Ward 1 & 2 Safe Streets Meetup

Do you want more protected bike lanes on your route or calmer streets in your neighborhood or commute? Do you want to see faster progress on safer streets and protected bike lanes around DC? Us too!

Come over to the WABA office for our Ward 1 and 2 meetup and strategy session. Get involved in WABA’s 20×20 campaign to support 20 new miles of connected, protected, and equitable bike lanes in DC. We will talk strategy, fun tactics, and next steps for solidifying support for campaigns in Wards 1 & 2.

Come meet community advocates, neighbors, and that person you only know on Twitter, roll up your sleeves, and get started! We will have food starting at 6pm and begin at 6:30pm.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 22nd
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm (we’ll have snacks ready at 6)
  • Location Name: WABA Office
  • Location Address: 2599 Ontario Road NW

Safe Streets for Ward 5 Monthly Meetup

Safe Streets for Ward 5 is a group of neighbors working together for safer streets, protected bike lanes, and more options for getting around Ward 5. Join us at our next monthly meeting, learn about our priorities, and get involved!

You don’t need to ride a bike, you don’t need to be a traffic engineer, and you don’t need to be political. No matter your schedule and no matter your background, you have a role to play in winning safe streets across DC. We hope you can join us!

  • Date: Monday, January 20
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location Name: Right Proper – Brookland
  • Location Address: 920 Girard St NE, DC

Better bridges = better bike rides

Ask people about their favorite bike rides an you’ll hear it over and over—the weeping willows along the Mount Vernon Trail, the wide open green spaces and leafy shade along the Anacostia River Trail. We love biking along our rivers. But trying to cross those rivers on a bike is a different story. Your options are limited, and all variants of one flavor: sidewalk. A couple are mostly OK, most are too narrow, at least one is terrifying. None are what you’d call 21st century bike infrastructure.

That’s all about to change. Thanks to many, many years of support from people like you, WABA has successfully advocated for a number of new and improved bridges. Here are a few of them:

Thousands of you spoke up to support the The Long Bridge. You showed up when it mattered, and now we’re on track to build a brand new, car-free bridge between DC and Arlington. We still have a lot of work to do to make sure that it gets designed well and built on time. Donate today to make sure it happens.

The Arboretum Bridge will connect two of the region’s most beloved greenspaces: the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the National Arboretum. The Anacostia River Trail opened the Aquatic Gardens to car-free visits, and this bridge will do the same for the Arboretum. Make a gift today to help us keep the pressure on!

The Frederick Douglass Bridge is mostly a highway project (boooo), but includes two great bike paths over the river. The bridge fills a gap in the Anacostia River Trail and provides a much needed bike connection between Ward 8 and downtown. Paired with the Long Bridge and recently installed protected bike lanes through Southwest DC, it also means you’ll be able to ride from the Custis, W&OD, and Mount Vernon Trails in Virginia to Anacostia Tributary Trail network in Maryland, almost entirely separated from cars. Not bad, eh

The WB&A Bridge over the Patuxent river brings us one important step closer to a continuous trail between DC and Baltimore. WABA and other advocates have been pushing for this bridge for decades. Construction starts in April. Want to ride your bike to Baltimore? Make a donation today to close the remaining gaps in the corridor

A few others to keep an eye out for: A new bridge at the zoo tunnel in Rock Creek Park; a wider sidepath on the East Capitol Street bridge; a new bridge over Route 29 on the W&OD Trail, and (still a ways off) a bridge connecting DC’s Fort Lincoln neighborhood to the Anacostia River Trail.

There’s a lot to like about these projects—they connect communities, they open up new, low-carbon transportation options to thousands and thousands of people. 

But maybe you’re like me. If I’m honest with myself, what’s most exciting is simple:

More.
Awesome.
Bike rides.

If that sounds exciting to you too, take a moment right now to make a donation to WABA

We’re hiring a Communications Coordinator

Can you write a good subject line? Find the emotional core of a bureaucratic document? Find just the right audience and message for an advocacy action?

We’re looking for an enthusiastic writer and careful editor to join our communications team. You don’t need to ride a bike to apply, but you should be interested in engaging with the intersections between transportation, social justice, and the environment.

The Team

The WABA Communications Team is a three person shop: we have a Communications Director, a Communications Coordinator, and a Data Services Coordinator (part time).  WABA’s programming is extensive and varied. Our job is to connect people to the work that’s most relevant to them. That means: 

  • Providing communication strategy and implementation support to our internal teams.
  • Ensuring that actionable, relevant content gets to members, supporters, the press, and the public.
  • Maintaining a consistent, appealing brand across all WABA platforms—digital, print, and in-person.
  • Managing WABA’s Constituent Relationship Management database (Salesforce) to make it work for staff, members, and supporters.

The Position

 We are a flexible team and try to align work responsibilities with our individual areas of expertise and enthusiasm. Generally, the Communications Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Writing and editing: create and edit engaging, relevant content about WABA’s work.
  • Organization-wide comms support: Support content development, email marketing, event registration, press, design, and social media for the WABA’s Advocacy, Programs and Fundraising teams. 
  • Social media: Provide quick, relevant, and friendly responses to social media enquiries; monitor relevant ongoing social media conversations, and ensure that WABA content is broadcast on social media channels
  • Press: Write, edit and distribute press releases and media advisories; direct press inquiries to appropriate staff and occasionally field them.
  • Communications calendar: Use WABA’s communications calendar to keep WABA’s audiences informed and engaged, but not overwhelmed.
  • Design: Occasional graphic content development consistent with WABA’s visual identity.
  • And more! WABA is a small office and everyone ends up helping out with things like event staffing, stuffing envelopes, loading our youth bike fleet into the van, and tidying up. 

Qualifications

Core skills:

You’ll need to be able to:

  • Edit meticulously
  • Write action-inspiring content on a deadline
  • Project manage content in a detail-dependent environment
  • Participate in public conversations—on social media and in the press—with accuracy, nuance, kindness, and an eye for social justice.   

Useful experience and skills:

If you have the experiences or skills listed below, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn.    

  • GSuite / Google Apps / Gmail for Business
  • The Salesforce CRM platform and associated email marketing, advocacy, and events tools. (WABA currently uses Predictive Response, Phone2Action and Click & Pledge, respectively) 
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Basic HTML and CSS
  • Digital photography and video

Benefits

  • Full-time employment.
  • Expected salary range is $38,000 to $41,000
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal leave.
  • Committed colleagues and a fun working environment.
  • 403(b) retirement program with 5% employer match after one-year of service.
  • Optional voluntary accident and disability insurance programs.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

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.

Contact

Send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to jobs@waba.org with Communications Coordinator in the subject line. If you have design experience, feel free to share a portfolio as well.

No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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.