Bikefest was a success!

Biketopia board in fullWhat 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: Sponsors image 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. Sponsor logo block 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: StageGreen lane carpet Biketopia boardGuests BandChipotle spread Team Sticky Fingers Biketopia mural 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.

What you can take home from Bikefest

Web Poster 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.

Sticky Fingers photo

    – 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). Half the Road imageArlington Cinema logo – 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. hugh and crye -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. Boneyard-Studios-Tiny-House-Village-13 -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. pro gold lube – 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. chipotle burrito chipotle logo – 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!). yoga – 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. StudioTheatre -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!  

Music: The Greater U St Jazz Collective at Bikefest

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.

Bikefest is a party you don’t want to miss

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:

Photos courtesy of Ranpuba


3-bicycles 4-live music 5- dress to impress 6- everyone 7-party 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.

BikeFest, in Photos

Gents At the beginning of the month, WABA hosted its yearly fundraiser, BikeFest, at Eastern Market’s North Hall. BikeFest is a way to financially support WABA’s efforts to make D.C.-area bicycling better by attending a great party. This year, our members and friends were treated to live jazz, swing, and rockabilly from Atomic Swing Club; table games; a buffet by Chipotle; and a variety of New Belgium beers. On the Button New Belguim is the Beer As in past years, BikeFest involved the bike-build contest, for which four local groups—Phoenix, City Bikes Adams Morgan, Papillon Cycles, and The Bike House—donated one-of-a-kind, specially built bikes. Phoenix took home the first-prize silver saddle, and all the bikes were auctioned off to new, loving owners.

Phoenix’s winning creation

Silent-auction and raffle items were graciously donated by a slew of local businesses. All proceeds from the bike-build auction, the silent auction, and raffle tickets directly support WABA’s mission. We also presented awards to superstar volunteers and advocates who have helped WABA achieve major successes in the past year. We can’t do our job without your continued support, and it’s our dedicated volunteers, friends, and supporters who truly help us make bicycling here better. BikeFest 2013 BikeFest 2013 was especially important for WABA. The cancellation of BikeDC brought us an unexpected financial challenge. We’re happy to report that proceeds from BikeFest will go directly back to our work advocating for better bike infrastructure, reaching out to communities to encourage them to bike for transportation, and educating kids and adults on safe cycling. Noted local photographer M.V. Jantzen took some great shots of our guests. See more on Flickr. Bike Fest 67 Bike Fest 43 Bike Fest 32 Bike Fest 10 Many thanks to David Markman for running the ad-hoc photo booth. Did you get your photo snapped with that charming vintage bike by the entryway? Look for yourself below! We couldn’t have pulled BikeFest off without our generous sponsors. Food and libations were provided by Chipotle and New Belgium Brewing. Entertainment Sound Productions and EcoPrint provided in-kind donations. BikeFest was made possible by Boeing, Signal Financial, Toole Design Group, and CH2M Hill. And a shoutout to 9:30 Club, whose donated tickets kicked BikeFest’s own ticket sales up a notch. Our thanks again to those who came out to BikeFest. By attending events like BikeFest, you help us to continue our great advocacy, outreach, and education work across the D.C. region. Bicycling as a mode of transportation is growing rapidly here, in no small part thanks to you. We hope to see you at our next big event, Tour de Fat, on Sat., June 1. Want to see more photos from BikeFest? We shared tons on Flickr! If you’ve got any, add them to our Flickr pool.

What to Expect at Tonight’s BikeFest

We’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for BikeFest, our yearly fundraiser and celebration of bicycling. It’s finally here (and, lucky for any slackers out there, tickets will be available at the door)! Tonight, you’ll be supporting WABA’s advocacy, outreach, and education initiatives while enjoying all of the following: Food and libations: A taco bar courtesy of Chipotle will pair with beer from New Belgium Brewery, representatives of which will be on-site giving free tastings and running a “beer school.” A well-stocked “speakeasy” bar will provide boozier alternatives to beer. Your ticket includes two gold drink tokens. Live music: Local group Atomic Swing Club will provide a mix of jazz, rockabilly, lounge, big band, and of course, swing tunes. There will be plenty of space for dancing. Casino games: Your ticket includes a voucher that can be exchanged for $200 in “fun bucks” to use at the professionally run casino tables. The minimum table bid is $25. When you stack up your chips, cash them out with the dealers—you’ll receive a green voucher that you can exchange for raffle tickets (see a volunteer or the WABA Bank). You can purchase additional buy-in vouchers at the WABA Bank. Sound confusing? You’ll be a pro after a few hands. The BikeBuild contest and auction: We’ve told you about the four BikeBuild contest entries, all of which have been put together by local bike shops just for BikeFest. Check them out and cast your vote for your favorite with the blue token included in your ticket envelope. If you really love one of the bikes, it could be yours: Just participate in the live auction! Silent auction: All proceeds earned from your bids on experience packages and items available in the silent auction go to WABA. There’s some great stuff on offer, much of it bike-related. Raffle: Exchange your table-game winnings for raffle tickets, or buy some from the WABA Bank. Here’s a peek at what you might win. Dress to impress: This one’s on you. BikeFest is a snazzy affair, and you may have noticed that our poster echoes the forthcoming remake of The Great Gatsby. Wear something sparkly, jazzy, and evocative of Casablanca. Own it. We’ll be taking pictures. If you didn’t buy tickets, a limited number will be available at the door for $55. We will only take credit cards, so please prepare accordingly. BikeFest begins at 8 p.m. at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Dress in your sparkly best. We’ll see you tonight!

BikeFest is made possible by our generous sponsors

BikeFest Tickets Will Be Available at the Door!

We know, we know. We said we would close BikeFest ticket sales at 11:59 p.m. last night and that tickets wouldn’t be available at the door this evening. But we realized we can squeeze a few more of you into Eastern Market’s North Hall, so if you slacked on buying a BikeFest ticket, you’re in luck! We will sell tickets at the door tonight for $55. You may only pay with a credit card. We cannot take your cash or check, so please plan accordingly. BikeFest begins at 8 p.m. at Eastern Market’s North Hall. More information can be found here or on our blog. We look forward to seeing you at our signature fundraising party and celebration of bicycles!  

BikeFest is made possible by our generous sponsors

Enter to Win Great Raffle Prizes at BikeFest

In addition to voting to select the BikeBuild contest winner, enjoying beer from New Belgium Brewing, and taking in live music from the Atomic Swing Club, you can also enter to win raffle prizes at BikeFest! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase, or you can trade in the chips you earn while playing table games. Some of the raffle items include:
  • A bicycle purse from Give Love Cycle (estimated value: $170)
  • Dinner for 20 from Chipotle (estimated value: $250)
  • A bike accessory basket including a Giro helmet, Topeak handlebar bag, bike jersey, water bottle, and $25 gift certificate to BicycleSpace
  • A fixie commuter accessory pack from Wabi Cycles with a $25 gift certificate to BicycleSpace
  • Bern helmets (one men’s and two women’s helmets will be available)
  • A gift certificate for a tune-up at BicycleSpace
BikeFest ticket sales will close tonight at 11:59 p.m., so get yours now! Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers.

Meet BikeFest BikeBuilder #4: Papillon Cycles

We hope you’re coming to BikeFest on Fri., May 3. That’s this Friday! The annual BikeBuild contest is back for the third year in a row. Local bike shops and co-ops were invited to build the best, most innovative, and creative bicycle as their entry. We encouraged the shops to use recycled parts, and all bikes had to be built without spending more than $250. This year’s BikeBuild participants are The Bike House, City Bikes, Papillion Cycles, and Phoenix Bikes. At BikeFest, you’ll vote on your favorite build. After votes are collected, all the bikes will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go directly to WABA and will help support another year of bike advocacy, education, and outreach. Many thanks to the participating shops for donating skills, time, and parts. We’ll be profiling each shop here leading up to BikeFest (previously, Phoenix Bikes and The Bike House!). We talked to John from Papillon Cycles about participating in the BikeBuild contest: WABA: Tell us about Papillon Cycles. Papillon Cycles:: Papillon Cycles is a full-service bike shop! We mean to convey that every cyclist’s needs can be met by us, whether it is one who needs a flat fixed or an adjustment made while they wait, to someone who needs an exotic or rare bicycle refurbished, to building a unicycle for a round-the-globe adventure. We sell a wide variety of bicycles, too, and are a Giant and Breezer bikes dealer. We love our community and are excited to welcome new friends to the joys of cycling in and around Arlington! WABA: Tell us about the bike you’re building. PC: Well, the bicycle we are building for the BikeBuild contest is a classic, a Western Flyer. It’s a ladies’ model, or a guy’s—we’re not self conscious over here. We were inspired by the way a bicycle, this one or any bicycle, can help one create their own luck! It will have character, that’s for sure. We didn’t spend very much on this one in terms of cash, but we broke the bank in other ways! We would love to see the auction winner riding this bicycle on their most useful and widest local thoroughfare, in a bike lane. WABA: What do you hope D.C.’s bike community looks like in 10 years? PC: We hope that the DC area bicycle community will be bigger in 10 years. We hope it will be more welcoming and inclusive of casual and utilitarian-minded cyclists, as well as the racers too! One thing that is always on our mind over here on Columbia Oike is car traffic. We hope that with increased participation in bicycle advocacy, laws and infrastructure will grow with the increased demand for safe, easy, healthy, fun bicycling! Cycling should be an option for everyone, everywhere. WABA: What’s Papillon up to this spring? PC: New to Papillon this spring and summer are free flat repair and bicycle maintenance classes! We do these every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. We are also moving next door in our same building and expanding this summer. We will have a larger selection of bicycles, as well as parts and accessories. Papillon-branded cycling caps, wool jerseys, and water bottles are also new. Capital Bikeshare is coming to our neighborhood, too! Want a chance to bid on Papillon Cycles’ new build and bring home a new ride? Buy a BikeFest ticket today. BikeFest will sell out, so get on it!