Bike Buying 101

What kind of bike should I buy? Should I buy new or used? How does bike sizing work? Where should I purchase? How do I shop during this pandemic? I’m new to riding and there are so many options, WHERE DO I START???

If you have asked yourself any of these questions, this webinar is for you! Join us, as we discuss everything you’ve ever wanted to know about buying a bike. We will simplify your research process to narrow down your options and identify the benefits, perils, and hidden costs of each. We’ll also discuss how to adjust your bike shopping process during the pandemic.

Register!

Please keep in mind if we do chat about bike advice that what works for you may not work for everyone, and unsolicited advice can feel unwelcoming and condescending. Please come in the spirit of solidarity and communal problem solving.

MWABA Tandem Captain Training

6 people are standing in a semicircle at Eastern Market Metro plaza in front of the elevator. Qudsiya is in the middle and speaking to the group. Everyone is spaced out, the sky is blue, it looks like a lovely day, and there are at least two tandems in the photo. A woman on the right has her cane in her hand and is holding a helmet.

Due to storms forecast for March 31st, training has been postponed to April 8th.

Learn how to be a tandem captain with Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes (MWABA) and WABA! In preparation for the 2022 riding season, come learn how to captain a tandem for MWABA rides.

The regular season is 6:00PM every Thursday in daylight savings (April to October) and occasional weekends from the Eastern Market Metro in DC and the Bethesda Metro. We are blind/visually impaired stokers (back seat) and are looking for captains (front seat) to ride with us.  

Do I Need a Bike?  Most captains do not own a tandem and do not have tandem experience.  Rather, they are cycling or fitness enthusiasts who want a new challenge.

How Does it Work?  We provide the bikes and training for the new riders (both captains and stokers). Once you join the MWABA mailing list after training, you will receive an e-mail on Sundays asking who is interested in riding the following Thursday. If you respond that you’re interested, we will match you with a stoker and send you further details about the ride. You can ride as often or as infrequently as your schedule allows. Contact information from this form is only shared with MWABA organizers.

Want to Join as a Stoker? Experienced stokers can attend the captain training, and new stokers are invited to all other rides and/or we can set up separate stoker training rides. Let us know via the form or email MWABA’s organizer Karla Gilbride at karla.gilbride@gmail.com.

2022 Transportation Candidate Forum Schedule

WABA is partnering with organizations around the region to host candidate forums for the 2022 primary season! 

We will be asking candidates running for selected offices some of the pressing transportation issues in the region. We will also offer our supporters an opportunity to submit a question for the candidates! 

Check out the candidate forum schedule below!

Montgomery County Executive Forum 

February, 8th, 2022

Time: 7pm-830pm

RSVP

Moderator: Jordan Pascale, WAMU

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Montgomery County At-Large Council Forum  

February 22nd, 2022

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

RSVP

Moderator: Kristy Daphnis

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Montgomery County District Council Forum  

March 8th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Moderator: Jeremiah Lowery, WABA

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and The Coalition for Smarter Growth 

Co sponsors: Young People for Progress, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, Takoma Park Mobilization, Greater Greater Washington, Jews United For Justice

Washington, DC  Ward 5 D.C. Council Forum 

March 22nd, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and Greater Greater Washington 

Co sponsors: Black Millennials 4 Flint, Moms Clean Air Force DC Chapter, The Coalition for Smarter Growth, DC Environmental Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – DC, Sunrise Movement -DC

Washington, DC Chair and Mayoral Forum

March 29th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm 8:00 pm Chair Forum 

8:00pm-9:00pm Mayoral Forum 

Moderator:  Amanda Gomez and Jordan Pascale, WAMU

Location: MetroBar (640 Rhode Island Ave NE), there will be food trucks and a bar available to purchase food and drinks. Doors open up at 6:00 p.m. The forum will also be live streamed.

RSVP 

Hosted by: WABA and Greater Greater Washington 

Co sponsors: Black Millennials 4 Flint, Moms Clean Air Force DC Chapter, The Coalition for Smarter Growth, DC Environmental Network, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – DC

Washington, DC  Ward 3 D.C. Council Forum 

April 12th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

RSVP  

Moderator: Cuneyt Dil from Axios

Hosted by: WABA and Ward 3 Bikes

*All candidates who have registered to run have been invited. WABA does not endorse any candidate for any office*

We will also be sending a questionnaire to all candidates who have filed to run in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County County Executive and County Council races, Washington, DC Council and Mayoral races, as well as the Arlington County Board. We will publicly post all questionnaires received.

Community meeting with the National Park Service

Congresswoman Norton’s district office is hosting a joint community meeting with the National Park Service on Thursday, December 9th. Information below: 

Who: All D.C. Residents

Speakers: Congresswoman Norton and National Park Service representatives

What: A joint community meeting with the National Park Service

Where: Please email NortonEvents@mail.house.gov  to RSVP for the event and receive the Zoom link 

When: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm  

World Day of Remembrance Gathering

Join Action Committee for Transit, Families for Safe Streets, and WABA, to observe of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The gathering will be held November 21 at 4:30 pm in the Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Wheaton. If you plan to come, please fill out the form below, so we can best estimate of the number of people attending. More information can be found on the flyer above or by contacting advocacy@waba.org