WABA's East of the River grant will wrap up its season with the first-ever Cap City Bike Expo. The expo will include a bike-vendor marketplace, musical acts DJ Underdog and DJ Native Sun, games, a photobooth, a raffle, crafts, bike art courtesy Honfleur Gallery, and panels discussing bike mobility in and around wards 7 and 8. It will also mark the official launch of the Black Thumbs Collective, a grassroots effort to empower east of the river residents with basic bike repair skills.
Local bike shops will be at the Expo showing off their products and providing mechanical expertise to attendees. Come ready to talk about the role of bikes and bike shops in your community! Childcare will be provided. It's free! RSVP here.
We're also in need of volunteers to help us pull off this multifaceted event. Sign up to volunteer here!
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.
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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.
Check out the WABA Blog to read posts on the East of the River Program.