Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

We are excited to announce that Tom Sherwood of NBC4 Washington will host this year’s Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on February 28th.

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The Awards will take place at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health on Tuesday, February 28th from 7:30-9:00pm. Anyone is welcome to attend the party and admission is free. There will also be complimentary food from Cava as well as beer and wine. We hope that you will celebrate the people and places that make our region a great place to bike. If you wish to attend, please RSVP for the Awards event here.

It is also the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and that means that we need YOU to decide the winners. Voting will be open through February 21st. Vote for your favorites here.

Additional information about our annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards can be found here.

Nominate your favorites!

Nominations for the third Annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards are now open and we want to hear from you:

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The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people and organizations that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

We want YOU to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today! You can read more info about the Awards event here.

Nominations will be open through Friday, January 27th. Voting for the winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards will be open from Tuesday, January 31st through Friday, February 17th. Winners will be announced at the event in late February. More details about the exact date and location of the Awards event are coming soon.

 

Serve WABA on the Board of Directors

The WABA Board in 2016

WABA’s Board of Directors is looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, the WABA Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base. As we did last year, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. The ability to connect WABA to the broader Washington area network of donors with missions that overlap with WABA’s is a plus. We are also looking for a candidate who can help us ensure that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to look for board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income, underserved or local immigrant communities.  The WABA board’s commitment to diversity is real, and weight will be given to candidates that broaden the board’s views and experience.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (6-7 per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board also has a number of committees focused on areas that include advocacy, administration and finance, development, programming, and membership. Board membership is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on these committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in appointed (i.e., non-board member) service on these committees, please email mark@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 28th annual members’ meeting.

Mark Blacknell is the President of the WABA Board of Directors.

Your Winners of the 2016 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

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Last week, we held our second annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and the celebration was a huge success! Hosted by Tracy Hadden Loh, the awards event brought together close to 150 excited and passionate bicyclists, advocates, WABA supporters, VIPs, and award winners to celebrate the amazing steps taken and achievements made in 2015 to make bicycling better in our region.

Our amazing host this year, Tracy, is a WABA Member extraordinaire, Trails and Active Transportation Expert, Great Greater Washington contributor, and Rails to Trails Coalition Research Director. Tracy brought down the house when she got everyone in the crowd to do the bicycle wave.

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support the awards show: the event could not have happened without you – your nominations, your votes and your interest in attending the event.

The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is an important opportunity for WABA to recognize the people and places in our region that make bicycling great, and we were so happy that many of you were a part of it.

Continue reading to find out who won and to see photos from the event.

We are pleased to announce the nominees and winners of the publicly-chosen Bicyclists’ Choice Awards:

 

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia:

  • Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Installation of rubber parking barriers along the Pennsylvania Ave cycletrack
  • Breaking ground on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail’s extension north to Maryland through Kenilworth
    Aquatic Gardens
  • The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

Winner: The Extension of the First St NE protected bike lane to Union Station

District Department of Transportation accepts the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in the District of Columbia.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland:

  • Capital Bikeshare expansion in Maryland
  • Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with
    the Purple Line
  • Construction of Montgomery County’s first protected bike lane on Woodglen Drive
  • Snow removal on the Capital Crescent Trail by Montgomery County

Winner: Governor Hogan’s support for the Capital Crescent Trail’s extension from Bethesda to Silver Spring with the Purple Line

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation is Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Accepting the award for Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Maryland on behalf of the Governor’s office and the Maryland Department of Transportation was Charles Glass, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Analysis and Planning.

Nominees for the Best Improvement for Biking in 2015 in Virginia:

  • Saving the Arlington bike program budget
  • Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail
  • Repairing and resurfacing the Custis Trail
  • Snow removal on Arlington County trails

Winner: Construction of the Potomac Yard Trail

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria is Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Alexandria was Yon Lambert, The City of Alexandria’s Director of Transportation and Environmental Services. Director Lambert was the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager when the Potomac Yard Trail project was developed.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District in 2015:

  • The Ballston/Clarendon neighborhoods in Virginia
  • Brookland in Washington DC
  • Crystal City, VA
  • Downtown, Washington DC

Winner: The Downtown DC Business Improvement District

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID is Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Downtown BID was Ellen Jones, the Downtown Business Improvement District’s Director of Infrastructure.

Nominees for the Best Bike Shop in 2015:

  • BicycleSPACE
  • Bikenetic
  • Spokes Etc
  • The Bike Rack

Winner: The Bike Rack

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Accepting the award for The Bike Rack was Walker Wilkson and Nick Kwasigroch of The Bike Rack.

Nominees for the Best Social Ride in 2015:

  • The Bikenetic Sunday Coffee Ride
  • Slow Roll DC
  • The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride
  • DC Bike Party

Winner: The BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia Ride

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Accepting the award was Phil Koopmen, Co-Owner of BicycleSPACE, and BicycleSPACE staff.

Nominees for the Bike Friendliest Business in 2015:

  • District Taco
  • Filter Coffeehouse
  • Annie’s Ace Hardware
  • Java Shack

Winner: District Taco

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards.

We are pleased to announce and honor the winners of the WABA Awards:

The Biking for All Award: Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System

WABA’s Biking for All Award went to Miriam Kenyon for her leadership and innovation in creating and pushing forward the Biking in the Park program that will teach every second grader in the city’s public school system how to safely and enjoyably ride a bicycle.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts the Biking for All Award.

Miriam Kenyon, Director of Health and Physical Education for the DC Public School System, accepts The Biking for All Award.

The Public Leadership Award: Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation

WABA’s Public Leadership Award went to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, for the county hiring its first Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, which will help them start down the path to improving bicycling county wide. We expect to see great things for bicycling in Prince George’s County in the near future. Accepting the award for the County was Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting the Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

Accepting The Public Leadership Award on behalf of the County is Mr. Vic Wiessberg, Special Assistant at Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

The Future Trails Award: Tammy Stidham, National Park Service

WABA’s Future Trails Award went to Tammy Stidham, Chief of Planning, Compliance, and Geographic Information Systems for the National Park Service. We recognized Tammy with The Future Trails Award for her leadership role in moving the trails network forward at the National Park Service. Tammy has helped build crucial support for the Capital Trails Coalition, an emerging group of public, private and nonprofit organizations supporting a regional trails network. She is also leading the effort of the Park Service to update the 25 year old regional paved trails plan which will be finalized this year. And lastly she has provided oversight of the Georgetown Boathouse project which will bring a much improved trail head and access point for the Capital Crescent Trail.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

Tammy Stidham, National Park Service, accepts The Future Trails Award.

The Community Organizer of the Year Award: Megan Jones

WABA’s Community Organizer of the Year Award went to Megan Jones, dedicated WABA Member and the organizer of the Hains Point 100 fundraiser bicycle event for WABA’s Women & Bicycles program. Megan received this award for her role in assessing where people power in our local bike movement is needed, and voluntarily moving and shaking to move people into those roles. Through her role on the Arlington BAC, Megan recruits and organizes advocates, she pulls more women into racing through her clinics, rides, and coaching with Team Sticky Fingers. And through her own organizing she’s fundraised more than $25,000 and over 1,500 people to ride thousands of laps around Hains Point to help continue our Women & Bicycles program.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

Megan Jones accepts The Community Organizer of the Year Award.

The Advocate of the Year Award: Jeff Lemieux

WABA’s Advocate of the Year Award for 2015 went to Jeff Lemieux for his forthcoming WB&A concept & analysis that WABA will be releasing in the next few weeks, his extensive advocacy & writing on the College Park and Greenbelt Route One corridor, and for chairing the WABA Action Committee for Prince George’s County.

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Jeff Lemieux accepts The Advocate of the Year Award.

The Take the Lane Award: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

WABA’s Take the Lane Awards went to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the biggest single jump in bike lanes in one year. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also recently voted to fund Bikeshare in Tysons. The passage of the County’s Bicycle Master Plan at the end of 2014 led to 2015 being the greatest number of bike lanes striped in one year. We also want to thank our colleagues at Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling for their hard work on this effort as well.

The Vision Zero Award: Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation

WABA’s Vision Zero Award was presented to Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District Department of Transportation for his dedication to moving DC’s Vision Zero commitment forward and developing an action plan. Vision Zero is the commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo accepts The Vision Zero award.

See additional photos of the awards event below:

 

Second Annual Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

You are cordially invited to join WABA for our second annual Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust building in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

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The Bicyclists’ Choice Awards is WABA’s way of celebrating the people that are working to make bicycling safer, easier, and more popular. Plus, we just want another excuse to party with you.

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As part of the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards, we want YOUR OPINIONS! (And we know that some of you are very opinionated, so now is your chance.)

We want you to tell us who you think is the “Best of the Best” when it comes to biking: the bike lanes, policies, and infrastructure that you love; your favorite shop; your favorite social ride; the bike friendliest business you know, and more.

Nominate your favorites, and RSVP for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards event, today!

Nominations will be open until 4:30pm on Friday, February 5th.

The awards event, along with WABA’s Annual Members Meeting, will take place on Thursday, February 25th, during which we will party and recognize all of the winners.

(You can read more details about the nomination and voting process on the event page here.)

The Awards party will be a fun and social celebration of the people and places that make DC, Maryland, and Virginia great for bicycling. Admission to the event and appetizers are free, beer and wine a $5 suggested donation.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Awards event. Guests and nominees for the Awards event should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30pm. The awards presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

The Annual Members Meeting will take place prior to the Awards event. If you are a WABA member and are interested in participating in our Members Meeting and voting in our Board elections, please arrive by 6:30pm. The Members Meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:15pm.

Nominate for the Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

 

Join the WABA Board of Directors!

As part of its commitment to ensuring that WABA is able carry out its new 2020 Strategic Plan, WABA’s board of directors is once again looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, WABA’s Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base. Still, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. Direct experience with membership development, institutional giving, and major gifts a plus.

We are also looking for a candidate to assist our existing Treasurer in ensuring that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to look for board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income, underserved or local immigrant communities.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (6-7 per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board also has a number of committees focused on areas such as advocacy, administration/finance, development, programming, and membership. Board membership is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on these committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in appointed (i.e., non-board member) service on these committees, please email mark@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 25 annual meeting.

Mark Blacknell is the President of the WABA Board of Directors.

And the Nominees Are…..

2015 Washington Area Bicyclists Choice Awards

The Nominees for the 2015 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards have been revealed! The Nominees are:

Best New Bike Infrastructure in the District of Columbia in 2014:
Rhode Island Ave bridge (from Met Branch Trail to RI Ave Metro Station)
M Street protected bike lane
First Street NE protected bike lane

Best New Bike Infrastructure in Maryland in 2014:
MacArthur Boulevard repaving and bike path improvements
Woodglen Drive two-way protected bike lane in Montgomery County, MD
MARC train Bike Cars from DC to Baltimore
Prince George’s County Trolley Trail in Riverdale and Hyattsville, MD

Best New Bike Infrastructure in Virginia in 2014:
South Hayes Street protected bike lanes in Pentagon City/Arlington, VA
The Bikeometer in Rosslyn
King Street bike lanes in Alexandria, VA
South Eads Street protected bike lanes in Crystal City/Arlington, VA
Trail along Arlington Boulevard from Rolfe St to 10th

Bike Friendliest Neighborhood or Business Improvement District
NoMa BID
Crystal City BID
Downtown DC BID
Arlington, VA

Bike Friendlies Bar, Restaurant or Coffee Shop
Swings Coffee Roasters, Downtown DC
Big Bear Café, Bloomingdale, DC
Java Shack, Arlington, VA
District Taco, various locations in DC and VA

Bike Friendliest Developer or Property Manger
Potomac Yards
PN Hoffman (The Wharf at SW Waterfront)
Nationals Park
Flats at 130 in NoMa

Best Bike Shop
Proteus Bicycles
BicycleSPACE
Bikenetic
Spokes Etc.

Bike Friendliest School
School Without Walls High School, DC
The Children’s Garden preschool program in Arlington, VA
Washington & Lee High School, Arlington, VA

Bike Friendliest College or University
George Mason University
University of Maryland at College Park
George Washington University
Georgetown University

Best Shop Ride
BicycleSPACE Hills of Anacostia
Freshbikes Tuesday Night Ride
Proteus Pastry Ride
Bikenetic Sunday Ride

Best Use of Biking Data
Michael Schaede (MV Jantzten)’s Bikeshare Visualizions (like http://mvjantzen.com/tools/visualizer/)
Rosslyn Bikometer
Fastest Mode Map: (http://youarehere.cc/p/bestmode/washingtondc)
Freezing Saddles (http://freezingsaddles.com/)

Best Media Coverage of Biking
Gear Prudence for Washington City Paper
Martin DiCaro for WAMU
The Washington Post (multiple writers)

Best Social Ride
Kidical Mass (DC and Arlington)
Tweed Ride
DC Bike Party
BicycleSPACE’s 7th Street Social

Biggest Advocacy Win of 2014
Bike lanes on King Street in Alexandria
Passage of Virginia’s Three Foot Passing Law
Progress on Contributory Negligence in DC
Snow Removal on Arlington County Trails

Best Overall Trail or Bike Lane (anywhere in the region)
Mount Vernon Trail
15th Street protected bike lanes
Anacostia Tributary Trail System
W&OD Trail

Cast your vote for the winners here. Voting is intended for WABA Members. Not yet a member? Join today. Voting will close on Sunday, February 15th.

We hope you’ll join us on February 20th at the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards where we’ll announce the winners at the awards party. Anyone is welcome to attend the party and admission is free! Beer will be provided courtesy of Port City Brewing Company for a $5 donation. RSVP for the party here.

Join us at the Washington Area Bicyclists’ Choice Awards

In case you missed it, earlier this week we announced a brand new event!  Join us at the Washington Area Bicylists’ Choice Awards on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at the Thurgood Marshall Center building in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

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As part of the event, we need your participation to nominate and vote on the winners. Nominations are being accepted through Monday, February 2nd.

After nominations close, WABA members will be invited to vote. Voting will be open February 5th through February 15th. Winners will be announced and honored at the Awards event on the February 20th.

The Awards party will be a fun and social celebration of the people and places that make DC, Maryland, and Virginia great for bicycling. Admission to the event and appetizers are free, beer and wine a $5 suggested donation. Did we mention who’s hosting the event?!?! DC’s very own Brian McEntee (you know him as Gear Prudence, the funny bicycle columnist in Washington City Paper, and @SharrowsDC across the internet).

Anyone is welcome to attend the Awards and we ask that you please RSVP here. Guests and nominees for the Awards event should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30pm. The awards presentations will begin at 7:30pm.

This year, we are combining our Annual Members Meeting with the Awards event to hold them on the same evening. If you are a WABA member and are interested in participating in our Members Meeting and voting in our Board elections, please arrive by 6:30pm. The Members Meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:00pm.

Don’t forget to nominate, and we hope to see you there!