It’s a very happy 2014 for WABA: You responded with such alacrity to our end-of-the-year request to fund four new initiatives that we’re able to begin planning immediately. Thanks to donors like you, we exceeded our target goal of $30,000.
We’ll be back in touch with a more substantial update, but we’re writing today to let you know that in 2014, you can expect to see from WABA efforts toward a learn-to-ride traffic garden to teach kids how to navigate roadways; a regional trail summit to bring together relevant parties able to nudge forward progress on trails like Suitland Parkway and Rock Creek; commuter seminars for offices interested in helping their employees learn how to bike to work; and a policy fellow to crunch data from our bike-crash tracker.
We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you so very much for supporting our ongoing education, advocacy, and outreach endeavors and providing the financial backing for our new programming in 2014.
Happy new year from your friends at WABA!
Last week, we posted our year-end appeal letter on our blog (WABA members and supporters may have also received the appeal via surface mail in the past few weeks). This week, we’re reposting descriptions of the projects we hope to fund through your donations for 2014; we asked for $30,000 to fund entirely and we have currently raised $19,825 thanks to your generous contributions. Make a tax-deductible donation to WABA right now and make our advocacy, education, and outreach dreams a reality!
Today, read about our proposed traffic garden, which will cost $3,000 to build.
There are too few places where kids in the D.C. region can learn how to properly ride bikes. Major trails are too crowded with fast-moving users. Surface parking lots are disappearing. WABA’s own classes have been kicked out of certain locations as space becomes scarcer or more difficult to permit.
We want to install a traffic garden, a dedicated space where kids can learn how to ride their bikes. The traffic garden will have a marked streetscape for practicing balancing and pedaling, and kids will be able to learn the rules of the road and trails on simulated surfaces. We teach
over 3,000 kids how to ride safely each year as parents are teaching their own children. Why should there be dedicated spaces for every other outdoor activity—fields and courts and playgrounds—but none in which kids can develop bike skills?
After a great deal of searching, we still haven’t found a landowner willing to allow a full traffic graden with plantings, curbs, and other amenities integrated into the best models. However, the National Park Service will allow us to redesign a space in Alexandria as a pilot version. To get that done, we need to design and build the traffic garden ourselves.
Estimated need to build a traffic garden: $3,000 in supplies, plus volunteer support. Donate now!
Last week, we posted our year-end appeal letter on our blog (WABA members and supporters may have also received the appeal via surface mail in the past few weeks). This week, we’re reposting descriptions of the projects we hope to fund through your donations for 2014; we asked for $30,000 to fund entirely and we have currently raised $15,796 thanks to your generous contributions. Make a tax-deductible donation to WABA right now and make our advocacy, education, and outreach dreams a reality!
Today, read about our proposed trail summit, which would require $10,000 to organize and host.
For all our success in growing biking over the past few years, we’ve failed to bring meaningful progress to our regional trail network. Continued movement on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and the Rhode Island Trolley Trail are notable exceptions to the fact that the Met Branch Trail isn’t complete
, that Rock Creek
and the Capital Crescent
need major infrastructural work, the Suitland Parkway Trail
is falling apart, or that the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail doesn’t begin or end at a main destination. Too many projects are taking too long and have lost momentum. Interjurisdictional battles and land use disputes have dragged on to the point that project managers don’t even talk to one another anymore.
It is time to convene a regional meeting to bring together responsible agencies, relevant elected officials, and the general public to rebuild a vision for our trail network and reinvigorate efforts to build it. WABA can convene such a meeting, but big meetings take time and money.
Estimated need for a regional trail summit: $10,000. Donate now!
Last week, we posted our year-end appeal letter on our blog (WABA members and supporters may have also received the appeal via surface mail in the past few weeks). This week, we’re reposting descriptions of the projects we hope to fund through your donations for 2014; we asked for $30,000 to fund entirely and we have currently raised $13,646 thanks to your generous donations. Make a tax-deductible donation to WABA right now and make our advocacy, education, and outreach dreams a reality!
Today, read about our commuter seminar program, which requires $5,000 to run smoothly.
For the past three years, WABA has provided lunchtime commuter seminars
to area offices, during which a WABA staffer visits a workplace and gives an interactive presentation. Commuter seminars provide employees everything they need to know to start biking to work. These sessions are incredibly successful at helping people overcome barriers to biking for transportation. As biking grows, the demand for these seminars has outpaced our ability to deliver them without a funding source for the staff time involved, and it’s hard to enlist volunteer support midday on weekdays.
Estimated need to continue our commuter seminars: $5,000. Donate now!
Last week, we posted our year-end appeal letter on our blog (WABA members and supporters may have also received the appeal via surface mail in the past few weeks). This week, we’re reposting descriptions of the projects we hope to fund through your donations for 2014; we asked for $30,000 to fund entirely and we have currently raised $13,051 thanks to your generous contributions. Make a tax-deductible donation to WABA right now and make our advocacy, education, and outreach dreams a reality!
Today, read about the WABA Policy Fellowship, which will cost $12,000 in total.
Every time a crash is reported, WABA responds. We have created a tracker
to ensure that crashes in our jurisdictions are brought to our attention. We also have a mobile app
that helps crash victims know what they, and we, need following a crash. Each time a crash is reported, we help the bicyclist understand the process for properly reporting the crash and provide advice on how to proceed through the complicated process of recovery. We speak with every crash victim possible, but we need to do more.
Advocacy depends on data. The realm of bicycle advocacy has precious little, which hampers how effective cycling advocates can be. WABA needs to be able to gather and analyze data from logged crashes in order to develop convincing arguments for specific bicycling improvements.
For much of 2013, WABA retained a policy fellow, Janie Nham, who crunched numbers from our crash tracker and assessed the best practices of police departments across the nation. She spent countless hours looking for patterns in data and developing proposals for legislation and enforcement improvements. Some of Janie’s findings have already made their way into law through D.C.’s Bicyclist Safety Amendment Act
, and we are using her best-practices research
to engage with law enforcement officials throughout the region and improve their understanding and enforcement of biking laws.
But we do not have the funding necessary to regularly compile the data that comes through the crash reports to identify trends, note unsafe conditions in need of improvement, and call out systemic errors in police response. The WABA policy fellowship was funded from January through August 2013 through the support of two generous donors, but there are no funds for a 2014 fellow.
Estimated need for a 2014 WABA policy fellow: $1,000/month stipend, totaling $12,000. Donate now!
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November typically marks various office rituals, like changing insurance plans, adjusting flexible spending accounts, or reviewing retirement account performance. Another yearly workplace tradition falls in November: committing to a workplace giving campaign.
The biggest workplace giving campaign in the area is the Combined Federal Campaign for federal workers, which is managed by the United Way. WABA is extremely fortunate to be the beneficiary of several workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #93587), the World Bank Community Connections campaign, the DC One Fund, Network for Good, America’s Charities, the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (WABA #8469), among others.
The money generated by our generous supporters through workplace giving funds many of our advocacy initiatives. In addition, it provides seed funding to launch new programs. Our East of the River
and Women & Bicycles
programs were both started up with workplace giving funds: Many new and untested programs with unproven results—like those that attempt to expand the demographics of bicyclists at the local level—are tough sells to foundations or governments that could potentially provide grant funding.
If we can launch a program and prove it works, we can then sell foundations and governments on the program’s importance and keep it going into the future. This was the case with our East of the River and Women & Bicycles programs, both of which have been overwhelmingly successful. They couldn’t have existed without the dollars we receive from workplace giving campaigns.
If you’ve already chosen WABA as your designee for your workplace giving campaign, we can’t thank you enough. If you’ve never participated in workplace giving and it’s something that your office makes available to you, please consider doing so this year and choosing WABA as your designee. Your donation will help support WABA’s advocacy and perhaps launch the “next big thing” in bike advocacy and outreach.
Help us spread the word about WABA as a participant in your workplace giving campaign. Print out and post the flyer to the right in your office (click here for a larger version
). And if you make a contribution through a workplace giving campaign and would like a WABA membership to be included in your donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ve likely heard that WABA has a team participating in the Climate Ride this September. Over 200 bicyclists will ride from New York City to D.C. from Sept. 21 to 25. Team WABA is riding with more than 47 people who are donating all or some portion of their fundraising directly to our advocacy efforts! Team WABA is trying to reach $50,000 in funds raised to make up the deficit we are facing with, most notably, the loss of Bike DC.
Team WABA member Nicole Donnelly is tackling her first long-distance charity ride with the Climate Ride. Anyone that donates $25 (or more!) by Aug. 31, 2013 to Nicole’s Climate Ride fundraising
is eligible to win a 3-speed Linus bike in their choice of model and size from BicycleSpace. The 3-speed Linus is available in Roadster, Dutchi, and Mixte models. More information can be found on Nicole’s blog
In order to be eligible, a donation must be registered by the Climate Ride donation software on (or before) Aug. 31, 2013 and the donor must select “Allow participant to see my email address.” Only one entry will be counted per donor. The winner will be selected and notified during the first week of September.
Please click here
to donate to be entered into Nicole’s raffle. Check out some of the other WABA team members and donate here
. We’re 60 percent of the way to our overall Team WABA goal of $50,000. Won’t you help us reach it?