Thank You for Joining Us!

Our yearly membership drive ended last Friday, and we’re pleased to announce that over 550 people joined us—some for the first time, some for the first time in a long time, and some for yet another few years. Membership dollars help us expand our advocacy, outreach, and education work, and we enthusiastically welcome and greatly appreciate financial support of what WABA does. If you joined or renewed during the drive, thank you!

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We’re really excited about our new members!

We’d also like to thank to local businesses City Bikes and Lunar Massage for graciously donating materials to the drive. And a number of WABA supporters volunteered to help us solicit memberships throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia last week—we couldn’t have pulled off the membership drive without them!

You can engage with us in a number of ways in addition to being a WABA member: You can become a D.C. bike ambassador; get involved with our advocacy efforts; take a class (the last oneof the season is this Sunday!); join the Women & Bicycles group if you’re women-identified; follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Flickr (and contribute to our Flickr pool!); read our blog; ride your bike; and encourage your friends to join us, too.

If you didn’t join during the drive, that’s OK! You can join or donate to WABA at any time. Plus, WABA members get great perks.

We look forward to working with all our new members to better bicycling in the D.C. region.

The Kidical Mass Cupcake Ride, in Photos

This is a guest post by Megan Odett, the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s member services coordinator and the organizer of Kidical Mass DC.

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On Sat., Sept. 28, over 40 kids and adults met in Stanton Park on Capitol Hill to undertake a leisurely ride to Georgetown Waterfront Park and enjoy cupcakes from Sprinkles Bakery.

Girls led the charge all the way: Ladies from ages 6 to 30 honed their traffic-riding skills and set new personal records for distance. Randall Myers, a member of WABA’s board and the DC Bicycle Advisory Council, accompanied the ride—remarking that it was an eye-opening illustration of the challenges of biking with kids in the city.

After the ride, the crew consumed a heroic number of cupcakes from Kidical Mass DC organizer Megan Odett’s kid-hauling cargo bike, temporarily converted to a cupcake delivery vehicle. A fabulous time was had by all.

There’s one more Kidical Mass ride this year: The Cider and Sliders ride on Oct. 26. For more information, see this page.

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Montgomery County Bike Classes Kick Off in Friendship Heights

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In celebration of the launch of Capital Bikeshare in Montgomery County, WABA has partnered with MCDOT to provide our City Cycling classes to Montgomery County residents this fall. Our first class was held last Sunday in Friendship Heights to launch the new partnership and give people the chance to learn some riding skills, practice confidently biking on city streets, and have an opportunity to ask their burning bike questions.

Just across Western Avenue, Maryland cyclists gathered to hear a bit about some of the challenges faced by bicyclists when they decide to ride on the street. WABA’s education instructors (certified to teach bike education by the League of American Bicyclists) then gave a few pointers about bike fitting, helmet adjustments, and how to do a quick checkup on a bike before riding. From there, it was onto a series of drills in a secluded parking lot designed to teach control and handling, as well as techniques vital to sharing space with cars, such as looking over the shoulder without wobbling or veering to the side. Students had plenty of opportunity to practice before moving on to a more advanced set of drills called Crash Avoidance Maneuvers.

After the training session and a short break, the class ventured out for a practical on-bike lesson. With WABA’s instructors as guides, students began on a quiet side-street and were gradually introduced to busier roadways and more complicated situations. With frequent stops to discuss issues and infrastructure, the ride covered more metaphorical ground than literal ground, but students finished with plenty of real-world examples, context, and experience.

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When they returned to the practice area, our instructors demonstrated how to fix a flat tire and answered a few more questions, then loaded up the students with bike maps, tip sheets and guide books to keep them learning after the class was finished.

Here’s what students are saying about WABA’s City Cycling classes this season:
“Both my partner (a new city cyclist) and I (an experienced city cyclist) learned a lot.”
“[The Iinstructors] were informative, patient, and able to communicate to a group on different riding levels.”
“After taking this course, I am significantly less terrified of riding on the street.”
We have three more City Cycling classes on the calendar for October in Montgomery County in the following locations:

Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethesda (Montgomery County residents only)
Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Takoma Park (Montgomery County residents only)
Sun., Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Silver Spring (Montgomery County residents only)

We hope to see you there! For more photos from our classes, see this Flickr set.

The Lion Ride, in Photos

On Sept. 28, WABA led the second annual Lion Ride, a slow, beginner-friendly ride that meandered from Anacostia Park to the Frederick Douglass historic site in Anacostia.

Ride participants enjoyed Anacostia’s low-traffic, residential roads and learned how to access bike-friendly connections between the neighborhood and the park. See more photos below the jump.

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PARK(ing) Day 2013, in Photos

For a few hours last Friday, the D.C. Bike Ambassadors transformed a single metered parking space outside of WABA’s Adams Morgan office into a tiny temporary park.

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual event dedicated to transforming car parking spaces into public spaces for people. The project began in San Francisco in 2005, and D.C. hosted a PARK(ing) Day for the first time in four years this year. What started as a guerilla-style event has now been embraced by city officials. This year, DDOT allowed any organization to apply for a permit to create a mini pop-up park as long as they had a proof of insurance and promised to only occupy the space from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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The idea behind the Bike Ambassador’s “park” was to provide a safe spot for bicyclists, and an information booth to those wanting to learn more. We created a bicycling photo booth and asked folks to share why they bike!

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The interactive “park” we set up was a fantastic way to get folks to consider bicycling!

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For more pictures, see our PARK(ing) Day Flickr set and our instagram page.

The 2013 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride, in Photos

Photo by Twitter user patrickeverson

The 50 States and 13 Colonies rides are WABA’s signature events: The former is a grueling—but fascinating—trek through all of D.C.’s 50 state-named streets, while the latter is a more relaxed exploration. Before we present a full recap of the event, we wanted to share with you some photos we and others snapped this past Saturday.

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If you took photos at 50 States or the afterparty, please add them to our Flickr pool, where you can find tons and tons of great photos from the event! You can see our full set of photos here.

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A Tour of D.C.’s Green Lanes, in Photos

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Last week, WABA took planners and engineers from neighboring jurisdictions on a tour of D.C.’s “green lanes.” Green lanes are any dedicated, physically demarcated bike infrastructure. D.C. has a few bike lanes like this: The 15th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, and L Street cycletracks are notable examples. WABA has received funding from the Green Lane Project to promote and analyze existing green lanes, as well as advocate for more.

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Representatives of the city of Alexandria and Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Arlington, and Fairfax counties attended our green lanes tour, which showed off the aforementioned cycletracks as well as sharrows and painted bike lanes. Advocacy coordinator Greg Billing was joined by DDOT staffers Heather Deutsch, Mike Goodno, and Jim Sebastian to explain how the lanes work and answer any questions.

Green Lanes Planner/Engineer Tour

We’ve received much positive feedback and were proud to show off examples of D.C.’s bike-focused traffic planning. We hope that attendees found the tour useful and are able to take back to their offices some ideas on dedicated bike infrastructure. Many thanks to the Green Lane Project for making events like this possible.

Green Lanes Planner/Engineer Tour

See the route below the jump. For more photos, see our Flickr page. Did you attend the ride? Upload your photos to our Flickr group!

National Night Out, in Photos

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Last night, WABA participated in National Night Out festivities in Columbia Heights and River Terrace. National Night Out is “is an effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.” See some shots from the events below the jump.

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See more photos on Flickr!

Urban Land Institute’s Next Generation of Bicycle-Friendly Building Design

Yesterday, the D.C. chapter of the Urban Land Institute hosted a panel, “Next Generation of Bicycle-Friendly Building Design,” to encourage developers, architects, and financiers to pursue the very easy addition of bike-friendly designs to their buildings. The panel was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sophie Lambert and panelists included WABA’s Shane Farthing, Toole Design Group’s Jennifer Toole, and JBG Companies’ Tony Greenberg.

For a collection of tweets sent during the panel, go here. Below the jump, you’ll find embedded presentations by Toole and Greenberg: Continue reading

Do You Pedal Professionally?

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L to R: Moderator Malaika Abernathy with panelists Delores Simmons, Harriet Tregoning, Keya Chatterjee, and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton

Last night, women packed the Petworth library for our Pedaling Professionally panel, held jointly with Black Women Bike DC,Capital Spokeswomen, and WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program.

The panel, moderated by the D.C. Office of Planning’s Malaika Abernathy, included Harriet Tregoning of the Office of Planning; Keya Chatterjee of the World Wildlife Fund and the WABA Board; Delores Simmons of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton, mom of three, utlitarian cyclist extraordinaire, and WABA Roll Model. Pedaling Professionally was designed to address concerns like those raised in a post on Office of Planning’s blog written by Malaika.

Panelists—all of whom identified as, at least, bike commuters—capably addressed questions about how to maintain appearances in hair and clothes before, during, and after biking to professional events; biking at night; whether to take the lane (the answer is yes!); biking while on your period or breastfeeding; and how to be safe when drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists can create precarious traffic situations.

The conversation continued long after the panel’s conclusion at Looking Glass Lounge. We hope Pedaling Professionally attendees are now better equipped to handle some of the challenges raised by bike commuting to work and are thrilled with last night’s turnout.

For a full rundown of the panelists and background information on the panel, see this post.

The Storify below the jump gives a considerable summary of the panel, but check the #womenbike hashtag on Twitter for more.

Did you attend Pedaling Professionally? Share your thoughts with us in a blog comment or via social media (follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram). Did you take photos? Add them to our Flickr group!

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