Tips to Store Your Bike in Your Apartment or Townhouse

From our friends at EYA.

If you live in a townhome or small condo, figuring out how to store your bike without scuffing up your walls or losing valuable space can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for simple, affordable bike storage, cool contraptions or fun ways to integrate your bike into your décor, there are plenty of options.

Click here to read a blog post by WABA sponsor EYA offering storage tips on how to live happily (and stylishly) with your bike at home.

For 30 years, EYA, through its various development affiliates, has been building new homes that celebrate the best of modern design and urban lifestyles. EYA has built over 45 neighborhoods throughout the greater Washington area where homeowners enjoy the best of life within walking (or biking) distance.

2022 Vision Zero Summit Recap

On Tuesday, September 13th WABA hosted the 6th annual Washington Region Vision Zero Summit. 

The event featured a number of panels (You can find the full agenda here!) and two keynote sessions. 

Our morning keynote speaker Jennifer Boyd shared multiple clips with us from The Street Project, her documentary about the international safe streets movement. We talked about the history of pedestrian blame, speed and street design elements that can help drivers slow down, the history of safe streets protests, and what it means to have democratic streets that are safe for all. We also examined how to tell the story of Vision Zero as we think about how to build widespread support.

In our afternoon keynote session, Jessie Singer examined the structural issues at play when it comes to who is most impacted by traffic violence, and recognized that the language we use is powerful. She also talked about how we can use the information that we know about traffic violence to impact change.

A great big thank you to all of our panelists:

  • Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Sonya Breehey, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets and Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Jennifer Cooper, Steering Committee Member, D.C. Families for Safe Streets
  • Kea Wilson, Senior Editor of Streetsblog USA
  • Jordan Pascale, Transportation Reporter, WAMU
  • Scott Brodbeck, Founder and CEO, Local News Now
  • Jesse McGowan, Multimodal Transportation Planner Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department
  • Tiffany Smith, Program Manager, Vision Zero Network
  • Robert Mandle, Deputy Executive Director, National Landing Business Improvement District
  • Andrea Lasker, Vision Zero Coordinator, Prince George’s County
  • Zachary Bishop, Planner, Prince George’s County
  • Sydney Walker, Communications Assistant, Prince George’s County
  • Mike Doyle, Founder, Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets
  • Gillian Burgess, Steering Committee Member, People Before Cars Coalition
  • Malaika Scriven, VP of Planning & Development, National Landing Business Improvement District
  • Ron Thompson, Transportation Equity Network Organizer, Greater Greater Washington (as a moderator)
  • Faith Walker, Executive Director, RVA Rapid Transit 
  • Jane Lyons, Maryland Advocacy Manager – Coalition for Smarter Growth 
  • Max Richman, Ward 7 Representative to the DC Bicyclist Advisory Council (DC BAC)

Throughout the day, our panelists emphasized that getting to safe streets will require a multi-pronged approach involving safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speeds, safe roads, and post-crash care. 

Watch the sessions below: 

Low Stress Network September Updates

83 months after the first tumultuous public meeting, more than 7.5 years after DDOT staff began working on it, we FINALLY have final plans and an official Notice of Intent from DDOT for the 9th St. NW Protected Bike Lane Project! This is not a drill.

After so much discussion, organizing, and careful work, the Mayor, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and so many more key stakeholders are finally on board with this critical project! Hard to believe.

We are at the very final step before construction – one last moment for formal public input. Take a moment to click here and tell DDOT that the 9th St. PBL has your full support. Let’s not leave anything to chance. Help us drive home the popularity and need for the 9th St. Protected Bike Lane and Traffic Safety Project. Act by September 22.

Take Action

Finished? Great! Now here’s the latest news and actions on our Low Stress Network Campaign. Don’t forget to join us at our next advocate meetup Tonight, Monday, September 19 at 7pm to get involved in a campaign near you. Register on Zoom

Did You See This?

  1. The Low Stress Network is taking shape in Park View & Columbia Heights – DDOT crews are most of the way through installing the Park Pl, Warder St. and Kenyon St. protected bike lanes. It is thrilling to see the vision finally taking place!
  2. The DC Council takes its first big vote on the Safer Streets Amendment Act on Tue Sept 20 – you can email your council members with your quick  thoughts on allowing bicycle Stop as Yield, prohibiting driver Right on Red and more before Tuesday.
  3. Another block of PBL on Maine Ave SW opens, the first 3 blocks of the 19th St. NE protected bike lane between East Capital and C St NE are under construction (more to come), and the Pennsylvania Ave SE bus priority and protected bike lane project is ramping up!
  4. DDOT is moving ahead with a road diet and protected bike lane plan on New Jersey Ave from N to Florida AVe – see photos here.
  5. Check out the new Safer Connecticut Ave website and grab a yard sign at  saferconnave.org
  6. Progress on the Ward 3 New Mexico / Tunlaw Protected bike lanes – ANC 3D and 3B indicated tentative support by votes over the summer. Expect a final vote this fall.

Things To Do

We win forward movement on safe streets when advocates like you are speaking up for DC’s Low Stress Bike Network. Here are some quick actions to support building  the network. Find the most recent actions at waba.org/action.

 

It’s Time to Build the 9th St. PBL!

After 7 impossibly long years, DDOT is finally ready to build the 9th St. NW Protected Bike Lane & Safety Project. Take Action to give it one final, enthusiastic push!

Take Action

 

Share Your Vision for Good Hope & MLK Jr Intersection

Tell DDOT what is not working at Good Hope & MLK Jr intersection and how your would fix it in this short survey.

Take Action

Safety First on Q And R Streets NW / NE

DC has many north-south protected bike lanes in Ward 2, but the lack of high-quality, east-west routes put people who bike in constant danger. It’s time to put Safety First on Q & R St with continuous, protected bike lanes from Dupont to the Met Branch Trail.

Sign the Petition

Support DDOT’s Plan to Finish the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE

DDOT has a new, thoughtful, & all-around better plan to complete the Met Branch Trail on 8th St. NE with wide protected bike lanes, orderly school pickup/dropoff, and traffic calming. Sign your support!
Take Action

Weigh in on Columbia Road NW Bus Priority & Bike Project

DDOT wants your ideas for making Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan work better for buses and bikes. Take the survey by Oct 1.

Take Action

Share Your Big Ideas with the DC Build Back Better Infrastructure Task Force

What are your transformative ideas for a bigger, better, more equitable transportation system in DC? Up to $3 billion in federal funding may be coming DC’s way and DC’s Infrastructure Task Force wants to hear your ideas.

Take Action

Events & Places to Go

Low Stress Bike Network Citywide Meeting
Get updates on campaigns across DC and get involved in one near you.
Monday, September 19  at 7pm
Register on Zoom

8th St. NE PBL Update at ANC 5E

Get DDOT’s update on plans for safe biking, walking, school drop-off and finishing the trail gap on 8th St NE (~8:20pm).
Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm

Join on Zoom

Ward 3 Hangout with Ward 3 Bike Advocates

Meet up with bike-minded people in Ward 3, meet candidates for Ward 3 ANCs, and help show future neighborhood representatives that Ward 3 is serious about safe biking. All candidates in Ward 3 ANC races were invited.
Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 PM
The Stage at Fort Reno 

DC Council Hearing on Impoundment Reform Act and Traffic Safety in the District

Testify and demand safe streets action from the DC Council. Click through for details on signing up.
Wednesday, October 5 at 12pm

Sign up to Testify and Join on Zoom

Step Up Your Advocacy

  • WABA’s Low Stress Network campaign is powered and lead by community advocates like you. So we have tons of resources to share. Visit waba.org/network for videos of past trainings, helpful how-tos, and more. 

Grab a slot at my Advocate Office Hours to dig into an issue, find opportunities to get involved in a campaign, or plot the first steps of your own. Sign up for office hours here.

Action: It’s Time to Build the 9th St. PBL!

Update: The DDOT comment period closed on September 22, 2022. Thanks to everyone who spoke up! Updates on this project to follow, when we have them.

After seven impossibly long years of study, debate, delay, starting, pausing and restarting, the District Department of Transportation has finally reached the last step in the 9th St. NW protected bike lane saga. This month, DDOT issued a notice of intent to build the project, released the near-final plans and began one last round of public input. 

Let’s give this project the enthusiastic send-off it deserves, congratulate the staff who shepherded it through such troubled waters, and get it built! Scroll down for more detail.

What’s in the 9th St. NW Protected Bike Lane & Traffic Calming Project?

DDOT will transform 1.5 miles of 9th St. NW from Pennsylvania Ave to T St. NW (map), adding new protected bike lanes, significant traffic calming, and pedestrian safety upgrades. Over the years, this project has changed a lot as DDOT worked to balance the many competing needs of the corridor. The result is a street design that prioritizes sustainable mobility, traffic safety, pedestrian comfort, access for people with disabilities, and thriving businesses.

The bi-directional protected bike lane will run along the east side of 9th St. NW. It will be separated from car traffic by a mix of concrete curbs, concrete wheel stops, flex-posts, and on many blocks, parked cars. At intersections, people on bikes will be protected from vehicle left turns thanks to dedicated left turn signals. The lane will be 9-11 feet wide on most blocks, pinching down to 8 feet in some constrained blocks and near intersections. It will stitch together the Shaw and Downtown low stress bike network, with connections to Pennsylvania Ave, E, Q, R and T Streets, link directly into the new Florida Ave protected bike lanes north of U St, and once it is built, the K St bikeway to the west.

The plan is full of benefits for people walking and rolling too. New pedestrian refuge islands and fewer driving lanes makes crossing the street easier and safer for everyone, especially for people with disabilities, seniors and kids, who may struggle to cross 9th St in time today. One fewer driving lane, dedicated left turn lanes, and the protected bike lane will also have a dramatic impact in reducing aggressive driving, like speeding, unsafe passing, and fast left turns. Thanks to extensive input from businesses along the corridor, the design also allows streateries to remain on 9th St without bike lane conflicts for a more vibrant street atmosphere.

DDOT has also put a lot of work into balancing new loading zones, pickup and drop-off, minimizing car traffic, and minimizing changes to car parking, including Sunday angled parking.

For the full rundown on the plan, read DDOT’s Notice of Intent here. To see the (extremely) detailed plans, click here. Comments are due September 22nd.

What’s a Notice of Intent?

Under DC Law, the District Department of Transportation is required to give written notice to relevant advisory neighborhood commissions before making any changes to streets that affect traffic operations or on-street parking in their area. The Notice of intent is a formal comment period when any individual or ANC may submit written comments about a project, typically offering support, opposition, or substantive suggestions on design. Once the comment period closes, DDOT staff summarize comments, tally support and opposition. Finally, DDOT convenes an internal review panel to consider comments, determine a path forward, and provide any required responses to ANCs. 

For safe streets advocates, the Notice of Intent comment period is the final opportunity to review the overall plan, show support, and suggest modifications. While thoughtful or substantive comments are most helpful, short, supportive comments can help tip the scales towards action on safety improvements that require more aggressive tradeoffs, like removing car parking.

A new partnership between WABA and Bike Maryland

Bike Maryland (“BikeMD”)  and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (“WABA”) are pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership to further strengthen ties between the two groups.  The following are a few of the selected items under a memorandum of understanding both groups signed on August 28, 2022:

  • WABA will provide staff level and volunteer support for Bike MD’s leading role in Maryland-wide advocacy for improved conditions for all who bicycle and walk in the State.  This includes setting legislative priorities and strategies for BikeMD’s advocacy;
  • BikeMD and WABA will together evaluate BikeMD’s website and social media platforms and establish a plan to bring all content current, provide regular updates, and share relevant information with one another;
  • BikeMD, with WABA’s assistance, will recruit new BikeMD board members, including adding at least one board member from Prince George’s County, plus adding other board members that will diversify BikeMD’s board geographically, gender-wise and racially; &
  • Together, the two organizations will develop future plans for BikeMD’s budget, membership recruitment and annual planning overall.

BikeMD and WABA look forward to this collaboration and for BikeMD to mount successful grassroots organizing, legislative, educational and programmatic efforts to serve all who bike and walk in the State of Maryland.

In the coming days, BikeMD and WABA will be rolling out its board recruitment outreach efforts, and we look forward to recruiting new members to join a board that is ready to transform the transportation system in MD. Please contact chair@bikemd.org for more information. 

Peter Gray, BikeMD Interim Board Chairperson

Joshua Feldmark, BikeMD Board Vice Chairperson

Nigel Samaroo, BikeMD Secretary

Kathleen Hayes, BikeMD Treasurer

Jeremiah Lowery, WABA Advocacy Director

RAISE Grants fund two critical trail projects

Great news! Two of the Capital Trails Coalition’s top priority trails projects will receive $30 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s extremely competitive FY22 Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program: 

The Long Bridge Bike-Ped Span

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) will receive $20M to build a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Potomac River between Long Bridge Park in Arlington, VA and East and West Potomac Parks in Washington, DC. This new bike/pedestrian span, part of the larger Long Bridge rail expansion project, will create a safer and more accessible way for residents and visitors to cross the river. This is the culmination of over a decade of advocacy alongside more than 1,400 community members like you who called on our transportation leaders to include accommodations for people who walk and bike as part of this once-in-a-generation bridge project. Early concept designs released this summer are encouraging but have room for improvement, and your support will enable WABA to continue to fight to ensure the project is sufficiently wide to ride and connected on either side.

The South Capitol Street Trail

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) was awarded $10M to move forward a 3.8 mile walking and biking trail along South Capitol Street SE in DC’s Ward 8, extending the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail network and providing a connection to the Oxon Hill Farm Trail in Prince George’s County, MD. This new trail fills a crucial gap in the low-stress network and will give residents in Ward 8 and across the region a new low-stress option for commuting and access to green spaces. WABA has been on the ground helping organize community members to call for improvements to the South Capitol Street corridor and throughout the underserved neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, and this successful grant demonstrates the power of that grassroots activism towards transportation equity.

WABA also congratulates Prince George’s County on their award of $20.5M for the New Carrollton Multi-modal Transportation System Project that will include a new train hall, sidewalks, bike lanes, enhanced signalization, and traffic calming improvements. This project will improve safety and increase accessibility for the community, improving the County’s on-street low-stress bicycle and pedestrian network. Transit-oriented development complements trails to create sustainable and walkable communities, and that future starts with bold projects like this.

While we celebrate

While we celebrate, we know there’s more work to do to keep up the momentum for continued expansion of the low-stress network. Of the nearly 900 miles of trails in the Capital Trail Network, there are still more than 400 planned miles to build. We need your support today to keep up the fight for more and better trails throughout our region. 

These grants are a huge step forward for our region’s trail network, but game-changing funding like this doesn’t happen out of the blue. Advocates like you have spoken up for these trails over and over, in petitions, emails, and public meetings. Our staff and coalition partners have worked with a tangle of state and federal agencies for more than ten years to move these projects forward. We can’t organize that support or dismantle those bureaucratic barriers without your help.

Chip in today to build out the trail network!

We’re Hiring: Trail Ranger Associate Director

Do you enjoy connecting people and communities to the outdoors? Can you cultivate a thriving, efficient team? Would you win a staring contest with an Excel spreadsheet? 

We’re looking for an organized, compassionate networker to be WABA’s Trail Ranger Associate Director. 

The Team

The Trail Ranger Associate Director is part of WABA’s Programs Team. The fourteen-person team runs WABA’s outreach, education, and trails maintenance programs. The DC Trail Ranger program consists of the Associate Director, DC Trail Rangers, and Outreach and Operations Managers. The Associate Director reports to WABA’s Programs Director.

WABA’s DC 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, trail maintenance, trail user assistance, and community engagement. Trail Rangers cover paved multi-use trails within the District, including the Metropolitan Branch Trail, Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Oxon Run Trail, I-295 Trail and connecting street routes. You can learn more about the Trail Ranger Program here.

The Job

The Associate Director manages and implements the DC Trail Ranger program. 

  • Provide technical and budget oversight, lead on grant deliverables and outcomes.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate progress towards program strategy, annual budgets, and work plans. 
  • Ensure accurate and timely grant reporting and invoicing.
  • Lead a team of eight Trail Ranger staff, with a lens towards managing for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Support staff development, professional skills and experience, maximize impact and managing risk. 
  • Direct risk management reporting, evaluation and training to ensure safe programs.
  • Facilitate collaboration across team and organization.
  • Develop WABA’s networks and relationships with other nonprofit organizations, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders in the trail corridors and beyond. 
  • Represent WABA at public speaking engagements, conferences, and on coalitions, including the Capital Trails Coalition, to advance our outreach partnerships and opportunities.
  • Collaborate on regional trails advocacy for current and future trails.    

Required Qualifications

You should apply if you meet at least 75% of the following:

  • At least five years of program management experience.
  • At least three years of full-time experience mentoring, developing, and evaluating employees.
  • At least three years of experience managing a field operations program. 
  • Experience developing, managing and analyzing program budgets.
  • Proven track record for working collaboratively within and across teams.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills, including excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission, vision, and diversity, inclusion and equity goals, including a nuanced understanding of how race, gender, and other factors shape conversations and experiences, and how climate and transportation justice are connected to a trails program. 
  • The ability to ride a bike, with a willingness to ride in mixed city traffic and off-street trails.

The Trail Ranger Associate Director must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section II and Mayor’s Order 2021-147, Section VI, or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III.

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:

  • Experience with government grant program management and reporting.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and capacity to innovate.
  • Lived experience with our program trails, and the nearby neighbors and neighborhoods, especially near Marvin Gaye and Oxon Run trails.
  • Experience building connections and relationships trail communities and organizations.
  • Experience engaging and navigating federal and local government agencies, including DC government and National Park Service. 
  • Experience with paved multi-use trail or park maintenance operations. 
  • Experience with urban watershed restoration and management. 
  • Trained or formal experience with mid-Atlantic ecology, and invasive and native plant identification. 
  • Experience with Google Suite (Gmail, Chat, Drive, Sheets, Docs) and Salesforce.
  • Working fluency in Spanish, ASL and/or Amharic.

Benefits

  • Full-time employment. Fulfillment and year-over-year continuity of this role is subject to funding. 
  • Expected salary range is from $69,700 to $81,400.
  • 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. 
  • Eight weeks paid parental leave and up to eight 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 insurance benefits including life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability.
  • A fun and relaxed workplace environment.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

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. With more than 7,000 members region-wide, WABA serves people biking and walking throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Location

This position will be based in WABA’s Adams Morgan office. The Trail Ranger Associate Director role is classified as Hybrid Flex– working primarily remotely, but requiring routine in-person and in-office work. Specific in-person days are determined by the employee and their manager based on their annual work plan and program needs. Employees may be required to work additional days in the office or in the field to support specific projects or activities.

To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with Trail Ranger Associate Director 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.

WABA Membership Referral Program

Refer 3 of your friends, family, coworkers, or other people in your network to become WABA members, and we will extend your membership for another year! Once they have joined, send an email to membership@waba.org with their names and we will take care of the rest.

We need your help to finish our 50th year 10,000 members strong. We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without the generous support from our members—so bring your friends along!

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Send them our way at membership@waba.org!