WABA is 503(c)3 nonpartisan and non-political organization. The following information provided as a public service to educate voters about political candidates’ positions on transportation issues. WABA does not endorse any political candidates.
Because transportation is such a critical election topic in DC, WABA wants to inform our members about ward-level candidates’ positions on some of the most pressing issues.
We sent a questionnaire to all primary race DC Council candidates from Wards 2, 4, 7, and 8—which addressed issues such as expanding our protected bike lane network in DC, funding to complete our trail network, open streets, transportation equity and vision zero. We also held virtual candidate forums and invited all the candidates to participate. The forum was an opportunity for our members to listen to the candidates themselves and hear their positions on many questions that were submitted by WABA members.
You can view those questionnaires and listen to a recording of the forums below. The Primary election is on June 2nd, 2020.
Transportation is a critical election issue in DC. This forum is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates for DC Council in Wards 7 & 8 and hear their ideas in their own words and as face-to-face as current events allow. There will also be time for Q & A from forum participants so please come prepared to share ideas, suggestions, and questions.
This event is strictly for you, the voters, to get information and interact with the candidates. WABA does not endorse any political candidates and all candidates who are on the ballot for Wards 7 & 8 were invited to participate. Confirmed participants as of this writing are as follows:
Ward 7 Vincent Gray Anthony Lorenzo Green James Jennings
Transportation is a critical election issue in DC. This forum is a great opportunity to get to know the candidates for DC Council in Wards 2 & 4 and hear their ideas in their own words and as face-to-face as current events allow. There will also be time for Q & A from forum participants so please come prepared to share ideas, suggestions, and questions.
This event is strictly for you, the voters, to get information and interact with the candidates. WABA does not endorse any political candidates and all candidates who are on the ballot for Wards 2 & 4 were invited to participate. Confirmed participants so far:
Ward 2 Jack Evans Jordan Grossman Daniel Hernandez Patrick Kennedy Brook Pinto Kishan Putta Yillin Zhang
Ward 4 Marlena Edwards Janeese Lewis George Perry Redd
Along with our website overhaul and creation of the WABA Forums, WABA has created a forum just for women’s cycling issues. This is not to suggest that women are unwelcome on any other part of the forum. But I do think there are certain issues that female cyclists deal with that male cyclists do not necessarily face in the same manner, and female cyclists should have a place to discuss these issues. Admittedly, I’m generalizing here (having only experienced the male side of that equation). But I do know from being married to a female cyclist that there are differences. From certain types of harassment while riding to equipment design and clothing, there are some challenges of biking that are gender-specific, and we wanted to provide a place for those. So if you’re interested in the age-old question “Why do they put a seat with a man’s-anatomy-placed-cutout on a step-through bike marketed to women?” you now have a place to ask it.
We want to make cycling accessible to everyone, and we’re not the only ones working to ensure that women are welcomed in the cycling community. We want to make this forum a place for our local bike shops to tout their offerings for women as well.
And if you’re wondering, our most recent numbers show that roughly 30% of our members and 40% of our Facebook users are female. So we know that there are committed, experienced female cyclists among our ranks with knowledge to share.
So please take a minute to visit the Woman’s Forum, introduce yourself, and let your fellow users know what resources you have to offer, or what questions you’d like addressed.
(To get things started, the first topic is from WABA’s own Chantal Buchser. The next topic includes information from Angela at Revolution Cycles and from Erik from BicycleSPACE. I know that they are both focused on engaging more female cyclists and providing the programming and merchandising to do so, so I emailed each of them asking what they were working on. Rather than trying to fold their responses into the blog, I’ve posted them directly into the forum.)