Shape the next 5 years of bicycle advocacy in the Washington, DC region!

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is pleased to announce its Regional Call to Action Summit on November 3rd, 2011 in Arlington, VA. At the Call to Action Summit, WABA will be presenting a five-year plan of regional and local priorities for bicycling in the Washington Region. The summit will include presentations on the Metro’s long-term bicycle and pedestrian plans, health planning and bicycles, a panel discussion on the economics of the bicycle industry and much more.

We want your input on the regional plan!

1) Please attend a Local Stakeholder’s Meeting

We will be holding short, two hour meetings in the six local jurisdictions that WABA serves in order to gather your ideas and give you–the region’s local bicyclists–a chance to provide input for the regional plan. We ask attendees to please download and complete the Pre-Meeting Planning Sheet prior to the meeting. 9/13 – Prince George’s Co. – Greenbelt Library Aud., 6pm to 8pm – More Info & RSVP 9/20 – Montgomery Co. – Kensington Park Comm. Library, 6pm to 8pm – More Info & RSVP 9/27 – Arlington Co. – Shirlington Branch Library, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – More Info & RSVP 10/4 – Alexandria Co. – Nannie J Lee Rec. Center, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – More Info & RSVP 10/11 – District of Columbia – Benning Library, 6:30pm to 8:30pm – More Info & RSVP 10/17 – Fairfax Co. – Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA, 6pm to 8pm – More Info & RSVP

2) Can’t make the local meeting?

The one page PDF planning sheet gives a basic framework for providing input for the five year regional priority plan we are creating. Whether you are at your local meeting or not, WABA and your fellow bike advocates want to hear from you! Please submit your input by emailing by October 21st, 2011

Attend the Regional Call to Action Summit on November 3rd, 2011

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Call to Action Summit Location Waterview Conference Center 1919 N Lynn St Arlington, VA 22209 Google Map Link (create bicycle directions!) Metro Accessible via the Rosslyn Station on the Blue & Orange Lines Bike Accessible via the Mount Vernon Trail, Custis Trail & the Key Bridge More information and to RSVP for the November 3rd Call to Action Summit We hope to see you at a local meeting or the Call to Action Summit on November 3rd. 

Updated Advocacy Section on the WABA Website

We have been mighty busy here at WABA with our core mission of bicycle advocacy over the past few years.  So busy, in fact, that the advocacy section of our website had been allowed to accumulate a bit of outdated information.   We have recently taken the time to update our advocacy section of the WABA website.  You can see the updates online here: In the future we will try our hardest to keep this section of our website current and updated.  (But we’re unlikely to delay pushing the improvements in order to update the website about the need to push for them.) We will continue to keep you updated on our most current advocacy issues through our new blog: Quick Release.  We post almost daily about our advocacy, education and outreach initiatives, and events.  Take a moment and set your RSS or Google Reader to follow our blog feed. The advocacy priorities outlined for each of our local jurisdictions (Mongomery, Prince George’s, Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington Counties and the District of Columbia) and the greater Washington region represent many years of on-going work and include a listing of overall priorities for future work. If you have thoughts about our priorities, we would be glad to hear your thoughts. In November, WABA will be hosting a regional Call to Action Summit to set local and regional advocacy priorities.  The process will begin in September with local stakeholder meetings in our various political jurisdictions.  The region-wide Call to Action Summit will be held on November 3rd.  We are still working out some of the logistics, so stay tuned for more information coming in the next few weeks.