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:

Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

We are excited to announce that Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host this year’s Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on February 28th.

Photo Courtesy of NBC Washington

The Awards will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health on Tuesday, February 28th from 7:30-9:00pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the party and admission is free. There will also be complimentary food from Cava as well as beer and wine. We hope that you will celebrate the people and places that make our region a great place to bike. If you wish to attend, please RSVP for the Awards event here.

It is also the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and that means that we need YOU to decide the winners. Voting will be open through February 21st. Vote for your favorites here.

Additional information about our annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards can be found here.

Nominate your favorites!

Nominations for the third Annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards are now open and we want to hear from you:

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The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people and organizations that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

We want YOU to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today! You can read more info about the Awards event here.

Nominations will be open through Friday, January 27th. Voting for the winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards will be open from Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 17th. Winners will be announced at the event in late February. More details about the exact date and location of the Awards event are coming soon.

 

Best of WABA Events: 2016

Looking back at 2016, the WABA Events Team wanted to share with you our favorite moments from our signature events of the last year:

February 2016: The Bicyclist Choice Awards and Annual Members Meeting

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The WABA Vision Zero award.

WABA staff.

The Awards event is our opportunity to be fancy and to recognize and thank those people who really and truly make a positive difference for bicycling in the region. It was really special this year to have the Director of the District Department of Transportation in attendance to accept an award we gave him. -Michelle

March 2016: The Congressional Ride 

Photo Credit: The League of American Bicyclists

The Congressional Ride is a really unique ride event that WABA organizes as part of the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit each year. It’s special because we get to meet bike advocates and bicyclists from all over the country, talk to them about the work WABA is doing in our Nation’s Capital and around the region, and show off some of DC’s best bicycle infastrucutre. Everyone is always so impressed with the bike lanes and protected infrastructure, and they love hearing about our programs, events, and the impact we have on the region. -Michelle

The Vasa Ride

Vasa Ride 2016

The weather machine cooperated and the cloudy skies held their rain for this year’s Vasa Ride. Flowers were in bloom. The breeze was almost warm. The highlight is always the grumbling and tight muscles in the morning as sleepy-eyed riders stretch out their riding legs for the first time all winter, and then the joy, smiles, hugs, and happy conversations had over warm blueberry soup at the end of the ride inside the absolutely gorgeous House of Sweden. -Michelle 

May 2016: Bike to Work Day

Photo Credit: John Pickett

What’s not to love about Bike to Work Day? The ENTIRE WABA staff and board unite to go spread the bike love. This year, WABA had a presence at a record number of pit stops for us: 26 different pit stops! We mobilized 31 WABA captains and 112 volunteers to get out there super early on a Friday morning and talk to people about better bicycling. So much sunshine. So much coffee. So many bagels. And so many bicycle-induced smiles and high fives. -Michelle

Tour de Fat

DC celebrity spotting! Local bicycle advice columnist Gear Prudence for City Paper came out to support WABA.

Just look at those lines!

I was a bit terrified when Tour de Fat rolled around this year because there was rain in the forecast — LOTS of rain. But, to my delight, people still came out to celebrate and drink beer and ride bikes in the rain! I couldn’t believe it and I am SO grateful that the #bikedc community is so supportive of the work we do. -Michelle 

June 2016: Bike to Work AGAIN Day

Bike to Work Again Day + beer!

We loved Bike to Work Day so much this year that we decided to celebrate it again a month later! With three “pit stops” at local bars and restaurants in Arlington, Bethesda, and the District, we hung out with bike commuters on their way home and talked about our favorite subject: bikes! -Nick

July 2016: Bike to the Pools Ride

Cooling off at a splash park right off the Marvin Gaye Trail!

The Washington area gets pretty hot in July, so we decided that we’d combine two things we all love to do: biking and swimming! (And a bit of splashing.) We rode our bikes from the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens along the Marvin Gaye Trail, stopped at a splash park, hopped on our bikes again, and finished the ride at the Deanwood Pool. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon! -Nick

August 2016: Open Streets Community Organizing

Petworth residents, ANC commissioners, and community leaders came together to help guide us in planning a community wide event in their neighborhood that will have a positive lasting impact, promote community building, and bring neighbors together.

This entire year we have been working to bring an open street event to DC, where a roadway is temporary closed to vehicles so it can be opened up to the people to walk, bike, dance, and play in the middle of the street. We are lucky to have the support of the DC Office of Planning in this effort and received a substantial grant for this project from the agency. It’s a big undertaking, and we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited for the connections and relationships we’ve begun to build with Petworth and city officials, and can’t wait to continue work in 2017 to bring DC its first open streets program. -Michelle

September 2016: The 50 States & 13 Colonies Ride

Photo credit: Chuck Cage

Years of tinkering with WABA’s weather machine to let up on the rain finally paid off, but someone forgot to adjust the temperature… it was HOT! Despite the heat, we welcomed our biggest crowd yet—700 registrants—to a fun and challenging ride throughout DC’s 8 Wards. This year, we hosted riders from California, Alabama, Texas, Ohio, and many other far-flung places! -Nick

October 2016: WABA in the Wild Overnight C&O Tour

In a matter of days, the 11 strangers who came together for WABA in the Wild became fast friends.

Everyone celebrated in the warm autumn sunshine at mile marker 0 in Georgetown at the end of the ride.

WABA in the Wild was the highlight of my year for sure. It was a feat of an event to pull off: the first time WABA has ever done an original peer-to-peer fundraising event, the first time we’ve ever done a multi-day bike tour, the first time we’ve ever organized a group camping trip. But we pulled it off and it was a tremendous success. We bicycled through rain and mud with smile on our faces. We saw beauty in the trees along the canal and the shimmering sunshine on the Potomac. There was whiskey, laughter, games, camaraderie, and so. many. snacks. And we can’t wait to do it again with more people in 2017! -Michelle

November 2016: The Cider Ride

Photo credit: Mr.TinDC

This year’s Cider Ride was the biggest ever, with over 700 people riding their bikes along the beautiful trails and farm roads of Prince George’s county, the Patuxent Research Refuge, and the new (and old) sections of the Anacostia River Trail. Riders also helped to advance our campaign to finish the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail in Hyattsville — we collected over 300 signatures at an advocacy pit stop along the course! -Nick

December 2016: The Holiday Party

Many, many bikes outside Boundary Stone for the WABA Holiday Party. Photo credit: Jeremiah Lowery

One of our ‘accomplishments scrapboards’ from the party

We hosted our year-end Holiday Party at Boundary Stone and had an awesome time chatting with members about all the things we accomplished together in 2016 and what we’re looking forward to working on in 2017. It was great to hang out with so many of our members and enjoy some holiday cheer! -Nick


We hope you enjoyed being part of the bike community as much as we did this year. Happy New Year and here’s to more awesome WABA events — and a few awesome event surprises — in 2017!

Cheers,

WABA Events Team

Your Winners of the 2016 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

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Last week, we held our second annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and the celebration was a huge success! Hosted by Tracy Hadden Loh, the awards event brought together close to 150 excited and passionate bicyclists, advocates, WABA supporters, VIPs, and award winners to celebrate the amazing steps taken and achievements made in 2015 to make bicycling better in our region.

Our amazing host this year, Tracy, is a WABA Member extraordinaire, Trails and Active Transportation Expert, Great Greater Washington contributor, and Rails to Trails Coalition Research Director. Tracy brought down the house when she got everyone in the crowd to do the bicycle wave.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support the awards show: the event could not have happened without you – your nominations, your votes and your interest in attending the event.

The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is an important opportunity for WABA to recognize the people and places in our region that make bicycling great, and we were so happy that many of you were a part of it.

Continue reading to find out who won and to see photos from the event.

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winners of the publicly-chosen Bicyclists’ Choice Awards:

 

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia:

  • Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Installation of rubber parking barriers along the Pennsylvania Ave cycletrack
  • Breaking ground on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail’s extension north to Maryland through Kenilworth
    Aquatic Gardens
  • The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

Winner: The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

District Department of Transportation accepts the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland:

  • Capital Bikeshare expansion in Maryland
  • Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with
    the Purple Line
  • Construction of Montgomery County’s first protected bike lane on Woodglen Drive
  • Snow removal on the Capital Crescent Trail by Montgomery County

Winner: Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with the Purple Line

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation is Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation was Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Virginia:

  • Saving the Arlington bike program budget
  • Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail
  • Repairing and resurfacing the Custis Trail
  • Snow removal on Arlington County trails

Winner: Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria is Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria was Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District in 2015:

  • The Ballston/Clarendon neighborhoods in Virginia
  • Brookland in Washington DC
  • Crystal City, VA
  • Downtown, Washington DC

Winner: The Downtown DC Business Improvement District

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID is Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID was Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Nominees for the Best Bike Shop in 2015:

  • BicycleSPACE
  • Bikenetic
  • Spokes Etc
  • The Bike Rack

Winner: The Bike Rack

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Nominees for the Best Social Ride in 2015:

  • The Bikenetic Sunday Coffee Ride
  • Slow Roll DC
  • The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride
  • DC Bike Party

Winner: The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Business in 2015:

  • District Taco
  • Filter Coffeehouse
  • Annie’s Ace Hardware
  • Java Shack

Winner: District Taco

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

We are pleased to announce and honor the winners of the WABA Awards:

The Biking for All Award: Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System

WABA’s Biking for All Award went to Miriam Kenyon for her leadership and innovation in creating and pushing forward the Biking in the Park program that will teach every second grader in the city’s public school system how to safely and enjoyably ride a bicycle.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts the Biking for All Award.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts The Biking for All Award.

The Public Leadership Award: Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

WABA’s Public Leadership Award went to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, for the county hiring its first Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, which will help them start down the path to improving bicycling county wide. We expect to see great things for bicycling in Prince George’s County in the near future. Accepting the award for the County was Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting the Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting The Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

The Future Trails Award: Tammy Stidham, National Park Service

WABA’s Future Trails Award went to Tammy Stidham, Chief of Planning, Compliance, and Geographic Information Systems for the National Park Service. We recognized Tammy with The Future Trails Award for her leadership role in moving the trails network forward at the National Park Service. Tammy has helped build crucial support for the Capital Trails Coalition, an emerging group of public, private and nonprofit organizations supporting a regional trails network. She is also leading the effort of the Park Service to update the 25 year old regional paved trails plan which will be finalized this year. And lastly she has provided oversight of the Georgetown Boathouse project which will bring a much improved trail head and access point for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

The Community Organizer of the Year Award: Megan Jones

WABA’s Community Organizer of the Year Award went to Megan Jones, dedicated WABA Member and the organizer of the Hains Point 100 fundraiser bicycle event for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. Megan received this award for her role in assessing where people power in our local bike movement is needed, and voluntarily moving and shaking to move people into those roles. Through her role on the Arlington BAC, Megan recruits and organizes advocates, she pulls more women into racing through her clinics, rides, and coaching with Team Sticky Fingers. And through her own organizing she’s fundraised more than $25,000 and over 1,500 people to ride thousands of laps around Hains Point to help continue our Women & Bicycles program.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

The Advocate of the Year Award: Jeff Lemieux

WABA’s Advocate of the Year Award for 2015 went to Jeff Lemieux for his forthcoming WB&A concept & analysis that WABA will be releasing in the next few weeks, his extensive advocacy & writing on the College Park and Greenbelt Route One corridor, and for chairing the WABA Action Committee for Prince George’s County.

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Jeff Lemieux accepts The Advocate of the Year Award.

The Take the Lane Award: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WABA’s Take the Lane Awards went to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the biggest single jump in bike lanes in one year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also recently voted to fund Bikeshare in Tysons. The passage of the County’s Bicycle Master Plan at the end of 2014 led to 2015 being the greatest number of bike lanes striped in one year. We also want to thank our colleagues at Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling for their hard work on this effort as well.

The Vision Zero Award: Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation

WABA’s Vision Zero Award was presented to Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation for his dedication to moving DC’s Vision Zero commitment forward and developing an action plan. Vision Zero is the commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

See additional photos of the awards event below:

 

Second Annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

You are cordially invited to join WABA for our second annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust building in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

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The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

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As part of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards, we want YOUR OPINIONS! (And we know that some of you are very opinionated, so now is your chance.)

We want you to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today!

Nominations will be open until 4:30pm on Friday, February 5th.

The awards event, along with WABA’s Annual Members Meeting, will take place on Thursday, February 25th, during which we will party and recognize all of the winners.

(You can read more details about the nomination and voting process on the event page here.)

The Awards party will be a fun and social celebration of the people and places that make DC, Maryland, and Virginia great for bicycling. Admission to the event and appetizers are free, beer and wine a $5 suggested donation.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Awards event. Guests and nominees for the Awards event should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30pm. The awards presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

The Annual Members Meeting will take place prior to the Awards event. If you are a WABA member and are interested in participating in our Members Meeting and voting in our Board elections, please arrive by 6:30pm. The Members Meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:15pm.

Nominate for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards