How to Do a Wheelie (Part 2)

Have you seen Part 1 of Trey’s How to do a Wheelie Series?

Well here’s Part 2 of How to do a Wheelie where Trey and a few friends will demonstrate how to get that front wheel off the ground while learning how to control and balance yourself. If you are up for the challenge, follow along and then take your bike outside to practice. With practice and determination, you’ll be able to wheelie your bike like a pro! (Starring Andre Cousart, Daiquan Medley and Trey Robinson)

How to Do a Wheelie (Part 1)

Do you want to challenge yourself to learn how to wheelie a bicycle? If the answer is yes, follow along with WABA’s Trey Robinson as he tells you everything you need to know about wheelies. Part 1 of a 2 part How to Wheelie Series will cover all the things you should know before you attempt this cool trick. Prepare yourself for a fun ride as you join us on your journey to learning how to wheelie!

Check out part 2 here.

Two vulnerable road users killed by DC Police drivers in the past week.

On Friday, October 23rd Karon Hylton-Brown was killed in a crash on Kennedy Street NW while being pursued by the Metropolitan Police Department for riding a moped on the sidewalk without a helmet.  While some elements of this fatal crash are in dispute, what is indisputable is that these are both minor traffic violations that should not result in any pursuit at all, let alone fatal pursuit.  In fact, MPD has a “no pursuit” policy that forbids officers from engaging in this very conduct.

On Tuesday, October 27th a man was killed when an unmarked police vehicle crashed into him while he was riding his bike on East Capitol Street SE.  While there are few details available at this time, this too is a needless tragedy created by unsafe roads, lack of critical safety infrastructure, and dangerous driving.

According to the ACLU report “Racial Disparities In Stops By The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department: Review Of Five Months Of Data” released in June of this year, while Black people make up only 46% of District residents, a whopping 87% of all police stops where no ticket or citation was issued were of Black people.  By way of comparison, only 14% of stops were of white people who make up 36% of the District population.  Furthermore, this clear and present race-based bias could only be documented after years of ACLU lawsuits against MPD to force compliance with the data reporting provisions of the 2016 NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act.  This uneven distribution of police attention can only lead to understandable resentment and distrust.

We at WABA support the victims and survivors of these crashes. These events are not just “traffic accidents.” They are not just fatal crashes. To the family and friends left behind these are earth-shattering events that upend lives, destroy dreams, and rearrange futures. When communities, despite grief and exhaustion, with no clear path to justice, rise up to say “No more,” we support them. 

MPD has an indisputable record of uneven enforcement rooted in bias and structural racism. This makes an external, thorough, timely, and transparent investigation all the more essential, with families of the victims included at every step of the process. There can be no trust or closure without public consequences for agencies and officers who break their own rules and cause pain and trauma in the very communities they are sworn to serve.

We stand with the many organizations and people calling for a timely, full, and open investigation of these crashes and we add our voices to the growing chorus demanding public accountability and justice for the victims, families, and loved ones who are suffering.

We’re Hiring a Membership & Database Coordinator

Introduction

WABA seeks an enthusiastic fundraiser and creative systems thinker for our Membership & Database Coordinator. This role is right for someone who likes helping people get the information they need and finding solutions to maximize efficiency on a shoestring budget. The role coordinates two bodies of work: our membership program and our Salesforce CRM used across the organization. 

Our members are the foundation of everything we do, and this person cultivates and stewards thousands of people in our network who give $150,000+ annually, primarily through digital communications. WABA launched a pay-what-you-can membership model in fall 2020, and the Membership & Database Coordinator will sustain and grow this program with a goal of reaching 10,000 dues-paying members within two years. Read more about the new model here

Our Salesforce CRM is the tool everyone at WABA uses to support members, organize work, track progress and success, and make data-driven decisions. WABA switched to Salesforce (with several third-party integrations) in 2018 and is continuing to learn how to best make the tools work for us. The Membership & Database Coordinator will learn, maintain, and improve the database to help everyone at WABA work smarter.

The Team

The Membership & Database Coordinator is part of the development team and reports to WABA’s Development Director. The collaborative team includes a Business Partnerships Coordinator and Events & Development Coordinator; everyone works closely together on projects throughout the year, especially around events, campaigns, and appeals. 

The Membership & Database Coordinator will spend about 25% of their time with the communications team, who know the CRM best, and will report to the Communications Director on some projects. The database components of the job mean the Membership & Database Coordinator will work with everyone on staff throughout the year, who have varying levels of fluency and comfort in Salesforce.

Job Responsibilities

The Membership & Database Coordinator’s role balances ongoing donor communications, support, cultivation and stewardship with systems thinking and problem solving in WABA’s database.

Sustaining Membership:

The Membership & Database Coordinator is usually the first point of contact for 5,000+ dues-paying WABA members giving $1 – $1,000 a year. Members will come to this person with questions about WABA’s work, membership benefits, ways to plug in, and much more. The Membership & Database Coordinator stewards relationships, sustains memberships and increases donor giving.

Activities to support and steward our existing members include:

  • Responding to member inquiries by phone or email kindly, accurately, and within one business day;
  • Regularly updating membership materials with relevant, engaging information;
  • Processing memberships and donations in the database, then preparing, printing, and mailing relevant materials; 
  • Designing and implementing occasional membership appreciation and engagement events, including in-person events (when safe) and virtual gatherings;
  • Working with WABA’s Business Partnership Coordinator to identify and secure Member Extras;
  • Coordinating with volunteers to call members when their memberships expire; and
  • Picking up the phone whenever there’s downtime to thank a member for their support.

Expanding Membership:

The Membership & Database Coordinator also seeks to expand and diversify our membership. We have a goal of reaching 10,000 members in the next two years, and seek a membership base that reflects the diversity of people who bike in our region. This portion of the role especially invites creativity and innovation as we build off our new pay-what-you-can model. 

Activities to grow our membership include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborating closely with other staff in external-facing roles, especially WABA’s outreach team, to: 
    • Craft thoughtful and compelling talking points,
    • Support staff in building confidence and comfort fundraising,
    • Set appropriate metrics and measures of success for acquisition, and
    • Track acquisition metrics and refining materials;
  • Organizing two membership drives a year, including one in partnership with Bike to Work Day; and
  • Representing WABA at our events, public community events, Combined Federal Campaign fairs, and beyond.

CRM Administration:

In collaboration with the Communications team, the Membership & Database Coordinator keeps Salesforce and several third-party apps (FormAssembly, Click & Pledge, Volunteers for Salesforce, and Phone2Action) running smoothly and supports staff in getting what they need from the system.

Activities to maintain and improve the database for WABA’s use include: 

  • Supporting staff in Salesforce, including onboarding, training, and helping problem-solve together, and making the database work for them;
  • Working with all staff to identify information needs, then develop processes, reports, and dashboards that provide that information;
  • Monitoring existing and future CRM needs or frustrations, getting out ahead of changes and challenges.

Additional Responsibilities:

The Membership & Database Coordinator will support and staff every major event. WABA is a small office and everyone ends up helping out with things like tidying up, stuffing envelopes (many of which this person will be mailing), loading our youth bike fleet into the van, and more.

Qualifications

Core Requirements

We perceive these competencies essential to the job:

  • Demonstrated success in—and a passion for!—fundraising;
  • Demonstrated creative problem solving in a technical environment;
  • Ability to communicate technical material (the database) in approachable language; 
  • Previous CRM database management, administration, or configuration experience;
  • A commitment to inclusivity and support for anyone coming to WABA, regardless of their background or lived experience; 
  • An ability to keep yourself organized, a commitment to follow through; and
  • A willingness to jump in and help out. 

Useful Skills & Experience

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn:

  • Experience with Salesforce, FormAssembly, Click & Pledge, Volunteers for Salesforce, and/or Phone2Action;
  • The ability to craft a compelling, engaging narrative;
  • Proficiency in Javascript and/or Microsoft Excel;
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist if and when you ride; and
  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.

Support

There’s a lot of work to do, and this person will be part of a mutually supportive team to help get it done. Additionally, the Membership & Database Coordinator has the support of:

  • A full staff and board committed to membership growth;
  • Thorough documentation of our Salesforce processes; and
  • Likely overlap with departing staff who have deep knowledge in WABA’s systems.

Benefits 

This is a full time salaried exempt position with compensatory time in exchange for additional weekend and evening hours worked. The expected salary range is $43,000 – $45,000. WABA pays 100% of the health, dental, and vision insurance premiums.

Additional benefits include:

  • Vacation, sick and personal leave: 
    • Accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation starting in your first year, with additional hours in your third, fifth, and tenth year of service.
    • Accrue up to 160 hours annually of paid sick time starting in your first year. You may use accrued sick time for unscheduled leave when not feeling well (mind or body), as well as for scheduled medical appointments.
  • Immediate access to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program, with up to a 5% employer match after one year of service.
  • Optional commuter transit benefit (pre tax deduction).
  • Optional voluntary benefits including, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, other.
  • Ten paid holidays annually following the federal holiday calendar.
  • A fun and relaxed office environment (currently 90% remote).
  • Passionate, supportive colleagues who are dedicated to working together for our mission and seeing the impact of our work. 

How to Apply

Send a compelling, relevant cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Membership & Database Coordinator” in the subject line. We anticipate interviews will begin in November with a start date in early January. That process will be fully remote and require a device suitable for video conferencing.

The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC area — while our office in NW DC is closed and we are working from home, the Membership & Database Coordinator is required to be in the empty office several times a month to process and mail membership cards and acknowledgements. 

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

No phone calls please.

Introducing…pay-what-you-can membership

As WABA continues to grow, so does our ability to engage with our supporters — you! We want anyone to be able to join our community, regardless of their financial resources. And, we want to be better able to celebrate the people who dig deep and give generously to WABA. With that, we are proud to introduce our new pay-what-you-can membership model

Here’s what that means: if you give to WABA, we’ll count you as a member and show up for (and with!) you in the offices of our elected officials, on our trails, and as we fight for every mile of a great place to ride a bike.

It also means more ways to show your WABA pride and more ways to get involved. Take a look at all this good stuff!

Membership LevelPrice Point*Extras
Digital Member$Pay-what-you-can/month
$1-$59 or Volunteer 3 times anywhere
Access to member-only events and member rates for WABA Fundraising rides.
Classic Member$6/month
$60-$119 or Volunteer with WABA 3 times
+ all the Membership Swag: access to ride registration, Member Extras, Bike Shop coupon, and the ability to add an additional adult to your membership
Sustainer$10/month
$120-$239
+ t-shirt and socks
Activist$20/month
$240-$599
+ jersey and a Classic membership to gift
Champion$50/month
$600-$999
+ free ride registration to a WABA fundraising ride and a call with an advocate
Superstar$83/month
$1000+
+ regular personal communication from WABA leadership
*Paying your membership dues monthly helps keep WABA financially sound throughout the year and helps us better plan for future campaigns and projects. When you make a monthly payment to WABA, we never ask for an additional gift and your membership never expires for the duration of your gift. If you prefer to pay your dues annually, your membership will expire one year after the gift date.

Sign me up 

Does this change my current membership status?

No. If you’re a WABA member, you’ll remain a current member in good standing until your membership expires. If we goofed, we’ll fix it — let us know at membership@waba.org (Thank you in advance for your patience as we push our database to new limits!).

What if I’m…

An auto-renewing member: You’ll continue with your auto-renewing dues at the same amount until you change the amount or cancel (email me to do either). If you start a new recurring gift, you will have the option to designate it towards membership or full tax-deductibility.

A two-year member: Your two-year membership will remain current until your membership expiration. We won’t offer two-year membership moving forward, but setting up a recurring gift makes it easy to keep your membership current for keeps.

A Life member: You remain a Life member and will receive Classic membership benefits. If you donate any amount, your Life membership will override any new membership level.

A family member: You’ll remain a family member through your current membership’s expiration. Family membership will be incorporated into the new membership tiers next month. We’ll have the ability to add an additional adult and up to four children to the primary member’s membership at a reduced cost.

A donor through a third party: If you give to WABA through your workplace or a donor-advised fund, we will finally be able to capture your membership through these third party gifts. Depending on the size of your gift, we will provide a Digital or Classic membership.

Tax Deductibility: 

When you sign up, you’ll have the option to choose a fully tax-deductible gift (no physical benefits, but lots of good feelings) or if you want to receive all the goodies at that level. If you choose to have your gift include membership benefits, a certain amount at each level will be tax-deductible, which we’ll note in your confirmation email. If you choose full tax-deductibility, we’ll count you as a Digital member. 

If you have questions, comments, thoughts, drop us a line at membership@waba.org. If you’re ready to sign up, head on over to waba.org/join

2020 Vision Zero Summit Recap

Notes from the Opening Plenary

On September 24th, WABA brought together advocates, engineers, elected officials, professionals from the transportation sector together for the fourth annual Washington Region Vision Zero Summit.

This year’s Summit was different from previous years. The event was postponed from March until September and then ultimately hosted virtually. However, those were just the logistical changes. Both the covid-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence have highlighted how much racial injustice is built into our transportation system. 

Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Researcher, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC), Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University delivered a keynote address highlighting institutional racism and inequity in the transportation system that causes arrested mobility in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) communities.

This year’s conference also included workshops, case studies, a rapid fire lunch session, global and local perspectives, a session on the intersection of vision zero and climate change. You can find a complete agenda here, but for a quick recap, check out these graphic interpretations by graphic Mark Kosak of See in Colors.

This year we included a mid-day rapid fire session: speakers were asked to respond in five minutes or less to the question: What is your one great idea for a sustainable, equitable, on-going and post-pandemic transportation system? Many highlighted the need for a multi-modal safe, connected, transportation system—more dedicated space for buses and people on bikes—but making sure those improvements are implemented equitably by focusing on safety in communities that have been underserved by safe and reliable transportation. 

We closed this year’s Summit with the Closing Plenary: ‘Vision Zero in the Washington Region.’ The session was moderated by WABA Advocacy Director Jeremiah Lowery and speakers included Greg Billing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker, District 8 Prince George’s County, Mayor Justin Wilson, City of Alexandria, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman, D.C. Topics highlighted included the impacts covid-19 has had on the region transportation system, enforcement on our streets and the need for street design to take precedence over policing, as well as the need for a connected and well maintained trail network throughout the region.

In addition to the Summit, In February, WABA hosted two Community Listening Sessions, one east of the Anacostia River and one West of the Anacostia River. The intention of listening sessions was to bring Vision Zero to residents who may now be able to attend a daytime, weekday Summit, to listen to community members’ needs, and bring those to the forefront for the Summit audience to hear. Watch a video (sponsored by SPIN) from these Community Listening Sessions below:


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Win: Vision Zero Omnibus bill passes DC Council.

Two weeks ago, the DC Council voted unanimously to pass the Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019

This win will fundamentally change the way we use our streets. It will make District agencies accountable to Council. That means DDOT will have to evaluate the most dangerous corridors in the District, report out on them, and then actually fix them.

This win means lower speed limits and no right turns on red. It means automated traffic enforcement at intersections and in bus lanes, and it means better investment in the communities with less access to transit and fewer safe places to bike and walk.

This bill comes at a devastating cost — the lives of our neighbors, friends, and community members. Since Mayor Bowser committed to Vision Zero, traffic deaths have increased every year. And now, as the bill goes to the Mayor to become law, we’ll be fighting hard to ensure it gets funded in next year’s budget and fully implemented so that we have real, meaningful tools to make this city a safer place to move through.

Can you help us keep District leaders accountable every single day with a monthly donation of?

This isn’t even the only big news about Vision Zero this month. On September 24, WABA hosted our 4th annual regional Vision Zero Summit where we learned so much from our keynote speaker, Charles T Brown. He spoke about arrested mobility — the way enforcement and so many systemic factors inhibit Black people’s basic mobility. We carried that theme through the day, with conversations about Vision Zero and racism at the intersection of climate change, the pandemic, trail access, community engagement, and much more.

The conversations we had this past month are building power for safer streets, and we are so grateful for your support every step of the way. Thank you for helping us fight for safer streets. Progress sometimes feels slow, but together, we’re doing transformational work in the region. 

Want to keep the momentum going?

Make a monthly donation today

Petition: Don’t delay protected bike lanes in Petworth and Parkview!

Please support residents of Parkview and Petworth in demanding that The District Department of Transportation complete the North-South leg of the Crosstown Protected Bike Lanes Project!  

While the east-west leg has been going swimmingly, (see map above), DDOT has pushed back the development of the North-South segment, which will upgrade existing painted bicycle lanes to fully protected lanes between New Hampshire Avenue and Kenyon Street NW. This delay is unacceptable. 

Residents of Parkview and Petworth need safe and easy options to bike and scoot to locations in Brookland and Columbia Heights!  Please join us in telling DDOT that there is no time to delay on this project.  Parents and kids will need safe, protected routes to school again soon.  Local merchants will need the customers and business that easy bicycle access can bring.  The temporary unprotected lanes in place now are dangerous to commuters and do nothing to calm traffic or restrict speeding in the area.  Please sign the petition now and support the timely completion of this awesome project!

As the District Reopens, It Needs Resilient Streets

Over the last six months, the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced every aspect of life in cities, including where, how, and how often we move around. As the pandemic peaked in DC, WMATA’s rail ridership declined 90%. Despite service returning to near pre-pandemic levels and taking steps to restore rider confidence by promoting public health and safety, Metro’s rail system has yet to experience an influx of riders returning to the system.

So where have these riders gone? The number of people walking, biking and riding scooters has soared as people prioritize socially distant, open-air forms of transportation and recreation. The District’s own Capital Bikeshare program became a means for thousands of critical workers to continue getting to work, and with the introduction of hundreds of e-bikes this summer, is becoming a top choice for mobility and recreation district-wide. But at the same time, many new buyers are turning to “Covid Cars” as the ultimate socially distant transportation.

The District is at an inflection point for its transportation system: does it stay on track to maintain its ranking as the third most congested city in America, where commuters spend twice the amount of time sitting in traffic than the average American? Or does it embrace resilient streets which support a variety of transportation options, making streets safer and more efficient for everyone– especially our most vulnerable populations?

The first steps for creating resilient streets are already in motion in the District with quick-build temporary street improvements to support social distancing via the Slow Streets program, which closed tens of neighborhood streets to through-traffic and lowered speed limits to make more space for all types of users. DDOT has also expanded Car Free Lanes to promote efficient and reliable bus service and create additional space for bike and scooter travel on some of our busiest corridors.

We need to build on this momentum and take these concepts even further — thinking about permanence, about providing equitable access, and about expanding their reach to not only serve short local trips, but also to provide connectivity for medium-to-long distances for longer commutes.

To point to one example, an obvious place for a resilient street corridor would be the 11th Street bridge connection and the 11th Street Bridge Park, where construction is slated to kick off in 2021. Transportation infrastructure investments along a “resilient street corridor” will be critical to helping people safely and comfortably access the bridge and park, while helping drive economic development in the commercial corridors. Working with local partners and urban design experts at Street Plans, we offer a potential vision for how M Street SE and Martin Luther King Jr Avenue could be reimagined. These working concepts  prioritize space for people by creating bus-only lanes with enhanced bus shelters, protected micromobility lanes for two-wheeled transportation modes like bikes and scooters, plant shade trees for pedestrians, pickup and drop-off zones for safe passenger loading, and new metered parking solutions to help ensure better parking turnover and availability. Together, these features create a rich environment for people using all transportation modes. These are resilient streets.

Before: M Street SE at 2nd Place SE 
After: M Street SE at 2nd Place SE
Before: MLK JR Ave at Good Hope Road SE
After: MLK JR Ave at Good Hope Road SE

We also worked with Sam Schwartz Engineering to understand the impact that permanent street design and infrastructure changes could have along the corridor to help support walking, biking, scooting, and transit. We found that by making these types of safety and design changes along the corridor leading from Ward 6 to Ward 8, we could have a major impact on how residents and commuters move. With these kinds of resilient street designs, the corridor would accommodate 18,000 sustainable walking, biking trips: avoiding 54,000 of miles traveled via car every day and avoiding 6,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Please join us in making these changes a reality by supporting WABA’s call to action urging our regional elected officials to start the future resiliency process right away, making sure that D.C. is set up for not only recovery, but for a new normal with expanded access to safe, affordable, and sustainable mobility choices for all street users.

Jeremiah Lowery is the Director of Policy at Washington Area Bicyclists Association; Kristina Noell is the Executive Director or the Anacostia BID; Marisa Rodriguez-McGill is a Senior Public Policy Manager at Lyft Transit, Bikes & Scooters, the operator of Capital Bikeshare.