Don’t miss out on THE celebration of National Bike Month

National Bike Month is here, and we are only two weeks away from its biggest celebration, on May 18!

DC Bike Ride offers you the chance of celebrating life on two wheels on DC’s only car-free course! This is your chance to OWN THE ROAD worry-free – NO cars, just FUN! Our 20-mile course is full of entertainment, offering you some of DC’s best flavors, music, and sights.

The ride is all about showing our love for bicycling! DC Bike Ride welcomes riders of all ages and riding abilities, offers special prices for kids and youth riders, and great deals on rentals. Yes, we get you covered!We are also proud to support WABA, have raised over $100,000, since 2016, for street safety programs. So, sign up today, join the 7,000 riders on this celebration, and don’t miss out on the chance to give back to the bike community!

Register today!

The countdown to your favorite bike ride is on.

This is a guest blog post from our friends at DC Bike Ride:

We are just a few weeks away from the 2019 DC Bike Ride: your one chance to celebrate life on two wheels in a 20-mile car-free course. Come experience DC Bike Ride as we look to feature the best sights, sounds, and flavors our nation’s capital has to offer.

DC Bike Ride has a special offer for WABA supporters: $55 for 55 hours! Sign up in the next 55 hours, use the code WABA55 and get $10 off your standard registration. (Offer ends on April 17, at 10 PM EST).

Sign up!

DC Bike Ride is a fun, recreational ride, and the best opportunity to cruise through a car-free course full of flavor stations, musical acts and the beautiful views DC is known for. After the ride, we welcome everyone to the Finish Festival for free activities, fun, giveaways, and entertainment for all ages. 

The Ride is also a great way to support WABA in its efforts to collaborate with local jurisdictions on substantial street safety changes. DC Bike Ride is proud to support WABA, and since 2016 has raised over $100,000.00 for street safety programs. So sign up today, and let the fun times roll.


Bike Your Heart Out at DC Bike Ride

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

We’re so excited to announce the headliner of the DC Bike Ride Finish Festival: get ready to gear up for some go-go music with DC’s own legendary Trouble Funk and DJ Little Bacon Bear!

 

 

DC Bike Ride is DC’s only closed-road, car-free, recreational bike ride. Join us in celebrating what makes DC, DC: the people, the culture, the music, and the joy of biking around a beautiful city.

The third annual DC Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, May 19 and feature a 20-mile scenic route with absolutely no cars (or you can opt for the 6-mile short cut course). Registration is filling up fast and the price increases on April 1.

WABA Members and supporters can register now using the promo code WABALOVE to receive $5 off standard registration until April 1.

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Why join DC Bike Ride? Because it’s going to be really fun, it’s your only chance to bike the streets of DC on completely car-free roads, it’s family-friendly and for all biking abilities, and it raises support for WABA’s street safety work around Vision Zero.

Register now!

Daydreaming about stress free bikey goodness? We are too.

 

Can’t wait for Bike to Work Day?

Daydreaming about stress free bikey goodness? We are too.

Here’s our suggestion: sign up for DC Bike Ride!

What’s DC Bike Ride? It’s a huge bike ride event on Sunday, May 14th with monumental views and a finish line festival.

Here are five reasons why you’ve got to sign up for DC Bike Ride:

  1. Car-free, stress-free, wide open roads to ride your bike.
  2. Music. Fun. Entertainment. DJ BIZ MARKIE! Batalá! Dupont Brass Band!
  3. A good reason to tune your bike (or test out your new ride) before your big BTWD commute.
  4. Don’t miss out: all your friends and fellow bike commuters will be there having the time of their lives.
  5. It raises funds to support our important Vision Zero advocacy work.

You can learn more about WABA’s Vision Zero advocacy work here.

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Check out a few of our favorite photos from the inaugural DC Bike Ride last May below:

WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.

We really, really hope you will sign up for DC Bike Ride and join us for this spectacular event. And don’t forget to sign up for Bike to Work Day: especially if you bike every day. This is the one day of the year to be counted (literally). Have a great Bike to Work Day.

Volunteer to help DC Bike Ride happen!

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DC Bike Ride is going to be INCREDIBLE: 17-miles of streets in Downtown Washington, DC that will be fully closed to cars for you to bike on. That’s a lot of car-free miles! Plus, there will be a Finish Festival party after the ride with Questlove, the in-house band of The Tonight Show, and White Ford Bronco.

But we need a lot of volunteer help to pull this thing off.

If you were around when WABA was involved with Bike DC, you have an idea of how awesome and big this event will be and how much volunteer help goes into it.

Can you volunteer at DC Bike Ride packet pick up on Saturday, May 21st or at the event itself on Sunday, May 22nd?

Yes, I’ll volunteer at DC Bike Ride!

Here’s some Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering at DC Bike Ride:

Q: What do I get for volunteering?

A: A free DC Bike Ride t-shirt, plus snacks/drinks, and a free one-day Capital Bikeshare membership! Plus, if you volunteer three times in a year for WABA then you get a free one-year WABA membership and all the perks that comes with.

Yes, I’ll volunteer at DC Bike Ride!

Q: What will volunteers be doing?

A: Everything from passing out rider packets and bib numbers the day before the event to event set up that morning, showing cycling where to line up for the start and helping to marshal finished riders to the party, handing out water and snacks at Aid Stations on the route, packing up and breaking down the event once it’s over, and helping at the Finish Festival with handing out food/drinks and providing information to guests.

Q: What time are the volunteer shifts?

A: There are shifts on Saturday, May 21st from 9:30am to 1:30pm and 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Most shifts on throughout the day on Sunday, May 22nd, with some shifts early in the morning and some in early afternoon. Details can be found here. 

Q: Where are volunteer shifts located?

A: Pack Pick Up shifts on Saturday are located in DC’s NoMa neighborhood at Storey Park, First Street and L Street NE. All Sunday volunteer shifts are located in Downtown, Washington DC along the route and on Pennsylvania Ave downtown.

Q: Where is the most help needed?

A: With “Packet Pick Up” on Saturday, May 22nd, and on Sunday most help is needed with the “Pre Ride Team”, “Start and Finish Line Team” and “Finish Line Tear Down Crew” shifts.

Q: Will I get to watch the Finish Festival and see Questlove?

A: That depends on where you volunteer, but you should most likely get to hear the tunes! White Ford Bronco plays from 10am-11am and Questlove plays from 11am-1pm. Most of the volunteer shifts on Sunday allow you to either watch while you volunteer (like “Post Ride Party Crew” volunteers) or listen as you volunteer from your station on Pennsylvania Ave since they will be projecting sound.

But when your shifts end, and many early Sunday shifts end by 11 or 11:30am, you’ll be able to come over to the Finish Festival to see Questlove! Saturday packet pick up volunteers are invited to come see the whole festival on Sunday.

Q: Will I get free ride entry if I volunteer?

A: Unfortunately, the event organizers aren’t able to offer free ride entry for volunteers, plus many of the volunteer shifts take place during the ride itself.

Q: What if I want to sign up to ride, but could also help out?/I already registered, but if you really need help, I could help out, is that possible?

A: Yes! At this point, we need volunteers so bad that we’ll take whatever we can get. If you’re registered or want to register, and can still help out for a few hours early that morning, please still sign up to volunteer!

The ride itself starts at 8am, so you’re best best is either taking a Saturday packet pick up shift or one of the early morning Sunday shifts, like the Pre-Ride Team from 5:45am-11am, and noting in the “volunteer notes” at the bottom of the volunteer sign up form that you are riding so you can help until 7:45am/8am.

Q: Why should I volunteer for DC Bike Ride?

A: Because this event is going to bring out thousands of people to bike all in one place at the same same time. It’s going to be the greatest public showing of bicycling that this city has ever seen! You can be a part of it by volunteering, and by volunteering you are also doing your part in giving back to the greater DC region bike community.

Q: How does this event help make biking better?

DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to us to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. You can read more about that here. We will have a WABA tent at the event and will be on-site talking to people about Vision Zero and safe streets. So while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success. So you should volunteer!

Yes, I’ll volunteer at DC Bike Ride!

Time is running out: Register today for DCBR!

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

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ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 5/18

Rain, rain, go away! It’s time to put the clouds behind us and start looking forward to DCBR on May 22nd. We are counting down the days. If you haven’t registered there’s still time to join the ride – the newest tradition the DC biking community will take part in every year.

DCBR IS CLOSING THE STREETS JUST FOR YOU

2016 is the inaugural year for DCBR and it’s going to be epic! From 17 miles of car-free biking to a fantastic Finish Festival on America’s Main Street on Penn Ave. with the Capitol as the backdrop. Some of our favorite musical talent will be there, DJ Questlove, White Ford Bronco, and more! Additionally. Bring the kiddos to the Kids Zone complete with carnival games, face painters, balloon artists, and more! More Finish Festival details here.

Don’t miss the chance to ride in the very first DCBR. Thousands have registered! Join us in showcasing the two-wheel lifestyle to our city.

CALLING ALL BIKE CLUBS

We are still extending the offer to all bike club members! Are you in a bike club or have a large group of 10 or more? Gather your riding buddies and reach out to us at hello@dcbikeride.com to find out about our special bike club discount rate.

WANT GUARANTEED FIRST WAVE START?

For $195, our limited VIP package includes an official DCBR jersey, a delicious post-ride lunch, and a guaranteed first wave start. Register today to be in the leading group of the ride and get the first unique views of the city.

SHOW YOUR DCBR PRIDE

The DCBR Shop is now open! Find your new favorite riding gear or go-to hoodie here.

 

DC Bike Ride Update: Great Music, Great Cause, Great Ride.

From our partners at DC Bike Ride
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Act Now to Support WABA and Grow Cycling
We are about 6 weeks away from DCBR! Ride down Pennsylvania Avenue exclusively traffic free. That’s right, you’ll get the city streets (17 miles to be exact) all to yourselves.

DCBR’s positive impact stretches beyond 17 miles. Together, we can showcase the region’s biking landscape, make progress in improving street safety for all and demonstrate we are a vibrant part of the region’s community. DCBR was dreamed-up and planned in collaboration with WABA and other key partners. The ride is and will continue to be a mainstream platform for us to promote bicycling and create a healthy, more livable region. Join us – show your support by registering today!

Get your friends and family to join the cause. Introduce new folks to the two-wheel lifestyle. Ease skepticism and invite hesitant individuals to DCBR – help us break down barriers, unite the region and get as many people on bikes on May 22! And, don’t forget, proceeds from DCBR will fund WABA’s Vision Zero Community outreach.

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Star-Studded Finish Festival
After the ride, celebrate with us at the Finish Festival. Hear music from Questlove (of a certain in-house band from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, among other things) and musical performances by White Ford Bronco (get your 90’s on) and more! Additionally, after the ride, join KIND and Grip the Mat for a post-ride yoga session. Explore the outdoors and get inspired at the REI Village, a backyard-style party area full of games, giveaways, and lots to discover. Check out the full Finish Festival lineup here.

Not Convinced?
We’ll let your fellow WABA members show you the way! Find out why other members have joined DCBR and why you should to. Read their stories here.

Want a Guaranteed First-Wave Start?
Our limited VIP package includes an official DCBR jersey, a post-ride lunch, and a guaranteed first wave start. Show your bicycling pride. For $195, be in the leading group of the ride and be the first to experience the unique views of the city on two wheels.

Standard ($60) and youth ($30 for ages 3-7) rates are also available. For group rate, please contact hello@dcbikeride.com.

Thousands have registered!
It’s simple: the more participation in DCBR, the more WABA and we can help you in achieving your #bikegoals. Will you join thousands of DCBR riders to represent our community on May 22? Don’t miss this opportunity. Register now!

DC Bike Ride: WABA Early Access Discount Extended

An update from our partners at DC Bike Ride:

Since the WABA Early Access registration launch on Monday, we have received great interest in DC Bike Ride within the last 48 hours. Thank you so much! The outpouring of excitement around DCBR has been great and we really appreciate your support. We will be extending the $48 discount, for WABA members only, for another 24 hours. The offer will now end on February 4.

You Asked, We Listened.
We have had a number of inquiries around our age policy and we have been paying close attention to your suggestions! At this time, we have made the decision to:

  • Adjust the participation age requirement to 3 years old as of 5/22/16
  • Offer a youth ride-along rate for children ages 3 to 7 years old at $30 per participant (we will be reaching out to all current registrants within this age group, at the provided contact information, to issue an $18 refund)
  • Eliminate the 1-to-1 adult to youth rider ratio requirement for ride-along youth ages 3 to 7; the 1-to-1 adult policy will only apply to youth riders on their own bike, ages 8 to 13

Please note, all participants must be registered regardless of age or riding method. To view DCBR’s updated Youth Rider Policy, click here.

Join the Ride Today.
We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you at DCBR on May 22, 2016! WABA members check your email for your discount code to receive the discount. Offer will end on February 4.

WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.

You should sign up. It’s going to be great. 

ANNOUNCING: DC Bike Ride – Let’s Celebrate Life on Two Wheels

From our partners at DC Bike Ride:

17 MILES. CAR-FREE STREETS.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, D.C. is becoming a better bike region everyday. We’ve been hinting about a brand new riding tradition coming to the city on May 22nd but we can no longer keep the secret to ourselves. We’re beyond excited to finally announce the Inaugural DC Bike Ride (DCBR)!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR WABA MEMBERS: $48 FOR 48 HOURS!

We’ve cleared the roads! You clear your calendar. For 48 hours BEFORE registration opens the general public, DCBR invites WABA members to be the first to register for the Ride, at a special discounted rate. This deal won’t last long, prices will increase February 3.  If you’re a WABA Member, check your email. You’ll have a code that allows you to participate in this special pre-registration. If you’re not a WABA member, JOIN RIGHT NOW and we’ll send you a code within a few minutes.

GREAT PEOPLE

Our city has one of the biggest and most welcoming biking communities in the country, and you’re part of it. DCBR gives you the chance to connect with fun-loving active types, just like you! D.C.’s biking culture is something to be proud of – let’s celebrate life on two wheels!

GREAT PLACES

Tell your riding buddies to get ready. The biggest cycling event of the year is almost here. Cruise the city at your own pace. Just you (and your friends), 17 miles of car-free streets and some of the most iconic sights in the world. Ride past everything from the Washington Monument and the Pentagon to the White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. All culminating with a huge post ride festival in front of the United States Capitol.

GREAT PURPOSE

We’re bringing people together for the pure joy of biking in the city you love. Proceeds from DCBR will benefit WABA in their efforts to deliver meaningful street safety programs in support of D.C’s Vision Zero Campaign. Learn more here.

GREAT PARTY

End your epic journey at the DCBR finish line festival in front of the Capitol on America’s Main Street with great food, music and drinks! More information to come on DCBikeRide.com.

JOIN THE RIDE TODAY AT DCBIKERIDE.COM

To find out more about the DC Bike Ride, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Join the conversation by using #DCBR. Circle May 22nd on your calendar, because this year’s National Bike Month is going to be the best one yet!


WABA is a DC Bike Ride Founding Partner. This means the organizers of DCBR are paying for our promotion of the ride. In addition, DCBR organizers are making a substantial grant to support WABA’s advocacy work and community organizing for Vision Zero. So, while we are not directly involved in the operation of the event, we’re thrilled it’s taking place and invested in its success.
You should sign up. It’s going to be great. 

Stay Tuned For A New Springtime Tradition

A guest post from one of our partners:

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WABA friends – there’s never been a better time to ride a bike in the D.C. region! In the last year we’ve seen everything from a visible increase in bike lanes to Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Action Plan, and D.C. was named Walk Score’s Most Bikeable City of 2015! Biking around town is on it’s way to becoming a truly safer, more reliable, more fun form of transportation for everyone.

So it’s about time we celebrate! Mark your calendars! On May 22nd, we’re bringing a new riding tradition to our biking community inspired by a previous beloved event. While we can’t share all the details with you just yet, we can tell you a few things about it. We promise you that not only is it going to be one of the biggest events on two wheels, but it’s also going to celebrate the people, places, and our region’s riding culture. 

No matter what type of bike you ride, no matter your experience level or your age, this event will be a springtime must for you and all of your friends and family.

As a WABA member, you are a crucial supporter of the regional bike movement, so on February 1st WABA members will get first access to register – and at a discount! Keep a close eye on Twitter and Facebook for more hints and circle February 1st on your calendar because you won’t want to miss this!

To be safe, go ahead and sign up for the event updates.