Alexandria Bike Campus – We’re Halfway There!

Quick update: we’re 50% of the way to having enough money to build the Alexandria Bike Campus –thanks for helping us get this far!

Help the bike movement reach new heights at the Alexandria Bike Campus!

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Quick rundown: here’s what makes the Alexandria Bike Campus awesome: 

  • It’s the first of its kind in our region! Baltimore has one, Austin has one, Santa Monica has one. We deserve one!
  • Anyone can go learn, practice, teach, anytime, any day – especially the days we’re teaching classes.
  • The design is simple. It’s paint and instructional signage. And it’s a pilot. Over time we’ll try to build it out to a 3D streetscape!
  • We’re grateful to partner with National Park Service, and plan to get to work and launch this fall.
  • We’re grateful for any leads on other potential bike campus locations and partners. You know you want one in your neighborhood!

We need $20,000 to make the Alexandria Bike Campus a reality.

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Join the WABA Board of Directors!

As part of its commitment to ensuring that WABA is able carry out its new 2020 Strategic Plan, WABA’s board of directors is once again looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, WABA’s Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base. Still, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. Direct experience with membership development, institutional giving, and major gifts a plus.

We are also looking for a candidate to assist our existing Treasurer in ensuring that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to look for board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income, underserved or local immigrant communities.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (6-7 per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board also has a number of committees focused on areas such as advocacy, administration/finance, development, programming, and membership. Board membership is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on these committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in appointed (i.e., non-board member) service on these committees, please email mark@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 25 annual meeting.

Mark Blacknell is the President of the WABA Board of Directors.

THANK YOU Bethesda Whole Foods Market!

Even with a cold drizzle off and on throughout the day, our partnership with the Bethesda Whole wfm_bethesda_logo-01Foods Market really warmed us up! When the receipts were totaled, Whole Foods Bethesda donated a whopping $4992 to WABA. We are so thankful for their generous financial support. Besides the donation it was great to visit with the folks shopping throughout the day and sharing with them our stories of Montgomery County bicycling and how we’re working to make it better. We handed out all our maps (even had to request an emergency delivery of more from our WABA staffers), let residents and shoppers know about our great set of classes and rides coming up, and even our newly announced Bike Camp for kids. So, thank you Whole Foods Bethesda and thanks to all who shopped that day to help support WABA.

PS: the Bethesda Whole Foods Market is hosting a special AFTER Bike To Work Day party from 4-7pm on Friday May 15th. Celebrate on your way home via the CCT with $1 hot dogs, $1 freshly shucked oysters. Plus burgers and veggie burgers fresh off the grill for only $3 too!

Whole Foods Bethesda and WABA!

wfm_bethesda_logo-01Our friends at the Whole Foods Bethesda store, (conveniently located right on the Capital Crescent Trail) have selected WABA as the beneficiary of their next 5% day. This means that on Wednesday, April 8th, WABA will receive 5% of the store’s total receipts!  

The first 25 WABA shoppers who show their member card, buy a membership, or check in with our WABA staff to confirm status, will receive special Whole Foods swag bags, plus win other fun prizes. For all our family riders, there will be a fun scavenger hunt and healthy snacks and kids prizes too! So bring your shopping lists and get ready to stuff your panniers.

After you stock up on groceries, meet and chat with WABA staffers (and a few guest star Board members) about WABA’s work in Montgomery County.

Plus, we’ll have a table set up to hand out maps and other goodies for WABA supporters who say hi!

We’re so close! Help Women & Bicycles get to $10,000 by midnight!

UPDATE: We did it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

We’re a 77% of the way to our $10,000 goal thanks to supporters like you!

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We have big plans for the Women & Bicycles program this year. Watch Nelle’s  video to see how your $10 helps fund a part-time coordinator run 80+ events and recruit and train 50+ Roll Models in 2015.

When you get right down to it, your donation gets more women on bicycles. Don’t take our word for it—here are some comments from our survey last fall:

“It’s great to be part of an inclusive, enthusiastic community of women. When I’m going somewhere that I could bike or take public transit, I think of Women & Bicycles and choose to ride. It’s an inspiration.”


“The tone of Women & Bicycles is one of compassion, understanding, and support, which fosters a really incredible community. I love that it’s a non-competitive atmosphere, and where ladies will “cheer” for your accomplishments, whether that’s riding to work one day a month or riding across the country. I’ve gained so much from having a supportive community that I can reach out to for bike-related or non-bike-related questions and concerns.”


“We hear again and again how the group has made so many women confident to ride in all conditions and distances. I also think it’s remarkable how the program has led non-WABA staff to step up and become volunteers and bicycle advocates on their own time and dime. If one believes there is power in the “each one teach one” model, this is absolutely the way to go.”


 “I love Women & Bicycles. Probably the best thing about the group is how empowering it is for women in general, not just on the bike.”

Please help use reach our $10,000 goal by midnight tonight!

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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Help us recruit and train 50 Women & Bicycles Roll Models this year!

Thanks to the more than 200 people who have already donated to our Women & Bicycles fundraiser, we’re two thirds of the way to our $10,000 goal!

Click here to donate soon. Our fundraiser ends tomorrow at midnight!

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In 2013 our ten Roll Models shared their experience and expertise with 130 women in their lives. Last year a new group of Roll Models acted as mentors to more than 250. And this year our goal is to mentor 500 women!  We’ve got some new ideas up our sleeves and we’re taking on a new approach to track all their success.

Roll Models are the heart and soul of our Women & Bicycles program. Your donation helps us reach our goal of recruiting and training 50(!) of these heroic volunteers to act as mentors to their friends, family and coworkers as they start biking around town.

Click here to donate soon. Chip in before tomorrow at midnight.

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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Your $10 for 80+ Women & Bicycles Events in 2015

We’re nearly halfway to our $10,000 fundraising goal!  Click here to chip in your $10 today and help us grow our cycling sisterhood in 2015.

Women & Bicycles is a uniquely diverse community that comes together to share skills. We bring out our friends and teach and learn and laugh and bike and eat and sometimes we can squeeze 7 people and their 7 bikes into a Metro elevator. And sometimes we can’t.

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This skillsharing is ingrained in our culture. We’re committed to sharing all the tips and tricks of all things bike-related we picked up along the way; from how to feel safe biking in heels,  and how to position yourself safely in an intersection, to testifying in front of council for safer streets.

Our community is committed to deliberate skillsharing because we remember what it was like to learn the intricacies of biking in the city and we want to expedite that sometimes daunting process and make it fun. Because biking should be fun.

Click here to chip in your $10 today.

Your financial support allows us to facilitate skillsharing through events. In 2014 we organized 72 events. Check out what we’re creating in 2015!

  • Bike Advocacy Workshop
  • Coldest-est Day of the Year Ride
  • Brake Breakdown Workshop
  • Spinning Workshop
  • Fix-a-Flat Boot Camp
  • Women’s History Ride
  • Mountain Bike Workshop
  • Women’s Appreciation Ride
  • Beach Drive Picnic Ride
  • Bike to Work Day Pro and Protege Social
  • Bike From Work Party
  • Family Biking Workshop
  • Bike Touring Workshop
  • Intro DIY Bike Maintenance Workshop
  • Biking and Street Harassment Workshop
  • Bike Laws, Etiquette, and Need-to-Knows Workshop
  • Little Tips and Tricks of Biking Workshop
  • Ladies and Lady-Identified Bike Polo Night
  • DC United Ladies Night Ride
  • Arlington Loop Ride
  • Ice Cream and Cycletracks Ride
  • Women’s Health, Mind, and Body Workshop
  • Farm Tour Ride
  • Multi-Modal Silver Line Ride
  • Winter Riding Workshop
  • Plus! Monthly storytelling hours, weekly coffee clubs, and 50+ Roll Model Dinner Parties!

 

Click here to chip in your $10 today and check out the slideshow of events we led, participated in or supported in 2014!

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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