Santa (DC Bike Ambassador Coordinator Jon Gonzalez) looks on as his elf (PAL Ambassador Coordinator Annmarie Hansen) spreads some holiday cheer (bike information and encouragement)!
If you crossed the Key Bridge on the evening of Friday, December 10, you may have seen a table covered in warm coffee, cool reflective vests, law guides, maps and various biking material. You may have also seen Santa and a few elves. If you did, you witnessed the collaboration of the Arlington PAL Ambassadors and the DC Bike Ambassadors, which are awesome programs funded by Bike Arlington and DDOT, respectively.
PAL ( Predictable, Alert, Lawful ) ambassadors and DC Bike Ambassadors are very similar. Both are grassroots outreach programs aimed to keep people safe on the streets, and it was only a matter of time before we were to meet up on one of the bridges.
On the warm December night we chose, many people stopped to pick up treats, chat about getting around in DC and Arlington, share their epic commuting stories and maybe even listen to Holiday music with us.
The collaboration brought together cool people from two different pools of awesome volunteers, and spread some holiday cheer to stand- still key bridge car traffic.
The highlight of the evening may have been when several large trucks full of Christmas trees rolled by, and Santa and his elves happy jumped up and down on the pavement next to them, but overall, the event was a success.
In 2016, WABA is looking for amazing volunteers for our outreach teams. If you’re interested in joining the Arlington PAL Ambassadors or DC Bike ambassadors, consider coming to these upcoming events:
At PAL pizza parties, we brainstorm ideas for outreach events and campaigns, meet new volunteers, and of course, eat pizza.
DC Bike Ambassador Orientation – sign up here!
If you want to spread the bike love, this orientation is for you. Come and learn about how we engage with communities and encourage biking for everyday transportation. Refreshments will be available.