Community Listening Session – East

What makes it hard to get where you’re going in your neighborhood? Missing crosswalks? Speeding Maryland drivers? Buses stuck in traffic?

You know better than anyone where the trouble spots are—come talk to us about it.

We’ll have representatives from the District Department of Transportation, DC Council staff, and a variety of community organizations on hand to listen, answer questions, and engage with your thoughts on how to make streets safer for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Bring your ideas, your questions, and your friends.

The challenges and solutions discussed will be presented at the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit on Thursday, March 19th, 2020. We hope to create a direct line for your concerns to 300 key transportation decision-makers from DC and region-wide.

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is primarily focused on DC residents of Wards 7 and 8. If you don’t live in either of those Wards, sign up for this Community Listening Session on Monday, February 10th, 2020.

Sign up below!

Community Listening Session – West

What makes it hard to get where you’re going in your neighborhood? Missing crosswalks? Speeding Maryland drivers? Buses stuck in traffic?

You know better than anyone where the trouble spots are—come talk to us about it.

We’ll have representatives from the District Department of Transportation, DC Council staff, and a variety of community organizations on hand to listen, answer questions, and engage with your thoughts on how to make streets safer for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Bring your ideas, your questions, and your friends.

The challenges and solutions discussed will be presented at the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit on Thursday, March 19th, 2020. We hope to create a direct line for your concerns to 300 key transportation decision-makers from DC and region-wide.

Refreshments will be provided.

Sign up below!

January Ward 4 20×20 Meeting

Let’s get to work on protected bike lanes in Ward 4! Join us to get involved in strategizing and campaign planning.

The Ward 4 Action Group meeting (Ward 4 20×20 meeting) primarily works on WABA 20×20 projects – bike lane projects across DC that are in some stage of study, planning or design, so we know they are possible. And we want them built by the end of 2020.

Sign up here:

Ward 8 Traffic Safety Meeting

Want safer streets in Ward 8? Safer access to schools? Better sidewalks? Fewer speeding Maryland drivers? Join us to get involved in strategizing and campaign planning.

Tell us about your experiences on Ward 8 roads, learn about youth road safety outreach, the Mississippi Avenue protected bike lane project, the Washington Region Vision Zero Summit, and the Vision Zero Community Listening Session on February 4th at the Anacostia Playhouse.

Refreshments will be provided. Kids are welcome!

The kids are alright

It’s easy to get bogged down with the negative stuff sometimes. We’re not making progress fast enough on certain bike lane projects. There’s always a car parked in the (insert that one street on your ride) bike lane.

But the Bike Camp kids are alright, thanks to your support.

Every year, WABA holds Bike Camp, a summer program for kids aged 8 – 14. Each session is a week long and Bike Campers do it all—bike maintenance and repairs, ride mapping, slow roll races, field trips, and popsicle eating. Campers will sometimes log up to 25 miles of city riding in a day. That’s more than one-third of the 50 States route!

What makes Bike Camp so special is teaching kids to navigate through the city on their two wheels. They get to see the good infrastructure, the not-so-great infrastructure, and ask questions about why it is that way, and how to make it better. The kids get to see first-hand that all the road space doesn’t just belong to cars, it’s for them, too. 

And when you give to WABA, you’re not only making a fun, green transportation option for riders of every age and ability, you’re helping kids see where they can make change in their communities.

Will you support Bike Camp and programs like it that give children safer, greener routes around town?

Women & Bicycles: Winter Riding 101

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Curious about how to keep riding through the winter? Want to keep riding outside? Currently riding outside but unsure how in the heck to keep doing it in February when it is really cold? Have some great tips learned from experience or wisdom from others? In partnership with Black Women Bike DC, we’re gathering to talk though some options to keep riding outside safe and pleasant when its cold! 

We will go over some common options for warmth, technical specifications about how bodies stay warm and the various properties of fabric and design that influence warmth, with a focus on using existing stuff you might have or smart ways to find what you need. 

Event Ground Rules:

  • We are going to start with laying a general overview of common options, share tips and tricks from the community (have a thought to share? Feedback survey here) and have lots of demonstration solutions.
  • If you are comfortable riding in the winter, we would love you to come. Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving.
  • Have gear to gift or swap? Please bring for a casual gear swap.

This event takes place on Natotchtank land.

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions? Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Women & Bicycles: Mending for an Active Lifestyle

As a part of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program, this event is only open to anyone who identifies as women/trans/femme. Not you? Lots of other WABA events at waba.org/fun and DC Public Library has a mending workshop on Saturday. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 

Have a favorite shirt that just started fraying on the cuffs? Your pannier not quite appreciate getting scraped across the ground? 

We will go over basic sewing machine and hand sewing techniques as they come up in problem solving at this open mending session.

Issues that can be fixed: Holes in waterproof or active gear (including jackets, panniers, rain pants), missing buttons or snaps, easy zipper issues, thinning or smaller holes in pants, patches for stains, broken seams. 

Issues that cannot be fixed: Completely shattered material, anything that is dirty, most changes to clothing size, damage that requires darning (this has to be a separate workshop).  

There is limited time – Ursula can advise on larger or more complicated projects, and has some resources for other options but we do not expect that 3 hours is enough time to learn and fix everything! We will have: two sewing machines (not industrial – all thick materials such as pannier straps and leather must be done by hand), hand sewing supplies, lots of patch fabric of various colors, weights and properties, thread, scissors, extra buttons, sweater defuzzer, some resources for hand-sewing thick materials, nylon and waterproof patching.

Additional Details: 

Know how to do some mending? Please come either to work on your projects, support others and/or learn something. If you have a sewing machine or supplies to share, we would appreciate you bringing them! Please keep in mind that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving. 

Do you have knowledge, including lived experience, that would be valuable to include in organizing or hosting this event? Please email me at ursula.sandstrom@waba.org – I would love to have a few folks helping to host this!  

We will have some snacks to share but feel free to bring food (either to share or just for you). 

Want to start before the workshop? Some basic mending techniques here and DC Public Library books on mending here (my favorite is Mend It Better).   

Getting to WABA HQ: The office is halfway between the Columbia Heights and Woodley Park Metro stations, and close to many bus lines. There is plenty of bicycle parking in the office. There is very limited car parking on the street. 

This event is taking place on unceded Nachotchtank land. (Learn more here.)

Need accommodations, have questions about access, something the organizer should know about you (ex: severe peanut allergy) or have questions about the event? This event will be in our back conference room which requires no stairs. Let us know if we need to turn on Google captioning – current setup is oral English.

Not sure if your item(s) are mendable? Send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org. Women & Bicycles is a WABA program formed to empower, educate, and encourage women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding persons in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland metro areas. Learn more at waba.org/women-bicycles.

Having trouble registering? Try this link.