Meet James Brady, Our New 20 X 20 Campaign Organizer

Hi!  My name is James Brady and I’m excited to be taking on the role of 20 X 20 Campaign Organizer with WABA.

My fascination with bicycles started  when, as a twelve year old, I saw the movie Breaking Away in 1979.  Soon after my friends and I had all managed to acquire 10-speeds with which we terrorized the city because there were no protected bike lanes and none of us understood weird concepts like “right of way.” Despite the danger of street riding without a helmet (which, to be fair, no one wore at that time) I survived to move to DC in 1992 where I have lived and worked ever since.  My background is in environmental activism so I’m happy to be able to continue combining bikes, outreach, and action like the time I organized a bicycle blockade to shut down Olympic events in Beijing. Just kidding. I mean, I did do that but that’s not what I’ll be doing here at WABA.

I’m excited to work on the 20 X 20 campaign because it’s an opportunity to support not only street safety but issues of access, opportunity, and equity in DC and the surrounding area.  As the parent of a thirteen year old who regularly bikes all over the city, I’m happy to be a part of ensuring that he and his friends have safe and protected places to ride and are as safety minded as is possible considering that they are a bunch of unsupervised thirteen year olds who believe that they are invincible.  I’m equally happy to be engaged in looking for ways to improve all forms of access in the city for all of our residents whether that means safer streets for drivers and cyclists, better walkability for pedestrians and families, or any of the many other transportation issues that DC needs to address on the regular.Our goal is to have 20 more miles of protected bike lanes in DC by the end of the year so if that seems like a campaign you’re interested in feel free to contact me at James.brady@waba.org.

Partner Job Posting: Community Engagement Manager, Helbiz

Below is a job posting from our Community Champion Level Business Member, Helbiz:

Community Engagement Manager

Helbiz is a smart-mobility provider that offers cities an array of mobility products including electric scooters and bicycles. Helbiz aims to revolutionize mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with cleaner, more efficient, and affordable transportation options that improve urban sustainability. 

Helbiz is fundamentally changing the transportation landscape around the world. We’re looking for a full-time Community Engagement Manager to help build our Washington, DC operations from the ground up by running our local community engagement and relationship building efforts. This role will report directly to the Washington DC City Manager. 

Responsibilities:

  • Build and lead community engagement plan including marketing and community affairs, campaigns around safety and equity, and partnerships with local organizations and community leaders
  • Develop and implement targeted low-income and disadvantaged community outreach and enrollment assistance efforts through Helbiz Access program.
  • Develop and implement an innovative safety education program.
  • Work with the Washington, DC City Manager on ways to improve the Helbiz customer and community experience.
  • Manage the Ward Liaison program including hiring, training, and management of the liaison.
  • Built relationships with local organizations, city officials, and community leaders throughout the District.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required and 5+ years of relevant experience such as community affairs or marketing. Prior experience working with local organizations and stakeholder groups, NGOs or nonprofits, or city officials preferred.
  • Strong ties to, and familiarity with, the District of Columbia’s diverse communities and organizations.
  • Prior experience managing a team of employees and/or volunteers preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to describe technology and technical topics to a wide variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders internally and externally, including business leaders, government officials, staff, and volunteers.  
  • Ability to manage relationships and build rapport with new contacts.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office. Comfort with Excel preferred. Professional working proficiency in English required. 
  • Proficiency in Spanish or other languages commonly spoken in the District a plus.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Must be a District resident

What We Offer:

  • Opportunity to revolutionize transportation in your hometown and ward with the leader in urban mobility solutions.
  • A position that offers a variety of career and resume building experiences and allows you to build relationships between an innovative startup and your own community.
  • Scale with a rapidly growing organization, with tons of opportunity for growth.
  • Play a role in the transformation of urban mobility and sustainability.
  • Work with a team of fun and motivated individuals.
  • Competitive salary and benefits

At Helbiz we strive to build a workforce comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, abilities, minds, and identities that will help us to grow, not only as a company, but also as individuals. Helbiz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply send a resume and cover letter to Vashti Joseph, DC City Manager: vashti@helbiz.com

We’re hiring: Bike Camp Counselor

Position Overview

WABA’s Bike Camp! consists of six one-week sessions for kids to ride, explore, and have fun! Our Bike Camp! Counselor will keep things running smoothly, help the campers ride and work together as a team, build rapport and community, and make this summer one to remember.

During training, the Counselor will be taken through a thorough ride-safety course to learn the ins-and-outs of leading and supporting youths on bikes. Further training will include: security and safety procedures, emergency management, behavior management, food and health safety, team training, and more. Training will take place Thursday and Friday, June 25th and 26th.

Pay and Job Structure

This is a temporary, full-time position (38 hours/week). The season runs from Thursday, June 25th through Friday, August 7th. There will be no camp on the 4th of July. Bike Camp! Operates from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Counselors are expected to arrive at least 15 mins before camp opens. Pay will be $16.50 per hour. The Counselor team will be the primary staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of Bike Camp! and will report to our Camp Director, Jeff Wetzel.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the safety, well-being and health of Bike Campers (ages 8-14).
  • Lead and/or support bike rides, in summer weather, ranging from 3 to 20 miles in length.
  • Organize group activities and team-building exercises.
  • Provide engagement, humor, and positive spirits as a role model for the Campers.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on Bike Camp! afterwords.

Qualifications

  • 0-2 years experience working with youth, preferably in a summer camp environment or similar.
  • Must be able to ride a bike in city traffic with competence and confidence enough to pay attention to the actions and well-being of other riders.
  • Understanding of and ability to communicate safe bicycling practices.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Must be able to provide a working bike and helmet.
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.

About WABA

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With more than 5,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

How to Apply

This is a seasonal, full-time position (38 hours/week). The season runs from Thursday, June 25th through Friday, August 7th. There will be no camp on the 4th of July.

Send application materials to jobs@waba.org and include “Bike Camp Counselor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

To be considered, please submit a one-page resume and briefly answer the following questions:

  • How do you meet the qualifications listed above?
  • What makes you a great Bike Camp! Counselor?
  • Describe a positive experience you had while working with youth.

Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2020, though candidates are strongly encouraged to apply earlier.

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.

Conte’s Bike Shop Adds Experienced Industry Professionals To Its D.C. Team

A messages from WABA Corporate Partner, Conte’s Bike Shop:

Conte’s Bike Shop® is pleased to announce that Nick Kwasigroch and Walker Wilkson have joined the Company as Assistant Store Manager at the Cathedral Heights store and as Service Manager at the Company’s Logan Circle store, respectively.

Walker has spent nearly ten years growing the service department at the former Bike Rack in Washington, DC. Walker’s love for bicycles started in the unlikeliest of cities: car-centric Houston. The journey to bicycle repair began when a flat left him afoot four miles from home (in the July heat!). Walker believes that bicycles are transformative in people’s lives. He is an experienced cyclist and logged his longest ride (Texas to Tennessee) on a hybrid, however his favorite local ride is the C&O Canal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Houston and is an avid reader having finished 137 books in 2019. He and his wife have a toddler and live in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Nick relocated from Chicago to Washington, D.C. 13 years ago and has been an avid bicycle commuter since the mid ‘90s. He enjoyed a dedicated 11-year career as a member of Bike Rack’s management. Nick’s educational background is in graphic design, but having discovered that he is a born sales person, he has combined his eye for design and his love of cycling to create shop apparel, cycling kits and local race team kits. In joining Conte’s Bike Shop’s management team in the D.C. region, Nick described his goal: “I am looking forward to what I can bring to the Conte’s Bike Shop franchise in NOVA-DC, and in particular to my new colleagues at the Cathedral Heights store.”

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Walker and Nick, two known professionals in the D.C. cycling culture, and to have them as part of our management team illustrates our commitment to excellence”, said Co-Owner David Conte.

Founded in VA in 1957, Conte’s has been recognized 11 times as one of the Top 100 Best Bicycle Retailers in America, was cited by Tidewater Women Magazine as the recipient of the Ladies Choice Award in the Bike Shops category, and designated “Retailer of the Year” by the Retail Alliance. In 2016, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News selected Conte’s as one of only 6 Award nominees for National Bicycle Retailer of the Year. With 14 locations in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Florida, the Company prides itself on being a center and resource for the cycling community, offering events, clinics, professional fitting services, structured rides and online resources.

We Welcome Fresh Perspectives on the New Strategic Plan

Right now, WABA is working on its 2025 strategic plan—a blueprint for making bicycling better in our region over the next five years. The strategic plan is a guiding document that will define our organizational goals, targets, and strategy from 2021 to 2025. This is a process we started in early 2019, so we would have ample time to evaluate our current plan and collect feedback. As a result, we’ve created an organizational assessment that is based on public and member surveys, interviews with key stakeholders, a SWOT analysis, a light field scan of similar organizations, and a full staff and board retreat.

Want to hear more about where we are on the 2025 strategic plan process? Join us at the Annual Member Meeting and Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, February 26, 2020!

Member Meeting

At the 2019 Member Meeting we asked attendees to highlight which words in WABA’s current vision and mission they found the most meaningful. The top five selections were: livable, environment, safe, advocating, and transportation. 

A few months later, we also distributed a survey to get insight into our members’ priorities and got back similar results. Over 600 people graciously shared their feedback about WABA’s current mission, vision, and values.

Respondents support WABA because they want to see a region where bicycling is comfortable, convenient, and safe, but the survey also suggests that equitable transportation and the environment are areas of work that are important to our members and supporters. Unsurprisingly, WABA supporters listed climate change and traffic safety as the two issues they care most about. 

We also asked respondents which strategies they felt were the most critical to advancing WABA’s mission. Over 75% of folks said that educating politicians and officials, addressing the culture of unsafe driving, and building larger action-oriented coalitions resonated most with them. And finally, they said they would be inclined to participate—by donating, volunteering, or organizing—if WABA were to increase its work with driver outreach, pedestrian safety, and safe accommodations. 

Finally, our public survey indicated that affordable housing, climate change, and healthcare are key issues for area residents. This suggests a path for WABA to engage the broader public on common ground that supports bicycling while also improving housing affordability, fighting climate change, and improving public health. 

At our 2020 Member Meeting, we will be sharing our progress and highlighting the draft goals and strategies that our staff and board have been working on. We hope you will come and offer your fresh perspective!

Member Meeting

Join us at the Annual Member Meeting and Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Wednesday, February 26, 2020!

Thank You For One Last Hains Point 100!

Now that we have had a few weeks to thaw out and get through the holidays, we wanted to thank you again for joining us for the 2019 Hains Point 100—The Finale. The sky was clear, the wind calm, and—most importantly—joy was everywhere. 

Thank you for eight amazing years of coming together to ride bicycles, making new friends, celebrating old friends, sharing a laugh, and supporting getting even more women on bikes. And thank you to all the business supporters for making it the largest door prize and grab bag ever.

In short, thank you #bikedc for being you. You brought snacks to the potluck, magic, and your awesome selves to the ride. You definitely made December 22nd such a special day. 

Because of the generosity of you and the community, we raised $11,600 for WABA Women & Bicycles!

Since the first Hains Point 100, you brought over 2600 people for loop de loops of Hains Point, and we raised over $85,000 to support more women on bikes. 

The HP100 memory will live on with every person you’ve helped with advocacy, education, and encouragement through the WABA Women & Bicycles Program.

What a ride! Thank you for being part of it, and we hope you’ll continue to support WABA and its mission in the future.

From our friends,
Megan Jones and Mark Blacknell

Want to relive the fun? Dominion Cycling Photography generously took a bunch of great photos of the event and is offering free downloads. Photo album is here.

Rally for Safe Streets in Remembrance of Brett Badin and Michael Gamboa

Join Action Committee for Transit, Friends of White Flint, Twinbrook Community Assoctiation, WABA, the Rockville Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee for a memorial and rally for safe streets in remembrance of Brett Badin and Michael Gamboa, two men killed along Rockville Pike earlier this month.

The memorial will be held on Saturday, February 8 at 12:45 PM near the IHOP restauraant (775 Rockville Pike). This is the location near where Brett was killed.This portion of the event should last approximately one hour. Bret’s family, friends, and members of the community will be invited to speak about his life and call for greater safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers along 355 in and around our city. You can learn more about him and his life here. https://www.mymcmedia.org/man-killed-crossing-rockville-pike-was-special-olympics-athlete/

The memorial and rally will then move south to Federal Plaza, near where Michael Gamboa died. The second part of the event will begin at 2:15 PM. Attendees are welcome to walk, drive, bicycle, or take the bus from one location to the other.

A convoy of bicyclists will gather on the west side of the Rockville Metro Station at 12:15 PM and ride to the memorial.

Event Timeline

12:45 pm Memorial for
BRETT BADIN, in front of
IHOP, 775 Rockville Pike

Group BIKE ride: meet at
Rockville Metro at 12:15 pm

2:15 pm Memorial for
MICHAEL GAMBOA, on
Rockville Pike at Federal
Plaza

Group WALK between
memorials (1.8 miles)

Group BUS ride between
memorials: RideOn 46

You’re Invited to Hains Point 100 – The Finale

This is a guest post from Megan Jones, co-founder of Hains Point 100 and a Women & Bicycles supporter!

Megan Jones (center, with megaphone) at Hains Point 100.

Hi. I’m Megan. And, in 2012 I started a thing. Something that I had no idea that would catch on like it did.

What if I rode a bunch of laps around Hains Point and asked people to join me? Well, that’s what became the Hains Point 100 which has now become the premier December outside bike event filled with fun (and absurdity) for everyone!

Come join us on December 22nd. We already have a huge line-up of supporters that have donated some amazing door prizes and more! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates of what we’ll have.

As always, this is not a formal event – we’re just getting together on a chilly Sunday to ride our bikes in a circle and have some fun! And we are raising awareness for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. All levels of riders are welcome – we can’t wait to see you there!

Please let us know you’re coming by mushing on the big button below!

Hains Point 100
When: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Where: Hains Point, Washington DC

Sign up for Hains Point 100!


Permit me a moment for a quick flashback.  I was sitting in an Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting in the county building letting my thoughts wander and heard a few people talking about how they rode around Hains Point continuously for 100 miles. “Are they serious?” thought I. “Who would do such a thing?” As my mind continued to wander, I thought about how I’d been putting a lot of miles on my bike that year and still wanted to do more. At that moment I thought, “Wait, I’m that bananas, why not!?!” Then my mouth said, “Hey, I’m going to ride 100 miles around Hains Point.” And, those people heard me and my idea so I couldn’t back out.  That’s like, a rule.

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Happy #OptOutside, everyone!

We’re stepping away from our computers, skipping the shopping mall, and getting on our bikes today.

We’re celebrating the power of nature, and doing something to leave our communities a little stronger than we found them. 

WABA staff. Not pictured: Greg Billing and Jonathan Stafford. Also pictured: Peter Gray, Board Member and supervolunteer.

We hope you get to do the same—spend some time outside with the people you love. Go for a bike ride, help out at a neighborhood cleanup, enjoy some breakfast pie on your porch. 

This week is also a time to reflect on everything we’re grateful for:

  • You. You and thousands of other supporters power WABA, and we wouldn’t be a strong, sustainable organization of 20 people without you.
  • Trails that give us reprieve from the concrete jungle, and give us that boost of sunshine and happiness.
  • Protected bike lanes that keep us safe moving through cities and act as superhighways to meet and make friends.
  • Ice cream—did you know that we almost always have ice cream in the freezer at WABA? (We’re on the hunt for a cozier, wintry treat.)

With gratitude,

The WABA Staff: Katie, Anna, Kristin, Sydney, Ursula, Garrett, Colin, Hannah, Carm, Tessla, Raymond, Trey, Hannah, Cyrus, Pedro, Eli, Jeremiah, Jeff, Jonathan, and Greg.

Let’s build a protected bike lane on Connecticut Ave NW!

Connecticut Avenue NW is a pretty hostile place for people who bike and walk. Speeding drivers and haphazard parking make the corridor unwelcoming to bicyclists and pedestrians. 

Fortunately, DC’s Department of Transportation is studying potential redesigns of the road, including the installation of a protected bike lane.

A protected bike lane will make Connecticut Ave a safer place for people to bike and walk—to jobs downtown, to school at Deal, Wilson, and the many other schools in the area; and to shops and restaurants. 

Add your name to those supporting the addition of a protected bike lane on this important corridor. 

Although DC has installed many bike lanes in the downtown area, areas such as Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Van Ness and Chevy Chase have not seen the same improvements for cyclists. The central piece of improving biking in this part of DC is the installation of a protected bicycle lane along the length of Connecticut Avenue.

Fortunately, all three ANC’s along Connecticut Avenue in Ward 3—ANC 3C, ANC 3F, and ANC 3G—have passed resolutions calling on the city to conduct a comprehensive traffic study of Connecticut Avenue. DC has announced that the study will be launched in late 2019, and that the study will include study of the addition of a protected bike lane. 

Please contact the Ward 3 Bicycle Advocates with any questions or to get more involved! 

Email: ward3ba@gmail.com

Twitter: @ward3bikes

Website: http://ward3bikes.org/ 

Note: this petition is collaboration between WABA and Ward 3 Bike Advocates. If you opt in to email, you may receive communications from both groups in the future.