Welcoming Renée Moore, Our New Women & Bicycles Coordinator!

Hello! I’m Renée Moore, the new coordinator for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, a community of 3,500 women working to inspire more women to bike, teach, lead, and advocate in our region. I get to do all the work to bring people together. Starting now I’m coordinating our monthly workshops, bike rides, social events, and our volunteer Roll Models; the women who volunteer to be bike mentors to friends in their networks. Click here if you’re interested in becoming a Roll Model! unnamed I’m so happy to be here and work to share the power of biking. It’s very important to me. Riding my bike is my favorite activity and it all started here in D.C. I was able to get rid of a gym membership, avoid parking tickets, lose 37 pounds, and have fun all while getting places around the city. At 6 years old, I ran into a parked car on my bike and my grandfather took my bicycle away from me- forever. For years I would see others riding and think, “wow, that looks like so much fun.” Finally, when I was 25, a guy asked me on a date and asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted to learn to ride a bike. He looked surprised and said cool ok! We went to Georgetown, rented a bike and within 2 hours I was riding along the waterfront all by myself. I was free and I loved it. I even signed up for a triathlon knowing I didn’t know how to swim. I learned to swim and competed in a few tris and enjoyed it as well. I rode a lot but only in races and on trails. In fact, I only saw biking as a recreational activity. In 2008, I started Sassy Sisters Cycling on Meetup for women who wanted to get together and ride trails. It grew to over 1000 ladies in just 2 years! In 2013, I took my bicycling group to a workshop with Black Women Bike DC, a workshop on how to bike in the city during the winter. I sat in the back the entire time thinking, “ok, there is no way I am riding in DC streets; that is just crazy!” The four or five times we talked about why bicyclists fare best when they ride in the streets I sat there shaking my head. I decided to take the class again in the spring and this time we went on a ride after the workshop.  I found it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought. But in September, my mom had a stroke. Luckily, she caught it in time and I got her in George Washington Hospital. Unfortunately, the parking was $22! I told my mom that I was going to ride my bike to see her rather than spend $154 / week parking the car to come visit her. And I did! I fell in love with riding in DC. I was saving money. I was getting outside. It was therapeutic. A few months after my mom’s stroke and riding in DC, I signed up to be a Women & Bicycles Roll Model. In order to get out and recruit mentees, I created a whole new bike group called Bicycling and the City on Meetup.  We get together to ride to events like kayaking, yoga, movies,  exhibits, and more! My goal was to show women that they can use bicycling as transportation and not just as recreation. We have over 100 members now! I’m excited to be organizing and representing Women & Bicycles, a community I’ve been learning from and supporting since I found my new passion! See you in the bike lanes, Renée
Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates, Chipotle our delicious dinner party sponsors, and we’re supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.
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Seeking a Part-Time Women & Bicycles Program Coordinator

april events WB The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a part-time coordinator for the Women & Bicycles program, an innovative grassroots approach inspiring more women to bike, teach, advocate, and lead the bike movement. The Women & Bicycles program was created in 2012 to increase bike commuting modeshare among women (26% in D.C., 21% in MD, and 26% in VA), by creating a close-knit community for women who already bike and inspiring this community to facilitate mentorship with the women in their own lives who don’t already bike. The 3,200+ community is energetic, welcoming, diverse, respectful, eager to learn, eager to share, and is thriving both online and offline. The program consists of monthly workshops, monthly rides, monthly social events, an online forum and facilitating mentorship. The heart of the program is peer-to-peer mentorship through volunteer Roll Models. Roll Models are women who already bike and commit to recruiting 5-10 biking protégés from their personal networks. The protégés are invited to a dinner party with their mentor and use conversation and our comprehensive biking guide to work through all their personal questions, concerns, and unknowns when it comes to biking. The Women & Bicycles Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the Women & Bicycles program, including Roll Model recruitment, training and coordination, event coordination,  online forum support, and developing strategies to grow the program in a way that is successful, sustainable, and equitable. The position will report to WABA’s Outreach Coordinator. Responsibilities  The Women & Bicycles Coordinator will:
  1. Develop and implement Women & Bicycles events, including: partner coordination, content development, scheduling, planning, promotion, volunteer coordination, packing and unpacking, staffing events, and recap.
  2. Recruit, train, coordinate, engage, the Women & Bicycles Roll Models and track their success.
  3. Work to create new partner relationships with non-traditional cycling groups to build the reach and resources of Women & Bicycles across diverse networks throughout the region.
  4. Facilitate the Women & Bicycle forum and its guidelines to maintain its culture of respect, information-sharing, and joy.
Preferred Qualifications  The ideal candidate will have:
  1. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  2. Experience in: project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  4. A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Facebook and Twitter.
  6. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment, and independently.
This position is part-time, 20 hours/week and compensation is $14 per hour.  About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, WABA promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 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 with a resume to jobs@waba.org.  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, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex or age.
  Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates, Chipotle our delicious dinner party sponsors, and  we’re supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride. Chipotle logopptc-logo           waba_women_logo_commuter

Recruiting Women & Bicycles Roll Models!

With your help we will work to inspire, support, and mentor 500 women to get out and give biking a try in 2015! Become a Roll Model  

The Women & Bicycles Program Philosophy

We’re a community of women working to get more women biking, teaching, and leading the bike movement. We connect with women in our lives who don’t bike and create opportunities to share information and tips and tricks, answer questions and concerns, and ultimately remove barriers to biking. It’s mentorship, this each one teach one method, that drives our community.

The Role Of Roll Models

Roll Models are official program mentors. Just like you, they are enthusiastic about biking and are already working to get friends and family members to give it a try. You achieve our program’s mission by bringing new women into the bike movement and serving as a personal mentor. Your mentorship is the crucial infrastructure in the bike movement that provides encouragement and information necessary for people new to biking. PLUS, as a Roll Model you get special prestige in our community and some great gifts along the way.

Expectations of Roll Model and Commitments

Your time commitment is a minimum of 10 total hours  from now til November You’ll attend an orientation in the next two months Your expectations are outlined in the survey and broken down in orientation This work is fun and rewarding and a great way to give back to your friends!

Survey Breakdown

This survey takes 10 minutes or less There are two sections: Six Roll Model Expectations, and Tell Us About Yourself Please click here to fill out our survey.

Potomac Pedalers Sponsors Women & Bicycles!

Thank you PPTC We’re  proud and excited to announce our partnership with the Potomac Pedalers! Along with offering financial support, Potomac Pedalers and our Women & Bicycles group are partnering up to create four women-only rides (maybe more?) catering to different skills and biking goals, in different parts of the region, prioritizing fun and skillsharing! We’re working together because we’re committed to bringing out all types of people  of all different bike abilities to experience the joys of biking and find camaraderie throughout the D.C. region. The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club is a non-profit educational, recreational and social organization for bicycling enthusiasts.  They boast* the biggest membership and the largest ride calendar in the Metropolitan Washington DC area! And, they host the funnest bike tailgates. The first joint PPTC and W&B ride is scheduled for May 9! We’ll ride in Rock Creek and tailgate afterwards. Mark your calendars; details to come. Click here to learn more!   unnamed     *Actually they’re pretty humble about it.

We’re so close! Help Women & Bicycles get to $10,000 by midnight!

UPDATE: We did it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!   We’re a 77% of the way to our $10,000 goal thanks to supporters like you! donate-now-button We have big plans for the Women & Bicycles program this year. Watch Nelle’s  video to see how your $10 helps fund a part-time coordinator run 80+ events and recruit and train 50+ Roll Models in 2015. When you get right down to it, your donation gets more women on bicycles. Don’t take our word for it—here are some comments from our survey last fall:
“It’s great to be part of an inclusive, enthusiastic community of women. When I’m going somewhere that I could bike or take public transit, I think of Women & Bicycles and choose to ride. It’s an inspiration.”
“The tone of Women & Bicycles is one of compassion, understanding, and support, which fosters a really incredible community. I love that it’s a non-competitive atmosphere, and where ladies will “cheer” for your accomplishments, whether that’s riding to work one day a month or riding across the country. I’ve gained so much from having a supportive community that I can reach out to for bike-related or non-bike-related questions and concerns.”
“We hear again and again how the group has made so many women confident to ride in all conditions and distances. I also think it’s remarkable how the program has led non-WABA staff to step up and become volunteers and bicycle advocates on their own time and dime. If one believes there is power in the “each one teach one” model, this is absolutely the way to go.”
 “I love Women & Bicycles. Probably the best thing about the group is how empowering it is for women in general, not just on the bike.”
Please help use reach our $10,000 goal by midnight tonight! donate-now-button Last Chance 2
Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride. pptc-logo

Help us recruit and train 50 Women & Bicycles Roll Models this year!

Thanks to the more than 200 people who have already donated to our Women & Bicycles fundraiser, we’re two thirds of the way to our $10,000 goal! Click here to donate soon. Our fundraiser ends tomorrow at midnight! donate-now-button In 2013 our ten Roll Models shared their experience and expertise with 130 women in their lives. Last year a new group of Roll Models acted as mentors to more than 250. And this year our goal is to mentor 500 women!  We’ve got some new ideas up our sleeves and we’re taking on a new approach to track all their success. Roll Models are the heart and soul of our Women & Bicycles program. Your donation helps us reach our goal of recruiting and training 50(!) of these heroic volunteers to act as mentors to their friends, family and coworkers as they start biking around town. Click here to donate soon. Chip in before tomorrow at midnight. donate-now-button
Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride. pptc-logo

Your $10 for 80+ Women & Bicycles Events in 2015

We’re nearly halfway to our $10,000 fundraising goal!  Click here to chip in your $10 today and help us grow our cycling sisterhood in 2015. Women & Bicycles is a uniquely diverse community that comes together to share skills. We bring out our friends and teach and learn and laugh and bike and eat and sometimes we can squeeze 7 people and their 7 bikes into a Metro elevator. And sometimes we can’t. 16309342476_c7f2ee9afb_b This skillsharing is ingrained in our culture. We’re committed to sharing all the tips and tricks of all things bike-related we picked up along the way; from how to feel safe biking in heels,  and how to position yourself safely in an intersection, to testifying in front of council for safer streets. Our community is committed to deliberate skillsharing because we remember what it was like to learn the intricacies of biking in the city and we want to expedite that sometimes daunting process and make it fun. Because biking should be fun. Click here to chip in your $10 today. Your financial support allows us to facilitate skillsharing through events. In 2014 we organized 72 events. Check out what we’re creating in 2015!
  • Bike Advocacy Workshop
  • Coldest-est Day of the Year Ride
  • Brake Breakdown Workshop
  • Spinning Workshop
  • Fix-a-Flat Boot Camp
  • Women’s History Ride
  • Mountain Bike Workshop
  • Women’s Appreciation Ride
  • Beach Drive Picnic Ride
  • Bike to Work Day Pro and Protege Social
  • Bike From Work Party
  • Family Biking Workshop
  • Bike Touring Workshop
  • Intro DIY Bike Maintenance Workshop
  • Biking and Street Harassment Workshop
  • Bike Laws, Etiquette, and Need-to-Knows Workshop
  • Little Tips and Tricks of Biking Workshop
  • Ladies and Lady-Identified Bike Polo Night
  • DC United Ladies Night Ride
  • Arlington Loop Ride
  • Ice Cream and Cycletracks Ride
  • Women’s Health, Mind, and Body Workshop
  • Farm Tour Ride
  • Multi-Modal Silver Line Ride
  • Winter Riding Workshop
  • Plus! Monthly storytelling hours, weekly coffee clubs, and 50+ Roll Model Dinner Parties!
  Click here to chip in your $10 today and check out the slideshow of events we led, participated in or supported in 2014!

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride. pptc-logo

Watch our Women & Bicycles video, you won’t regret it

Ready to donate? Click here to grow our program. Hurry though, we’re only fundraising til next Tuesday! Your donation will help us bring on a part-time coordinator to run our monthly rides, workshops and socials, and make our communications even better. Most importantly, your contribution strengthens the heart and soul of our program: Roll Models! We recruit and train these heroic volunteers to mentor friends, family and coworkers as they start biking around town. It’s a hugely successful program that builds confidence, builds community, and gets more women on bikes.  
Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride. pptc-logo

Announcing The Arlington PAL Ambassador Program

We know you love bikes. If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent some time daydreaming about how to show that love to your community— Maybe you’ve brainstormed slogans. Maybe you’ve imagined cheery chalk messages to write in bike lanes. Maybe you’ve coined a clever bumper sticker for your fender or a patch for your pannier. Maybe we’ve got the perfect volunteer gig for you.

Become an Arlington PAL Ambassador! 

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Pete shows off the PAL trailer.

Would you hold a homemade sign? Would you recruit your fellow bike-lovers to brandish them? Would you stand on a Streetcorner exclaiming “Hello everyone! Be a PAL! A Predictable, Alert, Lawful Road-user!”? Would you consider being an awesome volunteer for an awesome new program? BikeArlington and WABA are putting volunteer PAL Ambassadors on the streets across Arlington county, and we want you! What’s a PAL Ambassador? Well, you are! PAL Ambassadors are folks who care about their community and are passionate about making our streets safer. In fact, PAL Ambassadors are the driving force behind our initiative to change the culture on our roadways. They’ll be the smiling faces behind the handlebars. They’ll stress the importance of being more predictable, more alert, and more lawful. And they’ll lead eye-catching and interactive campaigns to improve roadway behavior, etiquette, and interactions- especially interactions between drivers and bicyclists. Become a PAL Ambassador! There are four ways to get involved:
  1. Agree to be a PAL; a more predictable, alert, lawful road user.
  2. Come to a monthly block party! We’ll select a message, get creative, and take to the streets at an Arlington intersection to promote our message, and have some fun.
  3. Join us at our monthly PAL Pizza Party to hang out, brainstorm, and prepare for our next event.
  4. Or PAL around with us! Join our coordinator for a bike ride and pull the PAL bike trailer.
The best way to learn more and find out where and when we’ll be meeting is to join our Facebook group. Click here to join the conversation! PAL-logo  
BikeArlington launched the PAL campaign 2 years ago with the strong sentiment that no matter who we are or how we choose to get around town, our roadways depend on a social contract that everyone is following the rules and paying attention. Whether we’re walking, driving, or biking we rely on our fellow road-users to be PALs; Predictable. Alert. Lawful. The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.    

Ambassador Program Coming To The Streets Of Arlington!

Starting next week we’re partnering up with BikeArlington to launch a new bike ambassador program. We can’t give full details yet, but you can expect energized outreach campaigns in Arlington to encourage road-users to be predictable, alert, and lawful, and improve interactions between pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. Much like the D.C. bike ambassadors we’ll have rolling billboards, clear messaging, and streetcorner outreach. We’ll have a solid community of volunteers and that’s where we’ll need your help. Keep your eye out for our billboards and more information next week! HeyPALS.jpg