Bike Movie Night, “With My Own Two Wheels” – April 5, 2011

WABA is holding a Bike Movie Night on April 5 at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse – join us for a screening of the powerful documentary “With My Own Two Wheels.” The film has played to great reviews, including a sold-out premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It portrays the role of the bicycle in communities across the world, from providing access to education to reaching patients in remote areas. There will be a Q&A with the producer/co-director, Jacob Seigel-Boettner, after the film.

6:30 PM – doors open with  food and drink available from the Drafthouse

7:30 PM – film begins followed by a Q&A with producer and co-director Jacob Seigel-Boettner

We’ll be providing extra bike parking at the theater and holding raffles for great bike prizes throughout the night, including a pair of Bolle Vigilante sunglasses, sets of Panaracer RiBMo urban commuting tires, and more.

Tickets are on sale now for $10. Go to the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse website for more info and to purchase tickets. All ticket sales go to support WABA’s mission. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Spring Bike Valets

NCBF valetWABA is hosting a variety of bike valets this spring, and we’d love to see you out there! We’ll be at the following locations through April:

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the festival (March 26/27, April 2/3, and April 9/10). We’ll be at the Jefferson Memorial from 10am-6pm each day, though the racks will be available all three weeks, and unattended racks will be available at the other location at 14th and Independence. Check out our Cherry Blossom Festival page for more information.
  • Fireworks during the Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored by PN Hoffman: Saturday, April 2 from noon to 10pm. We’ll be stationed at the Southwest Waterfront (7th and Water St., SW), so leave your bike with us, enjoy the festival and fireworks, and bike home safely after you’re done.
  • National Sustainable Design Expo: Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 17 from 10am to 3 pm. The expo will be on the National Mall and will bring together students, scientists, engineers, and business leaders whose innovative technologies are designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact.

We need 4-8 volunteers for each one of our bike valets, and we’d love your help. Check out our events page for more information, and email kevin@waba.org with questions or to sign up for a shift or two!

Scores Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with Ride

Group shot with Abe

Over 60 people braved the February winds this weekend to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with us. Everyone was in good spirits as the group made a tour of Lincoln-inspired DC landmarks. Our meeting point, the Lincoln Memorial, was abuzz with activity early on a Saturday morning, and a large group of cyclists made for a perfect photo opportunity for one group of excited foreign tourists. The group headed into Northwest to visit the recently-opened-to-the-public Lincoln’s Cottage at Soldier Home, where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. The ride then continued into Northeast (and over several thigh-burning hills) to visit Fort Lincoln, a site once used during the Civil War to defend the nation’s capital. The last pit stop at Lincoln Park (see group photo to the right) turned into a longer wait than some had anticipated due to one cyclist’s flat tire, but if one flat is the biggest issue on an urban group ride like this, let’s call it a success!

Overall, we received a positive sentiment from the people who saw the ride go by: “Are you doing a bike marathon?” “It’s too early to be out on your bikes!” “Bike on!” Many in the group also commented on how they visited parts of the District that they had never before been on by bike, and hopefully many will go back by bike.

Thanks to the Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation for their support of our cycling efforts, as well as to the marshals who volunteered their time to make sure everyone got back to the White House safely. Look for future rides like this from us, and let us know if you have any suggestions.