Book Bike Safety Training Brings Safe Cycling to DC Public Library Staff

DC Public Library staff runs the Book Bike through an Instant Turn drill.

If you spend enough time in Northeast DC you’ve probably seen the Book Bike before. It’s big and blue and pretty easy to spot as it goes rolling down the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). 

The Book Bike is a part of the DC Public Library’s outreach team. It travels to farmer’s markets, cultural celebrations, community events and can even be found at the MBT coffee hour on the 2nd Friday of every month.  Visitors can sign up for a library card, check out a book on the go and speak to knowledgeable library staff about the many events and opportunities DCPL has to offer. DCPL is looking to expand the Book Bike’s reach by training more staff on how to ride it so that they can bring it to more events. 

Riding a cargo bike takes a bit of practice. Did we mention it is big and blue and full of library books?

To get even more DCPL staff up to speed and trained in how to operate the Book Bike, WABA hosted a custom bicycle safety training. The training brought ten library employees from branches across the District to learn the ins and outs of DC traffic law and how to ride properly while representing your organization.

Many of the DC Library staff in attendance were comfortable commuting to work by bicycle each day, but were eager to learn some new tips for riding safely and considerately while on the job. After a 45 minute long presentation and discussion on traffic law and street safety, the group traveled over to the Harry Thomas Recreation Center to test ride the Book Bike and practice hazard avoidance maneuvers essential when biking in traffic and on trails.

Although the Book Bike feels different than a regular two-wheeler, participants got the hang of how it moves while practicing starting, stopping, shifting, turning and weaving. Its wide turning radius means you have to lean way over the side of the bike as you move the handlebars. If you do it just right, the 200 pound cargo box full of books counterbalances your weight and keeps you from tipping over. 

After an hour of drills practice, the group took to the streets to put some of their newly acquired skills into action. Along the Metropolitan Branch Trail we stopped to discuss trail etiquette and how to respectfully navigate amongst the many walkers, runners, dogs, scooters and fellow bicyclists that use the trail each day. While riding along the streets of NOMA we discussed lane positioning, hazard awareness and communicating with motorists. Participants learned when to use bike lanes and what to do when a bike lane suddenly ends. 

These skills are essential, not only while riding for work, but for every ride. Learning how to safely navigate through heavily trafficked areas will boost your confidence and prepare you for the many different situations we face on the roads each day. 

You can learn all of these skills and more by signing up for a Confident City Cycle class in a neighborhood near you! Keep an eye out, our 2020 Spring class schedule will be posted soon. 

Want to bring a training like this to your workplace? Email us at education@waba.org.

Keep an eye out for the DCPL Book Bike as it rolls across town. Check out some of the library’s upcoming events and visit  dclibrary.org/bike for information on the annual Tour de DCPL, bike repair clinics, and even more bike resources. 

Urgent: Fairness for Crash Victims in Virginia

People injured walking and biking in Virginia face an uphill battle to get fairly compensated for damages from a crash resulting from a negligent driver. An antiquated legal doctrine called contributory negligence stacks the deck in favor of insurance companies and against people who are hurt. Crashes can cause damage to a person’s bike and other property, run up expensive medical bills and impact one’s ability to work. Injured people deserve a fighting chance to be fairly compensated for damages.

The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that will level the playing field when bicyclists and pedestrians are hurt in crashes by negligent drivers. Yesterday, the Civil Law Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in support of Senate Bill 659 and tomorrow the full committee will vote on the bill. The legislation is modeled on a similar bill passed in the District of Columbia in 2016 which has shown to be effective, targeted and fair.

People walking and biking in Virginia involved in a crash with the driver of a motor vehicle can be completed barred from receiving any compensation for injuries if they are even slightly at fault. Depending on the severity of a crash, a victim can rack up huge medical bills, lost wages because of missed work, face lasting injuries and other damages to personal property such as a bicycle.

Under the antiquated legal doctrine contributory negligence, powerful insurance companies can deny all claims from a crash victim in unfair and unjust ways. 46 states in the United States have adopted the more fair comparative standard that weighs each parties negligence and adjusts compensation accordingly

Senate Bill 659 is modeled on a similar bill passed in the District of Columbia in 2016 which gives crash victims access to full compensation if they are the less negligent party. The DC law has shown to be effective, targeted and fair. Scare tactics from the insurance industry have not borne out. Virginia’s crash victims deserve better.

Yesterday, the Civil Law Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee favorable voted in support of Senate Bill 659 and tomorrow the full committee will vote on the bill. The next step in the process would be a vote by the full State Senate if the bill is reported out of the Judiciary Committee.

Editor’s note: please pardon our typos. The Virginia legislative session is extremely short.

Meet this year’s Winners of the WABA Awards (and vote for more!)

2019 was a heck of a year for bicycling in the region. We’ve seen new protected bike lanes, Capital Bikeshare expansions, trail-improvements…and more!

At the 2019 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on February 26th, the WABA community will honor the winners of the Choice Awards, voted on and awarded by you!

You can vote on Best Improvement: Maryland; Best Improvement: Virginia; Best Improvement: DC; and Best Social Ride here — and RSVP for the BCAs so you don’t miss the awards.

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At the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards, we also recognize winners of the 2019 WABA Awards, honoring individuals whose dedicated work for better bicycling has made our community stronger, our streets safer, and brought us closer to our vision of a region where everyone can get where they’re going on a bike.

These awards are selected by WABA’s board and staff. 

Winners of the 2019 WABA Awards:


2019 WABA Super Volunteer Award 

Monica Morin, for her dedication to selling merchandise at WABA events, showing up to volunteer nights, making year-end phone calls, and overall being an incredible cheerleader for WABA everywhere she goes.


2019 WABA Public Leadership Award 

Emily Dalphy, for her work as an innovative public servant who listens responsively to community needs, and going above and beyond in supporting communities who need safe streets now. 


2019 Community Advocate Awards

Sean Neal, for his leadership organizing the site visit at South Capitol Street to demonstrate the need for safe crossing at Xenia Street— a much-needed safety improvement.

George Tobias, for his leadership encouraging elected officials to attend the Ward 8 Traffic Safety Meetings, where we organized around the need for safer routes to school, better sidewalks, and speed control in Ward 8 neighborhoods. 


2019 Trail Champion Award

Ravi Ganvir, for his work moving countless trails, walking and biking projects around the District forward this past year, including the Arboretum Bridge and Trail.


2019 Heart and Soul Award

Christy Kwan and Faith Cole-Hall, for their leadership in establishing the DC chapter of Families for Safe Streets, giving our community a place to support one another, remember and grieve those lost to traffic violence, and organize for action. 


2019 Vision Zero Award

Evan Glass, for his leadership on issues facing vulnerable road users across Montgomery County— including hosting a Vision Zero town hall and meaningfully engaging with Maryland State Highway and Montgomery County DOT.


2019 Youth Leadership Award

Amir Goodman, Oliver Krupa, and Siddharth Kravetz, for their courage in giving testimony at the DC Council Vision Zero hearing last October. 


2019 Educator of the Year Award

Carol Ann Pisciotta, for her enthusiasm and leadership in making the youth bicycle education pilot at Excel Beyond the Bell at Oakview Elementary a reality. 


2019 Biking for All Award

Fionnuala Quin for her leadership as a champion of bike and pedestrian education, including her work to implement traffic gardens at DC and Alexandria elementary schools. 

Congratulations to all of these champions of safer streets— and thank you for all of your work in 2019. 

Don’t forget to vote for your picks in the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards— and RSVP for the event to join in celebrating all we accomplished together in 2019.

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Tell the DC Council to pass (and fund) its Vision Zero Bills.

Last October, we spent an emotional day in the Wilson Building with many of you, sharing personal testimony and urging the DC Council to pass a suite of bills aimed at making our streets safer.

Our work is not done—several months later, none of this legislation has moved through mark-up or been funded in the Council’s budget. 

We need to demand that these bills are both passed and funded this year, or we’ll end up waiting until 2022 to see any of these important changes implemented.

Please take a moment to send a message to the Environment and Transportation Committee – and tell them they need to pass and fully fund these bills this budget year!

¡Hola! Soy Patricia Miguel y la nueva promotora comunitaria.

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¡Hola!

Soy Patricia Miguel y la nueva promotora comunitaria.

Crecí en la área Metropolitana de D.C. y algunos de mis lugares favoritos para andar en bicicleta son los senderos W&OD, Four Mile Run, y el Canal C&O. Gran parte de mi experiencia con el ciclismo está conectado al ejercicio y recreación. Aprendí como andar en bicicleta cuando tenía 10 años y puedo recordar que tuve miedo bajando por la entrada de carros porque era muy inclinada y bastante larga. Sin embargo, después de un par de horas practicando (y algunos rasguños y moretones después), recuerdo la alegría de poder explorar nuevas partes de mi vecindario y la sensación maravillosa del calor del sol en mi espalda y el aire fresco que fluía por mi cara. Este sentimiento de empoderamiento y de estar en la naturaleza es uno que espero poder compartir con más personas. 

Me encanta conectarme con gente nueva y conocer un poco sobre ellxs*. Esto probablemente se relaciona a mi experiencia en la antropología sociocultural y mi entusiasmo por entender y explorar nuevos temas. Como promotora comunitaria y en acuerdo con el compromiso de WABA con la diversidad, equidad, e inclusión, quiero trabajar con comunidades tradicionalmente desatendidas por el ciclismo y grupos de promoción del ciclismo. Las comunidades específicas con las que trabajaré son Latinx y mujeres/trans/femme. Espero lograr esto organizando y alentando eventos que sean culturalmente apropiados, desarrollando formas nuevas de reducir los obstáculos asociados con el ciclismo y creando una comunidad más inclusiva. 

Tengo muchas ganas de involucrarme con los socios de WABA e invitar más personas al espacio. Siendo que no tengo tanta experiencia con el ciclismo urbano, estoy interesada en aprender más sobre este tema. Creo que mi inexperiencia me permitirá conectar con personas que tienen un nivel de experiencia similar al mío y que eso puede ser una oportunidad para que todxs aprendamos en un ambiente seguro. Si usted quiere conversar más sobre el ciclismo urbano, hacer que el ciclismo sea más equitativo, o simplemente quiere conocerme, ¡no dude en enviarme un correo y podemos charlar! – patricia.miguel@waba.org


Hello!

¡Hola! My name is Patricia Miguel and I am the new Community Outreach Coordinator here at WABA. 

I grew up in the D.C. Metropolitan area and some of my favorite local bicycling trails include the W&OD Trail, Four Mile Run, and the C&O Canal. Most of my experience with bicycling has been associated with fitness and fun. I learned how to ride a bike when I was about 10 years old and can remember being terrified to ride down my very steep and somewhat long driveway. However, after a couple of hours practicing (and some scrapes and bruises later), I remember the joy of being able to explore new parts of my neighborhood and the wonderful feeling of the warm sun hitting my back and cool air flowing over my face. This feeling of empowerment and being in nature is one that I hope to share with a wider community.

I love connecting with new people and getting to know a little bit about them. This is most likely due to my background in socio-cultural anthropology and eagerness to learn and explore new topics. As the Community Outreach Coordinator and in line with WABA’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, I want to work with and serve communities that are traditionally under-represented in bicycling and bicycle advocacy. The specific communities that I will work alongside to support are the Latinx and Women/Trans/Femme communities. I hope to achieve this by hosting and encouraging more culturally-specific events, developing new ways to reduce the barriers associated with bicycling, and creating a more inclusive community. 

I’m looking forward to engaging with current WABA partners as well as bringing new ones into the space. Being that I am not as experienced with urban bicycling, I am interested in learning more about this topic. I believe my inexperience will allow me to better connect with individuals who are coming from a similar place and it can be an opportunity for us all to learn in a safe environment. If you are interested in talking more about urban bicycling, making bicycling more equitable, or just want to get to know me better – feel free to email me and we can chat! patricia.miguel@waba.org

We’re hiring: Trails Coalition Manager

Do you love connecting people to the outdoors, and to their own power? Can you organize a roomful of excited people to make a plan and get it done? 

WABA is looking for a Trails Coalition Manager to help us turn 800 miles of planned trails into pavement that people can walk and bike on. You’ll work with a host of grassroots advocates from across the region, and you’ll hold a leadership role in the Capital Trails Coalition, a robust group of partner organizations and government agencies working together to turn our vision of a connected trails network into a reality.  

The Trails Coalition Manager is a high-profile representative of both WABA and the Capital Trails Coalition to the public and media, and you will work closely with the Advocacy Director, the Executive Director, the Coalition Steering Committee and other key organizational staff to achieve WABA’s advocacy goals.  

The Team

The WABA Advocacy team is six staff: the Advocacy Director, four organizers, and the Trails Coalition Manager. Together with a network of volunteers and allies, we fight for (and win!) better places to bike: a network of connected, equitably distributed, low stress bike lanes and trails.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Build action teams to move each trail project forward: Capital Trails Coalition members have formed teams that are building campaigns to support each of the Coalition’s priority trail projects. You’ll help each of these groups develop a campaign strategy, recruit, and act. You’ll also track campaign and project progress across all of the Coalitions projects.    
  • Support the Capital Trails Coalition and its Steering Committee: You’ll help coordinate Coalition and committee meetings, oversee Coalition member recruitment and onboarding, facilitate work planning and benchmarking, and serve as the organizational representative to the media. You’ll also organize the annual Capital Trails Symposium.
  • Serve as the lead on Trail Advocacy at WABA: You’ll become WABA’s resident trail expert, and use that expertise to deepen WABA’s relationships with other nonprofits, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders. You’ll contribute to the organization’s fundraising efforts and be responsible for the trails advocacy portion of our budget.

Qualifications

The Trails Coalition Manager will have: 

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in coalition building or grassroots organizing;
  • The ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with a range of external stakeholders and internal teams;
  • Strong group facilitation skills, including but not limited to conflict resolution and consensus-building;
  • Strong project management and organization skills;
  • Experience working in diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff and volunteers; and
  • The ability to write clearly and persuasively. 

Additional qualifications and experience that are helpful but not required:

  • Understanding of regional planning and agency structures and decision-making processes;
  • Experience working in multiple sectors (nonprofit, agency, or private sector);
  • Experience navigating government agencies (including but not limited to National Park Service, departments of transportation, and metropolitan planning organizations);
  • Demonstrated management experience including leading a team, strategic planning and/or capacity building;
  • Knowledge of trails infrastructure and policies; 
  • Language proficiency in Spanish, ASL, or another non-English language; 
  • Experience advocating for change in a complex environment;
  • Comfort using Google suite and Salesforce; and
  • Experience planning events.

Support

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

  • The expertise, institutional knowledge, and networks of Trails Coalition members (60+ organizations) and the Capital Trails Coalition Steering Committee;
  • A network of thousands of engaged community advocates across the region;
  • WABA’s Advocacy Team with deep expertise;
  • WABA’s Communications Team to help get the right messages to the right people; and
  • WABA’s Programs team on the ground connecting with people across the region.

Benefits

  • Full-time salaried exempt position with generous comp time in exchange for overtime.
  • Expected salary range is $50,000 to $52,000.
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance premiums.
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal leave.
  • Committed colleagues and a fun working environment.
  • 403(b) retirement program, with 5% employer match after one-year of service.
  • Optional voluntary insurance including accident, life, short & long term disability. 

Employment Details

The position is based in the WABA office in Adams Morgan, Washington DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with flex time in exchange. The position requires some regional travel for meetings. 

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With more than 5,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Apply

Send a compelling cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Trails Coalition Manager” in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, February 21th, 2020.

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.

MLK Day of Service Trail Cleanups

Keeping aggressive growth out of your face and out of mind

Join in a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr Day on the Capital Trails Network. The Capital Trails Network is a regional network of world-class current and planned trails connecting the region. With 456 miles of trails currently in the Network, there is certain to be something!

Our region is connected by its trails, rivers and roads. Your efforts at one trail spot will not only help that trail but the neighbors down the watershed by reducing trash flow or making the trails a more pleasant place to be. World-class means thoughtfully designed but also trash-free, well cared for, and free of invasive plants.

Montgomery County

Join park neighbors for an annual MLK Day of Service park cleanup along your local trails and streams!

Supplies will be provided, volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty. SSL hours will be available. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Sligo Creek Cleanup – Hillwood Manor Park
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

Sligo Creek Trail – Piney Branch Rd
January 20th, 2020
1pm – 3pm
Signup and details here

Takoma Woods
January 20th, 2020
10 am – 12 pm
Signup and details here

Turkey Branch & Matthew Henson Trail Cleanup
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

Rock Creek Trail at Jones Mill Rd
January 20th, 2020
9am – 11am
Signup and details here

Rock Creek Trail at Meadowbrook
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

Long Branch Trail
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

District of Columbia

Pope Branch
January 20th, 2020
10am – 1pm
Signup and details here

Many different sites along Rock Creek Trail with Rock Creek Conservancy and National Park Service here

Arlington

Four Mile Run
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

Theodore Roosevelt Island
January 20th, 2020
10am – 12pm
Signup and details here

City of Alexandria 

Jones Point Park
January 18th, 2020
10am – 1pm
Signup and details here

Prince George’s

College Park – Proteus Bicycles
January 20th, 2020
10am – 2pm
Details here

Fairfax Know of any trail cleanup in Fairfax or elsewhere that we missed? Let us know at trailranger@waba.org.

We’re hiring a 20×20 Campaign Organizer

Can you turn enthusiasm into action? Do you love connecting people to their power? Do you have experience in distributed organizing?

WABA is looking for a 20×20 Campaign Organizer. This is a one-year position to accelerate and win our campaign for 20 miles of new protected bike lanes in the District of Columbia by the end of 2020. 

The Team

The WABA Advocacy team currently has five staff: the Advocacy Director, one trails-focused staffer, and three organizers. 

Together with a network of volunteers and allies, we fight for (and win!) better places to bike: connected, protected, and equitably distributed bike lanes and off-street trails. 

The Position

WABA’s 20×20 Campaign is a city-wide effort to increase the pace of protected bike lane implementation and compel the District to build 20 new miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2020. 

The 20×20 Campaign Organizer identifies and organizes grassroots support, and empowers community advocates to be effective leaders in this campaign. In this position, you will:

  • Organize passionate, dense pockets of support for more protected bike lanes and safer streets in Washington DC.
  • Organize four or more ward-focused advocate groups to plan and lead discrete campaigns for protected bike lanes in each ward. These groups meet at least monthly to plan effective, fun, and inclusive campaigns.
  • Grow grassroots leadership through one on one mentorship, group trainings, effective follow up, and escalation.
  • Welcome, support and empower community members to be effective advocates.
  • Assist advocates in the development of strategic campaigns and effective tactics.
  • Draft compelling action alerts, blog posts, and campaign materials.
  • Coordinate action alerts, blog posts and other campaign communications sourced from advocates.
  • Attend frequent evening and weekend community meetings, planning sessions, or campaign actions.
  • Assist the Advocacy team in planning, staffing events, drafting comment letters, and other duties as needed.
  • WABA is a small office and everyone ends up helping out with things like event staffing, stuffing envelopes, loading our youth bike fleet into the van, and tidying up. 

Qualifications

Core skills:

You’ll need to be able to: 

  • Listen, learn, and build trusting relationships
  • Manage distributed organizing campaigns
  • Train volunteers in campaigning
  • Manage projects from start to finish
  • Communicate with diverse audiences with an inclusive spirit
  • Write clearly and persuasively

Useful experience and skills:

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn them:    

  • Experience engaging and navigating government agencies 
  • An understanding of current best practices for low-stress bike infrastructure
  • An understanding of the intersections between transportation, justice, equity and sustainability
  • Experience with political or policy organizing
  • Professional experience facilitating meetings

Support

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

  • A network of thousands of engaged advocates
  • WABA’s Advocacy Team is hardworking and supportive, and has spent six months building up this campaign.  
  • WABA’s Comms Team is here to help you get the right messages to the right people
  • WABA’s Programs team is already on the ground all across the District.
  • Wins you can ride your bike on. 

Benefits

  • Full-time employment.
  • Expected salary range is $44,000 to $46,000
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal leave.
  • Committed colleagues and a fun working environment.
  • 403(b) retirement program with 5% employer match after one-year of service.
  • Optional voluntary accident and disability insurance programs.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With more than 5,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Contact

Send a compelling cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “20×20 Campaign Organizer” in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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

Opportunity: Become a League Cycling Instructor in Virginia! – Applications Closed

Applications Now Closed

What is something that all bicyclists have in common?

Someone had to teach us how to ride. 

Whether it was a parent teaching you in a driveway, a sibling taking you to the park down the street, or a League Cycling Instructor helping you cross something off of your bucket list, someone took the time and patience to help you learn something new. 

League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) are trained by the League of American Bicyclists to teach bicycle education and safety skills and promote happier, more confident cycling within their communities. They are exemplary bicyclists who are passionate about what they do and eager to share theIr love of bicycling with others. 

Does that sound like you? Check out this FREE training opportunity (a $500 value) and start making a difference in your community. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

WABA is partnering with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and Alexandria BPAC to host the 2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training. The goal of this program is to increase bicyclist and pedestrian safety, and reduce crashes throughout Northern Virginia by training Instructors who will be leaders in their communities. 

2020 Transportation Leadership Safety Training

Pedestrian Safety Training*March 18th & 25th,
7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Gain pedestrian safety knowledge and skills by completing this four-hour class over two evenings
Smart Cycling*March 7th, 2020
10:00am – 4:00 pm 
Participants will learn the importance of bike safety and traffic knowledge while performing advanced bike handling skills and hazard avoidance maneuvers. The course includes an on-street group ride, where participants will learn the ins and outs of lane positioning, defensive cycling and how to communicate with motorists. 
LCI SeminarApril 3rd, 2020
5:00pm – 9:00pm

April 4th, 2020,
8:00am – 9:00pm

April 5th, 2020
8:00am – 3:00pm 
The LCI Seminar teaches candidates comprehensive bicycle safety curriculum, including bicycle handling skills, traffic law, riding in inclement weather how to safely plan and lead group rides, group facilitation and management, etc. 

* prerequisite for LCI Seminar

Who can apply? 

This training is open to Northern Virginia local government, state, regional staff, police, faculty/teachers and residents active in their communities and committed to improving bicycle and pedestrian safety. Recreational and/or commuter bicyclists are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have experience riding in traffic, on trails and are comfortable riding in various weather conditions. 

Registration deadline – January 29th, 2020 

Key Requirements

  1. Participants must attend all applicable training dates and complete approximately 50 hours of work, both outside and within the training activities. Training will take place in a classroom setting, outdoors and on city streets and trails. 
  2. Must have a local government or lead organization mentor that will help you identify outreach events that support bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts in the region (i.e. WABA, Alexandria BPAC, FABB, BikeArlington).
  3. The ability to ride a bicycle confidently. 
  4. Participants must commit to doing two community pedestrian and bicycling safety outreach events by September 15th and January 20th and report back to NVRC. 

Only interested in the pedestrian training or Smart Cycling? 

There are limited spaces available. If you are a safety advocate or work in training, education or local state government, please contact Debbie Spiliotopoulos at dspilio@novaregion.org

Are you an LCI willing to help out? Apply to be a mentor! 

Mentors assist new LCIs in completing their outreach requirements and reporting back to NVRC. 

Mentors are: 

  • Affiliated with a program or organization that supports pedestrian/bicycle  safety or outreach to vulnerable road users/bicyclists/pedestrians operating in Virginia
  • Connected with outreach efforts in high crash areas and directly work on events with needs for LCIs
  • Committed to helping LCI reach outreach requirements
  • Committed to communicating outreach efforts and outcomes to NVRC for grant reporting for 2020 and into future grant years
  • Can provide a list of potential events or activities for new candidates to work on 

Project Partners

Thank you to all the key partners in this project, including the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, the League of American Bicyclists, Alexandria Bicyclist Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB), Inova Hospital, the City of Manassas, City of Fairfax, Prince William County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudon County and the City of Alexandria.

Questions? 

Project Information and Eligibility – Debbie Spiliotopoulos, NVRC – dspilio@novaregion.org 

Registration and Class Information – Sydney Sotelo, WABA – sydney.sotelo@waba.org


Today only: double your impact.

Today, five donors who have supported WABA for more than a decade are stepping up. They’re matching your donation, dollar for dollar, up to $11,000.

DOUBLE YOUR DONATION

Each of these donors has gone above and beyond through the last decade (or more), and today, they want you to join them. Can you make a gift today to help WABA enter the next ten years strong?

We have so much on the horizon for the 2020s. We’ll have multiple car-free bridges. Our trail network will near completion. We’ll have networks of connected, protected bike lanes equitably distributed across the region.

A decade ago, we didn’t have a single protected bike lane in the region. Our trail planners weren’t talking to each other. We didn’t have a robust bikeshare system, and we couldn’t take bikes on Metro during rush hour. 

But our donors had faith and hope, and generously stepped up to help build a region where getting out of your car and on a bike is not just an option, it’s a joy. 

Will you join them today? We are relying on you to build a better connected, more beautiful region. Let’s build something special together.

MATCH YOUR GIFT

Thank you!