Phone: 202.518.0524
Fax: 202.518.0936

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

Smart Cycling

Learn the tips and techniques you need to make your next ride a safe and enjoyable as possible.  On this page you will find information on proper lane position, hazard avoidance and much, much more!  This page also contains a link to order WABA's new Safe Bicycling in the Washington Area guide, produced in association with the District Department of Transportation.

Bicycle Safety PSA's

WABA, in conjunction with the District Department of Transportation, has produced two PSA's to help cyclists avoid common problems encountered while riding.


Right Hook

Vehicular Cycling

"Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles." Check out our PDF on vehicular cycling that includes best practices for on-street riding, trail riding, and night cycling.

Vehicular Cycling PDF

Avoid Common Crashes and Conflicts

Bicycle Crashes

Be prepared and know what to do in the event of a crash. The links below will help you be ready for any situation as well as expand your awarenss of common trouble spots and scenarios in the Washington area.

Crash Checklist - A simple checklist of things you should do in the event of a crash.

Bicycle Crash Reporting Tutorial - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's guide to crash investigation and reporting.

Struck in DC Blog - Read and share stories of crashes, unsage intersections and more.

Struck in DC Twitter - Read and submit up to date crash/incedent reports.

Aggressive Driving

Smooth Operator Program - Smooth Operator is a unique public safety initiative. It is a partnership of law enforcement, public safety officials and other experts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Use this website to report aggressive drivers and help make the roads safer for everyone.

How to deal with aggressive drivers - Use this easy information to identify aggressive driving and avoid aggressive driving conflicts on the road.

Report A Problem

Notice something amiss in the bicycling environment ? Report It! Have you seen storm drain grates parallel to a bicycle tire direction of travel, a pot hole in a bike path, or other bicycle-related problem in DC? Report it using the DC City Services Request website.

Lost and Stolen Bicycles

Get your personal bicycle ownership records in order. Download this free form (PDF) and document your personal property. In the case of a lost or stolen bicycle, the information recorded will be very important to have when making your report with the police. Remember to store your records in a safe location.

Bicycle Registry Resources:

Stolen/Lost Bicycle Resources:


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