What do green lanes, jazz music, and tacos have in common? They all rocked at Friday’s Bikefest fundraiser and celebration party! The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has a 40 year history of successful advocacy in the Metropolitan Washington region and last Friday we had the chance to celebrate with hundreds of our closest friends, supporters and WABA members. On behalf of everyone at WABA, we wanted to thank Bikefest’s generous bicycle-loving partners: A huge thank you to Boeing for being Bikefest’s premier financial supporter and to Chipotle for both financially supporting the event and bringing an amazing spread of delicious tacos. Also thank you to our friends at CH2M HILL for their financial support, to Riley at ESP Sound for his generous in-kind donation of the event’s sound and stage equipment, and to the Greater U Street Jazz Collective for entertaining our guests in the most jazziest of ways. We also wanted to thank everyone who purchased tickets and came out to the event. Bikefest successfully raised funds needed to continue WABA’s advocacy, outreach and education efforts. By attending Bikefest, our supporters helped fund the expansion of future trail networks, bike lanes, bikesharing and safer streets. For a look at the party, check out these photos: Didn’t make it to Bikefest this year, but still wish to show your support of WABA’s mission? Consider donating now to support Bikefest or becoming a WABA member today.
WABA’s biggest party of the year, Bikefest, is coming up on June 13th. The event is a “partyraiser”, as in half party and half fundraiser. Every fancy party like this features a silent auction. it’s a great way to raise money for WABA AND to let you as a Bikefest attendee bring something snazzy home. Here’s a preview of some of WABA’s Bikefest silent auction items that will rock your bike socks off: – Sweeties and Treats: Team Sticky Fingers (above), self-described as “Nine ladies with mutually dependent cycling, eating, and drinking habits,” is offering a Rock & Roll package that is a private team ride-along for you and two friends with the Sticky Fingers team. Or if you’re thinking about dabbling into the world of road racing then they will turn the session into an Intro to Road Racing crash course. Choose your bicycle poison and pick from 20, 40, 60, or 80 miles, followed by treats at Sticky Fingers Bakery.
– Bring Your Own Tandem Date Night: Bring your own tandem to this bicycle-filled date night, which includes two tickets to see the DC region’s first screening of the new cycling documentary Half the Road at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and a $25 gift certificate redeemable for popcorn, soda, and even beer (it is a drafthouse!). The film, “Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women’s Professional Cycling” is being shown on Thursday, June 26th at 7pm and is the debut screening in the DC area, so tickets will surely sell out. (*Tandem not included). – Brand Identity/ Logo Design from Angela Parrotta (and Team Sticky Fingers racer!): Does your company logo need a facelift? Does your brand need some TLC? This item is redeemable for up to 8 hours of graphic design services estimated at a $800 value. Check out some of Angela’s lovely design work here. – Cycle in Style: Just because you bike to work doesn’t mean you have to do so in lyrca and your team jersey. Cycle in style after a personalized styling and fitting session at local bike-minded men’s apparel store Hugh and Crye. The styling session will be followed with you selecting a shirt and tie combination of your choice, and then you can model them all the way home down the bike lane. -Bike ride & drinks with WABA Board President: Have you ever wanted to get to know the superstars behind WABA a bit better? Take this opportunity to go on a one-on-one bike ride with WABA Board President Mark Blacknell who will treat you to a round of drinks post-ride. – DC’s Boneyard Studios Tour: Explore a part of DC that few have ever seen before: DC’s tiny houses! Boneyard Studios is a showcase of tiny houses on wheels with a mission to demonstrate creative urban infill, promote the benefits of tiny houses, support other tiny house builders, and model what a tiny house community could look like.You will recieve a private Boneyard Studios tour followed by a wood-fired pizza dinner for 4 featuring fresh veges from tiny house gardens. -Life Supply of Lube (& other Bike Wash goodies): You know you want a squeaky clean ride, and well, a ride that doesn’t squeak. So thanks to a generous donation from our friends at ProGold, one lucky bicyclist will take home a life supply of lube (and when we say life supply we mean like 100 bottle of lube, and when we say lube we mean chain lube.) Also take home Bike Wash, Degreaser, those super handy ProGold towels, Bike Shine and more. You will have the cleanest bike in town. – Cap City Art Piece by local artist and bicyclist Arte by Charlotte: Take home a special community bike art painting that was designed by local artist Charlotte Hager and painted by community members East of the River at last year’s Cap City Bike Expo. This painting means a lot in that it stands for WABA’s devotion to diversity and our desire to connect with people who live East of the River and who want to bike. This painting represents bikes and community and working together. – Bicycles and Burritos: What’s better than bicycles and burritos? Nothing, we know! Thanks to Chipotle you’ll get a dinner for 25 at Chipotle (aka: 25 huge burritos), and thanks to WABA’s events coordinator, you and your friends (up to 25) will get a private, specially designed and led bike ride. Let us know what route you’ve been meaning to try or be adventurous and let us suggest one, and will preface your burrito fest with a fun group ride. – Private yoga session for three and a Snack Pack: As cyclists, we can put in too many miles and too many hours on the bike, so it’s helpful to change it up. It’s also important to eat healthy. This package meets both of those needs as you’ll receive a private yoga session from Brierre Yoga for you and two friends, as well as some healthy treats (perfect for toting along on your bike) from the local company Snack Packers. (We’ll also be auctioning off a similar package but with a one-on-one healthy lifestyle consultation and a snack pack!). – Tickets to Studio Theatre: WABA Business member Studio Theatre has generously donated a pair of tickets to see their new summer production, Carrie: The Musical, a contemporary rock musical, based on Stephen King’s story of teen angst. -Business Consulting: Interested in starting up your own business, or working at it and hitting some brick walls? Strategize with a professional. Redeemable for a one-on-one business consulting session with Ali Cherry. Buy your ticket to Bikefest now!
We are so excited to announce the band playing at this year’s Bikefest party: The Greater U St Jazz Collective. This band knows how to bring the beat and get you shakin’ a leg. A fabulous local jazz group, The Greater U St Jazz Collective was formed over four years ago. From the band’s website: “The original members, including Art Cobb and Thomas View, came together to play music at a friend’s birthday party, and the chemistry they had while playing compelled them to continue to rehearse together. Although many members came and went during the initial few months of the Collective, they have since strengthened around their core four members: Cobb, View, Russell Carter, and Pete Frassrand. Their primary focus in working together is not for fame or money; rather, they seek to put out quality, meaningful music and carry the torch for D.C.’s U Street jazz scene.” So if you like some of the great jazz classics like John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington, you’ll love this year’s band at Bikefest. Buy your tickets today.
WABA’s biggest party of the year, Bikefest, is coming up on June 13th. Have you bought a ticket yet? (You can buy one here now.) Local jazz tunes. Tacos. Guac. Cocktails. Dancing. And bike advocacy. What more could you want? Check out these snapshots of Bikefest 2013 to see what you’ll be missing if you don’t attend this year:
By buying a ticket to Bikefest, you are making a difference. By partying with us, you are raising money that fuels WABA’s work to get better bicycle infrastructure and to make our streets more safe. Support us: come to Bikefest.