Saturday Night Bike Club’s Femme Fatale Ride for Womxn

Join Saturday Night Bike Club for the Femme Fatale ride, the first of many in their monthly series of Womxn’s only rides. This is a safe place when experienced cyclists can interact with less experienced riders, without the pretense.

The first ride is 11 miles with 200 feet in elevation gain. Bikeshare vouchers are available if you don’t have a bike. See the route on Strava and check out Facebook for more information.

Registrations

Free! Let Saturday Night Bike Club know if you are coming on Facebook.

Location

Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Location: East Potomac Tennis Center Parking Lot
Address: 1090 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024

Saturday Night Bike Club

A low impact, healthy method of enjoying the DC area. We use our bikes to explore the rich Black history of DC. All levels are free to ride with us, as we plan all of our routes around Capital Bikeshare stations & provide vouchers for said bikes.

Check out their Strava, Instagram, and Facebook for more.

“In our mission to further accessibility of biking & cycling, we recognize that the activity & sport are often dominated by males. This presents itself as a potential barrier for someone seeking to try out biking. This can also manifest as a barrier for improvement, especially when one considers the “bikesplainers” of the world.” – Saturday Night Bike Club

A neon logo with Saturday Night Bike Club in red and a bicycle in blue.

Saturday Night Bike Club’s Amazing Race

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Think you & your crew know DC? Think you and your crew are fast? Are you a Black History and culture connoisseur? Do you want an opportunity to engage specifically with Black owned DC businesses? Then you are invited to Saturday Night Bike Club’s 2021 season opener on March 6.

A neon logo with Saturday Night Bike Club in red and a bicycle in blue.

Saturday Night Bike Club

A low impact, healthy method of enjoying the DC area. We use our bikes to explore the rich Black history of DC. All levels are free to ride with us, as we plan all of our routes around Capital Bikeshare stations & provide vouchers for said bikes.

Check out their Strava, Instagram, and Facebook for more.

Registrations

Free! Just register here. Also let Saturday Night Bike Club know if you are coming on Facebook.

Scavenger Hunt Rules

Four Team Categories of (Friendly) Competition: Mixed Gender, Female, Male, Youth, maximum of six people per team. Teams may only participate in one category.

Teams will be given a list of clues in which they will navigate around the city to engage and explore various Black sites and businesses around DC. The winner will be determined by who completes the route the fastest. The hunt will cover all four quadrants of DC.

Once they get to the stop, they will be required to post a photograph/video featuring their team to their Instagram story and the must tag @saturdaynightbikeclub and if applicable for that clue, the business, to get credit for that clue.

Location

Date: Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Time: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Bikeshare Station at the Anacostia Park Rec Center
Address: 1800 Anacostia Dr, Washington, DC 20020

Partners

Wellness X Chill, KMATiKC Media, Travelores Lens, Restorative Wellness, Naturally Eccentric, GRDN, Bouqé Rolling Papers, PBF Sports, Jafe Cycling, Scoot Route, Photos By Roux, A Groovy Detailing, Earn Your Saturday Fitness, Family First Life Insurance, WABA

Carrying Stuff on a Bike

Spoiler: We think bicycles are the bee’s knees. They efficiently help people move from place to place and excel at moving stuff. You can use your bike to carry your work or school essentials, your groceries, your child(ren), gardening supplies, or even construction materials. 

It might take some planning and logistics at first, but once you have your routine and gear down, you can carry (almost) anything on a bike! Here are some ways to turn your bike into a utilitarian hauler. 

Backpacks are a great place to start!

Bags

Backpacks or messenger bags are an easy way to start carrying light loads. You can carry a change of clothes, work or school supplies, or picnic snacks. They are great for short commutes and quick errands. 

Pro

  • You probably already have one. 
  • Great for using on a Capital Bikeshare bike!

Con

  • Can lead to sweaty backs 
  • May be uncomfortable on longer rides
A versatile front rack

Rack

Bicycle racks are perhaps the most utilitarian accessory for your bicycle and will help you carry even more things. The most common type attaches to the back of your bicycle over the rear wheel, but you can also attach them to your seat post or the front of your bicycle. Great racks cost as little as $25 and you can often find them used or second hand. Pair them with crates, bags, and bungees to help you secure your load and carry even more. 

Pro

  • Increases your carrying capacity

Con

  • They add some weight to your bike (but aren’t we talking about carrying things?)
A traditional rear rack and pannier setup

Panniers = Bag + Rack

Panniers come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and prices, but fundamentally they are bags that attach to your rack. They increase your capacity to carry things and transfer on and off your bike with ease. Look for handy features such as waterproofing, reflective material, and pockets, but ultimately you should decide what works for you based on your budget and needs. Here is a handy tutorial on attaching panniers to your shopping cart

Pro

  • Increases your carrying capacity
  • Keeps weight low to the ground
  • Often come with waterproofing and reflective material, great commuter features 

Con

  • Some models are pricey
  • Heavy loads require balanced packing
A classic front basket

Baskets

Baskets are an affordable and easy to install accessory. Front baskets can mount to your handlebars or front rack and are great for short errands or carrying your daily essentials. You can also attach a basket to the top or side of your rear rack, which is great for grocery runs and larger objects. Pair them with bungees, a cargo net, or straps to cinch down your load and keep your items safe and stable. 

Pro

  • Affordable and easy to attach
  • Pairs well with a bag – place it in the basket or wear it to add more carrying space

Con

  • Heavy loads on a front rack can change how your bike steers
  • Difficult to waterproof

Bike Trailer

Trailers attach to your bicycle allowing you to drag things behind you. Trailers are often designed with a specific use, such as for hauling gear or pets or kids. Kids trailers can work double-duty. You can use them to get groceries and some models allow you to use them as a jogging stroller.

Pro

  • Great for large loads like groceries, construction material, kids, and pets
  • Limited effects on steering

Con

  • Expensive
  • Require a decent amount of storage space

The key thing to remember when looking at gear for carrying things by bicycle is to assess your needs. Are you looking to replace all of your car grocery runs or just small ones? Do you plan to carry things for a small household or a large family? All of these options are possible and help to reduce car use and mitigate climate change impact. If you are not sure what works for you, borrow gear from a friend or look for second-hand options that will help you figure out what works for you. Or you can reach us at outreach@waba.org and we are happy to provide suggestions.

A few other tips:

Electric assist cargo bikes can carry a LOT. You can’t see it, but there’s a microwave under that air conditioner.
When loading your front basket, make sure you can see over the handlebars.
Harness the power of the bungee cord! For extra points, you can carry a car bike rack on your bike bike rack.
It’s helpful to have a good sense of how much you can fit in your panniers BEFORE you check out at the grocery store.

Do Bicyclists Pay Taxes?

Someone once said that “nothing in life is certain except taxes and the fact that bicyclists don’t pay their fair share of them.” But is that true?

Do bicyclists pay taxes?

Yes! Bicyclists pay sales taxes on their bicycles, maintenance, parts, and gear. They also pay property, state, federal taxes. These general taxes fund the majority of the construction and maintenance of local and state roads that bicyclists typically use. 

But what about gas taxes?

It is true that motorists pay gas taxes (and other user fees such as tolls, registrations, licenses), which go to the Highway Trust Fund that support federal and state highway construction. But it is also a myth that gas taxes and user fees cover the full costs of highways. 

And remember that most federal and state highways explicitly prohibit bicycling and bicyclists typically avoid them due to their higher speeds. It is also worth noting that many bicyclists (and pedestrians) often own or rent cars as well, and therefore pay taxes and fees associated with highways. 

So who pays for our highways?

Everyone who pays general fund taxes pays for our roads. The national gas tax has not been raised or adjusted to inflation since 1993 and the government has needed to use general tax funds (i.e. income tax) to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent. This has increasingly shifted the burden of paying for highways onto all American households and disproportionately affects those that do not use personal motor vehicles for transportation. That means folks who primarily walk, use transit, or bike actually subsidize highway costs for motorists.

Why not tax bicyclists?

For one, we already do (see above). And direct taxes on bicyclists could discourage bicycling. Non-motorized transportation provides significant public health and environmental benefits by increasing physical activity, reducing congestion and pollution, and mitigating the effects of climate change. 

For more information, check out these great resources.

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy by Elly Blue from Microcosm Publishing

Funding the Nation’s Surface Transportation System from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 

Coming to Grips with Oregon’s Bike Tax from the League of American Bicyclists

Who Pays for Roads? How the “Users Pay” Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America’s Transportation Problems from Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Celebrate the Jones Point Park Bike Campus

We are celebrating the completion of the Alexandria Bike Campus, a major milestone for the region’s commitment to safe bicycling! WABA will host a ribbon cutting on Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Jones Point Park in Alexandria.

We are inviting community members and families to come use the bike campus for the first time! WABA bicycle education instructors will be demonstrating how to use the bicycle campus to teach students of all ages how to ride and how to ride safely and confidently. Looking to learn a new skill? Our instructors are here to help you!

Who should come?

Everyone! And bring your friends and family. All bicycles are welcome, whether you are on a balance bike, a family cargo bike, or your commuter. Join us for a morning of skills, fun and joy, and community building!

What’s a bike campus?

The bicycle campus is a paved space created expressly to teach people of all ages how to ride safely, comfortably and confidently. The Alexandria bike campus has two major elements. It has a small-scale, six-block model of “city” streets. Each block has a different street design, allowing bicyclists of all ages to learn how to maneuver and what to expect in different “real world” scenarios. Additionally, the design includes a training course that allows for distraction-free learning for basic skills such as riding in straight lines, turns, starting and stopping, and bike handling. The facility is open to the public for self-learning and will be used to host WABA bicycle education classes. 

What should I bring?

Bring your bike, bring your helmet, and bring your family and friends!

Where are we meeting?

Great question! Look for the paved sections underneath the Wilson Bridge at Jones Point Park. We’ll be just east of where the Mt. Vernon Trail crosses under the bridge and where the bathrooms are. Look for the mini-street scape!