But we can’t share the big news until February 1st. Stay tuned!
Hint: it’s an all new collaboration with our friends over at BikeArlington!
If you’re biking through Old Town this afternoon, join our Suburban Bike Ambassadors for our final day of our #StopCampaign. For the month of October they’ve organized events in Alexandria to remind road users, especially bicyclists, to stop at stop signs.
— lisa schumaier (@lisaschumaier) October 2, 2014
We’ve paired up with local advocates, the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Alexandria Spokeswomen to help spread the word.
— Nelle R Pierson (@NellePierson) October 9, 2014
This is our last day! Join us from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the intersection of King St. and Union St. (here). We’ll bring the signs, you bring the positive reinforcement!
Afterward we encourage you to celebrate with us and the Alexandria Spokeswomen at their fall bike advocacy happy hour at Union Street Public House. Click here for more information.
Navigating the Arlington Memorial Circle is a major obstacle for area bicyclists. The Mount Vernon Trail, Route 110 Trail and Arlington Memorial Bridge (the direct connection to the National Mall) converge at the circle. Trail users are forced to dash across high speed traffic at grade to cross the many highways, parkways and the traffic circle. There were a number of serious crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in 2010 and 2011, leading NPS to make some short-term safety fixes to trail crossing.
Now, the George Washington Memorial Parkway is starting a Transportation Plan and Environmental Assessment to study the long-term and major fixes need to vastly improve safety and the park experience for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers. The planning process will take almost two years to complete with a final decision document not expected until the summer of 2016.
There are a number of opportunities in September to learn more about the planning process. National Park Service is also accepting comments until September 30th during this initial phase. Visit the National Park Service Park Planning website to learn more about how to get involved.
This week, WABA sent letters to local departments of transportation requesting consideration and adoption of the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The NACTO guide presents state-of-the-practice solutions that create safe, enjoyable complete streets for current and new bicyclists.
The NACTO guide provides county traffic engineers with additional designs for innovative bicycling facilities that use several techniques to encourage new bicyclists, primarily by separating bike lanes from car traffic. The guide also has recommendations for designing on-road facilities such as buffered bike lanes, protected bike lanes (cycle tracks), bike boxes, contraflow bike lane and other facilities. Adoption of the NACTO guide by local DOTs clears one of the many obstacles to building protected bike lanes.
Protected bike lanes keep current bicyclists safer while encouraging new people to use bicycles for transportation. WABA is working to increase the miles of protected bike lanes throughout the region. Learn about our advocacy priority and our local campaign to build a protected bike lanes in Bethesda. More local campaigns are coming soon.
We sent letters to the Directors of Transportation for Fairfax County, Prince Georges’ County, Montgomery County and the City of Alexandria*.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Arlington County have already endorsed the guide and are currently implementing protected bike lanes. We will publish the written responses we receive from the departments to the blog.
* Update: The City of Alexandria has also endorsed the NACTO guide.
We are proud to announce the 2014 WABA Education Instructor training program. This is a unique opportunity to join one of the country’s most prominent and successful bike education programs that has been featured in The Washington Post and on NPR in 2013. You’ll get paid to teach adults and kids throughout the region how to make the most of their time on a bike.
Additionally, through the program, you will become certified as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), enabling you to teach bike education anywhere in the country and/or to host your own classes as an independent instructor.
You’re invited to apply for one of a limited number of Instructor trainee positions this fall. The application is not long, but please take the time to think about your answers and use them as your opportunity to make the case for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a WABA Education Instructor?
WABA Education Instructors are enthusiastic local individuals who combine their love of bicycling and aptitude for teaching to help run one of the best Adult Bike Education programs in the country. Anyone can apply using this form, and from those applications, we will select 12-16 people to be our Instructor class for 2014.
Do WABA Education Instructors get paid?
Yes! Once Instructors have completed their Trainee period (seven hours of teaching), they are paid a rate of $50/hour for any classes they teach with WABA.
What is the time commitment for WABA Education Instructors?
The training program involves 3-4 mandatory events, including weekly online assignments, a 9-hour class on a Saturday (tentatively scheduled for 9/13) and a weekend-long seminar (tentatively scheduled for October). We estimate that the total required time is somewhere around 40-50 hours (including time spent on homework) between August and November. Once you complete the Seminar, you will have to attend two WABA adult classes (totaling seven hours) as a Trainee. After that, however, your commitment level is up to you. Over 90 percent of our classes are held on weekend mornings and are 3.5 hours long.
What happens if I am chosen as one of the WABA Education Instructor candidates?
You receive the following:
And in exchange:
We think that seems like a pretty fair trade.
What are the dates and times that I should know about?
July 8 – Applications begin
August 1 – Applications end
August 11 (Tentative) – Instructor Candidates notified
September 13 – Traffic Skills 101
October 10-12 – League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar
What does it cost to become a WABA Education Instructor?
Completing the application form is free, of course. If you are selected as one of our fifteen candidates, you will be asked to pay for membership in the League of American Bicyclists ($40) in order to obtain your League Cycling Instructor certification. Additionally, you are responsible for all transportation, food/beverage, and bike upkeep costs incurred while in the training program, and as a WABA Education Instructor thereafter (except where otherwise noted). WABA will cover the rest of the costs (see above list).
I completed WABA’s City Cycling course(s). Can I skip the Traffic Skills 101 requirement?
Sorry, but no. Traffic Skills 101 includes both a written evaluation and an on-bike evaluation that you must pass with a score of 85 percent or higher in order to be allowed into the LCI Seminar. While WABA’s classes cover some of the same material, the only way to take these evaluations with us is through this WABA Education Instructor training program.
What happens if I am accepted as a candidate, but fail to meet the 85% score requirement at the Traffic Skills 101 course?
It is possible for this to happen, though we will do our best to ensure that you reach the required score. If you do not meet the League’s requirement for the Seminar, we cannot allow you to continue. We will offer you a spot in the next LCI Seminar that is hosted by WABA, and will work with you to bring your score up.
Thanks for applying, and good luck!
Beginning today, Virginia law now requires to drivers to give at least three feet of space to bicyclists when passing. Safe passing laws are effective at educating drivers about safe distance needed to pass bicyclists while providing additional legal protection after a crash occurs.
Virginia is the 21st state to enact the three foot passing law. The District of Columbia and Maryland state both have three footing passing laws on the books, so Virginia’s new law brings much needed consistency to Washington area bicyclists and drivers.
The legislation (SB97) sponsored by Senator Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) passed the full Senate on January 21 and it passed the House of Delegates on March 21. The bill was signed into law by Gov. McAuliffe shortly after its successful passage. Learn more about the legislative history of SB97 in our March blog post.
WABA has worked for years with the Virginia Bicycling Federation to advocate for the three foot passing law. We would like to thank the thousands of Virginia bicyclists who contacted their legislators throughout 2014 legislative session.
This 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.
Click here to learn more and get involved.
We’re joining Team Sticky Fingers for a fun night out on Thursday, June 26th for dinner and a movie, and cold beverages! Best of all, proceeds from this event go directly to WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and the Women’s Cycling Association.
The event aims to celebrate and raise awareness for women’s road racing with the screening of “Half the Road.” This award-winning documentary film explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport.
We promise you’ll have a great time and have a chance to win lots of prizes. Door prizes and more provided by DC-area cycling teams, organizations, local businesses and bike shops!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse
Doors open: 6:30 pm; Program begins: 7:00pm
Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets