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!

We’re Hiring: Community Outreach Coordinator

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This position is being re-posted. We have updated and clarified a few of the job requirements. If you have applied before, please note the changes we have made below.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a full-time Community Outreach Coordinator to join our Programs Team. The Community Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for running outreach programming to women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding and Latinx-identifying residents of the Washington, DC area and will report to the Outreach Manager. This position is key to WABA’s overarching outreach strategy and will be part of the staff team to develop new approaches to bicycle outreach and encouragement in line with WABA’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the region.

Do you have a deep understanding of how being women/trans/femme and Latinx impacts and shapes the bicycling experience in the DC region? Please apply!

On average, 60% of people are “interested but concerned” about bicycling and might bike if their questions or concerns were met. As one strategy to increase the number of people who bicycle, WABA’s outreach program seeks to lower barriers to bicycling and bicycle advocacy, build community, and encourage new bicyclists through programming, resources and events. Our approach acknowledges that identity, neighborhoods, lived experience and other factors shape everyone’s experience with bicycling, and therefore outreach must be specific and culturally competent. 

The Community Outreach Coordinator will facilitate, connect and build programming to support and increase the number of women/trans/femme and Latinx identifying individuals bicycling in the DC region. The Coordinator will split their time evenly between both programs. They will run and improve the successful Women & Bicycles program based on peer to peer mentoring, knowledge sharing and community building that has doubled the number women biking in the DC region since the program began in 2013.  Concurrently, the Coordinator will expand WABA’s Latinx outreach into a cohesive and establish program informed by and building on the mentorship model. 

Responsibilities

The Community Outreach Coordinator, with support from the Outreach Manager, will develop and implement creative and engaging programming focused on supporting and growing the women/trans/femme and Latinx bicycling communities in the Washington, DC region through WABA-hosted events, and connecting groups and individuals. 

The coordinator will:

  • Run an intersectional outreach program that recognizes the multitudes of identities and promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. 
  • Plan, organize, and host activities, meetups, rides, workshops, and other events that support and grow ridership and knowledge of bicycling in women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding individuals (as part of the Women & Bicycles program) and Latinx communities with a particular focus on ensuring the most marginalized feel included. 
  • Encourage, support, and provide materials and resources for community members to host meetups and other events to grow ridership and knowledge through their own engagement and peer mentoring. 
  • Plan and facilitate WABA’s Women & Bicycles Roll Model program, a peer-to-peer support program dedicated to encouraging, educating, and empowering women/trans/femme identifying bicycle-riding individuals.
  • Support and encourage WABA’s programs, events, and communications to be more accessible and welcoming to Latinx and women/trans/femme communities, including through outreach and relationship-building, printed and online resources, and facilitating Spanish-language translations.  
  • Engage with WABA’s 7,000+ member Women & Bicycles Facebook group, currently run by dedicated volunteer moderators.
  • Build relationships with community groups to support their events and to share WABA’s existing resources and programming.

Requirements

You should apply if you meet the following criteria:

  • Deeply lived experience and/or cultural competence with the prioritized communities suitable to lead professional programming.
  • A nuanced understanding of the societal impacts of race, gender, identity, and how they intersect with their job and  willingness to further their knowledge.
  • Native, bilingual, or full professional proficiency in Spanish.

Qualifications

You should apply if you meet 85 – 100% of the following criteria:

  • Enthusiastic, sincere interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written, including active listening and learning. 
  • Creative problem-solving skills, attention to detail and capacity to innovate.
  • Experience leading public outreach.
  • Creative ideas for events and engagement.
  • Excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • A proven track record for being dependable, timely, and communicative.
  • The willingness to further their knowledge on the societal impacts of race, gender, identity, and how they intersect with their job.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission, vision, and diversity, inclusion and equity goals.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all. 
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist when you ride.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and juggle multiple priorities.
  • Some evening and weekend work availability.  

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working 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.

WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its almost 50 year history.

WABA envisions a region in which bicycling is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $40,000-$45,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with compensatory time in exchange. This position will report to WABA’s Outreach Manager.

Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation and sick leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of popsicles.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as a PDF to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Community Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. WABA expects candidates to demonstrate how they meet the listed job requirements in their cover letters. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Friday, December 6th. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Se Solicita Coordinadorx de Promoción Comunitaria

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Hemos actualizado y aclarado algunos de los requisitos del trabajo. Si usted ha presentado su solicitud anteriormente, tenga en cuenta los cambios que hemos realizado a continuación.

La Asociación de Ciclistas del Área de Washington, WABA, está buscando unx Coordinadorx de Promoción Comunitaria de tiempo completo para unirse a nuestro equipo de Programas. Esta posición será responsable por la promoción de nuestros programas para personas que se identifiquen como mujeres/trans/femme y/o como Latinx en el área de Washington, DC. Esta posición reportará directamente a la Outreach Manager (Gerente de Promoción) y es clave para nuestra estrategia de promoción al uso de la bicicleta. La persona trabajará junto al equipo de programas para desarrollar nuevas estrategias de difusión en línea con el compromiso de WABA con la equidad, la diversidad y la inclusión en toda la región.

¿Tiene usted una comprensión profunda de cómo ser mujeres / trans / femme y latinx impacta a la experiencia de andar en bicicleta en la región de DC? Entonces por favor envíenos su solicitud!

En promedio, el 60% de las personas clasifican su interés en andar en bicicleta como “interesadas pero preocupadas” y estarían dispuestas a andar en bicicleta si se contestarían sus preguntas o inquietudes. Como una estrategia para aumentar la cantidad de personas que andan en bicicleta, el programa de promoción de WABA busca reducir las barreras para el ciclismo, construir enlaces y comunidad y alentar a nuevos ciclistas a través de la programación, recursos y eventos. Nuestro enfoque reconoce que la identidad, los barrios, la experiencia vivida y otros factores influencian la experiencia de todos con el ciclismo y, por lo tanto, nuestro programa también debe ser específico y culturalmente competente.

La/el Coordinadorx de Promoción Comunitaria facilitará, conectará y creará programas para apoyar y aumentar el número de personas que andan en bicicleta en la región de DC que se identifiquen como mujeres/trans/femme y Latinx. La persona ejecutará y mejorará el exitoso programa de Mujeres y Bicicletas (Women & Bicycles) basado en la tutoría entre pares, el intercambio de conocimientos y la construcción de la comunidad. El programa ha duplicado el número de mujeres en bicicleta en la región de DC desde que comenzó en 2013. Informado por la experiencia y el conocimiento del programa, la/el Coordinadorx ampliará la programación de WABA enfocada en la comunidad Latinx.

Responsabilidades

La/el Coordinadorx de Promoción Comunitaria, con el apoyo de la Gerente de Alcance, desarrollará e implementará una programación creativa y cautivadora enfocada en apoyar y hacer crecer las comunidades de mujeres/trans/femme (50% del tiempo) y Latinx (50% del tiempo) en bicicleta en Washington, DC a través de eventos organizados por WABA y conectando grupos e individuos.

La/el Coordinadorx será responsable por:

  • Ejecutar un programa de promoción interseccional que reconozca la multitud de identidades y promueva la diversidad, la inclusión y la equidad.
  • Planificar y organizar actividades, reuniones, atracciones, talleres y otros eventos que apoyen y aumenten el conocimiento y el numero de ciclistas en las comunidades mujeres/trans/femme y Latinx, con un enfoque particular en asegurar que los más marginalizados se sientan incluidos.
  • Fomentar, apoyar y proporcionar materiales y recursos para que los miembros de la comunidad organicen sus propias reuniones y otros eventos para el conocimiento y el numero de ciclistas a través de su propio compromiso y tutoría entre pares.
  • Planificar y facilitar el programa Roll Models (Modelos a Seguir), un programa de apoyo entre pares dedicado a alentar, educar y capacitar a las mujeres/trans/femme que andan en bicicleta.
  • Apoyar y alentar los programas, eventos y comunicaciones de WABA para que sean más accesibles y acogedores para las comunidades Latinx y de mujeres/trans/femme, incluso a través del alcance y la construcción de relaciones, recursos impresos y en línea, y facilitando las traducciones al español.
  • Participar en el grupo de Facebook de Mujeres y Bicicletas que tiene más de 7,000 miembros, actualmente dirigido por moderadoras voluntarias dedicadas.
  • Establecer relaciones con grupos comunitarios para apoyar sus eventos y compartir los recursos y la programación existentes de WABA.

Requisitos

Usted debe presentar una solicitud si cumple con los siguientes criterios:

  • Experiencia vivida y/o competencia cultural con las comunidades priorizadas adecuada para desarrollar un programa profesional. 
  • Tener un conocimiento sobre los impactos sociales de la raza, el género, la identidad y cómo se intersectan con su trabajo, además de ganas de ampliar su conocimiento. 
  • Dominio nativo, bilingüe o profesional completo en español y inglés.

Calificaciones

Usted debe presentar una solicitud si cumple con  85 – 100% de los siguientes criterios:

  • Habilidades interpersonales, tanto verbales como escritas, sinceras y entusiasmadas.
  • Habilidades creativas para resolver problemas, atención al detalle y capacidad para innovar.
  • Ideas creativas para eventos y participación.
  • Experiencia con la promoción pública.
  • Dominio nativo, bilingüe o profesional completo del español.
  • Excelentes habilidades de comunicación en entornos informales y a través de líneas de diferencia.
  • Un historial comprobado por ser confiable, puntual y comunicativa.
  • Un fuerte compromiso con la misión, visión y objetivos de diversidad, inclusión y equidad de WABA.
  • Un compromiso de respetar, incluir y ser amable con todos.
  • Un compromiso de andar en su bicicleta de una manera segura y ejemplar.
  • La capacidad de organizar el tiempo inteligentemente y equilibrar múltiples prioridades.
  • Disponibilidad de trabajo por la noche y fines de semana.

Sobre WABA

La Asociación de Ciclistas del Área de Washington (WABA, por sus siglas en inglés) está trabajando para crear una región saludable y más habitable promoviendo el ciclismo para la diversión, el ejercicio y el transporte asequible; abogando por mejores condiciones para andar en bicicleta y opciones de transporte para un ambiente más saludable; y educando a niños, adultos y automovilistas sobre el ciclismo seguro.

Los programas de WABA, desde la educación juvenil hasta la organización comunitaria de base, involucran a los residentes del condado de Prince George’s, el condado de Montgomery, Alexandria, el condado de Arlington, el condado de Fairfax y Washington, DC. Seis mil miembros que pagan cuotas y miles de seguidores generosos han ayudado a WABA a transformar el ciclismo en la región una y otra vez durante sus casi 50 años de historia.

WABA imagina una región en la que el ciclismo es alegre, seguro, popular y liberador; respaldado por la infraestructura, leyes, actividades e inversiones necesarias; y donde los ciclistas reflejan la increíble diversidad de nuestras comunidades.

Detalles de Empleo

Este puesto es a tiempo completo. El rango de salario esperado es de $ 40,000-45,000. El puesto se basa en la oficina de WABA en Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. Se espera que todos los empleados trabajen algunas noches y fines de semana con tiempo compensatorio a cambio. Esta posición reportará a la Outreach Manager (Gerente de Promoción) de WABA.

Los beneficios incluyen el 100% de las primas de seguro de salud/dental/visión cubiertas por WABA; vacaciones y baja por enfermedad; colegas comprometidos; un ambiente de trabajo divertido; seguro opcional de accidentes y/o discapacidad; programa de jubilación 403 (b); estacionamiento interior para bicicletas; y sorprendentes cantidades de paletas.

WABA se compromete a proporcionar igualdad de oportunidades de empleo para todas las personas, independientemente de su raza, color, religión, origen nacional, estado civil, antecedentes penales o condenas penales, afiliación política, orientación sexual o identidad de género, discapacidad, sexo o edad.

Cómo Aplicar

Envíe una carta de presentación y currículum como PDF a jobs@waba.org. Por favor incluya “Coordinadorx de Promoción Comunitaria” en la línea de asunto. Llamadas telefónicas al (202) 518-0524 x206 solamente si no tienes acceso fácil a internet, por favor. 

Las aplicaciones serán revisadas de forma continua; esta posición permanecerá publicada hasta que se cubra. Se recomienda a personas interesadas ​​que presenten sus solicitudes antes del viernes, 6 de diciembre. Solo los candidatos seleccionados para una entrevista serán contactados.


DC’s first-ever Open Streets: we’re impressed (and want more)!

Woah! The District of Columbia’s first-ever Open Streets was on October 5th and we had so much fun!

How about you? How did you enjoy our car-free streets? Did you do some dancing? Did you ride your bike with child-like joy? Did you grab a bite with your friends and family at any of Georgia Avenue’s businesses?

We were busy encouraging family-friendly biking at our ABCs of Family Biking, teaching bike (and scooter) safety skills at our Confident City Cycling class, and promoting low-stress, high-joy riding on our pumpkin pop-up protected bike lane. (Check out the gallery below to get a glimpse of all the fun!)

But we also took a few minutes to take it all in and visualize what streets for people, everywhere, all the time looks like. And, we want it to happen again, and again, and again. 

Do you want that, too? Then let Mayor Muriel Bowser know how great the event was and that you want more! Email the Mayor’s Office to share your favorite moment of the day or answer her call on Twitter. (Feel free to personalize your message to the Mayor – share your favorite part of Open Streets!)

Trail Ambassadors could come to Prince George’s County.

Kids on a trail in the Anacostia Tributary Trails System. Photo Credit: Robert Meyers.

Prince George’s County is home to miles of beautiful and well-used paved trails for transportation and recreation. Bladensburg Waterfront Park alone sees more than 1,000 people on an average summer Saturday, and the trails are a great place for walks with friends, training for a 5K or going to the grocery store on a car-free, stress-free corridor.

Prince George’s County is working towards creating and expanding a regional network of world-class trails, and world-class trails networks require consistent field presence to support trails users and address maintenance issues. 

Support better trails!

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), in collaboration with Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc., proposes an expansion of our current trail maintenance program into Prince George’s County. These trail ambassadors will help maintain the bicycle commuter and recreation routes made up by the Anacostia Tributary Trails (Northwest Branch and Northeast Branch) and Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail. The program is modeled on the success of the Trail Ranger program that has been in operation in the District of Columbia since 2013.

Are you a resident of Prince George’s County? Sign our petition to let the Prince George’s County Planning Board know that you would like to see WABA’s friendly ambassadors on County trails! 

This petition will be included in WABA’s written comments to the County Planning Board’s annual budget process. Prince George’s County Planning Board is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), the bi-county agency that administers parks and planning in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. 

Click here for more information on WABA’s Trail Ranger program in the District of Columbia and here for more information about the Prince George’s County Planning Board’s annual budget process.

Open Streets DC

What would you do on streets with no cars? Would you dance? Ride your bike with child-like joy? Invite your friends and family to join?

On Saturday, October 5th, DC is organizing its first-ever Open Streets event and you can do it all!

Nearly three miles of Georgia Avenue NW will be temporarily closed to encourage folks to be active and enjoy their city and communities.

This is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends out for a day of fun, from walking, pushing strollers, dancing, hopscotching, shopping, and meeting neighbors — all on car-free streets!

WABA will be in a handful of places along Georgia Avenue for Open Streets DC: 

show off your family bike

  • DC Bike Ambassadors will be creating, activating, and celebrating great places to ride with a pop-up protected bike lane by the from Decatur Street to Emerson Street. Sign up to help out!

volunteer at the pop up

What is open streets? It’s when you temporarily close a roadway to vehicle traffic and open it up to the people – so that the neighborhood and the city can walk, run, play, push strollers, bike, hulah hoop, hopscotch, dance, and have fun in the middle of the street. WABA has been advocating for an open streets event in DC since 2016

Why are open streets projects awesome? Open streets encourage active transportation and community engagement. By opening up streets to people, you:

  • Create a safe and welcoming place for residents to come together and enjoy playing and moving through a car-free space;
  • Serve DC residents and connect neighbors;
  • Invest in the community;
  • Draw national attention to DC’s commitment to safe streets and active transportation;
  • Encourage community members and decision makers to think about public space in a new way

Come see what it looks like to reclaim streets for people and families.

RSVP at the official Open Streets DC Facebook Event.