Phone: 202.518.0524
Fax: 202.518.0936

Washington Area
Bicyclist Association
2599 Ontario Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Affiliated Groups

The following groups operate under WABA’s umbrella and receive either financial or organizational support.

Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling

FABB is a volunteer-led group of concerned cyclists founded in 2005 with the goal of making bicycling an integral part of the transportation network of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax in northern Virginia. A prime example of how a small number of dedicated people can be “agents of change,” in a few years we have shown proven results as a powerful voice for cycling in Fairfax. In spring 2011, we formally became part of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), thus joining our local expertise with WABA’s extensive regional resources and opportunities. Think of FABB as WABA’s branch in Fairfax County, focusing on issues unique to the county’s sprawling suburban setting. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month in Vienna. We disseminate information through a bi-monthly newsletter, and our blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages. You can support our work by making a tax-deductible donation.

A few of FABB’s Accomplishments

  • Critical support for bicycle accommodations in road projects, transit stations, and other development projects
  • 2011 Alliance Advocacy Award for Innovation for a booklet that empowers citizen-cyclists to comment on road design
  • Tysons Bicycle Master Plan [expected to be approved in late 2011]
  • Bicycle access added to Beltway bridges revamped during HOT lanes project
  • County-wide bicycle map
  • County bike coordinator position in Department of Transportation
  • Advice to cyclists and the public

Some of FABB’s Ongoing Projects

  • Develop Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan [expected to be released in spring 2012]
  • Implement Tysons Bicycle Master Plan
  • Advance opportunities for children to bike to school
  • Develop and implement bike parking specifications for Fairfax County
  • Promote bike safety and education programs for children and adults
  • Continue to promote bicycling as a transportation option
  • Ensure bicycle accommodations are included in road and development projects

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute is the helmet advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. We are a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. We try to explain the technology of helmets to consumers, and promote better helmets through improved standards. Our volunteers serve on the ASTM helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. We provide a Toolkit for helmet programs and an email helmet newsletter, both free. We are all volunteers, funded entirely by consumer donations. We maintain our independence by never accepting funds from the industry. As much as we believe in helmets we still consider them a secondary safety measure and urge that primary measures such as safer roads and education programs for riders and drivers not be neglected. Last year we served over two million pages to nearly 600,000 distinct users.




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