Thoughts on scooters? Share them with us.

Electric scooters joined the transportation landscape in a big way less than two years ago. The two-wheel, battery-powered scooters are available for rent via a mobile app. Companies such as Spin, Lime, Bird, Bolt, Lyft, and Skip are currently offering scooter sharing services in DC and Arlington while looking to expand the dockless service into other local communities.

The growing availability of scooters presents many possible benefits and creates potential concerns. WABA is developing an organizational position on scooters and we would like your input.

Please share your thoughts and feedback about scooters via our short survey. The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and helps us better understand the community’s thoughts about this new mode of transportation. WABA will use the input from the survey and other research to develop a position on scooters that will inform future advocacy, outreach and education efforts.

Take The Survey

It’s important for us to share that our corporate partners do include companies that offer scooter services. Lime, Spin, JUMP, Bird and Lyft are corporate supporters of WABA or sponsor events. This survey was not developed in coordination with any corporate supporter of WABA, scooter company or otherwise. The board and staff will developed the organizational policy regarding electric scooters independently from corporate partners or sponsors.

Thanks for providing your input and please share the survey with your network.

Ward 4 Neighbors for Safe Streets Meeting

It’s time to get together again! I want to thank each of you who came out to the last meeting and those of you who have been attending all the other DDOT, MPD, Ward 4 Council meetings, and ANC meetings. Ward 4 residents have been consistently sharing their concerns about the lack of bike infrastructure and the number of people hurt on our neighborhood streets. We really appreciate that. And we want you all to continue to do so!

That’s why we’re excited about this first meeting with Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, who has shown himself to be very receptive to the needs of pedestrian and bicyclists throughout Ward 4. Will you join me on March 5th for a community meeting with CM Todd to discuss bicycle and pedestrian safety?

Yes, I’ll be there

As you know, we’ve spent a lot of time combing through crash data, and now it’s time to put that work into action.

The March 5th meeting will help identify those stressful, near-miss and dangerous places. We will have a full agenda, but we’ll be looking for you to share areas of particular concern—bad intersections, poor street design, etc. Please be sure to tell a friend or neighbor about this opportunity. Along with Councilmember Todd, we are inviting representatives from DDOT, the Bicycle Advisory Council representative, and local stakeholders.

Ward 4 Neighbors for Safe Streets Meeting with Councilmember Todd

Tuesday, March 5th

32 Grant Circle NW

Washington, DC 20011

6:30pm – 8:30pm

RSVP

If you can’t make the March 5th meeting, please send me an email with your questions or concerns for Councilman Todd and I’ll be sure to ask them for you.

We’re Hiring: Adult Education Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an Adult Education Coordinator for WABA’s Adult Education programs, including Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, and Everyday Bicycling Seminars. The ideal candidate must share WABA’s vision for better bicycling in the region and will be responsible for our bicycle education and outreach programming dedicated to serving adults in the Washington, DC region. Additionally, the coordinator will work  with WABA’s Development staff to design, fund, and implement new ideas.

WABA’s education and outreach programs are highly regarded and successful, helping adults throughout the DC region to learn to ride bikes, to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, and to use bicycles to commute to and from work. These programs create opportunities to engage with and educate adults no matter how they ride.

Job Responsibilities

The Adult Education Coordinator will plan, coordinate, and implement WABA’s Adult Education program, including Adult Learn to Ride classes, City Cycling classes, Community rides, and Everyday Bicycling Seminars. The Adult Education Spring and Fall seasons typically run from April to June and September to November, respectively. The Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Delivering high-quality bicycling experiences to adults throughout WABA’s service area.
  • Scheduling 70+ events per year across these programs.
  • Designing and modifying events, topics, ride routes, and curricula, as needed.
  • Recruiting, training, and coordinating with WABA’s corps of 40+ contracted instructors.
  • Marketing and promoting programs and conducting outreach activities.
  • Leading and teaching classes, rides, and seminars, as needed.
  • Collecting student and instructor feedback and incorporating it into programming.
  • Identifying  areas of need for future programming, designing effective concepts to meet those needs, and working with the Development team to source funding to build new programs.
  • Working with regional stakeholders to expand bicycle education, including to areas not already served.
  • Collaborating with the Programs team in resource sharing, skills development, and cross-program integration of ideas.
  • General administration, including blog posts, data entry, organization/inventory, clerical work, etc.
  • Performing a variety of tasks related to the operations of WABA including office tasks, major event support, and clerical work.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2 or more years of program management or program development experience.
  • 1 or more year of direct supervisory experience.
  • Education, instruction, or teaching experience.
  • The ability to pass DC Public Schools’ volunteering requirements: tuberculosis test and criminal background check.
  • Excellent public speaking, presentation, and writing skills.
  • A flexible schedule, specifically working weekends and/or evenings during busy periods of the year. Expect to work minimum 4 hours each weekend during the April-June and September-November periods. WABA provides generous compensatory time for time worked on weekends and evenings.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.

Additional preferred skills include:

  • Current League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification or equivalent OR the willingness/ability to obtain certification within first 2-3 months of employment.
  • A current driver’s license and a clean driving record.
  • Marketing/promotional experience.
  • The ability to lift 40 lbs.
  • The ability to ride a bike comfortably and confidently in urban/suburban situations.
  • A solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its 46 year history.

WABA is building a region where, in 2020, we’ll see three times the number of people riding bikes. And, by 2035, every single person will live within one mile of a dedicated safe place to bike. We envision a region in which bicycling is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $40,000-$45,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with compensatory time in exchange. This position will report to WABA’s Program Director.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation and sick leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of ice cream.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Adult Education Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Monday, March 25th. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Rock Creek Far West: First Public Meeting

This is a guest post from Ward 3 Bike Advocates member Josh Rising. To learn more about W3BA, find them on on Twitter (@ward3bikes) or check out their website (ward3bikes.org), and/or join their listserv by sending a blank email to w3ba-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Cyclists in Washington DC’s Ward 3—which stretches from Chevy Chase Circle in the north to the Palisades in the south—have long waited for the bicycle lanes that we’ve seen appear in other parts of the city. We’ve looked enviously at the protected bicycle lanes on 15th Street, Water Street, and L/M Street and wondered why there can’t be safer and more efficient ways for cyclists to move about in Ward 3.

We just don’t have enough bike infrastructure in the Ward. And that’s not ok.

Fortunately, DC’s Department of Transportation is launching a process, called the Rock Creek Far West (RCFW) Livability Study, that could result in bike lanes of our very own. The study will focus on the area south and west of Massachusetts Ave., including the neighborhoods of the Palisades, Foxhall, Glover Park, Wesley Heights, and Spring Valley.

Map of Ward 3 for Rock Creek Far West Livability Study.

Here at W3BA, we think this is an amazing opportunity to build the infrastructure necessary to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe (many of which were laid out in the MoveDC master plan). Here is what we are looking forward to:

  • An off-street bike trail on Massachusetts Ave., stretching from Western Ave. down to Sheridan Circle;
  • A protected cycletrack on Arizona Ave.;
  • A bicycle lane on Loughboro Rd.;
  • Better connections to the Capital Crescent Trail.

All these are possible outcomes of the RCFW study, but only if bicyclists show up to demonstrate the support (you do not need to live in Ward 3 to participate). So, we are asking you to mark your calendars and join us there. If you can, go to https://rockcreekfarwest.com and comment on what improvements you’d like to see.

The first meeting will be held at the Palisades library (4901 V Street NW) from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday the 26th. Come speak up about what you want to see in this part of town!

Click here to RSVP. We’ll see you there!

Josh Rising

W3BA Steering Committee

Celebrating growth at the 2019 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

We held our fifth annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event on Wednesday, February 13th at the Josephine Butler Parks Center.

It was humbling—so many people, working all over the region, are putting in hard work to make getting around this region better. That work couldn’t be more important. We need a transportation system that makes people feel safe and empowered to get around by bike. We are so happy that we got the chance to recognize the people making it happen. Take a look through the slideshow below to see all of these everyday superheroes!

Our host, Christina Sturdivant Sani, a freelance journalist and DC native who has long covered transportation in the region, walked us through the evening that brought together 200 excited and passionate bicyclists, advocates, WABA supporters, and award winners to celebrate the amazing achievements made in 2018 to make bicycling better in our region.

Christina Sturdivant Sani, our host for the 2019 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support the awards show: the event could not have happened without you—your votes, your enthusiasm and encouragement, and your own hard work and support to make bicycling better in our region.

We also want to give a big thanks to our sponsors for the event:

5 Things to Do for Bicycling in DC this Month

Every year, the DC Council holds public hearings to consider the performance of each of the city’s agencies. For bicycle advocates with a little spare time on weekdays, it is a prime opportunity to talk directly to councilmembers and agency heads to highlight strengths and areas of improvement for an agency.

Here’s a list of those public hearings and forums:

Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 am: Department of For Hire Vehicles

  • Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Chanell Autrey (cautrey@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202-724-8053.
  • Issues of concern:
    • Education, training and testing of for-hire drivers
    • Collecting reports of driver behavior
    • Uber & Lyft parking in bike lanes & dooring
    • Ticketing and retraining as behavior modification tools

Friday, February 15 at 11:00 am: Department of Public Works 

  • Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Aukima Benjamin (abenjamin@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202-724-8062.
  • Issues of concern:
    • Leaf collection in protected bike lanes
    • Parking enforcement
    • Proactive enforcement in high-infraction areas
    • Reprioritizing from resident parking violations to traffic safety (bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalk, illegal loading etc.)
    • Responsiveness to reports of illegal parking/safety issue
    • Alternative enforcement options (eg. citizen reports)

Monday, Febraury 25 at 11:00 am: District Department of Transportation

  • Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Aukima Benjamin (abenjamin@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202-724-8062.
  • Issues of concern:
    • Design & construction of multi-use trails like the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia River Trail, South Capitol St. Trail, etc.
    • Design & construction of on-street bicycle infrastructure like bike lanes and protected bike lanes
    • Are sufficient resources being devoted to improving options for safe biking and walking?
    • Dockless bikeshare & scooters
    • The pace of expansion of the bicycle network & reaching goals

Mayor Bowser’s Budget Engagement Forum

  • Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 pm: Budget Engagement Forum at the Arthur Capper Community Center (1001 5th Street, SE)
  • Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 am: Budget Engagement Forum at the Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE)
  • Monday, February 25 at 6:30 pm: Budget Engagement Forum at Roosevelt High School (4301 13th Street, NW)

RSVP here

Public Meeting for the WB&A Trail Bridge!

Do you know about the bridge across the Patuxent River that will connect the two pieces of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail?

Well, it’s going to be amazing. AND it’s one step closer to reality!

Anne Arundel County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Recreation & Parks will host a public meeting to discuss the WB&A Trail Bridge at Patuxent River Capital Project.

What: WB&A Trail Bridge Public Meeting (more info)

When: Wednesday, February 13, 6 pm

Where: Two Rivers Community Center/Clubhouse, 1425 Two Rivers Blvd, Odenton, MD 21113

Submit written comments: Email Dawn Thomas (rpthom00@aacounty.org)

The WB&A Trail has a gorgeous segment in Anne Arundel County, and an equally fantastic portion in Prince George’s County. But the trail is cut apart by a significant barrier—the Patuxent River.

At Patuxent River Park looking over the gap into Anne Arundel County, MD.

Last year, the project was awarded $4.7M, proving that the bridge was a priority for Maryland. The WB&A Trail has been a WABA priority for decades, and this funding commitment was an important win.

The trail bridge will be located south of Conway Road in Odenton and will connect the two trail segments. And it’s not just about local connectivity—this link will be a component of national trails, like the East Coast Greenway and American Discovery Trail!

Bikes, Books and Brunch!

Bikes, Books and Brunch is back! For our first event this year, we’ll be biking to Bellevue/William Lockridge Library in Ward 8 to read Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. This is a New York Times Best Seller from our former First Lady.

If you have seen or attended any of her events then you know how enlightening this book will be. I have heard nothing but great things about it! So let’s bike and have brunch provided by MLK Deli while we discuss this amazing book.

We encourage you to get the book at your local library or bookstore. Alternatively, the book is available on Amazon.com or on Audible.com.

Ride Details:

When: March 9th at 11:00am

Where: We’ll meet at the THEARC and ride over to the Bellevue Library.

This ride is free and about four miles, roundtrip! Please bring funds to get brunch.

Helmets are required. The ride will be rain or shine! If it rains and you don’t want to ride, feel free to meet us at Bellevue Library for the book discussion and brunch.

Interested? Register for Bikes, Books and Brunch below! And be on the lookout for more dates to come.

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Three bike projects coming to Downtown Silver Spring

Photo from CDOT

On Monday, February 4, please come learn about three bike projects coming to downtown Silver Spring. Montgomery County Department of Transportation staff will share plans and get your feedback on two small but important additions to the Silver Spring bike network and the first secure bike parking facility in the county!

  • Cameron to Planning Place Bikeway – a new north-south bike connection between the end of Fenton St at Cameron and the “Purple Pathway” leading to Spring St. and Woodland Dr.
  • Dixon Ave protected bike lanes – new north-south curb-protected bike lanes between Wayne Ave and Ripley St.
  • Silver Spring Secure Bike Parking – a secure bike parking room at Dixon & Bonifant will give Metro, MARC, bus and Purple Line riders, and area visitors a secure place to store their bike.

Silver Spring Bike Project Public Meeting

Monday, February 4, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Silver Spring International Middle School
313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

To learn more about these and other county bike projects before the meeting, visit bikemontgomery.com. If you cannot attend but want to share feedback, contact Matt Johnson, AICP, Project Manager at 240-777-7237 or Matt.Johnson@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov by February 20.


Where are the 2nd Ave and Wayne Ave protected bike lanes?

Late last fall, MCDOT broke ground on protected bike lanes on 2nd Ave. and Wayne Ave. between Spring St. and Georgia Ave. which form the second major piece of the Silver Spring Circle. Unfortunately, construction hit a few major utility and weather snags which delayed much of the early work. It should be back on track in early spring. Stay tuned for a celebration.