This Week in Bike Reads

IMG_3456 Citibike, one of the only bikesharing systems without public funding, is struggling to cover its costs on ads and revenue alone. Familiarize yourself with Rosslyn’s Intersection of Doom. The Bicycle Story profiles our own Nelle Pierson, outreach coordinator and Women & Bicycles leader extraordinaire. Some people truly believe in the all-powerful bike lobby. Anita Bonds would like a moratorium on bike lanes. King Street bike lanes: It’s a wrap. Read more from WAMU, the Washington PostWTOPNBC, and Fox. Photo by Flickr user Pedro Gringo. Join our Flickr pool!  

This Week in Bike Reads

bright bicyclist Better biking through technology Seriously, biking (including Capital Bikeshare) really does mean business. The Richmond Times-Dispatch condemns Virginia’s General Assembly for only passing one out of three bicycling-friendly bills. Have you seen the driver who hit a cyclist in Anne Arundel County and left the scene? Take this survey about the W&OD Trail. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against rail-trails this week. Photo by Flickr user aimeecustis. Join our Flickr pool!

Your Last Chance to Show You Want a Safer King Street

Are you an Alexandria or Northern Virginia resident? This is your last chance to sign the petition supporting the King Street traffic calming project in Alexandria. Over 800 supporters and residents of Alexandria and Northern Virginia believe the project will make King Street safer for pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, and drivers. Join them and sign the petition now. (Please note that the petition is limited to Virginia residents.) The petition will be delivered to the mayor and city council on Thursday. We want to double the number of signatures by Wednesday night—that’s tonight. Help us by signing the petition and sharing the link: Additionally, on Sat., March 15 at 9:30 a.m., the Alexandria city council will hear a presentation from city staff and public testimony about this project. It will then vote to move forward with or delay making King Street safer. Several Councilmembers have indicated they may vote to delay. A vote to delay this project is a vote against safety for all road users. Consider attending and testifying in support of the King Street traffic calming project. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille has said, “We don’t want people driving their cars and parking, we want people to be using bicycles and walking.” Sign the petition to hold Mayor Euille to his word. Please send this email and petition to friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and others who want a better King Street. Here’s a link to the petition: Thank you for supporting safe streets for biking and walking in Alexandria.

Sadie Hawkins Dance: It’s Like Bike Prom, But Better

Will you be at WABA’s first-ever Sadie Hawkins Dance this Friday? It’s a fundraiser for our much-loved, super-successful, absolutely awesome Women & Bicycles program. If you liked Bike Prom, you’ll love Sadie Hawkins. Join us Friday, March 14 from 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room (1725 Columbia Road NW) in Adams Morgan, D.C. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.


Ladies, bring your date! We want to pack Chief Ike’s with over 300 bicyclists and friends for this inaugural Sadie Hawkins dance party. Expect free pizza, $3 beers, DJs spinning sweet jams, contests, games, and a raffle. It’s like Bike Prom—but way better, and benefitting Women & Bicycles. Limited bike parking will be available (for the first 100 riders) and Women & Bicycles merch will be for sale. Come ready to support our program with your cash. We need your financial support to make the 2014 edition of Women & Bicycles just as great as its inaugural year.

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Want to help us pull off the Sadie Hawkins Dance and our other outreach programming? Come to our volunteer night this Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Sign up to volunteer here.

This Week in Bike Reads

Bikeshare past St Matthew's Read Bike Portland’s dispatches from the National Bike Summit San Francisco can very definitely afford bike infrastructure, according to this Green Lane Project infographic. Register for Bike to Work Day 2014! Winter will never go away. Fortunately, there are endless tips on how to handle winter riding. Here are some from WTOP. Er, well, maybe winter will eventually exit and the cherry blossoms will bloom. Keep your eye out for this be-blossomed pink Bikeshare bike. Photo by Flickr user Joe in DC. Join our Flickr pool!

Norton Supports Fixing the Rock Creek Park Trail

Yesterday, Tues., March 5, our Advocacy Coordinator, Greg Billing, delivered to D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s a petition you and over 2,400 others signed, asking for improvements to the Rock Creek Park Trail. A lack of any attempt to improve the trail’s well-known egregious conditions drove WABA to demand immediate action from the National Park Service and District Department of Transportation last month. Del. Norton is now asking those agencies for a progress report.

We are grateful for Congresswomen Norton’s support of the campaign to fix the Rock Creek Park Trail. Read the full press release from her office below the jump. Continue reading

Register for Bike to Work Day 2014

The region’s largest celebration of getting to work on two wheels, Bike to Work Day, is Fri., May 16. Registration is now open.

The first 12,000 registrations will get the much sought-after Bike to Work Day T-shirt. But registrations also help provide a count of who’s commuting by bike. Even if you’re unable to ride to work on Bike to Work Day, we encourage you to register regardless. The more people we can count biking to work, the more we can demonstrate the need for better, safer infrastructure for cycling in the D.C. region.

Over 14,000 people registered for Bike to Work Day this year—a record-shattering count. Let’s make Bike to Work Day history again this year.

A Rock Creek Park Trail Update, Plus an Open House

Rock Creek Park Trail-10 After we told you that we would no longer stand for the deplorable condition of the Rock Creek Park Trail, over 2,400 people signed our petition to fix the Rock Creek Park Trail. That incredible action did not go unnoticed. Major regional news outlets covered the demand for a better Rock Creek Park Trail: Read the WAMU story here. Washingtonian, Fox 5 News, NBC 4 and Active Life DC also covered the egregious state of the trail. An official from Rock Creek Park was quoted in the WAMU story as saying, “The current status is a [environmental] decision will be issued in the near future, this calendar year. And DDOT has budgeted for a trail reconstruction in fiscal year 2015.” WABA will meet with officials from DDOT and Rock Creek Park in early March to discuss the details of this project. We will hold both public agencies to the timelines to which they have committed, and will continue to advocate for much-needed repairs to the Rock Creek Park Trail. Keep reading our blog for updates on this project. The Rock Creek Park Foundation will host an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at Mon., March 3, 2014 at St. John’s College High School in Vaghi Dining Room at 2607 Military Road NW, Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to be engaged with the park on this issue and other issues related to it. You can learn more about the open house on the NPS website here. Image via Flickr user TrailVoice