Here at WABA, we are trying to do more to support families who bike and inspire more families to bike. Our first step requires your help. We need your input on family biking priorities and how we can better include them in our advocacy, events, and education. Join us for our Family Biking Town Hall! Date: Sunday, December 14th Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW, Washington D.C. Expect: childcare in the reading room! Balloons! Over a dozen input-gathering games (for you- the adults)! Expect snacks and drinks! Using input activities and a facilitated discussion we’ll gather information from families and those who work with youth in the Washington area. With the information you provide, we can set realistic goals, raise funds, hire staff, and implement family biking programming and priorities. Click here for more event information and to register, and tell your friends. Interested in volunteering? We’re in need of help, click here to sign up. If you can’t participate in-person, we encourage you to participate online. Please click here to take our 10-minute survey.
This is part of our Women & Bicycles blog series, part of WABA’s initiative to build a stronger women’s bike community and get more women on bikes. These posts aren’t exclusive to women, but they’re produced with and through the Women & Bicycles’ programming. Click here to learn more and get involved. Last week we partnered with Kidical Mass DC organizer Megan Odett to host a Family Bike Workshop at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Families from around the region joined us to glean Megan’s expertise on family biking equipment, safety, weather, and the most important: snacking & napping strategies! And conveniently, there were blocks and books galore in the library’s nearby children’s room. Of all the tips and skills shared, a salient concern stuck out: how do I keep my children warm and dry? You can protect your children from wind and moisture using a DIY canopy, or covered trailer, or fancy cargo bike with built-in canopy (click here for ideas). And obviously, clothing matters. Megan’s rule of thumb? Dress her children as if it’s ten degrees colder then it really is outside. She raved about the Tuffo Muddy Buddy, a $36 rain/snow/mudpuddle/fountain suit. It ranges in sizes from 12 month olds to 5 year olds and lightweight packability allow you to stow it away in your bag until you need it. Want to learn more about biking with your children? Come to our City Cycling Class for parents and kids this weekend and click here to join Kidical Mass DC’s mailing list. There are now FIVE Kidical Mass groups in the region. Join the fun!