Call For Moderators for our Women & Bicycles Facebook Group

Two women with folding bikes laugh together in front of a red brick wall.

Application deadline has been extended to November 14

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA)Women & Bicycles Program is looking for five volunteer moderators for the Women & Bicycles Facebook group. The 9,000+ member group is a virtual space for women/trans/femme/non-binary folks to ask questions and seek support about biking in the region. The group was created in 2013 and has continued to grow in size with ~3 member requests per day and ~9 posts per day. Since its inception, the group has been run by WABA staff and supported by volunteer moderators. 

Moderators will be responsible for spurring conversation, moderating posts, and ensuring member adherence to the group guidelines. In addition to the support from other volunteer moderators, moderators will receive support from the WABA Outreach staff. Particularly challenging moderation will be reserved for WABA Outreach staff. Moderators are required to have some amount of capacity/time for online engagement and must serve a 6-month term commitment. 

RESPONSIBILITIES – 

The Women & Bicycles Facebook Moderators, with support from the WABA Outreach staff, will moderate the group with a thoughtful lens focused on supporting and growing the women/trans/femme/nonbinary bicycling communities in the Washington, DC region.

The five moderators will collectively:

  • Spur and contribute to group engagement in the online space.
  • Approve and admin of group membership requests on a twice a week basis. This includes direct messaging reminders to people who haven’t answered all of the required questions.
  • Moderate posts and conversations in accordance with group guidelines. This includes notifying members who break group guidelines (commonly, compliance with housing availability, for sale posts, and job descriptions). 
  • Notify the WABA Outreach staff in a timely manner (within 24 hours after seeing said engagement) when an engagement needs further staff attention.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with Facebook and its capabilities.
  • Some amount of capacity/time for internet engagement a few times a week. We would like to have 2-3 people online Monday through Friday and 2 people online Saturday through Sunday. The specific time is not as important as general coverage of moderation duties Monday through Sunday. 
  • Must be able to take on a 6-month term commitment (with the possibility of extension).
  • Some or lots of experience riding a bike for a variety of reasons including that we are looking for a moderator or two to join the moderation team who does not have much bicycling experience. We acknowledge that this is a great knowledge base for engaging with folks with similar experience levels.
  • Knowledge of intersectionality as a concept and framework for moderation.
  • Ability to read written conversations of a diverse community and be able to moderate with an understanding of how the context of power, privileges, and lived experience might be occurring in conversations. This is a shared responsibility and all moderators are expected to call out harmful behavior.  *Caveat: really challenging moderation will still be staff only*
  • Experience with having conversations about race, gender, and mobility justice.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission, vision, and diversity, inclusion, and equity goals.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all

Useful experience and skills:

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know.

  • Experience with social media management.
  • Experience with online platform or group moderation.
  • Prior membership in the Women & Bicycles Facebook group.
  • Limited experience with riding a bike is a valuable knowledge base that we look for especially when connecting with those with similar experiences.
  • Varied experience with biking whether for transportation, recreation, employment, or otherwise.
  • Knowledge of some history and/or present realities of biking in the Washington, DC metropolitan region will be helpful for providing context to discussions about the built environment. 

SUPPORT 

  • There will be a mandatory virtual orientation for moderators in which the WABA Outreach staff will facilitate introductions, walk moderators through administrative duties, and discuss the level of thoughtfulness we expect when moderating.
  • The group guidelines provide moderators and members with a baseline of precedent for group operations.
  • The WABA Outreach staff will be available to help answer questions and provide comments when asked and ensure moderator tasks are intentional with respect to equity and inclusion amongst the group. 
  • The WABA Outreach staff will handle responding to particularly heated or otherwise complex posts in the Women & Bicycles Facebook group.
  • Other moderators will be available to answer questions, provide comments, and carry out assigned moderator responsibilities.
  • The WABA Outreach staff will provide a schedule to act as a reminder and accountability tool so that moderators can share equal responsibility of approval and admin of group membership requests.

BENEFITS 

  • At the end of the first month (of the 6-month commitment), moderators will receive a one-year WABA classic membership that they can use for themselves or gift to someone. Moderators will receive the same benefit after any additional 6-month commitments.

ABOUT 

WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

HOW TO APPLY 

Fill out this application and we will be in touch within two weeks of the application closing on *November 14. We anticipate virtual orientation being late November. 

If you have any questions or need additional support applying, please feel free to email Patricia at womenandbicycles@waba.org

Women & Bicycles Maintenance Workshop

We are proud to partner with expert bike mechanics and members of Women & Bicycles, Laurie Lemieux and Kate Schrock, for a workshop on bike maintenance. The conversation will be geared towards people who might be new(er) to biking and interested in learning about basic upkeep for their bike. Some of the topics we’ll be covering include: different parts of the bike, how to adjust your brakes, and how to clean your chain and apply chain lube.

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom with live captioning on Wednesday, July 21st from 7:00PM to 8:15PM. Click the registration button to register for this free event and share it with your friends!

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Note: This event is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! If you need accommodations, have questions about access or the event, send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

This program is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing

Washington English Center’s Community Services and Health Fair

Join the Washington English Center for their virtual Community Services and Health Fair on June 4 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Washington English Center is bringing together local organizations across the region to share information about free and lost cost health, child care, housing, and other services available to the community. WABA will be there answering all your bike-related questions so be sure to come say hello!

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Please direct all questions to rmckie@washingtonenglish.org

Women & Bicycles – Planning Your Route Webinar

Whether it’s the warmer weather and the desire to explore new places or going back to work and the need to adopt new travel habits, you might be wondering how to get from point A to point B. Join us on Saturday, June 12th at 12:00PM for an encore of the previously hosted Women & Bicycles Planning Your Route webinar where we’ll show you resources for how to plan your route.

We acknowledge that a “safe” route means different things for different people and is often connected to one’s race/ethnicity, gender, and other identities. That’s why we’ll be focusing on how to get from place to place by offering a variety of resources that filter for common concerns such as elevation, duration, and type of path. And while we won’t have time to give specific route recommendations for everyone, we do invite people to come with general questions and tips about how to get around and plan your route. Click the registration button to register for this free Zoom event and share it with your friends!

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If you’re unable to join us for the event, here are the Google Slides from the presentation that you can review on your own time.

Note – This event is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! There will be English captioning. If you need accommodations or have questions about access or the event, send us an email at patricia.miguel@waba.org

Women & Bicycles – Planning Your Route Webinar

Whether it’s the warmer weather and the desire to explore new places or going back to work and the need to adopt new travel habits, you might be wondering how to get from point A to point B. Join us on Tuesday, April 20th at 6:00PM for a webinar where we’ll show you resources for how to plan your route.

We acknowledge that a “safe” route means different things for different people and is often connected to one’s race/ethnicity, gender, and other identities. That’s why we’ll be focusing on how to get from place to place by offering a variety of resources that filter for common concerns such as elevation, duration, and type of path. And while we won’t have time to give specific route recommendations for everyone, we do invite people to come with general questions and tips about how to get around and plan your route. Click the registration button to register for this free Zoom event and share it with your friends!

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Note – This event is a part of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! There will be English captioning. If you need accommodations or have questions about access or the event, send us an email at patricia.miguel@waba.org

Women & Bicycles Love Your Bike Webinar

Join Ursula Sandstrom and Patricia Miguel Sunday, February 14th from 11:00AM to 12:00PM EST, as they lead a discussion on how to get comfortable on your bike. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A where they answer all your questions to help you start loving your bike.

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The conversation will be geared towards people who might be new(er) to biking and need some help getting familiar with how things should feel. Some of the topics we’ll be covering include ensuring your bike is in proper working order, adjusting your seat height, and briefly going over saddle fit. In preparation for the event we ask you to send us your questions ahead of time to womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Note – This event is apart of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! If you need accommodations, have questions about access or the event, send us an email at womenandbicycles@waba.org.

Women & Bicycles Winter Riding Webinar

Snow-covered Arlington trail (Photo credit: Raymond Crew)

Riding during the winter doesn’t have to be miserable. In this webinar Patricia, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, will share tips on how to stay warm, visible, and ride on through the wintery conditions. There will also be time to ask questions and share your own experiences – so be sure to tune in Thursday, December 10th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Click the registration button below to head to Zoom to register for this free event and share it with your friends!

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*By attending this event you must agree to be held accountable to the guidelines outlined in the Code of Conduct.

Note – This event is apart of WABA’s Women & Bicycles program and is only open to those who identify as woman/trans/femme. If that’s not you, we have plenty of other events you should check out at waba.org/fun. Know someone who should come? Please share this event with them! 


If you need accommodations, have questions about access or the event, send us an email at patricia.miguel@waba.org.

*** Couldn’t make the event? No problem, here are the slides from the presentation!

Ask A Mechanic

Picture: Light blue background, Phoenix Bikes logo, and “Ask A Mechanic: ABC Checks”

Join Phoenix Bikes for Ask A Mechanic – virtual Q&A sessions with their expert mechanic, Raymond. In the first session on Monday, November 30 at 5:00 PM, they’ll go over how to do an ABC Quick Check on your bike after a long summer & fall of riding.

In the second session on Monday, December 21 at 5:00 PM, they’ll be sharing advice on how to keep your wheels running throughout the winter.

For more information and to register head over to the Facebook event page.

If you had any accessibility needs or general questions, feel free to contact Raymond at raymond@phoenixbikes.org.

Can We Talk?: “When Street Design Leaves Some People Behind”

Note: This event is part of our Women & Bicycles program and only open to folks who identify as women, trans, or femme.

Join us for a conversation where we think critically about the intersectionality of gender, race, class, transportation justice, and bikes. Please come having read the article and ready to discuss and listen to new perspectives. These conversations are held to spark new ideas, raise questions, and learn from each other.

In this week’s Can We Talk? we’ll be reading and discussing When Street Design Leaves Some People Behind from John Surcio at CityLab.

Join us for a casual article chat via Zoom. You are welcome to join with or without video. Have questions about access, or have questions about the event? Send us an email at outreach@waba.org.

Hosted by Patricia Miguel, WABA’s Community Outreach Coordinator.