How We Biked KIND-ly in 2013

Last week, we announced that the Bike KIND-ly program—during which our bike ambassadors hand out Kind bars stickered with a helpful tip about bike etiquette—is back on for 2014.

On a monthly basis, the ambassadors selected a different location and crafted a message to distribute to cyclists riding near it. Individual snack bars were adorned with a short reminder to share the road, yield to pedestrians on sidewalks, basic bike-lane etiquette, and to ride lawfully. Read the full list of last year’s Bike KIND-ly tips below:

  1. Don’t be a bike ninja! Position yourself to be seen, and be visible with bright bike lights, bright colors and reflectivity.
  2. Avoid bicycling on the sidewalks! You’re safest when you ride on the road and go with the flow.
  3. Be extremely KIND to your fellow trail users. When passing slow down, ring your bell, give an audible warning, pass on their left.
  4. Communicate lane changes and turns to drivers with hand signals, eye contact, and your positioning on the road.
  5. Show respect for fellow road users. Yield to pedestrians in x-walks and follow traffic laws.
  6. Tune into your surroundings, not mobile devices. Don’t text or make phone calls by bike.
  7. First in, first out. Wait behind cyclists already stopped at lights. Don’t crowd beside or blow through without warning.
  8. Thanks for Stopping By. Obey traffic signs to help prevents injuries and improve bicyclists’ image. Be a Roll Model!
  9. Claim the lane! A cyclist is entitled to the road, take what is yours! Riding in the middle of the lane makes you more visible to drivers.

And here’s a list of Bike KIND-ly locations:

  • Columbia Heights Metro station
  • Met Branch Trail
  • 15th Street cycletrack and M Street NW
  • R Street and New Jersey Avenue NW
  • East Capitol and 4th streets NE
  • 11th and W streets NW
  • 11th Street Bridge SE
  • 16th and U streets NW
  • Kansas and 5th streets NW

Have a suggestion for the next Bike KIND-ly location or message? Let us know! Email the D.C. Bike Ambassadors at dcba@waba.org.

Bike KIND-ly is Back for 2014!

Bike KIND-ly is back for the 2014 season!

Last year, WABA’s Bike Ambassadors partnered with KIND Snacks to create a Bike KIND-ly campaign. Each month, a different “tip” geared towards bicycle safety or etiquette was stuck on a snack bar and given out at various locations around the city as a reminder to riders to be kind on the roads. We reached over 2,000 bicyclists last year and are hoping to have an even bigger impact this year.

Catch the Bike Ambassadors tomorrow morning, Jan. 8, at Kansas Avenue and 5th St. NW rom 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Stop by to learn more about the program, how you can get involved, or just to grab a snack!

If you missed the 2013 Bike KIND-ly season, stay tuned. We’ll be back here with a full list of last year’s tips. For now, check out some photos below the jump. Continue reading

All I Want for Christmas is a Bike!

Might a kids’ bike make its way to your home this holiday season? Santa and his elves teamed up with  WABA and the D.C. Bike Ambassadors for this exclusive video, which shares information on how to select the right bicycle for your child and safety tips to help get you started.

Santa Bikes from Washington Area Bicyclist Assoc. on Vimeo.

For more information about bike safety and tips for beginners, see these pages:

Happy holidays from the D.C. Bike Ambassadors!

Meet the Bike Ambassador Team

We’ve previously introduced you to a few of our superstar bike-ambassador volunteers. Since then, the program has grown, and we’ve brought on part-time staff to better spread the word of bicycling in D.C. You might recognize Dani, Hamzat, and Pete, who have spent the past few weeks roaming the city with our big green bike trailers. Learn more about them below. 

20130926_071525Dani Moore
My path to professional cycling zealot began innocuously enough. In 2006, I moved to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University. Like many Sun Devils, I discovered that the fastest and most pleasurable way to commute to campus was by bike. Every day I rolled 1.5 miles from my apartment to school. The habit was so engrained that I continued to commute by bicycle when I moved 1.5 miles farther away. Along the way, I made friends with other cyclists, and I found myself biking increasingly longer distances in their company. We biked to cupcake bakeries, hiking trailheads, and farmers markets in the Phoenix metro area.

Before I knew it, I was embarking on incredible bike adventures – 65-, 75-, 125-mile rides through the Sonoran desert. In December 2012, I set out on my grandest bike adventure yet: a cross-country trip from Phoenix to Washington, D.C.

Joining WABA was one of the first things I did after arriving in D.C. I believe everyone benefits when biking is a viable transportation option. I am eager to help more people discover the joy of cycling and to promote a vibrant, safe, inclusive, and enduring bicycle culture in the nation’s capital.

Meet the next two BAs, Hamzat and Pete, below the jump. Continue reading

Celebrate PARK-ing Day With WABA on Fri., Sept. 21

Our trailer = great photobooth backdrop!

This Friday, Sept. 21, DDOT has permitted the use of public space—parking spaces, specifically—for uses other than depositing cars. Spaces across the city will be transformed into temporary parks.

Stop by WABA’s pop-up park on Friday anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Our D.C. Bike Ambassadors will be throwing a tiny, parking space-sized party with music and a photobooth. You can pick up a bike map and some snacks, too.

Meet us outside the WABA office on Ontario Road NW, between Euclid and Champlain streets. See you tomorrow!