WABA Members Get 20% Off Studio Theatre’s 2013 Productions

Starting Mon., March 10th, WABA members get a 20 percent discount on single tickets to Studio Theatre’s 2013 season productions, including:

  • The Motherf***er With The Hat (now through March 24)
  • 4000 Miles (March 20 to April 28)
  • The Real Thing (May 22 to June 30)
  • Baby Universe (June 26 to July 21)

We’re particularly excited to offer this benefit for the upcoming production of 4000 Miles, a play with a long-distance cyclist as one of its two central characters. After cycling 4,000 miles across the country, 21-year-old Leo arrives unannounced at the Greenwich Village apartment of his octogenarian Jewish leftist grandmother. As an overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, 4000 Miles unearths a surprising commonality between the two generations.

4000 Miles

Theater plus biking? How awesome is that? But wait, there’s more!

WABA and Studio Theatre are working together to ensure there is a place to park your bike when you roll up. Studio already offers indoor bike parking for its staff, but is working with WABA to get permanent racks installed outside for theatergoers. WABA will also be providing supplemental, temporary bike parking for the entire run of 4000 Miles.

Studio’s commitment to making 4000 Miles a bike-friendly experience is helped by the cyclists on staff. Its artistic director, David Muse, is an avid competitive cyclist. And marketing manager Scott Sanger has ridden his bike for the past 15 years as a member of Team Food & Friends, which rides to support those fighting AIDS.

Here are some important things to know about Studio’s discount for WABA members:

This discount is not valid for Saturday evening performances, in combination with any other discount offers, or on previous orders. Discounted tickets are subject to availability. There is no limit on the number of discounted tickets that can be ordered. To receive the discount, email membership@waba.org for the promotional code. The code can be used to order tickets online through Studio Theatre’s website or when calling or visiting its box office. WABA members may also present their membership card at the box office to receive the discount.

Photo courtesy of Studio Theatre

More On-Street Bike Parking from DDOT and WABA

Megan posing with DDOT crew

As the weather turned colder and windier, some cyclists put their bikes away for the winter, but the intrepid WABA staff (and our friends at DDOT) decided that winter is the perfect season for increasing bike parking!  For all of you hardy winter bikers, we have a little new years present for you: 50 new bike parking spaces in 5 on-street bike corrals now available downtown!

Together with a DDOT crew, WABA’s new Bike Parking Associate, Megan Van de Mark, installed the bike racks throughout Chinatown and Penn Quarter in the weeks before Christmas.  Now, when you are headed downtown, you can spend less time hunting for a place to lock up in the cold and more time impressing your friends with your winter biking stories.

Biking to the Verizon Center to catch a Capitals game or to the National Portrait Gallery for a leisurely afternoon?   Use the new on-street parking nearby at the intersection of 7th & G Streets NW to lock up.

Catching a movie at the E Street Cinema?  Lock up to the new bike corral just south of there at the intersection of E & 11th Streets NW.

Trying to find the perfect wine and cheese for a winter dinner party?  Bike on over to Cowgirl Creamery and use the gleaming new on-street rack located outside on F Street between 9th and 10th Streets NW.

Doing some post-holiday shopping at Macy’s? Ten new bike parking spaces are now available in the bike corral at the corner of G & 13th Streets NW.

Checking out the Navy Memorial?  Now you can park at the new bike rack just north of there at the intersection of 8th and D Streets NW.

In the upcoming weeks and months, WABA will be installing additional U-racks by bike throughout DC.  Do you know of other places around town lacking bike parking or of a specific location you would like to see a rack? Tell us about it! And check out our website for more information about WABA’s bike installation services.  Specific requests for racks can be made on-line using this request form.  Requests will be considered as soon as possible.  Wanting racks installed outside of the District? Contact Megan at bikeparking@waba.org for more information.

See more photos of the on-street bike corral installations on flickr.

DC Bike Parking Amendment Passed!

For those who missed it amidst the holiday hubbub, the Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act of 2010 passed this week.  Thank you to the 300+ WABA members and supporters who joined us in drafting letters to the DC Council urging passage, and to DC Bicycle Advisory Council Chair Meredith Begin, who provided strong hearing testimony on behalf of the cycling community.

Now, we look forward to seeing the regulations implementing these rules.

A question for our readers:

The fiscal impact statement assumes that enforcement will require specific building inspectors averaging $54,867 each.  Doesn’t this seem like a place for individual cyclists to help at much lower costs, assuming a good reporting system is put in place?  If you could be assured that someone would act on it, would you report facilities without the required parking to 311 or some dedicated hotline?

Let us know what you think in the comments, and we’ll look forward to seeing (and commenting on) those regulations.

New Custom Bike Racks at Filter Coffee

For many local business, providing adequate parking for bikes is a serious issue.  Customers struggle to find safe, secure and convenient locations to park their bike while they patronize the business.  This was the case for Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar on 20th St. NW in the Dupont Circle area which was in constant need of more bike parking.

Through a new partnership with DDOT called BikeBrand Your Biz, DDOT and WABA installed two custom bike racks in front of Filter to accommodate the large number of customer bikes.  Of the two custom racks installed, one rack was in the shape of a hot cup of coffee with the other rack in the shape of a French coffee press.   Both racks were painted bright orange for high visibility and to match the Filter branding.

The custom racks are paid for by the business and installed for free.  Costs for custom racks range between $500 and $1500 depending on the design. Businesses interested in having a custom rack installed should contact WABA at bikeparking@waba.org to discuss details.

WABA will be installing additional U-style bike racks throughout the District of Columbia through a grant from DDOT.  Please visit the WABA website for more information about our bike parking program.

Supporting Bike Parking Legislation

Tomorrow at 2pm, the DC Council’s Committee on Public Works and Transportation is holding a hearing on the “Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Amendment Act of 2010.”   This is an amendment to the 2007 law (conveniently titled the “Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act of 2007),” which adopted certain design standards for bike parking and mandated that buildings have bike parking in the following numbers:

(1) The John A. Wilson Building: 16+ spaces;
(2) Existing residential buildings with 8 or more units: “a reasonable number of bicycle parking spaces” as determined by residents’ written requests;
(3) New residential buildings with 3+ units, or substantially rehabilitated residential buildings with 8+ units: 1 space for each 3 units;
(4) Office, retail, or service uses: number of bike spaces at least equal to 5% of the number of automobile parking spaces. And if bicycle space occupancy reaches 90% during peak usage, at least 10% of the number of automobile parking spaces.

So that is the law, and it has been the law since 2007. And those building owners not providing the required spaces are in violation of that law right now. But because there is no enforcement provision in the original law, no governmental authority can cite a building owner and require the payment of a penalty. There must be explicit authority to levy a penalty or fine.

That’s what the 2010 Amendment Act will provide, so we strongly support the amendment.

Additionally, we propose that revenue generated from these fees be dedicated to providing bike parking in DC public space.

Our brief, written testimony is below, and we encourage bicyclists to email the Committee by 5pm on Thursday to express their support for the Act.

Bicycle Commuter Parking Expansion Amendment Act Statement

Ride Your Bike to this Weekend’s Events

We talk a lot about bike facilities, bike laws, and bike safety. And we’ve encouraged thousands to bike in the Washington area. But the one time our Bike Ambassador says he wouldn’t personally recommend biking to an event, that’s what gets repeated everywhere.

To be clear, WABA still thinks biking is a good way to get to the rally (or wherever else you’re going this weekend). That is how I will be getting there.

But WABA will not be providing parking and we don’t know of any arrangements by the organizers to supplement the minimal parking that is available on the Mall perimeter. So I’ll be arriving plenty early, well prepared to walk a few blocks after finding a secure place to lock up. Oh, and I’ll be bringing a good U-lock plus a cable for the tires.

But I still expect to have a more pleasant trip than those who arrive by other means.

Bottom line: Ride your bike. But bring a lock and don’t assume WABA will be able to watch your bike for you this time. The important thing for you, the bicycling public, is to know what to expect.

And cut the Bike Ambassador some slack. The guy bikes to events for a living and answers questions from everyone, from new cyclists to journalists, while hauling a giant bike safety trailer all over the District. If he wants to take a day off and walk to an event for a change, WABA will look the other way.