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


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.


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!

Support Climate Rider Nicole, Win a Linus Bike!

You’ve likely heard that WABA has a team participating in the Climate Ride this September. Over 200 bicyclists will ride from New York City to D.C. from Sept. 21 to 25. Team WABA is riding with more than 47 people who are donating all or some portion of their fundraising directly to our advocacy efforts! Team WABA is trying to reach $50,000 in funds raised to make up the deficit we are facing with, most notably, the loss of Bike DC.

Team WABA member Nicole Donnelly is tackling her first long-distance charity ride with the Climate Ride. Anyone that donates $25 (or more!) by Aug. 31, 2013 to Nicole’s Climate Ride fundraising is eligible to win a 3-speed Linus bike in their choice of model and size from BicycleSpace. The 3-speed Linus is available in Roadster, Dutchi, and Mixte models. More information can be found on Nicole’s blog.

In order to be eligible, a donation must be registered by the Climate Ride donation software on (or before) Aug. 31, 2013 and the donor must select “Allow participant to see my email address.” Only one entry will be counted per donor. The winner will be selected and notified during the first week of September.

Please click here to donate to be entered into Nicole’s raffle. Check out some of the other WABA team members and donate here. We’re 60 percent of the way to our overall Team WABA goal of $50,000. Won’t you help us reach it?

Your Invitation to DC’s Bike Prom

People of 2012,

Greetings from the year 2112, cyclonauts. We’re on a mission to get your circuits jamming and set your thrusters on overdrive. You, and only you, can help DC Bike to the Future! Join WABA for this year’s Bike Prom, presented by New Belgium Brewing. This is your once-in-a-century opportunity to get intergalactic with cybernetic cycleborgs, stellar spokes-models, and parsecs of Plutonian pedalers! What are you waiting for? Invite, build, or beam down your  prom date(s), strap on a pair of SPD moon boots, and get ready to Bike…to the Future!

All costumed bots and beings will receive one free raffle ticket. This could be your ticket to a New Belgium Cruiser bike or other sweet bike gear. This year’s Bike Prom will feature musical appearances by Pity Party, Oscar Paul Whiteman, and Jean Pierre Le Douche. Plus free bike valet, games, the best awkward prom photos, and the crowning of Robo-Queen and Robo-King.

DATE: Friday, July 27th
TIME: Doors open at 9pm
LOCATION: Black Cat main stage
TICKETS: $10 WABA members/ $15 non-members
FACEBOOK: Spread the word

VOLUNTEER: All Bike Prom volunteers get in for free, and receive a free drink for bringing this event to life. Fill out this quick questionnaire to sign up to volunteer.


A Complete Guide to DC’s 1st Annual Tour de Fat

NEXT SATURDAY, June 16th, The New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Ale, and WABA are hosting the biggest, most fanciful, bicycle celebration of all time. And for the first time ever it’s coming to DC!

We’re going to celebrate bikes, make some new friends, and sip on a couple of cold, Rocky Mountain barley pops–all in the name of local bike advocacy!

The Tour de Fat benefits WABA, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Offroad Enthusiasts), Black Women Bike DC, and FABB (Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling).

Before the big day we want to make sure you know all the event details so that you and your friends come prepared, because a) you can’t miss this, and b) you must come prepared.


Vital Details

WHEN: Saturday, June 16th, 9am – 4pm
WHERE: The Yards Park
COST: FREE with $5 suggested donation

9:00am – Parade Registration
9:00am – Free Bike Valet
10:00am – Bike Parade
11:00am –  Main Stage
12:00pm – Slide Show
12:00pm – Slow Ride
1:30pm –  Bike Trade
3:30pm – De Finale!

How to Get to the Tour de Fat

WITH OLD FRIENDS: By bicycle, of course! The Yards park is located at 10 Water St. SE, Washington, DC near the National’s Stadium. . For those traveling from far and away, it is advised that you find parking far from Yards Park. Parking in the area will be extremely limited due to the Yankees/National’s baseball game.
WITH  NEW FRIENDS:  A number of local shops and organizations are leading convoy rides down to the park. We will update this list as convoy information becomes available.
– Alexandria BPAC: One-way group ride departing at 8:30am at St. Elmo’s (2300 Mt Vernon Ave, 22301) RSVP to Bruce Dwyer,

What to wear

For those who’ve never participated, this is indeed a COSTUME AFFAIR. Costumes are enthusiastically encouraged!!  For some inspiration, check out this montage of photos from Tour de Fat’s of yore.

What to expect

The time of your life
PARADE:  We will show off our rides and our bike pride by taking a short and slow cruise along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

FREE BIKE VALET:No need to bring your heavy U-lock, the folks at MORE are providing safe and secure bike parking all day long.

MUSIC: Featuring Mucca Pazza, Ian Cooke, and Yo-Yo People

GAMES: We don’t want to giveaway all the surprises, but we heard for one of the games, New Belgium’s creative genius’ constructed life-size Jenga. Yes, life-size.

BIKE PIT: Imagine if instead of creating candy, Willy Wonka created bicycles.

PERFORMANCES: Le Tigre’s whimsical ways will woo us all day long.

How to prepare

Start mixing up your papier-mâché pulp, pull out that tutu from your college years, give your bike a quick tune-up, and invite your friends to the biggest bike festival DC has ever seen.

Join The Pug, WABA & New Belgium for an evening of Beers, Bikes & pre-Tour de Fat!

Come join WABA & New Belgium for an evening of beers, bikes, and pre-Tour de Fat next Thursday, May 24th (5/24) at The Pug on H St. NE!

Enjoy tasty New Belgium brews (Fat Tire Amber Ale, Shift Pale Lager, & Tart Lychee Ale) and enter for the chance to win a 2012 New Belgium Custom Cruiser bike! Raffle tickets will be $5 with all proceeds going to WABA! Bring your friends, co-workers, family, or significant other. One of you will be rolling home with a sweet new ride! Plus, High fives and treats for all who ride!

Happy Hour Event Details:

The Pug
1234 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
7-9pm (with bike raffle at 9pm sharp!)

Register here or just show up!

“What is Tour de Fat?” you ask.

Simply the coolest bike event of the year! Tour de Fat brings together passionate bike lovers for a day of two-wheeled reverly while raising money for local non-profits. Tour de Fat is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, dazzling entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more. Coming to 15 cities across the country, New Belgium has added Washington, DC and Atlanta to this year’s line-up!

Learn more about Tour de Fat on Facebook or our WABA’s event page!