For the third season, WABA is working to better focus our services in the bike-unfriendly, underserved communities in D.C.’s wards 7 and 8. The East of the River outreach program connects WABA with residents who already ride bikes, encourages residents who don’t bike to consider doing so, and enables everyone to be an advocate for cycling in their neighborhood. This grassroots effort to form a larger coalition of support for cycling requires building relationships with individuals as well as collaboration with local leaders and citizens. Meet Kim Davis, the 2013 East of the River associate.
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This season, WABA is lining up a summer calendar of group rides, mobile bike shops, and classes that will culminate with a community town-hall meeting. We’ll get the word out about all events through on-the-ground and online communication. For more information or to learn how to get involved, please sign up for our East of the River program mailing list or email our coordinator.
There are currently no quality, bike-friendly connections from the Wilson Bridge Trail to and from the South Capitol Bridge, a significant gap in the regional “southern bicycle beltway.” Most neighborhoods lack safe bike infrastructure, and many roads encourage high-speed commuter traffic.
Many east-of-the-river residents ride their bikes. WABA is committed to advocating for those riders and to enabling more people in in wards 7 and 8 to ride their bikes for transportation. Additionally, the area is undergoing considerable change: the redevelopment of St. Elizabeths and Poplar Point, the South Capitol Street Trail, and numerous smaller projects. As those projects are being planned and implemented, we need new and experienced cyclists alike to advocate for bike infrastructure in their communities. Growing bicycling and bicycling advocates east of the river is the focus of this outreach initiative and will require significant time, energy, and funding—but we’re confident that fighting for better bicycling is a worthwhile cause.
Residents of Congress Heights will celebrate the 31st annual Congress Heights Day on Sat., May 4. WABA will be along for the ride! The parade departs from Malcolm X Elementary School at 1351 Alabama Ave. SE at 10 a.m. Visit our table at the festival at the Imagine School, 3100 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, for cycling information, fun, and prizes.
Join us every fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. for a slow Saturday morning cruise. Meet in Anacostia Park (at the recreation center parking lot) and wear a helmet! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To advertise the Easy Riders ride, download, print, and post this flyer!
Check out the WABA Blog to read posts on the East of the River Program.
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