Year-round DC Trail Rangers program coming soon! We’re hiring!

screenshot of a flyer saying Hiring: DC Trail Rangers. Work outside! Encourage trail user as a professional trail team with daily trail presence, improved upkeep, trail user assistance and community engagement. We are looking for people who are dependable, thoughtful and can ride a bike. Beyond this, there is not a standard job history for successful Trail Rangers.

Coming soon – a year-round and full-time DC Trail Ranger team!

After running as a limited seasonal program for nine years, WABA and DDOT are proud to announce that the DC Trail Rangers are expanding to year-round starting 2022! This expansion means permanent living wage, green jobs as DC Trail Rangers, year-round programming and trail presence, and the opportunity to do cool long-term projects. 

As such, we’re hiring! We are looking to hire six dependable and thoughtful people who can grow into their roles. There is not a standard job history, experience of biking, years of experience or skills set that made previous Trail Rangers successful. These positions (and program!) include a lot of different knowledge areas — we are not expecting new staff to know it all at the beginning, and the skills and strengths of everyone on the team will shape some particulars of how the program is run. 

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DC Trail Rangers (Full-time, $45,760 annual salary with benefits)

Trail Ranger Operations Manager (Full-time, $54,000 – $60,000 annual salary with benefits)

About the Trail Rangers Program

WABA’s Trail Ranger Program aims to make the District trails welcoming and inclusive to all residents, frequently used, and in a state of good repair. The program encourages trail use through daily trail presence, community engagement, trail maintenance, and trail user assistance. Trail Rangers cover paved multi-use trails within the District, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Oxon Run Trail, and connecting street routes. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a consistent and friendly presence to make the trails more enjoyable, inclusive and dependable for transportation and recreation. 

Starting in 2022, the Trail Ranger Program will have full-time, year round staffing and operations (the program was seasonal for the previous nine years). Year round operation will enable WABA to have a professional trail team with ongoing training and skill development.

WABA’s Trail Ranger Program contract with the District’s Urban Forestry Division goes through 2024, with possibilities of extension beyond 2024. These positions are contingent upon annual funding renewal. 

You can learn more about the Trail Ranger program here.

We’re Hiring! DC Trail Rangers

DC Trail Rangers

Do you love being outdoors and connecting with people? Want to be part of a collaborative trail team in DC, and be paid to engage with folks about trails and fix trails?

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for passionate and energetic professional trail champions with a wide range of skills and experiences for our permanent Trail Ranger Team. We are looking to hire five dependable and thoughtful people who can grow into their roles. Beyond this, there is not a standard job history, experience of biking, years of experience or skills set that made previous Trail Rangers successful. This position (and program!) includes a lot of different knowledge areas — we are not expecting new staff to know it all at the beginning, and the skills and strengths of everyone on the team will shape some particulars of how the program is run. 

These positions are expected to begin January 18th, 2022. Pay will be $45,760 annual salary, and benefits. These positions are permanent full-time opportunities, with five day, 8 hour per shift work weeks. A standard work week will be either Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Thursday for individual staff. Shifts will vary in start time to ensure varied trail presence, more details are included below. 

About the Trail Rangers Program

WABA’s Trail Ranger Program aims to make the District trails welcoming and inclusive to all residents, frequently used, and in a state of good repair. The program encourages trail use through daily trail presence, community engagement, trail maintenance, and trail user assistance.  Trail Rangers cover paved multi-use trails within the District, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Oxon Run Trail, and connecting street routes. Trail Rangers act as trail ambassadors, offering a consistent and friendly presence to make the trails more enjoyable, inclusive and dependable for transportation and recreation. 

Starting in 2022, the Trail Ranger Program will have full-time, year round staffing and operations (the program was seasonal for the previous nine years). Year round operation will enable WABA to have a professional trail team with ongoing training and skill development.

WABA’s Trail Ranger Program contract with the District’s Urban Forestry Division goes through 2024, with possibilities of extension beyond 2024. These positions are contingent upon annual funding renewal. 

You can learn more about the Trail Ranger program here.

The Team

The WABA Trail Ranger Team will be an eight person team: we will have a Trail Ranger and  Outreach Director, an Outreach Manager, an Operations Manager and five DC Trail Ranger field staff. Day-to-day management of the program will be done by the Operations and Outreach Managers with overall strategy and regional coordination by the Director. Team culture heavily values collaboration and mutual respect, with weekly all-staff team meetings and many decisions made or led by field staff. Individual Trail Rangers will report directly to either the Operations or Outreach Manager.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Spend the majority of your work hours outside, biking on or between trails year-round (except during thunderstorms, very cold days, and other hazardous conditions).
  • Work eight-hour shifts with a partner, riding electric-assist cargo bikes at a relaxed, conversational pace.
  • Collaborate with your team members to determine daily priorities and share program information.
  • Support and encourage trail use with friendly and helpful trail presence, regular maintenance efforts and consistent outreach events.
  • Help lower barriers to bicycling, build community, and build a more robust trail network.
  • Run trail cleanups, and a variety of programming and community events with the Outreach and Operations Managers, including outside and inside programming.
  • Perform trail condition inspections and trail corridor maintenance, including pruning branches, gathering trash, and removing obstructions.
  • Track outreach and maintenance work in Google Sheets and Salesforce.

This position will be based from WABA’s Adams Morgan office.

Qualifications

We would love to consider you as a candidate and don’t expect staff to know everything on day one! Give us your best pitch of how your professional and/or personal experience fits the job qualifications and the role in your cover letter:

Trail Rangers must have:

  • A proven track record for being dependable, timely, and communicative.
  • The willingness to be positive and engaging in a public setting.
  • The willingness and enthusiasm to work in a collaborative team and as a proactive, self starter. 
  • The capacity to be available for 40 hours per week in 8 hour shifts with weekday and weekend availability. Shifts are generally:
    • 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm or 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on weekdays.
    • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for Saturday or Sunday shifts.
    • Individual Trail Rangers will either work Tuesday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursdays.
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all.
  • An understanding of how race, gender, and other factors shape conversations and experiences.  
  • The willingness to continually learn more about trails, neighborhood history and the many different cultural competencies necessary for working in the DC region.
  • The ability to ride a bike, with a willingness to ride in mixed city traffic and off-street trails.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III.

Additional qualifications and experience that are helpful but not required:

  • Lived experience with our program trails, and the nearby neighbors and neighborhoods, especially near Marvin Gaye Trail, Anacostia Park, and Oxon Run Trail.
  • A proven track record for working collaboratively within a team.
  • Excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and capacity to innovate.
  • The ability to prioritize and a thoughtful attention to detail.
  • Street smarts. By which we mean knowledge to make nuanced decisions while doing a field-based job, including recognizing hate language in graffiti, what might be at play in perceived threats to trail users and/or which options are safest for engaging angry members of the public. 
  • Experience working in a multi-lingual, including mixed Deaf and hearing, work environment
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Experience with Google Suite (Gmail, Chat, Drive, Sheets, Docs) and our Salesforce database. 
  • District residency is preferred. 

As a team based program, we are looking for one or more employees to have:

  • Amateur or formal experience in mid-Atlantic plant identification and ecology, and native plant restoration. 
  • Working fluency in Spanish, ASL and/or Amharic.
  • Previous experience as a DC Trail Ranger. 
  • Working knowledge of bicycle maintenance, up to and including flat repair, shifting adjustments, hydraulic brake maintenance, and regular maintenance tasks needed for the Tern fleet bikes (complicated maintenance will be performed by a local bicycle shop).

Support

There’s a lot of work to do! Here’s some of what’s available to help get it done:

  • Orientation and team management that prioritizes your well-being, including training in preventing common bicycling injuries.
  • Doing our best to have a consistent schedule that respects your time and outside obligations. 
  • Providing all the tools, bikes and materials needed to perform the job, including Tern electric cargo bikes.
  • Nine years of institutional knowledge in running the DC Trail Ranger program. 
  • Teaching you the skills necessary for the job (urban bike riding, basic trail maintenance, basic bike maintenance, how to do field outreach, Salesforce).
  • An inclusive, collaborative professional team environment. 
  • We’re setup as an intersectional outreach program that recognizes the multitudes of identities and promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity for employees and the public.
  • WABA’s other Outreach Program staff for knowledge sharing and collaboration. 
  • A lot of other events and resources by WABA and trail partners to chat with trail users about. 

Benefits

  • These are full-time, salaried non-exempt positions.
  • The expected salary is $45,760.
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance premiums.
  • Vacation, sick and personal leave, including:
    • Accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation starting in your first year, with additional hours after two, five, and ten years of service.
    • Accrue up to 160 hours annually of paid sick time starting in your first year.
    • WABA supports and promotes the health of its staff. You may use accrued sick time for unscheduled leave when not feeling well (mind or body), as well as for scheduled medical appointments.
    • Paid time off for holidays following the federal holiday calendar. 
  • 8 weeks paid parental leave and up to 8 weeks of additional parental leave from the DC Paid Family Leave act (based on eligibility).
  • Immediate access to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program, with up to a 5% employer match after one-year of service.
  • Optional commuter transit benefit (pre tax deduction)
  • Optional voluntary benefits including life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability.
  • A fun and relaxed workplace environment.
  • Passionate, supportive colleagues who are dedicated to working together for our mission and seeing the impact of our work. 

COVID-19 Operational Staff Safety Plan:

WABA expects that some COVID-19 precautions will be necessary for the 2022 season and potentially beyond. The health of staff and trail users is a top priority. 

  • Properly worn quality masks may be required on the job, except for distanced water and snack breaks. Masks will be provided when necessary. 
  • The majority of Trail Ranger work will be performed outside. 

Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “DC Trail Ranger” as the subject line. Please make sure your application illustrates how you meet the qualifications for the job and what additional skills you would bring to the team. Applications are due by December 8th, 2021 and we expect the positions to start January 18th, 2022. 

Here are some helpful resources as you prepare your job application materials: compilation of resources and resume basics.

EEO Statement:

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.

Demand Action on Connecticut Ave!

Do you want a protected bike lane on Connecticut Avenue from Woodley Park to Maryland? We do too. So do dozens of businesses, organizations, and every single ANC on the corridor. Heck, the DC Council already allocated money to design and build it. And yet.

Here’s where we are: The District Department of Transportation has spent nearly two years on a comprehensive study of removing the Connecticut Ave reversible lanes and adding protected bike lanes. It’s been complete since July, but no one has seen it. At a public event in September, DDOT Acting Director Everett Lott said he just needed to have a meeting with the Mayor before announcing a decision and making the plan public. At his confirmation hearing in October, he said the same thing.

This is ridiculous. 

DDOT has presented two different visions for Connecticut Ave. One vision makes the road safer for everyone—people walking, biking, taking transit, even driving. The other keeps the road just for cars and, by DDOT’s own admission, will not advance the city’s Vision Zero goals.

The Mayor and Director Lott need to choose a safer Connecticut Ave that puts people first. The status quo is untenable, and the consequences of delay are measured in trips to the hospital and lives forever changed. 

We’ve seen politics hold up important safety projects for years—the Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane project on 9th St. NW sat in the Mayor’s office from 2017 until this summer. We’re not going to let that happen again.

Use this form to email the Mayor’s Office, DDOT, and Council Transportation Committee Chair Mary Cheh to ask them to stop delaying this project.

Left, artists rendering of potential protected bike lanes on Connecticut Ave NW and right, bird’s eye view (source DDOT)

Support a better bike connection across the Potomac

The American Legion Bridge (the Beltway between Maryland and Virginia), is slated to expand in the next few years. Part of that project includes a trail connection across the Potomac. This is a big deal, as the options for crossing between MD and VA outside of a car are pretty limited. 

However, as currently planned, the trail will only connect to MacArthur Blvd, and pass over the C&O towpath without a connection. This is a huge missed opportunity to connect more people in Maryland and Virginia to this beloved park, and to open up new active transportation options for folks on both sides of the river. The Maryland Department of Transportation and the National Park Service need to hear that you support this connection. Use this page to send a note to both agencies. 

Comments are due before 5pm next Monday.

You can read more about the project here, and read our letter in support of the C&O connection here.

But don’t forget to submit your comments today!

Tell Maryland SHA to make the bike lanes on University Boulevard permanent!

This summer, the Maryland State Highway Administration began a temporary experiment by installing a protected bike lane on MD-193/University Boulevard, between Amherst and Arcola Ave, in Wheaton. But now that the pilot period is over, SHA intends to remove the project on November 14, 2021. We need to act now to insist that SHA keep the protected bike lanes in place permanently!

From everything that we’ve seen, the changes on University Blvd have been a tremendous success. The lanes have made it more comfortable to bike and walk on this stretch of University Blvd, increasing safe access to transit and slowing traffic to the speed limit without creating congestion. The SHA should make these lanes permanent, improve them to better protect people on bikes, and extend them further east and west to bring these benefits to a wider set of users.

Use the form below to email MDOT Secretary Slater and SHA Administrator Smith and take a moment to explain why this is important to you.

Advocacy Roundup: Fall 2021

This past summer, our advocacy team was busy collaborating with partners and volunteers on the ground—heating up the region with some major victories. Fall has only been hotter, and we’re excited to share some updates with you! Check out our quarterly report, which includes info on campaign updates, the building of new coalitions, upcoming events and actions, and more!

Washington, D.C. Advocacy Updates

Low Stress Bike Network 

Our campaign to complete a low-stress bike network in Washington, DC has been ongoing, and our volunteers have been busy working on major projects. Here are some we’d like to spotlight:

  • The Eastern Downtown Protected Bike Lane. The long awaited 9th St. NW protected bike lane and pedestrian safety project is finally moving again, towards construction in late 2022! In September, WABA held a meeting with volunteers to plan our community outreach efforts to generate support for the project.
  • Kenyon St. NW Protected Bike Lane. Our volunteers kicked off a campaign to support DDOT extending the Crosstown PBL to 11th NW (at least). Petition & more coming very soon.
  • Tunlaw / New Mexico Ave NW. There is continued pressure on ANCs & DDOT to build this Glover Park Protected Bike Lane. If you live in ANC 3B and would like to support these efforts, feel free to reach out to us!
  • I (Eye) St. SE/SW. Getting east to west in Waterfront and Navy Yard  is set to be a lot less stressful if DDOT’s proposed protected bike lane upgrade moves ahead as proposed. A petition and public meetings are coming soon.
  • Protected bike lane installation. Thanks to a newfound drive from DDOT and months of aggressive support from organized advocates, DDOT and NPS are currently (or very soon)  installing ~3.2 miles of protected bike lanes on Virginia Ave NW, 15th St. NW, West Virginia NE, New Jersey Ave SE, Water St. NW, and Monroe St. NE. These join the 4+ miles already installed in DC this year.

If you are interested in joining an advocate-driven campaign to build an entire network, head to waba.org/network, click on Join the Campaign and fill out the form! Let’s complete the whole network! 

Beach Drive Update

Next Steps. More than 6,500 park lovers have signed our petition with the People’s Alliance for Rock Creek, asking the National Park Service to continue keeping upper Beach Drive car-free after the end of the pandemic. Thank you—you’ve made a huge impact!

More than 2,400 people filed an official comment with the Parks Service over the summer, about the best way to manage the roadway for recreation, conservation, and health. If that’s you, thank you!NPS stated that it will release its recommended action “this fall,” so we expect news in November! You can read our full update here and PARC’s full comments here.

ANC Vision Zero Caucus

WABA ANC Vision Zero Caucus August Social

Caucus Meetings. WABA’s ANC Vision Zero Caucus met in July and October for official meetings, and we had a social hang out in August!   

At the July meeting, Commissioner Eichler facilitated a workshop on how ANC Commissioners can find and use data for their transportation advocacy. You can view a copy of that workshop here

Commissioner Erin Palmer discussed lessons learned from Sidewalk Palooza and Commissioner Anthony Green discussed how Commissioners can connect with peers east of the river. 

At our October meeting, we hosted DDOT Director Lott for a Q&A. Out of that meeting Director Lott agreed to form an ANC Vision Zero Caucus Task Force to reform Traffic Safety Investigations.

Our ANC Vision Zero Caucus is continuing to grow and do amazing work! If you are a Commissioner or know of a Commissioner who is interested in joining our Caucus please email advocacy@waba.org.

Transportation Equity

Take Action. WABA is continuing to work with coalition partners to move traffic enforcement from DC’s Metropolitan Police Department to DDOT.

Transferring responsibility for traffic enforcement away from the Metropolitan Police Department is simply good policy—it reduces the likelihood of police interactions escalating into violence, since there are fewer reasons for an officer to initiate a stop. Long-term, sustainable traffic safety comes from investing in the built environment and educating drivers, not armed police enforcement. 

You can support this campaign and take action here.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge

For the past few years, the District Department of Transportation has been quietly advancing plans to rehabilitate the Roosevelt Bridge which carries I-66 and an extremely narrow trail between Arlington’s Mount Vernon Trail and DC’s Virginia Ave NW. The plan includes cantilevering a new 10 ft wide trail on the upstream side, installing new, taller, bike-friendly railings, and lighting improvements. 

However, the current plan will only widen the trail on the bridge structure, leaving hundreds of feet of narrower approach trail. This feature will continue to limit the safety, comfort, and capacity of this important interstate connection. Stay tuned for opportunities to push for a complete solution.

Maryland Advocacy Updates

Prince George’s County 

Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility. WABA has been attending community stakeholder meetings for the Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility project. 

In June 2021 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) launched the Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility Study. The overall goal of the project is to improve neighborhood connections, promote health equity, and stimulate economic growth. 

Community engagement is a key component of this study, in order to to center the experience of the people that live, work, shop and worship in the area. If you are interested in getting updates, check out their project page here.

Next DPWT Director. WABA sent a letter to the Prince George’s County Executive and Council regarding the ongoing search for a new Director for the Department of Public Works and Transportation. Some of the priorities we would like to see the new Director focus on:

  • More inclusive and transparent public engagement.
  • Commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through less driving in Prince George’s County.
  • Embrace off-street trails as critical to transportation in the region and making a strong commitment to stronger partnerships with M-NCPPC and other stakeholders to complete and maintain the Capital Trails Network.
  • A strong commitment to Vision Zero’s safe systems approach.

You can read the full letter here and the response from County Executive Alsobrooks here

Montgomery County

University Blvd Protected Bike Lane project. The pilot of the 1.35 miles of protected bike lanes began on June 19. Dedication of the lanes included speeches by elected County Council and State Representatives, plus the daughter of two parents killed in traffic crashes in nearby Wheaton. The dedication was attended by around 75 people. (Event posting here)

WABA has met with MDOT SHA a few times to suggest improvements and to monitor success from the State’s perspective.  WABA, along with the Open Streets Montgomery group is working to continue the pilot beyond the November 14 end date and to convince MDOT SHA to make the lanes permanent, improve the design, and extend the length of the lanes east and west.

WABA coordinated a letter from fifteen Montgomery County and State elected officials to MDOT leadership to support continuing the University Blvd pilot beyond November 14th. You can read that letter here

Open Streets Montgomery. WABA and Open Streets Montgomery have been meeting with business owners involved in the Wheaton outdoor dining streetery (map link) and with MCDOT to encourage the County to make the streetery permanent. 

These two advocate groups have also been advocating to make the streetery in Bethesda (on Norfolk and Woodmont avenues permanent too.  

The groups are working to turn the closure of Newell Street in Silver Spring (map link here)  into a County park, as well as working with advocates in UpCounty and East County to make transportation related improvements in Germantown and Burtonsville.

Finally WABA and Open Streets Montgomery are working with MCDOT to continue the Shared Streets program.

Virginia Advocacy Updates

Arlington 

People Before Cars Coalition Kick-off! WABA partnered with The National Landing Business Improvement District (BID), Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County, Arlington Families for Safe Streets, and JBG to  launch the “People Before Cars” Coalition to unite area organizations around shared priorities to create a safer and more accessible transportation network in National Landing!

The “People Before Cars” Coalition seeks to address community concerns around safety by championing the implementation of best practices in people-centric urban design and planning.

 The Coalition is centered on a set of common priorities for key projects and opportunities to enhance multi-modal mobility in National Landing, and will work together to promote those priorities through public outreach, advocacy and engagement with key stakeholders, including Arlington County and VDOT.

So far the coalition has taken positions on the Crystal City Bike Lane and Route 1.

The coalition is meeting weekly, and we are currently working on updates to share in the near future!

Alexandria 

Funding Priority. Holmes Run Trail is treasured by many residents in the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County and trail users were devastated when heavy rain washed out portions of the trail in 2018.

Therefore, WABA, The Capital Trails Coalition, and the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) were thrilled to see that the City has identified repairing Holmes Run Trail as a priority and has fully funded this project. In response to this we sent a letter to Mayor Wilson, Vice-Mayor Bennett-Parker, and members of the City Council to express support. You can read that letter here.

Fairfax

Active Fairfax. WABA, Coalition for Smarter Growth, Audubon Naturalist Society, South County Task Force, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions sent joint comments in support of the Active Fairfax Transportation Plan Vision, Goals, Objectives, along with some recommendations.

You can read those comments here. If you want to help shape the Active FairFax plan, check out the next community meeting here

Richmond Highway Main Street Coalition.  The residents of Gum Springs, a majority black community, have been fighting the expansion of Richmond highway. The residents believe that the expansion will lead to more traffic deaths. 

To fight the expansion, they formed the Richmond Highway Main Street Coalition, and WABA joined the coalition. We look forward to following their lead and supporting their efforts to stop the expansion. 

You can read more about the residents’ organization efforts here.

2022 Our Common Agenda

Agenda Released. Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) released the “Our 2022 Common Agenda”

This annual policy briefing book is the road map for state-based policy solutions to address the environmental problems facing Virginia. 

Our 2022 Common Agenda is a collection of over 40 issue papers, and WABA co-authored the transportation issue paper. You can read the full agenda here

We look forward to working with our coalition partners to turn those issues into legislative victories!

Capital Trails Coalition Updates

The Capital Trails Coalition (CTC) has been busy! 

Arlington Boulevard Trail. This fall, the CTC hosted a site visit to the future Arlington Boulevard Trail with the Arlington Board Chair Matt De Ferranti. The purpose of the visit was to highlight key gaps and areas for improvement. 

Prince George’s County Planning Board Public Budget Hearing. On Tuesday, October 19th, we testified at the Prince George’s County Planning Board Public Budget Hearing. The Planning Board approves MNCPPC’s budget request then submits the budget to the Council for final review. Our two main goals are to see the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department hire an additional Trail Planner and to add additional dollars to the operating budget for trail maintenance. You can read the full testimony here

Learn more about what the CTC has been up to here

Interested in staying up-to-date on trail updates on social media? Follow the CTC on Twitter @TrailsCoalition. 

Families for Safe Streets Updates

WABA has been busy collaborating with our Families for Safe Streets chapters throughout the region. 

In August, we convened our first Families for Safe Streets regional meeting! In the meeting each group shared updates, we discussed WABA’s 3 year plan in support of the group, the DC-FSS Stories Initiative, and World Day of Remembrance.

Over the last couple of months the chapters have been working on innovative projects to center the voices of residents most impacted by  traffic violence. 

Check out some of their updates below:

  • DC Families for Safe Streets (DC-FSS). DC-FSS will be hosting an Interactive Memorial Wall at Union Station for World Day of Remembrance from Monday, November 15th through Sunday, November 21, 2021 from 6:00 am  to 10:00 pm each day. 
  • DC-FSS chapter is coordinating with the Street Smart program, an initiative of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, to install an interactive memorial wall at Union Station in the lead up to and for World Day of Remembrance to create a shared space for those impacted by traffic violence in our region to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost and to share about our lived experiences as victims, family members, friends, and community members. 

    All are welcome to participate regardless of when, where, or how the crash that touched your life occurred. 
  • Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets (MoCo FSS). MoCo FSS has a steering committee that has met monthly throughout this quarter, creating a web site that will go live soon, and creating policy asks of the State and M0ntgomery County DOT. 

MoCo FSS is planning it’s first public event on World Day of Remembrance, November 21 at 4:30pm at the Marian Fryer Plaza next to the Wheaton Metro.

MoCo FSS steering committee members have also been working with the National FSS and Vision Zero networks, as well as having conducted a few memorials for pedestrians and cyclists who have died in Montgomery County the past few months. Email advocacy@waba.org if you are interested in getting involved. 

Washington Region Vision Zero Summit

Save the date for next year’s Summit on June 9th, 2022! Please contact Hannah.Neagle@waba.org if you’re interested in participating in the planning committee or volunteering.

This conference brings together elected officials, decision-makers, advocates, thought leaders, and the private sector to share best practices, insights and innovations to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our region’s streets and highways. Please find more information from the 2021 Summit linked here.

2022 Elections

Candidate Forums and Questionnaires. WABA has been convening organizations in DC and MD to collaborate on engagement opportunities in the upcoming 2022 elections in Maryland and Washington DC. Some of the organizations we are collaborating with include CASA-MD, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United for Justice, Sierra Club, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and Open Streets Montgomery. 

In Maryland, we will be hosting candidate forums and/or sending questionnaires for the following races: MD Governor, Montgomery County Council and County Executive, Prince George’s County Council and County Executive. 

In DC, we will be hosting candidate forums and/or sending questionnaires for the following races: Mayor and DC Council. 

In addition, we will be asking all candidates to sign on to a transportation equity platform that will be developed by a coalition of organizations. 

Stay tuned for public invites to the candidate forums! 

Official Testimonies and Comments Submitted by WABA

  • DC
  • MD
    • Montgomery County
      • Testimony for Montgomery County Planning Department public hearing on the Capital Crescent Trail Tunnel. 
      • Comments on the Cheltenham Drive Bikeway Feasibility Study in Bethesda 
      • Comments on Montgomery County Vision draft plan 
      • Sign-on letter urging MDOT to support continuing the University Blvd pilot beyond November. 14th. 
    • Prince George’s County
      • Letter to County Council and County Executive regarding new DPWT director
      • Testimony for M-NCPPC Public Budget Hearing for the Department of Parks and Recreation  
  • VA
    • Arlington 
      • People Before Cars Coalition’s position on Route 1 
      • People Before Cars Coalition’s Safe Streets Priorities 
      • People Before Cars Coalition’s position on Pentagon City Planning
      • Crystal City to DCA project Letter
    • Alexandria 
      • Letter from FABB, WABA, and CTC in Support of the Holmes Run Trail Restoration
    • Fairfax County
      • Joint comments from the Fairfax Healthy Communities network in support of the Active Fairfax Transportation Plan Vision, Goals, Objectives, along with some recommendations
      • Joint thank you letter to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors regarding their resolution in support of bike and pedestrian funding. 

Upcoming Events and Actions 

  • DC
  • MD
    • Take Action to Keep University Blvd bike lanes in place!
    • Email the members of the Council to ask that they support Montgomery County’s Thrive 2050’s transportation priorities.
    • Southern Avenue Metro Station Area Pedestrian Accessibility Study Community Meetings
    • Prince George’s County ‘The Active Transportation Advisory Group’ meetings
  • VA
    • Potomac Yard Metrorail Implementation Work Group (PYMIG) meetings. The meetings will include updates on Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, City planned pedestrian and bicycle enhancements, planned bus service, construction activity, traffic concerns, and the construction look-ahead schedule. 
    • ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan Meetings
    • Alexandria Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meetings
    • Provide Feedback on the Draft Pentagon City Plan by Oct. 31st, after Oct 31st email ecleva@arlingtonva.us
    • Fairfax Trails, Sidewalks and Bikeways Committee Meetings 

WABA Advocacy In the News

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

DDOT Must Commit to Connecticut Ave Protected Bike Lanes

Since May 2021, we have been eagerly awaiting a DDOT decision on the future design of Connecticut Ave in Ward 3. At stake is whether Connecticut Ave will be transformed into a safe, multimodal street with protected bike lanes or remain a six lane highway, just for driving. But that project, now funded to move ahead immediately, is stuck waiting for a months-late decision from DDOT.

On Tuesday, October 26, the DC Council is holding a confirmation hearing for Mayor Bowser’s pick to lead DDOT, Everett Lott. He has said publicly, as recently as this week, that this decision is currently on his desk. We think that we and the DC Council deserve a clear answer on Connecticut Ave’s future at the hearing. 

Join us on Tuesday at the (virtual) confirmation hearing to demand an answer. Sign up to testify by Monday 10/25 at noon.

If the Mayor and her pick for DDOT Director are willing to go against the declared preferences of all four adjacent ANCs, Ward 3 Council Member Mary Cheh, immense resident input, DC’s own long range transportation plan, and the simplest principle of putting safety first on Connecticut Ave, then we need to know that now.

Hundreds of resident advocates wrote letters, attended meetings, and waded into difficult community debates. All four ANCs, dozens of community organizations, and businesses supported Concept C which removes the reversible lanes and repurposes driving and parking lanes for protected bike lanes, safer intersections, and slower speeds. You can find more information on the concepts at DDOT’s project page.

You can weigh in three ways:

Sign up to testify at the hearing on Tuesday, October 26 at 12pm – email abenjamin@dccouncil.us or call (202) 724-8062 before Monday at 11am to add your name to the witness list (details here).

  • Submit written comments for the hearing record – email your testimony to abenjamin@dccouncil.us or leave voicemail testimony for the Committee by calling (202) 350-1344, which will be transcribed and made part of the hearing record.
  • Email Committee Chair Mary Cheh and ask that she press Director Lott for a clear answer and a commitment to a Connecticut Ave protected bike lane at the hearing.
Artists rendering of potential protected bike lanes on Connecticut Ave NW (source DDOT)

For more background and guidance on preparing testimony or speaking at a DC Council hearing, click here.

Thanks for speaking up for a safe, inclusive, and bikeable Connecticut Ave!