Ward 1 & 2 Safe Streets Monthly Meeting

Ward 1&2 Safe Streets is a group of neighbors working together for safer streets and protected bike lanes in DC’s Wards 1 and 2. Join us at our next monthly meeting by video or phone, learn about our priorities, and get involved!

Join the meetup by clicking here: meet.google.com/gnq-xmju-rmi

Or call in : (321) 684-4551‬ PIN: ‪158 094 190‬#

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 including protected bike lanes on 17th St. NW, 9th St. NW and lanes in Foggy Bottom.

Come meet community advocates, neighbors, and that person you only know on Twitter, roll up your sleeves, and get started! 

Planning Your Ride

Renée Moore, BikeArlington’s Program Manager, and Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, will discuss bike commuting basics. Renée and Patricia will cover topics such as ride etiquette, how to select a route, suggestions of maps and apps to use, and more. We will also be taking your questions and answering them live!

RSVP for Planning Your Ride here.

Join by Hangouts Meet: https://meet.google.com/uen-pbsc-oop
Join by phone: dial 442-600-5857‬ and use PIN: ‪925 837 178‬#

Riding with Youth

Jeff Wetzel, WABA’s Youth and Family Education Coordinator, will show us how to ride with youth. Jeff will cover topics such as safety considerations of riding with children, mounting and dismounting a bike with a child, types of bikes that carry kids, and more. We will also be taking your questions and answering them live!

RSVP for Riding with Youth here.

Join by Hangouts Meet: https://meet.google.com/uen-pbsc-oop
Join by phone: dial 442-600-5857‬ and use PIN: ‪925 837 178‬#

And don’t miss the final installment of this series:

Planning Your Ride

Renée Moore, BikeArlington’s Program Manager, and Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, will discuss bike commuting basics. Renée and Patricia will cover topics such as ride etiquette, how to select a route, suggestions of maps and apps to use, and more. We will also be taking your questions and answering them live!

RSVP for Planning Your Ride here.

Internet Happy Hour

Sometimes you just want to talk about bikes. We do too.

What’s your favorite bike stuff on the internet? Feel free (but not obligated) to bring a link to share or and idea to talk about.

This is a strange time. Awkward silences are ok. 

Hosted by Colin Browne, WABA’s Communications Director. (Editor’s note: If he starts talking about tire pressure or frame geometry, everyone has permission to mute him.)

Add to your calendar with this link.

To join, click here or dial in at (347) 566-5513‬ and use PIN: ‪453 401 659‬#.

Bikes on Bus and Rail

Sometimes you need to take your bike on the train or bus. Biking is a great way to connect that last block or mile between a transit stop and your destination, or a great way to get to a trail for a recreational ride. Maybe you’ve got a flat tire you don’t want to deal with, or it’s just been on a long ride and want another way to get home. Here’s how to do it:

Bikes on Metrorail

For your own safety and those around you, it’s best to take the elevator down to the platform. When the train arrives, wait for everyone else to get off before attempting to board. When you do board, be sure to do it from the outside doors rather than the center door. While on the train, do your best to avoid blocking aisles and doors. Some railcar segments end in a little nook that offers a great way to stabilize yourself and your bike while keeping your bike out of the way of other people. 

Bikes are welcome on Metrorail during all hours of operation except a couple of holidays. Even still, WABA recommends avoiding rush hour if you can. If that’s not possible then remember to be patient, and don’t try to squeeze onto a crowded train.

Read Metro’s full rules here.

Bikes on the Bus

With the racks in front of most metro buses, it’s easy to take your bike with you. The video below offers a visual demonstration of how to operate the rack and load your bike.

While riding, be sure to keep an eye on your bike. You can try for one of the front seats or take a standing position in the space allowed. When near or approaching your stop, remind the bus driver that you’re retrieving your bike from the rack.

Bikes on the Streetcar

Bikes are even allowed on the DC Streetcar! Many of the same tips recommended for Metrorail apply, with a few differences. On the streetcar you want to board using the center door.

Tips on many things, including how to bring your bike on the streetcar.

When in doubt, check out WMATA and DC Streetcar guidelines for riding with your bike.

COVID-19 Support Resources

Places you can help

See our blog post from earlier in the week.

Need a bike to get around during the pandemic?

You have a few options:

Capital Bikeshare is still operational

Bike shops are considered essential businesses in all three states and many are still open. Call first or connect on social media because they are all operating with safety precautions and slightly different procedures. 

Some local folks have put together this handy tool to help people donate bikes to people who need them. 

Stuck in your house because you or someone else in your household has symptoms?

Here are a number of volunteer organizations and mutual aid groups doing delivery and support:

Virginia: Fairfax County Request Form, Volunteer Arlington COVID-19 Care for Community page, City of Alexandria Resource List

Maryland: Montgomery County Volunteer Center , Prince George’s Food Equity Council

District of Columbia: DC Food Project

Just generally freaked out? 

Us too. Grief, trauma and instability are hitting all of us in a variety of ways. Be kind to yourself and your communities. That might be going for a bike ride or it might be curling up on the couch. We’ve got weekly virtual coffee hour and happy hour if you want to just talk with people about bikes, not bikes, or the impossibilities of doing three jobs at the same time, all the details at waba.org/fun.