, pick up the Climate Ride at Thompson’s Boathouse at 3 p.m. and finish with the 205 fundraising riders in Capitol Hill. Get more details on celebrating the riders’ final leg here.

Many thanks to those who have supported Team WABA so far!