Where Can I Park My Bike?

When it comes to parking your bike, there are a lot of options. Rackspotter is a nifty, crowd-sourced tool that shows all of the bike racks in an area. This can cut out some of the guesswork about the availability and placement of a rack at your destination.

Where can a bike be locked?

While locking your bike to a rack is always the ideal scenario, sometimes there aren’t enough racks available. At other times, the racks might be full. In these situations, it’s important to keep in mind where you can and can’t park. When in doubt, WABA recommends keeping in mind the local laws, which vary slightly across DC, Arlington, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Other than bike racks, these generally make it OK to lock your bike to sign posts and parking meters. However, you should avoid locking up to: 

  • Fire hydrants
  • Police and fire call boxes
  • Electric traffic signal poles
  • Bus stop signs
  • Stair railings
  • Signs or poles located within 25 ft. of an intersection
  • Trees
  • Private fences

When you do lock your bike, it’s important to secure your bike in a way that doesn’t obstruct pedestrian movement. This means avoiding railings for stairs or ramps and areas that are likely to be blocked, even if they fall outside the places prohibited for parking.

Where can I park a dockless bikeshare bike?

The same rules apply as parking your own bike. First try to find a rack for the dockless bikeshare. If one isn’t available, then park the bike in such a way that keeps the sidewalk accessible for pedestrian movement.

Regulations For Long-term Parking and Private Space

Many of the previous guidelines for parking your bike apply to short-term scenarios and are similar across jurisdictions. Regulations and guidelines for bike parking in private space (which includes things like store parking lots and apartment buildings) vary. Stores and apartments are required by law to provide sufficient accommodations for bicycles, which is defined differently across the region:

Prince Georges County’s bike parking requirements and design guidelines are in section 27A-707 of the Zoning Code, which you can find hereNote: because of the structure of the site, we can’t link directly to the relevant section. You’ll need to click through the table of contents (Zoning > 27A > 707), and the actual Zoning Code is provided as a Microsoft Word file. :/

Meet Jonathan Kincade, Our New Communications Coordinator

Hi all! My name is Jonathan Kincade and I’m excited to be the new Communications Coordinator here at WABA.

I’m fairly new to the DC area and love its diversity of transit options. I grew up riding a mountain bike around spread-out Georgia neighborhoods and didn’t hop on my first road bike until well into adulthood. That exploration was followed by an intermittent relationship with biking and it had been a few years before I started riding again. Now I ride both to commute and just for fun. Riding a trail on a sunny day, stopping for a picnic at some point, is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday. It brings back the intrepid feelings I experienced as a kid.

As Communications Coordinator I get to link my passion for creativity with my love for doing things outside. I’m happy to be part of a team whose work often involves keeping city biking fun. I’m excited to interact with you and hear your stories too—about biking or anything else! I’m always happy to chat and can be reached at jonathan.kincade@waba.org.

Climate Ride Heading From Philly to DC

Q: What ride gives you the chance to…

  • Spend four days on a scenic, supported ride on quiet roads and bike trails?
  • Raise awareness about climate change— and be part of the solution?
  • Meet like-minded outdoors-enthusiasts and advocates?
  • and (saved the best for last!) support WABA?

A: Climate Ride’s Liberty Ride!

Climate Ride is back in DC! September 10-13, 2020, bicyclists will be riding from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on a peer-to-peer fundraising ride. They’re bringing a message about sustainability, urgent climate action, and active transportation to the nation’s capital (otherwise known as “home” to those of us in the region).

The Liberty Ride is a multi-day fundraiser that empowers participants to do what they love — riding bikes! — to raise money for organizations they think are doing important work.  That’s right— when you sign up for the Liberty Ride, you can join Team WABA and designate WABA as a beneficiary of your fundraising! Simply enter Team WABA at registration to join the team.

Questions about the Liberty Ride? All the info is on the Climate Ride website.

Conversaciónes comunitarias: Montgomery County

Hello!

We’ve postponed this event to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. If you’re already signed up, we’ll send you an email when we have arranged a new date. Otherwise, check back here for updates.

We are sincerely grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding. Please take care of yourself and your community.

❤️,
The WABA Team

¿Te gusta andar en bicicleta? ¿O tienes interés en empezar a andar en bicicleta? ¿Qué desafíos que te impiden de andar en bici? Te invitamos a participar de nuestras conversaciones comunitarias. Las conversaciones proporcionarán un espacio para hablar sobre el transporte en la región, expresar tus opiniones, contestar tus preguntas sobre el ciclismo, y explicar el trabajo que hace WABA (la Asociación de Ciclistas de la región de Washington). 

WABA busca saber tus opiniones y preguntas sobre el ciclismo para mejorar nuestro apoyo a la comunidad Latina y sus necesidades. ¡Traiga tus ideas, preguntas, y amigxs! Todxs están bienvenidas y invitadxs a charlar con nosotrxs. Se proporcionarán refrigerios para el evento.

El evento es para la comunidad Latina, incluyendo adultos, adolescentes y niñxs (se proporcionarán libros para colorear). La conversación será en en español. WABA proporcionará refrigerios durante el evento.

La Bibliotéca Wheaton
11701 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20902

CANCELADO – Conversaciónes comunitarias: Virginia

¿Te gusta andar en bicicleta? ¿O tienes interés en empezar a andar en bicicleta? ¿Qué desafíos que te impiden de andar en bici? Te invitamos a participar de nuestras conversaciones comunitarias. Las conversaciones proporcionarán un espacio para hablar sobre el transporte en la región, expresar tus opiniones, contestar tus preguntas sobre el ciclismo, y explicar el trabajo que hace WABA (la Asociación de Ciclistas de la región de Washington). 

WABA busca saber tus opiniones y preguntas sobre el ciclismo para mejorar nuestro apoyo a la comunidad Latina y sus necesidades. ¡Traiga tus ideas, preguntas, y amigxs! Todxs están bienvenidas y invitadxs a charlar con nosotrxs. Se proporcionarán refrigerios para el evento.

El evento es para la comunidad Latina, incluyendo adultos, adolescentes y niñxs (se proporcionarán libros para colorear). La conversación será en en español. WABA proporcionará refrigerios durante el evento.

La Bibliotéca Woodrow Wilson
6101 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041

Conversaciónes comunitarias: Prince George’s County

¿Te gusta andar en bicicleta? ¿O tienes interés en empezar a andar en bicicleta? ¿Qué desafíos que te impiden de andar en bici? Te invitamos a participar de nuestras conversaciones comunitarias. Las conversaciones proporcionarán un espacio para hablar sobre el transporte en la región, expresar tus opiniones, contestar tus preguntas sobre el ciclismo, y explicar el trabajo que hace WABA (la Asociación de Ciclistas de la región de Washington). 

WABA busca saber tus opiniones y preguntas sobre el ciclismo para mejorar nuestro apoyo a la comunidad Latina y sus necesidades. ¡Traiga tus ideas, preguntas, y amigxs! Todxs están bienvenidas y invitadxs a charlar con nosotrxs. Se proporcionarán refrigerios para el evento.

El evento es para la comunidad Latina, incluyendo adultos, adolescentes y niñxs (se proporcionarán libros para colorear). La conversación será en en español. WABA proporcionará refrigerios durante el evento.

Safe Streets for Ward 5 Monthly Meeting

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 without a car. Join us at our next monthly meeting, learn about our priorities, and get involved!

This group is doing it’s part to support WABA’s 20×20 campaign to build 20 new miles of connected, protected, and equitable bike lanes in DC. In Ward 5, we are working to support protected bike lanes on 8th St. NE, West Virginia Ave, Montana Ave, and Lincoln Rd. NE.

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, February 17
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location Name: Right Proper – Brookland
  • Location Address: 920 Girard St NE, DC


Ward 1 & 2 Safe Streets Monthly Meeting

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 monthly 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, especially on our current priorities: 17th St. NW and 9th St. NW.

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 6:15pm and begin at 6:30pm.

  • Date: Tuesday, February  18th
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Location Name: WABA Office
  • Location Address: 2599 Ontario Road NW


Conversaciónes comunitarias: DC

¿Te gusta andar en bicicleta? ¿O tienes interés en empezar a andar en bicicleta? ¿Qué desafíos que te impiden de andar en bici? Te invitamos a participar de nuestras conversaciones comunitarias. Las conversaciones proporcionarán un espacio para hablar sobre el transporte en la región, expresar tus opiniones, contestar tus preguntas sobre el ciclismo, y explicar el trabajo que hace WABA (la Asociación de Ciclistas de la región de Washington). 

WABA busca saber tus opiniones y preguntas sobre el ciclismo para mejorar nuestro apoyo a la comunidad Latina y sus necesidades. ¡Traiga tus ideas, preguntas, y amigxs! Todxs están bienvenidas y invitadxs a charlar con nosotrxs. Se proporcionarán refrigerios para el evento.

El evento es para la comunidad Latina, incluyendo adultos, adolescentes y niñxs (se proporcionarán libros para colorear). La conversación será en en español. WABA proporcionará refrigerios durante el evento.