The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is looking for an outgoing, energetic, and motivated person to help run the D.C. Bike Ambassador program. The program’s goal is to establish WABA’s presence city-wide, to foster a positive impression of bicycling and bicyclists and to educate residents and local organizations about bike laws, roadway safety, and potential benefits of bicycling to individuals, families, workplaces, and communities.
The D.C. Bike Ambassador will promote WABA’s programs and the Bike Ambassadors’ core messaging, as well as coordinate volunteer Bike Ambassador outreach events, and help recruit local residents to become volunteer Ambassadors and attend WABA classes, programs, and events.
This position is part-time, 20 hours per week and compensation is $15 per hour.
- Implement Bike Ambassador outreach, education, encouragement, and community organizing events for WABA.
- Recruit and energize our team of volunteer D.C. Bike Ambassadors.
- Distribute print resources to community members, such as D.C. bike maps, Quick Start Guides, D.C. Pocket Law Guides, Capital Bikeshare information, and WABA education and promotional materials.
- Pull the WABA Bike Ambassador billboard bike trailer (up to 20 miles/week).
- Complete administrative and reporting requirements.
- Report to, communicate and coordinate regularly and effectively with supervisor about goals, planning and logistics, reporting, challenges and issues.
- Other WABA duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have:
About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association
- A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.
- Willingness and excitement to learn bicycling safety, traffic law, skills, and WABA’s bike encouragement philosophy.
- Experience planning events and coordinating volunteers.
- Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
- A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings, and weekends.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs/Sheets, Forms), Facebook and Twitter.
- The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
- The ability to lift at least 40 lbs.
- Organized, good time management skills and ability to multitask in a relaxed, fun environment.
- Conversational fluency in Spanish (strongly preferred).
- Familiarity with American Sign Language (ASL) a plus.
- League of American Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification a plus.
Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,500 members region-wide, WABA serves the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and communities in Maryland and Virginia.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bike Ambassador.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Friday, March 16th. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.
WABA and MWABA!
The DC Bike Ambassadors have been teaming up with the Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) all summer to grow our community of bicycling friends by partnering our pilots (the person up front who steers the bike) with MWABA’s stokers (the person in the back who provides extra pedaling) for great tandem riding!
We had our first Tandem Pilot Training Session in May. Since then, we’ve participated in many more rides and training sessions with MWABA. If you would like to join in on the fun, our next tandem training session will be Friday August 25th
from 5-7pm at the Eastern Market metro station. Helmets will be required and tandem bikes will be available to try out. No tandem experience (in either position) is necessary but patience and willingness to make mistakes and learn are highly encouraged.
Quick Tandem Tips
For those excited to try tandem riding for the first time, a few things are key to a successful outing:
- Communication — You should already be communicating regularly with those around you in everyday bicycling life; signally when turning, alerting those behind you verbally and with your hands so that they know that you are about to slow down or come to complete stop. When it comes to riding in tandem with a partner, you should also communicate when you are going down a hill and want to start coasting, when there is an upcoming bump or pothole in the road.
- Flexibility — As a pilot, it is much easier to adapt to your stoker’s riding style than the other way around.
- Perseverance — Do not worry if you can’t get it on the first try. Even very experienced pilots need time to adjust to a new stoker to make a well-oiled tandem team machine.
We hope to see you there!
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Last fall, the DC Bike Ambassadors began a new, targeted outreach campaign focused on restaurant and hotel workers. We wanted to provide bike lights (as well as information about bike laws and safe bicycling) to these folks, who are often late-night or early-morning bike commuters.
Since then, we have travelled throughout all eight wards in the city making connections with employees and managers. One thing we heard over and over is that changes to bus and train schedules have a large impact on many of these people’s ability to work. We believe that bicycling can help provide reliable safe, effective transportation for employees in these fields (and others!), so we’ll continue reaching out and connecting with the foodservice and hospitality industries. This work is really just beginning!
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, or recommend a business for our program, please email Jon at email@example.com
This week’s weather theme has been GO RIDE YOUR BIKE! Today’s 80 degree weather is no different. Since Daylight Savings Time ending caught many of our friends off guard, we decided to catch up with them while they’re out riding! DC Bike Ambassadors set up friendly bicycle light sting operations around town to equip lightless bicycle riders with their very own pair of bicycle lights.
DC Bike Ambassadors set up in front of the Columbia Heights Metro on 14th Street NW…AT NIGHT!
DC Bike Ambassadors stop bicyclists on the 15th street cycletrack at P Street NW…AT NIGHT!
It gets dark so early these days, that 6 pm looks like midnight…AT NIGHT! Check out these handy tips about riding at night
Aside from handing out bike lights, Ambassadors love giving out free coffee, bike maps, and law guides to our unsuspecting friends! Your smiling faces brings us joy that lasts all day long! Be on the lookout for our bicycling experts who ride around the city in bright red Ambassador shirts spreading the love of bicycling to all.
DC Bike Ambassadors give a bicyclist a cup of coffee and a new copy of the DC Bike Law Guide
Want to become a DC Bike Ambassador? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming trainings.
With the Daylight Savings turning the clock back an hour this weekend, your trip home from work, or school will be a lot darker than normal on Monday. WABA has collected a few tips and tricks you can use to maximize visibility when out on the road!
Front White Light For Your Handlebars: These bicycle lights let oncoming road users aware of your presence and are required by law in DC, MD. and VA. Putting the lights in blinking/pulsating mode saves battery, and makes your bicycle distinguishable from other road users.
Front White Light For Your Helmet:
This light shines where you are looking, which can be very helpful in areas without much street lighting and helps you spot potholes or debris in your way.
Rear Red Light For Your Helmet:
Many helmets have have vents or straps where a bicycle light can easily hook on to and is an easy way to increase your visibility.
Rear Red Light For Your Bicycle:
Although not required by law to have a rear light (rear reflector is the minimum), having a red blinking, or pulsating light will increase your visibility. Hand signals are also a great way to communicate with other road users what your intentions are!
For even more visibility, reflective clothing provides multiple options from jackets, pants, scarves, shoes with reflective strips attached to them that brightly light up when hit with lights from vehicles, or other light sources. Backpacks, ankle straps, and helmet stickers are also other useful accessories that can be incredibly reflective.
If you would like to learn more about bicycling, visit our Education Calendar
for a list of upcoming classes.
Hola tod@s! Hello Everyone! I feel very blessed to be part of the DC Bike Ambassador equipo/team! And look forward to riding with yall!
Me acuerdo la primera vez, I remember the first time I thought of a bicycle as a way to be seen in my community. It all happened when I was riding with a group. I had my little bike crew when I was in middle school. My brothers, my neighbors and I would plan these ‘missions’ or adventures, to the either the pool, the store, my tia’s house, wherever as long as we were riding together. As I jump on my bike today, I take in the breeze, sights, and big deep breaths that allow me to share my love for bike advocacy, education and community work.
From the streets of Los Angeles, CA to the 3 years of building community here in the DMV, I bring my time with the Latin American Youth Center, which allowed for my growth in youth development and community work, and provided my love for bicycling and education to bloom through the start of a summer youth Bike Program, Bicycle Adventure Camp. I hope to continue to share, learn, and provide access to the world of bicycling and advocacy to the community we serve.
Being able to hold conversations with others who are either curious to ride and perhaps hold some fear of riding to being inspired by those who have been doing this way before my time, strengthens my belief of the power of bicycling and community outreach.
Thank you for reading, keep riding and keep shining!
Early this morning DC Bike Ambassadors and Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau teamed up to promote bicycle safety along the 14th St. NW corridor. The Bike Ambassador program was created by WABA & DDOT to encourage bicycling as an alternative form of transportation and recreation for DC residents. Do not be alarmed if an Ambassador offers you a high five for riding your bike to work, or hands you a free bike light when you’re riding at night in the dark. It’s all a part of the plan to make DC the greatest bike town in the country.
If you would like to join this team of awesome and happy people, you’re in luck
! The DC Bike Ambassadors are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers. We’re hosting an orientation on Tuesday July 7th, 2015 at 6:00 pm
at the WABA headquarters (2599 Ontario Rd. NW). You can RSVP here
. Food and drinks will be provided.
Why become an Ambassador?
1) To advocate for better bicycling in your neighborhood.
2) To share your bicycling experience with people who feel uncomfortable with the idea of riding a bicycle in the city.
3) To make bike friends who like bicycling almost as much as you do.
See you July 7th?