Celebrate Bruce Deming’s Book, Surviving the Crash, on Oct. 22

This message comes from Arlington-based attorney Bruce Deming, a supporter of WABA (members may recall his ads in our quarterly print newsletter, RideOn). Bruce is releasing a new book about cyclists’ rights in the event of a crash, and has extended an invitation to the release party to WABA members and supporters. Read on for details and RSVP here:
WABA members are cordially to a book launch party being hosted Bruce Deming, an Arlington-based attorney and competitive cyclist. The event will be held on Oct. 22 at Mad Rose Tavern in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington from 6-8 p.m. The event will bring together local bike advocates, bike racers, bike commuters and recreational riders to celebrate the launch of Bruce’s new cycling book, Surviving the Crash: Your Legal Rights in a Bicycle Accident. Cycling has never been more popular in the Virginia area, thanks to the tireless advocacy of our friends committed to making our community one of the most bike-friendly anywhere.  But with the increase in cycling has come an increase in the number of accidents involving cyclists.  Bruce wrote this book to provide all members of the cycling community with important information they need to make sure their rights are protected. Proceeds from the event will go to Bikes for the World, a people-focused project that rescues thousands of unwanted bicycles and puts them to good use providing access to work, school, and health care in developing nations.
The Surviving the Crash release is tomorrow night, Tues., Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Mad Rose Tavern, 3100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington. All attendees will receive free copies of the book, as well as complementary water bottles and other cool swag. Discount craft beers will be available and fabulous door prizes will be raffled to benefit Bikes for the World. Please RSVP here.

Ride the Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour This Saturday

From our event partner, the Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour:
The 2013 Talbot Interfaith Shelter Century cycling fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at St. Michaels School Complex in St. Michaels, Md. The cycling event will include three ride choices, including an 11-mile family fun ride, a 31-mile fitness ride, and a 62.5-mile metric century ride, all with fully supported rest stops. The event will support the Talbot Interfaith Shelter, a voluntary interfaith-based service organization in Talbot County, Maryland. It is dedicated both to providing safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raising awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community. Register online now!
The Shelter Century Fall Foliage Tour is a WABA event partner.

Get Ready for the Second Annual Fairfax Bike Summit on Sat., Nov. 2

Register now for the second annual Fairfax Bike Summit, at George Mason University from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 2. The theme is making mixed-use, transit-oriented developments bike friendly. Can Tysons become a bicycle-friendly community? We think it can, and we’ll explore the many challenges and opportunities for making Tysons and similar communities in Fairfax more bikeable. Additionally, vendors will have lots of interesting bikes and gear on display. Bike advocates and community leaders will have an opportunity to network and learn how to make Fairfax a better place. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch and other refreshments. Register online. A limited number of slots are available for the pre-summit workshop, Infrastructure Advocacy 101, that will be held from 9-9:45 a.m. Jeff Olson of Alta Planning + Design, author of The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists and author of Smart Cycling: Promoting Safety, Fun, Fitness, and the Environment, Bill Nesper who directs the Bicycle Friendly America program at the League of American Bicyclists, Robert Thomson (Dr. Gridlock), and representatives from WABA, WMATA, Fairfax County DOT, VDOT, and several other organizations/companies. Fairfax County is undertaking a major transformation of Tysons in an effort to create a livable, walkable, automobile-independent community. Four new Silver Line Metro stations due to open in Tysons in 2014 are part of the foundation of that transformation. The Summit conversation:
  • Importance of bicycling to the future of Tysons
  • Bicycle and transit integration
  • Access and encouragement for all
  • Bikes and business
  • Safety, law enforcement, and evaluation
  • Where to next for Fairfax biking?
The success of the Tysons transformation could influence transit-oriented developments across Fairfax County for the next 40 years. From Merrifield to Springfield, Huntington to Reston, bicycle-oriented transportation options must be integral parts of future developments. The summit is staged by Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, in partnership with George Mason University, Fairfax County, and the city of Fairfax. If you are interested in volunteering or exhibiting at the summit, contact us at bikesummit@fabb-bikes.org. Hope to see you there!  

Get Tickets for BikeArlington’s BikeSwell

Tickets to the premier of BikeSwell – Smart Movement in Arlington, Virginia are going fast! Get yours today to see this documentary featuring local bike-advocacy rockstars and the triumphs and tribulations of making Arlington a premiere bike-friendly community.

The screening is next Thurs., Oct. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. RSVP here. Tickets are free, but a $5 donation to the benefitting nonprofit organization, Phoenix BIkes, is strongly suggested.

Thanks to the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee, the feature presentation will be followed by a panel discussion so you can learn more from some of the people involved in Arlington’s “smart movement.” There will also be prizes raffled off, donated by BikeArlington, the League of American BicyclistsWABA, and New Belgium BreweryPhoenix Bikes has generously donated a bike that will be raffled off as the grand prize!


Attend NoVa CBG’s Team Casual Smart Ride Fundraiser on Sept. 26

The Northern Virginia Casual Bicycling Group is participating in the Smart Ride (short for Southern Most AIDS/HIV RideTwenty-Thirteen), a two-day tour from Miami to Key West. The Smart Ride donates 100 percent of fundraising to services that work directly for or with individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. NoVa CBG’s team, Team Casual, is hosting a fundraiser next Thursday, Sept. 26 at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, Va. from 7 p.m. onward. The Team Casual cyclists will be guest bartending, and you can pledge toward their fundraising goal of $25,000. Pledges get you free raffle tickets for a bunch of great prizes, including:
  • A Trek Gary Fisher DS 8.2
  • Pair of Redskins tickets to FedEx Field on Sun., Oct. 20 at 1 p.m., against the Chicago Bears
  • A hotel stay and dinner in Lansdowne, Md.
  • Beginner Couple’s ski packages to Whitetail, Round Top, and Liberty
  • Keurig V700 coffee maker
  • “Bagels for a year” from Panera Bread
  • Signed Wizards, Nationals, and Orioles sports memorabilia
  • Sonicare electric toothbrush
  • Tickets to the Museum of Crime and Punishment, the Newseum, and the Spy Museum
  • Packages for couples to wine tastings, chocolate tastings, and movie nights
For more information, see this page. Team Casual is just under 70 percent of the way to its goal! Join the team at Jimmy’s for a great night of drink-slinging and raffling, or donate online here.

Tour de Lions Discounts Registration for WABA-Affiliated Riders

Our event partner, Tour de Lions, is offering sponsorship to the first 150 WABA-affiliated cyclists that register for the ride by Aug. 1, Aug. 15 (now extended!) thanks to main event sponsor Food Lion. Tour de Lions is designed to raise funds for Children’s Hospital, and with this generous donation from Food Lion, WABA-affiliated riders will only have to pay the $35 ride registration fee. The Tour de Lions cycling event, on Aug. 24, 2013, will cover  the scenic back roads of Hanover County, King William County, and Essex County, Virginia.  Participants can register for a 10, 30, 50 or 100-plus mile ride. The tour will start and finish at the Food Lion store in Ashland, Va. Participants will be treated to refreshing rest stops throughout the tour and supported by SAG (motorcycle assistance) in addition to maps, cue sheets and other support volunteers. Register for Tour de Lions here.

Volunteer for BikeMS: Ride the Riverside June 8-9

Our event partner, BikeMS, is seeking volunteers for the ride this weekend. SAG support drivers are especially needed.

BikeMS: Ride the Riverside is an exciting and fun two-day cycling event on June 9 and 10, 2013 that starts and finishes at Maryland’s National Harbor, just 15 minutes from the heart of D.C. and across the Potomac River from Alexandria, Va. Funds raised by BikeMS cyclists and volunteers will drive vital research to identify the cause and cure for multiple sclerosis, as well as support programs and services for local people living with MS now. For more information and to register, see https://www.facebook.com/BikeMSDC/info or www.BikeMSDC.org/. Sign up to volunteer (or to ride) today!

Join the Big Green Commute!

The Big Green Commute, a WABA event partnership, kicks off next Monday.

Do you bike to work? Do many of your coworkers bike, walk or use public transportation? Is your office up for a challenge? Registration is now open for the fourth annual Big Green Commute, presented by ZGF Architects LLP. Created to encourage awareness of commuting’s environmental impacts, the BGC is an inter-firm competition for offices in the Washington area in which employees adopt more eco-friendly modes of traveling to work for one week, coinciding with National Bike to Work Week. Each office receives a score that reflects their commutes, and the office with the highest average score in each category will receive the Greenest Commute Award. Find out more information and register your office for the BGC here. The event partnership program is a paid promotional exchange between WABA and interested event operators. For more information on the event partnership program, visithttp://waba.org/events.

WABA Event Partnership: Paul’s Ride for Life

Paul’s Ride for Life is this Sat., April 27. Ride a 10-, 20-, or 50-mile course along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, between Reston and Purcellville, for the fifth annual Paul’s Ride for Life, a WABA event partnership. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Reston Town Center. Registration proceeds and donations will go to the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Register here. The event partnership program is a paid promotional exchange between WABA and interested event operators. For more information on the event partnership program, visit http://waba.org/events.